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MacKenzie A. Hyde



130 E. Randolph St.
Suite 3900
Chicago, IL 60601
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J.D., Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Chicago, Illinois
B.A., summa cum laude, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona
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Super lawyers 2015

MacKenzie A. Hyde


MacKenzie A. Hyde litigates contested guardianships, estates, and trusts on behalf of individuals and financial institutions. 

MacKenzie represents corporations and individuals in their fiduciary capacities (i.e., trustee, executor, administrator, guardian, agent under powers of attorney) as well as estate and trust beneficiaries in matters involving claims of breach of fiduciary duty, undue influence, lack of capacity, fraud, duress, and negligence. MacKenzie also prosecutes and defends actions involving powers of attorneys, petitions for guardianship for adults with disabilities, and pre-death estate contests.  

MacKenzie helps clients avoid litigation by advising them on estate planning techniques that will help their estate plans avoid being subject to such litigation during their lifetime or after their death. 

MacKenzie advises fiduciaries (i.e., trustee, executor, administrator, guardian, agent under powers of attorney) on their duties during trust and estate administration.  

MacKenzie is frequently appointed by judges in the Probate Division of the Circuit Court of Cook County to serve as a Guardian Ad Litem in disabled estates as well as counsel for alleged disabled persons.

Reported Cases:

  • In re Estate of Nina L., A Minor, 2016 Ill.App. LEXIS 701 (September 16, 2015) (vacating the trial court’s order and making the necessary findings of fact to allow client, Nina L., an undocumented immigrant, to file for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, a case of first impression)
  • In re Estate of Donald Howell, 2015 Ill.App. LEXIS 466 (June 19, 2015) (reversing to allow client, the Guardian of the Estate, to propose an estate plan that deviates from intestacy for a disabled person who never had testamentary capacity in case of first impression)
  • Pontarelli v. Pontarelli, 2015 Ill.App. LEXIS 191 (March 18, 2015) (affirming multiple interlocutory orders in favor of client)

Unreported Case:

  • In re Estate of Joel Kaplan, 2018 IL App (1st) 170540-U (June 29, 2018) (affirming plenary adjudication of Respondent and appointment of clients as plenary Co-Guardians)
Super Lawyers' Illinois Risings Stars, 2013-Present
Featured in Emerging Lawyers Magazine, a distinction earned by fewer than two percent of lawyers licensed to practice law in Illinois who are under 40 years of age or have been practicing for 10 years or less.
Chicago Bar Association
Past Chair of the Chicago Bar Association's Continuing Legal Education Committee
Past Chair of the Chicago Bar Association's Elder Law Committee

Eric Dorkin, MacKenzie Hyde and Ray Koenig obtained a significant victory in the 1st District Appellate Court. In a case of first impression, the Illinois Appellate Court granted Clark Hill’s emergency appeal in favor of Nina L., a minor seeking to apply for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status to stay in the United States following her 18th birthday.  The trial court had denied Nina L.’s request for the judicial findings necessary for her to apply to remain in the United States after being abandoned by her natural parents.  The trial court held that it was not proper for it to enter findings pursuant to federal statute.  The Appellate Court reversed and entered the required findings itself on an emergency basis so that Nina L. could timely file the required documents with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, as her 18th birthday was just days away.  

As reported in the local legal press, “This is a case that really mattered,” said Dorkin, who represented Nina L. “If the case was decided the other way, she was going back to Taiwan with no known family or connections and just a high school degree, and I think that’s a recipe for lifelong disaster.”

Estate of Donald Howell v. Donald Brenard Howell, 2015 IL App (1st) 133247 and 1140810 (cons.)

The Raymond W. Pontarelli Trust, et al. v. Michael Pontarelli, et al., 2015 IL App (1st) 133138

In re Estate of Leonard Koenen, 2014 IL App (1st) 140080-U

In re Guardianship of Florence Pontarelli, 2014 IL App (1st) 122782-U