Nora Devine, Esq.

Attorney, The Devine Law Group

Nora has been a property tax attorney in private practice since 2005. She has developed a state-wide practice in all jurisdictions in Illinois and she represents all property classes. She is active in local bar associations, national property tax groups, and international assessment administration groups. She has served as past chair of the ISBA’s Section Council on State and Local Taxation, and past chair of the Chicago Bar Association’s Real Estate Tax Committee. She has given presentations on several topics, including omitted assessments (back taxes), the unlicensed practice of law, specific objections, the Illinois tax appeal process, commercial appraisals, big box assessments, limited scope representation in property tax, ethics, and diversity/inclusion in the property tax and appraisal professions.

Nora is an instructor for the Illinois Property Assessment Institute (IPAI). She has been teaching classes since 2011 and has been developing courses since 2015. Nora earned a JD from Loyola University Chicago School of Law in 2005 and was admitted to the Illinois Bar the same year. She has a CIAO designation from the Illinois Property Assessment Institute (2015) and is a licensed real estate broker in the State of Illinois (License 471018384 exp. 04/30/2023).


  • Chicago Bar Association (CBA)
  • Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA)
  • International Association of Assessing Officials (IAAO)
  • Women’s Bar Association of Illinois (WBAI)
  • Institute for Professionals in Taxation (IPT)
  • Women’s Property Tax Association (WPTA)
  • Catholic Lawyer’s Guild (CLG)
  • Illinois Real Estate Lawyers Association (IRELA)
  • Justinian Society of Lawyers
    Certified Illinois Assessing Officer’s Association (CIAOA)
  • Illinois Property Tax Lawyer’s Association (IPTLA)
  • Union League Club of Chicago (ULCC)
  • Instructor, Illinois Property Assessment Institute (IPAI)
  • Illinois Government Lawyers Association (IGLA)
  • Author, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (IICLE)

Subject Matter and Geographical Experience:

  • Big Box Assessment Appeals
  • Continuum of Care Facilities
  • Skilled Care Facilities
  • Low Income Housing
  • Luxury Residential
  • Omitted Assessments
  • Collar County and
  • Downstate Jurisdictions
  • Specific Objection Lawsuits
  • Open Space
  • Classification Disputes


Loyola University Chicago

  •  College of Arts and Sciences
  • Bachelor of Arts, History 2001, cum laude

Loyola University Chicago

  • School of law
  • Juris Doctor, 2005


  • CBA – Real Estate Tax Committee; member, past chair.
  • CBA – Assessment & Appeals Subcommittee; member, past chair
  • ISBA – Member, Board of Governors, 2016-2019 (elected)
  • ISBA – Section Council on State and Local Taxation; board liaison, past chair
  • IAAO – Member, frequent presenter at the annual Legal Seminar
  • IPT – Sponsored Research Committee; member
  • WPTA – Founding President
  • CLG – Member, Board of Governors (elected)


  • Omitted Assessments (Back Taxes), IAAO, IPT
  • Limited Scope Representation, CBA, IAAO, CBA
  • Diversity/Inclusion in Property Assessment, IAAO
  • ARDC v. IDFPR: Who regulates Illinois Attorneys? ULCC, WPTA, IRELA
  • Overview of IL Property Assessment System, IGLA
  • Professional Discipline of Property Tax Attorneys, CBA
  • IDFPR Prosecutions of IL Attorneys, ISBA
  • The “Dark Store” Saga Continues, IPT
  • Contingent Fee Agreements – Best Ethical Practices, CBA

Courses Taught for the IPAI:

  • Introduction to Assessment Practices – Qualifying Course
  • Introduction to Mass Appraisal – Qualifying Course
  • Ethics – Qualifying Course (course co-developer)
  • Analysis of Commercial Appraisals
  • Real Estate Law for Assessors I
  • Real Estate Law for Assessors II Legal
  • Topics for Township Assessors (course developer)

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