brianAttorney Brian Rubin, a practicing attorney since 1976, is the parent of three children, one of whom, Mitchell, has Autism.  Brian’s law practice, since 1982, when Mitchell was one year old, has been dedicated to serving the legal and future planning needs of his fellow families of children and adults with intellectual disabilities, developmental disabilities, and/or mental illness.

Brian has been elected as a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), and has received the Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ Rating.  Brian is Past President of The Arc of Illinois; has been a member of the Board of Directors of Clearbrook (serving more than 7,000 individuals with developmental disabilities) since 1989; is a former member of the Board of Directors of Pact, Inc. (PAS/ISC Agent for DuPage County); is Past Chairman of the Board of Directors of the SLSF, the foundation supporting the Northwest Suburban Special Recreation Association (NWSRA); served as the founding Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Foundation of The Special Education District of Lake County (SEDOL Foundation); served on the Board of Directors of KESHET (Jewish Parents of Children with Special Needs); served on the Board of Directors of Northpointe Resources; serves as President Elect of the Special Needs Alliance, the national, non-profit, association of experienced special needs planning attorneys (membership is by invitation only); served on the Special Needs Law Section Steering Committee, of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys; was a Charter Member of the Academy of Special Needs Planners; and is a Faculty Member & Text Book Author for the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (IICLE).  Brian is also the Past Chairman of the State of Illinois Statewide Advisory Council on Developmental Disabilities; Chairman of the State of Illinois Autism Task Force since it was established by the Illinois Legislature in 2005; serves as a member of the State of Illinois Guardianship & Advocacy Commission; served on the State of Illinois Department of Human Services Office of Inspector General Quality Care Board; served on the State of Illinois Department of Human Services, Division of Developmental Disabilities Strategic Plan Team; served on the State of Illinois Disabilities Services Advisory Committee (The State of Illinois “Olmstead” Committee); and served on the State of Illinois, Department of Human Services, Division of Developmental Disabilities Quality Committee, among many other State of Illinois Committees and Commissions.  Brian also serves on the Leadership/Steering Committee of the Supported Community Living Initiative, a joint venture of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, the Jewish Child and Family Services, and Keshet, regarding residential and day programming for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  Brian is a former IRS Agent and a former IRS Estate Tax Attorney. Brian served by appointment on the American Bar Association’s Sub-Committee on “Special Needs Trusts and Other Protective Vehicles”.  Brian has served by appointment of the President of the Illinois State Bar Association on that Association’s “Section Council” on Estate Planning, Probate and Trust Law. Brian also has served, by appointment, on that Association’s “Standing Committee” on the mentally disabled.  Brian served three, four year terms, twelve years, as an elected Village Trustee in Buffalo Grove, Illinois (population 45,000) and was the founder of and served as Chairman of the Buffalo Grove Commission for Residents with Disabilities.  Brian is a Past President of the Rotary Club of Buffalo Grove and has also served as an Assistant District Governor for Rotary District 6440.

Brian feels the tremendous responsibility of not only being the parent of a child with special needs, but also as an attorney with the knowledge and ability to assist others in special needs future planning… needed to secure the future of children and adults with special needs.

While Brian wishes for Mitchell to have a long, healthy and enjoyable life, he often admits that he prays that he lives at least one moment longer than Mitchell… for that ultimately is the “Parent’s Prayer”… the desire not to ask anyone else to, or to have anyone else have to “take over” the enormous responsibility of caring for their child with special needs… as only a fellow parent could understand.

Brian is a frequent author and lecturer on the topic of appropriate future planning for families of individuals with special needs, and has been interviewed on television and radio, and has been often quoted in newspapers (including the Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun Times), books and magazines.

For more information and/or to arrange for Brian Rubin, and his son, attorney Benjamin Rubin, to speak to your group or organization on the topic of “Legal and Future Planning for Families of Children & Adults with Special Needs”, please contact our office.

Please “click” on the “Calendar of Events” tab for a list of where Brian and Benjamin, will be speaking in the future, and where they have lectured in the past.