About John

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

Professional Recognitions

  • Ranked Band 1 in Chambers HNW (2018: Private Wealth Law)
  • State Bar of Wisconsin – Pro Bono Honor Society (2013, 2015-2020)
  • Named the Best Lawyers® 2010, 2019 Milwaukee Trusts & Estates "Lawyer of the Year"
  • Selected as Five Star Wealth Manager (2010–2020)
  • Selected for inclusion in the 2005–2019, 2021 Wisconsin Super Lawyers® lists (Estate Planning & Probate)
  • Listed in The 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 Trust Sections)
  • 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)
  • Associate Member Association for Advanced Life Underwriters (AALU) (1999–2015)
  • Wisconsin Retirement Plan Professionals, Ltd. (Director, 1987–1990)
  • Fellow, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), (1990–present)
  • Trustee, ACTEC Foundation (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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