PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:

Brittany Flaherty Theis focuses her practice on the representation of school districts and other taxing bodies in property tax disputes and regarding such topics as Freedom of Information Act requests, Open Meetings Act requirements, administrative law and procedure, personnel and employment matters, intergovernmental agreements, special education, bond issuances, business operations, and school finance. Ms. Theis actively monitors legislation and other legal developments impacting school districts throughout Illinois.

She regularly advises on issues impacting the valuation of property throughout Illinois and has participated in the representation of public bodies before circuit courts, mediators, county boards of review, the Illinois Pollution Control Board, Illinois Department of Revenue, Illinois Property Tax Appeal Board, and Illinois Appellate Court. Ms. Theis’ work includes the preparation of pleadings, memoranda, and briefs,as well as arguments, in cases before those tribunals.

Ms. Theis recently participated in the mediation of a billion dollar property tax assessment dispute, representing numerous public bodies. She has assisted in successfully litigating and negotiating both short- and long-term settlement agreements regarding the assessment and taxation of numerous properties, including nuclear power plants, oil refineries, pollution control facilities, and other high value commercial and industrial properties.

Ms. Theis joined Whitt Law LLC in 2011 following a Research Fellowship at the John Marshall Law School, where she assisted in drafting an Illinois Rules of Evidence casebook and participated in Cook County’s Elder Court Subcommittee. She graduated cum laude from John Marshall where she served as a Staff Editor for the John Marshall Law Review, was a Council Member of the Trial Advocacy & Dispute Resolution and Moot Court Honors Boards, and had the privilege of serving an externship with Judge Jeffrey Lawrence in the Circuit Court of Cook County.

Ms. Theis enjoys spending time with her family, photography, and outdoor activities, including fishing and hiking. She is the author of Whitt Law’s News & Knowledge blog, and can be followed on Twitter at https://twitter.com/BFlahertyTheis.