Lucy develops personalized solutions to help her clients achieve their wealth and legacy planning goals. She enjoys distilling complex ideas to discuss planning opportunities with her clients and to illustrate the plans they have chosen to implement.

Lucy advises on a range of estate and trust related activity: ensuring plans appropriately reflect the family dynamic and unique assets, preserving wealth, administering estates and trusts, and resolving disputes. She also prepares prenuptial agreements, restructures existing trusts, uses nonjudicial settlement agreements, addresses cross-border planning issues, advises on retirement benefits, and helps to value closely-held companies.

Lucy has particular strength with numbers and modeling to help guide a client’s course of action. She uses this skill to estimate transfer taxes, project the financial impact of particular planning opportunities, and track trust transactions, intra-family loans, and annuity payments.

Lucy strives to truly understand her families’ interpersonal relationships. As a trusted adviser, her talent in capturing the family dynamic helps her develop plans that honor the family's values and desires. Her clients include individuals, multi-generation family groups, surviving spouses, and corporate and individual executors and trustees.

  • Credentials


    • Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, J.D., 2011, cum laude
      Northwestern University Law Review, Associate Editor
    • Duke University, B.A., Cultural Anthropology, 2002

    Bar Admissions

    • Illinois

            Professional Memberships

            • American Bar Association, Section on Real Property, Trust and Estate Law
            • Chicago Estate Planning Council, Member
            • Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, Pathfinders Program class of 2017

            Teaching Appointments

            • Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, Estate Planning, Adjunct Professor of Law (2018 – 2020)
          • Insights


            Northwestern Pritzker School of Law Panel Discussion

            Hosted by the Chicago Estate Planning Council


            Drafting Estate Planning Documents

            2021 Estate Planning Fundamentals Course

            News Release

            Bickford Honored with 2020 Flex Success Award

            Schiff Hardin LLP is pleased to announce that Partner Lucy Bickford has been awarded the Diversity & Flexibility Alliance’s 2020 Flex Success® Award, recognizing her achievements and professional success while working reduced hours.


            Drafting Estate Planning Documents

            2020 Fundamentals Course Series

            Chicago, Ill.

            Three Ways for Gen X, Y, and Z’ers to Get Educated About Family Finances

            As the holidays approach and gatherings are planned, you may be considering how and when to carve out time to discuss elements of your family finances while your loved ones are together for a visit.

            News Release

            Schiff Hardin Elects 10 New Partners

            Schiff Hardin is pleased to announce that 10 attorneys have been elected to its partnership, effective January 1, 2019.

            News Release

            Schiff Hardin Expands Parental Benefits with New Ramp Up/Down Policy for Working Parents

            The policy, which is effective immediately, will help working parents transition into starting their parental leave and returning to work.

            In The News
            News Release

            Three Schiff Hardin Attorneys Named 2017 Leadership Council on Diversity Fellow and Pathfinders

            Founded in 2009, LCLD comprises more than 260 corporate chief legal officers and law firm managing partners who are committed to creating a more diverse and inclusive legal profession.

            Other Publications

            • "Onshore Trusts," (co-author) in Asset Protection Planning, IICLE (2014)
            • "Federalism and Subsidiarity: Perspectives from U.S. Constitutional Law," (co-author) in Federalism and Subsidiarity, NOMOS Vol. LV (2014)

            Speeches & Presentations

            • “The Client Relationship: Ethical and Practical Considerations” (Guest Lecturer) Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, Estate Planning (Apr. 12, 2021)
            • “Northwestern Pritzker School of Law Panel Discussion,” Hosted by the Chicago Estate Planning Council, Webinar (Feb. 25, 2021)
            • “Drafting Estate Planning Documents,” 2021 Estate Planning Fundamentals Course, Chicago Estate Planning Counsel, Webinar (Feb. 9, 2021)
            • “Drafting Estate Planning Documents,” 2020 Fundamentals Course Series, Chicago Estate Planning Council, Chicago, Ill. (Jan. 23, 2020)
            • “Platinum Adventures Tax Seminar,” Wintrust Community Banks, Lake Forest, Ill.  (Oct. 30, 2018)
            • “Trust Decanting in Illinois,” Chicago Bar Association Probate Practice Committee, Chicago, Ill. (Jun 19, 2018)
            • “The Emergent Advisor and Client,” Northern Trust Advisor Summit, Chicago, Ill. (Jun. 7, 2018)
            • “Diversity in the Field of Estate Planning,” Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, Chicago, Ill. (Mar. 15, 2018)
            • “Fiduciary Income Tax Considerations Under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act,” Monthly National Wealth Advisor Meeting, Northern Trust, Chicago, Ill. (Feb. 20, 2018)
            • “Decanting of Irrevocable Trusts,” Estate Planning Council of Greater Joliet November Meeting, Lockport, Ill. (Nov. 16, 2017)
            • “Engaging with Millennials Now Strengthens Key Relationships,” Fiduciary Advice in Action, Wells Fargo Webinar (Jul. 10, 2017)
            • “Helping Clients Create Trusts Without Creating Trust Fund Babies,” Chicago Bar Association YLS Estate Planning Committee, Chicago, Ill. (Mar. 7, 2017)
            • “Planning for Portability,” (co-presenter) The Chicago Bar Association Trust Law Committee Meeting, Chicago, Ill (Jan. 9, 2017)
          • Citizenship

            Civic and Charitable Memberships

            • Lake County Community Foundation, Grants Committee
          • Awards & Honors

            • Flex Success® Award, Diversity & Flexibility Alliance (2020)