Ellen G. Berkshireis a Founding Partner at Verros Berkshire, PC, in Chicago, where she concentrates her practice in representing commercial, industrial, and residential property owners in Cook County and throughout Illinois and Michigan. She is a member of the Chicago and Illinois State Bar Associations, the International Association of Assessing Officers, and the Women’s Property Tax Association (Founding Member and Treasurer). Ms. Berkshire earned her B.A. from Indiana University, her M.S. from Ball State University, and her J.D. from IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law.
Jeffrey S. Blumenthalis a Partner at Slutzky & Blumenthal in Chicago, where he concentrates his practice in tax sales, tax deed litigation, and appeals. He has served as an adjunct professor of law at UIC John Marshall Law School, teaching legal writing and research skills. He is a member of the Chicago and Illinois State Bar Associations and the Decalogue Society of Lawyers. Mr. Blumenthal served as Chair of the Chicago Bar Association Real Estate Taxation Committee and the Chicago Bar Association Tax Sale/Tax Deed Subcommittee. He has also served as a moderator and panel member at numerous CBA and IICLE® seminars. He earned his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and his J.D. with high honors from IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law.
Bradley R. Braemer is an appraiser at Real Estate Analysis Corp., in Chicago, where he focuses on commercial real estate appraisals. He is holds Member Appraisal Institute (MAI) and Appraisal Institute – General Review Specialist (AI-GRS) designations. He is also a member of the Wisconsin Real Estate Alumni Association. Mr. Braemer earned his B.B.A. from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.
Lauren C. Elliott is a Principal at Elliott & Associates, PC, in Des Plaines, where she concentrates her practice in real estate tax and incentives. She has been selected as an Emerging Lawyer (2017, 2018, 2019, 2020) and selected as a Super Lawyers Rising Star (2020). Ms, Elliott served as Speaker for the State and Local Taxation Section of the ISBA on Property Tax updates (Jan. 30, 2020). She earned her B.S from Indianan University-Kelley School of Business, and her J.D. from IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law where she was a member of the Dean’s list and an active participant in the Chicago Kent Trial Advocacy Program.
David R. Gray, Jr. is the Owner and Principal of The Law Offices of David R. Gray, Jr., Ltd., in Chicago, where he concentrates on real estate litigation. He is a member of the American Land Title Association, the Chicago and Illinois State Bar Associations, and is a former Chair of the CBA Real Estate Taxation Committee. Mr. Gray earned his B.A. from the College of Charleston and his J.D. from Valparaiso University Law School.
Michael J. Kelly is President of Real Estate Analysis Corporation in Chicago, where he focuses on commercial and industrial appraisals. He holds the professional designations of Member Appraisal Institute (MAI), Senior Real Property Appraiser (SRPA), and Appraisal Institute – General Review Specialist (AI-GRS). Mr. Kelly earned his B.A. from Western Illinois University and his M.B.A. from the University of Chicago.
Dana Deen Kinion has served as Of Counsel to the law firm of Zack Stamp, Ltd., in Springfield, since June 2007, and focuses her practice on local, state, and federal tax issues. Ms. Kinion is a member of the Illinois Property Tax Appeal Board, a board seat she has held since 2016. She is also an adjunct professor at the University of Illinois at Springfield, teaching federal income taxation. Ms. Kinion is a former associate counsel in both sales tax and income tax at the Illinois Department of Revenue. She is also a Former Chair of the Sangamon County Board of Review. Ms. Kinion is a graduate of Texas A&M University, obtained her law degree from the University of Tulsa, and received her LL.M. in Taxation from Southern Methodist University.
Thomas J. McNulty is a Partner at Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP, in Chicago, where he concentrates his practice in real estate taxation. He is a member of the International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO), recipient of the Bernard L. Barnard Outstanding Technical Essay Award (2019), has been acknowledged as among The Best Lawyers in America (recommended in “Litigation - Real Estate/Real Estate Law, Special Focus: Tax” (2010 – current), and named an Illinois Super Lawyer (recommended in “Tax: Business,” 2005, 2006, 2013 – 2019). Mr. McNulty is a member of the International Association of Assessing Officers, the Institute for Professionals in Taxation, and the Illinois State Bar Association, where he serves on the State and Local Taxation Section Council.He earned his B.S. cum laude from the University of Notre Dame and his J.D. magna cum laude from Rutgers Law School.
John W. VanSanten is Managing Director for Stout Risius Ross, Inc., in Chicago, where he focuses on real estate appraisals. He holds the professional designations of Appraisal Institute – General Review Specialist (AI-GRS), Member Appraisal Institute (MAI), and Counselor of Real Estate (CRE). Mr. VanSanten is a member of the Chicago Real Estate Council (Past President), the Institute for Professionals in Taxation, and the American Health Lawyers Association. He earned his B.A. from Augustana College and his M.B.A. from DePaul University.
Melissa K. Whitley is a senior associate at Elliott & Associates, PC, in Des Plaines, where she focuses her practice on real property taxes and real property tax incentives. She was a member of the Cook County Incentive Working Group (2018 – 2019) and a member of the Illinois State and American Bar Association. Ms. Whitley earned her B.S. from Illinois State University and her J.D. from UIC John Marshal Law School.