Loyola University Chicago,
J.D., Dean’s List, 2005
Leadership and Service Award
Cook County Bar Association Auxiliary Board Scholar, 2003 and 2004
University of Wisconsin-Madison,
Graduate Degree, BAI Graduate School of Retail Ban, 2001
University of Wisconsin-Madison,
American Bar Association
Chicago Bar Association
Cook County Bar Association
Named a 2018 Notable Minority Lawyer by Crain's Chicago Business
Received a 2018 Animal Welfare Leadership Award from PAWS Chicago
Included in "Illinois Super Lawyers" Rising Stars list, 2009, 2011-2013, 2015
Thompson Coburn LLP
Summer Associate, 2004
First Bank of Highland Park
Assistant Vice President and Director of Marketing, 1997-2003
PAWS Chicago Development Board Member
Anita's practice focuses on banking and commercial finance and real estate tax assessment.
This practice combination gives her a unique background in representing lenders on not only traditional lending matters but also transactions involving tax warrant certificates and real estate loans. She also represents various financial institutions on Uniform Commercial Code issues and loan document drafting and negotiations.
Anita's commercial lending and secured transactions experience is comprehensive. She represents lenders in syndicated and single lender secured and unsecured credit facilities, including:
• Asset-based and secured financing programs
• Commercial real estate and construction financing
• Consignment and bailment arrangements
• Debt restructurings and workouts
• Financing and credit transactions
• Foreclosure and enforcement of creditors’ rights
• Letters of credit
• Purchase money security arrangements
• Trade credit documentation
Her real estate tax work includes conducting hearings in court and administrative agencies on complex real estate tax issues, negotiating with assessing officials and providing advice on real estate tax consequences of real estate purchases and leasing. Her practice also includes local real estate tax assessment issues, exemptions and incentives, as well as real estate tax appeals.
Additionally, Anita has substantial experience in court and administrative adjudication of tax exempt status for charitable and religious organizations before local Boards of Review and the Illinois Department of Revenue. In fact, Anita successfully argued a precedent-setting case in Illinois in which meditation facilities with a yoga practice may potentially qualify for tax exempt status on their properties statewide.
"A Done Deal: Negotiating Successful Business Deals";
National Association of Women Business Owners - Chicago, September 2013
"Considerations in Real Estate Tax Appeals";
Informative presentation to other local law firms on what to advise clients regarding real estate tax implications and available options when purchasing or renovating real property
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