Max Elliott

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Estate Planning & Probate Attorney in Chicago, IL

The Law Offices of Max Elliott, Ltd.
605 N Michigan Ave, Suite 400
Chicago, IL 60611-3775
Phone: 877-535-1600
Fax: 312-253-7618
Selected to Rising Stars: 2017 - 2021
Licensed Since: 2011
Practice Areas: Estate Planning & Probate (90%), Closely Held Business (10%)
Attorney Profile

Maximillienne "Max" Elliott is the founder of The Law Offices of Max Elliott, Ltd., located in Chicago, Illinois. She handles a variety of matters for her clients, including complex and estate planning and administration, probate, and guardianships. Ms. Elliott also provides advice and counsel to family- and women-owned small businesses, with a focus on cybersecurity for all business stakeholders.

Before pursuing studies for her legal career, Ms. Elliott spent several years working with Fortune 500 companies in a variety of capacities. She then obtained a position with the Office of the President of the American Bar Association. This experience prompted her to pursue a legal education, and she enrolled at DePaul University College of Law and was admitted to practice in 2011. While in law school and for a period of time after she graduated, Ms. Elliott clerked at a boutique firm, where she assisted the principal attorney in estate planning, probate, family law and regulatory compliance before starting her own practice.

During her relatively brief legal career, Ms. Elliott has earned the high esteem of her fellow professionals, as evidenced by her inclusion as an American Bar Foundation Fellow, a member of the National Black Lawyers - Top 100, and receipt of a 10.0 "Superb" peer review rating through Avvo. She is also a member of the Executive Committee for the Chicago Bar Association's Trust Law Committee, a member of the Chicago Estate Planning Council, sits on the U.S. Trust Council of Influence for Estate Planning in Chicago, is a faculty member for Lawline and Esquire-CLE where she presents continuing legal education on estate and business planning for attorneys nationwide, and belongs to the Trusts and Estates Section of the Illinois State Bar Association. Ms. Elliott is frequently asked to speak before groups of fellow professionals on topics ranging from family to estate planning to small law firm marketing techniques.

Practice Areas
  • 90%Estate Planning & Probate
  • 10%Closely Held Business
Focus Areas

Estate Planning, Guardianships & Conservatorships, Probate & Estate Administration, Trusts, Wills


5 Years Rising Stars
  • Rising Stars: 2017 - 2021

About Max Elliott

Admitted: 2011, Illinois

Professional Webpage:

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Marillac St. Vincent Family Services, Volunteer
  • DePaul University College of Law Career Services, Volunteer
  • Cook County Bar Association, Volunteer
  • Chicago Women’s Health Center, Volunteer
  • Legal Advisory Board of Raise the Floor Alliance
  • Black Women Lawyers’ Association, Volunteer
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Volunteer
  • Esquire CLE, Volunteer Faculty Member
  • Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (IICLE), Volunteer faculty member
  • Chicago Bar Association, Volunteer

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • "Improving Afghanistan Maternal Mortality Rates despite the Lack of the Rule of Law," International Human Rights Law Institute (IHRLI) Human Rights and Rule of Law Review, Fall 2010
  • "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: What the Reversal of U.S. Asylum Law Means to Advocates and Women Asylum Seekers," The Women's Advocate, Fall 2009
  • "Catching Up with International Criminals in the Twenty-First Century: Modifying and Accelerating U.S. Extradition," White Paper, Library of the International Criminal Tribunal of Rwanda, Spring 2009
  • Author, "Ms. Thang, Real Knights Don't Show Up at 3 in the Morning," published by Pocket Books, a Division of Simon & Schuster


  • Recipient of the Top Contributor in Estate Planning Award from Avvo
  • Co-Editor-In-Chief, the DePaul Journal of Women, Gender and the Law, DePaul University College of Law
  • Top 100 Black Lawyers by the National Black Lawyers organization
  • Editor, The Advocate, DePaul University College of Law

Educational Background

  • Northwestern University, 2007

Other Outstanding Achievements

  • American Bar Foundation Fellow, 2016

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Chicago Estate Planning Councl, 2019
  • Association of African American Financial Advisors, Member, Legal Faculty Volunteer
  • U.S. Trust, Bank of America Center on Influence on estate planning, Member
  • Lawline, Volunteer Faculty Member
  • Chicago Bar Association Trust Law Committee, Member of the Executive Committee
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Trusts and Estates, Member
  • The Bernie Mac Foundation, General Counsel
  • American Bar Association, Member
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Office Location for Max Elliott

605 N Michigan Ave
Suite 400
Chicago, IL 60611-3775

Phone: 877-535-1600

Fax: 312-253-7618

Last Updated: 8/27/2020

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