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.