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John Todd Refermat

John Todd Refermat

Lacy Katzen LLP (2007-present)
  • Employment Law
  • New York
Claimed Lawyer Profile

John Refermat is an experienced, AV rated trial lawyer whose practice includes complex civil and commercial litigation, real property tax certiorari/condemnation/eminent domain, zoning and municipal/land use litigation, environmental matters, securities arbitration and construction litigation. An experienced appellate advocate, John has successfully prepared and argued appeals before various departments of the New York State Appellate Division and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. John’s commercial litigation practice includes a wide variety of shareholder/partner/limited liability entity disputes, contested dissolutions, trademark, licensing, unfair competition, warranty and Uniform Commercial Code issues, and restrictive covenants/non-compete/solicitation agreements; he also has experience with international trade/commerce. John has an expansive practice representing property owners, school districts and municipalities in a wide range of real property assessment matters, including energy generation and emissions credits, and issues involving tax exemptions and unique properties. He previously served as General Counsel to the Binghamton Housing Authority, Counsel to the Broome County Republican Committee, Special Counsel to New York State Senator Thomas W. Libous, and Treasurer of the Monroe County Republican Committee. John co-led Lacy Katzen's Culture Initiative that transformed the firm’s culture and resulted in our designation, based on a survey conducted by Workplace Dynamics for the Democrat & Chronicle, as a Top 100 Workplace. John is rated as “AV” or “Preeminent” by Martindale Hubbell and Best Lawyers for legal ability and ethical standards.

University Of Notre Dame
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Hamilton College
B.A. | Economics Major, Government Minor
Honors: Pentagon Senior Honor Society Delivered Commencement Address
Activities: Delta Phi Fraternity (Chi Chapter) Semester in Washington, D.C. (Junior Year)
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Professional Experience
Lacy Katzen LLP (2007-present)
Associate Attorney
Harris Beach PLLC (1999-2007)
Associate Attorney
Chernin & Gold LLP, now Levene Gouldin & Thompson LLP (1996-1999)
Articles & Publications
Real Property Tax Exemption Developments
Lacy Katzen LLP
Contesting Home Assessments
Democrat & Chronicle
Is Your Property Over Assessed?
Lacy Katzen LLP
Fundamentals of Real Property Taxation in New York
Lacy Katzen LLP
Speaking Engagements
CLE, Practical Guide to Zoning and Land Use Law, Rochester & Syracuse, New York
CLE, Rochester, New York
Rochester Credit Bureau
Current Legal Perspectives on Upstate Valuation Controversies, Verona, New York
Upstate Chapter of the Appraisal Institute
Motion Practice in Federal Courts, CLE, Rochester, New York
New York State Bar Association
In Rem Property Tax Foreclosure, Winter Meeting, Saratoga Springs, New York
County Attorneys Association of the State of New York
The Latest Developments, Challenges and Opportunities for Counties Using In Rem Foreclosure Under Real Property Tax Law Article 11, County Finance School, Syracuse, New York
NYS County Treasurers & Finance Officers Association
Nuts & Bolts of an Article VII Real Property Tax Certiorari Proceeding, Rochester, NY
Monroe County Bar Association
Challenging the Right to Take: Case Law and Recent Issues
Eminent Domain from Start to Finish, Syracuse, NY
Challenging the Right to Take: Case Law and Recent Issues
Special Service Award
United States District Court for the Western District of New York
Professional Associations
Monroe County Bar Association
- Current
Activities: Former Member, Litigation Council Current Member, Judiciary Committee (Alternate)
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
New York
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2nd Circuit
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U.S. Supreme Court
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United States Court of Federal Claims
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United States District Court for the Northern District of New York
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United States District Court for the Western District of New York
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  • Free Consultation
    Initially by phone
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Contingent Fees
    For certain cases
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    Hybrid/alternative fee arrangements are also available for certain cases.
Practice Area
    Employment Law
    Employee Benefits, Employment Contracts, Employment Discrimination, ERISA, Overtime & Unpaid Wages, Sexual Harassment, Whistleblower, Wrongful Termination
  • English: Spoken, Written
Websites & Blogs
Lacy Katzen LLP
Contact & Map
Mailing Address
P.O. Box 22878
Rochester, NY 14692-2878
Telephone: (585) 324-5762
Physical Address
The Granite Building, 130 East Main Street
Rochester, NY 14604
Telephone: (585) 324-5762