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Robert M. Sarnoff, co-founder of Sarnoff & Baccash in 1986, is an experienced property tax attorney. Mr. Sarnoff began his career as a corporate real estate lawyer for the McDonald’s Corporation. Thereafter, he became a Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney where he represented the Cook County Assessor in property tax appeals. Mr. Sarnoff then joined the large law firm of Arvey, Hodes, Costello, and Burman where he was a partner for 11 years. In March of 1986, Mr. Sarnoff and fellow partner, Michael F. Baccash, co-founded the law firm of Sarnoff & Baccash in order to focus their practice on securing favorable property assessments and taxes for their property tax clients.
Year of Birth: 1943
Law School: IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, J.D.
Undergraduate School: University of Illinois, B.S., finance
Sarnoff & Baccash, 1986-2015
Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney, 1970-1972
Bar/Professional Association Involvement:
Chicago Bar Association
Committee on State and Municipal Taxation
Illinois State Bar Association
State Taxation Section Council
Assembly Member, 1982-1985
American Bar Association
State and Local Tax Committee, 1979-present
National Association of State and Local Bar Tax Sections
Executive Committee, 1982-1986
Institute for Professionals in Taxation (CMI)
International Association of Assessing Officers
Awards; Honors; Distinctions:
AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory
Leading Lawyer in Real Estate Law: Tax
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law Board of Overseers
Published Legal Writing:
Illinois chapter, American Bar Association Property Tax Deskbook
“Assessment of Taxable Property,” Attorney’s Guide to Real Estate Taxation, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, author, 1979, 1984; co-author, 1987, 1991, 1993, 1997, 2001
Illinois Chapter on Sales-Use Taxation, co-author, Handbook on Sales-Use Tax, American Bar Association, 1986
Legal Reporter of International Association of Assessing Officers, co-editor, 1986-1989
"Tax Trends," editor, Illinois State Bar Association, 1979-1980
“Corporate Personal Property Tax Abolished! Or Is It?” (essay) — received 1981 Institute of Property Taxation Literary Award
Goldstein Trial Technique, contributing author, 1971.
The mission of Sarnoff & Baccash is to reduce clients' property tax burdens. Upon determining that a tax burden is excessive, the firm's focus is to pursue reductions in property assessments and taxes through all levels of appeal — administrative and court.
The firm of Sarnoff & Baccash is a distinguished and vibrant law firm that provides property tax assessment representation on behalf of clients throughout the country. The founders of Sarnoff & Baccash were former government lawyers, with tax, trial and appellate experience. In addition to the founding attorneys, the firm employs property tax attorneys and administrators who are trained in property tax assessment and valuation procedures.
The firm maintains a visible presence in the real estate community through speeches, lectures, seminars and publications addressing issues on the cutting edge of the assessment and property taxation field. Members of the firm have spoken before various groups such as the International Association of Assessing Officers, the Illinois Bar Association (as part of the Law Ed Series for continuing legal education), the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education and the Institute for Professionals in Taxation (formerly known as the Institute of Property Taxation). These speeches have addressed such topics as the assessment process and preparation of assessment appeals. The firm's lawyers have also co-authored a chapter in the textbook on real estate taxation published by the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (IICLE), and Robert Sarnoff has authored the Illinois chapter of the American Bar Association Property Tax Deskbook. Robert Sarnoff is past Chairman of the Chicago Bar Association Committee on State and Municipal Taxation and past Chairman of the Illinois State Bar Association State Taxation Council.