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Modern Property Tax Solutions

Fanning Law, LLC is a boutique Chicago law firm concentrating on commercial and industrial property tax appeals and incentives. 


A new kind of property tax law firm

Fanning Law, LLC was created to advise commercial and industrial property owners in navigating the complexities of the Illinois property tax system. 

At a time of nonstop local property tax increases and burdensome regulations,  Fanning Law was created in order to protect clients' rights and represent their best interests. Clients of the firm include corporations, small business owners, property managers, developers, REITs, and national franchises.  

Before founding the firm Mr. Fanning practiced law at another property tax law firm in Chicago. Mr. Fanning began his career as a Policy Director in Cook County government while attending law school at night and on a scholarship. Later he became the Chief of Staff to the Cook County Finance Committee and its Chairman, John P. Daley.  

Mr. Fanning is admitted to practice law in Illinois and has successfully adjudicated appeals before the Cook County Assessor, Cook County Board of Review, DuPage County Board of Review, Lake County Board of Review, Will County Board of Review, Illinois Property Tax Appeal Board, and Cook County Circuit Court. 


A track record of results

  •  Successfully secured a 6b property tax incentive for an industrial facility that was worth in excess of $10 million over the term of the incentive. 

  • Litigated an appeal before the Illinois Property Tax Appeal Board for a nationally branded hotel owner, reducing the valuation of the property by $2,850,000. The subsequent refund on taxes paid was in excess of $250,000. 

  • Unanimously passed a 7c property tax incentive on behalf of a small business owner before the Chicago City Council.

  • Helped draft and pass legislation in Springfield that gave townhome and homeowner associations the right to file a joint appeal at the Illinois Property Tax Appeal Board on behalf of all owners.

  • Adjudicated a certificate of error appeal for a national restaurant franchise owner that resulted in refunds in excess of $140,000 on taxes previously paid.

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  • DePaul University College of Law,
    Juris Doctor with a Business Law certificate

  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign​, Master of Arts in Political Science

  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Bachelor of Arts in Political Science

Tel: (312) 585-7523



  • American Bar Association

  • Chicago Bar Association

  • Illinois State Bar Association                         (Member:  State & Local Taxation)

  • Illinois Property Tax Lawyers Association


  • "Illinois Property Tax Appeal Board Holds that Homeowner Association has Standing to File Appeal, September 2020 Tax Trends, Illinois State Bar Association. 

  • "New Class 7c Tax Incentive Provides Opportunities for Newly Constructed or Vacant Commercial Properties," May 2015 Tax Trends, Illinois State Bar Association.





For a free consultation or general inquiries, please fill in the following contact form:

200 N. LaSalle St.

Suite 1550

Chicago, IL 60601
Tel:  (312) 585-7523


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