Jean Smiertka Huff is a founding partner of Huff Wilkes, LLP. She has been in private practice since 1993, representing numerous municipalities and school districts in Westchester and Rockland Counties, as well as commercial property owners and real estate developers with issues relative to their property tax assessments. Tax certiorari, municipal defense, exemption proceedings and equalization rate litigation are her main areas of practice.
Since 1981, she has practiced in both the private sector, as well as state and municipal government in the field of real property tax litigation. She served as Deputy Town Attorney for the Town of Greenburgh, one of the largest municipalities in the state of New York from 1988 through 1993, handling varied real property valuation issues and exemption trials.
She has served as Special and Trial Counsel to the City of Mount Vernon from 1993 to 2012 on tax certiorari, exemption, equalization rate, in rem and federal litigation proceedings; Special Counsel to the Town of Mount Pleasant from 1996 to 2003 on tax certiorari and equalization rate litigation; Special Counsel to the City of White Plains from 2002 to 2004 on specified tax certiorari and equalization rate proceedings; Special Counsel to numerous Westchester County municipalities, including the Towns of Cortlandt, Greenburgh, Eastchester, Scarsdale, Somers, Rye and the Cities of Mount Vernon, Peekskill, Yonkers, White Plains and Rye on equalization rate and special segment equalization rate proceedings; and Special Counsel to the City of Yonkers for in rem proceedings. The firm also represents some of the largest institutional owners and corporations in the world, including RPW Group, Mack-Cali Realty Corp., General Electric, Marriott Corp., and many others.
Ms. Huff has varied trial and appellate experience in the New York State Court of Appeals, the Appellate Division, First and Second Departments and the Supreme Court. Jean has assisted major law firms in their defense of municipal and school district tax assessments, including Eastchester, Nyack, White Plains, Irvington and Edgemont. She has lectured for the New York State and Westchester County Bar Associations on the representation of municipalities and school districts in tax certiorari matters.