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Kevin M. Chen 2018-02-07T12:33:57+00:00

Kevin M. Chen

Partner

Kevin Chen advises clients of substantial wealth across the nation on complex issues related to wealth planning and preservation, business succession, tax controversy, tax-exempt organizations, and trust and estate administration and litigation. Outside the office, Kevin writes on trust and estate matters, speaks to professional and civic groups and serves on the boards of various charitable and nonprofit organizations. Prior to joining ADLG, Kevin was a partner in the law firm of Kirkland & Ellis LLP in Chicago and served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Leonard H. Russon of the Utah Supreme Court. During his time in China, Kevin studied the works of Chinese philosophers, such as Confucius and Lao Tzu. His favorite is a lesser known philosopher, Wan Rite Wei, whose philosophical musing that “round tables make no sense” endures the test of time. Machiavelli’s corollary to Wei’s discussion of round tables, i.e. “unless you have a pizza,” has been confusing Kevin as of late.

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Education:

  • J.D., University of Utah (1997); Utah Law Review
  • B.A., English, magna cum laude, Boise State University (1992)
  • Universidad del Pais Vasco, Foreign Studies Program (1990-91)

Professional Recognition:

  • Fellow, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
  • Martindale Hubble AV Peer Review Rated

Professional Memberships and Civic Activities:

  • Taxation, Probate and Trust Law Section of the Idaho State Bar Association
  • Boise State University Foundation, Board Member
  • Boise Estate Planning Council, Past President and Board Member
  • Idaho State University Tax Institute, Past Member of Executive Program Planning Committee
  • Trust and Estate Professionals of Idaho, Inc., Member

Bar and Court Admissions:

  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Utah
  • United States Tax Court

Publications:

  • “Formula Disclaimers: Procter-Proofing Gift Revaluations By IRS,” Journal of Taxation, Vol. 96, No. 4, April 2002
  • “Fresh Thinking About Gift-Splitting,” Trusts & Estates Magazine, January 2002
  • “The Estate Trust Revival: Maximizing the Full Basis Step-Up for Spouses,” Trusts & Estates Magazine, August 2001
  • “Proprietary Approaches for Planning with Individuals and Their Businesses,” Cannon Financial Institute, Inc. and Kirkland & Ellis, The 2001 Estate Planning Teleconference Series, March 2001

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