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Samuel M. Dotzler

Samuel M. Dotzler

Practice areas:

Estate Planning, Business, Probate, General Practice

About Me

Sam’s experience in a large firm has exposed him to and allowed him to focus on to complex estate and business planning opportunities.  Sam’s experience with a small firm taught him how to meet the client’s needs in the most efficient manner possible.  His experience in these two firms enables Sam to serve his clients at the highest level while staying grounded enough to provide the services the client actually needs.


The client experience with Dotzler Law focuses on the fact that the client’s needs drive the relationship, not the attorney’s.  We want to get to know you and what you are really trying to accomplish.  Then we can build on that to identify your legal needs and wants.  Then we can work with you to put a plan in place that takes care of all of those things, a plan that takes care of you.


Prior to founding Dotzler Las, as a member of the Trusts and Estates Practice at Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, Sam focused on estate, tax and business planning for clients of significant wealth, including the structuring of tax-advantageous solutions for transferring wealth and closely-held business interests to younger generations. Mr. Dotzler advised clients with regard to gift, estate and generation-skipping transfer tax planning, succession planning, leveraged wealth transfer techniques, charitable planning, trust and probate administration and the integration of estate plans and corporate structures. 

Prior to joining Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, Mr. Dotzler practiced law at Hoogendoorn & Talbot LLP focusing on Probate, Trusts and Estates. He is a member of the Chicago Bar Association, where he serves as a Co-Chair of the Estate Planning Committee of the Young Lawyer Section, the American Bar Association and the Illinois State Bar Association. Mr. Dotzler earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Olaf College in 2000, where he now serves as a Director on the St. Olaf College Alumni Association Board of Directors, and his Juris Doctor from Suffolk University Law School in 2006. He is admitted to practice in Illinois.


Practice Areas

Licensed since 2006

  1. Estate Planning: 50%
  2. Business: 40%
  3. General Practice: 5%
  4. Probate: 5%


Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

2 total

  • Sarah E. Toney

    I highly recommend Mr. Dotzler because he is extremely knowledgeable and a wonderful lawyer. Everyone I refer to him is thrilled with his representation as he is easy to work with, very thorough, and dedicated to what he does. I have, and will continue to, refer anyone with any kind of estate planning need to Mr. Dotzler!


    Sarah Toney Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Robert Don Fink

    I endorse Mr. Dotzler. He is experienced, knowledgeable and easy to work with. I trust him for all my estate and trust matters and recommend him to all of my clients.


    Robert Fink Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Dotzler Law, LLC

1608 S. Ashland
No. 25306
Chicago, IL, 60608


ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law200605/14/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PresidentDotzler Law, LLC2012 - Present
AttorneyKatten Muchin Rosenman, LLP2008 - 2012
AttorneyHoogendoorn & Talbot2006 - 2008

Association NamePosition NameDuration
St. Olaf College Alumni Board of DirectorsBoard Member2010 - Present
Chicago Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section, Estate Planning CommitteeCo-Chair2010 - Present
Illinois State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Chicago Bar AssociationMemberN/A

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Suffolk University Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor2006
Saint Olaf CollegeN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts2000

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Chicago Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section, Estate Planning CommitteeGeneration Skipping Tax Planning2010