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Overview

Clients depend on Smitha to solve their most difficult real estate-related challenges, including tax disputes, eminent domain issues, and complex transactions.

Smitha is a problem-solver and relishes the opportunity to partner with clients to get difficult, complex real estate projects and contested tax matters across the finish line. In the course of her twenty years of practice, her clients have included businesses, healthcare entities, landowners, governmental entities, nonprofit organizations and high-net-worth individuals. She frequently takes on an outside general counsel role in her client relationships, representing clients across a broad array of areas, including real estate law, taxation, eminent domain disputes, commercial leasing, acquisitions, zoning and land use.

Smitha has acted as counsel for several Wisconsin-based government entities, including the Village of Mount Pleasant, Racine County and Kenosha County, in matters related to development, eminent domain and tax disputes.

In addition to her transactional practices, Smitha has notable trial experience and understands how to use litigation as a tool to achieve business goals. She has handled matters—including jury trials—in state and federal courts and oral arguments in front of the Wisconsin Supreme Court and the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.


Industry

Services

Recognition

  • The Best Lawyers in America©, Construction Law, Real Estate, Litigation-Real Estate, 2021-2022
  • Milwaukee Biz Times 2020 “Notable Women in Law”

Education

  • J.D., Washington University in St. Louis School of Law
  • B.A., Washington University in St. Louis

Admissions

  • Wisconsin
  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Tax Court

Professional Memberships and Certifications

  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Milwaukee Bar Association, Real Property Section, past Co-Chair
Experience
  • Counsel for multiple Wisconsin hospitals and corporations on property tax disputes.
  • Counsel for numerous major counties and municipalities on real-estate related matters, including land use, acquisition, permitting, eminent domain, blight and zoning.
  • Defense counsel for a county on the validity of its imposition of a sales and use tax ordinance.
  • Successfully obtained judgment in favor of a religious organization client in an eminent domain challenge that was unanimously upheld by the Court of Appeals.
  • Litigated and resolved multiple eminent domain and property taxation matters on behalf of landowners and taxpayers.
  • Represented healthcare providers and corporations in the resolution of several multi-million dollar construction defect claims prior to trial.
  • Counsel for numerous construction companies related to construction contracting and construction disputes.
News Releases | July 27, 2022
Smitha Chintamaneni Joins Husch Blackwell's Milwaukee Office

Husch Blackwell is pleased to announce that Smitha Chintamaneni has joined the firm’s Financial Services & Capital Markets industry group as a partner in the firm’s Milwaukee office.

Community Leadership
  • University School of Milwaukee, Alumni Association Board

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