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Mark E. Kellogg

Shareholder / Lansing


Experience
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Mark E. Kellogg has devoted over 30 years of practice to the needs of family and closely-held businesses and enterprises, including business succession, cottage law and succession planning, estate planning, real estate law, contract law, tax law and planning and non-profit law.

In addition to having a wide breadth of experience practicing law, Mark is a certified public accountant. This skillset gives Mark a unique insight into business and tax implications relating to planning for his clients.

Mark holds several leadership positions for legal organizations dealing with business and probate and estate planning and is currently serving as the Chair of the State Bar of Michigan Business Law and Probate and Estate Planning Sections. He has also been actively involved in various charitable, trade and community organizations throughout his professional career. Mark has served on Fraser Trebilcock's Board of Directors for several years and currently serves as Co-Chair of the firm's Trusts & Estates department.

Mark is also a member of the international organization of Attorneys for Family-held Enterprises (AFHE), currently serves as a Member of the Finance Committee for Highfields, Inc., and has recently been elected to City Council for the City of DeWitt.

Other Professional Experience: 

  • Attorney, Chalgian & Tripp Law Offices, PLLC
  • Attorney, Lasky Fifarek & Hogan P.C.
  • Tax Manager, Ernst & Young
Professional Associations
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  • Michigan Bar Association
    • Taxation Section
    • Business Law Section
    • Business Law Council
      • Vice Chair (2021-2022)
      • Chair (2022-Present)
    • Probate and Estate Planning Section 
    • Probate and Estate Planning Council
      • Chair (2022-Present)
    • Agricultural Law Section
    • Agricultural Law Council
  • Ingham County Bar Association
    • Former Member, Board of Directors (Past President)
  • American Association of Attorney-Certified Public Accountants
    • Past President, Michigan Chapter
  • Family Firm Institute
  • Attorney for Family-held Enterprises
    • Former Member of Board of Directors
    • Former Member of Membership Committee
  • Greater Lansing Estate Planning Council (1992-Present; previously served on Board of Directors)
  • DeWitt City Council
    • Member (2023-Present)
  • DeWitt Public Schools Board Member (2004-2018)
    • Treasurer (2005-2008)
    • Secretary (2008-2009);
    • President (2010-2020)
  • Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce - Board of Directors (2009-2012)
  • Make-A-Wish Foundation of America (1997-2003)
  • City of DeWitt Planning Commission (2003-2004)
  • DeWitt Soccer Club Board of Directors (1999-2008)
  • Greater Lansing Catholic Education Foundation - Board of Trustees (1991-2002)
  • Springbrook Homeowners’ Association - Board of Directors (1996-1999)
  • Make-A-Wish Foundation of Michigan - Board of Directors (1991-1997)
  • Greater Lansing Estate Planning Council (1992-Present)
  • Caring About Kids, Inc. - Founding Board Member (1994)
  • Young Lawyers Section, Ingham County Bar Association (1991-1994)
  • Highfields, Inc. Board of Trustees - President (Present, Previous Board Member since 2013)
  • Highfields, Inc. Endowment Committee
    • Member (2022-Present)
  • City of Lansing Income Tax Board of Review
  • Catholic Diocese of Lansing, Fr. Albers Trust Committee, Chairman
  • R.E. Olds Transportation Museum, Board of Trustees (1989-1991)
  • Capital City Express AAU Girls Basketball Club - Director (2007-2009)
  • Active in community youth sports and recreational programs as a coach (basketball, soccer, softball)
Honors & Distinctions
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  • Achieved an AV Preeminent® peer review rating by Martindale-Hubbell
  • President, Fraser Trebilcock (2022-23)
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law in Lansing 2024; first listed in 2014
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Corporate Law in Lansing 2024; first listed in 2024
  • Listed in Super Lawyers since 2010 for Estate & Probate
  • Selected as a '2022 Leading Michigan Lawyer' by Leading Lawyers for Trust, Will & Estate Planning; first named in 2013
  • Selected as a "Leader in the Law" Class of 2021 by Michigan Lawyers Weekly
Publications & Presentations
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  • "Transition of the Family Business," The Greater Lansing Business Monthly, April 1989
  • "Michigan Estate Planning Handbook," Second Edition, Author, Chapter 2, Tax Considerations (2011-2016)
  • Estate Strategies
    • The New World of Portability, February 2012 (Published by Detroit Legal News Publishing LLC; Legal News.com; Washtenaw County Legal News)
    • Planning for the Family Cottage or Cabin, July 2014 (Published by Oakland County Legal News)
    • Year-end Tax Planning Considerations, December 2014 (Published by Washtenaw County Legal News)
  • Fraser Trebilcock Blog (various topics)
  • Presentation : "The 'Golden Age' of Retirement Plans"; 31st Annual Small Practitioners Conference, August 22, 2008; Sponsored by The Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants
  • Presentation: "Michigan Business Courts"; MSU College of Law Student Business Law Section; February 13, 2013
  • Presentation: "Business Breakups and Owner Buyouts: Legal, Tax and Accounting Issues"; Sponsored by the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants, Small Business Forum and Commercial Litigation Committee
  • Presentation: "Planning for Unique Assets"; Greater Lansing Estate Planning Council, Jackson Estate Planning Council
  • Also served as program speaker on numerous occasions covering a variety of topics, including Estate Planning, Trusts and Trust Administration, Business Valuations, Michigan Inheritance Tax, Current Matter - Tax Update, Tax Aspects of Social Clubs, Real Estate Matters, Like-Kind Exchanges, Buying and Selling Businesses, Retirement Plans and Tax Planning.
Testimonials & Client Matters
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“Hi, Mark. I’m now catching up from almost three weeks of travel, and I’ve finally gotten to your document package. Wow! That’s quite a product! Thanks for a job well done!” – T.G.

"Many thanks to Mark for all of his help and advice on our joint trust. We feel very happy and relieved about the outcome. It was a pleasure working with Mark. Though our paths may never cross again, we know our documents are in good hands." – Anne and Michael Conwell

"Mark is a top notch business attorney." – Private Practice Attorney

"Mark Kellogg is an experienced business law attorney and a licensed CPA." – Private Practice Attorney

"Mark Kellogg is an experienced estate planning and business law attorney. His credential as a licensed CPA is an added bonus. He is a council member of the State Bar of Michigan Probate and Estate Planning Section." – Private Practice Attorney