PAM Award Winner 2012-2015, 2017-2018
Family Wealth Report Award Winner 2014-2016, 2018
AI Accounting, Audit & Tax Award Winner 2016-2017
ACQ5 Award Winner 2014-2017
FOR Awards Winner 2012 and 2013

April 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.

Tom Handler joined hosts Dan Proft and Kristen McQueary on AM 560’s Morning Answer to discuss the Panama Papers on April 15, 2016. Listen to the interview here.

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.

March 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.

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 on homestead exemptions in the March 4th Realtor.com article Why Doctors Buy Bigger Homes Than Lawyers (and What It Means to You), by Judy Dutton.

February 2016

Eric Kalnins is speaking 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.

January 2016

Tom Handler was again named to the 2016 CityWealth Global Leaders List of Top 100 Lawyers in the U.S.

Handler Thayer, LLP has been named the 2016 Best Legal Team in North America by Family Wealth Report.

Handler Thayer, LLP has been named the 2016 Best International Tax Firm in the United States by Acquisition International.

The Lawyer International has recognized Handler Thayer, LLP as the Large-Tier Estate Law Firm of the Year in Illinois.

Handler Thayer, LLP has been named the following by the Acquisition Finance Magazine 2016 awards:

•Law Firm of the Year
•Family Office Law Firm of the Year
•Private Client Law Firm of the Year
•International Tax Law Firm of the Year
•Domestic Tax Law Firm of the Year
•Trust, Wills & Estate Planning Law Firm of the Year for a Consecutive Year

Handler Thayer, LLP has been named Most Outstanding Tax Preparation by Acquisition International Magazine for 2016.

Handler Thayer, LLP received the Excellence in Estate Planning award by Corporate LiveWire for 2016.

Wealth & Finance International named Handler Thayer, LLP the 2016 Family Office Law Firm of the Year.

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.

U.S. News & World Report named Handler Thayer, LLP to the Best Lawyers & Law Firms in America for 2016.

Andrew Morton is the guest speaker at the Estate & Gift Taxes and Fiduciary Income Tax Luncheon for the American Bar Association’s Section of Taxation 2016 Midyear Meeting being held January 28-30, 2016 in Los Angeles.

Mike Whitty’s outline “Estate Planning for Business Owners” (featured at the ALI-CLE Estate Planning in Depth Course in Madison, WI in June 2015) will be published in the January 2016 issue of ALI-CLE’s magazine, The Estate Planning Course Materials Journal.

January 2015

Handler Thayer, LLP  was 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.

Handler Thayer, LLP was 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 was 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.”

The Global 100 has named Handler Thayer the 2015 Large Tier Estate Law Firm of the Year. This was the second consecutive year Handler Thayer 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 YearTrust, Wills, & Estate Planning Law Firm of the YearPrivate 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.

December 2013

Handler Thayer, LLP named Best Private Client Law Firm in North America for 2013 by Family Office Review.

Corporate International of London names Handler Thayer, LLP the Best Tax Law Firm in Illinois for 2013 and the Best Estate Planning Law Firm in Illinois for 2013.

Citywealth Magazine of London, England named Thomas J. Handler to its prestigious global list of Leading Wealth Lawyers for 2013. The benchmark publication’s Leaders List is the result of an extensive, year-long program of peer recommendation and verification which ensures that only leading professionals in the wealth industry are included.

Best Lawyers again named Jarrett Bostwick to its 2013 list of Best Lawyers in America in the area of Estate Planning. Selections are made by a nationwide independent panel after conducting extensive peer reviews and client surveys.

Michael Mazzone wrote the article “NINGs – Nevada Incomplete Gift Trusts: IRS approves transfers to incomplete gift non-grantor trusts to create significant state income tax savings,” for the Illinois State Bar Association, Trusts & Estates Vol. 60, No. 6.

Andrew Morton was quoted in The Chicago Tribune’s article “Mike Ditka, Gale Sayers righted charity stumbles,” regarding Coach Ditka’s organization and Handler Thayer’s client Gridiron Greats, published on December 21, 2013.

Andrew Morton was quoted by Fox News journalist, Hollie McKay, in the article “Why hasn’t Jane Fonda’s $800G charity made any gifts since 2006,” on December 13, 2013.

Tom Handler will be presenting “IRS Global High Wealth Industry and IRS Representation Practice Tips” sponsored by the CBA Trust Law Committee in Chicago, Illinois on December 9, 2013.

David Berek will present “Maximizing Your Legacy: Year-end Charitable Strategies,” at the MS Wealth Management Dedicated Seminar Series sponsored by DePaul College of Business in Chicago, Illinois on December 3, 2013.

Tom Handler was featured on the Rusty Humphries Show, a Talk Radio Show hosted by Charles Butler, discussing Advanced Planning for Ultra-High Net Worth Families, Celebrities, Professional Athletes and Family Offices on December 2, 2013.

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