Judy’s practice focuses on property tax cases, which utilize her extensive knowledge, skills and experience in the areas of negotiation, valuation and trial advocacy.
Judy takes a pragmatic and open approach when advising her clients regarding whether to settle their case, keeping a careful focus on the risks, costs and benefits of settlement versus trial. She utilizes her extensive skills and knowledge of real estate valuations and appraisals in order to achieve the best possible results for her clients, whether through settlement or trial.
Judy has extensive experience and is regarded by both the bench and the bar as a fierce litigator when her cases proceed to trial. However, Judy also takes a pragmatic approach when advising her clients regarding whether to settle their cases, keeping a careful focus on the risks, costs and benefits of settlement versus trial. Judy is known for maintaining an open dialogue with other members of the bar, county attorneys and assessors, which allows her to manage her cases in a professional manner, while maintaining a reputation as a tough negotiator and an aggressive litigator.
Judy focuses primarily on retail, office and multi-family residential real estate appraisals, but also has extensive experience handling tax appeals involving industrial, mixed use, and medical buildings.
Judy is able to utilize her skills and specialized knowledge in the complex field of valuation in a manner that works to her clients’ advantage.
- Regional and super regional malls
- Department stores
- Shopping Centers
- Single occupant and multi-tenant office buildings
- Single occupant and multi-tenant industrial buildings
- Medical office buildings
Articles & Presentations
PUBLICATIONS & PRESENTATIONS
- “The Dark Store Theory and Other Lies the Government Told,” co-authored with Lynn Linné, Bloomberg BNA Daily Tax Report: State, August 9, 2017
- “Dark Store Theory—How to Stop It from Coming to a State Near You,” co-authored with Lynn Linné, Property Tax Dispute Resolution Insights, Summer 2016
- Presenter, “The Dark Store Theory and Related Hot Topics in the Valuation of Big Box Retail Properties,” 2016 IPT/ABA Advanced Property Tax Seminar, March 2016
- “What You Need to Know: Strategies to Lower Your Property Taxes on Your Commercial Property in a Troubled Economy,” FredNEWS: Real Estate, February 2010
- “What You Need to Know: Strategies to Lower Your Property Taxes on Your Hotel in a Troubled Economy,” FredNEWS: Real Estate, January 2009
- Featured in “More Appealing/Less Taxing: Take Action to Lower Your Hotel’s Property Taxes,” Lodging Minnesota Magazine, Fall/Winter issue
Honors & Education
- University of Minnesota Law School, J.D., 1996, cum laude
- University of Wisconsin, Madison, B.A., Journalism, 1990, with distinction
- Minnesota, 1996
- Iowa, 2014
- United States District Court for the District of Minnesota, 1996
- The Best Lawyers in America, Family Law, 2016-present
- Minnesota State Bar Association, Tax Section
- Hennepin County Bar Association, Tax Section
- Member, Institute for Professionals in Taxation
- Member, Minnesota Shopping Center Association
- Member, Minneapolis Business Owners and Managers Association
- Member, National Association of Industrial and Office Properties
- Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
- Hennepin County Conciliation Court Referee