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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

Private Asset Management Magazine short-listed Handler Thayer, LLP once again for all three 2015 law firm awards: Best Overall Law Firm in the U.S., Best Private Client Law Firm and Best Law Firm for Client Service, December 11, 2014.

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.

Mike Whitty will be speaking on June 22 on Planning for Family Businesses at the Annual Summer Program at the University of Wisconsin Co-sponsored by Continuing Legal Education for Wisconsin (CLEW) of the University of Wisconsin Law School on June 22-27, 2015, with an Optional Sunday Afternoon Session on Wealth Transfer Taxation.

Tom Handler will be a Panel Member speaking on Nontraditional Capital: Family Office Funding at the University of Florida Trends and Strategies Conference in Orlando, Florida at the Hyatt Regency Orlando on February 26-27, 2015.

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

Tom Handler will be speaking on Structuring your Family Office for Success: What Every Family Should Know Regarding Government Taxation and Regulation and The Rules for 2015 and Beyond at the New York State Society of CPAs Family Office Conference in New York, New York on February 3, 2015.

Handler Thayer, LLP will be sponsoring a Family Office Private Capital Forum on January 30, 2015 at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in Naples, Florida. Steve Thayer will moderate the program.

Dave Berek of Handler Thayer, LLP will act as Program Chair for the 4th Annual FOR Family Office Conference and Awards Dinner, sponsored by Family Office Review at the Houstonian in Houston, Texas on January 29, 2015.

Andrew Morton discusses celebrity philanthropy and support for the non-profit sector with business reporter and radio host Jim Fried on "Fried on Business" on January 15, 2015.

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

Tom Handler was highlighted in the article, "Overcoming the Obstacles," by Richard Fried discussing Advanced Planning and Family offices in the January 2015 issue of South Florida Business & Wealth Magazine.

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