Hickey Rogers Butler & Associates



Merrill is proud of our advisors who’ve received recognition from industry publications. We believe they are setting the standard for exemplary client service.

Thomas M Hickey

Forbes “Best-in-State Wealth Advisors”  2020

Financial Times –“Top 400 Financial Advisers”  2015

Meet the Team

Supported by the global resources of Merrill, our team is comprised of talented and experienced individuals committed to building strong client relationships based on trust and personalized service.

Where do we begin? It starts with you.

At Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, your financial advisor focuses on the things you care about most- family, goals and priorities - even as they change over the years.

Understanding Your Life


At Hickey Rogers Butler & Associates, we have a proud heritage of serving the best interests of clients with a measure of commitment and ethics that often exceeds their expectations.

When clients’ life transitions bring about significant financial challenges, we take a “hands-on, hands-held” approach. With decades of experience, we are sensitive, as well as seasoned. By helping clients make thoughtful, unhurried decisions and feel comfortable with the road ahead, we aim to strengthen their financial and emotional wellbeing.

On any given day, we believe there’s tremendous value in what we do – whether we sit with a widow and help organize paperwork, or deliver enlightened perspectives on optimizing wealth to active and retired corporate executives, business owners, entrepreneurs, physicians, attorneys, and hardworking “millionaires next door” who’ve sacrificed and saved.

As a multi-generational group, the ability of team members to build relationships with clients, their spouses, parents and children occurs naturally. Our ages also help ensure the continuity of thought and consistency of service that we believe client families deserve. We invite you to learn more, in the sections that follow.

What You Can Expect

At Hickey Rogers Butler & Associates, we begin with you – where you want to go financially, where you see yourself now, and what you believe stands in your way.

We also want to know about you, as a person. Perhaps your life demands an extra measure of financial advice and attention (following a divorce, the loss of a spouse, the sale of a business, or an inheritance). Or maybe you’re financially astute without the time or desire to manage your wealth alone.

To address your concerns and ambitions, we ask questions. We’ll listen to what you say (and may not say). Many clients don’t know if they’ll have “enough” for retirement. Others want to prepare their children for the responsibilities of wealth. Rather than make assumptions, we’ll make time for multiple meetings with you – at your kitchen table or our conference table. There are no shortcuts to what we do.

With our decades of experience in all kinds of markets, we’ll craft an integrated, risk-managed strategy and encourage you to “stick” with it. Backed by our proactive support staff, we’ll keep you updated on progress being made toward key milestones and your long-term objectives. Keep in mind that our approach is not just holistic – it’s realistic. We will help you aim for goals that we believe are attainable.


At Hickey Rogers Butler & Associates, we believe in being exceptional at things we can control.
For example, while the markets may behave irrationally, we remind clients that their disciplined decision-making can have a lasting impact on results. Our team understands that being consistent and transparent in communicating with clients helps build a foundation of trust from which meaningful discussions can lead to positive outcomes for intergenerational wealth.

We also believe in:

• Helping clients become well educated, about their strategy and their role in following it. We also devote significant time to walking clients through each step of wealth planning and implementation.

• Engaging with both spouses from the outset and listening to what each of them envisions.

• “Bringing the right people to the table.” We call upon our firm’s specialists and coordinate closely with clients’ CPAs and attorneys throughout the year – to help align tax-minimization and estate planning strategies.

• Formulating each client’s risk-managed investment portfolio by using Merrill research and due diligence, as well as external resources. With no proprietary investments, each portfolio includes what we believe will best fulfill clients’ long-term goals.

• Optimizing both sides of clients’ balance sheets. Providing timely liability management is critical to our mission and client success. In addition to residential lending, we offer access to securities-based lending (a flexible source of short-term funding) through Bank of America, N.A. 

We strive to be the financial advisory team that you genuinely trust and admire for our ability and integrity.

The Clients We Serve

At Hickey Rogers Butler & Associates, we assist accomplished men and women as motivated as we are. They include active and retired attorneys and physicians, business owners and entrepreneurs, senior-level corporate executives, “millionaires next door” who’ve diligently saved, and generations of client families – in the Chicago area and 37 states. Each of us shares a mission – to help clients accelerate and achieve their visions of success.

