Leonard F. Amari,
the firm founder, is a 1968 Juris Doctor (JD) recipient from The
John Marshall Law School (JMLS), with honors, where he now serves as
the president of its Board of Trustees. A practicing attorney for
forty years, he is past president of the 37,000 member Illinois
State Bar Association (ISBA, 1989-90). He served as General Counsel
for the Office of the Cook County Assessor, Thomas C. Hynes from
1983 to 1987, when the firm was founded.
Joseph F. Locallo, Jr.,
a senior partner, received his JD (1976) and Masters of Laws, (in
Taxation), from JMLS (1987). He served as Chief of Revenue
Litigation, Northern Division, Office of the Illinois Attorney
General (1987-1989), representing, among others, the Illinois
Department of Revenue.
John G. Locallo, a partner,
is both a Certified Public Accountant and a lawyer and received his
JD (1986) and Master of Laws (in Taxation) from IIT Chicago-Kent
College of Law, having served as president of its Alumni Association
Board. He, like Leonard and Joe, served as president of the
Justinian Society of Lawyers and was elected in June 2004 to serve
on the Board of Governors of the ISBA.
Anthony M. Farace, a
partner, worked as a law clerk with the firm while attending JMLS
and from which he received his JD (1993). In addition to bringing a
wealth of intellectual technology to his responsibilities, he is
also responsible for the overall administration of the DuPage and
Franco A. Coladipietro,
a partner, also a clerk with the firm after attending JMLS, from
which he received his JD (1993), supervises the firm’s out-of-county
practice and works from the Bloomingdale office. In 2007 Franco was
elected to the Illinois House of Representatives from the 45th
legislative district (DuPage County).
Katherine A. Amari, an associate, is a JD (2000) recipient from
JMLS. She served with distinction in the real estate tax division of
the office of the Cook County State’s Attorney for four years.
Katherine is a member of the ISBA YLD and an elected Assembly
delegate. In 2007 she was selected one of the top 40 Illinois
attorneys under the age of 40.
Vesna Marusic, an associate, is a JD (2005) recipient from
JMLS. A 2001 University of Chicago graduate, she serves the firm in
the handling of real estate tax assessment matters both in court and
at administrative levels. Vesna is a member of the American Bar
Association, ISBA and Chicago Bar Association.
Daniel R. Lynch, an associate, is a JD (2006) recipient from IIT
Chicago-Kent College of Law, and serves the firm in the handling of
real estate tax assessment matters. Dan is a member of the American
Bar Association, ISBA and Chicago Bar Association.
Joseph F. Locallo, III, an associate, is a JD
(2009) recipient from JMLS and serves the firm in handling real estate
tax assessment appeals. Joe is also responsible for the administration
and maintenance of matters dealing with real estate tax incentives for
the firm’s clients. He is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association
and was elected in 2010 to serve as a member of the General Assembly,
the Association’s governing body.
Louis N. Dattomo and Kevin J. Madsen,
serve as real estate tax analysts with extensive in-house training
and supervision. Through specialized education and testing, they
each are licensed by the State of Illinois as certified Associate
Real Estate Appraisers.
Of Counsel: Victor J. Cacciatore, Michael
V. Favia, Anthony J. Fornelli, Carl J. Frank,
Phillip C. Goldstick, Bruno J. Tassone, Scott D. Verhey.
Because of their governmental assessing experiences, the Amaris
maintain the status of “Certified Illinois Assessing Officers-II.”