Robert D. Zimelis


A firm leader since its inception, Rob is a strategic counselor to families and entrepreneurs in diverse industries, assisting with all of their critical business and personal affairs, investments, charitable endeavors and hobbies. Rob represents high net worth individuals and closely held businesses with regard to transactional and investment matters, with an emphasis on business structuring, taxation and estate planning. Counseling closely held businesses and family members, Rob is actively engaged in the structuring of business control and succession planning, multigenerational wealth transfer planning and estate plan design and implementation. He is proud that he has represented four generations of some of the families who are his clients.

Rob’s practice often focuses on representing clients in their pursuit and management of the vital matters that hold special meaning outside of their businesses, including community and charity involvement, investments and high-value art, wine, antiques and stamp collections. Recently, he has developed a reputation for assisting high net worth individuals and businesses with the acquisition, sale, leasing and financing of full ownership and fractional interests in business jets.

Clients trust Rob with their most sensitive confidential matters, and he provides the sound business judgment that aids them in making extremely well-informed decisions in essential aspects of their business and personal lives. Rob is known for adding value to his clients’ affairs by using finely honed problem-solving skills and transactional experience to consistently deliver the results that clients want, in an efficient and effective manner.

  • The Best Lawyers in America, “Lawyer of the Year” in “Corporate Law,” 2020
  • The Best Lawyers in America, recommended in “Corporate Law” since 2014

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois

Court Admissions

  • Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. Tax Court