Scott J. Bakal

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

Scott J. Bakal, co-chair of Neal Gerber Eisenberg’s Taxation practice group, finds tax-sensitive solutions to complex financial situations, business transactions, and estate planning matters. Scott works primarily with entrepreneurial companies and high net worth individuals, often focusing on international families and companies with cross-border operations. Scott strives to find the most elegant but simple solutions for the problems faced by sophisticated high net worth individuals and privately held companies operating in the U.S. or around the world.

Scott has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America (within “Trusts and Estates”) since 2010, and has been recognized in Chambers USA since 2017.

Scott has spoken at the American Bar Association – Tax Section, 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, the International Fiscal Association, and the Society of Trusts and Estate Practitioners.

Community Service:

  • Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema – Board of Directors
  • Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago – Professional Advisory Committee, Diller Teen Fellow Advisory Committee and Partnership2Gether Committee
  • Boy Scouts Troop 28 Glencoe – Assistant Scoutmaster, Merit Badge Counselor, High Adventure/Summer Camp Coordinator


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

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois
  • Florida
  • U.S. Tax Court

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