About Robert T. Napier

Robert T. Napier

Our clients are not two dimensional cutouts. They are three dimensional people who are very good at what they do, be it raising a family or operating a business. We look at specific situations and offer counsel well beyond tax advice.

Robert T. Napier helps a wide range of clients protect their wealth and families through creative, but conservative, estate, charitable, and business planning. Bob represents individuals, families, foundations, closely-held corporations, and fiduciaries.

Bob joined Harrison & Held in 2012 after managing his own Chicago law firm, Robert T. Napier and Associates, P.C., for nearly 20 years.

He has administered countless estates that range from simple to complex, with some involving contentious beneficiaries.

Leading Lawyers - Peer Selected 2020Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rated


  • DePaul University College of Law, J.D., 1987
  • Certified Public Accountant, 1986
  • Marquette University, B.S. Salutatorian, 1984

Awards & Honors

  • Received Martindale-Hubbell’s AV Preeminent® ranking
  • Named a Leading Lawyer


  • Estate Planning Council of Naples
  • Chicago Estate Planning Council
  • Collier County Bar Association
  • Director of Friends of the USS Abraham Lincoln CVN-72 (www.ussabe.org)
  • Illinois PGA – Independent Director
  • Leadership Collier – 2021


  • State Bar of Florida, 2015
  • State Bar of Michigan, 2004
  • Northern District of Illinois, 2001
  • Supreme Court of the United States, 2001
  • Illinois Supreme Court, 1987
  • U.S. District Court, 1987

Speeches & Publications

Mr. Napier has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal and published in Barron's magazine. He has lectured for the Chicago Bar Association, ICLE, financial consultants, executives, and the Illinois CPA Society. He has addressed numerous business and civic groups, acted as a defense expert witness, and published the following articles:

  • To CPT or Not to CPT, That is the Question (Wealth Management, September 23, 2022)
  • New Florida Law Could Help Married Couples Realize Major Tax Savings (Wealth Management, September 21, 2022)
  • Rules for the Road (Trusts & Estate, Feb 2019)
  • Just Say No - To Charity (Wealth Management, October 2018)
  • This Is Why Stars Are Updating Their Wills (Wealth Management, April 2018)
  • A 21-Point Salute to Youth, (Wealth Management, April 30, 2018)
  • Estate Tax - It Could Be Worse (Barron's, May 29, 2017)
  • The Power of the Giraffe in Estate Planning (Wealth Management, February 2017)
  • Defeating the Three Big, Bad Wolves of Estate Planning (Wealth Management, May 2016)
  • Man and Superman (Wealth Management, July 2015)
  • Cindy Crawford, You and Portability (Wealth Management, June 2015)
  • Private Foundations and Donor Advised Funds (Trusts & Estates, June 2014)
  • The 3.8 Percent Healthcare Tax (Trusts & Estates, December 2013)
  • Exodus: The Art of Domicile (Trusts & Estates, June 2013)
  • GRAT Expectations (Trusts & Estates, September 2010)
  • Kill the CRT’s (Trusts & Estates, December 2009)
  • The Safety GRAT (Illinois State Bar Association: Trusts & Estates, June 2009, Vol. 55, No. 8)
  • Cookie Jars and Charitable Remainder Trusts - Built to be Broken Into? (Taxation of Exempts, Sept-Oct 2005)