Michael Benak concentrates his practice in the area of local property taxation. He is a member of the firm’s Real Property Tax Planning and Appeals Team, helping clients reduce property assessments, negotiate tax abatements and exemptions for qualified taxpayers, and secure incentive packages for relocating businesses. Michael handles nationally prominent property tax cases that set new legal precedent.
Michael actively reduces taxpayer liability on a variety of property types across the United States, including but not limited to: big box retail, power plants, apartment complexes, corporate headquarters, regional malls, research and development facilities, office buildings, movie theatres, hotels, warehouses, golf courses, and other unique properties.
Michael is the current Chair of the Taxation Law Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association. He is an active member of the New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on the Tax Court for the 2018-2020 term, and previously served as a member during the 2016-2018 term. These experiences prove valuable for clients since Michael is engaged in the discussion of property tax policy issues with colleagues, elected officials, and current and former Judges.
Before joining the firm, Michael was a law clerk for the now Presiding Judge of the Tax Court of New Jersey, Honorable Joseph M. Andresini.