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Gary J. Stern is an attorney at Stern Law Team, LLC  who concentrates in estate planning, wealth transfer, asset protection, corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies, mergers and acquisitions, business law, international law, immigration law and contracts.

As part of his estate planning, wealth transfers, and asset protection, Gary has developed and copywritten various "wealth preservation" structures and arrangements designed to increase the level of asset protection for clients from unanticipated liabilities, litigation and creditors. As part of his international law and immigration law practices, he has developed the “Welcome to USA” program, a comprehensive program of services for Chinese corporations and high-net-worth persons interested in the United States. Gary also has significant experience in the areas of securities, employee benefits, real estate, trademarks, copyrights, intellectual property issues,  and secured lending.

Gary has presented speeches and seminars and authored numerous articles to a variety of audiences, including national conventions, on a variety of topics, principally in the areas of estate planning, wealth transfers, asset protection, corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies, international law and immigration law.

Gary travels extensively to China and has established a representative office in Shanghai.


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  1. Estate Planning: 80%
    6 years
  2. Business: 20%
    6 years



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Stern Law Team, LLC

1363 Shermer Road
Suite 324
Northbrook, IL, 60062


ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law198305/17/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Leading LawyerLeading Lawyers Network2014
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing MemberStern Law Team, LLc2013 - Present
MemberStahl Cowen Crowley Addis LLC2010 - 2013
PrincipalChuhak & Tecson, PC1996 - 2010
PrincipalFishman & Merrick1994 - 1996
OwnerGary J. Stern, P.C.1992 - 1994
PartnerLevenfeld Eisenberg Janger Samotny & Halper1983 - 1992
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationMember2008 - Present
United States-China Chamber of CommerceMember2006 - Present
Illinois State Bar AssociationMember1983 - Present
Chicago Bar AssociationMember1983 - Present
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
Leading Lawyers Network MagazineGary Stern: Bringing Western Tax Planning to the Far East2009
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Chicago Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1983
Cornell UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts (cum laude)1980
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
New Estate Tax LawsMuch To Do About Nothing-Estate Planning in Year 20102010
U.S. Investment and Immigration Forum 2009EB-5 - Immigration to United States Through Investment2009