Christopher P. Byrnes, Partner
Christopher Byrnes became a partner at Schroder & Strom, LLP in 2021. He was admitted to the New York State Bar in January 2011 and is also a member of the New Jersey Bar. Chris’ practice focuses on commercial and residential property tax appeals across Long Island and throughout New York State. He handles every aspect of property tax assessment litigation, from property valuation and negotiation to trials and appellate advocacy. Chris has successfully resolved thousands of property tax appeals throughout his career, saving clients millions of dollars. Real estate developers, Fortune 500 corporations, condominiums, cooperatives, homeowner associations, nonprofits, small businesses, property managers and private homeowners appreciate his expertise.
Chris regularly provides pro bono legal services to elderly, low-income homeowners seeking assistance with Senior Citizen Property Tax Exemptions. In the wake of Superstorm Sandy, Chris helped dozens of residential and commercial property owners obtain property tax relief resulting from the damage sustained to their properties. In 2016, he received the Pro Bono Legal Services Recognition Award from the Iranian-American Bar Association.
Chris is heavily involved with the Community Associations Institute (“CAI”), a national nonprofit organization dedicated to providing education and resources to condominiums, cooperatives, and homeowner associations. Since 2015, Chris has served on the Board of Directors of the Long Island Chapter, and in 2018 he served as Chapter President. In 2016, 2017, and 2019 Chris served as co-chair of the Chapter’s Annual Trade Show (its biggest fundraiser) during which time its attendance increased by over 65%.
Chris is also an active member of the Nassau and Suffolk County Bar Associations, the New York State Bar Association, Community Bankers’ Mortgage Forum, the Federalist Society, and is a past president of the Great South Bay Chapter of Business Networking International. He is a member of the Long Island Business News 40 Under 40 Class of 2018. Chris has also been named to Super Lawyers’ New York Metro Rising Stars from 2018 through 2021.
Chris earned his Bachelor’s Degree in History from Stony Brook University and his J.D from Hofstra University in 2010.
Chris lives in Huntington Station, N.Y. with his wife and their three children.