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Rieff Schramm Kanter & Guttman LLC
Real Estate Taxation, Condemnation, Eminent Domain and
Government Matters | Rieff Schramm Kanter & Guttman
100 N LaSalle St   
23rd Floor   
ChicagoIL 60602
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Rieff Schramm Kanter & Guttman in Chicago, Illinois has 140 years of combined experience in real estate tax assessment and eminent domain matters. Commercial real estate in a major metropolitan area like Chicago represents a huge investment for landlords, developers and corporations. It’s unlikely you will find a bargain, but a good deal is possible, especially when you get sound legal advice on complex issues that affect commercial, industrial and residential properties. At Rieff Schramm Kanter & Guttman LLC, our attorneys draw on more than 140 years of combined legal experience to help make your real estate holdings more valuable and your transactions more profitable by providing sound advice on tax, eminent domain and condemnation issues.
 Juris Doctor (J.D.)
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, B.A., Liberal Arts and Sciences, 1987
John Marshall Law School, J.D., 1990
Mr. Guttman is AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®, the highest recognition possible in the legal industry, for his professionalism and ethics.

Consistent with the concentration of the firm, Mr. Guttman continues to focus his law practice in the areas of real estate assessments, property tax incentives and tax exemptions. He has extensive experience with representing a variety of property owners including multi-unit residential, commercial and industrial properties, as well as downtown Chicago office buildings.

Mr. Guttman has considerable experience with litigation including acting as associate counsel before the Circuit Court of Cook County on a number of cases that challenged the constitutionality of the assessment methodology applied by taxing officials. His trial experience includes one of the first tax objection cases to be heard in the Circuit Court under the amended 1995 Revenue Act, which abolished the antiquated constructive fraud standard.

Mr. Guttman co-authored two chapters, “Tax Objection Complaints” in the book, “Real Estate Taxation” and “Real Estate Tax Considerations” in the book “Residential Real Estate Transactions” for the Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education. He also co-authored the article “Five Things Every Attorney Should Know About Appealing Their Client’s Real Estate Taxes” appearing in the January, 2004 edition of the “CBA Record.” He was the former Chairman of the main committee, Legislative Liaison, and Chairman of the Assessment and Appeals Sub-committee of the Chicago Bar Association’s Real Estate Taxation Committee. He currently acts as Treasurer of the Illinois Property Tax Lawyer’s Association – an advocacy and lobbying group established to inform, educate and promote tax policies and legislative efforts affecting tax payers throughout the State of Illinois. Mr. Guttman lectured before the Chicago Bar Association’s continuing legal education seminar entitled, “Real Estate Taxation: An Overview for the Non-Specialist” in 2005 and acted as Special Assistant State’s Attorney on behalf of Maria Pappas, Cook County Treasurer, as Trustee of the Indemnity Fund in the defense of a claim against the Indemnity Fund. He also served on the Cook County Treasurer, Maria Pappas’ Joint Committee for the automation of the Illinois Transfer Tax Form.
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