NEW YORK – Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP is pleased to announce that its National Private Wealth Practice has been named among three finalists by the Society of Trusts and Estates Practitioners (STEP) for its annual STEP Private Client Awards. The Firm was nominated in the North America Private Client Team category of the awards, presented each year by the prestigious, London-based international trusts and estates organization. The winners will be announced at a black-tie awards ceremony on September 13 in London.

The STEP Private Client Awards highlight excellence among private client solicitors and attorneys, accountants, barristers, bankers and trust managers. Those who service the industry, such as publishers and investment managers, are also recognized for their contributions to the profession.

"The STEP awards celebrate excellence in practice and the high status private client work richly deserves," said Andrew Young, Chairman of STEP the judging panel. "Everyone on the shortlist should be proud."

In addition to serving as chair of its National Private Wealth Practice, Katten’s Joshua S. Rubenstein was selected earlier this year to serve as a judge on STEP’s panel of experts for this year’s awards. Mr. Rubenstein absented himself from judging the category in which Katten is nominated.

The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners is a professional body that provides members with a local, national and international learning and business network. It provides education, training, representation and networking for its members, who are professionals specializing in trusts and estates, executorship, administration and related taxes. Members advise clients on the broad business of the management of personal finance. Full members of the organization are the most experienced and senior practitioners in the field of trusts and estates.

Katten’s National Private Wealth Practice provides a full range of trusts and estates related services, including sophisticated estate, tax, business and personal planning for high net worth individuals, entrepreneurs, and others with complex assets or affairs. The firm represents both fiduciaries and beneficiaries in connection with ongoing estate and trust administration on a multigenerational basis, and is also experienced in handling contested proceedings involving estates and trusts in the courts, before taxing authorities and before governmental and regulatory authorities.