April 16, 2020 @ 2:30 pm – 7:45 pm
Adelphia Restaurant & Conference Center
1750 Clements Bridge Road

Expert Testimony: Tips & Techniques for NJ Appraisers and Assessors

Sponsored by the Southern NJ Chapter of the Appraisal Institute



Registration begins at 2:30 pm

3:00 – 5:00 PM  Expert Testimony
Presented by Jeff Gradone, Esq. of the Archer Law Firm, Diane Hesley CTA, Camden County Tax Administrator & Linwood Tax Assessor, and Pamela Brodowski, MAI, ASA, CTA, of BRB Valuation & Consulting Services

5:00 – 6:45 PM Networking/ Dinner/Chapter Meeting

6:45– 7:45 PM A View from the Bench: Reviewing Tax Court Issues & Recent Cases
Presented by Judge Joseph M. Andresini, P.J.T.C.

7:45 PM: SNJ Chapter of the AI Board of Directors Meeting (All are welcome!)

Expert Testimony: Tips & Techniques for NJ Appraisers and Assessors: This seminar will provide guidance from an experienced property taxation attorney, an experienced MAI/CTA appraiser who is regularly engaged in Tax Court and County Board of Taxation hearings, and an experienced Tax Assessor who is also a County Tax Administrator. The seminar will focus on when to consider settling a case, when to proceed to Tax Court and when to negotiate a settlement. The other focus of the seminar will target common mistakes made by tax assessors and appraisers when providing expert testimony.

A View from the Bench: Judge Andresini will discuss tax court issues & recent cases from across the state. His insight and experience will be a great benefit to all.

Pamela J. Brodowski, MAI, ASA, CTA, is Principal of BRB Valuation & Consulting Services. She is a Certified General Appraiser in New Jersey and New York with approximately 30 years of professional experience with real estate appraisals. Ms. Brodowski has appeared as an expert witness before numerous New Jersey County Boards of Taxation, the State Tax Court of New Jersey, the Superior Court of New Jersey, and the Supreme Court of New York with major clients ranging from corporations, financial institutions/ law firms/ accounting firms, municipalities/courts, and state agencies/ courts/other jurisdictions.

Jeffrey M. Gradone is a Partner at Archer Law. He concentrates his practice in the areas of local property tax, redevelopment and condemnation. Jeff litigates complex property tax appeals in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. He advises clients regarding property tax issues and liabilities, and pursues property tax exemptions, abatements, and other incentives for real estate development projects. Jeff also handles a variety of complex condemnation matters on behalf of property owners. Jeff has significant experience negotiating and obtaining tax exemptions and abatements for developers under New Jersey’s Long-Term Tax Exemption Law and Five-Year Exemption and Abatement Law. These programs provide for payments in lieu of taxes to help minimize property tax for new development and redevelopment projects, or to locate a project in a distressed or blighted area. Through these programs, Jeff assists clients in securing property tax exemptions, which would be in effect for a set period of time. Those clients have been able to make an annual payment that was much less than what their traditional tax would have been. Jeff’s clients have been able to save in real estate taxes, as well as increase the fair market value of their property. Following law school, Jeff clerked for Judge Harold A. Kuskin of the New Jersey Tax Court, where he worked on seminal cases involving taxation of heavy industrial facilities and issues related to long-term tax abatements.

Diane Hesley, CTA, is currently the Camden County Tax Administrator. She is the Immediate Past President of the Association of Municipal Assessors of New Jersey and is a member of the NJ Chapter of the International Association of Assessing Officers. She is the Part-time Assessor for the City of Linwood in Atlantic County. Diane is also an instructor for Rutgers University teaching property tax administration. She has been in the assessment, reassessment & valuation profession for over 30 years.

Joseph M. Andresini, P.J.T.C. took the oath of office as presiding judge on January 16, 2018. Judge Andresini began his time with the tax court in October 2009. Prior to that, he served as a Municipal Court Judge in the Borough of Haworth. He earned his Jurist Doctorate from Seton Hall School of Law in 1984.

Registration Fee: $40

Click here to register on-line. 

Dinner choices (Mark your preference when enrolling on-line):

  • Grilled Salmon with olive oil & lemon butter sauce
  • Ravioli in vodka blush sauce
  • Chicken Florentine

*** We will collect non-perishable food items to donate to local food banks.***

Bring your donations!!! Thanks for helping our communities!

Questions? Need help enrolling? Paying with a purchase order?

Email: lisamayweiss@hotmail.com  Call 856.415.0281

Any & all cancellations are subject to an administrative fee. No credit/refunds for cancellations made on or after April 9th. No credit/refunds for no-shows. Confirmations will be emailed. Three hours of continuing education credits are PENDING with NJ Board of Real Estate Appraisers (PA & NJ Div of taxation (appraisal credits) reciprocal credits); PENDING for ADMIN credits w/the NJ Div. of Taxation. 100% seminar/speaker attendance required to receive CE credits, as per State & AQB criteria.

This program was developed and organized by SNJAI with the intent of addressing topics of current local interest solely for educational & informational purposes. The Appraisal Institute national organization was not involved in developing or organizing the Program. Content, including but not limited to any written materials and presenter comments, does not represent the viewpoint of the Appraisal Institute (defined as including but not limited to, the national organization, its Regions, Chapters, members, candidates, affiliates and staff) unless formally adopted by the national Board of Directors. Further, the Appraisal Institute has not peer-reviewed or approved the content of the Program and does not warrant the accuracy or timeliness of the content of the Program. The content is subject to court decisions and local, state and federal laws and regulations and any such revisions of such laws and regulations. This is presented with the understanding that the Appraisal Institute is not engaged in rendering legal, accounting or other professional advice or services. Nothing in the Program is to be construed as the offering of such advice or services. If expert advice or services are required, attendees and readers are responsible for obtaining such advice or services from appropriate professionals.