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Scott F. Hessell, Partner

Scott F. Hessell

Scott Hessell has represented clients in complex commercial disputes throughout the country in both state and federal courts, as well as arbitration tribunals.  He co-leads Sperling & Slater's tax shelter liability practice which has successfully recovered in excess of $70,000,000 for the firm's clients from the professionals who designed, marketed and implemented sham tax strategies in the late 1990's and early 2000's.

Prior to joining Sperling & Slater in 2006, Mr. Hessell spent four years as a litigation associate at the Chicago office of Kirkland & Ellis and also served as a law clerk to the Hon. Karen LeCraft Henderson (D.C. Cir.).

Recent Accomplishments

  • Named an Illinois "Rising Star" in business litigation and general litigation in Superlawyers magazine's peer review survey in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.


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  • University of Chicago Law School (J.D. 2001)
    • with Honors
  • University of Michigan (B.A. in Political Science 1997)

Memberships and Professional Affiliations

  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Decalogue Society
  • National Urban Debate League (Chicago Debate Commission)
  • University of Michigan Debate Alumni Association
  • Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School


  • Illinois (2001)
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (Trial Bar, 2008)