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Tina Fernandez is a partner practicing in the firm’s Litigation and Real Property Tax Assessment and Condemnation practice groups. Ms. Fernandez handles a variety of complex litigated matters, including real property tax certiorari proceedings and eminent domain, Article 78 proceedings regarding municipal employment and labor disputes, commercial contractual disputes, employment discrimination actions and appellate proceedings.
Ms. Fernandez also has extensive experience in representing both plaintiffs and defendants in personal injury actions. She has obtained successful outcomes for her clients, not only through trial work but also through settlement, mediation and arbitration. Ms. Fernandez has handled a wide range of cases, including wrongful death actions, automobile accidents, construction site accidents and products liability. Ms. Fernandez is a graduate of the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) Trial Academy.
Ms. Fernandez has secured real property tax assessment relief for residential and commercial property owners all over New York State. In addition to typical valuation issues, she has actively litigated claims of selective reassessment, protecting new owners from “welcome stranger” and similar tax increases. She has also assisted clients to secure tax exemptions available to hospitals, churches, schools and nonprofit organizations.
Ms. Fernandez is the Deputy Town Attorney of Town of Fenton, representing both the Planning and Zoning Boards.
Ms. Fernandez is Chair of the firm’s Recruiting Committee and serves on the firm’s Marketing committee. Ms. Fernandez is the Editor of the Hinman, Howard & Kattell Newsletter.
Ms. Fernandez is an active member of the community, having volunteered and served on many boards and committees since relocating to Binghamton in 2003. She is a graduate of the Broome Leadership Institute (Class of 2005) and is an active member and current President of the Greater Binghamton Chambers Live Wires (Class of 2006), and its performing subgroup, the Live Wire Players. In 2008, she was selected as a member of the first Southern Tier Opportunities Coalition’s '20 in their Twenties’ Class. She was a past assistant coach of the Special Olympics Owego-Apalachin A Team and continues to volunteer at the Regional Special Olympics Spring Games.
In 2009, Ms. Fernandez was appointed by Governor Paterson to serve as a member of the New York State Court Facilities Capital Review Board and continues to serve on that board. Ms. Fernandez also currently serves on the boards of the Foundation for Vision Rehabilitation and Employment, Inc. and the Goodwill Theatre, Inc.