Partners

Anne Asato

Anne Asato, CPA, MST

Anne is a partner in the Firm having spent 6 years at Arthur Young (now part of Ernst & Young). Anne specializes in fiduciary (trust & estate) taxation along with managing our fiduciary tax practice where we are essentially the in-house tax department for various banks and law firms. Anne also has extensive experience in expatriate taxation.

Annette Ondrejka

Annette Ondrejka

Annette is a partner in the Firm and here for over 15 years and prior having spent 12 years in the trust department of a large Chicago based multi-state bank. Annette specializes in fiduciary taxation and large family groups.

Cathy Cheng

Cathy Cheng, CPA, MST

Cathy is a partner in the Firm having spent 11 years at some large Chicago area firms including 2 years as a senior manager with KPMG. Cathy is the lead partner in our law firm practice while also working with entity returns of all types. Cathy is instrumental in assisting our clients with general accounting and bookkeeping systems and procedures.

Christian Klaas

Christian Klaas, CPA, MST

Chris is a partner in the Firm having started  in our internship program. Chris has been a tax instructor at Purdue-Calumet University.  Chris specializes in fiduciary taxation and large family groups.

Craig Labus

Craig Labus, CPA, MST

Craig is a partner in the Firm having spent 26 years as a founding partner of Gilson, Labus & Silverman.  Craig works with large multi-entity family groups and specializes in corporate, partnership and related issues.  Craig has authored many articles for various professional publications and frequently is an expert witness on tax related matters.  Craig has been active in the Union League Boys & Girls Foundation for many years in various responsible roles.

David Perry

David Perry, CPA, MST, PFS

Dave is a partner in the Firm having spent 4 years at Altschuler, Melvoin & Glasser (now part of McGladrey) as head of their personal financial planning practice and 10 years at Arthur Young (now part of Ernst & Young) in their personal tax practice. Dave specializes in individual taxation, personal financial planning issues and family groups. Dave also coordinates and administers our firm wide internship program, recruiting and HR activities. Dave has spoken at various professional tax forums and is a frequent guest lecturer at local universities.

Elliott Friedman

Elliott Friedman, CPA, JD

Elliott is a founding member of the Firm, managing partner and partner in charge of Estate & Gift Practice. Elliott spent 13 years at Arthur Young (now part of Ernst & Young) and was a Principal working in their individual, fiduciary and estate & gift tax group, also being responsible for their expatriate tax practice. Elliott has been an adjunct associate professor in both the DePaul Masters of Taxation program and at IIT-Chicago Kent Law school and currently is one of the most highly rated speakers for various professional societies. As a member of the Chicago Estate Planning council, Elliott is a recipient of the prestigious Austin Fleming award.

Hanping Xiao

Hanping Xiao, CPA,
MA-Taxation

Hanping is a partner in the Firm and here for over 9 years and prior having spent 8 years in the tax departments of 2 mid-size Chicago area firms.  Hanping specializes in large family groups and is in charge of our foreign investment disclosure practice.

John Basick

John Basick, CPA, MST

John is a partner in the Firm having spent 6 years at Altschuler, Melvoin & Glasser (now part of McGladrey) in their entrepreneurial services group. John specializes in individual taxation along with managing much of our practice where we are essentially the in-house tax department for various banks. John is also one of the office managing partners in our Frankfort office along with managing our internship program in that location.

John Cremins

John Cremins, CPA, MST

John is a partner in the Firm having spent 7 years at McGladrey including as a Director in their manufacturing, distribution & retail group and 5 years with Bansley & Kiener before that. John works with large multi-entity family groups and specializes in corporate, partnership and state & local tax issues. John is partner in charge of firm wide staffing and resource allocation.

Louis DeLuca

Louis DeLuca, CPA, MST

Lou is a partner in the Firm having spent 9 years at Altschuler, Melvoin & Glasser (now part of McGladrey) including as the senior manager in real estate practice and on their largest client. Lou specializes in real estate, partnership and family investment partnerships. Lou also coordinates and administers our firm wide continuing education including teaching extensively on partnership issues.

Patrick Burke

Patrick Burke, CPA, MST, MA

Pat is a partner in the Firm having spent 4 years at Arthur Young (now part of Ernst & Young). Pat specializes in both corporations and partnerships. Having served in various office, director and committee positions with numerous charities, Pat administers our tax exempt organization practice. Pat also is in charge of our peer review programs and firm wide quality control. Pat has taught at the university level, for numerous professional organizations and CPA society groups.

Robert Jacobson

Robert Jacobson, CPA, MST

Bob is a partner in the Firm having spent 5 years at Altschuler, Melvoin & Glasser (now part of McGladrey) in their real estate practice and on their largest client. Bob specializes in family groups, partnerships including family limited partnership and corporations. Bob also coordinates and administers our family office practice and is the partner in charge of our firm wide technology. Bob speaks at various professional tax forums and other organizations.

Sunny Kostecka

Sunny Kostecka, CPA

Sunny is a partner in the Firm and here for over 13 years starting in our internship program and prior having spent 7 years as a Radiographic Technologist at 3 medical centers. Sunny specializes in corporate and partnership taxation.

Directors & Principals

Jane Devine

Jane Devine, CPA, MST

Jane is a director in the Firm and here for over 15 years and prior having spent 8 years in the tax departments of 2 national firms; McGladrey and KPMG. Jane specializes in fiduciary, estate and individual taxation. Jane is in charge of our decedent tax practice.

Jim Piwowar

Jim Piwowar, CPA

Jim is a principal in the Firm and here for over 16 years and prior having spent 8 years in the trust tax departments of 2 large multi-state banks and a national CPA firm, Ernst & Young. Jim specializes in estate & gift taxation including generation skipping taxes. Jim administers our estate & gift practice.

Retired Partners

Bruce Huey

Bruce Huey, CPA, MST

Bruce was a founding member of the Firm, specializing in Estate, Gift and Trust taxation. Bruce previously spent 12 years at Arthur Young (now part of Ernst & Young) and was a Principal working in the individual, fiduciary and estate & gift tax group. Bruce has been an adjunct associate professor in the DePaul Masters of Taxation Program. Following his retirement, Bruce is acting as an independent trustee with select former clients.

Steven Gilson

Steven Gilson, CPA, JD

Steve was a founding partner of Gilson, Labus & Silverman prior to joining Friedman & Huey. Steve practiced in the estate planning and general tax areas, specializing in multi-generational issues and planning. Steve has served on numerous professional society committees and is a past president of The Chicago Estate Planning Council. Steve has served many business, charitable and professional organizations as trustee, officer or board member. Steve is both an attorney and CPA. Steve has now started to enjoy his retirement while acting as an independent trustee with select former clients and offering select independent consulting services.