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  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
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  • Location:
    Orlando, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Construction Law Litigation - Construction
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  • Location:
    Lawrence, Kansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Land Use and Zoning Law Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Construction Law
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  • Location:
    Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
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  • Location:
    Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
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  • Location:
    Columbia, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Legal Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
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  • Location:
    Tampa, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
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  • Location:
    San Diego, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Real Estate Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Commercial Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
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  • Location:
    Parkersburg, West Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
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  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Litigation - Real Estate
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Real Estate Land Use and Zoning Law Real Estate Law Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Litigation - Land Use and Zoning
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Litigation - Land Use and Zoning
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  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
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William G. Blake was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

William G. Blake

Blake Austin Law Firm
  • Location:
    Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Practice Areas:
    Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
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  • Location:
    Tampa, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
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  • Location:
    Winter Haven, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Land Use and Zoning Law Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
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  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Litigation - Real Estate
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  • Location:
    Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
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  • Location:
    Tampa, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Construction Law Commercial Litigation Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
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  • Location:
    Richmond, Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Real Estate Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
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  • Location:
    Springdale, Arkansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - ERISA Commercial Litigation Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
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  • Location:
    Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Practice Areas:
    Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Litigation - Real Estate
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  • Location:
    Roseland, New Jersey
  • Practice Areas:
    Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Litigation - Real Estate
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  • Location:
    Des Moines, Iowa
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
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  • Location:
    Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Energy Law Construction Law Commercial Litigation Litigation - Construction Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Litigation - Real Estate
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Catherine R. Connors was awarded 2019 "Lawyer of the Year" in Elasticsearch.PracticeArea

Catherine R. Connors

Pierce Atwood LLP
  • Location:
    Portland, Maine
  • Practice Areas:
    Energy Regulatory Law Administrative / Regulatory Law Land Use and Zoning Law Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Appellate Practice Civil Rights Law Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
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Andrew G. Diaz was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Andrew G. Diaz

Gaylord Merlin Ludovici & Diaz
  • Location:
    Tampa, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
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  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
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  • Location:
    Madison, Wisconsin
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Arbitration Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
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  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Construction Education Law Appellate Practice Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Construction Law Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Commercial Litigation Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Bet-the-Company Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Litigation - Environmental Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants
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S. Cary Gaylord was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

S. Cary Gaylord

Gaylord Merlin Ludovici & Diaz
  • Location:
    Tampa, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
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  • Location:
    Iselin, New Jersey
  • Practice Areas:
    Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Litigation - Environmental Commercial Litigation Litigation - Real Estate
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  • Location:
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Banking and Finance Law Real Estate Law Land Use and Zoning Law Litigation - Real Estate
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  • Location:
    St. Charles, Missouri
  • Practice Areas:
    Municipal Law Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
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  • Location:
    Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Practice Areas:
    Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
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  • Location:
    Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
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  • Location:
    Glendale, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
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  • Location:
    Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Litigation - Real Estate Litigation - Construction Construction Law Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Arbitration
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  • Location:
    Mobile, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Antitrust Litigation - Real Estate Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
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  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Energy Law Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Natural Resources Law Oil and Gas Law Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
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  • Location:
    Orlando, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Litigation - Real Estate
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  • Location:
    Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
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  • Location:
    Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Commercial Litigation Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
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  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
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  • Location:
    Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Litigation - Construction Construction Law Corporate Law Litigation - Land Use and Zoning
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  • Location:
    Spokane, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
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  • Location:
    Bridgeport, West Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Environmental Commercial Litigation Environmental Law Natural Resources Law Energy Law Oil and Gas Law Litigation - Real Estate Litigation - Banking and Finance Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
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  • Location:
    Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
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  • Location:
    Morristown, New Jersey
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Real Estate Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Litigation - Construction
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  • Location:
    Sacramento, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
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  • Location:
    Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Commercial Litigation Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
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  • Location:
    Tysons Corner, Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Municipal Law Real Estate Law
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Lorena Hart Ludovici was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Lorena Hart Ludovici

Gaylord Merlin Ludovici & Diaz
  • Location:
    Tampa, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
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  • Location:
    Des Moines, Iowa
  • Practice Areas:
    Derivatives and Futures Law Construction Law Corporate Law Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Corporate Governance Law Commercial Litigation Litigation - Construction
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  • Location:
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Land Use and Zoning Law Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
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  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
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  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
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Kimbel L. Merlin was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Kimbel L. Merlin

Gaylord Merlin Ludovici & Diaz
  • Location:
    Tampa, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
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  • Location:
    Sarasota, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Land Use and Zoning Law Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Litigation - Real Estate
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  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Municipal Law Economic Development Law Land Use and Zoning Law Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Litigation - Land Use and Zoning
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  • Location:
    Burlington, Vermont
  • Practice Areas:
    Land Use and Zoning Law Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Litigation - Real Estate Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Litigation - Construction Construction Law Real Estate Law Municipal Law Environmental Law Litigation - Environmental
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  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
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  • Location:
    Costa Mesa, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Litigation - Real Estate
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  • Location:
    Reston, Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Litigation - Municipal Municipal Law
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Litigation - Real Estate Litigation - Land Use and Zoning
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  • Location:
    Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
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Nicholas S. Papleacos was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Nicholas S. Papleacos

Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams & Aughtry
  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Construction Law
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  • Location:
    Tucson, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
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  • Location:
    Columbus, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Litigation - Construction
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  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
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  • Location:
    Mobile, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Land Use and Zoning Law Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Municipal Law Litigation - Real Estate Real Estate Law Litigation - Land Use and Zoning
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  • Location:
    McDonough, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
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  • Location:
    Wichita, Kansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
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  • Location:
    Iselin, New Jersey
  • Practice Areas:
    Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
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  • Location:
    Bingham Farms, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Land Use and Zoning Law Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Litigation - Real Estate Real Estate Law
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  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
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  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
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  • Location:
    Rosemont, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
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  • Location:
    Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Practice Areas:
    Land Use and Zoning Law Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Real Estate Law Litigation - Land Use and Zoning
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  • Location:
    McDonough, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
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  • Location:
    Tucson, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Land Use and Zoning Law Litigation - Real Estate Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Real Estate Law
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  • Location:
    Norfolk, Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Bankruptcy Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
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  • Location:
    Hartford, Connecticut
  • Practice Areas:
    Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
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  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Corporate Law Commercial Finance Law Franchise Law Administrative / Regulatory Law Banking and Finance Law Corporate Compliance Law Commercial Litigation Municipal Law Equipment Finance Law Land Use and Zoning Law Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law Litigation - Real Estate Litigation - Municipal Financial Services Regulation Law Corporate Governance Law Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Nonprofit / Charities Law Litigation - Banking and Finance Securitization and Structured Finance Law Project Finance Law
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  • Location:
    Fort Washington, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Real Estate Law Land Use and Zoning Law Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Litigation - Real Estate
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
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  • Location:
    Pittsford, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Litigation - Securities Litigation - Banking and Finance Bet-the-Company Litigation Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Tallahassee, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
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  • Location:
    Madison, Wisconsin
  • Practice Areas:
    Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Litigation - Environmental Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
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  • Location:
    Cheyenne, Wyoming
  • Practice Areas:
    Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
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Paul B. Terpak was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Paul B. Terpak

Blankingship & Keith, PC
  • Location:
    Fairfax, Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
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  • Location:
    Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Practice Areas:
    Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Real Estate Law Land Use and Zoning Law Litigation - Land Use and Zoning
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  • Location:
    Tempe, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Commercial Litigation

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Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Definition

The Takings Clause in the Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution prohibits the government from taking private property, except “for public use,” even when it offers just compensation. Many state constitutions and statutes have provisions similar to the federal Takings Clause. In “classic” taking situations, eminent domain and condemnation are invoked to provide land for public schools, roads, hospitals, utilities, and similar customary public uses.

More recently, government has perceived a need to expand the exercise of eminent domain beyond its classic takings context to include a variety of “rationally conceivable” public benefits thinly tethered to public use. In these instances, lawyers are asked to advise their clients on whether the government has been faithful to its constitutional duties to take property only for a public use upon payment of just compensation and in accordance with statutory procedures enacted to protect property owners.

In instances where governmental regulations “go too far” and impose burdens on private interests that should be borne by the public as a whole, lawyers evaluate whether the regulation unconstitutionally deprives the owner of all economically viable use of property or has a significant impact on its value and the owner’s investment-backed expectations.

The Takings Clause also places limits on the power of government to impose exactions for development permits. These exactions may be fees, dedications of real property, or other obligations asserted to offset the impact of a development project. Under the doctrine of unconstitutional exactions, a benefit demanded of the landowner must have a nexus to the impact of the development and be roughly proportional to its anticipated effects.

In many instances, lawyers in this practice area engage experts in appraisal, construction, development, economics, environmental remediation, engineering, permitting, planning, zoning, and related professions to secure fair treatment, fair value, and a fair understanding of whether one of the most potent powers granted to government has been exercised in fidelity to lawful mandates.
The Takings Clause in the Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution prohibits the government from taking private property, except “for public use,” even when it offers just compensation. Many state constitutions and statutes have provisions similar to the federal Takings Clause. In “classic” taking situations, eminent domain and condemnation are invoked to provide land for public schools, roads, hospitals, utilities, and similar customary public uses.

More recently, government has perceived a need to expand the exercise of eminent domain beyond its classic takings context to include a variety of “rationally conceivable” public benefits thinly tethered to public use. In these instances, lawyers are asked to advise their clients on whether the government has been faithful to its constitutional duties to take property only for a public use upon payment of just compensation and in accordance with statutory procedures enacted to protect property owners.

In instances where governmental regulations “go too far” and impose burdens on private interests that should be borne by the public as a whole, lawyers evaluate whether the regulation unconstitutionally deprives the owner of all economically viable use of property or has a significant impact on its value and the owner’s investment-backed expectations.

The Takings Clause also places limits on the power of government to impose exactions for development permits. These exactions may be fees, dedications of real property, or other obligations asserted to offset the impact of a development project. Under the doctrine of unconstitutional exactions, a benefit demanded of the landowner must have a nexus to the impact of the development and be roughly proportional to its anticipated effects.

In many instances, lawyers in this practice area engage experts in appraisal, construction, development, economics, environmental remediation, engineering, permitting, planning, zoning, and related professions to secure fair treatment, fair value, and a fair understanding of whether one of the most potent powers granted to government has been exercised in fidelity to lawful mandates.