Christopher B. Kaczynski


Smith, Hemmesch, Burke & Kaczynski: Chris Kaczynski photographed at the offices of Smith, Hemmesch, Burke & Kaczynski, Chicago, IL. October 20, 2016. Photo by Andrew Collings.Christopher B. Kaczynski began his legal career in the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office – first preparing and arguing criminal appeals before the Illinois Appellate Court, and then prosecuting felony and misdemeanor criminal offenses in countless bench and jury trials. Chris brought his extensive trial practice and legal skills to the Tax Division within the State’s Attorney’s Office, where he represented the Cook County Assessor, Treasurer, Clerk and Board of Review in trial and appellate litigation. His experience within the governmental side of taxation issues provided a solid foundation for his transition into private practice with the firm, which he joined in 2000 and later became partner in 2008.

At the firm Chris continues his focus on real estate taxation, exemption and tax deed litigation. His clients include major corporations, title companies, not for profit corporations and small business owners. He has successfully litigated matters before local Boards of Review, the Illinois Department of Revenue, the Illinois Property Tax Appeal Board, Circuit Courts of Illinois, Illinois Appellate Courts, and before the Illinois Supreme Court. He frequently lectures on real estate taxation matters and has authored articles for the Illinois State Bar Association’s “Tax Trends” newsletter.

Chris is a 1990 Dean’s List graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and recipient of the Culligan Scholarship. He earned his law degree from the DePaul University in 1993, where he served as articles editor of the Journal of Health and Hospital Law, and co-authored “The Psychotherapist-Patient Privilege in the Federal Court System.” Chris is a member of the Chicago Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, the International Association of Assessing Officers, the Institute of Professionals in Taxation, and the Illinois Petroleum Marketers Association.