David Suess, CRE® leads the firm’s property tax litigation practice. David helps clients achieve their goals in a range of property valuation contexts, from ensuring that their real estate is not over-valued for property tax purposes, to assisting with complex property valuation disputes between parties with an interest in real estate.

David represents property taxpayers in several states, including Indiana, Illinois and Minnesota, and he regularly appears before tax agencies, boards and courts on a variety of tax matters and disputes. David has also represented taxpayers on state and local tax matters in federal bankruptcy proceedings and appeals. David always works to resolve clients' tax problems without the need for litigation, but when necessary, he represents clients in all phases of litigation through administrative, court and appellate proceedings.

Past Experience

Before joining the firm, David was a partner at Bose McKinney & Evans LLP in Indianapolis. After earning his law degree, he practiced law at Jenner & Block in Illinois before clerking with the Honorable Ronald T.Y. Moon, Chief Justice of the Hawaii Supreme Court. Prior to law school, David worked as a Japanese language translator-interpreter for an automobile manufacturer in Lafayette, Indiana.

Faculty Positions

  • Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, Indianapolis — Adjunct Professor, Spring 2007


Bar Admissions


Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana


Hawaii Supreme Court, Hon. Ronald T.Y. Moon, 1998-1998


Indiana University Maurer School of Law
J.D. magna cum laude, Indiana Law Journal (notes and comments editor) (1997)

University of Chicago
B.A. in East Asian Languages and Civilizations, with general honors (1991)

Insights & Events

Other Perspectives
  • The Impact of Market Segmentation on the Future of Indiana Property Tax Appeals
    Co-presenter, 2017 Indiana Tax Conference, 2017
  • Property Tax Update: Lessons From Indiana
    Co-presenter with Brent Auberry, National Property Taxpayers Association, Chicago, October 2015
  • Property Tax Update
    Tax Facts, Taxpayers' Federation of Illinois, Vol. 67, Issue 5, Summer 2014

Leadership & Community

Professional Associations

  • Counselors of Real Estate — Member 
  • Indianapolis Bar Association
  • Indiana State Bar Association — Taxation Section, Council Chair-Elect
  • Illinois State Bar Association

Civic Activities

  • The Health Foundation of Greater Indianapolis — Board Chairperson
  • Youth Education Town — Advisory Board Member
  • Midtown Community Mental Health Center — Past Advisory Board, Chairman
  • Indiana AIDS Fund — Past Board of Directors, Chairman
  • ACLU of Indiana — Past Lawyer's Council, Steering Committee
  • Athenaeum Foundation — Past Board of Directors
  • Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce — Past IPS Facilities Strategy Task Force (Legislative Subcommittee, Chairman)
  • Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) — Past Yellow Ribbon Task Force and Historic Preservation Task Force



  • Best Lawyers® — Tax Law, 2015-24
  • Indianapolis Business Journal — Forty Under 40, 2005
  • Stanley K. Lacy Executive Leadership Series — Class XXVII
  • Order of the Coif
  • Indiana University School of Law — Academic Fellowship, 1994-97
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