William C. Weinsheimer (pronounced Weins-heimer) is now retired but practiced estate planning and estate and trust law. He focused on tax and succession planning for owners of closely held businesses, key executives, and other wealthy individuals. He also advised clients regarding trust and estate administration, charitable planning and fiduciary litigation, and related areas of taxation. He was frequently invited to speak on these topics.
Bill is the former chair of the Probate Practice Committee of the Chicago Bar Association and a past director of the Chicago and Illinois Bar Foundations. He has been an active member of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), where he recently chaired the Task Force on Patenting Estate Planning Techniques. He is a past regent of ACTEC, a former Illinois State chair, a former editor of ACTEC Notes, a past chair of ACTEC’s Editorial Board and Practice Committee, and a co-author of the ACTEC guide for clients entitled "What it Means to Be a Trustee." Bill received the 2010 Austin Fleming Distinguished Service Award from the Chicago Estate Planning Council, and has been recommended by his Illinois peers as a Leading Lawyer in the areas of Trust, Will & Estate Planning Law every year since 2005.
Bill is involved in a variety of community groups, including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Planned Giving Advisory Council, Ravinia Festival Planned Giving Advisory Council, Chicago Community Trust Professional Advisors Committee, and the Economic Club of Chicago. He was the recipient of the 2000 Thomas R. Leavens Award from Lawyers for the Creative Arts, an organization which he helped found in 1972.
Bill is a graduate of Northwestern University School of Law and the University of Notre Dame. Prior to joining Strauss & Malk LLP, he was a partner in two prominent Chicago firms, where he chaired or co-chaired their respective trusts and estates practices.