PAUL SVOBODA is a partner in the Chicago office and co-leads the firm’s Non-Profit Institutions practice team. A focus of Paul’s practice is the representation of not-for-profit and tax-exempt organizations on tax, corporate and related matters. These organizations include nationally-recognized private foundations as well as smaller corporate and family foundations, publicly-supported charitable and educational institutions, and trade and business associations. Paul also represents families and individuals on a variety of estate planning and estate administration matters. As a component of this practice, he frequently counsels individuals on structuring charitable gifts, including the use of charitable split-interest trusts and other gifting techniques and gives lectures to the public on gift planning and other charitable issues.
Paul joined the firm in 1990 after working for a New York-based law firm in Paris, France on tax, corporate and arbitration matters. He was recommended in the 2014–2017 editions of The Legal 500 US in the nonprofit and tax-exempt organizations area. He was also recognized in the 2016–2019 editions of The Best Lawyers in America in the area of Trusts and Estates Law.
Admissions & Certifications
- Cambridge University, LL.M., 1987
- Columbia University School of Law, J.D., 1985 (Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, Senior Editor, Law Review)
- St. Olaf College, B.A., 1981 (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa)