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Stan M. Lazar

Managing Partner
TEL: 312.275.0943FAX: 312.726.2657

Stan Lazar, an attorney and CPA, is co-managing partner overseeing the SS&H consulting practice which specializes in business planning with an emphasis on tax efficiency. He has extensive experience working with large real estate, private investment and hedge funds, manufacturing, distribution, construction and professional services organizations. He also has extensive knowledge and experience negotiating with institutional investors and lenders for private equity funds. Mr. Lazar advises owners, fund managers and executives on a variety of issues, including:

  • Analyzing the structure and tax consequences in all phases of client business transactions
  • Structuring investment funds
  • Structuring large and complex real estate transactions and assessing tax efficiency, including 1031 exchanges and capital restructurings
  • Estate planning and wealth transfer for high net worth individuals 
  • Formulating and reviewing business plans to obtain financing for new business start-ups, acquisitions and joint ventures
  • International joint ventures
  • Offshore investor structuring
  • Leading due diligence for investment, acquisition or sale of businesses and real estate operations
  • Providing consulting to family-owned businesses and transitional control to younger generations including retirement and compensation programs
  • International income tax structure and planning
  • Providing expert testimony in complex litigation
  • Assessing business valuation for acquisition and divestitures of operating companies
  • Tax controversy representation for both federal and state audits
  • Providing personal financial consulting and estate planning for business owners and high net worth individuals, including exit strategies

Additionally, Mr. Lazar is a recognized expert witness for civil and criminal litigation involving accounting, real estate, divorce and income tax claims. He has provided consulting pertaining to the calculation of damages for lawsuits and has testified in cases before the United States Court for the Seventh Circuit as well as most Chicagoland district courts. He has specific skills structuring financial ventures for his clients with public institutional investors, pension funds and mezzanine debt providers.

As a co-managing partner, Mr. Lazar is responsible for the oversight of overall firm planning, development and marketing initiatives.

Mr. Lazar has served on the board of directors of a major Chicago real estate developer, a Chicago-area bank, and has held director and advisory board positions for several other privately held companies. He has authored articles for many tax and real estate publications and lectures at continuing professional education seminars covering current issues in real estate, partnership and corporate taxation. Mr. Lazar began his career at Shepard Schwartz & Harris as a college intern.

Professional Activity

  • American Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Illinois CPA Society
  • Building Owners and Managers Association


  • Certified Public Accountant
  • Licensed Attorney (Illinois)


  • J.D., with distinction, The John Marshall Law School—Winner of Best Brief and Oral Argument in the National Tax Competition held in New York
  • B.S., DePaul University