Douglas W. Atkins
Douglas W. Atkins
Douglas W. Atkins concentrates his practice in the specialty area of property tax refund and reduction, commonly known as tax certiorari. He has extensive experience in property tax reduction proceedings for all types of commercial real estate throughout New York State. Doug has handled complex cases for specialty properties, including golf courses, cellular towers, self-storage facilities, nursing homes, and condominium communities. He regularly advises property owners and municipalities on the negotiation and tax impact of Industrial Development Agency Payment In Lieu Of Taxes (“PILOT”) agreements.
New York State, and in particular Long Island, has perhaps the most active property tax legal field in the nation. Doug is at the forefront of that field having been appointed chairman of the Nassau County Bar Association’s property tax committee in 2018.
Doug is a frequent lecturer and writer on the topics of commercial property tax and valuation. He has been published in the New York Real Estate Journal, the New York Law Journal, the Suffolk Lawyer, and other local publications.
For his accomplishments and achievements in the business community, Doug was selected as one of Long Island’s top 30 young professionals by the Huntington Township Chamber of Commerce in 2010. Annually since 2011, he has been selected to the New York Super Lawyers Rising Stars lists. Doug received Long Island Business News‘ Leadership in Law and 40 Under 40 awards.
Doug has successfully completed both commercial and residential real estate appraisal courses through the Columbia Society of Real Estate Appraisers.
Prior to joining the Firm, Doug held positions at the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office and the Kings County Supreme Court.
- Brooklyn Law School, 2005
- Fordham University, B.S., 2002
- New York State Bar
- Connecticut State Bar
- Nassau County Bar Association (Chair, Tax Certiorari and Condemnation Law Committees)
- Suffolk County Bar Association (Tax Certiorari and Condemnation Law Committees)
- Huntington Township Chamber of Commerce
- Executive Board, South Huntington Sports Club
- Institute for Professionals in Taxation (IPT)
- September 12, 2019
2019 Super Lawyers New York Metro Rising Stars list (Tax)
- September 13, 2018
Atkins Named to the 2018 New York SuperLawyers Rising Stars®List
- September 4, 2018
Atkins of FDT Appointed to Executive Board of S. Huntington Sports Club
- July 1, 2018
Partner Douglas W. Atkins Appointed Chair of The Nassau County Bar Association’s Tax Certiorari Committee
- April 11, 2018
Atkins Noted by Real Estate Weekly as a Rising Star
- September 28, 2017
Real Estate Attorneys from Forchelli, Curto, Deegan, Schwartz, Mineo & Terrana LLP Chosen by their Peers as 2017 New York Rising StarsSuper Lawyers®
- April 2016
Who’s Who in Real Property & Certiorari Law Firms and Health Care Law – Douglas W. Atkins — LIBN
- January, 2016
Partner Douglas W. Atkins Named a 40 Under 40 by the Long Island Business News
- January, 2016
Attorney Douglas W. Atkins Named Partner at Forchelli, Curto, Deegan
- November 1, 2015
Law: In Tax, As in Comedy, Timing Matters – NYREJ
- July 2013
Industrial Park Taxes: Town of Smithtown or Town of Islip? — HIA Newsletter
- December 20, 2012
Real Estate Associate Douglas W. Atkins Honored by the Long Island Business News with the Leadership in Law Award
- September 20, 2012
Atkins Named to the 2012 New York Super Lawyers Rising Stars® List
- December 13, 2011
Will the property tax cap really work? — New York Real Estate Journal
- March 2010
Nassau Commercial Property Taxes in latest issue of The Nassau Lawyer