Our Attorneys

Jay M. Herman

Senior Partner

With almost four decades of extensive trial experience, HKCC Senior Partner Jay M. Herman understands the intricacies of complex tax certiorari and condemnation issues. It is one of the reasons the firm has been in the forefront of innovative trial work. Jay’s experience, and his practice, has encompassed virtually every property type.

He has successfully handled and argued complex appeals affecting tax certiorari and condemnation valuation issues, attorney/expert fees, assessor depositions, discovery issues, and the legality and enforcement of settlements. He additionally has been involved in complicated equalization or “ratio” issues, as well as equal protection and due process claims, and has successfully represented clients at hearings before the New York State Board of Real Property Services regarding equalization and “segment” rates.

Prior to forming HKCC, Jay worked as an assistant county attorney and a deputy county attorney in the Office of the County Attorney of Nassau County, Tax Certiorari and Condemnation Bureau. He also was an assistant corporation counsel for the Law Department of the City of New York in the Income and Excise and the Tax Certiorari Departments. Jay previously was a partner in several major Long Island law firms.

Education and Honors

He earned a Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, from Hofstra University in 1972 and a Juris Doctor from Case Western Reserve University School of Law in 1976. Jay was admitted to practice in the State of New York in 1977 and is AV peer rated by Martindale Hubbell. Jay has been quoted in such publications and Newsday, The Real Estate Weekly and The Long Island Business News.

Professional Memberships

A member of the Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester County, and New York State Bar Associations, Jay serves on their Tax Certiorari and Condemnation Law Committees. He is a member of the Long Island Builder’s Institute (LIBI), the Long Island Real Estate Group (LIREG), International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC)and serves on the Board of Directors of Action Long Island (ALI) where he is a member of the ALI Steering Committee and chair of the ALI Small Business and Economic Development Task Force. He is an affiliate member of the Appraisal Institute (AI), the Institute for Professionals in Taxation (IPT), the National Association of Realtors (NAR) and the International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO).

Jay has served as chairman of the Nassau County Bar Association’s Committee on Tax Certiorari and Condemnation Law and as vice chairman of the Suffolk County Bar Association’s Committee on Tax Certiorari and Condemnation Law. He is currently Co-Chairman of the Suffolk Bar Committee. Jay represents the firm at The National Golf Course Owners Association (NGCOA).

He frequently lectures on tax certiorari and condemnation issues to members of Bar and Assessor Associations, as well as to business leaders, homeowners, property tax managers and other property tax attorneys, consultants, and appraisers. He spoke at both IPT’s and AI’s annual conferences.

Jay is a member in “The Counselors of Real Estate,” a preeminent, by invitation only, “organization established exclusively for real estate advisors who provide intelligent, unbiased and trusted advice for a client.”

Contact Jay for all your tax certiorari, condemnation/eminent domain, or commercial real estate litigation issues.