Lindsey Paige Markus is a principal with Chuhak & Tecson and leads the firm's 24-attorney Estate Planning & Asset Protection Group.
In her practice she assists business owners and families in planning their estates, protecting assets, transferring wealth and minimizing taxation. She works closely with clients to formulate succession plans, advise on business formation, maximize wealth preservation and minimize gift and estate taxation.
Lindsey received her juris doctorate from Loyola University, Chicago. She has a national practice and is licensed to practice in Illinois, Florida and New York. Lindsey’s early career in business, finance and clinically applied neuroscience and neuroeconomics provides her with strong communication skills and gives her a unique perspective for creative contract designs. She is comfortable with numbers and understands how her clients' needs are most effectively secured in our dynamic economic environment. Lindsey assesses how the law affects her clients, generates creative solutions to their complex situations and carefully communicates these options.
In 1998, Lindsey earned her master of arts degree in International Economics and Finance from Brandeis University.
Lindsey graduated with honors from Brandeis University in 1997 with a bachelor of arts degree, cum laude, in Economics, with minors in Spanish and Managerial Business. As part of her master's degree program, Lindsey studied abroad at Bocconi University in Milan, Italy. She speaks Spanish and conversational Italian. Upon receiving her degree, she worked in the areas of finance and business development where she structured joint ventures with domestic and international media conglomerates.
Prior to attending law school, Lindsey studied cognitive restructuring training to maximize intelligence, a part of the evolving science of teachable intelligence, and she participated in NASA's Critical Thinking Project from 2001 to 2004. Lindsey co-authored "Retrain Your Business Brain: Outsmart the Corporate Competition," published by Dearborn Press in 2003. Retrain Your Business Brain has also been published in China, Japan, Korea and Indonesia. She also co-authored "The Road Trip: A Parable About Where to Lead, When to Follow, and How to Get Out of the Way," published in 2008. In addition, she regularly publishes a column in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin.
Lindsey leverages her knowledge of charitable planning to help a variety of philanthropic endeavors. She is a very active in and a founding member of Chuhak & Tecson's Women Helping Women program, which holds annual events that allow clients and strategic contacts to strengthen professional relationships and develop business prospects while simultaneously supporting charitable organizations dedicated to women's issues. Lindsey is active in a variety of philanthropic organizations and is a member of the following:
- Jewish United Fund's (JUF) Professional Advisory Committee and Legacies and Endowments Committee;
- Advocate Charitable Foundation’s Gift Planning Advisory Committee; and
- American Technion Society’s Planned Giving Committee.
In 2016, she was a recipient of JUF’s Davis, Gidwitz & Glasser Young Leadership Award which honors young volunteers who have demonstrated exemplary dedication and made significant contributions to Chicago’s Jewish community. Watch Lindsey reflect on her background of service as she accepts the award.
Lindsey has served on Chuhak & Tecson's Executive Committee, Recruitment Committee, Associate/ Paralegal Oversight Committee, Management Committee and Diversity and Inclusion Council. She holds the distinction of being the first non-principal shareholder to chair a committee, the Marketing Committee. She is currently a member of the firm's Business Development & Marketing Committee and the Executive Committee.
In 2021, Lindsey was named as one of Crain's Chicago Business (Crain's) "Notable Gen X Leaders in Accounting, Consulting and Law" and she also received their "Notable Gen X Leaders in Law" distinction in 2019. Each were awarded to a select group of accomplished attorneys who hold senior positions within the firm and in the community and also serve as role models or mentors to other attorneys. In 2020 and in 2018, she receive Crain's "Notable Women Lawyers" honors which recognized accomplished women attorneys who worrk tirelessly to effect positive change, serve as inspirations and mentors to other women attorneys and commit their time and talents to charitable organizations and philanthropic endeavors. In prior years, Lindsey was named on the "Double Chai in the Chi"--Chicago's first ever Jewish 36 Under 36 list, presented by the Jewish United Fund Young Leadership Division and Oy! Chicago. She was also selected as one of the "40 Illinois Attorneys Under 40 to Watch" by Chicago Lawyer and Chicago Daily Law Bulletin.
For more information about Lindsey and her practice, visit her Web site at LindseyMarkus.com.
Estate Planning & You
Now more than ever, women are taking control of their financial futures. Watch Lindsey on NBC 5 Chicago to learn how you, too, can take an active role in preparing for today, tomorrow and the unforeseen future with four critical documents every woman should have when it comes to estate planning. And, for both women and men over the age of 18, the time has arrived to start planning. Watch Lindsey on Fox Chicago to learn more about how basic estate planning techniques can help protect your assets, minimize taxation and transfer wealth from one generation to the next, especially for Illinois residents.