Richard M. Horwood

Richard M. Horwood

RICHARD M. HORWOOD devotes his practice to business, financial and tax matters, including business law, art law, income/gift/estate taxation, as well as charitable, succession, and collection planning. His extensive experience allows him to develop the resources that make him an acknowledged authority in these areas. He advises business owners, non-profit organizations, donors and collectors on a variety of complex planning issues.

He advises collectors and their other advisors regarding key issues such as authentication, provenance, collection management, tax matters, disposition, charitable, museum and family gifting. As collector's counsel, he assists in enhancing the value of the collection by positioning exhibitions and cataloguing as well as working with dealers, auction houses, family foundations, and museums. He has significant experience negotiating art loan agreements, gift acceptance agreements, dealer and auction agreements, and tax-efficient planning strategies during lifetime and at death.

Dick represents a wide range of clients throughout the country, including corporations and other business enterprises of all sizes, family groups and individuals. He has achieved recognition as a speaker, editor and author. He has been a frequent speaker at national conferences and seminars. In addition, he is the author of numerous articles concerning various aspects of business law. 

He was chosen as one of the Nation's Top 100 Attorneys by Worth magazine and was recognized in the Trusts and Estates section of the 2014 editions of The Best Lawyers in America and Chicago's Best Lawyers.

Most recently, he received the Austin Fleming Distinguished Service Award from the Chicago Estate Planning Council (CEPC) for his significant contribution to the improvement of estate planning practices.




Previous Experience

  • Internal Revenue Service's National Office in Washington, D.C., Staff Member
  • Recognized with the IRS Outstanding Performance Award


  • Best Lawyers in America, 2008-2018
  • Chicago Estate Planning Council, Austin Fleming Distinguished Service Award, 2011
  • Illinois Super Lawyers, 2005-2019
  • Worth Magazine, Top 100 Attorneys (multiple years)


  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, Fellow
  • The Art Institute of Chicago, Planned Giving Advisory Board
  • The Art Institute of Chicago, Acquisition Committee on Asian Art
  • Bloomberg BNA, Estates, Gifts, & Trusts Advisory Board
  • Chicago Estate Planning Council, Past President
  • Meals on Wheels, Chicago, Past President
  • Society of Trust and Estate Professionals, Member
  • Expo Chicago, Civic Committee






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    • Contact Information
    • Bar Admissions
      • Illinois  (1970)
    • Education
      • George Washington University, LL.M. in Taxation
      • American University, M.B.A.
      • University of Pennsylvania, LL.B.
      • Colgate University, B.A.
    • Peer Review Rating
      • AV Rated

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