Part-time Faculty A-M
David C. Fuechtman
Title: Partner, Reed Smith LLP
David is a partner and Co-Chair of the Wealth Planning Department at the law firm of Reed Smith LLP. The objective of his practice is to provide the very best quality of advice and legal work regarding the management and transfer of property, and the administration of a decedent's estates, trusts and other fiduciary accounts. The protection of assets and their transfer to future generations are among the most important goals an individual can have during his or her lifetime. David uses his extensive experience to help his clients - including individuals, corporate and individual fiduciaries, and charitable and non-profit entities - attain their goals for themselves and their families, or organizations, while minimizing applicable income, gift and estate taxes.
David's practice includes sophisticated and proactive estate and gift tax planning, involving grantor retained annuity trusts, family partnerships, limited liability companies, generation-skipping tax planning, insurance planning, marital agreements and intra-family sales. He represents both private and publicly held family businesses with special emphasis on the integration of tax, business and personal aspects of succession planning. He also represents corporate and individual trustees in settling estates of complex holdings and taxpayers in estate and gift tax audits. David structures charitable contributions to achieve maximum personal and tax benefits through use of vehicles such as charitable lead trusts, charitable remainder trusts, private foundations and donor advised funds. He provides advice to fiduciaries on technical aspects of tax, estate and trust law. David also represents beneficiaries and fiduciaries in estate and trust disputes and litigation.
David’s goal is to understand and address the significant personal and family issues that are involved in the estate planning process. He endeavors always to implement the client's personal and business goals in a tax-efficient manner.
Reed Smith LLP
10 South Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60606-7507
B.S., with honors, DePaul University, 1989
J.D., Loyola University Chicago, 1995