Caitlin E. Abram



Caitlin Abram helps clients plan for and protect their futures. She represents clients in complex trust and estate transactional and litigation matters.

Estate & Business Succession Planning

Caitlin’s experience includes estate and business succession planning for high net worth clients. She takes into account non-tax considerations as well as the impact of estate, gift and generation-skipping transfer taxes to help clients maximize the value of their assets. Caitlin also uses cutting-edge techniques such as directed trusts, decanting and non-judicial settlements to help clients achieve their objectives.

Risk Management and Disputes

Caitlin provides risk management advice to fiduciaries and represents parties in complex trust disputes, will contests, and reformation and construction actions. She understands the unique challenges presented by trust dispute matters and the importance of finding solutions that help parties move forward with their lives.

Past Experience

Before joining Faegre Drinker, Caitlin was a partner at McDermott, Will & Emery in Chicago.


Bar Admissions


Court Admissions

U.S. Tax Court


Certified Mediator




Columbia Law School
J.D. Columbia Journal of European Law (articles editor) (2006)

University of Michigan
A.B. in Communication Studies and Italian, with high distinction (2003)

Insights & Events

Leadership & Community

Pro Bono

  • Litigation for Victim — Achieved significant settlement for victim of sexual abuse committed by trust beneficiary through creative solution that respected trust terms
  • Nonprofit Legal Advice — Provided legal advice to nonprofit beneficiary of will regarding compliance with terms of will and other governance issues

Professional Associations

  • Minnesota State Bar Association — Probate and Trust Law Section


  • Faegre Baker Daniels — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2016,18
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Columbia Law School — Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar
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