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Paralegal (Real Estate Tax Assessment)


  • Thompson Coburn LLP
  • 04/05/20
  • Chicago, IL
  • 60603
  • DOE / Yearly
  • Full-Time
Do you have a passion for excellence? Do you enjoy assisting others in meeting their goals in a collaborative work environment? If so, consider joining an innovative and community minded law firm that values integrity, diversity, and service. We have an opening on our team in Chicago working closely with attorneys and clients on a variety of key duties.

Thompson Coburn LLP currently has a position available in our Chicago office for a Paralegal with at least three years of experience in the Real Estate Tax Assessment practice area. Qualified applicants will possess an undergraduate degree and/or paralegal certificate. The ideal candidate will be detail oriented, show initiative, possess strong organizational skills, be enthusiastic and work well independently. The person selected for this position must be able to work in a fast-paced environment.

Job Responsibilities
Assists with the administration of property tax appeals, including the timely preparation and filing of appropriate complaints and supporting evidence at three administrative levels as well as in the Circuit Courts.
Analyzes properties, reviews and drafts briefs and all supporting evidence for residential, income producing and owner-occupied properties including real estate development projects from demolition to completion for new construction, building rehabs and condo conversions.
Understands and interprets assessment records, assessment histories and other relevant documentation common in the practice.
Monitors and assists with complaint preparation for tax objection cases filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County as well as court call management and document production.
Communicates with clients, both through written and verbal means, including drafting correspondence to summarize appeal results and recommendations, requests and follows up for appropriate data, and fields questions and concerns regarding pending appeals, new properties and other various matters.
Communicates with county representatives concerning hearings, scheduling issues, pending settlements, refunds and other related issues.
Maintains departmental calendar and docketing.
Assists, as needed, with tax incentive and property tax exemption applications.
Understands and has experience using an Access database designed for data storage, management and communication with other programs within framework of the practice.
Must track all billable hours.
Interacts with Firm Business Office to resolve any client-related issues which arise.
As needed, supports Real Estate Department with various real estate tax proration issues and other miscellaneous projects.

Job Requirements
Must possess a high level of professionalism and interpersonal skills so as to be able to work well with employees at all levels within the organization and maintain all information in the strictest of confidence. Required to use tact and diplomacy when dealing with others.
Must have ability to read, write and communicate fluent English; ability to compose documents in the appropriate business style using correct grammar and spelling; ability to communicate clearly using proper grammar and diction over the telephone.
Must be detail oriented and have excellent organizational skills; ability to balance multiple projects, work independently and have strong time management skills, as well as prioritize work load.
Must have ability to reason and apply common-sense understanding to situations encountered.
Ability to work overtime as needed.
Ability to travel as required.
Ability to process routine daily functions while being able to resolve sensitive issues and complex assignments utilizing above average critical thinking skills.
The physical demands of this position are representative of those that might be met by an employee in order for him or her to successfully perform the essential functions of the position. These include being both mobile and stationary throughout the workday, having the ability to transport 25 pounds and being able to operate a computer and other business equipment found in the office.

Thompson Coburn LLP is a large, full service, multi-state firm with offices in Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, St. Louis, Southern Illinois and Washington, D.C. At Thompson Coburn, our behavior and the expectations we have of ourselves are guided by the values that we hold in the highest regard: integrity, a passion for excellence, a focus on serving the client, a value of diversity, innovation, creativity, trust and loyalty. Within the Firm, we value each other as people and colleagues. In addition to the exceptional working environment and a competitive salary, Thompson Coburn provides the following benefit options to qualifying employees:
Medical Insurance
Vision Insurance
Dental Insurance
Life Insurance & ADD policies
Short & Long Term Disability Insurance
Paid Parental Leave
401(k) & Profit Sharing plans
Transportation Benefit
Section 125 Plan (Pre-tax premiums, dependent care and medical reimbursement)
Paid Holidays
Paid Time Off (PTO)
Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
Employee Wellness Program
Tuition Reimbursement
College Savings Plan Deductions (529 Plans)
Long Term Care

Candidates interested in applying to Thompson Coburn LLP are required to complete our application, which can be found by visiting the site below.
www.thompsoncoburn.com/careers
Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D/V

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