A. Thomas Skallas | Partner

Business Law

tom-s“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. ”


Email: tskallas@dswklaw.com

Phone: (312) 967-7601

Using his extensive experience, Tom Skallas represents privately-held businesses and their owners through a wide range of trusted advisory services. From the initial foundation to their final disposition, Tom counsels privately-held businesses — enabling growth, expansion and change across numerous industries.
Bringing expertise to a wide range of issues including sales, complex tax planning, international operations, banking, insurance, contracts, employee relations and asset-protection strategies, Tom has significant experience through the merger and acquisition process, both in purchases and sales. He assists owners of privately-held businesses in shareholder and corporate governance disputes, drawing upon his significant business and tax proficiency.
Beyond his role as counsel to their businesses, Tom serves high-net-worth individuals and business owners in their estate planning goals and succession plans. While obtaining significant experience representing trustees and beneficiaries in probate and trust disputes, he develops strategies for estate tax minimization and creates domestic and offshore trust arrangements as part of an overall estate plan.
Tom serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Republic Bank and is Vice Chairman of the Board at the National Hellenic Museum, an institution he was instrumental in founding.

Memberships and Honors

Tom is a past president and active member of the Hellenic Bar Association (HBA).  He is licensed to practice law in Illinois and in Federal Court.
He has been honored with numerous awards for his legal and advocacy work, including:
“40 under 40 attorneys to watch in Illinois,” 2013.


DePaul University College of Law J.D., L.L.M., Law 1995 – 1998
DePaul University – Charles H. Kellstadt Graduate School of Business MBA, Finance 1995 – 1998
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign – College of Business B.S., Finance 1991 – 1995

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