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Brendan Lynch to Speak at 2018 RPTE Spring Symposia

April 02, 2018

Orlando, FL – Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, P.A. is pleased to announce that Shareholder Brendan Lynch will serve as a panelist during a program titled “Urbanization and Gentrification: Tools to Increase Equity While Revitalizing City Centers“ at the 30th Annual RPTE Spring Symposia, which is hosted by the American Bar Association. Lynch will participate on this panel with Thomas Hawkins and Nancy Rich. Karla Chaffee will serve as the moderator. The following topics will be addressed:

How do zoning strategies contribute to or alleviate gentrification?
What impacts are associated with property tax assessments?
What infrastructure and environmental issues hamper redevelopment and what type of incentives are required to advance equitable growth?

The symposia will be held at The Four Seasons Resort in Orlando, FL on May 10th and 11th, 2018. CLE credits will be available.

Lynch represents private landowners in issues of eminent domain and condemnation, as well as ad valorem tax appeals (property taxes). He handles all levels of property tax appeals throughout the state of Florida, including assessment reviews, direct negotiations with county property appraisers, appeals to the Value Adjustment Board, and trial and appellate court proceedings. He represents owners of a wide array of property types, including apartment projects, condominiums, commercial strip centers, hotels, residences, and other retail buildings. Lynch received his law degree from George Mason University School of Law and his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia. In addition to serving on the board of directors for the United Arts of Central Florida, he is a Guardian ad Litem for the Legal Aid Society. Lynch is the past president of the Orange County Teen Court Advisory board, and past president of the board of directors of the Adult Literacy League.

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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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