A. THOMAS SKALLAS

A. THOMAS SKALLAS

PARTNER | BUSINESS LAW
While growing up, Tom loved to hear his Dad tell tales of how Alexander the Great conquered the known world. His favorite was the story of Alexander confronting the challenge of untying the complex and tangled, Gordian Knot, declared to be an impossible feat. An oracle had declared that any man who could unravel this knot was destined to become ruler of all of Asia. Many tried to untie the knot and failed. When confronted with the challenge, Alexander wasn’t like the rest, and instead, pulled out his sword and simply cut the knot. Fulfilling the prophecy, Alexander went on to conquer Asia.

Clients seek Tom’s guidance when they are confronted with an “impossible” challenge. Like his storied hero, Tom doesn’t see problems or challenges like the rest. Instead, he is a creative and effective problem solver who thinks outside the box who get results.

Using his extensive experience, Tom represents privately-held businesses and their owners through a wide range of services, enabling growth, expansion and navigating change across numerous industries.

Tom brings his interdisciplinary and creative approach to a wide range of issues including, shareholder and corporate governance disputes, contractual matters, international operations, banking, insurance, employee relations and asset-protection strategies. He assists business owners through the mergers and acquisitions process by drawing on his significant business and tax experience.

Beyond his role as a counselor to their businesses, Tom serves high-net-worth individuals achieve their estate and succession planning goals. While obtaining significant experience representing trustees and beneficiaries in probate and trust disputes, he also develops strategies for tax minimization and asset protection. When working with family business owners, Tom starts with the “exit strategy,” allowing his client to work backwards to plan for an eventual sale or transition the family business for future generations. 

  In 2013, Tom was recognized by the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin as a “40 under 40” lawyer to watch.

Tom has previously taught Taxation for Closely Held Businesses as an adjunct professor for the L.L.M. Tax Program at The John Marshall Law School. He currently serves as a board member for Republic Bank of Chicago, and has previously served as a Board member of the Alzheimer’s Association and Vice Chairman of the Board at the National Hellenic Museum, an institution he was instrumental in founding.

EDUCATION
  • DePaul University College of Law, Taxation, 2000
  • J.D., DePaul University College of Law, Law, 1998
  • M.B.A., DePaul University – Charles H. Kellstadt Graduate School of Business, Finance, 1998
  • B.S., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign – College of Business, Finance, 1995
AWARDS
  • “40 under 40 attorneys to watch in Illinois" by the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
MEMBERSHIPS
  • Past president and active member of the Hellenic Bar Association (HBA)
  • Licensed to practice law in Illinois and in Federal Court
  • American Bar Association (former chair of the Closely Held Businesses Committee) 
  • Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA)
  • Chicago Bar Association (CBA)
  • Association for Corporate Growth (ACG)

“I’ve counseled business owners for my entire career.  I come from a family of entrepreneurs.  I understand the passion and drive you put into an enterprise that you build yourself.  When you own the business, there’s no such thing as ‘not personal; just business.’  It’s all personal and it’s all business.  That’s my clients’ perspective and it’s mine, too.  In founding this firm and putting my name on the door, I’m making a personal commitment to the standard of excellence I have for my work.  We’re building a new kind of team and a new way of doing business – flexible, creative, results-driven – and it’s delivering tremendous value to our clients. ”
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