James B. Sarnoff

James "Jimmy”
Managing Principal
James B. Sarnoff

Jimmy Sarnoff is managing principal of Sarnoff Property Tax where he has more than 20 years of experience in property tax law representing owners and operators of commercial, multi-family, industrial, and residential properties throughout the state of Illinois.

Mr. Sarnoff’s extensive clientele list includes Fortune 500 companies, developers, REITs, privately held firms, property management companies, banks, condominium associations and more. He advises his clients on all aspects of property tax including appeals, incentives and acquisition/disposition strategies.

Mr. Sarnoff has been recognized as a Leading Lawyer since 2016. He serves on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Property Tax Attorneys (NAPTA) where he formerly served as secretary for seven years and is the Illinois member representative of the National Property Tax Group (NPTG).

Mr. Sarnoff lives in Chicago, where he is a proud husband and active father of three children who attend Francis W. Parker School.


IIT-Chicago-Kent College of Law (J.D.)

Syracuse University (B.A.)

Bar Memberships

Professional Affiliations

American Bar Association

Chicago Bar Association (Member: Real Estate Taxation Committee, 2004 – )

National Association of Property Tax Attorneys

Property Tax Practice Specialties

Property Tax Appeals

Property Tax Incentives

Acquisition and Disposition Strategies

Recent Publications

Co-author of the “ABA Property Tax Deskbook, 2024.”

Author of “New Five-Year Incentive in Cook County Expands Availability of Property Tax Relief,” Illinois Real Estate Journal, 2014


"Sailing Through the Appeals Process from Coast to Coast," Institute for Professionals in Taxation Annual Conference, 2015

James B. Sarnoff



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