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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.

HANDLER THAYER IS A LAW FIRM BUILT UPON INNOVATION OF LEGAL THOUGHT, UNSURPASSED CLIENT SERVICE, AND UNCOMPROMISING PRINCIPLES.


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  honored as the 2016 Best Legal Team in North America by Family Wealth Report

At the 2016 ACQ Global Awards, Handler Thayer was named International Tax Law Firm of the Year.

Handler Thayer, LLP named the 2016 Best International Tax Firm in the United States by Acquisition International.

Handler Thayer, LLP was recognized by the M&A Today Global Awards as the 2016 Large Tier - Estate Law Firm of the Year.

Handler Thayer, LLP was recognized by the Corporate Intl Magazine Global Awards as the 2016 Estate Planning Law Firm of the Year in Illinois.

Handler Thayer, LLP received the Global Law Experts Award for 2016 Estate Planning Law Firm of the Year in Illinois.

Handler Thayer, LLP named the Best Overall Law Firm in the U.S. for 2015 by Private Asset Management (PAM) Magazine. The firm was previously awarded this honor in 2012, making Handler Thayer the only firm to have ever won the title a second time.   This is the fourth consecutive year Handler Thayer has been recognized at the annual Private Asset Management Awards, honored in 2013 and 2014 as the “Best Private Client Law Firm in the U.S”

Handler Thayer, LLP  honored as the 2015 Most Effective Private Client Legal Team in North America by Family Wealth Report.  Only two law firms in North America were short-listed for this only law firm award bestowed by Family Wealth Report.

The Global 100 has named Handler Thayer the 2015 Large Tier Estate Law Firm of the Year. This is the second consecutive year Handler Thayer has earned this distinction.  

Tom Handler was awarded the prestigious Michael J. Brink Wealth Industry Leadership & Service Award for 2015 by Family Office ReviewThe award recognizes individuals “known throughout the family office community for notable excellence in their field of expertise and producing work that impacts and benefits family offices and their fellow colleagues alike.”

Handler Thayer, LLP was named 2015 Law Firm of the Year, Trust, Wills, & Estate Planning Law Firm of the Year, Private Client Law Firm of the Year, and Tax Law Firm of the Year by M&A Today/Acquisition Finance Magazine and the ACQ5 News Portal.

Handler Thayer, LLP and Tom Handler were recognized as 2015 Wealth Planning Gamechanger Firm of the Year by M&A Today/Acquisition Finance Magazine and ACQ5 News Portal.

Steve Thayer was named 2015 Real Estate Lawyer of the Year by M&A Today/Acquisition Finance Magazine and ACQ5 News Portal.

Tom Handler was named 2015 International Wealth Planner of the Year by M&A Today/Acquisition Finance Magazine and ACQ5 News Portal.

Tom Handler will speak on the panel How to Structure your Family Office: A Strategic Planning Mechanism for Family Offices at the Opal Financial Group Family Office Private Wealth West Forum in Napa Valley, California on October 26, 2016.

Tom Handler  is the 2016 Chairperson of the Family Office Association's Napa forum, October 24-25, 2016 in Napa Valley, California. 

Tom Handler  will be the keynote speaker on the panel Setting up Your Family Office & Building Your Family Office's Capabilities and will be moderating the panel Defining Niche Investments and Finding & Evaluating Alternatives at IMN's 1st Annual Real Estate Family Office and Private Wealth Management Forum, September 12-13, 2016 in Chicago.

Tom Handler and Steve Thayer were quoted on living trusts and other tax-free ways to pass down property in the July 22nd Realtor.com article You're Going to Die—Here Are the Best Ways to Deal With Your Home, by Warren Christopher Freiberg.

Tom Handler will speak on the panel How to Structure your Family Office: A Strategic Planning Mechanism for Family Offices at the Opal Financial Group Family Office and Private Wealth Management Forum in Newport, Rhode Island on July 18, 2016.

Mike Whitty spoke on Planning and Administration for Unusual Assets:  Artwork, Pets, Guns, Planes, Wine, and (where legal) Cannabis at the American Law Institute CLE Annual Summer Program on Estate Planning in Depth at the University of Wisconsin Law School in Madison, Wisconsin on June 27, 2016.

Mike Whitty presented on How ACTEC Attorneys Can Work Best with Family Offices at the American College of Trust & Estate Counsel (ACTEC) Summer Meeting in Boston, June 18, 2016.

Tom Handler was a guest on Fried on Business on June 9, 2016 discussing virtual family offices, “regular millionaires,” and mid-year tax strategies.  Listen to the interview here.

Tom Handler was a guest on The Charles Butler Show on June 9, 2016 to provide a continuing breakdown of the Panama Papers story.  Listen to the interview here.

Tom Handler presented Structuring Family Offices and Private Trust Companies at the Chicago Bar Association's Trust Law Committee meeting on May 9, 2016.

Tom Handler delivered the keynote presentation on Best-in-Class Advanced Planning Structures & Strategies at the 4th Private Banking and Family Office Summit in New York on April 28, 2016.

Tom Handler joined hosts Dan Proft and Kristen McQueary on AM 560's Morning Answer to discuss the Panama Papers on April 15, 2016. Listen to the interview here.

At the Family Wealth Alliance Chicago Regional Conference, Tom Handler moderated a panel on family office client acquisition and relationships at the Union League Club of Chicago on April 7, 2016. 

Andrew Morton discussed crowdfunding site FanAngel.com and its shift toward philanthropic giving as a nonprofit facilitator of athletes' charities in the March 24, 2016 TaxNotes.com article "Operating Change Eases Tax Work for Sports Crowdfunding Site," by David van den Berg.

Tom Handler spoke on the panel How to Structure your Family Office: A Strategic Planning Mechanism for Family Offices for 2016 and Beyond at the Opal Financial Group Family Office Winter Forum in New York City on March 8, 2016.

Steve Thayer was quoted on homestead exemptions in the March 4th Realtor.com article Why Doctors Buy Bigger Homes Than Lawyers (and What It Means to You), by Judy Dutton.

Eric Kalnins presented on Offshore Trusts and Disclosure of Offshore Accounts at the Chicago Bar Association’s Federal Tax Committee Meeting on February 23, 2016.

Eric Kalnins  was featured at length in the February 21st Deposit Accounts online article "Are You Keeping Secrets from Uncle Sam Overseas?" by Sheryl Nance-Nash.

Tom Handler will speak on the panel debate Defining the Role and Responsibilities of the Family Office at the LegalWeek Private Client Forum Americas, being held at Rosewood Tucker's Point, Bermuda, February 10-12, 2016.

Andrew Morton spoke at the Estate & Gift Taxes and Fiduciary Income Tax Luncheon for the American Bar Association's Section of Taxation 2016 Midyear Meeting being held in Los Angeles on January 28-30, 2016.

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