Firm History

Herman Katz Cangemi & Clyne provides the highest level of professional service to help property owners maintain their competitive edge by ensuring that real estate taxes reflect legal market value for property tax purposes.

A Short History of the Firm

Jay M. Herman and Robert S. Katz — two of the region’s most respected property tax litigation attorneys — founded Herman & Katz, LLP in November 2005, after separately practicing for several decades. Andrew G. Cangemi — a prominent property tax and condemnation litigator — joined the firm in 2007. Kevin M. Clyne, a respected litigator in the areas of property tax litigation and condemnation/eminent domain, joined the practice in April 2006. The firm changed its name to Herman Katz Cangemi & Clyne, LLP in January 2008. In January, 2017, Jennifer Hower became a partner after three (3) years as an associate with the firm.

Delivering Extraordinary Results For Its Clients Since Its Inception

  • Multi-million dollar assessment reductions for clients nationwide
  • Decision of first impression in New York State involving a self-storage facility
  • Developed and litigated unique valuation methodology theory in New York State court for self-storage facilities and big box department stores
  • A $96 million reduction for a multi-use commercial condominium in New York City
  • A settlement after trial of former IBM facility saving client more than $7.5 million

The Vital Role of Property Tax Counsel

A primary goal of any real estate holder is to minimize expenses. Selecting skilled and trusted real estate litigation counsel is the first step toward achieving that goal.

Herman Katz Cangemi & Clyne often is retained at the transaction stage — providing property tax projections, advice on possible exemptions, or alternative structuring — for example, agreements with local economic development agencies. HKCC’s trusted advisers provide their clients with outstanding value by helping to ensure that their initial property tax burden is as equitable as possible.

The firm’s excellent reputation with assessing jurisdictions both in New York State as well as nationwide helps to facilitate productive settlement negotiations and to maximize results. The partners’ vast trial experience with virtually every type of property or valuation methodology is utilized when it becomes necessary.

As a result of the firm’s willingness and ability to successfully navigate every legal avenue, Herman Katz Cangemi & Clyne achieves outstanding results for its clients. HKCC’s partners additionally provide professional services to assist counsel in zoning and land use, bankruptcy, divorce, and estate matters.