R. STEPHEN SCOTT, J.D., CPA, is a founding partner of Scott & Scott, P.C. Steve received a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Marquette University in 1972. He was qualified as a Certified Public Accountant by the University of Illinois in 1975, and graduated with honors from IIT-Chicago Kent College of Law in 1977, where he earned a Juris Doctor degree. Steve is admitted to practice before the United States District Courts for the Central and Southern Districts of Illinois, the United States Tax Court, and the Illinois Supreme, Appellate and Circuit Courts. In November 2014 Steve was admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court.
Steve is an Adjunct Professor of Commercial Law at the University of Illinois in Springfield (UIS), where he has been teaching in the Accounting Department for nearly 40 years. He is also a Regent of the American College of Attorney-Certified Public Accountants.
Steve holds leadership positions in several professional organizations. He is past President and director of the American Association of Attorney-Certified Public Accountants (AAA-CPA), and Chair of the Corporate Law Department Section Council of the Illinois State Bar Association. He is a member of and formerly served as the President and a Director of the Illinois Association of Attorney-Certified Public Accountants (IAA-CPA) and is a member of the American Inns of Court, Lincoln-Douglas Chapter.
He has served the community through participation in civic, charitable and educational groups. He was President of Kids-at-Heart, Inc., which built and operated the Ronald McDonald House in Springfield, Illinois. Steve was formerly the Commodore of Island Bay Yacht Club and President of the Springfield Ski Club. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Sangamo Club.
Steve concentrates his law practice in Estate Planning and Administration, Corporate and Commercial Law, Taxation and Tax Court, Real Estate and Commercial Bankruptcy (primarily Chapter 11 cases). He frequently lectures for the American Business Institute and participates in estate planning lectures with the AAA-CPA, and various financial organizations.