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About John

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

Professional Recognitions

  • Chambers USA® (2018: Private Wealth Law)
  • State Bar of Wisconsin Pro Bono Honor Society (2013, 2015-2020)
  • Best Lawyers in America® "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
  • Michael Gonring Pro Bono "Team of the Year" (2019)

Professional & Civic Activities

  • Milwaukee Bar Association, Legal Services For the Elderly Committee, chairman (1984-1986), Probate Practice and Procedure, chairman (1987-1988)
  • American Bar Association, Taxation and Real Property, Probate and Trusts sections
  • State Bar of Wisconsin, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law sections, director (1990-1993)
  • Inter-Professional Relations Accountants' Committee, Taxation Section, 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 (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 Employee Benefits in Estate Planning Committee, chair (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, 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, 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
  • American Bar Association, board certified estate planning law specialist
  • Chartered Life, underwriter

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