Colleen Nilson

Senior Tax Analyst, AttorneyColleen Nilson - Senior Tax Analyst, Attorney

Do clients care about why someone became a lawyer?

In Colleen Nilson’s case, maybe so.

Colleen’s path to a law degree was really a twist of fate.
While in college, she began volunteering with agencies that assisted refugees. As her interest in International issues broadened, she decided she would be more effective as a lawyer than a volunteer.

This has helped in her role at The Tax Defenders.

Clients notice she has a different approach: teaching, including and then fighting for individual outcomes.
Today, Colleen helps clients understand the complicated legalese of taxation laws and breaks it down for them in plain English. Clients trust her compassionate approach during challenging tax and legal issues.

Other facts about Colleen:
She was a Division I All-American volleyball player at Belmont University in Nashville.
She’s a supporter of Amnesty International and participates in DACA workshops when the opportunity arises.

Named a 2006 Division 1 All American with a First Team All Conference Honors in 2004-2007

Academic Background:

  • Bachelor of Science, Political Science, Belmont University
  • J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law

Volunteer Work/Community Involvement:

  • Diversity Week Organizer
  • World Relief

Professional Memberships/Associations:

  • Illinois State Bar Association

Former Employers:

  • Department of Homeland Security
  • Ludwig and Company


  • All-American Volleyball Player, Division I, Ohio Valley Conference
  • Multiple Dean’s List and Academic Awards

Direct Dial #: (312) 940-1593

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