Gary Kanter


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  • Illinois
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • United States Tax Court
  • United States Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit
  • Illinois Bar


  • L.L.M. in Taxation, Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology
  • J.D., Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology, Webster Burke Honor Scholarship Recipient – five out of six semesters
  • B.A. with distinction in Economics, the University of Illinois, 1992

With more than 24 years of legal and accounting experience, Gary Kanter has built a reputation as a strategic thinker, a creative problem solver and a responsive and dedicated lawyer and counselor. He brings a wealth of knowledge to his tax, business law and estate planning practices.

As a shareholder of Gensburg Calandriello & Kanter, P.C., Gary’s practice focuses on federal and state tax controversy matters, transactional work, mergers and acquisitions, commercial litigation, estate planning and administration, and asset protection matters. He is also actively involved in managing GCK’s business operations.

Gary has extensive experience representing clients on tax controversy matters before the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), including negotiating numerous installment agreements, penalty abatement requests, trust fund penalty assessments, income tax audits and Offers in Compromise. His work before the IRS has delivered landmark settlements for clients, reducing income tax liabilities and saving them millions of dollars. He also assists clients with foreign account compliance and disclosure requirements. Gary works extensively with the Illinois Department of Revenue on income, sales and payroll tax matters. He also handles cases in the Circuit Courts of Cook, Lake, DuPage, Will and McHenry counties, as well the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

Within the firm’s private client services and wealth management practice, Gary directs estate plan development, and trust and probate administration for a number of the firm’s family and individual clients. Gary’s law practice also entails extensive transactional work, including establishing new corporations and limited liability companies, drafting contracts and representing business owners in both asset and stock sales.

Gary has served as the Chairman of the Chicago Bar Association’s Asset Protection Committee, where he developed and directed continuing legal education programs on a monthly basis. In addition, he regularly speaks to industry groups, including the Illinois CPA Society and the Illinois Independent Accountants Association, about a broad range of asset management, tax and business law issues.

Gary resides in the Northshore suburbs with his wife and two college age children. In his spare time, he enjoys international travel and playing basketball.