Donald F. Hemmesch, Jr.


Smith, Hemmesch, Burke & Kaczynski: Don Hemmesch photographed at the offices of Smith, Hemmesch, Burke & Kaczynski, Chicago, IL. October 20, 2016. Photo by Andrew Collings.

Donald F. Hemmesch, Jr. has devoted his career to the field of property taxation.  His efforts extend well beyond trials and hearings and his experience and effectiveness are utilized by, among others, global utility and energy companies, Fortune 500 corporations, numerous national and local banks, real estate investment trusts, insurance companies, and retirement housing and healthcare organizations.  His experience includes the representation of complex industrial and commercial properties such as power generation facilities, refineries, energy corridors, manufacturing plants, corporate headquarters, and shopping centers.

Don earned a B.A. from Loras College and his J.D. from the John Marshall Law School in 1978.  Don has conducted numerous presentations and speeches regarding property tax and valuation before the industries and trades of his clients.  He is the author of Administrative Appeals and Procedures, Illinois Tax Service, Matthew Bender, 1985; and served as Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Illinois from 1980-1983.  Don is a member of the Chicago Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association, the Institute for Professionals in Taxation, the International Association of Assessing Officers, Leading Age (National), and Leading Age Illinois.