Joel S. Polisky

Joel S. Polisky

Chicago, IL


Joel is a seasoned transactional lawyer who represents closely held businesses, often as general counsel, in connection with planning and implementing business strategies and a wide range of transactions, among them the disposition and acquisition of assets and entity structuring. His clients are engaged in a broad array of businesses, including manufacturing, retail, health care, and business and personal services.

Joel provides estate planning services and handles estate administration for families, business owners, corporate executives and professionals. He also counsels clients regarding issues associated with the preservation and transfer of wealth.

He represents owners of all types of commercial, industrial and office real estate in a range of real estate matters, including property acquisitions and dispositions, leasing and financing.

Joel has spoken on new tax legislation before the Chicago Bar Association's Tax Committee and has authored articles for the Illinois Tax Newsletter.



The John Marshall Law School
J.D., 1979
DePaul University
M.B.A., 1976
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
B.S., 1974

Court Admissions

U.S. Tax Court

Professional Organizations

  • Chicago Bar Association, Tax Committee
  • Illinois State Bar Association


Joel serves on the Professional Advisory Committee of the Jewish United Fund, the Advisory Board of the Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association and previously on the Board of Directors of DIFFA/Chicago (The Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS). He also volunteers time with a number of charitable organizations.

Insights & Events



  • Illinois Super Lawyers, 2005
  • Leading Lawyers Network, Closely & Privately Held Business Law, Tax Law: Business and Tax Law: Individual, 2007-2022
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