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William J. Cotter


William J. Cotter, Partner


Carefully listening to clients’ goals and objectives helps me anticipate issues and be proactive - rather than reactive - on our clients’ behalf.


Practice Areas: Estate Planning, Tax and Probate; Real Estate Law; Construction Law; Business and Corporate Law


  • DePaul University, J.D., 1977
  • Purdue University, M.S., 1975
  • Purdue University, B.A., 1974

Bar Admissions:

  • State of Illinois
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

Bar Association Memberships:

  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • DuPage County Bar Association

Bill Cotter joined Goldstine, Skrodzki, Russian, Nemec and Hoff, Ltd. as a partner in 2015.  Prior to joining the firm, Bill was a partner with Coman & Anderson, P.C. in Lisle, and was the founder of Cotter & Associates, LLC in Darien.

In the estate planning and administration areas, Bill provides advice and guidance to clients on business succession, wealth transfer and tax planning.  Bill represents clients in commercial and industrial real estate purchases and sales, financing and leasing transactions, and real estate development and construction and related service firms (engineers, surveyors, and program and construction managers).  Bill also does business consulting and tax planning for small and medium-size businesses.

Bill is a former instructor at the DePaul University School of Law and has authored or co-authored articles on estate and business planning, corporate law, and general business management issues.  His community activities include serving for 12 years as President of the Board of Education for Center Cass School District 66, DuPage County (1991 through 2003), and serving on the City of Darien’s Comprehensive Plan Committee.



Practice Areas

We are uniquely staffed to handle most types of legal matters—whether personal or business related—within our main practice areas: business and corporate law; construction law; employment and labor law; estate and tax planning; family law; land use and development/local government; litigation; and real estate law.
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There are no shortcuts or compromises at Goldstine, Skrodzki, Russian, Nemec and Hoff, Ltd. Our attorneys respectfully listen to their clients, anticipate their needs and work diligently to provide sound and practical legal advice.
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Introducing our new partners: Alison J. Wetzel, Brian M. Dougherty, and Daniel J. McCarthy III.


Our attorneys represent a vast array of clients, from individuals to closely-held businesses and publicly-traded companies to municipalities.
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In Memoriam: Thomas P. Russian


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