Left to right: Amanda Dougherty, James Vandermark, Jeremiah Vandermark

Left to right: Amanda Dougherty, James Vandermark, Jeremiah Vandermark

Amanda J. Dougherty is a commercial litigator who has focused on real estate tax assessments since 2012. She was also recently appointed by the Board of Judges of Philadelphia County to serve as one of the seven members of the Philadelphia Board of Revision of Taxes (“BRT”). The BRT is an administrative agency that is the initial appellate body for tax assessment appeals in Philadelphia County. Amanda is the first woman appointed to the BRT in a decade and the first openly LGBTQ individual ever to serve on the BRT.

While she will not take on real estate cases in Philadelphia County during her tenure as a member of the BRT, Amanda still accepts cases in the counties surrounding Philadelphia. Because she is primarily a litigator and has represented the assessing authority, school district and taxpayer in assessment appeal cases, Amanda is a property tax attorney able to handle assessment appeal cases efficiently (and effectively) from initiation through trial.  

Originally from Oklahoma, Amanda earned her J.D. from Temple University Beasley School of Law and LL.M. from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. She spent almost five years working as an Assistant City Solicitor for the City of Philadelphia Law Department and currently splits her time between Center City and South Philadelphia, where she has owned her home for several years.   

The above photograph was taken during a five-day trial to determine the real estate value for tax purposes of 152 condominium units, where the parties' margin of valuation was over $70 million. Amanda successfully led the trial strategy for the City of Philadelphia against a team of attorneys from a top-tier Philadelphia firm, which included a former Philadelphia City Solicitor and judge. She also worked on the ultimately successful appeal. The trial court's judgment resulted in $3.5 million of additional revenue for the City and School District of Philadelphia.  

More recently, Amanda filed initiated the first out of several actions that resulted in the court-ordered refund of almost $50 million in taxes to commercial property owners, because it was proved that the taxing authority spot assessed commercial properties in tax year 2018.

Amanda can be reached by email at Adougherty@klehr.com or Amanda.Dougherty@phila.gov. You can read more about her here and follow her for more tax updates on Twitter.