Scott J. Bakal

T: (312) 269-8022
F: (312) 578-1545

Scott J. Bakal, co-chair of Neal Gerber Eisenberg's Taxation practice group, specializes in finding tax-sensitive solutions to complex financial situations, business transactions, and estate planning matters. Scott works primarily with entrepreneurial companies and high net worth individuals. Scott frequently represents commodities and securities traders, family offices, owners of business jets and companies and executives in employment contract negotiations. Scott strives to provide individually tailored, holistic solutions to the problems faced by sophisticated high net worth individuals and privately held companies.

Scott's experience includes the following:

  • Representation of a hedge fund management company in connection with a capital investment by a leading private equity firm.
  • Representation of real estate funds owned in part by sovereign wealth funds.
  • Representation of an insurance brokerage firm in connection with the design and implementation of life insurance premium finance and life settlement programs.
  • Representation of numerous clients who chose to participate in the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Initiative, including finding exceptions to the penalty regime, where appropriate, for multiple clients who were told by other tax advisors that no option for avoiding penalties existed.
  • Representation of numerous offshore investors in their real estate investments and active U.S. business activities, in order to create structures that were both income tax and estate tax efficient.
  • Restructuring a controlling shareholder's position in a publicly held company in order for the shareholder's family to take advantage of available estate tax deferral provisions for certain concentrated holdings.
  • Representation of numerous taxpayers in like-kind exchange transactions.
  • Serving as an expert witness in a case before the U.S. Tax Court.

For a complete listing of Scott's representative matters, click here.

Scott has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America (within “Trusts and Estates”) since 2010.

Scott has spoken at the Palm Beach Tax Institute, Chicago Bar Association and the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education on income tax matters and has served as an adjunct professor at IIT/Chicago-Kent College of Law. He is a member of the American Bar Association-Section of Taxation and the Society of Trusts and Estate Practitioners.

Community Service:

  • Glencoe Junior High Project – Treasurer
  • Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema – Advisory Board 
  • Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago – Professional Advisory Committee, Legacies and Endowments Committee, Partnership 2Gether Committee


  • Harvard Law School (J.D., 1985), magna cum laude
  • Yale University (B.S., 1982), magna cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois
  • U.S. Tax Court

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