Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning Recap


On March 20, 2014, members and guests welcomed local attorney J. Gardner Govan of Godfrey & Kahn who shared with the group highlights from the 2014 Heckerling Institute Conference.  Members can reference his outline in once logged in on this page.



J. Gardner Govan is the former chair of Godfrey & Kahn’s Estate Planning Group in the Milwaukee office, where his practice is concentrated in the areas of estate planning, business succession planning, taxation and probate administration.

Gardner has been a frequent speaker to many lay and professional groups, including the State Bar of Wisconsin, the Milwaukee Bar Association, the Waukesha Estate Planning Council, the Estate Counselors Forum, Mid-Winter Estate Planning Clinic, the Milwaukee Estate Planning Council and the CLEW Tax Workshops.

Gardner received his preparatory school education at Phillips Academy and Swarthmore High School and received his undergraduate education at Harvard University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School magna cum laude where he was selected to the Order of the Coif. Gardner has been named as a Wisconsin Super Lawyer since 2005 and has been listed in Best Lawyers in America since 2006.

Gardner is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and is a Board member of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of the Wisconsin State Bar. He is also a member of the American Bar Association, the State Bar of Wisconsin, the Milwaukee Bar Association and Mid-Winter Estate Planning Clinic.




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