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



Handler Thayer, LLP was presented with the Best Family Office Law Firm in the U.S. Award on October 17, 2018 by the Family Wealth Alliance at their annual Fall Forum Gala held at the Union League Club of Chicago. Read more here.

With the MegaMillions™ lottery jackpot approaching $1BN (the cash lump sum value will be approximately 56% of the total jackpot), it’s a good time to reflect on the importance of proper planning *before* claiming that prize.  See Mike Whitty‘s interview with Bob Jordan on WGN here.

Mike Whitty will be presenting “A Jane Austen Festival for Family Firms and Advisers” at the Family Firm Institute conference on October 26 in London, England.

Tom Handler will be presenting on “The Modern Day Family Office: How to Properly Structure & Select Resources that Fit your Family’s Needs” at the Opal Family Office Forum West in Napa, California on October 24-25, 2018.

Michael Whitty was interviewed on October 4, 2018 by reporter Nicholas Penzenstadler for an article in USA Today regarding Grantor Retained Annuity Trusts (GRATs) and their use by wealthy taxpayers including Fred and Mary Trump, parents of President Donald Trump.

Congratulations to Mike Whitty who was recently selected for the 2019 Super Lawyers list for Estate & Probate.

Mike Whitty presented a podcast with Brian Sparks on Special Industry Concerns as They Relate to Estate Planning for Family Businesses for the ACTEC Foundation on September 11, 2018.

Handler Thayer, LLP has been shortlisted by the Family Wealth Alliance for the “Best Family Office Law Firm” award.

Handler Thayer welcomes Steven G. Shaw, C.P.A., M.B.A., J.D., as an associate with the firm.  Steven will be practicing in the tax and estate planning areas as a member of the advanced planning group.

London-based Wealth Briefing Group/Family Wealth Report named Tom Handler to its Editorial Advisory Board on August 6, 2018.

The August edition of Leading Lawyers has named Tom Handler and Steve Thayer as Top Lawyers for Business & Corporate in Illinois.

Eric Kalnins and Mike Whitty will be presenting at the Wisconsin Association of Accountants Annual Tax Conference in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin on July 30-31, 2018.

Steve Thayer discussed “How to Start a Business After College” in a podcast for the University of Illinois on July 23, 2018.

Tom Handler spoke on “The Modern Day Family Office: How to Properly Structure & Select Resources That Fit Your Family’s Needs” at the Opal Group conference in Newport, Rhode Island on July 16-19, 2018.

Tom Handler spoke on “Advanced Planning under the TCJA” at the Wentworth PKS RIA Event in Chicago, Illinois on June 28-29, 2018.

Andrew Morton discussed the possibilities and pitfalls of setting up a charitable foundation in Bloomberg’s podcast “He’s the Go-To Guy for Pro Athletes Looking to Do Good” on June 28, 2018.

Eric Kalnins presented at the World Latvian Economics & Innovations Forum in Eastern Europe on June 28 on the topic of “What a European Company Should Know About Doing Business in the U.S.”

Handler Thayer hosted the Handler Thayer Family Office Forum on June 27, 2018, at the University Club of Chicago.  Click here for more information.

Tom Handler was the discussion leader on the Family Office Panel at the Handler Thayer Family Office Conference on June 27, 2018.

Tom Handler presented on Family Office Governance & Culture at the Mariner Wealth Advisors confernece in Kansas City, Missouri on June 26, 2018.

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