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Unmatched Experience in Property Tax Representation


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Douglas J. Shiell


Doug Shiell has decades of experience working on property tax appeals. He has represented the owners of a variety of investment properties, including large suburban and downtown office buildings, retail centers, and industrial buildings. Doug has also worked for owner-users in many industries including banking, medical, grocery, and retail. Property types have included stores, clinics, corporate headquarters, data centers, and distribution centers.

Doug has been involved in tax court litigation resulting in significant reductions in value for the owners of large suburban office buildings, a downtown hotel, and apartment buildings. Other tax court litigation experience includes constitutional cases (assessment-sales ratio cases and apartment classification) and statutory interpretation cases (standing to file an appeal and retroactive application of law).

Doug has experience in mediation both with a tax court judge and with a private mediator. Substantial reductions have been achieved in the areas of exemption, contaminated property and a port elevator.

Doug's professional activities include lecturing for the Minnesota Multi-Housing Association, the Institute of Real Estate Management, Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, Minnesota State Bar Association, National Business Institute and Greater Minneapolis BOMA. He has also authored articles on property taxes for the Minnesota Real Estate Journal.

Doug graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School, cum laude, in 1981. After graduation, he worked for a general law firm, primarily in the areas of business, litigation and tax appeals.  He has been a shareholder of the firm since its founding in 1987.

Bar Association Memberships:

    • Hennepin County Bar Association (HCBA)
    • Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA)

Professional Association Memberships:

    • Greater Minneapolis Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA-MPLS)
    • National Association of Industrial and Office Parks (NAIOP)


Tax Trauma - How Higher Assessments Can Cause Lower Net Rents

November 1, 2016 Published with permission of Commercial Property Executive By John Gendler, Esq. Resurgent demand for commercial real estate is driving sale prices to record highs, pressuring assessors to increase taxable property values ...


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