Maximillienne "Max" Elliott, our firm's Principal, practices with the compassion and sensitivity required to maintain family harmony for her clients. She is licensed to practice in the State of Illinois and has represented clients with large and modest estates, challenging negotiations, multi-jurisdictional probate matters, guardianship involving minors and disabled persons, and family-owned business planning.
Max routinely speaks to lawyers, students, and community groups. For years, she was a staunch supporter of marriage equality, educating colleagues and the public on the adverse effects of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and was elated to celebrate the Supreme Court's historic ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges that established marriage equality across the nation for all LGBTQ couples.
Max is a volunteer faculty member for the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (IICLE),
Before launching her practice, Max was a law clerk in a boutique tax litigation firm, assisting the principal in probate, domestic relations, corporate records, non-profit corporation compliance, and estate planning.
In addition to her legal experience, Max has more than 20 years of non-legal employment experience, including
Throughout the years, she has also assisted entrepreneurs in creating viable business planning solutions. This experience and her compassion for the philanthropic efforts has also guided Max to become General Counsel of The Bernie Mac Foundation.
Max has received numerous awards for her commitment to the community and is an active volunteer member of several legal organizations: the Black Women Lawyers’ Association; the Cook County Bar Association; Chicago Bar Association; Illinois State Bar Association; and American Bar Association.
Also, because of her strong commitment to public service, she also supports Chicago Women’s Health Center, a women’s medical collaborative center providing healthcare services to women living alternative lifestyles and those in the LGBTQ community, IntraSpectrum Counseling a mental health treatment organization for the LGBTQ community; and Marillac St. Vincent, which serves
Living in Chicago, Max is happily married with 2 charming stepsons and a darling niece.