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About me

I am passionate about helping families solve the problems that keep them up at night.  I have a wonderful wife Katie, three adult children, three beautiful grandchildren and one more on the way.  I live in Riverwoods with Katie and our dog Buster who we rescued from the Anti Cruelty Society in 2007.


I love studying history and World War 2 is a huge part of my life.  I have visited Normandy France five times and took a group of seven friends as a private tour in 2012 and am planning another in October of 2014. 


I love pets and have helped many of my clients provide for their people and pet loved ones as well.


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Practice areas


  1. Estate Planning: 39%
    36 years
  2. Wills: 19%
    36 years
  3. Elder Law: 19%
    16 years
  4. Probate: 9%
    36 years
  5. Other: 14%
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Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • James Charles Shields

    I endorse this lawyer with no reservation. An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community. Very hardworking and diligent. Consistently achieves superior results. Advice is always practical and on point. I recommend to anyone looking for an attorney who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of clients and achieving the most favorable result possible.I endorse this lawyer.


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Contact info

250 Parkway Drive Suite 130
Lincolnshire, IL, 60069-4340


WIGood Standing201303/27/2015
ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law198005/17/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Preeminent 5.0 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell2016
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerLaw Offices of Gary R Waitzman LLC2006 - Present
PartnerMora, Baugh, Waitzman & Unger LLC2001 - 2006
Managing PartnerKovitz, Shifrin & Waitzman1983 - 2001
CPABlackman, Kallick and Company1973 - 1983
Association namePosition nameDuration
Financial Planning AssociationAttorney Member2013 - Present
National Academy of Elder Law AttorneysAttorney Member2005 - Present
National Network of Estate Planning AttorneysAttorney2003 - Present
InknowvisionAttorney Member2003 - Present
American Association of Attorney-Certified Public AccountantsAttorney/CPA2002 - Present
American Bar AssociationAttorney1980 - Present
Illinois State Bar AssociationAttorney1980 - Present
Illinois CPA SocietyCPA/Attorney1976 - Present
American Institue of CPA'sAttorney/CPA1976 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Client with serious illness and getting divorcedClient was thrilled with options we helped implement to address his main concerns.
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
John Marshall Law School, ChicagoLawJD - Juris Doctor1979
University of Illinois College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1973
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Tranel Financial7 Threats to your Family2014
Retirement WorkshopAsset Protection Strategies2014
FPA of IllinoisAsset Protection Strategies2014