Susan’s Tax Advisory and Tax Controversy Career
During her firm tenure Susan Feeney was a preeminent practitioner in state and local property tax matters and redevelopment/eminent domain matters. She is widely recognized for her contributions to the legal profession and counts serving as both President of the New Jersey State Bar Association and President of the New Jersey State Bar Foundation among her many accomplishments.
Taxpayers in every industry relied on Susan Feeney for valuation analysis, settlement negotiations, litigation before the County Tax Boards, state tax planning, administrative hearings before the New Jersey Division of Taxation, and New Jersey Tax Court litigation involving all New Jersey state and local taxes. Religious, educational, hospital, and other not-for-profit entities also turned to her for property tax exemption assistance. Susan advised developers and municipalities in eminent domain proceedings and negotiated payment in lieu of taxes (PILOTs) for developers, municipalities, and tax-exempt entities.
Susan is a champion of providing and supporting pro bono legal services. She is a founding member and past president of Legal Services Foundation of Essex County as well as a founding member and past president of the Board of Volunteer Lawyers for Justice, from which she received a Champion of Change Award. At McCarter, Susan is past chair of, and was a member of, the firm’s Pro Bono Committee.
Susan was an active member of the legal community, serving on committees and boards for state agencies, courts, and educational institutions as well as in leadership positions in professional associations and legal foundations. She lectured frequently on state taxes and local property taxes to civic and professional groups and has been an adjunct professor in the Tax Masters Program at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Susan is also a member of The Counselors of Real Estate (CRE).
Susan is dedicated to supporting women in the law and has been honored with numerous awards for her efforts in this area. New Jersey Women Lawyers Association awarded her the Women’s Initiative and Leaders in Law Private Sector Award. The Women’s Political Caucus of New Jersey awarded her the Mary Philbrook Award, and she is a recipient of the TWIN (Tribute to Women and Industry) Award. Susan also received the St. Thomas More Medal presented by Seton Hall University School of Law and the St. Thomas More Society as well as the 2018 Thurgood Marshall New Jersey Award of Excellence.