Madigan & Getzendanner, Attorneys at Law

For over 40 years the law firm of Madigan & Getzendanner has provided property tax advisory services to the greater Chicagoland real estate community with an emphasis on ad valorem real estate tax appeals.

Areas of Practice

Types of properties include, but are not limited to:


  • High-rise office buildings
  • Hotels
  • Parking garages
  • Shopping Centers
  • Mixed-use developments

Multi-family Residential:

  • Apartment Buildings
  • Condominiums
  • Condominium de-conversions
  • Low-income housing


  • Warehouses
  • Data Centers
  • Manufacturing Plants

The firm provides legal representation to property owners in Chicago and the collar counties before the following officials to insure fair and equitable real estate tax assessments:

  • Local Township and County Assessors
  • Illinois County Boards of Review
  • Illinois Property Tax Appeal Board
  • Illinois Trial and Appellate Courts

Other tax planning services offered:

  • Qualification for Tax Exemption
  • Qualification for Tax Abatement or Tax Incentive status

Tax Estimates for:

  • Purchase of property
  • Budgeting
  • Marketing
  • Financing
  • Due Diligence

Our Team



Vincent J. Getzendanner is a co-founder and managing partner in the firm of Madigan & Getzendanner.

He served as a law clerk to an Illinois Supreme Court Justice (1966–1968) and as a Commissioner of the Illinois Industrial Commission (1969–1972).

Upon entering private practice, Mr. Getzendanner engaged in a general litigation practice including, but not limited to, contesting ad valorem real estate tax assessments.

He litigated a wide variety of cases, including class actions at the trial and appellate levels. In several instances he also served as a Court appointed guardian and/or trustee, including administering a large national class action involving millions of claimants.

For the last twenty-five years, Mr. Getzendanner has limited his practice exclusively to real estate taxation, successfully prosecuting innumerable judicial appeals resulting in substantial tax refunds to clients. He also has taken a lead role in successfully defending property owners against underassessment complaints brought by local taxing districts.

Bar Admission:

  • Supreme Court of Illinois, 1966
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 1967
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, 1968


  • LLB, Loyola University School of Law, 1966 (Cum Laude)
  • Attended Creighton University (1963–1966)

Professional Memberships:

  • Chicago Bar Association



Harold J. Hicks has extensive experience in the real estate tax practice, having handled numerous real estate tax appeals for office building, hotels, shopping centers, industrial properties, apartment building and condominium associations. He has practiced at every level of the real estate tax appeal process (Assessor, Board of Review, Illinois State Property Tax Board and Circuit Court) in Cook and the “collar counties”.

Mr. Hicks also has significant experience in obtaining tax deeds and tax injunctions through the judicial process and in tax parcel division and consolidation, exemption, reclassification and Tax Incentive matters.

In addition to his real estate tax litigation experience, Mr. Hicks has practiced general civil litigation at both the trial and appellate levels.

Mr. Hicks also has served for many years as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Illinois Chicago School of Law teaching Public Finance and has been a speaker/presenter at multiple conferences sponsored by the International Association of Assessing Officers.

Bar Admission:

  • Supreme Court of Illinois, 1989


  • LLM, The John Marshall Law School, 2001 (with honors)
  • J.D., IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, 1989
  • C.P.A. Certificate, 1984
  • B.S., Loyola University of Chicago, 1983

Professional Memberships:

  • Chicago Bar Association



Jeffrey A. Holland is a Certified Illinois Assessing Officer (“C.I.A.O.”) and holds a Certificate of Designation (“A.A.S.”) from the International Association of Assessing Officers.

In addition to his extensive property valuation experience, Mr. Holland has expertise with tax parcel division/consolidation, property reclassification, real estate Tax Incentive opportunities and real estate tax abatements and exemptions.

He has practiced at every level of the real estate tax appeal process in the greater Chicagoland area, primarily contesting assessments of larger commercial and multi-family residential properties.

He served previously in the Cook County Assessor’s office for several years as Commercial/Industrial Analyst and member of the Technical Review Department.

Bar Admission:

  • Supreme Court of Illinois, 2000


  • J.D., The John Marshall Law School, 2000
  • B.A., The University of Notre Dame, 1993

Professional Memberships:

  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association



Gretchen M. Kubasiak worked from 1993 to 2005 in construction management for locally prominent construction management companies (Stern & Company, Morse Diesel International and Walsh Construction) on various commercial high-rise projects.

Following her 2008 admission to the Illinois Bar, she was an associate attorney at Kubasiak, Flystra, Thorpe & Rotunna, PC. Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone, PLC and the Quinlan Law Firm, LLC in the fields of land use and construction laws.

She joined Madigan & Getzendanner in 2021, concentrating in ad valorem real estate tax appeals, particularly judicial appeals, and qualifying properties for real estate Tax Incentive status.

In addition to her private practice, Ms. Kubasiak since 2009 has served as an Adjunct Professor at Loyola University School of Law, Chicago teaching courses in construction law and land use, including historic preservation.

Bar Admission:

  • Supreme Court of Illinois, 2008


  • J.D., Loyola University School of Law, 2008
  • M. Arch, University of Illinois, Graduate Schools of Architecture, 1995
  • B.A., New York University, 1991


Senior Analyst

Thomas K. Gillespie has more than 20 year of property valuation experience.

Mr. Gillespie worked at the Cook County Assessor’s Office for nearly 14 years starting as a commercial valuation analyst and ultimately serving as the Manager to the Chief Deputy of Valuation. At the Assessor’s Office, Mr. Gillespie valued a wide variety of Industrial/Commercial properties with a concentration on the largest and most valuable properties in Cook County.

Since 2016, Mr. Gillespie has been a lead analyst at Madigan & Getzendanner with a primary focus on multi-family apartment buildings, industrial properties, hotels, office buildings, shopping centers and condominium associations.

Mr. Gillespie also has significant experience with tax parcel divisions and consolidations, the various Cook County Incentive Programs and assisting clients with tax forecasts for future purchases and developments.


  • Northern Illinois University, 2001

Contact Us

Madigan & Getzendanner

  • 30 N. LaSalle St.
  • Suite 3906
  • Chicago, IL, 60602

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