While clients have taken distinct professional and personal paths, all can benefit from having cohesive, long-term strategies in place that coincide with their view of the world and their wealth. Many were referred to us by their other trusted advisors, colleagues, and family. The enduring relationships we enjoy with clients tell us they respect our ability to manage their wealth and expectations, and help bring them financial confidence.

We believe that our team’s ages and experiences align nicely with those of clients and their family members. We also believe that clients appreciate our deep level of insight and involvement. With mutual interests and outlooks, we find it fulfilling to assist clients we admire for their achievements and values.

Your Financial Strategy

We offer you access to the investing insights of Merrill, as well as banking, trust and fiduciary services from Bank of America to help you pursue your goals. We will work to help you stay on track, regardless of what the markets are doing.

Taking care of your family and other people in your life
  • Trust & Estate Services2
  • Education Funding Strategies1
  • Insurance3
Planning for healthcare expenses now and in the future
  • Long-term Care Insurance3
  • Health Savings Account2
  • Disability Insurance3
Upsizing, downsizing, remodeling or buying a vacation home
  • Home Loans2
  • Home Equity Lines of Credit2
  • Securities-Based Lending2
  • Credit Cards2
Working in retirement, selling or starting a business
  • Bank of America Business Banking2
  • Exchange Funds1
  • Concentrated Stock Management1
  • Succession Planning1
Spending your free time in meaningful ways
  • Credit Cards2
  • Securities-Based Lending2
  • Structured Lending2
Volunteering, mentoring others and giving to charities
  • Donor-Advised Funds2
  • Private Foundations2
  • Charitable Trusts2
Using your finances to bring it all together
  • Merrill Lynch Investment Accounts1
  • Investment Advisory Accounts1
  • Alternative Investments1
  • Exchange-Traded Funds1
  • Mutual Funds1
  • Closed-end Funds1
  • Fixed Income Products1
  • Options1
  • Annuities3
  • Impact Portfolios1
  • Market-Linked Investments1
  • Securities-Based Lending2
  • Margin1
  • Home Loans2
  • Bank of America Checking and Savings Accounts2
  • Credit Cards2
  • Online Account Access1,2

1Investment products are offered by Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated.
2Banking products are offered by Bank of America, N.A.
3Insurance and annuity products offered through Merrill Lynch Life Agency Inc.

Staying on Track

We understand that both your life and the financial markets can change over time. By periodically checking in to discuss changes in your life and revisiting your financial strategy, our goal is to help you stay on track to achieve what's most important to you.

Periodic reviews to help you
stay on track

We'll meet with you periodically to review your goals and the progress you’ve made toward reaching them. We'll also discuss any adjustments needed to your financial strategy to help you stay on course.

    Monitoring changes in your life
    and to your goals

    Your life and goals change. We can help you keep track of these changes so they can be reflected in your financial strategy.

    Wealth Management Your Way

    MyMerrill is your online and mobile destination for access to your financial information, secure communications, and a robust offering of tools and capabilities

    It’s easy to seamlessly integrate your Merrill Wealth Management and Bank of America banking accounts online and through our mobile apps with a single click

    You can manage account security with our customizable security capabilities such as Face ID/Touch ID, one time passcode and other security features

    Your advisor is a click away through our Secure Inbox and texting application

    Access to your complete financial life is available with Spending & Budgeting, integrating your Merrill and Bank of America activity into a powerful tool to track your expenses and income

      Let’s Have a Conversation

      Helping you reach your goals starts with getting to know you personally. Through understanding what matters most to you, we can help you create a financial strategy that reflects your personality. Only then can we offer an approach that is built around your life priorities and the ongoing advice you need to help you manage fluctuations in the market and changes in your life. Let’s work together to help you achieve your goals.

      Why Merrill Lynch?

      As Merrill Lynch Wealth Management Advisors, we will sort through the financial complexities of your life, helping you build a customized investment strategy to pursue your goals.


      We put you first, every day.
      Learn more about the dedicated one-on-one relationship you can have with a Merrill Lynch Wealth Management Advisor.

      Personalized advice from a dedicated financial advisor.

      Getting to know you is our primary goal.

      A comprehensive approach, built around your life’s priorities.

      Drawing from our experience and the best thinking of Merrill, we will build a strategy that reflects your unique needs, priorities and financial situation.

      Adjusting your strategy as your life and the markets change.

      We will work to help you stay on track, regardless of what the markets are doing.