Larissa A. Gest, MBA, JD

Congratulations to our 2021 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.

DUGGAN BERTSCH, LLC is proud to announce the following attorneys who have been selected as Super Lawyers and Rising Stars for 2021 in the following categories:

2021 Illinois Super Lawyers

Timothy Liam Epstein

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Michael A. Passananti

  • Estate & Probate

Steven H. Shapiro

  • Mergers & Acq.


2021 Illinois Rising Stars

Clint A. Costa

  • Estate & Probate

Larissa A. Gest

  • Estate & Probate

Greta R. Staat

  • Estate & Probate

Kara A. Wenzl

  • Estate & Probate

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Larissa’s practice focuses on business and corporate planning, estate and wealth transfer planning, and trust and estate administration, primarily for high net worth families. Larissa’s experience includes advising clients on a wide variety of matters, including business planning and structuring, sophisticated income and estate tax planning, asset protection planning strategies, and negotiation of pre- and post-nuptial agreements.

Larissa’s educational background includes attaining a Bachelor of Art and Science in Psychology with emphasis on Natural Science, a Juris Doctorate (Cum Laude), and a Masters in Business Administration from Loyola University Chicago.

Prior to joining DUGGAN BERTSCH, LLC, Larissa worked at another Chicago firm where she gained considerable experience in the areas of business and corporate planning, estate planning and administration, and pre- and post-nuptial agreements.


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Member, Illinois State Bar Association
Member, Chicago Bar Association
Member, Chicago Estate Planning Counsel

Larissa has also been recognized by her peers in the legal community and was named a 2021 Rising Star by Illinois Super Lawyers Magazine.

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