Steve Thayer
Honors and Awards
Summary Bio
Steven J. Thayer, M.B.A., J.D.

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).

Steve Thayer, 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
Kappa Kappa of Sigma Chi Foundation

Honors and Awards

• 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, Iowa State Bar Association
Member, Chicago Bar Association
Member and Former President, Committee of 100
Member, The Metropolitan Club
Member and Former President, Chicago Illini Club
Member, U of I Foundation's President's Council and Loyalty Circle
Member, YMCA Indian Guides & Princess Program
Judge, Global Student Entrepreneur Awards

Steve Thayer