Steven P. Schneider

Partner at Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP

Steven P. Schneider

Steven P. Schneider

Partner at Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP

Biography

Steven Schneider is an ad valorem property tax counselor and litigator. His clients have received more than $100 million of property tax savings throughout the country. Steven works extensively with commercial, telecommunications, and energy taxpayers where thorough knowledge of the changing regulatory and business environments is essential for a proper presentation of the taxpayer's valuation case.

* Represents industries in activities related to State Tax Commission personal property tax valuation tables
* Litigates before the Michigan Tax Tribunal to obtain substantial property tax value reductions
* Negotiates settlements related to personal and real property tax valuations on behalf of commercial, industrial, and utility companies


Experience

* Represented several industries and the state's major chambers of commerce in reforming Michigan State Tax Commission personal property tax valuation tables
* Lead counsel in a 31-day trial over value of two coal-fired power plants with a combined capacity of 2600 MW, settlement after trial reducing values over $1 billion, The Detroit Edison Company v. China Twp. and East China Twp., Michigan Tax Tribunal (MTT) Docket Nos. 292798
* Litigated several cases challenging values on telephone company operating property resulting in millions of dollars of tax savings, AT&T/SBC-Midwest/Michigan Bell v. Michigan State Tax Commission MCI Communications v. State Tax Commission; Frontier North v. State Tax Commission; Level 3 Communications, Inc. v. State Tax Commission, MTT Docket No. 354657 (2008); Comcast Phone of Michigan, LLC v. State Tax Commission and Department of Treasury, MTT Docket No. 338943 (2007)
* Obtained Michigan Tax Tribunal judgments after trials resulting in reduced values for shopping centers, B & L Development, LLC v. City of Norton Shores, MTT Docket No. 365860; affirmed, Michigan Court of Appeals Docket No. 311183 (2014); Redford Square Associates, Ltd. v. Township of Redford, MTT Docket No. 362195
* Obtained Michigan Tax Tribunal judgment after trial reducing value of industrial zoned land by over 90% because of developmental challenges posed by topography and land use ordinances, MS Brighton, LLC v. City of Brighton, MTT Docket No. 345507 (2013); affirmed, Michigan Court of Appeals Docket No. 319909 (2015)
* Obtained Michigan Tax Tribunal judgments after trials resulting in reduced values for industrial buildings, Schefenacker Vision Systems USA, Inc. v. City of Maryville, MTT Docket No. 365867; Comau, Inc. v. City of Novi, MTT Docket No. 351412
* Obtained a Michigan Tax Tribunal judgment after trial that reduced the value of a two-sheet ice rink by approximately 50% for each of the three tax years, Suburban Properties - Macomb LLC v. Township of Macomb, MTT Docket No. 347318
* Obtained a Michigan Tax Tribunal judgment after a trial that reduced the value of 36 acres of developmental land near the Detroit Metro Airport by over 50%, Venoy Wick Development Associates, L.L.C. v. City of Romulus, MTT Docket No. 346538
* Settled before trial the value of a district steam system that resulted in over $3 million of tax refunds, Detroit Thermal, LLC v. City of Detroit, MTT Docket Nos. 307839, et al.
* Settlements before trial reducing the values of cogeneration power plants, Michigan Power LP v. Pere Marquette Township, MTT Docket No. 257630 and Ada Cogeneration v. Ada Township, MTT Docket No. 359295 and the values of several coal-fired power plants owned by DTE Electric Co. and Consumers Energy Co.
* Co-chaired 130-day trial that resulted in a $400 million reduction in value for property tax purposes of the nation's largest cogeneration plant, Midland Cogeneration Venture Limited Partnership v. City of Midland, 13 MTT 584 (2004); affirmed in pertinent part, Michigan Court of Appeals Docket No. 254636, et al. (2006)
* Litigated personal property valuation appeals for American Electric Power Co./Indiana Michigan Power Co.; ANR Pipeline Company; Aquila, Inc., d/b/a Michigan Gas Utilities; American Transmission Company; Blue Lake Gas Storage Co.; Buckeye Pipe Line Company; Cloverland Electric Cooperative; Comcast; The Detroit Edison Company; Diversified Machine; Great Lakes Energy Cooperative; Michigan Consolidated Gas Company; Midwest Energy Cooperative; Northern Natural Gas Company; SEMCO Energy Gas Co.; and Homeworks Tri County Electric Cooperative; Wisconsin Public Service Corporation; and Upper Peninsula Power Company; and many others
* Represented Intervening Respondents Consumers Energy Co., Detroit Edison Co., Michigan Consolidated Gas Co., and amici curiae Michigan Chamber of Commerce and Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce in the landmark Michigan case involving appropriate procedures to study and adopt new guidelines to value utility property, Wayne Co. v. Michigan State Tax Comm. (Docket 273674) 11 MTT 452 (2002); affirmed, 261 Mich. App. 174, 682 N.W.2d 100 (2004)
* Challenged Mississippi’s unit value property tax allocation formula and obtained acceptance of the taxpayer's proposed allocation formula, ANR Pipeline Company v. Mississippi State Tax Commission, (trial December 1996); affirmed, 806 So.2d 1081 (2001)
* Represented COO and 49% shareholder in successful trial obtaining finding client was not a responsible person under Internal Revenue Code § 6672, DiStasio v. The United States, Fed. Tax Reporter (CCH), 50,577, Nov. 16, 1990 (22 Claims Court 36)
* Practiced as a tax, antitrust and commercial litigator in Milwaukee, Wisconsin for seven years and as a litigator for ANR Pipeline Company for six years, litigating property tax issues in over 15 states

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Education
B.A. in Economics, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

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Honigman Miller Schwartz & Cohn LLP is engaged in the provision of legal services. It offers its services to the finance, gaming & hospitality, health care, homeland security, insurance and intellectual property & technology sectors. The company was founded in 1948 and is headquartered in Detroit, MI.

Awards & Honors
Admitted to the Michigan Bar
Court Admission: US Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
Admitted to Practice U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
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