Steven C. Gustafson

Managing Partner at Gould & Ratner

Steven C. Gustafson

Steven C. Gustafson

Managing Partner at Gould & Ratner

Biography

As an advisor and counselor to entrepreneurs, closely held businesses, and wealthy families and their family offices, Steve Gustafson draws upon multiple disciplines to provide integrated tax, business and financial advice.

Steve’s practice has a substantial emphasis in the areas of tax and financial transactions, including structuring corporate, joint venture, commercial and real estate transactions, as well as assisting family businesses with tax and financial planning matters. He also focuses on the areas of family wealth transfer planning, estate and gift tax matters, philanthropy and business succession planning.

Steve has served as an adjunct instructor at The John Marshall Law School, where he has taught Federal Income Tax Aspects of Real Estate Transactions as part of the school’s LL.M. program in tax.

A frequent speaker, Steve often addresses topics at the intersection of the law, taxation and business strategy, including the tax and financial aspects of choice of business entity planning, structuring real estate transactions, business succession planning, the design of executive compensation plans, and the tax and financial aspects of planned charitable giving programs.

Steve has been recognized as an Illinois Super Lawyer as well as having been named an Illinois Leading Lawyer since 2011 in the areas of Closely & Privately Held Business, Business Tax and Individual Tax.

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Steven C. Gustafson
Managing Partner at Gould & Ratner
Education
JD
Class of 1986

Chicago-Kent College of Law, is a law school affiliated with Illinois Institute of Technology. It is the second oldest law school in the state of Illinois, and one of two law schools in the United States with a three-year legal writing program, the other being the University of Minnesota Law School.

BS in Economics
Class of 1984

DePaul, in common with all universities, is dedicated to teaching, research, and public service. However, in pursuing its own distinctive purposes, among these three fundamental responsibilities this university places highest priority on programs of instruction and learning. All curricula emphasize skills and attitudes that educate students to be lifelong, independent learners. DePaul provides sufficient diversity in curricular offerings, personal advisement, student services, and extracurricular activities to serve students who vary in age, ability, experience, and career interests. Full-time and part-time students are accorded equivalent service and are held to the same academic standards.

Memberships
Member
Current

The Chicago Estate Planning Council has been an outstanding source of information about estate planning developments, analysis and techniques for its members since 1938. Council membership is carefully selected from Chicago area professionals, and is comprised of attorneys, certified financial planners, certified public accountants, chartered financial consultants, chartered life underwriters, and trust officers-all pooling their knowledge and technical expertise for the advancement of informed estate planning.

Career History
Managing Partner
Current

Gould & Ratner is a law firm with a wealth of legal experience and business acumen. The firm's services are designed to reflect the needs of well-established organizations and growing businesses, as well as those of individuals. Our attorneys are trained and educated in multi-faceted legal areas so that each one can guide a client through more than one issue, rather than bouncing them from attorney to attorney. They translate their legal knowledge and business skills into practical solutions that work for our clients. However, when a team is needed, the right people are just down the hallway. More than just legal advisors, our lawyers consistently demonstrate the care and commitment that set us apart. Formed in the 1930s, Gould & Ratner has represented prominent clients in diverse and complicated matters in Chicago and throughout the world. We were fortunate enough to have the Crown Family as our first client, whose holdings grew from its original sand and gravel company into multiple natural resource, industrial, telecommunication, transportation, and real estate activities, including ownership of Rockefeller Center and the Empire State Building. Over the years, we have helped our clients grow from local family-owned operations to national conglomerates – enterprises that we continue to represent. Gould & Ratner has grown – from three attorneys handling general corporate work for the Crown Family to a multi-dimensional firm of nearly 50 lawyers representing Fortune 500 corporations, closely-held businesses, financial institutions and entrepreneurs, as well as families and their businesses in real estate, corporate, tax, estate and succession planning, litigation, human resources and employment, environmental and related specialty fields. In this ever-changing and complex world, Gould & Ratner remains one of the few truly mid-size law firms in Chicago. This allows us the unique ability to employ our multi-faceted approach to legal service for clients of every size and in every industry.

Adjunct Professor
Prior

The John Marshall Law School is a law school in Chicago, Illinois, that was founded in 1899 and accredited by the American Bar Association in 1951. The school was named for the influential nineteenth century U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Marshall. The John Marshall Law School offers programs for both part-time and full-time students, with both day and night classes available, and offers January enrollment — choices most law schools no longer offer. John Marshall is located in Chicago's central financial and legal district, most commonly known as The Loop. It is across the street from the Dirksen Federal Building, which houses the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, and about four blocks from the Daley Center, which houses the Cook County Courts. It is also next door to the Chicago Bar Association. The fall 2012 entering class had a median GPA of 3.29 and a median LSAT of 153.[2]

Boards & Committees
Member, Board of Directors
Current

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Political Donations
$1,500
2007

Former President of United States

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Steven C. Gustafson is affiliated with Gould & Ratner, The John Marshall Law School, Have Dreams

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