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Handler Thayer, LLP Overview

Handler Thayer, LLP is dedicated to rendering superior, technologically current, and innovative professional services to affluent families, family offices and privately-held companies. In furtherance of this objective, the firm attracts and develops highly qualified attorneys with business and financial backgrounds committed to personal and professional excellence.


The firm’s reputation has been built upon a foundation of integrity, community service and creative, cutting edge, business, tax, and financial solutions. Above all, it is the firm's unique combination of exceptional work product and highly responsive, personalized client services that makes Handler Thayer one of the premier private client law firms in the United States.

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Handler Thayer, LLP
Attorneys and Counselors at Law
191 North Wacker Drive, 23rd Floor
Chicago, Illinois 60606-1633

Telephone (312) 641-2100
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News at Handler Thayer

Handler Thayer, LLP named the Best Private Client Law Firm in the U.S. for 2014. For the third consecutive year, Handler Thayer has been recognized at the annual Private Asset Management Awards, honored for the past two years as the “Best Private Client Law Firm in the U.S”  in addition to the “Best Overall Law Firm in the U.S. for 2012.”   In 2014, Handler Thayer was also short-listed for all three legal categories including  “Best Overall Law Firm in the U.S.” and “Best Law Firm for Client Service in the U.S.”

Handler Thayer has been chosen for the second consecutive year as the Large Tier winner of the 2014 Corporate Intl Magazine Global Award: Estate Law - Law Firm of the Year in Illinois.

Handler Thayer, LLP was named the 2014 Gold Winner of the IAIR Award Best Law Firm in the regional private client category resulting from an independent survey conducted by the IAIR Global Economy & Sustainability Magazine. March 2014.

Handler Thayer, LLP was recently honored as the 2014 Global Awards Winner of the Large Tier Estate Law Firm of the Year in Illinois award by Acquisition Finance Magazine.

Handler Thayer, LLP was short-listed by Family Wealth Report for The 2014 Most Effective Private Client Legal Team in North America award.  Only four law firms in North America were short-listed for this only law firm award bestowed by Family Wealth Report.

Handler Thayer, LLP was again recognized in the Global 100 as the Large Tier winner of the 2014 Estate Planning Law Firm of the Year Award (Illinois, USA), October 2014.

Bloomberg recognizes Handler Thayer's attorney, Andrew Morton, for assisting Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in reclaiming more than $1 million of memorabilia.

Tom Handler is scheduled to speak at the Chicago Bar Association’s Trust Law Committee on Taxpayer Flight & Domicile Issues in Chicago, IL on January 12, 2015.

Tom Handler is shceduled to speak on "Advanced Estate Planning; Top 10 Pitfalls & Best Practices" at the Institute for Private Investors' Winter Conference in San Francisco, CA on February 12, 2015.

Tom Handler is scheduled to speak on "Best-in-Class Advanced Tax & Estate Planning" at the Family Office Super Summit in Miami, Florida on November 11-13, 2014.

Tom Handler will act as a panelist on "Structuring your Family Office for Success" at Opal - West in Napa Valley from October 27 through October 29, 2014.

Family Wealth Alliance has tapped Tom Handler to serve as a Featured Speaker at its annual Alliance Fall Forum to be held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania October 21 and 22, 2014.

Willis Group Holding plc is hosting a webinar featuring Tom Handler as he speaks about "Asset Protection Planning: Business and Advanced Planning with LLCs" on October 16, 2014.

Tom Handler is scheduled to speak on "Advanced Estate and Asset Protection Planning" at Northwestern Mutual's 2014 Fee Based Financial Planning Annual Meeting in Rosemont, Illinois October 6 and 7, 2014.

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin featured Andrew Stroth in a recent article, "Brand Builder: Stroth creates marketing deals for athletes," on September 22, 2014

Tom Handler presented a session on "Advanced Planning" at the Northwestern Mutual Business Market Conference in Atlanta, Georgia on September 9 and 10, 2014.

Tom Handler was a panelist on the topic, "Structuring your Family Office for Success: What Every Family Should Know Regarding Government Taxation and Regulation and The New Rules for 2014 and Beyond," at the Family Office and Private Wealth Management Forum sponsored by Opal Financial Group, in Newport, Rhode Island on July 21-23, 2014.

At the Family Wealth Alliance Chicago Regional Event on June 26, 2014 Tom Handler served as Conference Chairman and conducted a panel presentation covering updates on Advanced Planning for UHNW families and family offices.

Mike Whitty was quoted in a Chicago Tribune article on June 15, 2014 regarding estate planning and management of family collections.

Based on independent peer reviews, Leading Lawyers again named Handler Thayer attorneys among the Top Lawyers for 2014: Dave Berek, Tom Handler, Steve Thayer and Mike Whitty.

Michael Whitty has been named to the 2014 Super Lawyer List for "Best Estate Plan and Probate Lawyers in Illinois" by Super Lawyers Magazine.

Handler Thayer, LLP named Best Private Client Law Firm in North America for 2012 & 2013 by Family Office Review.

Corporate International of London names Handler Thayer, LLP the Best Tax Law Firm in Illinois for 2013 and the Best Estate Planning Law Firm in Illinois for 2013.

Citywealth Magazine of London, England named Thomas J. Handler to its prestigious global list of Leading Wealth Lawyers for 2013. The benchmark publication’s Leaders List is the result of an extensive, year-long program of peer recommendation and verification which ensures that only leading professionals in the wealth industry are included.

Best Lawyers again named Jarrett Bostwick to its 2013 list of Best Lawyers in America in the area of Estate Planning. Selections are made by a nationwide independent panel after conducting extensive peer reviews and client surveys.  

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