Jennifer Howe

Title/s:  Personnel Partner, Lesser Lutrey McGlynn & Howe, LLP



Jennifer J. Howe is the Personnel Partner with Lesser Lutrey McGlynn & Howe, LLP and is part of the management team of the firm.  Ms. Howe concentrates her practice in Trust and Estate litigation, Controversy Resolution, Guardianships, Estate Administration and Estate Planning. Ms. Howe also represents and advises employers. 

 Ms. Howe is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Detroit School of Law, cum laude, in 1992.  Ms. Howe was recently elected as the Second Vice President, Lake County Bar Association and previously served on the LCBA Board as its Secretary.  She is also a member of the Board of Directors, Lake County Bar Foundation and the current Chair of the LCBA Guardianship Help desk, which is a volunteer organization of attorneys and paralegals which provide pro bono assistance to pro se litigants seeking guardianships over minors in Lake County.  Ms. Howe formerly served as Chair of the LCBA Employment Law Committee and was appointed for two terms as a member of the Judicial Selection and Retention Committee.  She is a frequent speaker on topics related to trust and estates as well as to employment law.  In addition to Illinois, Ms. Howe is also admitted to practice in Michigan.


BA, University of Notre Dame, 1987
JD cum laude, University of Detroit School of Law, 1992

Professional & Community Affiliations

Lake County Bar Association

  • Second Vice President, elected June 2015
  • Secretary, 2013-2015
  • Chairman, Guardianship Help Desk (2014 – Present)
  • Member, Trusts & Estate Committee (2002- present)
  • Chairman, Employment Law Committee (2009 – June 2014)
  • Member, Judicial Selection & Retention Committee (2006 – 2013).

Lake County Bar Foundation

  • Member, Board of Directors, 2015

Illinois State Bar Association

  • Member, Trusts & Estate Section Council, (2007 – 2009) 

Lake Forest/Lake Bluff Chamber of Commerce

  • Board Member (2015- present)

Association of Women Attorneys of Lake County

  • Board member (2008- 2010)

Selected Publications

Ms. Howe has lectured and written on numerous employment and probate/ estate planning matters, including the following:

Estate Planning for Women:    (Women in Transition Series, Wintrust Financial, Highland Park Country Club, April 23, 2015)

Charging & Recovering Fiduciary Fees, (LCBA Trusts & Estate Committee, Annual Seminar, and November 13, 2014).

Estate Planning for Couples, (Wintrust Transition Series, Lake forest Bank & Trust, Lake Forest, IL, June 16, 2014).

Ethical Considerations in Estate Planning, Transition Periods, and Estate and Trust Administration”, (Illinois State Bar Association, Law Ed Program, April 30, 2009)

Ethical Considerations – Multigenerational Representations, (ISBA Trusts & Estates Committee Council Meeting, September 17, 2008)

Advanced Medical Directives – Which option is best and for whom? (LCBA Wills Trust & Probate Committee Annual Seminar, Fall 2005)

Guest Lecturer: Drafting Employment Agreements – Fundamentals (DePaul School of Law (September 25, 2013; September 25, 2014).

Employment Terminations – Best Practices (Lake County Bar Association Annual Employment Law Seminar, March 20, 2013)

What every Lawyer Should Know About Sexual Harassment Investigations (Lake County Bar Association – Best Practices in Diversity, CLE Seminar, and November 9, 2011)

Your Personal Credit History, Is it Fair Game for Employers? (Lake County Bar Association, Employment Committee, November 17, 2010)

2007 Amendments to Illinois Human Rights Act – Introduction to New Area of Law for Illinois Courts and Practitioners (LBCA Brown Bag Seminar, Winter 2008, and LCBA Civil Trial and Appeals Committee Annual Seminar, May 2008) 

Co-author, Employment Discrimination – A Disparate Treatment Overview (The Docket, September 2009)

Author, Employment Law Update: Overtime Rules Change (The Docket, August 2004).