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Brian P. Forde has more than 20 years of experience representing Illinois commercial, retail, and industrial property owners in real estate taxation appeals and litigation. He joined O’Keefe, Lyons & Hynes in 2000 and handles complex real estate taxation-related legal issues for commercial, industrial, manufacturing, multi-family, warehouse/flex properties, REITs, and virtually all types of real property.
Prior to joining the O’Keefe firm, Brian was an assistant state's attorney in the Cook County State's Attorney’s Office, where he represented the People of the State of Illinois and county-elected officials, including the assessor and Board of Review.
Notable Cases and Results:
Brian has litigated a variety of cases to the trial level, including property tax appeal litigation, real estate taxation, federal bankruptcy matters, Cook County Board of Election cases and federal drug foreclosures.
His practice encompasses the following clients and matters:
- National and regional developers
- Institutional investors
- Corporate campuses
- Office and retail
- State and local property tax administrative appeals
- Negotiating, obtaining and implementing tax abatements and incentives (including Cook County Class 6(b), Class L, and Class 8)
- Tax projecting
- Global real estate tax planning
7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, 2000
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 1998
Year of Birth: 1971
Law School: DePaul University College of Law, J.D., 1997
Undergraduate School: Northern Illinois University, B.S., 1993
Office of the Cook County State’s Attorney
Assistant State’s Attorney, 1997-2000
Bar/Professional Association Involvement:
Chicago Bar Association
Illinois State Bar Association
Institute for Professionals in Taxation
International Association of Assessing Officers
Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals Bar Association
Chicago Coalition for the Homeless
Annual Charity Golf Outing Advisory Board
DePaul College of Law Alumni Board
Past Vice President
Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce
Chicago Chamber of Commerce
Chicago Civic Federation
O'Keefe Lyons & Hynes, LLC has carefully selected attorneys who have a strong dedication and understanding of property tax law and a demonstrated ability to delve deeply into complex issues. Our lawyers have worked in the public sector -- from the Cook County Assessor's Office to the Board of Review for Cook County -- and understand the complexities of property tax appeals and litigation, property tax planning, and related matters. One senior member of our firm argued an appeal that upheld a significant revision of the Illinois Property Tax Code for the State's Attorney's office and leads a nationally-recognized property tax litigation team.
While there are many firms that can file property tax appeals, the O'Keefe firm brings an unparalleled level of expertise and a passion for helping clients maneuver through challenging property tax matters.
The firm's clients are prolific commercial real estate developers and prominent property management firms, global industrial concerns, marquee hotels, national retailers, shopping center developers and Fortune 500 corporations. These clients include Chicago area hospitals, small businesses, apartment complexes, condominium associations, and not-for-profit and religious organizations.
Clients rely on the firm for its thorough knowledge of the law and the commercial real estate industry, creative and strategic thinking, integrity and hard work. Whether the matter involves a single Cook County tax appeal, a unique City of Chicago office development, or a complex, multi-municipality portfolio of properties, the O'Keefe law firm can quickly assess the situation and provide expert guidance.