Scott E. Squillace is a business, tax and estate planning attorney with 32 years of experience practicing law.
He is admitted to practice law in Massachusetts, New York and Washington D.C. and has been admitted to the Bar in Paris, France as an Avocat. Scott began his practice career as a corporate attorney at Skadden Arps where he assisted in opening its Paris and Moscow offices in the early 1990’s. During his time at Skadden he did significant private and public company corporate and securities work as well as international transactional work from the firm’s New York, D.C. and Hong Kong offices as well as Paris and Moscow.
Scott has significant business counseling experience as an in-house corporate attorney, first as General Counsel for Levi Strauss & Co.’s European division based in Brussels and later as the first General Counsel for Grand Circle Travel, a privately held Boston-based travel company. He also served as European Counsel for Cabot Corporation in Boston, a NYSE public company. He lived and worked in Europe for 10 years and has travelled and worked extensively throughout Asia, Latin America and Europe.
As the founder of Squillace & Associates, P.C. – a boutique law firm in Boston’s historic Back Bay – Scott now specializes in estate and business planning matters including tax and philanthropic planning for high net worth individuals and families. His practice includes estate planning needs for international clientele, corporate executives, small business owners, physicians, attorneys, and other professionals. He has a focus on helping same sex couples and members of the LGBT community with their unique planning needs and authored Whether to Wed: A Legal and Tax Guide for Gay and Lesbian Couples. He is a Certified Master Trustee by the Independent Trustee Alliance (ITA) and holds the designation of Accredited Estate Planner (AEP) from the National Association of Estate Planners & Councils (NAEPC).
Scott was appointed by Governor Deval Patrick in 2014 to serve on a Commission to study needs of the LGBT elder community. Scott served as Founder and Co-Chair of the Equality Fund, an endowment for the LGBT Community established at The Boston Foundation. He is a member of the Board of Directors for the Boston Estate Planning Council and a Certified Legacy Advisor of The Sunbridge Legacy Institute. He also currently serves as a Trustee to Eastern Bank and on the Board of Directors of The Boston Foundation. He has been a columnist for Practical Estate Planning and lectures and writes frequently on estate and business planning as well as charitable giving strategies and planning for the LGBT community.
He holds his bachelor’s degree from Fordham University in New York; has studied at the Sorbonne University in Paris and earned his J.D. from the Columbus School of Law at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.