Nora is an experienced real estate tax attorney who represents both residential and commercial property owners in Illinois and other states.
For more than 17 years, Nora has counseled clients and won favorable results for them at administrative and judicial hearings inside and outside of Cook County.
Nora has provided a great amount of service to the practicing bar in her practice area. She has served in numerous leadership positions with the Chicago Bar Association, including Legislative Liaison, Assessment Sub-Committee Chair, Vice-Chair, and Chair of the Real Estate Tax Committee. Nora has also been a very active member of the Illinois State Bar Association's Section Council on State and Local Taxation (“SALT”), serving as Legislative Liaison in 2013, Secretary in 2014, Vice Chair in 2015, and Chair in 2016. She has led a work group for SALT that has been very effective in advocating against the unlicensed practice of law in the real estate taxation field. She has also authored a chapter for the Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education on Specific Objections and she authored a new chapter on additional resources for property tax practitioners.
Nora has also been of service to other voluntary associations such as the Institute for Professionals in Taxation, the Illinois Association of Assessing Officials, the Real Estate Finance Forum, the Catholic Lawyers' Guild, and the Illinois Property Assessment Institute. She has done everything from organizing golf outings, chairing social events, speaking at continuing education seminars, writing articles, to teaching and developing courses.
Nora went to Loyola University Chicago's School of Law and received her JD in 2005. During her years in law school, she clerked in the Real Estate Tax Unit of the Cook County State's Attorney's Office, worked at Loyola's Federal Income Tax Clinic, studied abroad in Loyola's Rome Program, and worked for a real estate development company as well as two private law firms. She passed the bar in February of 2005 and was sworn in by the Illinois Supreme Court the following May.
Nora grew up in Elgin, Illinois. After an unusual upbringing, she started working and living on her own as a teenager and later procured her GED in 1997. She then took classes at Elgin Community College, where she played collegiate basketball and achieved a very high grade point average, which earned her a scholarship at Loyola. Nora matriculated in 2001 with a bachelor's degree from Loyola University College of Arts & Sciences with a major in history and a minor in natural science.
Nora lives in Northfield with her husband and blended family of seven children. They are active parishioners of St. Mary of the Angels Parish.