Laura Genovich practices municipal, land use, and commercial law Foster Swift Collins & Smith's Grand Rapids office. She helps public entities and business clients reach their goals and solve their problems in creative, collaborative, and cost-effective ways.
Laura works closely with municipal clients on issues related to zoning, election law and campaign finance issues, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and Open Meetings Act (OMA) compliance, labor/employment matters, real estate transactions, public finance, and contract drafting and negotiation. She handles complex property tax appeals and has special expertise in property tax exemptions and special assessments. She has written numerous articles geared to assist Assessors understand the Supreme court’s recent decision in Baruch SLS, Inc v Tittabawassee Township which dealt with charitable exemptions.
When a new case or statute impacts her clients, she is quick to share the breaking news and advise. She has authored articles relevant to the assessment administration profession such as Different Categories of Property Tax Exemptions in Michigan”, The Costs and Benefits of Property Tax Exemptions in Michigan”, “Property Tax Exemptions: What Every Assessor Needs to Know” to name just a few.
It is because of this seasoned litigator's many contributions and dissemination of information relative to charitable exemptions from property tax that we recognizer Laura J. Genovich the 2018 Michigan Tax Achievement Award
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