NEW YORK – Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP is pleased to announce that its Private Wealth Practice has been named as one of four finalists by the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) for North American Private Client Team of the Year in the 2010 STEP Private Client Awards. The STEP Private Client Awards highlight excellence among private client professionals worldwide. Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on October 19 in London.

“Inclusion among this elite group of practitioners underlines our firm’s commitment to provide our clients with the highest level of service,” said Joshua S. Rubenstein, chair of Katten’s Private Wealth Practice. “Our practice is honored to be considered for this prestigious award for a fourth consecutive year.”

With 14,000 members, STEP is a professional organization of trust and estate practitioners that provides its members with a local, national and international learning and business network. It offers 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 Private Wealth Practice 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. 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.