Smith Nicolau, P.C.
162 N. Franklin Street
Suite 201
Chicago, IL 60606

Phone: (312) 634-0734
Fax: (312) 634-0733

    MARY NICOLAU - mnicolau@snrelaw.com
Mary Nicolau is a Founding Partner of Smith Nicolau, P.C., and a former Commissioner for the Court of Claims for the State of Illinois. Mary specializes in the area of real estate taxation, including hearings before the Board of Review, Property Tax Appeal Board and the Circuit Courts on matters involving tax reduction, exemptions, sales in error and other related issues. Mary was the Supervisor of the Tax Unit as an Assistant State’s Attorney, responsible for management of the Real Estate Tax Unit and supervision of fifteen attorneys and support staff for all aspects of real estate tax litigation and indemnity fund actions, including pretrial, trial and appellate proceedings. Mary represented and worked closely with the Cook County Assessor, Clerk and Treasurer in resolving real estate tax issues and assisted in proposing and implementing legislation. She personally participates in depositions, pretrial hearings and trials in state and federal courts, and oral arguments before the Illinois Appellate and Supreme Courts. Mary regularly speaks on all issues related to tax appeals throughout the State, and is an active Member of the IIT Chicago-Kent Alumni Board.

MARC SMITH - msmith@snrelaw.com
Marc C. Smith is a Founding Partner and the Managing Partner of Smith Nicolau, P.C. Marc represents a number of closely held corporations and practices primarily in the areas of real estate transactions, corporate work and commercial litigation; representing clients in state and federal courts regarding real estate claims, breach of contract actions, attorney malpractice defense, fraud counts and insurance claims; commercial transactions and real estate matters including purchases and sales of commercial and residential properties; representing clients seeking reductions of real estate assessed valuations and obtaining tax-related incentives. Marc is a member of the bar of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals and a member of the Trial Bar of the Federal Court for the Northern District of Illinois. He is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, the Chicago Bar Association and the International Association of Assessing Officers.

DAVID WALLACH - dwallach@snrelaw.com
Partner – Smith Nicolau, P.C. Mr. Wallach represents a diverse group of clients in all aspects of real estate, including drafting contracts, operating agreements,condominium declarations, vertical separations and settlements, as well representing developers and contractors as general counsel and in litigation matters including strategies for Chapter 11 reorganizations. Mr. Wallach has argued before the Illinois Appellate Court, Co-Chaired (3 years) the Governmental Affairs Committee for the Chicago Chapter of The Illinois Homebuilder’s Association and actively participated in the complete re-write of the Chicago Zoning Ordinance. Mr. Wallach successfully structured more than $300 million of new construction development and negotiated and restructured more than $100 million of bank notes. Mr. Wallach also co-counseled a Chapter 11 Single Asset Bankruptcy achieving an approved $23 million reorganization plan, achieved rezoning for numerous developers before the City of Chicago Committee on Zoning and represented buyers and sellers of property in excess of $500 million.

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