Bert L. Kahn

Bert L. Kahn, is Of Counsel to the firm, practicing from its Skokie office in the areas of taxation, estate planning and tax controversies. He received his BBA and Juris Doctor degrees from the University of Wisconsin and is licensed as a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Wisconsin. Bert is admitted to practice before the Bars of Illinois, Wisconsin, the U.S. Tax Court and other Federal courts. Bert is a member of the Tax Committees of the American Bar Association, the Chicago Bar Association, and was formerly on the faculty of John Marshall Law School.

Bert's prior practice was as a trial attorney for the U.S. Treasury Department, as a partner in the law firm of Hirschtritt, Hirschtritt, Gold, Mardell and Kahn, and the law firm of Mardell and Kahn–both firms located in Chicago and focusing in the field of taxation. Most recently Bert practiced in Skokie as the senior partner of Bert L. Kahn, Ltd.

Bert remains active in charitable organizations having previously served in the following positions: as national co-president, Religious Zionists of America; president, Congregation Kesser Maariv; chairman, North Suburban subcommittee Lawyers Division of the Jewish United Fund; chairman, Ida Crown Jewish Academy Endowment Group; and member, Board of Directors Arie Crown Hebrew Day School.

Bert is a First Lieutenant, U.S. Army Reserves Retired.

Robert T. DeCherrie

Robert T. DeCherrie, is Of Counsel to the firm practicing in tax law. Bob completed his undergraduate degree at DePaul University and spent his post-graduate years at the University of Chicago and Kent College of Law. Bob is admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court-Northern District of Illinois, the Appellate Court-Eastern District of Illinois, the U.S. Tax Court and the Supreme Court of the United States.

Bob has worked as a field agent for the U.S. Treasury Department. He was a participant in the Latin American Tax Assistance Reserve Program with the State Department. Bob has also worked as the chief instructor for advanced training of Internal Revenue agents, a program that was conducted at the University of Chicago. He was a member of the Organized Crime Strike Force with the Special Enforcement Program of the U.S. Treasury Department. In addition, Bob has been a technical advisor to the Regional Counsel’s Office of the Internal Revenue Service. He has spoken on behalf of the IRS in Chicago and has been a lecturer at C.P.E. seminars at the University of Illinois-Chicago.

Bob is a lifelong Chicagoan who was active in the military during 1952-1953 and 1957, serving in the Special Ops Teams of the U.S. Navy. He was a professional football player during 1958 and 1959 and is a professional softball and handball player currently. Bob retired from public service on June 2, 1989. He initially entered private practice with the law firm of Peck, Wolf & Rosenstrock and has been of counsel to Peck Ritchey for over 10 years.

Joseph Peck

Joseph Peck, who previously served as Of Counsel to the firm, passed away on November 30, 2006. As an attorney and CPA, Joseph concentrated in all tax matters, including but not limited to, personal, corporate, estate, and real estate taxes. In addition to being a member of the Illinois Bar Association and licensed as a CPA in Illinois, he was a member of the Florida Bar Association and was distinguished by the Florida Bar in the area of Taxation.

Joseph became a CPA in 1950 and subsequently attended DePaul Law School at night graduating in 1956. He was admitted to the Illinois State Bar in the fall of 1956. He was also admitted to the Florida Bar in 1975 where he was certified as one of only 300 tax specialists. Joseph also served on several corporate Boards of Directors as a “Provisional Director,” having been appointed to that position by the Chancery Division of the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois.

Among his tax clients were several Federal Bankruptcy Trustees who looked to Joseph for the preparation of all income tax returns they filed for bankruptcy estates. Well respected by both the business community and his peers, Joseph served as accounting and tax advisor to many people in the political spectrum including congressmen, judges, trustees, and many others. He earned both his Bachelor’s and Juris Doctor from DePaul University.