is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC),
one of approximately 2,400 attorneys worldwide who hold this honor.
He graduated with distinction from the University of Michigan Law School
where he was a member of the Law Review. He began his legal career with
the Chrysler Corporation in the Secretary's office and legal department
then went into private practice. Mr. LoPrete is a past chair of the Probate
and Estate Planning Section of the State Bar of Michigan
and a past Michigan State chair of ACTEC.
His primary areas of practice are estate planning,
the post-death administration of decedent's affairs and corporate and
business transactions. He has represented publicly held and private
corporations in merger and acquisition work and defending proxy fights.
He represents individuals and their businesses during their lifetime
and passing them to the next generation at death.
Mr. LoPrete is an academician in the International
Academy of Estate and Trust Law. He is a member and past director of the
Financial and Estate Planning Council of Metropolitan Detroit and serves
on the Board of Directors of various for-profit and non-profit corporations.
A member of the ACTEC litigation committee, Mr. LoPrete represents fiduciaries
and individuals in probate and trust litigation. He has been cited by the
Michigan Court of Appeals as an expert witness in probate and trust matters
and has served as a part-time adjunct instructor of legal writing
at Wayne State University Law School.
Throughout his career, Mr. LoPrete
has been a lecturer before Michigan
lawyers, corporate trustee
department personnel, and other
professional groups on various
topics related to estate and trust
administration. He has mentored generations of trust and estate attorneys.
2021: Currently serving as expert witness in a matter of first impression
for damages for breach of trust
2021: ongoing representation of five generations of four prominent local families, focusing on estate,
trust, guardianship and conservatorship matters
U.S. Eastern District of Michigan, 1954
U.S. Tax Court, 1976
U.S. Sixth Circuit Court, 2009
Areas of Practice:
Post-Death Administration of
Estate, Trust and Probate Litigation
Corporate and Business
University of Michigan Law
School, Ann Arbor, Michigan
University of Michigan, Ann
Arbor, Michigan, B.A.
Memberships and Involvements:
Member, Michigan Bar Association
Probate and Estate Planning Section, Member
Fellow, The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), 1979 to Present
Past Michigan State chair
Current Member of Litigation Committee
Academician, International Academy of Estate and Trust Law, 1981 - Present
President, Samuel L. Westerman Foundation
President, University of Michigan Club of Greater Detroit Scholarship Fund
President, Louis and Nellie Sieg Fund
President, Frank and Gertrude Dunlap Fund
Trustee, John R. and M. Margrite Davis Foundation
Trustee, Clannad Foundation
Member, Financial and Estate Planning Council of Metropolitan Detroit
Past memberships and involvements
Chair, State Bar of Michigan, Probate and Estate Planning Section
Director, Financial and Estate Planning Council of Metropolitan Detroit
Part-time Adjunct Instructor of Legal Writing, Wayne State University Law School
Speaker at Institute of Continuing Legal Education; Trust Division of Michigan Bankers Association; and Financial and Estate Planning Council of Metropolitan Detroit programs
Awards and Recognitions: