CHICAGO – Freeborn & Peters LLP welcomes Amanda C. Andrews, Jerome R. Crabtree, and Robert A. Sikorski to the firm’s Chicago office as attorneys in the Corporate Practice Group, with Amanda and Jerome also joining the firm’s Trust and Estates team.
“We are excited to welcome Amanda, Jerome and Robert to Freeborn’s Chicago office,” said Freeborn Partner and Co-Leader of the firm’s Corporate Practice Group, Jeff Mattson. “They are all skilled attorneys with valuable experiences that will strengthen the firm’s offerings on both corporate and trust and estates work. The firm is committed to ongoing hiring across all offices and expanding our already talented practice groups.”
A member of Freeborn’s Corporate Practice Group and Trust and Estates Team, Amanda C. Andrews is an associate in the firm’s Chicago office. She has experience representing ultra-high-net-worth multinational individuals, families, closely-held businesses, private foundations, private trust companies and family offices, providing them with tax and estate planning services. Amanda also advises clients regarding all tax and legal matters related to charitable planning, personal and business holdings as well as marital planning and asset protection strategies. Additionally, she represents art collectors on a range of matters from acquisitions and collection management to planning for intergenerational transfers.
Prior to joining Freeborn, Amanda served as Private Client Counsel at Kozusko Harris Duncan. She was also previously an Associate in Wealth Planning and Tax Strategy at The Northern Trust Company.
Jerome R. Crabtree is an attorney in Freeborn’s Chicago office and a member of the firm’s Corporate Practice Group and Trust and Estates Team. He has experience counseling clients on entity formation, corporate structure, and other corporate governance matters. Prior to joining Freeborn, Jerome was an Associate at Ziliak Law, where he represented several funds launching and doing business in a variety of states, drafted business plans, employee handbooks, independent contractor agreements, non-disclosure and non-compete agreements, and other corporate documents for LLCs and corporations.
In addition to his experience at his previous firm, Jerome worked as an extern for the Honorable Nathaniel R. Howse, Jr. in the First District of the Illinois Appellate Court, and as a student clinician in Loyola’s Business Law Clinic. He received his B.A. from University of Iowa, and his J.D. from Loyola University.
A member of Freeborn’s Corporate Practice Group, Robert A. Sikorski is an associate in the Chicago office. He provides strategic and informed business legal advice to companies throughout their life cycles. Robert advises lenders, borrowers, lessors, and other stakeholders on protecting their property interests in aviation and railcar assets, including UCC, Surface Transportation Board, and Cape Town Convention filings. His experience includes U.S. and cross-border sale, purchase, financing and lease transactions involving aircraft and railcars. He also has experience with asset-backed securitization transactions including due diligence, drafting ancillary documents and preparing and coordinating SEC filings.
Prior to joining Freeborn, Robert was an Associate at Vedder Price, P.C., where he also served as a Law Clerk and Summer Associate. He also previously served as an Intern for the City of South Bend Legal Department and as an Assistant Paralegal at Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP prior to attending law school. Robert received his B.A. from Fordham University (magna cum laude) and his J.D. from University of Notre Dame School of Law (magna cum laude).
Freeborn’s Corporate Practice Group represents companies throughout their life cycles and understand the challenges they face to provide the practical business advice they need. The team helps middle-market companies achieve their full potential and have the capability to provide full-service legal advice to any size business enterprise. Our legal team includes former CEOs, business executives and general counsel, allowing us to bring business experience to our legal solutions.
The firm’s Trust and Estates Team provides tax and estate planning for a wide range of individuals including executives, closely held business owners, entrepreneurs and wealthy families. Their services include preparing and implementing revocable trusts designed to use available estate, gift and generation-skipping exemptions, advising on traditional estate planning structures, and more. They additionally help owners of closely held and family owned businesses with the various issues that arise in the transition of the business from one generation to the next as well as with the adoption of tax saving structures for the ultimate disposition of the business.