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Mary Ann Sullivan


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Mary Ann's practice focuses on property assessment law, ad valorem taxation and real estate law.

She represented the interests of taxpayers in the tax appeal process for more than five years while practicing in the Property Tax Appeals Practice Group at Arnstein & Lehr LLP. She has been involved with the appeal process of virtually every type of real property. She has appeared before tax authorities, boards of review, state tax boards and in circuit court in Illinois. She has also analyzed the assessments and filed appeals on restaurant properties located in Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Michigan, Indiana, Wisconsin and California. She has secured exemptions from property taxes for religious, educational and governmental entities in Cook, Kane and Lake counties in Illinois. She successfully litigated the denial of educational exemption by the State of Illinois to a special education school located in Lake County, Ill.

She previously worked for seven years as general counsel and director of the legal department for the Cook County Assessor and served the Illinois Supreme Court as master grader of the essay portion of the Illinois State Bar Examination in the areas of corporations, agency, partnership and estates subject areas. Mary Ann also prepared briefs in support of decisions by the Illinois Supreme Court's Committee on Character and Fitness to deny law licenses based on a candidate's character. She has also represented financial institutions in foreclosure litigation.