- University of Cincinnati College of Law, J.D., 2013, cum laude
- The Ohio State University, B.A., 2010, cum laude
Bar & Court Admissions
- Admitted to practice law only in the states listed above.
Megan is an associate in the Vorys Columbus office and a member of the tax and probate group. Her practice is focused on real property tax valuation and exemption disputes and appeals. Megan has obtained substantial property tax valuation reductions and generated significant tax savings for taxpayers throughout the United States. She has appeared before the Ohio Board of Tax Appeals and Ohio Supreme Court, along with numerous other state and local tax appeal boards across the country, achieving valuable results for a large variety of commercial properties, including grocery stores, restaurants and affordable housing projects.
Megan assists clients in analyzing, anticipating and mitigating the property tax consequences of proposed real estate transactions by preparing multi-year tax projections utilized in underwriting. She also represents these clients with the resulting real property tax appeals.
Megan’s career highlights include:
- Managing the portfolio of a regional affordable housing company and obtaining significant valuation reductions in several states, including Kentucky, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia
- Achieving reinstatement of CAUV status for more than 200 acres of farmland in central Ohio, resulting in approximately $500,000 in annual tax savings
- Successfully reducing the value of a senior housing complex in Missouri by nearly $1 million
Megan received her J.D. cum laude from the University of Cincinnati College of Law, where she was the senior articles editor for Human Rights Quarterly. She received her B.A. cum laude from The Ohio State University, where she was an editor for the student newspaper, The Lantern.
Professional and Community Activities
- Ohio State Bar Association, Taxation Law Committee, Property Tax Sub-Committee Co-Chair, 2019-present
- Columbus Bar Association, Member, 2013-present
- 8/4/2021Ohio’s COVID-19 Real Property Tax Valuation Relief – Preparing for the Upcoming Special Filing PeriodVorys attorneys Nicholas Ray, Steven Smiseck, Megan Knox and Lindsay Spillman hosted a webinar which covered preparations for the special filing period of Ohio’s COVID-19 real property tax valuation relief.
- 7/26/2021Ohio Enacts New Reporting Requirements for Owners of Real Property Exempt From Real Property TaxationAs part of Ohio’s Budget Bill, H.B. 110, which Governor DeWine signed on July 1, 2021, owners of real property listed as exempt from real property taxation will be subject to new reporting requirements. The Budget Bill included an amendment to R.C. 5713.083 that now requires owners of property included on the list of exempt property to notify the county auditor where the property is located if the property ceases to qualify for real property tax exemption.
- Taxpayers seeking to contest real property tax values established by assessing jurisdictions across the country often have a short window of opportunity to contest their new valuation.
- 4/27/2021A significant real property tax savings opportunity is now available if you are an Ohio real property tax taxpayer who believes the value of your property has depreciated due to the impact of COVID-19 pandemic.
- 2/9/2021The State of Ohio requires counties to reappraise real property tax values every six years. In the interim, the counties are required to update values in the middle of that cycle.
- Winter 2021
- 3/24/2020The Vorys real property tax team is monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic’s effect on property tax filings and deadlines.
- Winter 2020This article outlines states/jurisdictions with upcoming real property tax appeal deadlines.
- Winter 2020
- 7/17/2019Taxpayers seeking to contest the values established by the local assessor have a short time-to contest their new valuation. This time frame varies by state and by local jurisdiction and in many cases begins to run upon mailing of a new value notice.
- 7/17/2019Since the last edition of The Evaluator, there have been several notable decisions from courts and tax boards; and legislative developments in jurisdictions across the country.
- 4/10/2019Taxpayers seeking to contest the values established by the local assessor have a short time-to contest their new valuation.
- 4/10/2019Since the last edition of The Evaluator, there have been several notable legislative developments and decisions from courts and tax boards in jurisdictions across the country.
- 3/7/2019Property taxes are frequently the largest non-productive expense incurred by property owners, and proactive management of this expense may result in increased profitability.
- 2/12/2019Every six years the State of Ohio requires counties to reappraise real estate.
- 1/8/2019Every six years the State of Ohio requires counties to reappraise real estate.
- 1/8/2019Taxpayers seeking to contest real property tax values established by assessing jurisdictions across the country often have a short window of opportunity to contest their new valuation.