Mr. Kalnins practices primarily in the areas of business structuring, tax (domestic and international), estate planning and litigation with regard to each of the foregoing. He is also experienced in the creation and implementation of advanced estate planning techniques for high net-worth clients including the formation and operation of family limited liability companies and family office structures.
In addition, Mr. Kalnins is actively involved in the firm’s asset protection practice consisting of the planning and implementation of domestic and offshore entities and trusts. Mr. Kalnins is a licensed attorney in Illinois, Wisconsin, Arizona, Ohio, and Florida, and is also currently a member of the trial bar for the Northern Federal District Court of Illinois and the United States Tax Court. His litigation experience greatly complements the firm’s tax controversy work at all stages of audit, appeals and Tax Court proceedings.
Mr. Kalnins was chosen to represent his firm at the Family Wealth Alliance’s 40 minus Leadership Summit in Boston, Massachusetts, hosted by State Street Corporation. That event represented a first for the family office/family wealth industry, acknowledging the significant contributions made by professionals 40 years of age or under from a select number of firms that represented a 360-degree view of the family office industry.
Mr. Kalnins’ experience in each of the aforementioned practice areas has enabled him to proactively identify and capitalize on business and personal planning opportunities for the benefit of firm clients.
Mr. Kalnins obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting from Augustana College, a Juris Doctor degree from Western Michigan University Cooley Law School and a Master of Laws in Taxation degree (LL.M. in Tax) from DePaul University College of Law.
He is also a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), Governing Member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association, member of the Chicago Yacht Club and past Chair of the Chicago Bar Association’s Federal Taxation Committee. In addition, Mr. Kalnins was recently appointed as Honorary Consul for the Republic of Latvia.
• Chair, Chicago Bar Association Tax Committee
• Chair, Chicago Symphony Orchestra Governing Member Engagement Committee
• Director, Latvian-American Chamber of Commerce
• Past member of Executive Committee of Archdiocesan Pastoral Council
Honors & Awards
Eric E. Kalnins. Quoted in the Chicago Sun Times article “Who Owns Henry Darger’s Artwork and Writings? Cook County Judge Wants More Information from Potential Relatives.” February 23, 2022
Eric E. Kalnins. Mentioned in The New York Times article “A Henry Darger Dispute: Who Inherits the Rights to a Loner’s Genius?” February 7, 2022.
Eric E. Kalnins. Quoted in the February 2016 DepositAccounts.com article Are You Keeping Secrets from Uncle Sam Overseas?, by Sheryl Nance-Nash.
Eric E. Kalnins. Quoted in article entitled, “Do You Have the Right Structure In Place?” Inc. Magazine. June 2011.
Eric E. Kalnins. “The Line is Becoming More Blurred.” Chicago Daily Law Bulletin. April 27, 2011.
Eric E. Kalnins. Quoted in article entitled, “Avoid Pitfalls When Using Independent Contractors.” Inc. Magazine. December 2010.
Eric E. Kalnins. “Offshore Planning: What Does the U.S. Have Against Foreign Countries?” Chicago Bar Association’s CBA Record Magazine. June/July 2010.
Eric E. Kalnins. “What Do We Have Against Foreign Countries?“ Chicago Daily Law Bulletin. June 18, 2010.
Eric E. Kalnins. Quoted extensively in an article entitled, “Borderline: Practicing Across the Illinois Line.” Chicago Lawyer Magazine. May 27, 2010.
Eric E. Kalnins. “Fiduciary Responsibility: Helping to Avoid Fraud.” (2009).
Member, State Bar of Illinois
Member, General Bar for the Northern District Court of Illinois
Member, United States Tax Court
Member, State Bar of Arizona
Member, State Bar of Wisconsin
Member, Chicago Bar Association
Member, American Welfare Benefit Plan Association
Member, Chicago Yacht Club
Member, Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Overture Council
Governing Member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra