Lawrence G. Staat

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Lawrence G. Staat

Lawrence G. Staat has extensive experience in the areas of state and federal taxation, mergers and acquisitions, private placements, property sales and exchanges, employee compensation and benefits, estate planning, asset protection, succession planning, tax planning, and tax controversies.  Larry counsels business owners and senior executives in matters affecting their businesses and personal estates.

For over 45 years, Larry has developed and implemented successful tax-wise plans for transactions involving businesses, real estate, investments, employment, gifts, and inheritance, often utilizing sophisticated techniques to achieve the desired tax results.  He has litigated tax controversies before the United States Tax Court on behalf of both taxpayers and the IRS.


  • DePaul University, M.S., Taxation, 1977
  • Depaul University, J.D., 1974
  • University of Illinois, B.S., Finance (cum laude), 1971


  • American Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Chicago Estate Planning Council
  • Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) Chicago
  • Midwest Business Brokers and Intermediaries
  • Oxford Academy, Trustee


  • State of Illinois
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Tax Court
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois

Awards & Honors

  • Illinois Super Lawyer (2007)
  • Named to the Illinois Leading Lawyer list for Closely & Privately Held Business Law; Tax Law; Business (2006-2019)

Speeches & Publications

IRC754: Partnership and Pass-Through Entity Basis Adjustments, Strafford Seminars, January 21, 2014

"Succession Planning for Business Owners," The National Bank of Commerce-SNSF Business Seminar Series, Addison, IL, October 12, 2006

"Transitioning From Work to Retirement," JRWaters Seminar, Chicago, IL, October 2005

"Illinois Partnership Distributions," Lorman Education Services Seminars, June 2005, 2004, 2003

"Estate Planning Techniques for Residences and IRAs," Financial Planning Association-Chicago Chapter, Chicago, IL, November 2003


"The Basics of Business Succession Planning," February 21, 2008

"Succession Planning For Business Owners," October 26, 2006


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