As a third-generation lawyer, Thomas E. Herr has the privilege of representing multiple generations of families and businesses throughout the State of Illinois. His goal is to simplify sophisticated estate, tax, real estate, and transactional concepts, educate clients, and formulate plans and strategies for tax savings and wealth transfer. Tom has handled virtually every type of estate and trust matter, from simple estates and trusts to complex planning and administration of estates in excess of $65 million. Tom provides guidance on the variety of techniques that allow clients to make tax-advantaged gifts to charities. Tom has assisted clients in creating lifetime and testamentary charitable lead trusts, charitable remainders trusts, and private foundations. In addition, he reviews and prepares fiduciary tax returns, private foundation returns, and estate, gift, and generation-skipping transfer tax returns.
Tom received his B.A. from the University of Notre Dame, his J.D. from Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago-Kent College of Law, and was admitted to the Illinois bar in 1992. He has practiced in numerous Illinois Circuit Courts, Illinois Appellate Court, U.S. District Court, and U.S. Tax Court. He is a member of the McLean County Bar Association and the Illinois State Bar Association.
Tom is the recipient of the American Cancer Society’s 2021 National Professional Advisor of the Year award, the American Cancer Society’s 2017 Illinois Advisor of the Year award, and a member of the American Cancer Society National Professional Advisor Network. He lives in Bloomington with his wife Serena and has three children.
Admitted to the Illinois bar in 1992
Joined Dunn Law Firm, LLP as partner in 2009
Manager of Herr Law Office in Pontiac, IL
University of Notre Dame, B.A., 1988
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, J.D., 1992, Webster-Burke Scholarship Recipient
McLean County Bar Association
Illinois State Bar Association
Livingston County Bar Association, former Secretary/Treasurer
Pontiac Kiwanis Club, former Secretary/Treasurer
Pontiac Area Chamber of Commerce, former board member
Notre Dame Club of McLean County, former board member