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Jennifer J. Howe

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Top Rated Estate & Trust Litigation Attorney in Lake Forest, IL

Lesser Lutrey Pasquesi & Howe, LLP
191 E. Deerpath Rd., Suite 300
Lake Forest, IL 60045
Phone: 847-295-8800
Fax: 847-295-8886
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2023
Licensed in Illinois Since: 1998
Practice Areas: Estate & Trust Litigation, Estate Planning & Probate
Attorney Profile

Jennifer J. Howe is managing partner at Lesser Lutrey Pasquesi & Howe, LLP, in Lake Forest, Illinois. She takes on cases involving estate and trust litigation, fiduciary protection, estate planning and wealth transfer, tax planning and wealth preservation, and special needs planning and guardianships. 

Ms. Howe is a considerate and dedicated attorney and a zealous advocate for her clients. She handles every case with a genuine concern for her clients and provides top-notch legal representation with a firm commitment to their needs and best interests. 

Ms. Howe is admitted to practice in the states of Illinois and Michigan as well as in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th and 7th Circuits and the  U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois Trial Bar, the Central District of Illinois and the Eastern District of Michigan. 

With a major in government from the University of Notre Dame, Ms. Howe earned a Bachelor of Arts degree. Graduating cum laude, she obtained her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. 

Actively affiliated with the legal community, Ms. Howe has held memberships and appointments in the Association of Women Attorneys of Lake County, the Illinois State Bar Association Trusts and Estates Section, the Lake County Bar Association Judicial Selection & Retention Committee and the Lake County Bar Association’s Trusts and Estates Committee. 

Ms. Howe was he prior president and first vice president of the Lake County Bar Association. She was also on the board of directors for the Lake Forest/Lake Bluff Chamber of Commerce.  Ms. Howe is an ardent speaker and has lectured at several prominent platforms on employment law as well as trusts and estates.

Ms. Howe served as an adjunct professor at the Loyola University Chicago School of Law. She has authored and co-authored many articles on estate and trust law, employment law and elderly law matters and has a “Superb” rating on Avvo.

Practice Areas
  • 70%Estate & Trust Litigation
  • 30%Estate Planning & Probate
Focus Areas

Will Contests, Estate Planning, Guardianships & Conservatorships, Power of Attorney, Probate & Estate Administration, Trusts, Wills


5 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2023

About Jennifer J. Howe

First Admitted: 1992, Michigan

Professional Webpage:

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Lake County Bar Foundation, Board of Directors, Member

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Lake Forest/Lake Bluff Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors, 2015 - 2017
  • President, Lake County Bar Association, 2017-2018
  • Lake County Bar Association, Member, Judicial Selection & Retention Committee, 2006 - 2013
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Member, Trusts & Estate Section Council, 2007 - 2009
  • Second Vice President, Lake County Bar Association, 2015
  • First Vice President, Lake County Bar Association, 2016
  • Association of Women Attorneys of Lake County, Board member, 2008 - 2010
  • Lake County Bar Association, Chairman, Guardianship Help Desk, 2014 - 2017
  • Lake County Bar Association, Member, Trusts & Estate Committee, 2002 - Present
  • Lake County Bar Association, Chairman, Employment Law Committee, 2009 - 2014
  • Illinois, 1997
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois Trial Bar
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit
  • Michigan, 1992

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Speaker: 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)
  • Estate Planning for Couples, (Wintrust Transition Series, Lake forest Bank & Trust, Lake Forest, IL, June 16, 2014)
  • Speaker: Your Personal Credit History, Is it Fair Game for Employers? (Lake County Bar Association, Employment Committee, November 17, 2010)
  • Speaker: What every Lawyer Should Know About Sexual Harassment Investigations (Lake County Bar Association – Best Practices in Diversity, CLE Seminar, and November 9, 2011)
  • Speaker: Employment Terminations – Best Practices (Lake County Bar Association Annual Employment Law Seminar, March 20, 2013)
  • Guest Lecturer: Drafting Employment Agreements – Fundamentals (DePaul School of Law (September 25, 2013; September 25, 2014)
  • Speaker: Advanced Medical Directives – Which option is best and for whom? (LCBA Wills Trust & Probate Committee Annual Seminar, Fall 2005)
  • Speaker: Ethical Considerations – Multigenerational Representations, (ISBA Trusts & Estates Committee Council Meeting, September 17, 2008)
  • Speaker: Ethical Considerations in Estate Planning, Transition Periods, and Estate and Trust Administration”, (Illinois State Bar Association, Law Ed Program, April 30, 2009)
  • Author, Employment Law Update: Overtime Rules Change (The Docket, August 2004)
  • Speaker: Charging & Recovering Fiduciary Fees, (LCBA Trusts & Estate Committee, Annual Seminar, and November 13, 2014)
  • Estate Planning for Women:(Women in Transition Series, Wintrust Financial, Highland Park Country Club, April 23, 2015)
  • Adjunct Professor, University of Loyola Chicago, School of Law; Drafting Wills and Trusts, 2016
  • Co-author, Employment Discrimination – A Disparate Treatment Overview (The Docket, September 2009)
  • Co-author: Financial Exploitation of An Elderly Person or Person With Disability, The Docket, June, 2017

Educational Background

  • University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana, B.A., Major: Government, 1987
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Office Location for Jennifer J. Howe

191 E. Deerpath Rd.
Suite 300
Lake Forest, IL 60045

Phone: 847-295-8800

Fax: 847-295-8886

Last Updated: 9/20/2022

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