Suzanne L. Shier



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


Suzanne's clients include executives, entrepreneurs, professionals, family wealth owners, corporate

fiduciaries, 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 is the incoming chair of the International Planning Committee, 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 mentors law students to use their talents to serve clients and the community.

She is active in the civic community, serving on philanthropic boards, concentrating on access to

educational excellence at all levels. Suzanne serves on the Executive Committee of Kids Hope USA,

Chicago Scholars Foundation, and Hope College.

Suzanne's greatest joy is her family - her husband, daughters, sons-in-law, and golden retriever. She

enjoys spending time outdoors, including hiking, swimming, skiing, and snowshoeing.

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Areas of Expertise

  • Taxation
  • Tax Policy

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