Afton L. Gauron counsels individuals, families, business owners, and financial institutions on a wide range of estate planning issues. Afton enjoys getting to know her clients in the planning stages and continues to represent clients with trusts and estates throughout the administration process. She represents both fiduciaries and individual beneficiaries in contested trust and estate proceedings in state courts throughout Illinois and often resolves family conflicts outside of court.

Afton started her practice as an associate at Wildman, Harrold, Allen & Dixon LLP and joined Hamilton, Thies & Lorch LLP in 2005 with the founding partners. Afton confidently advises her clients with her expertise in complex trust and estate law.

Education & Admissions
  • Loyola University Chicago School of Law,
  • J.D., cum laude, 2002
  • Gonzaga University, B.A., 1994

Bar Admissions:

  • Illinois, 2002

Court Admissions:

  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 2002
Areas of Practice
  • Estate Planning
  • Business Succession Planning
  • Charitable Planning
  • Trust and Estate Administration and Probate
  • Trust and Estate Litigation
  • Tax Controversy

Professional Associations

  • Chicago Estate Planning Council
    • Annual Outing Committee
  • American Bar Association
    • Section of Taxation
    • Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • U.S. Trust COI Advisory Council

Community Associations

  • Breakthrough Women’s Center
    • Manna Serve Volunteer Leader
  • Frances Xavier Warde School
    • PATH (Parents At The Heart) Representative
  • The Cradle Foundation
    • Past Associate Board Member

Speaking Engagements and Publications

  • Afton has lectured on retirement planning for the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education.