Kirk A. Hoopingarner, Partner


Kirk Hoopingarner is a partner in the firm's Estate, Trust & Wealth Preservation Practice Group and focuses his practice on all facets of wealth planning and philanthropy for high-net-worth families and individuals. Mr. Hoopingarner counsels his clients on a broad range of matters involving the management and transfer of wealth and has extensive experience in sophisticated charitable planning, both for individual donors and for substantial charitable organizations.

His representative experience includes:

  • Charitable gifting techniques
  • All types of trusts used in family wealth management and transfers
  • Business succession planning
  • Family limited partnerships and limited liability companies
  • Federal and state estate and gift tax planning

Legal Services

Education and Honors

  • University of Michigan Law School (J.D., cum laude, 1984)
  • Hope College (B.A., 1981)

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois

Professional and Civic Activities

  • Chicago Estate Planning Council (Member)
  • Corporate Responsibility Group of Greater Chicago
    (Past President)
  • Evanston Community Foundation (Past Chair)
  • Evanston Township High School Foundation
    (President 2019-2020)
  • Children's Memorial Foundation (Member, Professional Advisors Council)
  • Chicago Zoological Society (Member, Planned Giving Advisory Committee)
  • McGaw YMCA of Evanston, Illinois (Past Chair)
  • Lincoln Park Zoo (Member, Planned
    Giving Advisory Council)
  • Planned Giving Today (Editorial Advisory Board)
  • The Davee Foundation (Member, Board of Directors, 2015-2019)
  • The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (Member)
  • Adjunct Professor, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law Graduate Tax Program, Class on Tax-Exempt Organizations (2017-Present)

Professional Recognition

  • Illinois Leading Lawyer - Law Bulletin Media, Trust, Will & Estate Planning, 2017–present
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Trusts & Estates, 2012-present
  • Illinois Super Lawyers®, Estate Planning & Probate, 2006–present
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