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Suzanne L. Shier

Suzanne L. Shier

Senior Vice President
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Suzanne L. Shier

Suzanne L. Shier

Senior Vice President
 

Suzanne L. Shier is the Wealth Planning Practice Executive and Chief Tax Strategist/Tax Counsel for Wealth Management at Northern Trust and serves on the Wealth Management Operating Group. She is responsible for leading Wealth Planning Advisory Services and for providing thought leadership on wealth planning and tax issues of interest to clients and their advisors, with a special emphasis on wealth planning and tax policy, legislation, strategies, trends and developments.

Prior to joining Northern Trust, Suzanne spent 26 years as a partner at Chapman and Cutler LLP in Chicago, ultimately leading the firm’s Trusts and Estates practice, representing individuals, charitable organizations, and corporate fiduciaries in a full range of wealth planning and fiduciary matters, including philanthropy, domestic and international wealth planning, and fiduciary administration.

Suzanne is an adjunct professor in the Master of Laws in Taxation Program at Northwestern University Law School and also a frequent speaker and author. She has been quoted in publications such as the Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg and has received numerous professional honors and recognitions, including selection for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America in Trusts and Estates.
Suzanne earned her bachelor’s degree with distinction in economics and sociology from the University of Michigan in 1982. She received her law degree, cum laude, from the Loyola University Chicago School of Law in 1985 and a master of laws in taxation from the DePaul University College of Law in 1997.

In the civic community, Suzanne supports diversity and education initiatives. She has been involved with the Executive Committees and Boards of Directors of Gads Hill Center and the Chicago Coalition of Women’s Initiatives in Law. Suzanne is Chairperson of the Board of Directors of Chicago Scholars, a college access program for high potential urban students, and a Trustee of Hope College.

Suzanne is a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and a member of the Chicago Bar Association, Chicago Estate Planning Council, American Bar Association, International Bar Association and the International Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners.

Laura Mandel

Laura Mandel

President, Delaware
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Laura Mandel

Laura Mandel

President, Delaware
 
Laura is a Senior Vice-President and currently serves as President of The Northern Trust Company of Delaware, a Delaware limited purpose trust company in Wilmington, Delaware. In this role, Laura is responsible for managing Northern’s Delaware office which was opened in 2004 and now has over $15 billion of assets under administration.

Prior to managing Northern’s Delaware office, Laura was a Senior Vice President and Fiduciary Relationship Manager in Chicago where she managed one of the largest and most complex portfolios of trust and investment management accounts in the Wealth Management. Laura also dedicated over seven years of service in Northern’s Legal Department as a Senior Attorney advising Trust Administrators, Investment Managers and Fiduciary Officers on a variety of trust and investment legal issues.

Prior to joining The Northern Trust Company, Laura was at Harris Trust and Savings Bank where she worked in both the Legal Department and as a Senior Trust Administrator and managed one of Harris Bank’s suburban trust departments from 1997 to 2000. Early in her career, Laura practiced law with two Chicago firms where she specialized in estate planning and trust law.

Laura received her Bachelor of Arts degree with honors from Loyola University of Chicago in 1984 and attended both Georgetown Law Center where she was on the Dean’s List and Loyola School of Law where she received her J.D. in 1987. Laura was on the Trust Administration faculty of the American Bankers Association’s National Trust School from 1996 to 2001 and she served on the Board of Directors for the National Trust School from 1997 to 2000. Laura was also a faculty member for the American Bankers Association’s National Graduate Trust School from 1997 to1999. Laura has earned her Charted Private Wealth Advisor designation and speaks and writes frequently on various trust and fiduciary topics. Laura is admitted to the bar of the State of Illinois and to the bar of the United States Supreme Court. She is a member of the Estate Planning Council of Delaware, is an Associate Member of the Delaware State Bar Association Estates and Trusts Section, and a member of the Wilmington Tax Group. Laura also serves on the Professional Advisory Committee for the Delaware Community Foundation.
Tim Bresnahan

Tim Bresnahan

Vice President, Wealth Planning Advisory Services
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Tim Bresnahan

Tim Bresnahan

Vice President, Wealth Planning Advisory Services
 

Tim Bresnahan is a Vice President in the Wealth Planning Advisory Services group at Northern Trust. Tim assists with the delivery of Northern Trust’s wealth planning services, with a focus on philanthropy and planning for LGBT individuals.

Prior to joining Northern Trust in 2010, Tim practiced law in a litigation firm in Chicago. During law school, he served as a Mayoral Fellow in the Office of Mayor Richard M. Daley and spent a semester as a judicial extern for the Honorable Samuel Der-Yeghiayan, United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Prior to law school, Tim worked in the nonprofit sector, including The Nature Conservancy’s Illinois Chapter and the Human Rights Campaign.

Tim earned a J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law and a B.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. He is a past board member of the Human Rights Campaign, and a current member of the board of directors for Rivendell Theatre in Chicago. He is also affiliated with the Chicago Community Trust’s Young Professional Advisory Committee, the Donors Forum, the Chicago Council on Planned Giving and the Point Foundation.

 
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