Suzanne L. Shier



Suzanne L. Shier is a Wealth Planning Practice Executive and Chief Tax Strategist/Tax Counsel at Northern Trust. In this capacity, she is responsible for leading the Wealth Planning Advisory Services group, and for providing insight and guidance on wealth planning and tax issues of interest to clients and their advisors.

Throughout Suzanne’s more than 30 year career she has worked closely with her clients developing wealth planning solutions tailored to their particular circumstances. 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, tax  and fiduciary matters. Suzanne is a Fellow of the American College of Estate and Trust Counsel, an Academician of The International Academy of Estate and Trust Law and an adjunct professor in the Tax Program at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law.

Suzanne graduated from the University of Michigan with a bachelor’s degree with distinction in economics and sociology. She received her law degree, cum laude, from Loyola University Chicago School of Law, and a master of laws in taxation (LLM) from the DePaul University College of Law.

Suzanne’s expertise is in wealth planning and tax policy. She places special emphasis on strategies, legislation, trends and developments in these areas, focusing on how they may impact clients and their families.

Suzanne is passionate about providing access to higher education and career mentoring. She has served on the Boards of Directors and Executive Committees of Gads Hill Center, the Chicago Coalition of Women’s Initiatives in Law, and Chicago Scholars, a college access program for high potential urban students, and she is a Trustee and member of the Executive Committee of Hope College.

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Areas of Expertise

  • Taxation
  • Tax Policy

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