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



Mike Whitty will be presenting Lessons for Estate Planners and their Client from the Life and Novels of Jane Austen at the Family Firm Institute conference on October 24-25, 2018. Location TBD.

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.

Tom Handler will be speaking on Advanced Planning under the TCJA at the Wentworth PKS RIA Event in Chicago, Illinois on June 28-29, 2018.

Eric Kalnins will be presenting 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 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.

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

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

Mike Whitty will be presenting at the ACTEC Summer Conference on Life Cycle of a Closely-Held Business – Special Industry Issues in Chicago, Illinois on June 21, 2018.

Matthew Misichko was 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.

Tom Handler was interviewed by WGN Television News on Taxpayer Flight which was televised nationwide on May 21, 2018.

Tom Handler presented on Virtual Family Offices: Advanced Planning Strategies at the Empowered Wealth Symposium in Chicago, Illinois on May 15, 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.

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