Schiff Hardin LLP today announced that Susan T. Bart has joined the firm’s Private Clients, Trusts and Estates Group as a partner in the Chicago office. Bart, who is a fellow, regent, and former Illinois state chair of the American College of Trust & Estate Counsel, focuses on helping clients transfer their wealth in meaningful ways.
“Susan is a recognized thought leader in matters concerning estate planning, dispute resolution and trust formation,” said Thomas W. Abendroth, Private Clients, Trusts and Estates Practice Group leader at Schiff Hardin. “We are pleased to add a distinguished, seasoned professional like Susan to our growing practice.”
Bart was the Reporter (drafter) of the Uniform Trust Decanting Act, which is now being enacted in several states. She has also been active in Illinois trust law legislation. Bart joins Schiff Hardin from Sidley Austin LLP, where she was a partner. She started her private law career after clerking for the Hon. Richard D. Cudahy, United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit.
“I was looking for a top-tier national estate planning practice with a vibrant Chicago office, and that describes Schiff Hardin perfectly,” Bart said. “Everyone is very welcoming, and the firm has a collegial, supportive environment. Having known many Schiff Hardin attorneys over the years, I have always had great respect for them.”
Recognized in 2017 as a National Law Journal Divorce, Trusts & Estates Trailblazer, Bart is a noted writer on trust and estate law with more than 30 published articles. Over the course of her career, Bart has written about what she describes as a “great revolution in trust law.”
“There has been a significant amount of change in estate and gift tax law, as well as trust law, and it shows every sign of continuing,” she said. “Estate planners must be flexible and create plans that respond to frequent changes in the law.”
Bart also has garnered numerous accolades including as a leading lawyer in Private Wealth by Chambers, “best in wealth management” by Euromoney Legal Media Group in 2013, and recipient of the 2013 Austin Fleming Award from the Chicago Estate Planning Council for achievement in estate planning practices, among other awards. She received her J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Michigan Law School and her B.A., Phi Beta Kappa and with honors, from Grinnell College.