Glenn Graff


Glenn Graff

Career Overview

Current Focus:  joined Applegate & Thorne-Thomsen in 2001. I am the chair of the Firm’s Tax Group and concentrate my practice on the following areas: the development of real estate with the low-income housing tax credit, the historic rehabilitation tax credit, the investment tax credit for renewable energy property, as well as the Illinois affordable housing tax credit; the taxation of partnerships and LLCs; and the taxation of not-for-profit organizations. I represent syndicators, developers, investors, lenders and nonprofit organizations in structuring tax-advantaged transactions.

I have also acted as an expert witness relating to tax credit transactions. I have represented clients in tax disputes before the IRS, the United States Tax Court and local tax authorities, with an emphasis on valuation issues.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Associations
    • Member of Governing Committee of the American Bar Association Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law, 2016-Present
    • Co-Chair, Tax Credit and Equity Financing Committee of the Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law, 2006-2016
  • Moderator on several American Bar Association Teleconferences on legislation affecting low-income housing
  • Regularly speaks on tax issues relating to Federal low-income housing and historic credits, and the Illinois affordable housing tax credit

Litigated Matters:

  • Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. v. Alabama DOR, (No. S97-103)
  • Norwest Corp. v. Comm’r, 108 TC 265 (1997)
  • Nestle Holdings, Inc. v. Comm’r, T.C. Memo, 1995-441 (1995)


Glenn Graff quoted in The Wall Street Journal’s article,

As States Pick ‘Opportunity Zones’ for Tax Breaks, a Debate Over Who Benefits


Our attorneys have a passion for helping our clients reclaim and re-invigorate neighborhoods and cities. We represent developers, tax credit syndicators, investors, tax-exempt community development organizations and public housing authorities. They trust us to get the job done–please come talk with us to learn why you should too.

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