- Wealth Transfer and Estate Planning
Sarmistha Banerjee is an Associate in the Wealth Transfer and Estate Planning practice area, focusing her practice principally on advising individuals and families on estate planning objectives centering around various types of trusts, wills, powers of attorney, and living wills. She assists clients with multiple specialized needs to prepare comprehensive estate plans.
Before joining Huck Bouma, Sarmistha gained experience in employment, estate planning, family law, guardianship, probate and real estate at respected law firms in downtown Chicago and in the collar counties. She has served as a court-appointed Guardian ad Litem for disabled adults and minors in guardianship proceedings and has courtroom and litigation experience in probate, guardianship and domestic relations matters, including appearing before the Third District of the Illinois Appellate Court for oral arguments.
Sarmistha completed her law degree from Northern Illinois University College of Law magna cum laude and was one of five students to graduate with a certificate in civil advocacy. She was a finalist in the internal Mock Trial Competition, recognized as Most Effective Advocate in a special topics course on Supreme Court Advocacy, and was second best oralist of 90 at the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition.
While in law school, Sarmistha was selected as one of five students nationwide for a summer internship with the legal department of BP America. She was a research assistant for the Dean of the law school and a 7-11 licensed intern in the Office of General Counsel of Northern Illinois University. She was a founding student of the Northern Illinois University College of Law Health Advocacy Clinic created in partnership with Hesed House and Aunt Martha's Health Center.
Sarmistha is an active member of her legal community. In law school, she was an invited speaker and ambassador for the Office of Admissions, a mentor for the Women's Law Caucus, and a founding board member and president of the NIU Law chapter of the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy, which selected her as a Next Generation Leader.
She has served on the Board of the New Lawyer Division of the DuPage County Bar Association and on the Board of the DuPage Association of Women Lawyers.
- Northern Illinois University College of Law, DeKalb, Illinois
- Juris Doctor
- Honors: magna cum laude
- Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts
- B.A., Bachelor of Arts
- Major: Sociology
- Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois
- M.A., Master of Arts
- Major: Sociology
- U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois
- DuPage County Bar Association
- Illinois State Bar Association