Slide Most Effective Private Client Legal Team
in North America 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019, 2020
and received high commendations
in 2020 and 2021
Slide Best Overall Law Firm, Best Private
Client Law Firm or Best Trusts &
Estates Law Firm in the United States
2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018
High Commendation 2020 and 2021
Slide Best Family Office Law Firm
in the United States 2018

Handler Thayer, LLP has been widely recognized as one of the premier private client law firms in the world.  It is a law firm built upon innovation of legal thought, unsurpassed client service and uncompromising principles.

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, bespoke client services that defines Handler Thayer, LLP.

News at Handler Thayer, LLP

The New York Times quoted Tom Handler discussing the implosion of NY based Archegos family office and related securities issues on April 12, 2021. Click here to read.

Thomas J. Handler. “Family Office Outlook 2021”, The International Family Office Journal

Thomas J. Handler was named to the Advisory Board of the Ultra High Net Worth Institute, a wealth industry not-for-profit association.

“Tax Planning Privacy & Attorney vs. CPA Client Privilege” Click here to watch.

Thomas J. Handler Honored with 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award from Private Asset Management Magazine. Read more here.

Partner Thomas J. Handler will be presenting on Tax & Estate Planning for Family Offices in 2021, at Keiretsu Family Office’s March Forum Meeting March 30th. He will be joined by some of the best minds in the industry. Register Here.



2021 Award Shortlistings. Read more here.

Eric Kalnins will be presenting at the UIC Allan Lerner Lecture Series in Foreign Policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago on February 11th. He will be presenting along with 4 other Consuls from the Chicago area. The Office of International Affairs in conjunction with the Department of Political Science established this program that honors the late Professor Allan Lerner. The lecture emphasizes discussions of bilateral issues such as US-Latvia collaborations and exchanges.

We are pleased to share the most recent edition of our firm’s Family Office Outlook newsletter. Read the 2021 Quarter 1 newsletter here.

Tom Handler. 2020 Tax and Estate Developments and Trends, Jim Fried’s Year-End Radio Show (December 16th, 2020)

Tom Handler has been shortlisted for the 2021 Private Asset Management wealth industry Lifetime Achievement Award. Often regarded as the “Oscars” of the US private client industry, the highly sought after PAM Awards for over two decades have provided a platform for top investment professionals, wealth advisors, law firms, consultants and other key service providers operating within the sector. He won the Family Wealth Alliance Leadership Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2017 and the Family Office Review Lifetime Achievement Award for Leadership and Service in 2015.

Andrew Morton was quoted in Sportico’s piece on professional athlete’s blooming foundations during COVID-19 and the fight for social justice and equality. Read more here.

Partner Eric Kalnins talked about the importance of estate planning, and the particulars that need to be ironed out well in advance. Estate planning is a constantly moving and shifting process, and it’s not just something you should be thinking about once in a while. Click here to listen.

Handler Thayer, LLP is again recognized with two of the most prestigious awards available to law firms in North America. Read more here.


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