Thomas J. McNulty - Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP

Thomas J. McNulty

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2010

Thomas J. McNulty has significant experience in real estate taxation and related litigation. He represents a wide variety of taxpayers on a national level and has argued more than 50 reported appellate and Supreme Court cases.

Tom has authored numerous articles regarding assessment ratio cases and the assessment and valuation of utility property. Most recently, he authored the chapter on “Tax Rate Objections” for the Illinois Institute for Continuing Litigation textbook on Real Estate Taxation. Tom is also a former member of the editorial board of Assessment Digest, a publication of the International Association of Assessing Officers. Tom has been selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2013-2016 editions of Illinois Super Lawyers.

Tom is a past chairman of the board of directors of the Civic Federation, a Chicago-based taxpayer watchdog group and government research organization. The mission of the organization is to work with Chicago area governmental bodies to help them reduce their costs and improve the quality of government services.

Tom has served as president of the Chicago Low-Income Housing Trust Fund since its inception in 1989. The Trust Fund oversees rental assistance programs that meet the permanent housing needs of Chicago’s poorest residents by giving grants to building owners and developers who agree to reduce rents to accommodate very low-income residents.

Tom currently lectures at Chicago-Kent Law School in Illinois Real Estate Tax issues as part of the Masters in Taxation program.

Before joining the firm, Tom served as supervisor of the Tax Unit in the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, where he was responsible for coordinating the legal branch of the county’s property tax assessment, extension and collection system. He also served as a legal intern for the Honorable Francis Van Dusen, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

While in law school, Tom was associate editor of the Rutgers-Camden Law Review.

Additional Information

Experience — $7,325,000 tax savings for suburban Chicago national headquarters office complex
  • $2,353,758 refund for Florida retirement community
  • $551,675 refund for San Francisco hotel
  • Operated national tax management program for Fortune 500 company managing over 6,000 industrial and commercial parcels resulting in savings/refunds of $14,236,416
  • University of Notre DameBS 1973Rutgers The State University of New Jersey CamdenJ.D. 1976

    Client Comments

    "Tom is extremely knowledgeable and makes it easy to have complete confidence in the work his team does for us. He responds in a timely and concise manner which I much prefer over wordiness or overcomplicating things. He also has contacts in related fields throughout the country which is a major plus."

    "Tom McNulty always provides accurate and relevant legal counsel in the property tax area. He is highly qualified and knowledgeable in this area of law on a national basis. Whenever a legal question surrounding property tax law arises, Tom is my go-to choice for information and counsel. Above all, Tom explains these matters in plain English so all involved can readily understand and make decisions and develop strategies quickly based on his advice."

    "Thomas McNulty has an excellent knowledge base and understands our business extremely well."

    -Jim Wilson
    Waste Management

    "I highly recommend Mr. McNulty for Real Property Tax matters. I have been in contact with Tom for many years and will continue to use Tom for our Property Tax matters in the future. Tom is very pleasant to talk to and is always responsive. He has a complete knowledge in the said area. Tom has always been responsive and available for our needs."

    "Tom McNulty has been our property tax attorney for several years. He is not only an expert in the area of property tax, but he is very dedicated and passionate about his work. We can always count on Tom to provide a timely, thorough, and reliable response."

    Office Location

    Two North LaSalle Street, Suite 1700
    Chicago, IL 60602-3801
    United States

    Practice Areas

    Litigation - Real Estate
    Real Estate Law (Tax)