Stroock Expands Tax Certiorari Practice

 In Strook, Tax Certiorari

Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP, a national US law firm with offices in New York, Los Angeles and Miami, has announced that Glenn Borin has joined the firm as Co-Manager of the firm’s Tax Certiorari Practice. Additionally, the Firm has elevated Joseph B. Giminaro to Co-Manager of its newly expanded practice, which now includes nine attorneys and four paralegals.

“We are pleased to have someone with Glenn’s high profile public sector real estate experience join our practice. It is a natural fit with our work on some of the largest real estate transactions,” said Leonard Boxer, chairman of Stroock’s Real Estate Practice and head of the Tax Certiorari Practice. “Joe has been an integral part of our department for many years. He is very skilled in handling major real estate tax cases before the NYC Tax Commission and in pre-trial settlement negotiations. I am excited to have both of them on our team.”

Mr. Borin, (52), comes to Stroock as the former Chairman of the Assessment Review Commission for Nassau County, New York, where he led reform of the County’s assessment review procedures. Prior to that, he was the Deputy Commissioner of the NYC’s Department of Finance where he managed the 400-employee Property Division. Additionally, he represented the Finance Commissioner in discussions with the State Board of Real Property Services, State Legislature, City Council and real estate industry organizations, and oversaw annual mass appraisal of 970,000 parcels, yielding $8 billion in property taxes. Mr. Borin was also the Chief of Staff and Counsel for the Tax Commission.

Mr. Giminaro, (48), has represented many large property owners and numerous high profile buildings in the City of New York. Prior to Stroock, he headed the Tax Certiorari departments at both Graubard Mollen & Miller and Shea & Gould. He successfully negotiated one of the City’s largest real property tax settlements, resulting in over $300 million in assessment reductions. In his career, he has successfully negotiated multi-million dollar assessment reductions for a wide variety of properties, including major office buildings, industrial and commercial facilities, hotels, shopping centers and malls, television studios, special franchises, and residential cooperatives and condominiums. Mr. Giminaro is also the former Chief Real Estate Tax Counsel to the NYC Department of Finance.

Stroock’s Tax Certiorari Practice represents commercial, retail, hotel and residential property owners in administrative and judicial proceedings protesting real property assessments in New York City and throughout the nation. In addition, Stroock represents owners and developers in negotiating and obtaining valuable tax incentives and exemptions, such as those emanating from the ICIP, as well as advising on the real estate tax structures in PILOT agreements for important sites such as the World Trade Center and Battery Park City. Stroock also provides tax projections for new acquisitions and development projects. Stroock is involved in cutting edge real estate tax reforms and works closely with such notable industry groups as the Real Estate Board of New York.

Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP is a law firm providing transactional and litigation guidance to leading investment banks, venture capital firms, multinational corporations and entrepreneurial businesses in the U.S. and abroad. Stroock is one of the country’s preeminent real estate firms and offers clients experience in development, acquisition, investment advisory services, leasing, joint ventures, financing and litigation. Stroock’s emphasis on client service and innovation has made it one of the nation’s leading law firms for 130 years. Stroock’s practice areas include: capital markets/securities, commercial finance, mergers & acquisitions and joint ventures, private equity/venture capital, private funds, derivatives and commodities, employment law and benefits, energy and project finance, entertainment, financial restructuring, financial services litigation, insurance, intellectual property, investment management, litigation, personal client services, real estate, structured finance and tax. For more information, please visit Stroock’s website at

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