Richard Johnson is a partner in the Trust and Estates Group of Ice Miller LLP, office, where he concentrates his practice in estate, trust and guardianship controversies.

Rich has experience in the areas of estate, trust and guardianship litigation. He has argued cases at the trial and appellate levels involving contested estate, trust and guardianship issues in courts throughout Illinois. Rich's practice focuses on representing individuals and corporate fiduciaries. In addition, he represents both corporate and individual executors and trustees with regard to their fiduciary duties in administering estates and trusts, including adherence to probate, trust and guardianship laws; trust decanting, modification and termination; and non-judicial (private) settlement agreements. Rich also advises individual clients in all aspects of estate and wealth-transfer planning.
Reported and Representative Cases
  • In Re Estate of Nicholas A. Karris, deceased, Second District Appeal No. 2-17-0026 (2017) (dismissed)
  • In Re Estate of Kenneth G. Pigott, deceased, First District Appeal No. 1-16-2069 pending (2016)
  • Taylor v. Feinberg, Second Appeal to the Appellate Court of Illinois, First District Appeal No. 11-2219 (2012)
  • In Re Marriage of Richard White v. Judy L. White, Second Appeal to the Appellate Court of Illinois Second District Appeal No. 2-12-0720 (2012)
  • In Re Estate of Walter Vinckus Second Appeal to the Appellate Court of Illinois Third District, Appeal No. 3-12-0064
  • Andrew M. Faville and William A. Faville, Jr. v. Martin H. Burns, Jr. individually and as Trustee of the Martin H. Burns, Sr. Trust 2011 Ill. App. Lexis 1062; 2011 Ill. App. (1st) 110335
  • In Re Estate of Walter Vinckus, Appeal to the Appellate Court of Illinois, Third District, Appeal No. 3-10-0864 (June 15, 2011)
  • In Re Estate of William Perkowitz, Leave to Appeal to the Appellate Court of Illinois Second District Appeal No 2-10-0848 (denied) (2010)
  • In Re Marriage of Richard White v. Judy L. White, Appeal to the Appellate Court of Illinois Second District No. 2-10-0356, 2011 Ill. App. Unpub. LEXIS 425, at *1 (2d Dist. Mar. 17, 2011)
  • Mazutis v. Estate of Steve D. Reynolds, Appeal to the Appellate Court of Illinois Second District, Appeal No. 2-09-0947 (2009)(dismissed)
  • Taylor v. Feinberg, In re the Estate of Max Feinberg, Deceased, 235 Ill. 2d 256, 919 N.E. 2d 888 (2009)
  • Old Kent Bank, as guardian of the Estate of Robert Drzewiecki, a disabled person, v. Victaulic Company of America, 291 Ill.App.3d 111; 716 N.E. 2d 874 (1997)
Published In
  • "Will Contests/Chapter 1-Litigating Disputed Estates, Trusts, Guardianships, and Charitable Bequests," Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education 2012 Edition
  • "Will Contests/Chapter 1-Litigating Disputed Estates, Trusts, Guardianships, and Charitable Bequests," Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education 2016 Edition
Speaking Engagements
  • "Litigating Disputed Estates and Trusts," Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education Seminar -Chicago, Illinois 2012
  • "Will Contests" Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education Webinar, Chicago Illinois 2013
  • First Midwest Bank 8th Annual Continuing Education Event, Contested Trust and Estate Litigation, Bolingbrook, Illinois 2014
  • "Estate Litigation" Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, Chicago Illinois 2015
  • "Will Contests" The Chicago Bar Association: Probate Practice, committee presentation Chicago, Illinois November, 2015
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