Municipal Practice and Real Property Taxation

Municipalities and public authorities often face unique legal challenges. Adams Leclair regularly counsels municipalities and public authorities throughout the Greater Rochester and Finger Lakes regions. Our attorneys have represented municipal clients in Article 78 proceedings, tax certiorari proceedings, zoning and code enforcement matters, labor and employment matters, civil rights lawsuits, and on matters involving open meeting requirements and the Freedom of Information Act.

Adams Leclair attorneys have particularly distinguished themselves with respect to ad valorem tax matters, representing both commercial taxpayers and taxing authorities. The attorneys in the firm have represented multiple Fortune 500 companies in challenging their tax assessments on commercial and industrial parcels, as well as defending some of the largest towns and school districts in Western New York on assessment challenges.

Based upon this extensive experience, our attorneys are fully familiar with the unique procedures and timetables required to effectively present or defend ad valorem tax protests to assessors, boards of assessment review and the courts. Real property valuation work requires not only the necessary legal skills but also the assistance of qualified appraisers and other professionals. Over the years, our attorneys have developed a strong network of valuation experts with regional, national and even international experience, which enable us to bring the right skills to each client’s case.

Through our negotiating skills, we can often achieve the client’s desired result without going to court. However, when litigation is necessary, our real property tax practitioners have been both creative and effective at achieving favorable results for our clients.