Kevin P. Burke


ThSmith, Hemmesch, Burke & Kaczynski: Kevin Burke photographed at the offices of Smith, Hemmesch, Burke & Kaczynski, Chicago, IL. October 20, 2016. Photo by Andrew Collings.roughout his legal career, Kevin P. Burke has concentrated his practice in the area of real estate taxation. Upon graduating from DePaul University College of Law in 1984, he served five years in the Cook County State’ s Attorney’s Office representing government officials responsible for the assessment, levy and collection of real estate taxes. As an Assistant State’s Attorney, Kevin litigated a landmark case involving the constitutional issue of uniformity of taxation before the Supreme Court of Illinois in Roswell v. Twin Manors West, 529 N.E.2d 1104 (1988).

Kevin’s reputation in the taxation field led to his joining the firm in 1990, where he was welcomed as a named partner two years later. With his participation, the firm’s practice has seen tremendous growth in clients, trial verdicts and results.

Kevin counsels clients with properties located in Cook County and accoss the nation, including: Arizona, California, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas, and Wisconsin. His clients comprise a wide variety of property owners, such as major oil and energy companies, retirement home communities, commercial owners, management and investment firms, and construction developers.

Kevin is no stranger to the courtroom and routinely litigates full trials before the Illinois Property Tax Appeal Board. On behalf of one Chicago property owner, he successfully reduced the client’s annual property taxes from $3,000,000 to $250,000.

Kevin is a member of the Real Estate Tax Committee of the Civic Federation, International Association of Assessing Officers, the Institute of Professionals in Taxation, and the Chicago Bar Association.