March 14, 2017

Profiles in Membership

Adam M. Ansari

Adam is a partner at Ansari & Shapiro LLC in Chicago, Illinois. Focusing his practice on estates and trusts, Adam regularly advises clients on wealth transfer, legacy planning, and asset protection strategies, and provides guidance on related estate, gift, and income tax issues. Often working with special needs families, Adam provides specific planning suggestions and guidance for families of children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Adam's interest in special needs planning is both professional and personal. Adam's little sister, Sonya, was diagnosed with autism at a very young age.

Adam's practice has continued to evolve as the practice of estate and trusts has developed. More recently, Adam has begun providing guidance on Section 529A ABLE Accounts. In June 2016, Adam's article, Section 529A ABLE Accounts Opening Throughout the United States, was published in the Illinois State Bar Association Trust & Estates Section Newsletter.

Adam's planning promotes a more holistic style of estate planning. His philosophy is centered around the proposition that he is not planning for a child or adult with a disability; rather, he is planning for the child or adult's specific ABILITIES. He works with families to ensure the individual's ABILITIES are well-supported by the estate plan. If a loved one is receiving Medicaid or SSI, and has a passion for the creative arts, Adam asks: how do we promote the loved one's passion for creative arts without jeopardizing public benefits?

Outside of his practice, Adam devotes much of his time to national and local nonprofits. Within the ABA he is a 2016–18 Fellow of the RPTE Law Section and co-chair of the Young Lawyers Division's General Practice, Solo & Small Firm Committee.

Adam has been recognized as a 2016 and 2017 Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine. He holds a B.A. from Boston University, a J.D. from the John Marshall Law School, an M.B.A. from Dominican University, and is finishing an LL.M. in Taxation from the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law. He is an avid ice hockey player, and Adam and his wife, Alicja, began 2017 very happy and busy as brand new parents!

Norman H. Roos

Norm, chair of Robinson & Cole LLP's Finance Practice Group, concentrates his practice on transactional and regulatory matters relating to the real estate and financial services industries. He represents banks, insurance companies, diversified financial service companies, and other publicly and privately held entities on a broad range of matters involving mortgage banking, consumer and commercial credit transactions, and regulatory compliance. Drafting and negotiating commercial mortgage transactions, developing plain language consumer mortgage forms, and helping clients navigate the labyrinth of consumer and commercial mortgage regulatory requirements are some examples of his work in the mortgage lending field.

Norm attended the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. After earning a B.S. in economics, Norm went on to receive his J.D. at the University of Michigan Law School. He was able to combine his interests in finance and law in his law practice.

Norm is counsel to the Connecticut Mortgage Bankers Association, Inc., and is a fellow of the American College of Mortgage Attorneys, where he currently serves as Secretary and member of the Executive Committee and Board of Regents. Norm has been an ABA member for over 40 years and is currently a member of RPTE and the Business Law Section. He has served on a number of Connecticut Law Revision Study Committees including the Uniform Common Interest Ownership Act, Electronic Communications, Mortgagor Liability, and Electronic Recording of Land Records.

Norm is the author of The CMBA Handbook on Connecticut Mortgage Statutes: An Analysis and Compilation of Connecticut Legislation Affecting Residential First Mortgage Lending and served until recently as the editor of the American College of Mortgage Attorneys newsletter (TheACMA Abstract). His articles have appeared in The National Law Journal, Real Estate Finance Journal, The Banking Law Journal, Mortgage Technology, and National Mortgage News, among other publications.

Norm lives with his wife, Carin, in Avon, Connecticut, where he likes to bike over the border into Massachusetts. He also enjoys hiking, playing tennis, and spending time with his adult children and young grandchildren on both coasts.