Professional Experience: Robert D. Gillen

Robert D. Gillen, J.D. : Areas of Practice
  • Asset protection
  • Wealth preservation and international estate planning services with foreign situs asset protection trusts
  • Limited liability companies and domestic asset protection solutions including:
    • Limited liability companies
    • Family limited partnerships
    • Domestic asset protection trusts
    • Beneficiary controlled trusts
    • Irrevocable life insurance trusts
    • Intentionally defective grantor trusts
    • Charitable remainder & lead trusts
    • Personal residence trusts
    • Minor trusts
    • Qualified domestic trusts
    • Special needs trusts
  • Succession planning for family-owned business, corporations and partnerships
Professional Qualifications

Photo of Robert D. Gillen, Esq. at the U.S. Supreme CourtRobert D. Gillen, Esq., on the balcony of the Supreme Court building








On June 1, 2009, Robert D. Gillen, Esq. was admitted to the bar of the Supreme Court of the United States in a ceremony held in Washington, DC. The Honorable John. G. Roberts, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, granted the motion for said admission. On the same day, the pictured bust of Abraham Lincoln, commissioned by the Illinois State Bar Association, was presented to Justice John Paul Stevens for permanent display at the Supreme Court Building.

Mr. Gillen has been awarded the prestigious  “AV Preeminent” rating by Martindale-Hubbell™ as part of their strenuous National Peer Review Rating Process.  The “AV Preeminent”  rating is the highest possible peer review rating for both legal ability and ethical standards and according to Martindale-Hubbell™ is the “pinnacle of professional excellence.”  The AV Preeminent rating is awarded to less than five percent of all attorneys in the United States and Mr. Gillen is part of the even smaller elite group that received a perfect 5.0 rating from their peers and the judiciary.

Mr. Gillen explained that receipt of the “AV Preeminent Rating” is the ultimate acknowledgement by the legal profession of an attorney’s high ethical standards and legal abilities and “I am extremely honored to have been deemed worthy of receiving this prestigious rating.”  

Robert D. Gillen's other  professional qualifications include:

  • Licensed to practice in Arizona and Illinois, Federal District Court, US Tax Court, US Court of Appeals and the US Supreme Court
  • Juris Doctor from IIT/Chicago Kent College of Law 1979 with honors
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration University of Illinois 1976, minor in pre-law and concentration in business, tax & finance
  • Instructor for the Center for Professional Education for continuing education classes for CPAs on the following topics:
    • Asset Protection Planning in a Litigious Society
    • Estate Planning for Second Marriages and Beyond
    • Limited Liability Companies
    • The Accountant’s Role in Estate Planning
    • Estate Planning for the Closely Held Business
Robert D. Gillen Portrait