Edward J. Bradley, J.D.

Of Counsel
Chicago, Illinois

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Mr. Bradley is Of Counsel to the Advanced Planning & Family Office Group at Handler Thayer. His primary areas of practice are trust and estate planning, wealth transfer, and philanthropy. Mr. Bradley has worked collaboratively with Handler Thayer since 2002 setting up family offices for his clients, providing advice to clients with core estate plans, financial planning, advanced family office structures, private charitable foundations, and tax and accounting matters.

Mr. Bradley’s extensive business, litigation, and estate planning experience has allowed him to act as general counsel for high-net-worth family offices. He has also acted as counsel for various Fortune 500 executives, advising them on employment compensation, corporate governance, estate planning, and wealth transfer issues.

Prior to focusing his practice on estate planning, Mr. Bradley had extensive litigation experience both civil and commercial. He served as a panel attorney for the Federal Public Defender Program, was a member of the Federal Trial Bar, and participated in numerous jury and bench trials. He has also represented clients in numerous cases before Illinois Appellate Courts and the Illinois Supreme Court.

Mr. Bradley has also acted as pro bono attorney for various charitable organizations, including the Junior League of Evanston North Shore, where he has served as attorney and community advisor for over 30 years. He has also served annually as a judge of the Northwestern University School of Law Julius H. Miner Moot Court Competition. Mr. Bradley has served on the advisory boards of many privately-held close corporations where his extensive legal and business experience has assisted clients with their governance, acquisitions and divestitures, employment and financial issues.

He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Northwestern University and went on to earn his Juris Doctor degree from Northwestern University School of Law, where he was a member of the Board of Editors of the Northwestern University School of Law Review. Mr. Bradley has been named to Leading Lawyers in the area of Trust, Will and Estate Planning Law and has served honorably in the United States Marine Corps.


Leading Lawyers – 2019

Contact Information

Phone: (312) 641-2100
Email: ebradley@handlerthayer.com

Chicago Office

191 North Wacker Drive, Ste. 2300

Chicago, Illinois 60606-1633

Naples Office

3050 North Horseshoe Drive, Ste. 154

Naples, Florida 34104-7911

Telephone: (312) 641-2100