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Whitney T. Carlisle

Whitney T. Carlisle


“I believe in a client focused approach that always seeks the best possible outcomes, but that also provides an understanding of the tax and all that goes into it.”

Whitney T. Carlisle

Whitney T. Carlisle joined O’Keefe Lyons & Hynes in 2018 following a lengthy career as the principal in the law firm of McCracken Walsh, Carlisle and de LaVan. He has extensive experience in the area of real estate taxation, with an emphasis on representing clients in tax appeal matters throughout the Chicagoland area. He previously served as a supervising attorney in the Tax Unit of the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office.

Mr. Carlisle has spoken on a variety of property tax issues before the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA), the International Association of Assessing Officials (IAAO), and the Institute for Professionals in Taxation (IPT). He is a member of the ISBA State & Local Tax Committee and serves on their Section Council, currently as Vice-Chairman. He is also a board member of the Civic Federation in Chicago and serves as Co-Chairman of their Property Tax Committee.


Whitney focuses his practice on:

  • Owners and managers in the office and industrial sectors
  • Chicago area and regional commercial real estate firms
  • Corporate businesses
  • Small to mid-sized businesses
  • Owners and managers of apartment buildings

Practice areas:

  • General property taxation matters
  • State and local property tax appeals
  • Negotiating, obtaining and implementing tax incentives and classification changes in Cook County
  • Real estate tax exemption matters


Civic Federation in Chicago -- Board Member, Co-Chairman of Property Tax Committee

IL State Bar Association -- Member, State & Local Tax Committee and Section Council

bar admissions

Illinois Supreme Court, 1994

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 1994


University of Illinois, Champaign- Urbana, B.A. Degree

The John Marshall Law School, Chicago, IL, J.D. Degree

Government Service

Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office -- Supervising Attorney, Tax Unit; 1994 - 2005