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Unmatched Experience in Property Tax Representation


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John M. Gendler


John Gendler has practiced property tax law since 1978. A former Assistant Hennepin County Attorney, John entered private practice in 1981. His years of dedicated legal work on behalf of his clients has focused on providing excellent representation and securing peace of mind for his commercial clients. In 1987, he was one of the founders of this firm, which ultimately grew to become Smith, Gendler, Shiell, Sheff, Ford & Maher, P.A.

John has represented national clients with large portfolios, and understands that purchase prices of portfolios may not be the same as market values for taxes. His ability to work through complex valuation issues with assessors results in favorable tax valuations for his clients.

Respected for his understanding of property tax valuation, John has lectured on property tax appeals for the Minnesota Multi-Housing Association and the Institute of Real Estate Management. He also has been a speaker at many continuing legal education seminars, sharing the breadth of his knowledge of this esoteric field with members of the bar. In addition, John has authored several articles for the Minnesota Real Estate Journal and other publications.

John received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Carleton College and Doctor of Law degree from Cornell University. In 2010, John received an Exceptional Service Award from Carleton College in recognition for his many years of volunteer work for his alma mater. John was a member of the Carleton Alumni Annual Fund Board and chair of the board from 2006 to 2008.

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)
    • International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO)
    • Minnesota Multi-Housing Association (MHA)
    • 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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