About John

John Bannen was a partner in the Estate, Trust & Wealth Preservation Group.

Professional Recognitions

  • Chambers HNW® (2018: Private Wealth Law)
  • State Bar of Wisconsin – Pro Bono Honor Society (2013, 2015-2020)
  • Best Lawyers® "Lawyer of the Year" (2010, 2019: Trusts & Estates)
  • Five Star Wealth Manager (2010–2020)
  • Wisconsin Super Lawyers® (2005-2019, 2021: Estate Planning & Probate)
  • Best Lawyers in America® (1995–2023: Trusts and Estates)
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Peer Review Rated
  • Board Certified Estate Planning Law Specialist as accredited by American Bar Association
  • Chartered Life Underwriter
  • Michael Gonring Pro Bono Team of the Year Award (2019)

Professional & Civic Activities

  • Milwaukee Bar Association, chairman, Legal Services For the Elderly committee, 1984–1986; chairman, Probate, Practice and Procedure, 1987–1988
  • American Bar Association, Taxation and Real Property, Probate and TrustsSections
  • State Bar of Wisconsin, director, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Sections (1990–1993)
  • Taxation Section, Inter-Professional Relations Accountants' Committee, member (1976–1980)
  • Wisconsin Society of Chartered Life Underwriters, director (1996–1998)
  • American Society of Chartered Life Underwriters (CLU)
  • Association for Advanced Life Underwriters, member (AALU) (1999–2015)
  • Wisconsin Retirement Plan Professionals, Ltd., director (1987–1990)
  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), fellow (1990–present)
  • ACTEC Foundation, trustee (2012–2017)
  • ACTEC Wisconsin State Laws coordinator (1992–1995)
  • ACTEC Committee chair Employee Benefits in Estate Planning (2002–2005)
  • ACTEC Wisconsin State chair (2007–2013)
  • Greater Milwaukee Employee Benefits council
  • Estate administration Section of General Practice program, University of Wisconsin Law School, instructor (1981)
  • Planned Giving Committee, Next Door Foundation, Inc., member
  • Planned Giving Committee, School Sisters of Notre Dame, member
  • School Sisters of Notre Dame Advisory Counsel, president (1995–1998)
  • Westwind Greens Owners Association, director (1991–1995)
  • St. Michael's Cemetery Association, secretary
  • Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi Ongoing Community Support Plan, trustee (1995–2005)
  • Servants of Mary Continuing Care Charitable Trust, trustee (2003–2005)
  • Wauwatosa Knights of Columbus Foundation, Inc., trustee (1982–1999)
  • Society of the Divine Savior Ongoing Support Trust, trustee (2004–2005)
  • Christ King Parish Community, trustee and treasurer (1995–1998)
  • Planned Giving Committee Milwaukee Zoological Society, member

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