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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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Allison Squires has joined McNamee as a paralegal in the firm’s commercial lending and commercial real estate practices. Allison has been a paralegal since graduating from Mildred Elley in 1996. She has experience working in a variety of practice areas, including: Commercial Lending, Commercial Real Estate, Bankruptcy, Criminal Defense, Foreclosures and Construction.

Originally from Schodack, Allison joined the United States Marine Corps in 1990, leaving the Capital Region to work as part of Security Force Co. and in the Marines’ legal department. She moved back to the Capital Region in 2004, and previously worked at two other Albany law firms before joining McNamee.

 

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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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The Law Firm of McNamee, Lochner, Titus & Williams, P.C. is pleased to announce that Hunter D. Raines has joined the firm as an associate, working in the Firm’s Corporate Law, Commercial Real Estate, Federal and State Taxation, Banking and Thrifts, and Not-for-Profit Organization practice areas.

Mr. Raines provides counsel to clients in connection the formation and operation of corporations and limited liability companies, mergers and acquisitions, purchase and sale of businesses, commercial real estate and leasing transactions, and commercial lending transactions. He also assists not-for-profit organizations on issues of formation, federal and state tax exemption, and general operational concerns.

Mr. Raines was previously employed at a downstate law firm where he represented entities in merger and acquisition transactions, commercial real estate lending transactions, and in the preparation of commercial entity organizational documents and agreements. He further assisted with the prosecution of real estate foreclosure actions, and assisted in matters related to federal and state income tax issues. Mr. Raines was also previously employed as the Senior Attorney to the New York State Deputy Commissioner of Higher Education at the Education Department.