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Jeffrey S. Billings

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Milwaukee
414.287.9615414.287.9615
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Jeff Billings is a shareholder with Godfrey & Kahn’s Estate Planning, Estate & Trust Administration Practice Group, practicing in the firm’s Milwaukee and Appleton offices. He regularly works with families, business owners, executives, doctors, and other professionals to grow, manage and protect wealth. Jeff provides clients with comprehensive planning solutions covering a range of services, including core estate planning, business succession planning, complex gifting strategies, inter-generational wealth planning, estate and trust administration, charitable giving, and asset protection planning. He strives to provide clients with strategic legal advice and smart, practical solutions to real world problems. Jeff regularly advises trustees and high-net worth families on the most favorable states to administer trusts and the impacts of state income taxation on inter-generational trust wealth. He has significant experience counseling clients on the creation and ongoing management of public/private trust companies and family offices, and works closely with families who wish to establish, run and manage sizable private foundations designed to create a family legacy and have a significant impact in the community. 

Jeff graduated from Lawrence University summa cum laude with a focus in philosophy and economics. He graduated from the University of Michigan Law School cum laude where he enjoyed teaching undergraduate courses in the University of Michigan's Philosophy Department. Jeff is actively involved as legal counsel and assistant secretary of the HAMP Foundation, Inc., a private foundation scholarship program for Milwaukee County high school students. He writes articles for and serves on the planned giving advisory council for the Medical College of Wisconsin, and acts as legal counsel for Hampshire Trust LLC, a South Dakota public trust company. Jeff is also a member of the American Bar Association, the State Bar of Wisconsin, the Young Lawyers Division of the state bar, the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law section of the state bar, the Milwaukee Bar Association, the Outagamie County Bar Association, the Milwaukee Young Lawyers Association, Milwaukee Corporate Casual, the Milwaukee Estate Planning Forum and the Fox Valley Estate Planning Council.  Finally, Jeff enjoys volunteering with Wisconsin Wills for Heroes, providing free estate planning for police officers, firefighters, EMTs and their spouses or domestic partners.

Jeff is a frequent speaker on a variety of estate planning topics among both business and professional groups, including the National Business Institute, the University of Wisconsin-Madison Continuing Legal Education of Wisconsin Tax workshops, the Milwaukee Bar Association, the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region, Inc., and is a frequent speaker on same-sex planning issues.

Admitted To Practice

Wisconsin

Professional Associations

American Bar Association
Fox Valley Estate Planning Council
LGBT Chamber of Commerce - Supporting Member
Milwaukee Bar Association
Milwaukee Bar Association - Estate and Trust Section
Milwaukee Corporate Casual
Milwaukee Estate Planning Forum
Milwaukee Young Lawyers Association
Outagamie County Bar Association
State Bar of Wisconsin
Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar of Wisconsin

Activities

A Very Special Place - Board of Directors

Hampshire Trust LLC - Legal Counsel

HAMP Foundation, Inc. - Legal Counsel and Assistant Secretary

LGBT Chamber of Commerce - Supporting Member

Medical College of Wisconsin, Planned Giving Advisory Council - Committee Member

Milwaukee Bar Association - Chair of the Estate and Trust Section

Wills for Heroes

Honors

Listed in The Best Lawyers in America (Trust and Estates, 2015 - 2016)

Recognized as a Wisconsin Rising Star (2009)

Recognized as a Five Star Wealth Manager (2011 - 2015)

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Education

Juris Doctor, University of Michigan Law School, 2006, cum laude

Bachelor of Arts, Lawrence University, summa cum laude, Philosophy

Milwaukee
833 East Michigan Street
Suite 1800
Milwaukee, WI
53202-5615
414.287.9615414.287.9615
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