Roselyn L. Friedman

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Roselyn L. Friedman - Attorney at Law

Roselyn L. Friedman

Of Counsel
(312) 938-4915


BS, University of Pittsburgh

MA, Case Western Reserve University

J.D. cum laude, Loyola University Chicago School of Law

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State of Illinois

United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

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Roselyn Friedman Leading Lawyers

Roselyn L. Friedman, Esq. is an attorney with more than 30 years of in-depth legal experience and a mediator with 15 years of conflict resolution experience, concentrating in probate, trust and estate, elder (including guardianships), adult family, premarital agreements, and family business matters. She understands the broad array of issues which arise in these types of matters, and is skilled at dealing not only with the tax and legal aspects but also with helping clients fulfill their personal planning goals.

In 1977 Roselyn began her career as an attorney in the trust/legal department of The Northern Trust Company, before joining the trust and estate department of Rudnick & Wolfe (now DLA Piper) where she practiced as an associate and then a partner for 16 years. She subsequently practiced as a partner in the law firm of Sachnoff & Weaver, during which she chaired the estate and trust group for a term of years.

Roselyn is a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC). She is a member and past chair of the Chicago Bar Association Trust Law Committee and of the Professional Advisory Committee of the Legacies and Endowments Committee of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, a member and past director of the Chicago Estate Planning Council, and a member of the American Bar Association.

In addition, Roselyn has trained extensively in conflict resolution, including advanced training in estate and trust and elder mediation. She is approved as a mediator in the law, chancery and probate divisions of the Cook County Circuit Court, in the DuPage County Circuit Court, and as a probate mediator in the Lake County Circuit Court, and is a member of the American Arbitration Association Mediator Roster. For more information visit

Representative Matters

  • Sophisticated estate planning including family partnerships, generation-skipping tax planning, qualified personal residence trusts, grantor retained annuity trusts, intra-family sales and insurance planning.
  • Charitable planning, such as the establishment of private foundations and charitable lead and remainder trusts, with respect to both tax issues and establishing a charitable legacy.
  • Advising trustees and executors in all aspects of their fiduciary duties.
  • Representing taxpayers in estate and gift tax audits resulting in millions of dollars of tax savings.
  • Representing family businesses, particularly emphasizing the tax and personal aspects of succession planning.
  • Settling disputes, referred by the Court or attorneys, at various stages of estate and trust administration.
  • Facilitating discussions and resolving family disagreements about the care and legal status of an aging parent, with the goal of preserving the parent’s dignity and autonomy while avoiding unnecessary court-intervention.
  • Mediating and resolving family business disputes when tension and feuds interfere with business operations as well as family harmony.
  • Mediating trustee-beneficiary disputes over administrative and substantive matters, thereby avoiding the costs and delays of litigation.

Activities & Associations

  • Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC)
  • Member and past chair of Chicago Bar Association Trust Law Committee
  • Member and past director of the Chicago Estate Planning Council
  • Member of: the American Bar Association (Real Property, Estate and Trust Law Section and Dispute Resolution Section)
  • Member and past chair of the Professional Advisory Committee of the Legacies and Endowments Committee of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago
  • Member of the professional advisory committee of The Chicago Community Trust and Legacy Partners of Lurie Children’s hospital
  • Speaker for the Chicago Bar Association Continuing Education Program; Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education; American Bankers Association Advanced Program for Trust Professionals; Family Firm Institute; ALI-ABA 2011 Advanced Course of Study on Representing Estate and Trust Beneficiaries and Fiduciaries; American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution 15th Annual Spring Conference; and 2014 Annual meeting of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.


  • Co-author: “Applying Mediation Strategies to Trusts and Estates,” Trusts & Estates Magazine (February 2000); “Using Mediation to Stem the Tide of Litigation in the Ocean of Family Wealth Transfers,” Dispute Resolution Journal of the American Arbitration Association (November 2004-2005); and “Using Facilitative Mediation in a Changing Estate Planning Practice,” Estate Planning (December 2005)
  • Author: ABA’s newly published book, Mediation for Estate Planners: Managing Family Conflict, features a chapter written by B&D’s Roselyn L. Friedman entitled “Focus on Facilitative Mediation: What Estate Planners and Fiduciaries Should Know” (to access the complete excerpt click here). The book sponsored by the ABA Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law is an important new resource for attorneys to assist clients in resolving and avoiding disputes in an estate planning practice. (April 2017)


  • Member of the American Arbitration Association’ s (AAA’s) Roster of Mediators
  • Recognized among Illinois Super Lawyers for Alternative Dispute Resolution (2006-2009, 2013-2017, Top 50 Women 2007)
  • Recognized as an Illinois Leading Lawyer for Trust, Will and Estate Planning and ADR Law (2012-2017)
  • Selected for Who’s Who in American Law and Who’s Who of American Women
  • Awarded Martindale-Hubbell’s highest AV Rating
  • Fellow of the American Bar Foundation
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