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companies. In furtherance of this objective, the firm attracts and develops
highly qualified attorneys with business and financial backgrounds committed to personal and professional
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.
Handler Thayer, LLP
Attorneys and Counselors at Law
191 North Wacker Drive, 23rd Floor
Chicago, Illinois 60606-1633
Telephone (312) 641-2100
Facsimile (312) 641-6866
Handler Thayer, LLP honored as the 2016 Best Legal Team in North America by Family Wealth Report.
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 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 Review. The 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.
Handler Thayer, LLP was named Best Private Client Law Firm in the U.S. for 2014 by Private Asset Management (PAM) Magazine. For the third consecutive year, Handler Thayer has been recognized at the annual Private Asset Management (PAM) 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.”
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 will be delivering 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.
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.
Mike Whitty will be co-presenting on How Attorneys Work Best with Family Office Clients at the American College of Trust & Estate Counsel (ACTEC) Summer Meeting in Boston, June 16-19, 2016.
Tom Handler will present Structuring Family Offices and Private Trust Companies at the Chicago Bar Association's Trust Law Committee meeting on May 9, 2016.
At the Family Wealth Alliance Chicago Regional Conference, Tom Handler will be moderating a panel on family office client acquisition and relationships at the Union League Club of Chicago on April 7, 2016.
Tom Handler will speak 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 in the March 4th Realtor.com article "Why Doctors Buy Bigger Homes Than Lawyers (and What It Means to You)"
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.
At the annual Family Office Caucus sponsored by Heirloom Investment Management, Tom Handler will be discussing Starting a Family Office & Best-in-Class Global Structures on December 10, 2015 in Toronto.
Jarrett Bostwick gave the keynote presentation Income Tax Planning -- the new Estate Planning! for the 22nd Annual Estate Law Institute conference, held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia on November 17, 2015.
Tom Handler presented Advanced Estate Planning: Current Opportunities at the Loyola Family Business Council PAG 7 luncheon in Schaumburg, Illinois on November 16, 2015.
Tom Handler spoke on the panel A New Day, a New Model: How to Structure your Family Office for Success and Minimize the Government’s Hold at the Opal Financial Group’s 9th Annual Family Office & Private Wealth Management Forum in Napa, California on October 28th, 2015.
Tom Handler and host Jim Fried discuss the impacts of volatile markets on family offices globally due to the migrant crisis abroad and changing administrations in the US on the fascinating 6th anniversary episode of the Wall Street Network's Fried on Business radio show. Listen to the interview here.
Andrew Morton was featured in an October 15, 2015 PressBox Online article discussing the ins and outs of charitable foundations run by professional athletes. "Former Ravens Kicker Matt Stover Helping Other Athletes Give Back," by Ed Waldman.
Tom Handler was quoted in Paul Sullivan's article "Navigating Tougher I.R.S. Rules for Family Partnerships" in the Wealth Matters column of The New York Times on August 7, 2015.