- Case Western Reserve University School of Law, J.D.
- Wittenberg University, B.A.
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- Admitted to practice law only in the states listed above.
Karen is of counsel in the Vorys Cleveland office and a member of the probate and tax group. She has more than 40 years of real property valuation experience from across all of Ohio’s 88 counties. Throughout her career, she has successfully reduced real estate taxes on all types of commercial and industrial properties including apartments (conventional and affordable); office buildings; shopping centers and malls; department stores; banks; hotels and motels; assisted living facilities; warehouses; condominiums; distribution centers; recreational facilities and clubs; restaurants; industrial and manufacturing plants.
Karen has represented clients in several precedent-setting cases before the Ohio Supreme Court. This includes cases involving:
- the methodology for valuation of subsidized and affordable apartment projects;
- the requirement of Board of Tax Appeals to state findings of fact and conclusions of law in decisions; and
- the rights of property owner to dismiss an appeal before the BTA when the school board has not appealed.
Karen is one of the founding members, and current board member, of the National Association of Property Tax Attorneys. In addition, she is a member of the American Bar Association, the Ohio State Bar Association and its Tax Committee, the Ohio Women’s Bar Association, and the Institute for Professionals in Taxation.
Prior to joining Vorys, Karen was the owner of Karen H. Bauernschmidt Co. LPA.
Karen received her J.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Law and her B.A. from Wittenberg University.
- 1/5/2017Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP announced today that Karen Bauernschmidt has joined the firm, bringing with her more than 40 years of real property valuation experience from across all of Ohio’s 88 counties. She joins the firm’s Cleveland office as of counsel.
- 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.
- 8/2018Recently, there have been several notable decisions from courts and tax boards in jurisdictions across the country including Ohio, Illinois, Michigan, Colorado, Tennessee, Minnesota, Indiana and North Carolina. These decisions related to numerous real estate tax areas including exemptions and assessments.
- 7/3/2018In the Summer 2018 edition of Development Incentives Quarterly, read our Top 10 most interesting facts about the Foxconn deal, read a recap of the Ohio Supreme Court decision on what takes priority – a TIF exemption or another exemption, and seven interesting things to know about the City of Columbus' proposed incentives policy.
- 5/2018Taxpayers seeking to contest the values established by the auditor or county assessor have a short time-to contest their new valuation.
- 5/2018Recently, there have been several notable decisions from courts and tax boards in jurisdictions across the country including Ohio, Indiana, California, Oregon, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan and Arizona.
- Spring 2018Vorys third annual Economic Development Incentives Conference – hosted in February – welcomed more than 160 guests from several states across the country.
- 3/23/2018In the Spring 2018 edition of Development Incentives Quarterly, read a Q&A with Chris Chung, CEO of North Carolina’s Economic Development Partnership; learn about strategies for successfully obtaining New Market Tax Credit financing; and see a recap of Vorys’ 2018 Economic Development Incentives Conference.
- 3/2018Taxpayers seeking to contest the values established by the auditor or county assessor have a short time-to contest their new valuation.
- 3/2018Property tax decisions of interest from around the country from January and February 2018.
- Winter 2018The State of Ohio requires counties to reappraise properties for tax purposes every six years and update those values in the middle of that cycle.
- Winter 2018
- Winter 2018The below legislation is currently pending or will be introduced soon.
- 8/29/2017Client Alert: Time is Now for Central Ohio Property Owners to Challenge Property Tax Valuation IncreasesSeveral central Ohio auditors have recently released updated property appraisals used to determine property taxes to be paid over the next three years.
- 7/11/2017State and Local Tax Alert: Ohio Supreme Court Overturns Reliance upon Leased Fee Sales for Real Property Tax PurposesOn June 22, 2017, the Ohio Supreme Court issued a decision overturning over a decade of case law that consistently found that a recent arm’s length sale was the best evidence of value for real property tax purposes regardless of the circumstances surrounding the sale.
- 7/11/2017On June 22, 2017 the Ohio Supreme Court issued a decision overturning over a decade of case law that consistently found that a recent arm’s length sale was the best evidence of value for real property tax purposes regardless of the circumstances surrounding the sale.
- 5/23/2017State and Local Tax Alert: Short Window Now Open To Discuss Proposed 2017 Values with the Hamilton County AuditorThe Hamilton County Auditor recently mailed letters to all property owners notifying them of the 2017 new tentative values for their properties.