A. Margot Gordon


A. Margot Gordon

Of Counsel
Chicago, Illinois

Ms. Gordon concentrates her practice in estate planning counseling. She implements complex estate planning strategies for both individual and institutional clients and represents fiduciaries in probate, trust, and guardianship administration matters. Her clients benefit from her years of experience and in-depth knowledge of estate planning and probate law.

Ms. Gordon has been designated a top legal professional in the field of estate planning.  She has repeatedly been recognized as an Illinois Super Lawyer and was named a Top Lawyer in estate planning by The Legal Network.  She has authored guidebooks on estate planning and asset protection planning for the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, which serves as the premier legal education guide to Illinois attorneys.  She also regularly authors articles and guides for both the Illinois and Chicago bar associations.

Ms. Gordon handles a wide range of estate planning matters on behalf of her clients, including business succession and charitable planning, advance directives, gifting and other tax reduction strategies.  She also has vast experience in planning for clients with special needs.  She is regularly appointed by the Probate Court to draft estate plans for minors with disabilities and review settlements to ensure that individuals with disabilities are appropriately protected.

Prior to joining Monahan Law Group, LLC, Ms. Gordon served as a longtime partner at a boutique estate planning firm where she assisted clients with estate planning and transfer tax reduction techniques. 

Areas of Practice

  • Estate Planning
  • Business Succession Planning
  • Charitable Planning
  • Elder Law
  • Estate & Trust Administration
  • Special Needs Planning
  • Trusts
  • Wills

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois
  • Supreme Court of the United States of America


  • John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois
    • Certificate in Estate Planning from LLM Program in Tax
  • University of Chicago Law School, Chicago, Illinois
    • Juris Doctor
  • University of California, San Diego, California
    • Bachelor of Arts
    • Honors: Provost Honors
    • Major: Communications

Published Works

  • Co-Author, Planning for Exempt Assets, Chapter 7, Asset Protection Planning, IICLE, 2018
  • Author, Estate Planning in Illinois Guardianships, IICLE, 2015
  • Author, Should Your Client Consider a Change of Residency to Avoid State Estate Taxes?, Trusts & Estates, ISBA Newsletter, February, 2012
  • Author, Custodial Claims: Compensation for Family Caregivers, Illinois Bar Journal, May, 2010
  • Author, Minimizing Taxes in Illinois Minor Guardianship Estates, CBA Record, January, 2007
  • Author, The Role of Corporate Fiduciaries in Estate Planning for Disabled Adults, CBA Record, January, 2007
  • Co-Author, Medicaid Planning for the Disabled: The Use of OBRA '93 Pay Back Trusts, Illinois Bar Journal, 1998

Honors and Awards

  • Top Lawyers in Illinois, The Legal Network, 2014
  • Selected to Super Lawyers, 2005-2008, 2016

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • The Chicago Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Chicago Estate Planning Council
  • Legacy Partners Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago Foundation

Past Employment Positions

  • Office of the Cook County Public Guardian, Chicago, Illinois, Assistant Public Guardian
  • Hull House Association, Chicago, Illinois, Director, Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Project
  • City of Chicago Law Department, Chicago, Illinois, Law Clerk, Housing and Municipal Divisions