March 14, 2018

Profiles in Membership

Tye J. Klooster

Tye J. KloosterTye is a partner at Katten Muchin Rosenman, LLP in Chicago. He represents high-net-worth individuals, including equity fund principals, farmers, business owners, and art collectors in wealth transfer and estate planning matters. He is experienced in designing and implementing sophisticated and personalized estate plans. Tye also represents fiduciaries in the administration of estates and trusts, the formation and operation of private foundations, and sophisticated charitable giving techniques.

Tye earned a B.B.A. (with honors) at the University of Iowa, a J.D. (with highest honors) at Drake University, and a LL.M. degree in taxation at New York University. While in law school he was the editor-in-chief of the Drake Law Review.

Tye is a Fellow of the American College of Trusts and Estates Counsel. He is actively involved with the RPTE Trust and Estate Division's Business Planning Group and is currently vice-chair of the Business Investment Entities, Partnerships, LLCs and Corporations Committee. He also is actively involved with the Chicago Bar Association, currently serving on the Trust Law Section's Executive Committee and as a member of the Illinois Uniform Trust Code Task Force. In addition, Tye is an adjunct professor at the John Marshall Law School, teaching a class titled "Wealth Transfer Taxation II."

Tye has published four articles in Probate & Property and presented programs at the ABA RPTE Spring Symposia in 2010 and 2013, the RPTE and Taxation Sections' Joint Fall Meetings in 2009, 2011, and 2013, and RPTE's "Estate Planning in Depth" in 2009.

Tye enjoys spending time with his wife of 11 years, Renee, and their two children, Jake and Helena. Both children are actively involved in sports (tennis and basketball are favorites), music, and other activities such as dance and Cub Scouts. Tye also enjoys traveling, golfing (he noted "if one can really enjoy golf"), and is proud to be a rabid Iowa Hawkeyes fan.

Eric D. Lemont

Eric D. LemontEric is a partner at Sullivan & Worcester, practicing in the Real Estate Department of the Boston office. His practice focuses on a wide variety of commercial real estate transactions, including acquisitions and sales of various property types (office, retail, industrial, multi-family, and hospitality), joint ventures, and mezzanine, construction, and permanent financings. Eric's clients include developers, real estate funds, REITs, insurance companies, institutional investors, and owner-operators. In addition, he regularly represents corporate clients on a diverse range of real estate related matters. Before joining Sullivan & Worcester, he practiced in the REITs and real estate capital markets group of Goodwin Procter LLP in Boston.

Eric has additional expertise in matters of American Indian law and governance. In addition to working previously as outside counsel to various tribes, he served as a research fellow at the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, directed its Initiative on American Indian Constitutional Reform, and edited American Indian Constitutional Reform and the Rebuilding of Native Nations (University of Texas Press). Eric received his bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan, his J.D. from New York University, and his M.P.P. from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

Eric's involvement with RPTE began in fall 2013 when he reached out to a member of the Real Property Division, sharing an article he had written about purchase and sale agreements, and asked how he could become involved in the Section. Eric is the current chair of the Purchase and Sale Committee of the Real Property Division. He appreciates the opportunities the Section provides to meet practitioners from all over the country who address the same issues he does on a regular basis.

Eric and his family reside in a Boston suburb. His favorite time of the day is catching up with his wife, Liz. Eric enjoys reading books on history and playing basketball. With two children, however, most of his free time is spent helping with homework and coaching sports teams. Eric is often reminded that, with children, the days are long but the years are short. The history books will still be there after the kids are out of the house!