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Suzanne L. Shier

Of Counsel

Suzanne Shier is Of Counsel in the firm’s Trusts & Estates Group. She is experienced in advising high net worth individuals and families in wealth, tax, business, and philanthropic planning. Her focus is on positioning clients to use their assets to achieve the desired impact, and she advises her clients to use their resources to fulfill the aspirations they have for their families, businesses, and communities. Suzanne’s clients include executives, entrepreneurs, professionals, family wealth owners, corporate fiduciaries, family offices, and charities with both domestic and international residence and assets. She has decades of experience both in private practice and with a leading global wealth management firm.

Suzanne is a frequent speaker and is regularly quoted in the media, including the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Penta, and Barron’s. She is the recipient of the Chicago Estate Planning Council Austin Fleming Distinguished Service Award, a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel where she was the past chair of the International Estate Planning Committee, past Co-chair of the International Membership Committee, incoming chair of the FATF Task Force, and an Academician of The International Academy of Estate and Trust Law. Suzanne is an adjunct professor in the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law LLM in Taxation Program, where she teaches international estate planning and is a lecturer at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México and University of San Diego International Tax Program.

Suzanne is active in the civic community, serving on philanthropic boards, concentrating on access to educational excellence at all levels. Sher serves on the Board and Executive Committee of Kids Hope USA and Chicago Scholars Foundation and is a Trustee emeritus and member of the catalyst of investors of Hope College.Suzanne’s greatest joy is her family – her husband, daughters, sons-in-law, grandson, and golden retriever. She enjoys spending time outdoors, including hiking, swimming, skiing, and snowshoeing.

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Email Address

Phone Number

+1 312 476 7505

Additional Information

Education & Admissions

  • DePaul University School of Law, LLM Taxation
  • Loyola University School of Law, J.D., cum laude
  • University of Michigan, B.A., Economics and Sociology, with distinction
Bar Admissions
  • Illinois


  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
  • Certified Financial Planner
  • Center for Conflict Resolution Mediation Training
  • The International Academy of Estate and Trust Law


  • Illinois Super Lawyer 2009-2024
  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2024
  • Chicago Estate Planning Council Austin Fleming Distinguished Service Award


  • What is the most interesting part of your job?
    My clients, their families, and their businesses. Incredible individuals making their impact for those who follow.

  • What’s your favorite quote?
    “The closer an organization comes to being defined as a movement, the closer it will come to fulfilling its potential.” – Max DePree, Executive
    “Compassion stirs us to remove the pain of the world. Justice stirs us to remove its cause.” Randy Lewis, Executive, Author, and Advocate

  • What is one thing your learned during COVID/the past year?
    Be quiet, listen, and care. We seldom know the burdens others carry as well as we could.

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