Brian P. Forde

Brian P. Forde


“As the son of immigrants, I was raised to believe in equality and justice. As a lawyer, I have the opportunity, every day, to pursue fairness and justice for my clients, helping to make a powerful and positive impact on their businesses and lives.”

Brian P. Forde

Brian P. Forde represents commercial, retail, and industrial property owners in real estate taxation appeals and litigation including state and local property tax administrative appeals, negotiating, obtaining and implementing tax abatements and incentives (including Cook County Class 6(b), Class L, and Class 8), tax projecting, and global real estate tax planning. His clients include developers, institutional investors, corporate campuses and small businesses. He has handled complex real estate taxation-related legal issues for manufacturing, multi-family, industrial, warehouse/flex properties, REITs, and all other types of real property.

Prior to joining the firm in 2000, Brian was an Assistant State's Attorney in the Cook County State's Attorney’s Office, where he represented the People of the State of Illinois and County elected officials including the Assessor and Board of Review. He litigated a variety of cases to trial including tax deed and indemnity cases as well as property tax appeal litigation, focusing on matters including real estate taxation, federal bankruptcy matters, Cook County Board of Election cases and federal drug foreclosures.

“Our country was founded on the simple principle of fairness in taxation. Avoiding an unfair tax burden is achievable with competent and experienced counsel to guide clients through a complex tax appeal system. I’m proud to guide and help clients achieve their goals.”


Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, Annual Charity Golf Outing Advisory Board Member

DePaul College of Law Alumni Board, Past Vice President, Board Member

Member of:

Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce

Chicago Bar Association

Chicago Chamber of Commerce

Chicago Civic Federation

Illinois State Bar Association

Institute for Professionals in Taxation

International Association of Assessing Officers

Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals Bar Association

bar admissions

Illinois Supreme Court, 1997

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, 2000

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 1998


DePaul University College of Law (Chicago), J.D., 1997

Northern Illinois University (DeKalb, Illinois), B.S., 1993

government service

Office of the Cook County State’s Attorney; Assistant State’s Attorney, 1997 – 2000