Howard M. Cohen

Howard M. Cohen is a member in the firm with over 30 years of experience. Howard's principal areas of practice are estate planning, corporate and real estate law.

Howard has engaged in estate planning his entire career.  He has participated in seminars and lectured before groups of attorneys, accountants and insurance professionals on various estate planning topics.  He has also served on the faculty of Chicago-Kent College of Law, where he taught estate planning and federal estate and gift taxes.

Howard has significant experience in the field of corporate and real estate law, representing clients in acquisitions and divestitures. There is also a strong emphasis on the tax aspects of buying and selling of closely held businesses. He also has worked with startups in capital formation and structuring, and with lenders in documenting secured and unsecured loans. Howard has been representing clients internationally for the last twelve years. He also has significant tax experience, representing individuals and corporations in all aspects of business and tax planning.


  • Northwestern University, J.D., 1969
  • University of Michigan, B.A., 1966

Bar Admissions

Howard was admitted to practice in Illinois in 1969, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 1969.


  • Member of the Chicago Bar Association (Committee on Federal Taxation, 1981; Executive Committee, Federal Taxation, 1978-79)
  • Member of the Illinois State and American Bar Associations.
  • Member of the Chicago Estate Planning Counsel, and has participated in the ICLE/ABA Consortium on Lawyering Skills.
  • Former member of the Association of Commercial Lawyers, an international association, and served as vice-president of the ACL from 1997 to 1999.
  • Formerly an adjunct professor in estate planning and federal estate and gift tax at Chicago Kent College of Law and Illinois Institute of Technology.


Howard is the coauthor of "Illinois Advance Estate Planning," Professional Education Systems, Inc.. He lectured at the Illinois CPA Society, South Suburban Estate Planning Counsel, and on limited liability companies and shareholder's agreements.