Jenner & Block

Prominent Trusts and Estates Lawyer Julie J. Olenn Joins Jenner & Block's Private Wealth Practice as Partner in Chicago

Jenner & Block announced today that Julie J. Olenn, a prominent trusts and estates lawyer, has joined the firm’s Private Wealth Practice as a partner in the Chicago office.  Ms. Olenn advises high-net-worth clients on wealth transfer matters, with a particular focus on estate, gift and generation-skipping transfer tax issues.  

“Julie’s broad experience and technical knowledge provides the right skill set for us to meet existing demand for our services immediately and expand our Private Wealth Practice,” said Terrence J. Truax, the firm’s managing partner.  “We are excited for her to join our premier practice.”

Ms. Olenn advises wealthy families, executors, trustees and family offices on their sophisticated tax, wealth transfer and estate planning matters.  A significant portion of her practice includes counseling fiduciaries and individuals on contested trust, estate and tax matters.  Ms. Olenn also frequently works across practices to offer lawyers guidance on their clients’ generation-skipping transfer tax issues and related planning techniques, including decanting and other trust modifications.

“Julie is among the best and the brightest in the legal field, a characteristic our clients demand in working with us on their complex matters, including intergenerational issues as well as business and philanthropic matters,” said Barbara Grayson, co-chair of the Private Wealth Practice.  “We are pleased to add a professional of Julie’s caliber and experience to our team.”

Ms. Olenn spent a large part of her professional career as tax counsel at a well-known national bank and trust company.  In this role, she built a reputation for excellence in multigenerational wealth transfer and tax planning advice, with a focus on gift, estate and generation-skipping transfer tax planning, as well as trust design and modifications. 

“I’m excited to be part of Jenner & Block’s Private Wealth Practice and to contribute to its highly personal client service approach,” said Ms. Olenn.  “I feel this is the right place to apply my knowledge and skills and add to the firm’s vision for the practice’s growth.”

Ms. Olenn received her BA from St. John’s College and her JD, magna cum laude, from the University at Buffalo Law School.