Tim Hammersmith's practice includes a broad spectrum of real estate disciplines with particular focus on the sale, purchase, new construction and leasing of commercial, industrial, retail, multi-family dwelling and other type properties. Mr. Hammersmith represents both landlords and tenants with respect to various leasing matters, not only including lease negotiations but also negotiating complex construction/tenant build-out contracts. Mr. Hammersmith also handles various real estate litigation matters related to disputes over title to real estate, property boundary disputes, easements rights and rights of ingress and egress, along with landlord tenant contract disputes.
A further significant area of focus of Mr. Hammersmith's practice concerns real estate taxation matters. This work includes contesting real estate tax assessments on commercial, industrial and multi-family investment grade properties, representing not-for-profit entities in the area of real estate tax exemptions, representing industrial use clients in obtaining real estate tax incentives, as well as real estate tax leasehold issues.
Mr. Hammersmith is a frequent author and lecturer on real estate issues such as taxation, site selection and real estate development incentives, and landlord/tenant matters. He co-authored the "Real Estate Tax and Government Incentives" and "Site Selection" chapters for the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education's 2004 edition of Commercial Real Estate, updated and republished in 2011. Mr. Hammersmith co-authored "No Surprises Allowed: Basics of Controlled Expert Witness Disclosure" under Illinois Supreme Court Rule 213(f)(3) in the Illinois Bar Journal, May, 2015 issue. He served as part of the Civic Federation Task Force II to assist in reshaping the Illinois real estate tax assessment appeal process. Mr. Hammersmith has served on the Illinois State Bar Association's State and Local Taxation Section Council, and he was Chair of the Section Council from 1997 to 1998. For two years, he also served as an adjunct professor for the John Marshall Law School in Chicago.
Prior to attending Law School, Mr. Hammersmith worked for approximately three years for First Florida Bank, in Tampa, Florida, in cash management and treasury operations.