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Brian Joseph Cohan

Estate planning Attorney at Long Grove, IL

5.0   3 reviews
  • Licensed for 42 years
    State IL
    Acquired 1981
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found

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About Brian

Learn Brian’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Estate planning
    Creation of Living Trusts, Special Needs Trusts, Insurance Trusts, Support Trusts, along with ancillary services including Powers of Attorney, Wills, Advanced Directives including Living Wills

    43 years, 7,500 cases

  2. Litigation

    43 years, 2,500 cases

  3. Trusts

    43 years, 2,500 cases

Brian J. Cohan has been in the practice of law since 1981.  He has extensive experience in the fields of estate planning, litigation, contracts, commercial real estate, and intellectual property.  Brian has on average provided over 100 hours a year to pro bono causes, and has been extemely active in the local community in a variety of capacities.  He has organized the Housing and Shelter Project, been a volunteer pro bono attorney for LifeSpan, and has run his own pro bono law clinic for the less fortunate since 1983.  He also specializes in not for profit corporations and has gifted his services to more than 50 churches and other charitable instiutions.


Law Offices Of Brian J. Cohan, P.C.
5659 RFD
Long Grove, IL, 60047-8251

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Posted by Linda | December 26, 2010
Professional Services with kindness
I was in need of an attorney and Brian was recommended by a trusted family member. My problem needed quick attention and He was able to provide that while showing empathy for the situation. His availability and responses were fast and accurate. The legal problem was quickly resolved including all paperwork that brought closure to the whole issue. I was extremely satisfied and would use Brian's services again without question.
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Posted by Dave | October 27, 2009
Brian is a straight shooter from beginning to end. He clearly guides you through his extensive areas of expertise in a very understandable and pragmatic way. I have recommended a variety people/situations to Brian and in every case the people referred have expressed their appreciation and satisfaction with his work. Additionally he posses a genuine empathy of a client situation or need in accomplishing what is best for his client.
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Posted by Patrick Smith | October 3, 2009
Incorporating My Business
When I decided to incorporate my business I thought it was something I could do myself. I quickly realized that it was too important to attempt alone or leave to chance. I sought out an experienced attorney to guide me thought the process and Mr. Cohan's insight and expertise made for an obvious choice. My incorporation moved quickly without issue and I was able to focus on launching my business without having to backtrack through the legal process. Although I hired Mr. Cohan as my attorney I consider him an asset to my business.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Principal
  • Law Offices of Brian J. Cohan
  • 1981 - Present


  • DePaul University College of Law
  • Juris Doctor
  • 1981
  • University of Arizona
  • BA With Distinction
  • 1977

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Estate of Erickson
  • Verdict for Defendant
  • In Re Landem
  • Verdict for Defendant client
  • Gomez v. Johnson
  • Verdict for Plaintiff client


  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member Trusts and Estates Section
  • 2010 - Present
  • Long Grove Illinois Rotary Club
  • Director
  • 2009 - Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • 1981 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 100 Lawyers
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2019
  • 10 Best Estate Planning
  • American Institute of Legal Counsel
  • 2019
  • Top 100 Lawyers
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2018
  • Distinguished Lawyer
  • Expert Network
  • 2018
  • 10 Best
  • American Institute of Legal Counsel
  • 2018
  • Top 100 Lawyers
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2017
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  • Illinois State Bar Association Journal
  • Business Law
  • 2010

Speaking Engagements

  • Kinsley HNW Seminar
  • FATCA Reporting Requirements for High Net Worth Individuals
  • 2011
  • Tax Planning
  • Income and Estate Tax Changes for 2010
  • 2010
  • Seminar
  • Estate Planning Every Family Needs to Know
  • 2010
  • Lecture
  • Family Based Estate Planning
  • 2010
  • Lutheran Annual Estate Planning for Seniors
  • Trust Based Estate Planning for Seniors
  • 2008
  • Family Legal Planning Lutheran Church in America
  • Post Mortem Estate Planning
  • 2006
  • Arlington Heights Senior Club
  • Fundamentals of Trust Based Estate Planning
  • 2006
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Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (6)
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Estate planning Attorney | Feb 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Sep 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Brian is a highly accomplished lawyer and well versed in estate planning and probate matters as well as transactional matters. I highly endorse Brian and would not hesitate to refer clients to him for all of their estate planning needs."
Real estate Attorney | Jan 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Several months ago, Brian volunteered to help me out on a real estate dispute matter. As a new attorney, I often rely on experienced fellow lawyers’ guidance. When I knocked on Brian’s door, via telephone call, he was ready, willing, and ABLE to help me. Many times, I called him even on his cell phone and he listened and gave me thorough instructions, which lead me to the victory. I find his experience, kindness, and professionalism exceptionally superb. His help, effort, and guidance was greatly appreciated. NO! I think, without his help - I could not have resolved this matter to my clients’ satisfaction. I believe that he is one of the very few great attorneys that I’ve met and he deserves from me the title "truly remarkable”! I believe not only I but others will also benefit from his vast experience and wisdom. Dear Brian, I know the client/s who retains you is in great hands with YOU!. Brian, keep up the great work! NL"
Estate planning Attorney | Dec 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Since I entered the practice of law, I have had the opportunity to work with Brian in both the estate planning and real estate practice areas. Brian has always displayed the utmost professionalism amongst fellow attorneys, is diligent in working with clients, and certainly knows the law."
Estate planning Attorney | Dec 11
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Brian is a skilled and competent lawyer. Brian's knowledge of the law is surpassed only by the professionalism by which he conducts himself. Brian is clearly among the elite of our profession."
Estate planning Attorney | Nov 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Cohan is an expert estate planner who assists not only clients but the legal community as well. His work is precise and based in current law. Too many lawyers fly by the seat of their pants in this practice area and the internet forms are a disaster. Mr. Cohan is up to date on the law and listens to the people he works with in order to meet their hopes, needs and goals."
Estate planning Attorney | Oct 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked with or across from Brian on numerous matters related to estate planning, estate settlement, real estate, and business acquisition. Within his practice areas, his knowledge of the law is both broad and deep and he can nearly always describe the current state of the law on a particular issue confidently and without hesitation. Because of that knowledge and Brian’s ability to spot the key issues quickly, he is able to be very conscientious on behalf of his clients without wasting their time."
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