Meet The Team
Mr. Bertsch’s primary professional focus is on business and corporate planning, Federal taxation, and estate planning for private clients. His experience includes advising clients on sophisticated taxation issues designed to minimize income and estate taxes, protect assets and preserve wealth. He also has unique experience and expertise with respect to international tax planning concepts for multinational companies and captive insurance arrangements.
Prior to forming DUGGAN BERTSCH, Mr. Bertsch was a partner in a mid-sized Chicago law firm where he used his multi-disciplinary background to service the Firm’s Family Office clientele. He was also a Tax Manager in the International Tax Department of KPMG. During his tenure, he focused primarily on establishing and maintaining foreign sales corporations and export subsidy programs, and advising clients regarding international intellectual property issues.
Mr. Bertsch earned a Bachelor of Sciences in Accounting Degree from Loyola University Chicago and a Juris Doctorate Degree from DePaul University College of Law in Chicago, Illinois. Mr. Bertsch is a Certified Public Accountant and is a member of the Illinois State and Chicago Bar Associations, and the Illinois Certified Public Accountants Society.
Member, Illinois State Bar Association
Member, Chicago Bar Association
Member, Illinois Certified Public Accountants Society
Member, Asset Protection Society
Member, Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity
Mr. Bertsch frequently lectures throughout the country on a wide array of subjects including the following:
- Asset Protection Protocol
- Captive insurance companies
- Defining Family Office Structures
- Usage of Virtual Family Office
- Asset Protection and Fraudulent Conveyance
- Advanced Estate Planning Strategies
- Update on Charging Order Legislation
- Foreign Asset Protection Trusts Structures
- Asset Protection Trust Domiciles
- Welfare Benefit Plans and Listed Transaction Issues
- Offshore Tax Compliance
- Integrating Domestic and International Planning
- Estate and Gift Tax – Legislative Update
- Comprehensive Planning for Private Clients
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Please join DUGGAN BERTSCH, LLC in congratulating our partner, Timothy Liam Epstein, Esq., for being named one of Billboard Magazine’s top music lawyers for the fourth year in a row for his work on behalf of clients in the live entertainment space.
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On January 5, 2023, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) proposed a new rule that would prohibit non-compete provisions for workers and require employers to rescind existing non-competes. The proposed rule would apply to all employees, independent contractors, and consultants. The broad proposed rule would apply even to senior level executives and could potentially implicate agreements […]
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Dear Clients and Colleagues, As the fourth quarter of 2022 is drawing to a close, we recommend that you review your comprehensive wealth planning and business structures to ensure that it is consistent with your long-term objectives. While the recent mid-term election results are still not final, with a Senate run-off left in Georgia, it […]
As indicated above, the recent changes to congressional control following the mid-term elections will likely mean a stalemate in Congress for the next 2 years with respect to any meaningful tax legislation. This means that from an estate planning perspective, the increased lifetime exemptions enacted as part of TCJA will continue to be available for […]
The relationship between individual taxpayers and their businesses continue to offer opportunity for effective tax savings, including the use in certain circumstances of C corporation structures to arbitrage tax rates, allow for greater deductions and potentially offer savings on an exit. However, much tax planning continues to focus on accessing these benefits before they sunset […]