I focus my law practice in the areas of real estate tax assessments, property tax incentives and tax exemptions. I have extensive experience representing a variety of property owners including REIT's, multi-unit residential and condominium properties, commercial and industrial properties, as well as downtown Chicago office buildings, hotels/motels, parking lots, gas stations and restaurants.
My experience in litigation is extensive. Currently I maintain a docket of over 100 active cases in Circuit Court seeking to obtain property tax refunds on behalf of my clients' property assets.
In 2008, I authored the chapter, "Tax Objection Complaints" in the book, “Real Estate Taxation” and co-authored the chapter, “Real Estate Tax Considerations” in the book “Residential Real Estate Transactions” for the Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education. I also co-authored the article “Five Things Every Attorney Should Know About Appealing Their Client’s Real Estate Taxes” appearing in the January, 2004 edition of the “CBA Record”.
I was the former Chairman, Legislative Liaison, and Chairman of the Assessment and Appeals Sub-committee for the Chicago Bar Association's Real Estate Taxation Committee. I have lectured before the Chicago Bar Association’s continuing legal education seminars entitled, "Real Estate Taxation: What You Don't Know Could Hurt You and Your Client" (2010) and “Real Estate Taxation: An Overview for the Non-Specialist” (2005).
Additionally, I have acted as Special Assistant State’s Attorney on behalf of Maria Pappas, Cook County Treasurer, as Trustee of the Indemnity Fund in the defense of a claim against the Indemnity Fund. I have also served on the Cook County Treasurer, Maria Pappas’ Joint Committee for the automation of the Illinois Transfer Tax Form, which is responsible for the design and future implementation of internet accessible filing, fee collection and transmission of the State of Illinois transfer tax information for all real estate transactions in Illinois.
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|IL||Active And Authorized To Practice Law||1993||11/21/2016|
|Partner||Rieff Schramm & Kanter||2001 - Present|
|Associate||Law Offices of Gordon H. Millner||1998 - 2001|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Illinois Property Tax Lawyers Association||Treasurer||2006 - Present|
|International Association of Assessing Officers||Member||2003 - Present|
|Chicago Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Illinois State Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|American Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Illinois Real Estate Lawyers Association||N/A||N/A|
|Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education - Residential Real Estate||Chapter - Real Estate Tax Considerations||2011|
|Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education - Real Estate Taxation||Chapter - Tax Objection Complaints||2008|
|CBA Record||Five Things Every Attorney Should Know About Appealing Their Client’s Real Estate Taxes||2004|
|John Marshall Law School, Chicago||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1990|
|University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign||N/A||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1987|
|Chicago Bar Association - Continuing Legal Education Seminar||Real Estate Taxation: What You Don't Know Could Hurt You and Your Client||2010|
|Chicago Bar Association - Continuing Legal Education Seminar||Real Estate Taxation: An Overview for the Non-Specialist||2005|