Attorney Profile

Brian K. Jones

Brian Jones

Harrison & Held, LLP
333 W. Wacker Drive, Suite 1700
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone 312-606-2698
Fax 312-621-5228
Industry Groups: Family Office Services


Selected To Rising Stars: 2011 - 2013, 2015

top-image Selected to Rising Stars for 4 years

Practice Areas

Estate Planning & Probate

Tax: Consumer

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Attorney Brian K. Jones is a Partner of Harrison & Held, LLP, located in Chicago, Illinois.  His practice is centered on estate planning and administration, but includes business succession planning and real estate transactions. Mr. Jones is an active member of the Chicago Bar Association, where he currently serves on the Young Lawyers Section Executive Committee as Chair of the Estate Planning Committee.

Mr. Jones is also a member of the Chicago Estate Planning Council, the Lawyers Club of Chicago, the American Bar Association and the Illinois Bar Association. He is the Illinois Chair of the Wills for Heroes Foundation which provides free estate plans to first responders once a month; he also volunteers his time with the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Illinois.

About Brian Jones

Law School: The John Marshall Law School

Admitted: 2006, Illinois

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Honors and Awards:

  • Five Star Professional - Estate Planner - 2014.      The Five Star program is the largest and most widely published financial services award program in North America. Award candidates are evaluated against 10 objective criteria to determine the Five Star Estate Planning Attorneys in more than 40 major markets. The Five Star Estate Planning Attorney award process includes: Nominations by peers and firms: Estate planning attorneys, including retail tax and estate planning accountants, are nominated by their firm or a peer to be considered for the Five Star Estate Planning Attorney award. Self-nominations are not accepted. Objective selection process: Award candidates are evaluated against 10 objective eligibility and evaluation criteria: 1) Credentialed as a licensed attorney; 2) Actively employed as a credentialed professional in the estate planning services industry for a minimum of five years; 3) Favorable regulatory and complaint history review; 4) A minimum of 50% of practice focus on estate planning services; 5) Accepting new clients; 6) Number of transactions in last 12 months; 7) Number of client households served; 8) Industry and board certifications; 9) Education and professional designations; and 10) Pro Bono activities.  , Five Star Professional - Estate Planner,, 2014
  • The Maurice Weigle Exceptional Young Lawyer Award, presented by the Chicago Bar Foundation, which celebrates the initiative and exceptional contributions of young lawyers to the profession, the organized bar and the community., The Maurice Weigle Exceptional Young Lawyer Award, presented by the Chicago Bar Foundation,, 2014
  • Five Star Wealth Manager - Estate Planning,, 2014
  • The Milton H. Gray Award for Outstanding Project Leadership, presented by the Young Lawyers Section of the Chicago Bar Association, 2011

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Co-Chair, Estate Planning Committee, Chicago Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section  , 2014
  • Co-Chair, Estate Planning Committee, Chicago Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section  , 2013
  • Board of Managers Nominating Committee - Chicago Bar Association, 2013
  • Member Service Manager, Chicago Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section, 2012
  • Member, Sigma Chi Bar Association
  • Director, Chicago Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section, 2010-2011
  • Secretary/Treasurer, Chicago Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section, 2011-2012
  • Member, Sigma Chi Fraternity
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • Member, American Bar Association, Real Property, Trust & Estate Law Section
  • Member, Illinois State Bar Association, Trust and Estates Section
  • Member, Chicago Estate Planning Council
  • Member, Trust Law Committee, Chicago Bar Association
  • Member, Estate Planning Committee, Chicago Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section
  • Illinois Supreme Court

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Director, Wills For Heroes Foundation (2010 - Present) - Completed over 3,000 free estate plans to date for Chicago first responders.
  • John Marshall Law School Young Alumni Council
  • Eastern Illinois University Alumni Association
  • The Lawyers Club of Chicago
  • Volunteer and Wish Granter, Make-A-Wish Foundation of Illinois

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Author, Asset Protection With Liability Insurance, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, 2014
  • Career Advancement Program - "Finding Your Practice Area", Panelist, Finding Your Practice Area, Chicago Bar Association, 2014
  • Author, Ancillary Administration, Illinois Estate Administration - Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (, 2014
  • Grantor Retained Annuity Trusts (GRATs) – “Heads I Win, Tails We Tie” – The basics and (just slightly) beyond of this popular estate planning technique., Lecturer, Grantor Retained Annuity Trusts - Heads I Win, Tails We Tie, Chicago Bar Association, Estate Planning Committee, 2014
  • Article outlining the Wills For Heroes program.  , Author, "Reflections – I Am A Corporal", Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, 2013
  • Presenter, Liability Insurance and Its Role in Asset Protection and Estate Planning, Chicago Bar Association - Estate Planning Committee, 2012
  • The Bank Of Time - Get Involved In Your Community - Article outlining time management and the benefits of pro bono work., Author, The Bank of Time - Get Involved In Your Community, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, 2012
  • Authored Chapter 9 of Starting and Growing Your Business, published the Small Business Advocacy Council and the Chicago Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section., Author, Estate Planning For The Closely Held Business, 2012
  • co-author, Expect the Unexpected - Expanding the boundaries of traditional estate-planning documents, Trusts & Estates Magazine, 2012
  • Pro Bono Program Benefits First Responders - the anatomy of a Wills For Heroes program., Author, Pro Bono Program Benefits First Responders, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, 2011
  • The Evolving Application of the Step Transaction Doctrine in Estate Planning, Presenter, Chicago Bar Association Estate Planning Committee, 2011
  • Chicago Bar Association, Trust Law Committee, Drafting for Corporate Fiduciaries and Things You Need To Know About Being a Trustee, 2008

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Martindale-Hubbell, AV Peer-Review Rated, 2012

Educational Background:

  • Eastern Illinois University, B.A., Dean's List, 2000
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