Ken grew up in a family-owned business. Ken has decades of experience working on:
- Sophisticated estate planning for high-net-worth clients,
- Estate and trust administration and related litigation,
- Business and charitable entities, and
- Complex tax and transactional matters.
Ken provides value to individuals, couples, families, executives and entities by helping them organize their financial, business and tax affairs and achieve their estate planning and asset protection objectives.
Ken’s work has been recognized by the prestigious American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), which made him an ACTEC Fellow after considering Ken’s contributions to the legal profession and the general public based on speaking engagements, published articles, and other factors.
Ken began his legal carrier in the legal department of an international, billion-dollar company in western Michigan. He started in its legal department, working on domestic and international matters. After obtaining his LLM in Taxation, Ken worked in the company’s tax department, where he also worked on domestic and international matters and tax audits.
Ken was subsequently recruited by a large multi-state law firm based in Michigan to do business planning, corporate, and tax work for its clients. Ken’s practice was subsequently expanded to include estate and trust work.
Following long associations as a partner with other large Michigan law firms, Ken was recruited to move to St. Louis, Missouri to be a partner at one of the largest multi-state law firms in the Midwest. There, Ken honed his estate and tax planning skills by serving clients from the firm’s offices in Missouri and Nebraska.
In 2018, Ken was recruited by a St. Louis-based family office to provide estate and tax planning services to 12 high net worth families who reside throughout the United States. While there, Ken assisted in the drafting and enactment of an amendment to the Missouri Family Trust Company Act, which better serves the needs of high-net-worth families who want to own a family trust company, participate in its administration, and use it as a tool to train young family members on wealth management.
Ken enjoys working with his colleagues at Mantese Honigman to help clients achieve their estate, business, and tax planning goals on a timely and efficient basis.
- LL.M., Boston University School of Law, 1983
- J.D., Valparaiso University School of Law, 1980
- B.A., Calvin College, 1977
- Michigan, 1980
- Missouri, 2007
- Nebraska, 2012
- Estate Planning
- Trust Administration
- Private Wealth
- Business Law