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Brendan Lynch Talks to The Mid-Market Report about Pros and Cons of Remote Working

October 01, 2020

Shareholder Brendan Lynch was quoted in an article that published in The Mid-Market Report on October 1, 2020. The article details what lawyers miss most and least about being in the office as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“We have such a strong culture in our office, the backbone of which is our people," said  Lynch. "Not seeing everyone on a daily basis hasn’t harmed that culture, but it has made me realize even more than before just how much I enjoy the individuals with whom I work – at every level and that is the single thing that I miss most because of working remotely. You also lose out on collaboration with your team. Zoom calls have proven to be useful, but it is not the same as sitting down in an office together to discuss a client’s issues."

He further explained, "Of course, that is tempered with being able to have lunch with family every day at home. When you have a 4-year-old doing virtual preschool, that’s a huge benefit. The family time while working from home during the pandemic has been invaluable, even if the result is working during the later hours to catch up on e-mail and other work. And it also means that my clients and consultants are getting many late night e-mails, and having a good time joking about a 1:00 a.m. time stamp. Of course, many of our clients are in the same boat and we are navigating these waters together.”  

Read the article: What People Miss About the Office, And What They Don't Miss At All (subscription required)


S. Brendan

A Virginia native originally with aspirations to become a journalist, Brendan Lynch fell in love with Florida and has made it his home since 2005. He represents both commercial and residential property land owners, as well as tenant business owners, in issues of property tax valuation and eminent domain/condemnation.


Brendan assists property owners throughout Florida with their property tax appeals, including assessment reviews, direct negotiations with county property appraisers, appeals to the Value Adjustment Board, and trial and appellate court proceedings. His clients include apartment projects, big box stores, condominiums, commercial strip centers, hotels, residences, student housing, vacant land, and other retail buildings.

With broad experience handling many different types of exemption applications, Brendan often assists clients from the application stage through challenges, to denial of any exemption, through trial and appellate court proceedings. These exemption applications include agricultural, conservation easements, healthcare, homestead, military housing, non-profit, religious, and senior living.

Typically, the eminent domain cases involve a governmental entity (Florida Department of Transportation, county, city, expressway authority, or other state agency) or private utility with condemnation powers seeking to take land from the property owners. Interestingly, Brendan has also represented condemning authorities on special projects – bringing a perspective from both sides of the table.

Brendan’s love for his adopted hometown of Orlando is reflected in his commitment to the community and its cultural diversity. A long-time advocate for the arts and current Chair of the United Arts of Central Florida’s Board of Directors, Brendan recently helped steer the largest Collaborative Campaign in the organization’s history (over $3M). He has also served in leadership roles for the Adult Literacy League, the Orange County Teen Court, and the Heart of Florida United Way.

ICONIC CASES

  • Achieved property tax assessment reduction for internationally-known hotel from $421 million to $259 million, resulting in millions of dollars of savings.
  • Represented a national building contractor in its application for military housing exemptions, resulting in a change in Florida law and a savings of $17 million dollars for the client.
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