Scott Falk is a partner in Kirkland's Chicago office, focusing primarily on mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance advice for public company clients. His broad base of experience includes negotiated mergers, tender and exchange offers, joint ventures, acquisitions and divestitures of subsidiaries and divisions of public companies, activism defense and securities law counseling. Scott has also structured and negotiated numerous cross-border investments and acquisitions, both in-bound and out-bound.


Thought Leadership


Review of "Representing the Corporate Client: Designs for Quality," 47 The Business Lawyer 1739 (1992).


In September 2019 in Chicago and New York, Scott will co-chair the Practicing Law Institute seminar “Hot Topics in Mergers and Acquisitions 2019.” Scott has co-chaired the same seminar since 2006.

In 2012, Scott acted as chairman for the Ray Garrett Jr. Corporate and Securities Law Institute in Chicago, and has chaired several panels at the Garrett Institute on various M&A topics, including the 2016 panel “Hot Topics in M&A,” the 2014 panel “When the Challenge Goes Public” and the 2013 panel “Avoiding Pitfalls in M&A Transactions.”

In January 2017, 2018 and 2019, Scott participated on the “Hot Topics in Mergers & Acquisitions” panel at the Securities Regulation Institute in Coronado, California, and will participate again on that panel in January 2020.


Best Lawyers “Lawyer of the Year” in Chicago for Mergers and Acquisitions Law, 2018, and for Corporate Governance Law, 2019

Chambers Global, The World's Leading Lawyers for Business, 2012–2019

Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business, 2004–2019

The Best Lawyers in America, Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate Governance & Compliance Law, 2006–2019

The Legal 500 U.S., Mergers & Acquisitions, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2013–2018

Who’s Who Legal: M&A and Governance, 2007–2015, 2017

Selected as One of Chicago's Top 10 M&A Lawyers, Chicago Lawyer, January 2005

Memberships & Affiliations

American Red Cross

  • Immediate Past Chairman, National Philanthropic Board; Current Board Member

American Red Cross of Greater Chicago

  • Past Chairman of the Board; Current Board Member

Chicago Humanities Festival

  • Chairman of the Board

Harvard Law School Leadership Council


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 1989Illinois


  • Harvard Law SchoolJ.D.cum laude1989
  • Harvard CollegeA.B., Governmentmagna cum laude1985