Experienced Real Property Tax Appeal Lawyers
The law firm of Brandt, Steinberg, Lewis & Blond LLP has represented properties of every size and description throughout New York City for nearly 85 years. Our practice is concentrated in real estate assessment matters, seeking reductions for owners of commercial and multifamily residential properties. We also represent claimants in eminent domain proceedings as well as applicants for real estate tax exemptions and abatements (J-51, ICAP, etc.).
Our firm was founded during the Great Depression by Peter Brandt, and our current team of lawyers has carried his tradition of excellence into the 21 st century. Our representation extends to all aspects of the assessment process. We appear before administrative review boards, such as the NYC Tax Commission, and communicate with assessors on behalf of our clients. When satisfactory results are not achieved at the administrative level, we prosecute judicial proceedings and seek favorable resolution in court.
Our fees are contingent upon success at a mutually agreed upon percentage of the tax benefits achieved.
Our firm presently consists of seven attorneys with extensive experience.
Hubert J. Brandt, senior partner, is a past president of the Real Estate Tax Review Bar Association and was a member of the New York State Temporary Commission on Real Property Tax for the entirety of its existence. Currently, he is a member of the Institute for Professionals in Taxation, the Committee on Property Taxation of the Real Estate Board of New York and various other bar association law committees.
Partners Richard A. Steinberg and Willa I. Lewis began their legal careers as members of the Tax Certiorari Division of the New York City Law Department. The last position held by Ms. Lewis, before leaving the law department was Deputy Chief of the Tax Certiorari Division.
Mr. Steinberg started with the firm in 1977 and has since served as President of the Real Estate Tax Review Bar Association as well as Chair of the Committee on Condemnation and Tax Certiorari of the New York City Bar Association. He has argued matters before New York Court of Appeals, including a victory which resulted in a real estate tax exemption for an adult home in the City of Middletown, New York. He is currently a member of the board of directors of the Real Estate Tax Review Bar Association.
Ms. Lewis started with the firm in 1986 and has since served as Chair of the Committee on Condemnation and Tax Certiorari of the New York City Bar Association. She is currently a member of the board of directors of the Real Estate Tax Review Bar Association. Ms. Lewis also is the President of VASCA, a not-for-profit agency providing grants to support summer respites for low-income elderly residents of New York City.
Peter E. Blond became a partner in January 2011. Mr. Blond originally started with the firm in 1997 and returned in 2008, after spending five years with Meyer Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C., on Long Island. During his time at Meyer, Mr. Blond was able to expand his knowledge and experience in Nassau and Suffolk counties. Mr. Blond is a regular contributor to the N.Y. Real Estate Journal and has lectured extensively on real property tax matters. He has served as Chair of The Committee on Condemnation and Tax Certiorari of the New York City Bar Association.
Michaelle Francois joined with the firm in 2003. She concentrates primarily on matters regarding real estate tax appeals in New York City. Ms. Francois also is the litigation coordinator and works on exemptions, abatements and real estate tax projections. She is fluent in French and Haitian Creole.
John C. Hyon is the newest addition to our firm. He started in 2014 and is admitted to the bars of New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Hyon practiced primarily in New Jersey on real estate tax appeals. He is fluent in Korean.
Patrick F. Burke, Director of Appraisal (not an attorney), came to our firm in 1994, after many years of experience as an assessor for the New York City Department of Finance and Director of the Appraisal Division of the New York City Tax Commission. His background and knowledge has made him a valuable asset to our firm.
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Contact our law firm of Brandt, Steinberg, Lewis & Blond LLP to learn more information about our practice and to discuss your problems with an experienced attorney. Should you have any questions, do not hesitate to call us at 212-563-2200 to get the answers you deserve.