PAM Award Winner 2012-2015, 2017-2018
Family Wealth Report Award Winner 2015-2016, 2018
AI Accounting, Audit & Tax Award Winner 2016-2017
ACQ5 Award Winner 2014-2017
FOR Awards Winner 2012 and 2013


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.


Chicago Office
191 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2300
Chicago, Illinois  60606-1633
Telephone  (312) 641-2100
Facsimile  (312) 641-6866

Westmont Office
756 Burr Oak Drive
Westmont, Illinois  60559
Telephone  (312) 960-2090



SAVE THE DATE – Handler Thayer will be hosting the Handler Thayer Family Office Forum on June 27, 2018, at the University Club of Chicago.  Click here for more information and registration.

Matthew Misichko will be honored with the David C. Hilliard Award for Outstanding Committee Service for his contribution to the section during the 2017-2018 bar year at the Chicago Bar Association Young Lawyers Section 2018 Annual Meeting on June 6, 2018.

Eric Kalnins presented at the Chicago Bar Association’s annual seminar on April 25, 2018 on the topic of “Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies – What Are They and What Are The Tax Consequences.”

Michael Whitty presented at the Attorneys for Family Held Enterprises Annual Conference in April 19, 2018 on the topic of 2018 Tax Update for Family Enterprises.

Tom Handler spoke at the Financial Policy Council event “Family Office Round Table – A conversation about the issues of greatest concern to the world’s wealthiest families with industry insiders” on April 5 in New York, NY.

Steven Thayer was presented with the Chicago Illini of the Year Award at the 2018 Chicago Illini of the Year Awards Dinner on April 3, 2018, sponsored by the Illinois Alumni Association and the Chicago Illini Club.

Tom Handler was a featured speaker at a private luncheon on the topic “Heard From Clients: Will I Ruin My Family If I Give Them Too Much Money?” on March 29 in San Francisco, CA.

Tom Handler spoke at the Family Office Association Investment Forum on “Merits of Structuring (and How) as an Investment Focused Virtual Family Office: The Time is Now!” on March 16 in Palm Beach, FL.

Handler Thayer, LLP is very honored to have been recognized at the 2018 Family Wealth Report Awards Dinner held on March 8, 2018 as the Most Effective Private Client Legal Team in North America.

Tom Handler was a panelist at the Opal Financial Group Family Office Winter Forum for the session “The Modern Day Family Office: How to Properly Structure & Select Resources That Fit Your Family’s Needs” on March 1st in New York, NY.

We are pleased to share the most recent edition of our firm’s Family Office Outlook newsletter. Read the 2018 Quarter I newsletter here.

Eric Kalnins  spoke at the Northern Illinois Commercial Association of Realtors luncheon regarding “The Impact of Tax Changes to CRE & What to Expect in 2018” on February 27 in Oak Brook, IL.

Tom Handler attended the the Family Wealth Alliance Partner Summit as the Event Chairman on February 11th and 12th in Palm Beach, FL.

Handler Thayer, LLP is very grateful and pleased to have been again recognized at the 2018 Private Asset Management Awards Gala held on February 8, 2018, for the sixth time in the last seven years with the Best Trust & Estates Division award.

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