Lauren Wolven is a partner in the Trusts & Estates Group. She concentrates her practice on estate planning, wealth protection, estate and trust administration, tax and succession planning for privately held businesses, and trust and estate litigation. She also represents individuals and financial institutions in estate and trust administration and controversy matters. In addition, Lauren works extensively with foundations and other charitable organizations with respect to administration, tax and planning issues.  

Lauren is a member of the estate planning organization, the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), where she also is also a member of the Program Committee. ACTEC membership is based on professional reputation, expertise in the fields of trusts and estates and on the basis of having made substantial contributions to these fields through lecturing, writing, teaching, and bar activities.

A frequent lecturer and author on a variety of estate planning and trust administration topics, Lauren is the co-author of two BNA portfolios, "Estate Planning for Unmarried Adults" and "Managing Litigation Risks of Fiduciaries," part of BNA's Tax Management Portfolio series. Lauren also has been published in the ACTEC Journal and Estate Planning, among others. Her speaking engagements have included presentations for the nation’s largest estate planning seminar, the Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning, ALI-CLE, the American Bar Association Section of Real Property, Probate and Trust Law, the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, the Chicago Bar Association, and the Duke Estate Planning Conference.

Lauren is past president and director of the Chicago Estate Planning Council. She is a past Board Member of the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education and served several terms on the Executive Committee of the Chicago Bar Association Trust Law Committee. Lauren was named by Law Bulletin Publishing Company as one of its "40 Under 40" in 2010; was selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers from 2012 through 2016; and was recognized as an Illinois Super Lawyer 2014 through 2016. In 2015 and 2016, Lauren was named by Super Lawyers as one of the Top 50 Women Attorneys in Illinois; and in 2016, she was named by Super Lawyers as one of the Top 100 Attorneys in Illinois.

Outside the office, Lauren is an active member of the community, having served on the Planned Giving Advisory Committee of the Shedd Aquarium, and from 2011 through 2014 as Membership Co-Chair of Oak Park Temple B’Nai Abraham Zion.

  • Bar Admissions: Illinois, 1999
    Florida, 2016

    Education: Indiana University, B.A., 1996
    University of Illinois, J.D., 1999

  • Memberships: - American Bar Association
    - American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, Fellow
    - American Heart Association, Greater Midwest Affiliate, Heart Ball Auction Committee Chair, 2009
    - Chicago Bar Association, Trust Law Executive Committee, 2002-2008
    - Chicago Estate Planning Council, Board of Directors
    - Coalition of Women's Initiatives in Law, Board of Directors
    - Gannon Center for Women and Leadership at Loyola University, Advisory Council Member, 2007-2008
    - Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, Board of Directors, 2007-2011
    - Shedd Aquarium, Planned Giving Advisory Committee
    - Oak Park Temple B'Nai Abraham Zion, Membership Co-Chair, 2011-2014

  • Honors & Awards: - 40 Illinois Attorneys Under 40 to Watch, Chicago Lawyer, 2010
    - American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, Fellow
    - Illinois Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2010-2013
    - IICLE Distinguished Service Award, 2012
    - Ranked in Chambers USA and HNW 2016
    - Top 100: 2016 Illinois Super Lawyers
    - Top 50: Women Illinois Super Lawyers, 2015-2017
    - Best Lawyers in America, 2012-2017
    - Illinois Super Lawyers, 2014-2017