Kirk A. Hoopingarner, Partner


Kirk Hoopingarner is a partner in the firm's Trusts & Estates and Tax-Exempt Organizations Practice Groups. For over 30 years, Mr. Hoopingarner has concentrated his practice on all facets of wealth planning and philanthropy for high-net-worth families and individuals. He has counseled his clients on a broad range of matters, involving the management and transfer of wealth including charitable gifting techniques, all types of trusts used in family wealth management and transfers, business succession planning, family limited partnerships and limited liability companies, asset protection, and federal and state estate and gift tax planning. Mr. Hoopingarner also has extensive experience in sophisticated charitable planning, both for individual donors and for substantial charitable organizations.

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)
  • 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, elected July 31, 2015)
  • The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (Member)
  • Co taught with Jodi Pellettiere and Nora Jones the Law of Tax-Exempt Organizations course for the fall semester, 2017 of the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law Graduate Tax Program

Professional Recognition

  • Selected as an Illinois Leading Lawyer - Leading Lawyers Network, 2017–present (Trust, Will & Estate Planning)
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® (2012–present: Trusts & Estates)
  • Selected for inclusion in Illinois Super Lawyers® (2006–present: Estate Planning & Probate)