Welcome to DUGGAN BERTSCH, LLC — A law firm dedicated to thoughtful, innovative and uncompromising legal representation for the Private Client.

The needs of the Private Client are both pointed and diverse. While you require the advanced skills of a specialist, you also have diverse needs that must be understood and integrated by your lawyer. With its broad base of multi-degreed, multi-disciplinary attorneys, DUGGAN BERTSCH is uniquely positioned in the legal space to best serve the needs of Private Clients.

We look forward to showing you the DUGGAN BERTSCH difference.



Congratulations to our 2022 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars!

The Illinois Super Lawyers and Rising Stars is an honor reserved for those lawyers who exhibit excellence in practice.  Only 5% of attorneys in Illinois receive this distinction.  Attorneys are selected through a patented selection process involving nominations, research, and peer reviews.

In addition to our numerous prior and existing award recipients, DUGGAN BERTSCH, LLC is proud to announce the following attorneys who have been selected as Super Lawyers and Rising Stars for 2022 in the following categories:

2022 Illinois Super Lawyers

Timothy Liam Epstein - Entertainment & Sports

Michael A. Passananti - Estate & Probate

Steven H. Shapiro - Mergers & Acq.

2022 Illinois Rising Stars

Clint A. Costa - Estate & Probate

Larissa A. Gest -Estate & Probate

Greta R. Staat -Estate & Probate

Kara A. Wenzl - Estate & Probate

Timothy Liam Epstein Offered His Insight in The Wall Street Journal Article Entitled, “Tragedy at Travis Scott Show in Houston Prompts New Questions for Concert Industry.”

“Timothy Epstein, who runs the entertainment and sports practice at law firm Duggan Bertsch and represents promoters of festivals including Pitchfork, Riot Fest and Life Is Beautiful, said Astroworld Festival didn’t have a glaring security deficit and that if lack of security were a chronic problem in the industry, such disasters wouldn’t be so rare.

Mr. Epstein played down suggestions that Mr. Scott’s decision to perform unopposed—no other acts were playing during his set—played a role. However, he said, it was possible the sheer number of concertgoers requiring help simultaneously overwhelmed security. “The more people that have issues or go down or become in need of help, the more strain it puts on any type of security system,” he said.”

Revisions to “Build Back Better Act” Tax Law Proposals

After ongoing negotiations with congressional leadership following the release of the initial proposed tax bill on September 13, 2021 and pressure from moderate Democrats, President Biden and the House Rules Committee released a revised version of the Build Back Better reconciliation legislation on October 28, 2021.


On September 13, 2021, the House Ways and Means Committee released a proposed tax bill (House proposal) as part of the Biden administration’s “Build Back Better Act.” The segments of the proposed bill discussed below highlight important changes to the way trusts, estates, and individuals could be taxed. However, it is important to note that this proposed legislation is likely to change (perhaps substantively) before it is finally passed into law.

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