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Michelle Huhnke

Michelle M. Huhnke is a partner with the Chicago law firm of Sugar Felsenthal Grais & Hammer LLP.  She focuses her practice on estate planning, charitable planning, and wealth preservation.  She works with clients and their families to develop estate plans that address varied family circumstances in a caring, detailed way and include efficient estate, gift and generation-skipping tax planning.  She routinely helps clients administer estates and trusts by preparing federal estate tax returns and advising fiduciaries regarding family issues, tax problems, and their duties and rights. 

Michelle also represents charities and their donors.  She advises clients on the use of charitable trusts, private foundations and donor advised funds to foster family philanthropy and maximize the income, estate, and gift tax benefits of charitable giving.  She advises charitable foundations and public charities on governance and business transactions.

Michelle frequently lectures on charitable organizations and estate planning issues.  She moved to Chicago in 2006 after practicing in the Washington, D.C. and Northern Virginia area.  She is a former Chair of the Estate Planning Committee of the Taxation Section of the D.C. Bar.  She holds a J.D. from the National Law Center of George Washington University and a B.A. from Barnard College of Columbia University.


National Law Center, George Washington University (J.D., with honors)
Barnard College (B.A., magna cum laude, 1989)