Ellen G. Berkshire is a founding partner in the firm of Verros, Lafakis & Berkshire, PC, and has been practicing as an attorney in the field of property taxation since obtaining her law degree in 2003. She has extensive experience representing commercial, industrial and residential property owners in Cook County and throughout the states of Illinois and Michigan.

Ms. Berkshire has had the opportunity to represent a wide range of clients, from property owners of small businesses to owners and operators of large industrial facilities and power plants. She represents numerous major commercial properties and has a great deal of experience and expertise in appealing the assessments of anchor department stores. She has successfully represented schools and religious organizations to obtain exemptions from ad valorem property taxes.

Ms. Berkshire has represented owners and users of property before formal and informal administrative boards and tribunals, local assessors and Boards of Review, the State of Illinois Property Tax Appeal Board and the Michigan Tax Tribunal, as well as appellate district courts. She has also assisted clients in securing incentives (Class 6B, Class 8, Class 7c) and renewals of incentives.

Ms. Berkshire enjoys teaching real estate law to assessors through the Illinois Property Assessment Institute, an educational organization. In addition to teaching, she continues to further her education in the realm of property taxation by regularly reading both case law and the decisions of administrative agencies; she also attends courses designed for both appraisers and attorneys.

While in law school, Ellen served as a member of the Moot Court Honor Society, successfully competing in several nationwide competitions.

Ms. Berkshire is admitted to practice in the State of Illinois, the State of Wisconsin and the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

Practice Areas

Ad Valorem Property Tax Appeals
Commercial Real Estate Transactions
Eminent Domain and Condemnation
Property Tax Abatements and Tax Incentives
Property Tax Legal Issues
Zoning and Real Estate Development Matters
 

Publications & Presentations

Essential Case Law for Illinois Real Estate Tax Appeals — Presentation before the Chicago Bar Association
Technical Concerns, Presenting Evidence before the Property Tax Appeal Board — Presentation before the Illinois Association of County Officials (CCAO Session)
Educational Exemptions for Pre-School: Thinking Outside the Box — Presentation before the Chicago Bar Association
Case Study: Marshall Field’s State Street v PTAB — Presentation before the Chicago Bar Association
The Role of the Valuation Witness in the Assessment Appeal Process — Presentation, White Paper and Webinar with Gregory Lafakis prepared for the International Association of Assessing Officials
Moderator for Women’s Property Tax Association Educational Events

Education

J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law, 2003
Masters in Information and Communication from Ball State University
B.A. in Psychology from Indiana University
 

Memberships & Affiliations

Chicago Bar Association
Illinois State Bar Association
International Association of Assessing Officers
Women’s Property Tax Association, Founding Member and Treasurer