Thomas M. Atherton

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Thomas Atherton is of counsel in the Tax Group and the Business Services Group. With more than 30 years of experience, Mr. Atherton is a leading legal authority on property tax issues, having worked extensively on these matters both in Indiana and Illinois. He has been nationally recognized for his efforts in property tax issues. Most notably, Mr. Atherton was lead counsel in the seminal Town of St. John vs. State Board of Tax Commissioners case, which resulted in the Indiana Supreme Court striking down the Indiana real property system, producing a complete overhaul of Indiana’s property tax.

Mr. Atherton’s practice encompasses all aspects of property tax, including advocating for constitutional safeguards regarding methods of taxation, representing taxpayers in connection with property tax disputes and assisting clients in formulating tax plans. He represents a wide variety of taxpayers, both publicly and privately owned, including utilities, auto plants, steel mills, refineries, manufacturing facilities, commercial properties and multi-family residential developments. Mr. Atherton frequently speaks and writes about property taxes and related issues.

Honors / Awards

The Best Lawyers in America 2014-2019; Distinguished fellow of the Indianapolis Bar Association 2012; 1996 Indiana Civil Liberties Union Cooperating Attorney Award

Appearances / Publications

Mr. Atheron speaks frequently on property tax issues, and has participated in many continuing legal education seminars. Some of the organizations to which he has presented include: the Indiana Property Tax Institute, the National Conference of State Tax Judges, International Association of Assessing Officers, Institute of Professionals in Taxation, American Bar Association, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum, Chicago Tax Club, and the Indiana Chapter of the Appraisal Institute. Mr Atherton has spoken at or chaired each of the 17 annual seminars on property tax presented by the Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum.

Areas of Practice (4)

  • Business Services
  • Real and Personal Property Taxes
  • Tax
  • Tax Disputes and Litigation

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
317.684.5348  Phone
317.223.0348  Fax
University Attended:
Doane College, B.A., 1966
Law School Attended:
University of Illinois, J.D., 1972
Year of First Admission:
1993, Indiana; 1972, United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois; 1972, Illinois; 1982, Supreme Court of the United States

Appointments / Memberships

Member: AV Peer Review rated by Martindale-Hubbell; Board of Directors of National Association of Property Tax Attorneys; Indiana State Bar Association; Illinois State Bar Association; International Association of Assessing Officers; Indiana Manufacturers Association (Tax Committee); Tax Payers Federation of Illinois Advisory Committee; Institute of Professionals in Taxation

Birth Information:
Alton, Illinois, August 9, 1944

Peer Reviews

4.9/5.0 (9 reviews)
A Martindale-Hubbell Peer Rating reflects a combination of achieving a Very High General Ethical Standards rating and a Legal Ability numerical rating.
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  • 5.0/5.0 Rated by a Partner on 07/27/14 in Property Tax

    Tom is one of the brightest and best property tax lawyers in the United States. Top rate litigator and appellate lawyer. Has had major wins on behalf of his client.

    Tom is one of the brightest and best property tax lawyers in the United States. Top rate litigator and appellate lawyer. Has had major wins on behalf of his client. Read less

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  • 5.0/5.0 Rated by a Judge on 07/20/14 in Tax Appeals

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