Challenging Your Commercial Property Assessment
Upstate New York Property Tax Abatement Lawyers
The New York law firm of Hacker Murphy, LLP, is recognized statewide as a leader in in the area of real estate property valuation, tax assessment litigation (certiorari) and eminent domain or condemnation. We help businesses reduce their real estate taxes. We also counsel and defend a select number of municipalities in valuations and assessments.
Our attorneys are knowledgeable in all aspects of real estate property tax claims, namely challenging tax assessments on commercial properties. The firm has extensive experience in dealing with Boards of Assessment Review, the New York State Office of Real Property Tax Services (ORPTS) and the New York courts.
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The Hacker Murphy firm has served the Capital District since 1990 and handles tax certiorari throughout Central and Upstate New York, from Westchester County to Plattsburgh and west to Buffalo and the southern tier counties.
We represent commercial, industrial and utility property owners and municipalities in property tax assessment review proceedings. Our clients have included counties, cities, towns and school districts, and major regional businesses such as manufacturing plants, shopping malls, utilities, office parks, industrial parks, golf courses, condominiums, cooperatives and retailers. We also represent these parties in eminent domain disputes over the condemnation itself and the fair market value compensation to displaced property owners.
Albany Property Tax Dispute Attorneys
Senior partner David R. Murphy heads our commercial real estate litigation and property tax law division. He has also written and taught extensively in the area of real estate tax certiorari, property valuation and tax abatement. He is a contributor to the authoritative treatise entitled, "Review and Reduction of Real Property Assessment in New York" (New York State Bar Association, 1988) and brings more than 35 years of real estate tax law experience to your litigation matter. Mr. Murphy has served as lead counsel in nationally significant cases involving commercial real property.
Partner Patrick Seely has served as trial counsel in valuation proceedings involving commercial and industrial properties diversified among heavy manufacturing plants, power generation plants and utility distribution systems, condominiums and cooperatives, and commercial and office buildings. He also authored the chapter "Defending A Certiorari Proceeding" in the 2000 supplement to "Review and Reduction of Real Property Assessments in New York" published by the New York State Bar Association. Mr. Seely has lectured frequently to industrial trade groups and assessors on property tax proceedings and eminent domain. He handles eminent domain and condemnation proceedings for land owners and condemning authorities alike.
Cathy L. Drobny practices primarily in property tax litigation and real estate. She also has lectured on real property tax issues for the NYS Assessors Association.
Among Hacker Murphy, LLP's representative clients in property tax assessment and condemnation matters are General Electric Company, Allied Signal Inc., QuadGraphics Inc., United Group of Companies and Albany County Airport Authority; and many New York municipalities, including the Towns of Newburgh, North Elba, Halfmoon, Johnstown, Bethlehem, Ossining and Scarsdale, and the Cities of Watervliet and Gloversville.