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Lyle R. Mays

Of Counsel
  • 2016 Distinguished Service Award, Adult Probate Division, Chicago Volunteer Legal Services for volunteer efforts assisting underprivileged individuals in probate matters

Lyle R. Mays is an experienced probate, estate planning and corporate attorney focusing on the needs of families, family-owned and closely held businesses, corporations, partnerships, tax-exempt entities, business owners, entrepreneurs and high net-worth individuals. His approach is to put the client’s needs first and devise practical, efficient solutions to address complex legal problems.

A significant portion of Lyle’s practice is serving as a fiercely dedicated advocate for wards and caregivers in guardianship disputes. With extensive experience in the probate courts, Lyle is often appointed Guardian ad Litem by judges who recognize his demonstrated ability to find the best possible solutions to complicated guardianship issues. He also represents executors, administrators and corporate fiduciaries in decedent estate matters.. , As an estate planner, Lyle seeks to leverage a mix of practical and creative estate perseveration strategies, risk management solutions and advantageous tax laws to deliver the best possible outcomes. Lyle uses the same client-first approach when advising closely held companies, start-up companies and individuals with regards to the acquisition and sale of business entities, real estate matters, business formation, ownership structure and employment arrangements.

Lyle passionately believes in public service and is an active and enthusiastic participant in the Chicago Volunteer Legal Services Adult-Guardianship Program. Apart from his legal practice, Lyle is a Southern California native who enjoys outdoor activities and exploring the rich cultural experiences in Chicago and abroad. Lyle isformer touring musician who now enjoys acting in storefront community theater productions.

Bar Admissions

  • State of Illinois

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association

Professional Experience

  • Lawrence Kamin, LLC
    • Of Counsel, 2021-Present
  • The Mays Group, Ltd.
    • Principal, 2010-2021
  • Chuhak & Tecson, P.C.
    • Associate, 2009-2010
  • Sidley Austin, LLP
    • Associate Attorney, 2006-2009


  • University of Miami School of Law, J.D. cum laude, 2006
  • Tufts University, B.A. in History, 1995

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