Thomas F. Bennington, Jr.

Partner

2009 – 2018 Leading Lawyer
(Law Bulletin Publishing)

To all of his clients, Thomas “Tom” F. Bennington, Jr. consistently delivers real world practical advice based on his extensive management, policy making and business experiences drawn from a deep public service, charitable and legal background. He represents local, regional, national and privately-held businesses and corporations, as well as business owners and entrepreneurs, in a wide range of business endeavors. Tom has represented both buyers and sellers in transactions ranging in value from $25,000 to $175 million, and he has represented banks and borrowers.

Whether a matter involves customer or vendor agreements, bank financing, business succession planning or business and real estate sales and acquisitions, Tom approaches every client engagement with steadfast focus on the client’s goals and plans for the future. Tom takes those goals, analyzes the client’s unique situation and circumstances, and crafts a solution to effectively satisfy the client’s needs. His approachable demeanor, thoughtful approach and genuine care and concern for his clients and their businesses truly distinguish Tom from any other business attorney.

Additionally, Tom assists clients with their succession and estate planning needs. He helps business owners fulfill their vision for the future by implementing strategies that preserve their desires and legacy.

Tom has served the public in a variety of leadership capacities for both civic and charitable organizations. He led the planning, funding, development and construction of the recreational Southern DuPage County Regional Trail and has lectured nationally on the development of multi-use trail systems. Tom lives in Downers Grove with his wife, Tracy, and their 3 sons.

Bar Admissions

  • State of Illinois

Court Admissions

  • United States District Courts
    • Northern District of Illinois

Professional Affiliations

  • DuPage County Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • DuPage Estate Planning Council
  • Suburban Chicago Planned Giving Council

Professional Experience

  • Lawrence Kamin, LLC
    • Partner: 2010-Present
  • Chuhak & Tecson, P.C., 1987-2010

Education

  • DePaul University College of Law, J.D., 1987
  • North Central College, B.A., Political Science, History, 1984

Community Service

  • The Conservation Foundation, Naperville, Illinois
    • Board Member and Officer
  • Chamber630 (Chamber of Commerce of Downers Grove, Woodridge)
    • Board Member
  • United Way of Metropolitan Chicago,
    • Planning Committee Member and Past Board Member
  • Knights of Columbus, Mayslake Council, Officer

Effective Negotiation and Contracting Mitigates ERISA-Regulated Pension Withdrawal Liability

A Lot of Parties

$50+ Million commercial refinance involving 3 banks and multiple borrowers and guarantors.

Stock Sale Allows for Retirement Dreams

Multiple shareholder corporation sells stock allowing shareholders to retire in the style they desired.

A Good Estate Plan Provides for Peaceful Transition

Estate plan preparation and proper lifetime trust funding allowed family seamless transition following parent’s death.

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