Samuel J. Skorepa joined Lane & Waterman in 2010 and focuses primarily on estate planning, probate, and trust administration as well as real estate transactions and development. He also assists corporations, limited liability companies, and other entities with formation, structure, and advises on general business, contractual issues, mergers and acquisitions, governance, due diligence, and compliance. Additionally, Sam advises Non-Profits on formation, tax exemption, and governance matters.
Sam has been recognized by Super Lawyers as a Rising Star, in Corporate & Business Law in 2013 and Estate & Probate Law from 2015 through 2018. In 2013, Sam was recognized on the Iowa State Bar Association’s Pro Bono Honor Roll, and serves as a Co-Chair of Lane & Waterman’s robust Pro Bono program, including initiatives in both Illinois and Iowa. Sam is a member of the American Bar Association, Iowa State Bar Association, Scott County Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association, Rock Island County Bar Association, and the Quad City Estate Planning Council.
Sam is very active in the Quad Cities community, currently serving as Board Member and Vice-Chairperson of the Center for Alcohol and Drug Services, Board of Trustees Member and Vice-Chairperson of the Robert Young Center, Board of Trustees Member and Secretary of the Figge Art Museum and also chairs its Governance Committee, is a United Way Young Leader, the Immediate Past President of the Quad Cities Estate Planning Council, and Tax Preparer for the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program. He also is a frequent presenter on various estate planning topics around the Quad Cities.
Sam received his B.B.A., with distinction, from the University of Iowa and his J.D., cum laude, from Creighton University School of Law. He resides in Davenport with his wife Abbey and daughters, Ella and Kailani.
University of Iowa (B.B.A. Finance, with distinction, 2007)
Creighton University School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 2010)
Iowa – 2010
Illinois – 2011
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Iowa – 2010
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Iowa – 2010
U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois – 2011
Member, American Bar Association
Member, Iowa State Bar Association
Member, Scott County Bar Association
Member, Illinois State Bar Association
Member, Rock Island County Bar Association
Member, Quad City Estate Planning Council
• Iowa State Bar Association Pro Bono Honor Roll – 2013
• Listed in Super Lawyers Rising Stars list (Estate Planning and Probate Law) 2014-2020
• Listed in Super Lawyers Rising Stars list (Corporate & Business Law)
Board of Directors, Regional Development Authority (2020-Present)
Board of Trustees, Figge Art Museum (2017-Present); Secretary (2019-Present); Governance Committee Chair (2019-Present)
Board of Trustees, Robert Young Center (2017-Present); Vice-Chair (2019-Present)
Board of Directors, Center for Alcohol and Drug Services (CADS) (2013-Present); Vice-President (2017-Present)
Board of Directors, Quad City Estate Planning Council (2015-2020); Immediate Past President (2019-2020); President (2018-2019); Vice-President (2017-2018), Secretary (2016-2017); Treasurer (2015-2016)
Tax Preparer, IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program (2015-Present)
Member, United Way Young Leaders (2012-Present)
Presenter, “Give a Gift: Get an Income: What Your Advisors Should Tell You about Gifts That Pay You an Income for Life,” Quad City Planned Giving Council Seminar, August 16, 2017, Davenport, Iowa.
Presenter, “Estate Planning for Millennials,” Genesis Health Services Foundation Wills & Trusts Seminar, March 22, 2016, Davenport, Iowa.
Presenter, “Handling Claims Against the Estate and Tax Reporting and Post-Mortem Tax Matters,” National Business Institute seminar “The Probate Process from Start to Finish”, October 7, 2015, Davenport, Iowa.
Panelist, “Non-Profit Board Governance Training Series: Fiduciary Duties, Financial Responsibilities and Best Practices,” Panelist, United Way of the Quad Cities Non-Profit Board Governance Series, September 2, 2015, Davenport, Iowa.
Panelist, “Powers of Attorney and Advanced Directives for Low-Income Clients,” Fourteenth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee’s partnership with Prairie State Legal Services and the Public Interest Law Initiative, April 28, 2015, Moline, IL.
Presenter, “Estate and Retirement Planning for 2014 and Beyond,” American Taxpayer Relief Act and Affordable Care Act, sponsored by Genesis Health Services Foundation, April 22, 2014, Davenport, Iowa.
Presenter,”Estate Planning 101,” Genesis Health Services Foundation Community Outreach Seminar, October 2, 2013, Davenport, Iowa.
The Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) has named Lane & Waterman to their 2021 Pro Bono Recognition Roster.
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