David A. Handler is a partner in the Trusts and Estates Practice Group of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. David is a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), a member of the NAEPC Estate Planning Hall of Fame; among 16 trusts & estates attorneys listed in the top tier in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business in the Wealth Management category; listed in The Best Lawyers in America and is recognized as an "Illinois Super Lawyer" by Super Lawyers magazine; listed in The Best Lawyers in America; and was its 2015 Trusts and Estates Chicago Lawyer of the Year. David received the Austin Fleming Distinguished Service Award from the Chicago Estate Planning Council; named the 2016 Bloomberg BNA Estates, Gifts and Trusts Contributor of the Year; and named a Trusts & Estates Trailblazer by The National Law Journal in 2016. David is member of the professional advisory committees of the Chicago Community Trust, The Art Institute of Chicago, The Goodman Theatre, WTTW11/98.7WFMT (Chicago public broadcasting stations) and the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago. David represents owners of closely-held businesses, principals of private equity/venture capital funds, executives and families of significant wealth in their estate and charitable planning.