Donald T. Rubin

“Louis XIV’s finance minister, Jean-Baptiste Colbert, famously declared that the ‘art of taxation consists of so plucking the goose as to obtain the largest possible amount of feathers with the smallest possible amount of hissing.’ My team and I will strive to save you as many ‘feathers’ as possible.”

Donald T. Rubin

Practice Group Chair



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  • Representation of Industrial, Commercial and Large Residential Properties before Assessors, Boards of Review and State Courts throughout Illinois.
  • Tax Incentives
  • Tax Abatements
  • Tax Impact Studies




  • Rated AV in Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings
  • Super Lawyer 2005
  • Selected as a Leading Lawyer – 2014, 2015


New GCT Springfield, Illinois Office Added, Golan Christie Taglia Winter 2018 Newsletter

Key Insights into Illinois’ Complex Property Tax System, October 2018

Charitable Requirements for Hospitals Seeking Property Tax Exemptions, December 2018

Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education Publication on “Real Estate Taxation”- Co-Author- Practice and Procedure before the Illinois Property Tax Appeal Board (2012 and 2016 editions).

Recent LinkedIn Articles/Case Comments:

10/20/17 - Adherence to the Cook County Living Wage Ordinance as a Condition for the Granting of County Contracts and for Property Receiving a Tax Incentive;

3/28/17 - Winning a Rare Property Tax Incentive Extension

2/22/16 - Court Pulls Plug on Property Tax Exemptions for Hospitals…Again

1/5/16 - Appellate Court Upholds a Contingent Fee Agreement and Determines the Reasonableness of the Attorneys’ Fees in a Tax Assessment Case.

9/02/15 - Don Rubin featured in Chicago Lawyers Magazine

6/1/15 - The Cook County Wage Theft Ordinance of 2015 – The Impact on Tax Incentives

4/8/15 - Current Assessment News

1/27/15 - TIF Tidbits

1/5/15 - Major Revision to Class 6B Sustainable Emergency Relief Incentive Program (SER)


J.D. from John Marshall Law School, Chicago
B.A. from University of Illinois, Chicago


Illinois, 1980


Illinois State Bar Association - Member State and Local Taxation Section Council (2005 to 2016), Chair (2012), Speaker/Moderator at numerous CLE seminars (2005-2016)

Illinois Property Tax Lawyers Association – Founding Member, First President. This Association has been successful in drafting, sponsoring and successfully obtaining revisions of the Illinois Property Tax Code, as well as local county board of review rules throughout the state.

International Association of Assessing Officers


1994-2017 – Board Member and current Board President of Youth Outreach Services, a not-for-profit social service agency serving at risk children and families in the Chicago area since 1959.

2006-2016 – Founder, Operation Welcome Homes, a not-for-profit group providing free vacations to military personnel returning from war zones, to allow them to relax, decompress and spend valuable time with their families.

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