Lindsey Paige Markus


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 honored 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.

Lindsey is the author of the best-selling book, A Gift for the Future, and in 2021 was named as one of Crain’s Chicago Business (Crain’s) “Notable Gen X Leaders in Accounting, Consulting and Law.” 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 2024, 2022, 2020 and 2018, she has received Crain’s “Notable Women in Law” honors which recognized accomplished women attorneys who work tirelessly to effect positive change, serve as inspirations and mentor 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

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.


Loyola University Chicago School of Law, J.D., 2006
Brandeis University, M.A., international economics and finance, 1998
Brandeis University, B.A., economics, with minors in managerial business and Spanish, 1997

Bar Admissions
Illinois, 2006
Florida, 2007
New York, 2019

Memberships & Associations
  • American Bar Association (2006)
  • Chicago Bar Association (2006)
  • Coalition of Women’s Initiatives in Law
  • Florida Bar Association (2007)
  • Illinois Super Lawyer (2017 – 2024)
  • Leading Lawyer (2015 – 2024)
  • Salute! Top Women in Law Award, selected by Law Bulletin Media and Chicago Lawyer Magazine (2022)
  • Crain’s Chicago Business Notable Women in Law (2018, 2020, 2022, 2024)
  • Crain’s Chicago Business Notable Gen X Leaders in Law (2019)
  • Top 100 Leading Consumer Lawyer in Illinois, Leading Lawyers (2019)
  • Illinois Rising Star, selected by Super Lawyers (2010 to 2016)
  • JUF’s Davis, Gidwitz & Glasser Young Leadership Award (2016)
  • 40 Under 40: 40 Illinois Attorneys Under 40 to Watch (2012)
  • Double Chai in the Chi: 36 Under 36 (2012)
Community Involvement
  • Advocate Charitable Foundation, Gift Planning Advisory Committee
  • American Technion Society, Chicago Chapter Planned Giving Committee
  • Jewish United Fund, Legacies and Endowments Committee
  • Jewish United Fund, Professional Advisory Committee
  • Jewish United Fund, Young Leadership Division, executive board member
  • Women Helping Women, founding member
Lectures/Speaking Engagements
  • Death and Taxes I: Wills and Trusts for CPAs
  • Death and Taxes II: Advanced Estate Planning Tools for CPAs
  • Estate Planning Considerations for the LGBT Community
  • Women and Wealth, the Power of a Plan, presented to various women in business throughout Chicago
  • The Basics of Estate Planning Every Attorney Should Know
  • The Basics of Estate Planning Every Banker Should Know
  • Estate Planning and Planned Giving Fundamentals
  • Money Matters – Preparing Your Family Financially for Your Baby and Beyond – Estate Planning Basics
  • Pre- & Post-Nuptial Agreements
  • The Basics of Estate Planning Every Collaborative Law Fellow Should Know
  • Estate Planning 101: Everything You Need to Know about Death & Taxes
  • Income Tax Planning Issues in the Context of Living Trusts
  • Preparing for Change in 2012, presented to individuals from the Chicagoland area, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney
  • What Every MBA Should Know About Estate Planning, presented to Northwestern University MBA Class
  • Want to Leave a Legacy Without Dramatically Impacting Your Current Cash Flow? How to Incorporate Charitable Planning Into Your Estate Plan, presented to Jewish United Fund, Young Leadership Division Board
  • Estate Tax Planning—What Every Woman Should Know, presented to women business owners and executives, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney—Women’s Breakfast Series
  • Personal Wealth Management Strategy—Investing with 2020 Vision: Creating your Personal Wealth Management Strategy for the Next Decade and Beyond, 85 Broads—Chicago Chapter, an exclusive global women’s network whose mission is to generate exceptional professional and social value for its members consisting of investment bankers, lawyers, educators, venture capitalists, hedge-fund managers, philanthropists, athletes, scientists, doctors, engineers, artists and entrepreneurs
  • Not All Charging Orders Are Created Equal, presented to Chicago Bar Association—Asset Protection Committee
  • Estate Planning 101: The Basics of Estate Planning Every Advisor Should Know
  • Estate Planning Fundamentals – Providing Relevant Guidance to help ANY Client
  • LGBT Family Building – Estate Planning Consideration
  • LGBT State and Financial Planning
  • Maximizing Your Wealth Accumulation Opportunities
  • Succession Planning
  • The Basics of Estate Planning Every Insurance Broker Should Know

Lindsey Markus thinks outside the box to meet and exceed her clients’ needs.

Lindsey Markus draws on her background in finance and business development to think outside the box and provide clients with complex, creative solutions that meet their end goals.