George J. Banakis


George has extensive experience in real estate law with a focus on representing commercial and industrial property owners throughout the state of Illinois in ad valorem tax matters. George is recognized as an Emerging Lawyer in the areas of Real Estate Tax Law, Commercial Real Estate Law, and Land Use, Zoning & Condemnation Law by the Leading Lawyers Network in the state of Illinois.


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Area of Legal Concentration

George concentrates his practice in property tax appeals and incentives, in addition to representing a wide range of commercial, industrial and residential properties throughout Illinois. 

George has successfully advocated for clients ranging from small business owners, real estate holding companies, real estate investment managers and Fortune 500 companies before the Cook County Assessor’s Office, Cook County Board of Review, various local Assessor’s Offices and County Boards of Review, the Illinois Property Tax Appeal Board and the Circuit Court of Cook County. 

George regularly advises clients on acquisitions and developments by providing opinions on future taxes and potential tax incentives.  Likewise, George routinely provides property tax forecasts for budgeting purposes to clients. 

George is also experienced in commercial real estate transactions, including negotiating and drafting purchase and sale agreements, negotiating leases, managing closings, and representing clients in zoning and annexation matters.


  • LL.M., The John Marshall Law School (Real Estate Law with Honors)
  • J.D., The John Marshall Law School
  • B.A., Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
Professional Memberships
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Hellenic Bar Association