Eminent Domain and Condemnation

Eminent domain, sometimes called condemnation, is the power of the government (and some private utility companies) to take private property for a public purpose. The most common uses of property taken by eminent domain are for road purposes, power lines, gas lines, water and sewer easements, and government buildings (such as schools).

When the government says, “we need your property,” most property owners feel at a disadvantage and have lots of questions. They want to know: (1) Do I have rights? (2) Am I being treated fairly? (3) What is the fair market value of the property the government wants to take or use? (2) What if my remaining property is going to be damaged or become less valuable because of what the government is planning?

We’re here to help.

What We Offer

Experience. Like most people, most attorneys simply do not regularly deal with the government on eminent domain matters. We do. On a daily basis, we handle condemnation matters all over the State. We’ve handled everything from sidewalk easements, to total takings, to business losses, to air rights cases, and just about everything in between. Whether you are an individual, a small business owner, or part of a large corporation, we’ve partnered with people just like you. Whether you need us to review road plans, negotiate with a right of way agent, try your case before a jury, or argue your case before the Court of Appeals or Supreme Court, we’ve done it before.

Knowledge. Eminent Domain litigation is complex, nuanced, and unlike many other areas of the law. Because we’re in it every day, we know it. Not only do we know it, we regularly publish papers on it and frequently lecture on the topic to other attorneys at continuing education seminars.

Results. From pre-condemnation negotiations to vigorous trial representation and beyond, our skilled attorneys will work to make sure your rights are fully protected and that you receive full and fair compensation.

Are you facing an eminent domain action against your property? Have questions? Just want to know if you’re being treated fairly? Schedule an appointment for a no-charge consultation by calling us at 1-855-505-7999.



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