Paul T. Sheppard
700 Security Mutual Building 80 Exchange Street
Paul T. Sheppard is Chair of Hinman, Howard & Kattell’s Real Property Tax Assessment and Condemnation Practice Group and a member of the firm’s Litigation Practice Group. Mr. Sheppard handles a variety of complex litigated matters, including real property tax certiorari and eminent domain proceedings, commercial contractual disputes, restrictive covenant and unfair competition claims, Article 78 proceedings regarding municipal employment and labor disputes, employment discrimination actions, and appellate proceedings. He also has extensive experience representing both plaintiffs and defendants in personal injury actions.
Mr. Sheppard has secured real property tax assessment relief for hundreds of clients, including the owners of industrial campuses, manufacturing facilities, nursing homes, medical and professional office buildings, commercial properties, gas stations, restaurants, apartment complexes, mobile home parks, residential rental property, and owner-occupied residential property. In addition to typical valuation issues, he has actively litigated claims of selective reassessment, protecting new owners from “welcome stranger” and similar tax increases. He has also secured tax exemptions for hospitals, churches, schools and nonprofit organizations.
Representative reported decisions include Yurecka v. Zappala, 471 F.3d 59 (3d Cir. 2006); Ball v. Metallugie-Hoboken-Overpelt, S.A., 902 F.2d 194 (2d Cir. 1990); White v. County of Cortland, 97 N.Y.2d 336 (2002); Waldo’s, Inc. v. Village of Johnson City, 74 N.Y.2d 718 (1989); United Health Services Hosps., Inc. v. Assessor, 122 A.D.3d 1177 (3d Dept. 2014), lv. denied 25 N.Y.3d 909 (2015); McKay v. Village of Endicott, 113 A.D.3d 989 (3d Dept. 2014); Central N.Y. Oil & Gas Co. v. Porto Bagel, Inc., 106 A.D.3d 1152 (3d Dept. 2013);Meaney v. Village of Johnson City, 95 A.D.3d 1640 (3d Dept. 2012); Rauschmeier v. Village of Johnson City, 91 A.D.3d 1080 (3d Dept. 2012); PMA Mgmt. Group v. White, 90 A.D.3d 1691 (4th Dept. 2011); Richards v. City of Binghamton, 80 A.D.3d 1022 (3d Dept. 2011); Giblin v. Village of Johnson City, 75 A.D.3d 817 (3d Dept. 2010); Regal Enter. Group v. New York State Div. of Human Rights, 61 A.D.3d 1102 (3d Dept. 2009); Montgomery v. Bd. of Assessment Review, 30 A.D.3d 747 (3d Dept. 2006); Pacheco v. United Med. Assocs., 305 A.D.2d 711 (3d Dept. 2003); DeCapua v. Dine-a-Mate, Inc., 292 A.D.2d 489 (2d Dept. 2002); N.Y.S. Elec. & Gas v. Bd. of Assessors, 285 A.D.2d 945 (3d Dept. 2001); Walter v. State, 235 A.D.2d 923 (3d Dept. 1997); Endicott Johnson Corp. v. Assessor, 209 A.D.2d 759 (3d Dept. 1994); Rankin v. Harding, 191 A.D.2d 926 (3d Dept. 1993); Bidwell v. N.Y.S. Mun. Workers’ Alliance, 7 N.Y.S.3d 240 (Sup. Ct. 2014); Zervos v. City of Binghamton, 910 N.Y.S.2d 409 (Sup. Ct. 2009); Wilson v. Dziedzic, 13 Misc. 3d 242 (Sup. Ct. 2006).
Mr. Sheppard has lectured at Broome County Bar Association and Greater Binghamton Chamber seminars on tax assessment, no-fault insurance, motion practice and ethics. He also has been an adjunct lecturer at Binghamton University. He is also a regular contributor to the Hinman, Howard & Kattell, LLP newsletter.
Mr. Sheppard has been repeatedly selected as a "Super Lawyer" for upstate New York.
Mr. Sheppard has been involved with youth sports for many years. He has coached baseball in and served on the Board of the Maine-Endwell Little League, and has coached soccer in and served on the Boards of the B.C. United Soccer Club and Maine-Endwell Soccer Club. He also volunteers as a track official at the Regional Special Olympics Spring Games.
Mr. Sheppard has also served as an attorney-advisor for high school Mock Trial teams, and currently serves as a Mock Trial judge.
Mr. Sheppard is a Past President of the Live Wire Club and is a member of and the Head Writer for the Live Wire Players, which performs at the Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner and Meeting, among other events.
Mr. Sheppard is a member of the firm's Executive Committee, Chair of Hinman, Howard & Kattell, LLP's Technology Committee and a member of its Pension Committee. He is also pro bono counsel to the Broome County Urban League.