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Nora Devine, Esq. has been a property tax attorney in private practice since 2005. She has developed a state-wide practice in all jurisdictions in Illinois and she represents all property classes. She is active in local bar associations, national property tax groups, and international assessment administration groups. She has served as past chair of the ISBA’s Section Council on State and Local Taxation, and past chair of the Chicago Bar Association’s Real Estate Tax Committee. She has given presentations on several topics, including omitted assessments (back taxes), the unlicensed practice of law, specific objections, the Illinois tax appeal process, commercial appraisals, big box assessments, limited scope representation in property tax, ethics, and diversity/inclusion in the property tax and appraisal professions.
Nora is an instructor for the Illinois Property Assessment Institute (IPAI). She has been teaching classes since 2011 and has been developing courses since 2015. Nora earned a JD from Loyola University Chicago School of Law in 2005 and was admitted to the Illinois Bar the same year. She has a CIAO designation from the Illinois Property Assessment Institute (2015) and is a licensed real estate broker in the State of Illinois (License 471018384 exp. 04/30/2023).
Keith Staats is an attorney who has been involved in state and local tax since 1990. Keith is the Executive Director of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce Tax Institute. He previously was a director in Grant Thornton's State and Local Tax (SALT) practice in Chicago, where he was involved in tax planning, consulting, and dispute resolution in all areas of state and local taxation. Prior to rejoining Grant Thornton in 2010, Keith was Counsel at McDermott Will & Emery in Chicago where he specialized in multistate tax planning, consulting and litigation. Keith served as general counsel of the Illinois Department of Revenue, and was on the legal staff of the Illinois Department of Revenue for over 10 years. Keith is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, the Chicago Bar Association, and is a professional affiliate member of the Illinois CPA Society. He is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association State and Local Tax Section council. He is a member and past chairman of the Illinois CPA Society State and Local Tax Committee. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Milllikin University, and graduated with honors from the Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago-Kent College of Law.
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