Kathryn von Matthiessen and Bonnie Lynn Chmil also recognized as outstanding personalities
NEW YORK, May 19, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Katten today announced that the company has received four Wealth of the city Magic Circle Award. The firm’s Private Wealth Practice was named International Law Firm of the Year and Law Firm of the Year UNITED STATES. Additionally, partner Kathryn von Matthiessen was named Woman of the Year and Partner Bonnie Lynn Chmil was awarded the Diversity and Gender Positive Role Model of the Year.
British financial magazine Wealth of the city presented the awards, which recognize the achievements of the international private wealth industry, including leading law firms, trust companies, family offices, tax advisers, investment managers and bankers.
“Katten is known among the top private wealth management law firms, and this recognition in four major categories highlights the talent and strength of our lawyers,” said Joshua S. Rubenstein, partner and national president of the Private Wealth department of Katten. “Furthermore, Kathryn and Bonnie’s recognition underscores Katten’s commitment to the advancement of women and diverse lawyers in the area of private wealth and the legal industry as a whole.”
Magic Circle Woman of the Year award winner von Matthiessen has been spotlighted as a leader in the private wealth space. In his practice, von Matthiessen implements comprehensive estate plans on donations and investments in United Statesas well as pre-residency planning for clients coming to United States and outbound planning issues for expatriate clients. At Katten, she is a partner who leads by example, mentoring associates and supporting them primarily on global business development. She is also vice-president and head of the program committee of the New York branch of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP).
Chmil, who represents high net worth individuals, families and fiduciary trusts in litigation with private clients, is Katten’s first talent and diversity partner for Private Wealth. In this role, she works with Private Wealth leaders within the firm New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and Charlotte offices on a number of fronts to attract, promote and retain lawyers in practice. She is also responsible for coordinating the hiring of partners and associates to ensure the firm considers diverse candidates and is gender neutral.
The Magic Circle Awards were presented by Wealth of the city at its flagship event at London earlier this week. The awards are based on nominations that demonstrate innovative customer service, talent development, business performance, leadership and vision, among other areas. Entries were evaluated by a jury and included an online vote.
Katten’s Private Wealth practice brings together for its clients three essential practice components – planning, administration and litigation – locally, nationally and internationally. Private Wealth attorneys oversee the administration of estates, trusts and other structures and use sophisticated strategies to help entrepreneurs, corporate executives, investors, philanthropists, professionals and creative artists integrate their personal and professional goals. They advise clients on how to structure trusts and inheritances, avoid probate issues, protect assets, optimize taxes, plan and implement business succession, and resolve family disputes, estate and trust disputes, and controversies with tax and regulatory authorities, including the IRS and attorneys general.
Katten is a full-service law firm with approximately 700 attorneys across United States and in London and Shanghai. Clients seeking sophisticated, high-value legal services turn to Katten for advice locally, nationally and internationally. The firm’s main practice areas include corporate, financial markets and funds, insolvency and restructuring, intellectual property, litigation, real estate, structured finance and securitization, transactional tax planning, private credit and private wealth. Katten represents public and private companies in many sectors, as well as a number of governmental and non-profit organizations and individuals.
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