(NEW YORK) Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP announced today that the firm’s Trusts and Estates Practice was named North American Team of the Year as part of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) 2012 Private Client Awards.

“This award underscores the strength of the firm’s Trusts and Estates practice, and is a well-deserved tribute to Katten’s skilled and dedicated trust and estate practitioners,” said Vincent A. F. Sergi, Katten’s national managing partner.

Katten’s Trusts and Estates Practice is one of the largest in the United States with attorneys in offices across the country. Katten attorneys represent high net worth individuals, entire families, family offices, banks, trust companies, wealth management advisors and nonprofit entities of all sizes.

“We are honored to be given this important recognition by STEP. Awards like this are made possible by our incredible clients who enable us to be practical and creative advisors as well as true partners,” stated Josh Rubenstein, chair of Katten’s National Trusts and Estates Practice and co-managing partner of Katten’s New York office.

STEP is the leading worldwide professional body for practitioners in the fields of trusts, estates and related issues. STEP Private Client Award entries go through a rigorous, practitioner-led, three-state judging process to select the best in the industry. The awards were announced at the seventh annual Awards ceremony at the London Hilton on Park Lane hotel.

Katten offers an integrated network of trust and estate practitioners that enables the firm to efficiently service local, national and international clients. Katten provides creative and comprehensive representation in all areas of private client services, including personal and tax-driven estate planning for both the domestic and international client, business succession and charitable planning, probate, complex estate and trust administration, estate and trust litigation and charitable organization representation.