Paul Reilly is a graduate of Quincy University and Loyola University School of Law. After law school Paul worked in the Assessor’s Office as the Director of Research and Standards. In this capacity, he established appraisal methodologies and supervised the tax valuations of large commercial and industrial properties.
Paul entered private practice in 1983 concentrating on property tax appeals. Since that time, he has worked extensively on matters related to the assessments of large commercial and industrial properties.
From 1997 to 2007 Paul served as the Director of the Assessor’s Tax Policy Forum. The Forum studied dozens of issues related to tax policy. Many of the changes recommended by the Forum resulted in legislation and policy changes at both state and county levels.
Real Estate Tax Assessment of Commercial Property in Distressed Markets published by Attorneys and Executives in Corporate Real Estate (AECRE), May 1994.
Adjusting Sales for the Effects of Creative Financing, Illinois Property Assessment Institute, 1983.
Valuation of Property for Illinois Tax Service: Introduction to Illinois Property Taxation, originally published by Matthew Bender & Company, 1985.
Assessing Government Assisted Multifamily Housing, Chicago Rehab Network, 2003.
Licensed Real Estate Broker (Illinois)
James Dooley worked in the Cook County Assessor’s Office from 2002-2009 as a commercial valuation analyst, and he was responsible for, among other things, the valuation of Chicago’s downtown office buildings. While working at the Assessor’s Office full time, Jim went to the Loyola University Chicago Law School, where he was a member of the Loyola University Chicago Law Journal and graduated cum laude in 2009.
After law school, Jim left the Assessor’s Office to work as a litigation associate at Winston & Strawn LLP before joining Klafter and Burke in 2012. While at Klafter and Burke, he represented hundreds of local and national companies in commercial property tax disputes before various township and county assessors, county boards of review, the Illinois Property Tax Appeal Board, and in the Illinois trial courts.
In 2017, Jim became a founding member of Reilly, Sullivan & Dooley, LLC.
Jim’s recent significant cases include:
Circuit Court of Cook County
- In 2017, he was counsel for a Fortune 50 telecommunications company in a case involving their former suburban headquarters that resulted in judgments in favor of his client for over $2,000,000 in property tax refunds.
- In 2017, he was counsel for a commercial property owner in a case involving a Chicago office building that resulted in judgments in favor of his client for over $750,000 in property tax refunds.
Cook County Board of Review
- In 2017, he was counsel in a case involving a large corporate headquarters that ended with a decision in his client’s favor resulting in the corporation saving over $1,000,000.
Cook County Assessor's Office
- In 2015, he represented a national financial services company in a case involving a 950,000-square foot Chicago office tower that ended with a decision resulting in the corporation saving over $3,000,000.