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Scott Malin

Adjunct Professor

Scott Malin is a partner at Lathrop Gage and serves on the firm’s Executive Committee, is the Chair of the firm’s Business Division and is a member of the wealth strategies practice area. His practice focuses on succession planning, estate planning and administration, taxation, charitable planning, and general business law for individuals, privately held businesses and families. Within those practice areas, Mr. Malin counsels clients on the preservation and transfer of wealth in a tax-efficient manner and advises business owners in the transition of ownership, management and control of private businesses.

Mr. Malin is an Adjunct Professor at the Washington University School of Law in the Master’s of Taxation Program, where he teaches a class in Closely Held Business and Succession Planning. He is a frequent lecturer and speaker on succession planning, estate planning and tax issues for various organizations including The Missouri Bar, the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, and the University of Missouri – Kansas City.

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  • Education

    Washington University School of Law, J.D., 1989

    Indiana University, B.S., 1986

  • Courses
    • Closely-Held Business & Succession Planning
  • Areas of Expertise
  • Publications


    • Author, Countdown to 2013: Uncertainty Requires Flexibility in Estate Planning, Life & Health Advisor, April 2012
    • Co-Author, The Fundamentals of Business Succession Planning, The St. Louis Bar Journal, Fall 2003
    • Author, Fiduciary Income Tax Issues For Closely Held Business Interests, Probate & Property, March/April 2003
    • Author, Self-Canceling Installment Notes Maintain Estate Planning Usefulness, Practical Tax Strategies, September 2000
    • Author, Strategies For Handling Difficult Fiduciary Income Tax Issues, Estate Planning, November 1998
    • Author, Asset Management Issues, The St. Louis Bar Journal, Winter 1997
    • Author, Planning For The Allocation of Administration Expenses to Income Under Hubert, Journal of Taxation, April 1996
    • Author, Crummey Withdrawal Rights: Watch Your Step, Probate & Property, March/April 1996
    • Author, Sales Mortgages, Leases and Exchanges, Chapter 6 of Estate Administration, The Missouri Bar CLE



  • Activity and Affiliations


    • Illinois Bar
    • Missouri Bar
    • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
    • U.S. Tax Court
    • Productive Living Board, Board Member
    • Covenant Place, Board of Directors and President
    • Disciplinary Hearing Officer for the Supreme Court of Missouri
    • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, Business Planning Committee
    • Estate Planning Council of St. Louis
    • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, Past President, Probate and Trust Law Steering Committee
    • The Missouri Bar, Probate and Trust Committee
    • Illinois State Bar Association
    • American Bar Association, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section
    • Member of St. Louis Regional Advisory Board of the Salvation Army
    • St. Louis Children’s Hospital Foundation – Legacy Advisor


  • Honors and Awards


    • Selected as a Lawyer of the Year, byThe Best Lawyers in America® – Closely Held Companies and Family Business Law – St. Louis,2018
    • Selected among The Best Lawyers in America®, 2010-2018
    • Selected for Missouri/Kansas Super Lawyers, 2005-2017
    • Recognized as Leading Practitioner of Private Wealth Law by Chambers High Net Worth Guide, 2017
    • Selected as one of the “Top 100 Attorneys” from Missouri and Kansas by Missouri/Kansas Super Lawyers 2011-2012, 2014-2017
    • Selected as one of the “Top 50 Attorneys” in St. Louis by Missouri/Kansas Super Lawyers in 2013 – 2017
    • Fellow, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
    • Martindale-Hubbell® “AV” Rating
    • Order of the Coif
    • Editorial Staff Member, Washington University Law Quarterly, 1987-1989