Thompson Coburn is pleased to announce that Tom Boyle has joined the Real Estate Tax Assessment practice as a partner in Chicago. He joins the firm from Burke, Warren, MacKay & Serritella, P.C.
Tom helps commercial, industrial and residential property owners challenge their property tax assessments to capture significant long-term cost savings on their tax liability. Tom attains substantial savings through tax assessment challenges, property tax exemptions, state and local property tax incentives, local government property tax finance and related litigation.
Tom started building his career in real estate tax law early on as an Assistant State's Attorney in Cook County’s Real Estate Tax Division where he worked for more than five years, a background that helps Tom guide his clients through the appeals process more smoothly.
Aside from representing individual clients, Tom has led litigation on behalf of multiple taxpayers, inducing the first successful real estate tax-related class action in Illinois. In that case, Khaldoun Fakhoury v. Maria Pappas, Cook County Treasurer and Ex Officio County Collector, Tom served as co-counsel and secured a $14 million judgment on behalf of 23,256 taxpayers in a ruling that was affirmed by the Appellate Court and the Illinois Supreme Court. The litigation, which stretched over seven years, was based on the Cook County Treasurer's misapplication of a statute relating to interest rates paid on property tax refunds.
Winning another major victory for taxpayers, Tom acted as trial counsel for Chicago taxpayers in a landmark case relating to the legality of certain property tax levies, where the judgment entered in favor of the taxpayers exceeded $40 million – the largest property tax judgment in Illinois history.
Tom received his J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law.
About Thompson Coburn’s Real Estate Tax Assessment practice
The firm’s Real Estate Tax Assessment practice covers a variety of properties, including leasehold interests, commercial office buildings, retail properties, hotels, hospitals, restaurants, industrial properties, apartment buildings, condominium complexes, vacant land, and ongoing construction projects in need of interim relief. Our services include representation, evidence analysis, strategic planning, negotiations and filing appeals with assessment officials at the county level, the Property Tax Appeal Board, and/or various county circuit courts.
About Thompson Coburn
Thompson Coburn is a full-service law firm with 380 attorneys across the country, practicing in more than 40 areas of law. In 2015, the firm was listed among the 25 law firms nationwide that general counsel endorsed for each of the past five years in the Most Recommended Law Firms report by BTI Consulting Group, the nation's leading provider of strategic research to law firms and general counsel. In 2014, the firm was selected as one of the top 30 firms in the nation for providing exceptional client service, also as ranked by BTI.
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