Appeals Resources

Property Tax Appeals 

The Preservation Compact’s property tax policy working group recommends that affordable multifamily rental owners appeal the assessed value of their properties. 

For more information about the appeals process, read our Guide to Appealing Your Property Taxes for multifamily property owners.   Additional resources are available through the Cook County Assessor’s Office, the Cook County Board of Review, and through your Township Assessor.

The Preservation Compact offers the list of property tax appeal attorneys and practitioners below as a resource to property owners but does not endorse any particular practitioner, attorney, or firm. Property owners should contact representatives directly. 

Property owners do not need an attorney to appeal their assessment to the Cook County Assessor’s Office. 

It is typical for attorneys and practitioners to work for either a flat fee or a contingent fee. Under a flat fee arrangement, the owner agrees to pay the representative a fixed amount per year of the three year triennial assessment and the fee is payable regardless of the results of the appeal. An alternative fee arrangement is a contingent fee agreement, meaning there will be no fee unless the appeal is successful, and payment will be a percentage of the savings in the first year of the triennial re-assessment resulting from the appeal. If the fee is contingent upon a reduction in assessed value, an attorney or practitioner may charge a nominal fee to open a file. In all cases, fees are negotiable as to the amount of a flat fee or the percentage of savings in taxes that a contingent fee is based upon. 

Questions or concerns should be directed to Stacie Young at stacie.young@cicchicago.com.

Appeals Representatives:

 

Attorneys/Law Firms

Charles J. Masters & Associates, Ltd. 
Charles Masters, Esq.
340 W. Diversey Parkway
Chicago, Illinois 60657 
(773) 244-0100 
 www.lawcjm.com 

Elliott & Associates Attorneys, PC 
Michael Elliot 
1430 Lee Street 
Des Plaines, Illinois 60018 
(847) 298-8300 
mike@elliottlaw.com
www.elliottlaw.com 

Enterprise Law Group, LLP 
George J. Relias
150 S. Wacker Drive 
Suite 1600
Chicago, Illinois 60606 
(312) 428-3021 direct 
grelias@enterpriselg.com
www.enterpriselg.com       
              
Madigan & Getzendanner
Jeffrey A. Holland 
30 North LaSalle, Suite 3906 
Chicago, Illinois  60602 
(312) 551-3310 
jholland@madigetz.com 

McCracken, McCracken & Behrens, P.C.
Jennifer Truong
111 West Washington Street, Suite 1540
Chicago, Illinois 60602
(312) 263-4308
jtruong@mmbtaxlaw.com
www.mmbtaxlaw.com            

Miner, Barnhill & Galland, PC 
William Miceli, Esq. 
14 W Erie Street 
Chicago, Illinois 60654 
(312) 751-1170 
wmiceli@lawmbg.com 

Raila & Associates, PC
Andrea Raila, Sr. Tax Analyst
747 North LaSalle Street, Suite 700 
Chicago, Illinois 60654 
(312) 587-9494 
araila@railaandassociatespc.com 
www.railaandassociatespc.com
              
Rieff Schramm Kanter & Guttman 
Glenn Guttman
100 N LaSalle, 23rd Floor
Chicago, Illinois 60602 
(312) 372-2500
gguttman@realproptax.com 
www.rskglaw.com
                           
Romanoff & Dickett, LTD 
William Romanoff 
111 W Washington St, Suite 1525 
Chicago, Illinois 60602 
(312) 368-8750 
Bill_r@sbcglobal.net 
              
Rubin & Norris, LLC 
Donald Rubin 
205 West Wacker Drive, Suite 705 
Chicago, Illinois 60606 
(312) 263-1360, extension 17 
dtrubin@propertytaxattorneys.com 
www.propertytaxattorneys.com   
              
Sarnoff & Baccash
Steven Kandelman
One N. LaSalle Street, Suite 1920
Chicago, Illinois 60602
(312) 782-8310
skandelman@sarnoffbaccash.com
www.sarnoffbaccash.com   
              
Schoenberg Finkel Newman & Rosenberg, LLC
G. Terence Nader
222 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2100 
Chicago, Illinois 60606 
(312) 648-2300
terry.nader@sfnr.com 
www.sfnr.com   
              
Worsek & Vihon LLP 
Nicholas McIntyre 
180 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 3010 
Chicago, Illinois 60601 
Direct: (312) 917-2314 
Main: (312) 368-0091 
nmcintyre@wvproptax.com 
www.wvproptax.com

Consulting Firms

J Stein Property Tax Consultants 
Mike P. Sweeney
185 North Franklin, Suite 201
Chicago, Illinois 60606 
(312) 407-9400 
msweeney@jsteintaxes.com
www.jsteintaxes.com

Robert Clark and Associates
Robert A. Clark
111 N. Wheaton Avenue, Unit 408
Wheaton, Illinois 60187
(630) 668-1360
advalrom@aol.com

Stella Black Real Estate Consultants
Stella Black
100 N. LaSalle, Suite 810
Chicago, Illinois 60602
(312) 701-0079
Fax: (312) 638-0989
proptaxms@aol.com