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



We are pleased to share the most recent edition of our firm’s Family Office Outlook newsletter. Read the 2020 Quarter 1 newsletter here.
Handler Thayer, LLP is pleased to announce our shortlisting for several prestigious wealth industry awards. London based Family Wealth Report shortlisted the firm for two awards: Most Effective Private Client Legal Team in North America as one of only four law firms selected and Best Private Client Tax Firm among five shortlisted firms. In addition, partner Thomas J. Handler was shortlisted among six individuals selected for the 2019 family office industry Leading Individual Lifetime Achievement Award. Partners Tom Handler of our Chicago office and Andrew Morton of Washington, D.C. will be attending the black-tie awards gala at the Mandarin Hotel in New York City this week.

Global Law Experts shortlisted Handler Thayer for the Illinois Estate Planning Law Firm of the Year award. In addition, the firm was shortlisted for the 2019 Magic Circle Awards as the USA Law Firm of the Year.

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.

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.

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  presented 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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