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Shareholder Jacob Lamme, a member of McNamee Lochner’s litigation department, recently obtained two court orders in related tax certiorari cases that granted full real property tax exemptions for eight (8) properties under Sections 420-a and 462 of the Real Property Tax Law.   The City of Amsterdam had denied tax exemptions to two religious entities for the properties, claiming that the properties were not used in a manner sufficient to warrant exemption.  Jacob successfully argued that his clients’ use of the properties, as clergy housing and parking lots associated with a Buddhist temple, qualified them for exemption under the law.

This marks another real property tax litigation victory that Jacob has obtained on behalf of a religious institution.  In 2014, Jacob was part of the litigation team that successfully appealed a determination to the Appellate Division, Third Department, and obtained a tax exemption for a large religious summer camp in Schoharie County that serves underprivileged children.

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McNamee, Lochner, Titus & Williams, P.C., a full-service law firm headquartered in Albany, N.Y. announces that the attorneys of Fox & Kowalewski, LLP, one of the leading public construction law firms in New York State, have joined the firm. The combination will augment and strengthen McNamee’s current construction law practice while providing a broader range of legal services to the clients of Fox & Kowalewski, LLP.

“As we look to the firm’s future, we are continuously anticipating new challenges in the legal profession that we may face and identifying solutions,” said Scott A. Barbour, co-managing principal of McNamee. “This addition underscores our commitment to client service, and affirms our vision of growth, excellence, and innovation.”

Laurence Fox and Edward Kowalewski, Jr. bring to McNamee a combined 70 years of expertise serving the construction industry. Their comprehensive knowledge of public construction law and area-specific statutes has enabled them to develop a deep understanding of construction law, while developing relationships with stakeholders and decision makers throughout the State.

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McNamee, Lochner, Titus & Williams, P.C. is pleased to announce that 10 of its attorneys have been named to the 2016 Upstate New York Super Lawyers list. The McNamee attorneys receiving this recognition are:

Richard D. Cirincione, Estate Planning & Probate

Mr. Cirincione’s practice is concentrated in the areas of estate planning, estate administration, estate litigation, and guardianship law, including appeals. He provides planning for high net worth individuals including the creation of charitable planning devices. He has experience forming and administering family entities and has prepared sales to defective grantor trusts. Mr. Cirincione handles all phases of the administration of estates and trusts, including the preparation of estate tax returns and fiduciary accountings.

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McNamee, Lochner, Titus & Williams, P.C. is pleased to announce that Mathew P. Barry, Jacob F. Lamme, and Jeremy H. Speich have been named to the 2016 Upstate New York Rising Stars list.

Mathew P. Barry is a member of the firm’s banking, real estate and business litigation practice groups and was recently named a Rising Star in banking law.  Mr. Barry represents business owners and financial institutions in all facets of commercial lending and real estate transactions.  Mr. Barry routinely handles multi-lender and multi-million dollar financing transactions throughout New York State.

Jacob F. Lamme is a member of the firm’s Litigation and Land Use & Zoning practice groups, and was recently named a Rising Star in business litigation.  Mr. Lamme provides litigation and corporate counsel to local, statewide, national and international businesses in a variety of matters, including commercial litigation, labor and employment disputes, real property tax assessment challenges, and Article 78 proceedings.  Mr. Lamme practices in state and federal courts, and he also provides advice and counsel to clients seeking to avoid litigation.

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McNamee, Lochner, Titus & Williams, P.C. announced today that Shareholders Mathew P. Barry, April M. Dalbec and Jeremy H. Speich have been listed as 2014 Upstate New York Rising Stars by Super Lawyers® magazine.

The Rising Star list is comprised of no more than 2.5 percent of attorneys in the state, under age 40 or practicing law for 10 years or less, who have displayed excellence in their field of law. Mr. Barry was recognized in the Business Litigation practice area, Ms. Dalbec in Family Law, and Mr. Speich for Corporate & Business Law.

“Having three Super Lawyers Rising Stars recognized this year is testimony to the breadth of legal expertise the firm continues to develop,” said Peter A. Pastore, managing principal of the firm, “We congratulate Mathew, April and Jeremy for being on the 2014 Upstate New York Rising Star list.”

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John Privitera and Jacob Lamme achieved a substantial appellate victory, establishing and protecting the legal right of religious and charitable organizations to obtain real property tax exemptions even if improvements on an organization’s real property are incomplete.

The Town of Jefferson, in the foothills of the Catskills, had sought to impose real property taxes upon Oorah, Inc., a religious charity that provides year-round activities and summer camp experiences to underprivileged children. The Town wrongfully challenged Oorah’s federal tax exemption; questioned Oorah’s religious and charitable purposes; and, illegally denied Oorah’s right to be exempt from real property taxes.

The Town’s effort to deny Oorah’s rights, based upon purported violations of local building and fire codes at incomplete recreational facilities for the children, failed. The appellate victory establishes that municipalities in New York may not deprive a charity of its right to tax exempt status based upon the building or fire codes.

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McNamee, Lochner, Titus & Williams, P.C. announced today that Partners April M. Dalbec and Jeremy H. Speich have been listed as 2013 Upstate New York Rising Stars by Super Lawyers® magazine.

The Rising Star list is comprised of no more than 2.5 percent of attorneys in the state, under age 40 or practicing law for 10 years or less, who have displayed excellence in their field of law. Ms. Dalbec was recognized in the Family Law practice area, and Mr. Speich for Corporate & Business Law.

“We congratulate April and Jeremy for being on the 2013 Upstate New York Rising Star list,” said Peter A. Pastore, managing principal of the firm, “We appreciate their talents and dedication and are pleased that they are being recognized”.