The Property Tax Attorneys
The attorneys of Siegel Jennings advocate for fair property taxation on behalf of all taxpayers, striving to achieve immediate results while providing long term strategies that ensure sustainable economic growth. For forty years, Siegel Jennings has employed its field-leading expertise and the highest professional standards in pursuit of our clients’ individual interests. Today, our team of dedicated tax attorneys remains committed to attaining fair and equitable outcomes for all taxpayers.
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Principal Jason Lindholm was recently appointed Chair of the Property Tax Committee of the American Bar Association Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law. He previously served as Vice-Chair. Posted: August 10, 2015.
Associate Cecilia Hyun's article "Big-Box Retail Offers Property Tax Lessons for Industrial Owners" was published in National Real Estate Investor.
Siegel Jennings will host the June 2015 national APTC meeting in Cleveland, Ohio including an opening dinner June 19th at The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Posted: May 11, 2015.
Siegel Jennings is proud to announce that Associate Jared A.Steinberg has passed the Pennsylvania Bar Exam and is now licensed in both OH and PA. Posted: May 11, 2015.
On April 30, 2015 partner Sharon DiPaolo presented a mock assessment trial at the 67th Annual Assessors’ Association of Pennsylvania Conference held at Seven Springs Mountain Resort, Pennsylvania. Posted: May 11, 2015.
Principal Jason Lindholm will be hosting a free conference call through the The Land Use and Environmental Group of the American Bar Association on May 21, 2015. The call will feature Curtis P. Hannah, MAI, Managing Director for Integra Realty Resources — Columbus, Ohio, speaking about "Legal Rights Appraised in a Real Property Tax Case — Fee Simple vs. Leased Fee." Mr. Hannah has over 15 years of experience appraising real property for real estate tax purposes and will focus his discussion on the legal rights appraised in real property tax cases, the differences between the various legal rights used by appraisers for tax cases, and how those rights can impact the values determined by appraisers. Mr. Hannah will also discuss current trends on this topic, including his experience with how this topic is addressed by the various agencies and courts that hear and render decisions in real property tax cases. The call will take place at 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. CT/1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. ET; Dial in number: 866/646–6488; Participant Pass code: 725 588 7619. See ABA website for more info. Posted: May 8, 2015. Updated: May 19, 2015.
Partner Sharon DiPaolo, will be moderating a panel at the Institute for Professionals in Taxation (IPT) national symposium in Austin, Texas, November 1-4: “The Client-Attorney-Appraiser Relationship in a Complex Industrial Case.” The presentation will provide a detailed look at the unique issues encountered in industrial assessment appeals – from the perspective of the attorney, the appraiser and the property owner. Panel to include Christine Rohde, Manager of Property Tax/Incentives at Alcoa and Mark Shonberg, MAI. The panel will address expectations, challenges, mistakes, strategies, lessons learned, and successes in industrial assessment appeals. Posted: April 23, 2015.
Click here to view latest Siegel Jennings Newsletter. Posted: April 15, 2015.
Associate Cecilia Hyun's article "Tax Equation - Know when your property tax assessment is excessive" was published in the February/March 2015 issue of Restaurant Facility Business Magazine. Posted: March 5, 2015.
Partner Sharon F. DiPaolo published in Jan 2015 Commercial Property Executive – “Finding Relief: Property Tax Appeals for Industrial Assets Yield Rewards.” Posted: January 7, 2015.
J. Kieran Jennings, Managing Partner of Siegel Jennings, Co., LPA was re-elected Secretary and Executive Board Member of American Property Tax Counsel. American Property Tax Counsel, is an organization of law firms providing major portfolio owners with a single source for all their property tax reporting and tax reduction needs. Celebrating its 20th year, APTC covers the U.S. and Canada, serving clients in every category of real estate from apartments to shopping centers. Posted: November 14, 2014.
Principal Jason Lindholm will be moderating a webinar titled “Impacts of Fracking on Property Valuation” on Wednesday, November 25th, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. EST, which is sponsored by the American Bar Association’s Section of State and Local Government Law. Jason is the Vice-Chair of the American Bar Association’s Property Tax Committee. Please see http://shop.americanbar.org/ebus/ABAEventsCalendar/EventDetails.aspx?productId=135602320 for information on registering for the program.
Managing Partner Kieran Jennings’ article “How to Discover Whether Your Tax Assessment Is Fair” was published in the September 2014 issue of Real Estate Forum. Posted: Ocotber 8, 2014.
