Finance & Operations

Marc S. Brenner, JD, CPA

Principal, Founder & Vice Chairman

President, Kovitz Real Estate

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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, BS

University of Chicago, JD

Marc and his partners founded Kovitz in October 2003 to provide asset management services and solutions to high net worth individuals and institutions. As Vice Chairman of the firm and President of Kovitz Real Estate, Marc serves his clients in addition to directing the firm’s offerings in real estate and private equity. Before co-founding Kovitz, Marc joined Rothschild Investment Corporation in 2001 as a Portfolio Manager in the firm's Investment Management Department. Marc has also been a partner in the Chicago law firms of Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg, Rosenberg & Liebentritt, and Hopkins & Sutter, specializing in real estate and corporate finance and representing various public and private corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies, and individuals. Marc is a member of Young Presidents Organization, and serves on the board and various committees of the Jewish United Fund. Marc is Chair of the Board of Nourishing Hope (formerly known as Lakeview Pantry).  Marc received his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1985, earning recognition on the Bronze Tablet. Subsequently, he received his JD from the University of Chicago in 1988 where he was awarded the Order of the Coif. Marc is a Certified Public Accountant and was awarded the National Gold Medal in recognition of the highest score in the nation on the May, 1985 CPA examination.