Jennifer J. Howe

Jennifer J. Howe

Personnel Director
Lake Forest, Illinois

JENNIFER J. HOWE is the Personnel Partner with Lesser Lutrey Pasquesi & Howe, LLP and is part of the management team of the firm. Ms. Howe concentrates her practice in Trust and Estate litigation, Controversy Resolution, Guardianships, Estate Administration and Estate Planning.

Ms. Howe is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of Detroit, School of Law, cum laude, in 1992. Ms. Howe was recently elected as the President, Lake County Bar Association and previously served on the LCBA Board as its First Vice President, Second Vice President and as its Secretary. She served as a member of the Board of Directors, Lake County Bar Foundation and as Chair of the LCBA Guardianship Help desk, which is a volunteer organization of attorneys and paralegals which provide pro bono assistance to pro se litigants seeking guardianships over minors in Lake County. She is a frequent speaker on topics related to trust and estates as well as to employment law. Currently she also teaches as an Adjunct Professor of Law teaching Will and Trust Drafting at Loyola University Chicago, School of Law.

In addition to Illinois, Ms. Howe is admitted to practice in Michigan and can be reached at [email protected].

Areas of Practice

  • Estate and Trust Litigation
  • Fiduciary Protection
  • Estate Planning and Wealth Transfer
  • Tax Planning and Wealth Preservation
  • Special Needs Planning and Guardianships

Litigation Percentage

  • 75% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 1997
  • Michigan, 1992
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois Trial Bar
  • U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan


  • University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, Detroit, Michigan
    • Juris Doctorate cum laude - 1992
  • University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana
    • B.A. - 1987
    • Major: Government

Published Works

  • Co-author: Financial Exploitation of An Elderly Person or Person With Disability, The Docket, June, 2017
  • Co-author, Employment Discrimination – A Disparate Treatment Overview (The Docket, September 2009)
  • Author, Employment Law Update: Overtime Rules Change (The Docket, August 2004)


  • Estate Planning for Women:(Women in Transition Series, Wintrust Financial, Highland Park Country Club, April 23, 2015)
  • Speaker: Charging & Recovering Fiduciary Fees, (LCBA Trusts & Estate Committee, Annual Seminar, and November 13, 2014)
  • Estate Planning for Couples, (Wintrust Transition Series, Lake forest Bank & Trust, Lake Forest, IL, June 16, 2014)
  • Speaker: Ethical Considerations in Estate Planning, Transition Periods, and Estate and Trust Administration”, (Illinois State Bar Association, Law Ed Program, April 30, 2009)
  • Speaker: Ethical Considerations – Multigenerational Representations, (ISBA Trusts & Estates Committee Council Meeting, September 17, 2008)
  • Speaker: Advanced Medical Directives – Which option is best and for whom? (LCBA Wills Trust & Probate Committee Annual Seminar, Fall 2005)
  • Guest Lecturer: Drafting Employment Agreements – Fundamentals (DePaul School of Law (September 25, 2013; September 25, 2014)
  • Speaker: Employment Terminations – Best Practices (Lake County Bar Association Annual Employment Law Seminar, March 20, 2013)
  • Speaker: What every Lawyer Should Know About Sexual Harassment Investigations (Lake County Bar Association – Best Practices in Diversity, CLE Seminar, and November 9, 2011)
  • Speaker: Your Personal Credit History, Is it Fair Game for Employers? (Lake County Bar Association, Employment Committee, November 17, 2010)
  • Speaker: 2007 Amendments to Illinois Human Rights Act – Introduction to New Area of Law for Illinois Courts and Practitioners (LBCA Brown Bag Seminar, Winter 2008, and LCBA Civil Trial and Appeals Committee Annual Seminar, May 2008)
  • Adjunct Professor of Law, Wills and Trust Drafting at Loyola University Chicago, School of Law

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Lake County Bar Association, President, June 2017 - June 2018
  • Lake County Bar Associations, 1st Vice President, June 2016 - 2017
  • Lake County Bar Association, Second Vice President, June 2015 - June 2016
  • Lake County Bar Association, Chairman, Guardianship Help Desk, 2014 - 2017
  • Lake County Bar Association, Member, Trusts & Estate Committee, 2002 - Present
  • Lake County Bar Association, Chairman, Employment Law Committee, 2009 - 2014
  • Lake County Bar Association, Member, Judicial Selection & Retention Committee, 2006 - 2013
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Member, Trusts & Estate Section Council, 2007 - 2009
  • Lake Forest/Lake Bluff Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors, 2015 - Present
  • Association of Women Attorneys of Lake County, Board member, 2008 - 2010

Past Employment Positions

  • Dykema Gossett PLLC, Associate, 1992 - 2002

Ancillary Businesses

  • Loyola University Chicago, School of Law, Adjunct professor, January 2016 to present