Associate Cecilia Hyun attended the 2014 CREW Network Convention & Marketplace in Miami Sept 30th – Oct 3rd. Speakers included Katty Kay, Lead Anchor, BBC World News America & co-author of The Confidence Code; Steve Forbes, Chairman & Editor-in-Chief, Forbes Media; and Keynote Speaker, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Former Secretary of State. Posted: Ocotber 8, 2014.
Managing Partner Kieran Jennings presented at the November 2014 Institute for Property Taxation’s Annual Property Symposium at the Marriott Harbor Beach Resort in Fort Lauderdale Florida on the topic of “Protecting Fee Simple Value From a Leased Fee Analysis -- Why Your Property May Be Next” Posted: July 23, 2014.
Partner Sharon DiPaolo was invited to speak at the November 2014 Institute for Property Taxation’s Annual Property Symposium at the Marriott Harbor Beach Resort in Fort Lauderdale Florida on the topic of “Litigation Management.” Posted: July 23, 2014.
Ohio Supreme Court affirms appraisal of assisted living properties for property tax purposes must separate business value from real estate value. Please see APTC National Property Tax Update for this and more news nationwide. Posted: July 3, 2014.
Kieran Jennings was a presenter for the Overview on Property, Multi-State Taxes and Ohio Tax Incentives Session at the 2nd Annual Northeast Ohio State and Local Tax Conference held on August 1, 2014 in Independence. More information here. Posted: June 24, 2014.
Partner Sharon F. DiPaolo’s article "Property Assessments Present Opportunities to Reduce Taxes" was published in National Real Estate Investor. Posted: May 14, 2014.
Ohio Supreme Court puts 24 month limitation on the use of a sale price for property tax purposes. This limitation applies to sales that occur 24 months prior to the relevant valuation date that the assessor has knowledge of at the time a new reappraisal occurs. It does not mean that no sale occurring 25 months or more prior can be considered relevant, but there may be a different evidentiary burden in those cases. See here for full decision. Posted: May 7, 2014.
Fred Siegel, Kieran Jennings, and Sharon DiPaolo attended the February 2014 APTC meeting in Miami Beach, Florida marking the 20th anniversary of the American Property Tax Counsel. Posted: March 13, 2014.
Partner Sharon DiPaolo’s article “Pittsburgh Taxpayers Face Double Jeopardy on Assessments” was published in the February 2014 edition of Real Estate Business Online” Posted: February 17, 2014.
Partners Kieran Jennings, Victor Anselmo and Sharon DiPaolo were selected to present at the annual conference of the Appraisal Institute in Austin, Texas in August 2014. They presented on the topic “Preparing the Appraiser for Trial Testimony: Training, Tips and Techniques from the Front Lines. Posted: February 17, 2014.
Siegel Jennings is proud to announce that Jared Steinberg has joined the firm as an associate. Jared did his undergraduate studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and attended Loyola University, Chicago, where he earned a dual JD/MBA degree. Prior to joining the firm, Jared clerked in various areas of civil litigation before seeking a concentration in real estate and tax. Posted: November 13, 2013.
Siegel Jennings launches new website! Please visit often for news and updates. Posted: November 1, 2013.
October 25 & 26, 2013 - Kieran Jennings, Victor Anselmo, and Sharon DiPaolo attended APTC 19th Annual Property Tax Seminar, held in Chicago. Session topics include "The Use of Review Appraisal and Review Experts in Property Tax Cases" and "Capitalization Rates - Trends and Applications in Litigation."
October 2013 - Cuyahoga County relocated all offices located in the County Administration Building. See here for more information on specific departments, dates, and new locations.
September 2013 - Medina County, Ohio currently conducting informal hearings on proposed values for tax year 2013 (tax bills payable 2014). Please review your reassessment notice for details on place and time (click here for pdf document).
August 2013 - Ohio Board of Tax Appeals (BTA) proposes new rule changes (click here for pdf download).
August 2013 - Managing Partner Kieran Jennings argues before the Ohio Supreme Court in HIN, LLC v. Cuyahoga County Board of Revision, et al.
May 30, 2013 - Sen. Bill Coley introduces a measure to the two - year budget bill to prohibit school boards from filing increase complaints in Ohio unless they get the county recorder's prior agreement. Current law allows school districts to file increase complaints seeking to raise taxpayer's assessments and their corresponding property tax burden.