Gary H. Smith, Chicago Property Tax Appeals Lawyer

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  • Gary H. Smith, Chicago Property Tax Appeals Lawyer

    Gary Smith, property tax appeals expert in Chicago and Collar Counties

    Gary H. Smith has represented thousands of property owners on tax assessment and tax appeals.

    Gary H. Smith, the principal in Law Offices of Gary H. Smith, P.C., is a long-time champion for the accuracy, transparency and fairness in the property tax assessment process.

    Over the past 30 years, he has represented virtually thousands of property owners on matters related to property tax assessments and tax appeals for all types of residential, commercial and industrial properties. Gary has saved his clients literally tens of millions of dollars in tax savings through successful appeals.

    Advocate for Property Owners

    A zealous advocate on behalf of property owners, Gary served on the City of Chicago’s Property Tax Advisory Council in 2008. In 2006, he was a consultant on a study for the University of Illinois, Institute of Government and Public Affairs on the economic effects of the 7 percent assessment cap in Cook County. He has helped draft numerous pieces of legislation that would benefit property tax payers.

    Gary is a vice president of the Illinois Property Tax Lawyers Association (IPTLA).

    He is vice president of the Illinois State Bar Association’s State & Local Taxation Section Council for the 2014-15 fiscal year; previously he was secretary and legislative liaison. He is a board member of the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity International, Chicago Alumni Chapter.

    A past chairperson of the Real Estate Taxation Committee of the Chicago Bar Association (CBA), he also served as the CBA’s legislative liaison.

    Gary is chairman of the board of directors of the Jane Addams Resource Corporation (JARC) and he is a member of the board of the Jane Addams Delta Development Corporation (JADDC).

    He is a former member of a Chicago Local School Council and served as secretary of the Ravenswood Manor Improvement Association.

    Shaping Cook County Property Tax Policy

    As a tireless advocate for property tax payers, Gary’s valuable input helped shape property tax policy and procedures in Cook County. He has testified before the State Legislature in real estate taxation matters, and is frequently invited as a speaker to  numerous professional, community and business groups on matters related to property tax appeals in Chicago and Cook County. He takes a particular interest in helping these groups revitalize their business districts and neighborhoods.


    • J.D., Washington University, 1980
    • B.S., Political Science, University of North Carolina, 1975

    Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice

    • Illinois and Georgia, 1980

    Send us some basic information about your property and Gary will start analyzing your tax appeals case immediately. Use our contact page to get in touch with our Chicago and Cook County property tax appeals experts.

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