My law practice is focused primarily on eminent domain/condemnation law, but also includes municipal law, administrative law, and other real estate-related litigation matters.
After graduating with an undergraduate degree in civil engineering, I obtained a "Professional Engineer" certification from both Illinois and Arizona, and practiced as an engineer in both the private and public sectors for seven (7) years. Since graduating from law school, I have practiced law with the law firms of Mariscal, Weeks, McIntyre & Friedlander, P.A. (in which I was a shareholder) and then, after Mariscal Weeks combined its practice with Dickinson Wright, as a Member of the latter firm.
During my tenure at Mariscal Weeks/Dickinson Wright, I have represented both condemnors and condemnees in eminent domain cases. My trial experience includes eminent domain, adverse possession, deficiency actions, various types of contract interpretation/enforcement disputes, constitutional/property rights lawsuits and various other property and/or contract law matters.
CIty of Phoenix v. Harnish — I represented the landowner in a condemnation action in which we successfully defeated the City''s attempt to condemn property located outside its municipal boundaries. In a reported Arizona Court of Appeal opinion, the Court held that a city cannot condemn land located outside its borders for use as a park.
United States v. Aria, et al — I represented a group of record land owners in a quiet title action brought by the United States of America on behalf of the Fort Mojave Indian Tribe. After 15 years of litigation, including two appeals to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and a Petition for Cert. to the United States Supreme Court, we prevailed. We defeated the U.S.''s effort to take title to the subject property from my clients, who had purchased and developed it.