Michelle Hanlon, JD


Michelle is part of Friedman + Huey’s gift and estate tax team with more than 10 years of experience practicing as an attorney focused on estate, trust, and gift tax planning and compliance. She implements strategies for many of the firm’s high net worth families helping them to maximize the wealth they can transfer to future generations while minimizing estate and gift tax liabilities.

Michelle is a member of the DuPage County Estate Planning Council, Illinois CPA Society, The Family Wealth Alliance, and the Illinois State Bar Association. She also serves as a mentor with DePaul University’s Alumni Sharing Knowledge (ASK) program to prepare the next generation of professionals.

As a member of Illinois Prairie Path (a nonprofit focusing on rails-to-trails conversions), she and her husband cycle hundreds of miles each year. Michelle loves trying new culinary experiences, and in honor of the two cities she’s called home – Austin and Chicago – Tex-Mex and pizza are high on her list of favorites! A world traveler, she and her husband have traveled to Prague, Seychelles, and New Zealand among others.

Areas of Expertise

    Our partners and staff are committed to quality, it is the cornerstone of everything we do. We take pride in establishing long-lasting client relationships and receiving new client
    referrals. We are known for innovative thinking and accuracy; our answers are creative, well researched, and correct.


    We are proactive in our approach and bring a wealth of expertise to each client relationship. Because most of our partners are also teachers, having taught at local universities or professional societies and various forums, we are up to date on tax law issues and we bring the most current information to each engagement.


    We take pride in our availability. We are there for our clients, in person and when and where they need us. Because the engagement team remains the same, you will talk to someone who knows your individual situation and understands your concerns each time you call. Our partners are ultimately involved in all aspects of each engagement and do not merely act as figurehead leaders.


    Because we are a medium-sized firm, we take pride in our ability to tailor our services to meet your specific needs. We recognize that each engagement is unique and we thoroughly investigate each situation to provide a customized approach.