Steven J. Thayer, M.B.A., J.D.


Chairman, Commercial Practice Group

Private Equity: Is Smart Money the Right Fit for Retail Investors? ADISA 2018 Annual Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada (October 9, 2018).

Private Investing Playbook-Deal Terms-Negotiating the Best Terms of Protecting your Family Office. Family Office Connect Midwest 2018 in Chicago, Illinois (September 13, 2018).

How to Start a Business After College. University of Illinois, Podcast (July 23, 2018).

Program Chair and Moderator, The World of Private Capital & The Family Office. Handler Thayer Family Office Forum, Handler Thayer, LLP. Chicago, Illinois (June 27, 2018).

Program Chair and Moderator, Asset Allocation to Private Capital & the World of Alternatives
. Family Office Private Capital Forum, Handler Thayer, LLP. Chicago, Illinois (June 21, 2017).

Family Offices: A to Z About Acting as Legal Counsel for a Family Office. New York County Lawyers’ Association in New York, New York (April 21, 2015).

2015 Dodd-Frank Update. Chicago Bar Association, Securities Law Committee in Chicago, Illinois (April 16, 2015).

Moderator, Family Office Private Capital Forum sponsored by Handler Thayer, LLP, in Naples, Florida (January 30, 2015).

State of Interfamily Direct Co-Investing. 2nd Annual FOR Awards, sponsored by Family Office Review (June 5, 2013).

Family Office and High Net Worth Investors. The Real Estate Investors Summit sponsored by Opal Financial Group, in Miami, Florida (April 3-4 2013).

Successor Liability. The Chicago Bar Association, Mergers and Acquisitions Committee in Chicago, Illinois (May 10, 2012).

Single Family Office Registration: Who Needs to Register and Who Doesn’t Under the Current Rules. Family Office Forum, Chicago, Illinois (June 2-3, 2011). 

Family Office & High Net Worth Investment Preferences. Opal Financial Group, Real Estate Investors Summit: Dealmakers Conference in Miami, Florida (April 13-15, 2011).

Commercial Finance. Opal Financial Group, Real Estate Investors Summit: Dealmakers Conference in Sunny Isles Beach, Florida (April 25-27, 2010).

Practical Security and Insurance Provisions for Domestic Staff and Data Security. IIR’s 15th Annual Family Office Forum in Chicago,  Illinois (June 18-20, 2008).

Capitalizing on the Future of Medicine. Mobile Anesthesiologists Dinner Symposium in Chicago, Illinois ( March 20, 2008).

Risk and Trade Compliance Issues. FRA Wealth Management Technology and Operations Summit in Las Vegas, Nevada (November 15-16, 2007).

Asset Protection Planning. Chicago Bar Association, Asset Protection Committee in Chicago, Illinois (March 21, 2007).

Structured Products. Financial Products Conference sponsored by United Financial Technologies, Inc. in Chicago, Illinois (November 13, 2006).

Use of International Asset Protection Trusts in Advanced Planning. Continuing Legal Education Program at the Chicago Bar Association in Chicago, Illinois (May 3, 2005).

Chairman, Handler Thayer, LLP’s Commercial Practice Group
Trustee, Kappa Kappa of Sigma Chi Foundation

• Chicago Illini of the Year Award – Illinois Alumni Association & Chicago Illini Club, 2018
• The Order of Constantine – Sigma Chi Fraternity, 2013
• Acquisition Finance Magazine – Real Estate Lawyer of the Year, 2015
• Leading Lawyers (IL) – Closely & Privately Held Business Law, 2010-Present
• Leading Lawyers (IL) – Business & Corporate, 2011-Present
• Leading Lawyers (IL) – Real Estate Law, 2010-Present
• Leading Lawyers (IL) – Trust, Will and Estate Planning Law, 2010-Present
• University of Illinois Scholarship Foundation Loyalty Circle Award, 2007
• Selected in Illinois Super Lawyers magazine, 2007

Steven J. Thayer and Christine E. McKillip. Comments on Proposed Rule: Eliminating the Prohibition against General Solicitation and General Advertising Rule 506 and Rule 144A Offerings. October 4, 2012.

Steven J. Thayer and Christine E. McKillip. The SEC Proposed Rule 506(c) To Permit General Solicitation. August 31, 2012.

Steven J. Thayer and Christine E. McKillip. “The JOBS Act: A Revolutionary Opportunity on Hold.” April 5, 2012.

Steven J. Thayer and Christine E. McKillip. “Congress Opens the Door to More Small Company Offerings.” February 23, 2012.

Christine E. McKillip and Steven J. Thayer. “SEC Reaffirms Position with Respect to RIA Registration for Special Purpose Vehicles.” January (2012).

Member, American Bar Association
Member, Illinois State Bar Association
Member, Chicago Bar Association
Member, University of Illinois Chancellor’s Office-Chicago Illini Leadership Council
Member, University Club, Wing & Clay Society
Member, University Club, Golf Society
Member, Soul Priority Leadership Group
Officer, Chicago Metro Chapter of the Sigma Chi Fraternity
Member, Order of Constantine of the Sigma Chi Fraternity