The Tax Assessment, Condemnation and Property Valuation Practice Group at Bond, Schoeneck & King has a long, steady history of representing clients in the areas of condemnation and real property taxation. In the area of Property Tax Assessment we have diverse experience representing private property owners, municipalities, and school districts with all facets of tax assessments including, appeals, exemptions, and payments in lieu of taxes (PILOTs). Our attorneys are also skilled in the area of condemnation and have handled numerous proceedings on behalf of condemnors including IDAs, gas and electric transmission facilities, municipalities and public authorities. We have represented private property owners opposing the taking of their property and/or seeking additional compensation to fully compensate them for the loss of their property rights. Finally, we have assisted other practice groups, including the Business Restructuring, Creditors’ Rights and Bankruptcy Group and the Trusts and Estates Department with respect to valuation issues. Our diverse services have provided us with experience in valuing a broad range of properties, such as pipelines, transmision lines, underground storage rights, ski resorts, mines, power plants, golf courses, bowling alleys, shopping plazas, office buildings, and low income housing, among others. As a result, the attorneys in our Practice Group have a detailed understanding of the procedures involved and the methodologies used to determine the fair market value of real property, together with the multitude of issues which affect or influence property valuation.
Kathleen M. Bennett
Ms. Bennett is Chair of the firm’s Tax Assessment, Condemnation and Property Valuation Practice Group. She handles all facets of property tax assessment appeals on behalf of institutional, industrial, commercial, residential, school district and municipal clients. In addition, Ms. Bennett has counseled clients with respect to exemption issues, payments in lieu of taxes (PILOTs), and New York State’s real property tax cap.
Ms. Bennett also has extensive experience counseling utilities, industrial development agencies (IDAs), public authorities, municipalities, school districts and private property owners on all facets relating to the acquisition of private property pursuant to the Eminent Domain Procedure Law, including compliance with the New York State Environmental Quality Review Act. Ms. Bennett has addressed valuation issues in a wide variety of contexts and has experience in valuation issues associated with all types of property.
Kristy B. Frame
Ms. Frame practices in the areas of property and business. She focuses her property practice on condemnation, real estate transactions, tax assessment, and various other land use matters, including SEQRA. Ms. Frame focuses her business practice on mergers and acquisitions, higher education, securities and banking.
Stuart F. Klein
Stuart F. Klein is a trial attorney in the firm’s Litigation Department. He has experience in real property tax assessment matters representing both petitioners and respondents. Mr. Klein has addressed valuation issues associated with all types of property including commercial rental property and business, a wide variety of industrial and manufacturing facilities, and utility properties.
Stephen A. Sharkey
Mr. Sharkey’s practice focuses on the representation of clients in real property and commercial litigation matters. He has extensive experience in litigation involving real property and land use, including contract disputes, zoning issues and tax assessment challenges. Mr. Sharkey also has extensive experience in complex commercial litigation matters and tort and insurance law matters. In addition, he regularly represents secured creditors in adverse bankruptcy proceedings.
Brody D. Smith
Mr. Smith practices in the areas of Environmental and Property Law. He has broad experience in many aspects of environmental law, including litigation and regulatory matters. His experience includes matters involving eminent domain, mining, code enforcement, land use, zoning, permitting, the New York State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA), Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) and toxic torts. Mr. Smith has successfully represented clients before municipal boards, in administrative proceedings, and at trial, in both state and federal court.
Rebecca M. Speno
Ms. Speno focuses her practice on real property valuation issues, representing corporations, individuals, school districts and municipalities in condemnation and property tax assessment administrative review proceedings and Supreme Court proceedings. She has experience in other facets of real property valuation matters as they relate to complex real property transactional work, exemption administration, bankruptcies and PILOT negotiations. Ms. Speno also has experience in environmental and business litigation, having represented clients in a variety of state court proceedings. Ms. Speno lectures frequently concerning property valuation issues. In addition, she moderates social networking groups for property valuation professionals to discuss current events in the property valuation field.
Lisa Maffei Weaver
Ms. Weaver concentrates her practice in matters concerning commercial real estate transactions, real estate development, public finance, and business restructuring.