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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:
    Land Use and Zoning Law Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Construction Law Real Estate 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:
    San Diego, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Commercial Litigation Litigation - Real Estate Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
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  • Location:
    Parkersburg, West Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
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  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Litigation - Real Estate Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Real Estate Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Real Estate Law Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Land Use and Zoning Law
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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:
    St. Petersburg, 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:
    Litigation - Real Estate Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
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  • Location:
    Jacksonville, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
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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:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
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  • Location:
    Richmond, Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Commercial Litigation Litigation - Real Estate
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  • Location:
    Springdale, Arkansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Litigation - ERISA
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  • Location:
    Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Practice Areas:
    Land Use and Zoning Law Litigation - Real Estate Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
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  • Location:
    Roseland, New Jersey
  • Practice Areas:
    Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Litigation - Real Estate
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Des Moines, Iowa
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
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  • Location:
    Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Real Estate Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Energy Law Construction Law Litigation - Construction
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Catherine R. Connors was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Catherine R. Connors

Pierce Atwood LLP
  • Location:
    Portland, Maine
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Energy Regulatory Law Civil Rights Law Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Appellate Practice Administrative / Regulatory Law Land Use and Zoning 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
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Madison, Wisconsin
  • Practice Areas:
    Arbitration Commercial Litigation Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs 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 Litigation - Environmental Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants Commercial Litigation Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Litigation - Construction Construction Law Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Product Liability Litigation - 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:
    Litigation - Real Estate Commercial Litigation Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Litigation - Environmental
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
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  • Location:
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Banking and Finance Law Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Real Estate Law Land Use and Zoning Law Litigation - Real Estate
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  • Location:
    St. Charles, Missouri
  • Practice Areas:
    Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Municipal 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:
    Construction Law Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Real Estate Litigation - Construction Arbitration Real Estate Law Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
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  • Location:
    Mobile, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Litigation - Antitrust Litigation - Real Estate
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Commercial Litigation Energy Law Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
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  • Location:
    Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Oil and Gas Law Natural Resources Law Litigation - Environmental Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Environmental Law
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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:
    Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Commercial Litigation Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
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  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
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  • Location:
    Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Litigation - Construction Real Estate Law Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Construction Law Corporate Law
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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 - Banking and Finance Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Environmental Law Energy Law Commercial Litigation Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Oil and Gas Law Litigation - Real Estate Litigation - Environmental Natural Resources 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 Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Litigation - Construction Litigation - Real Estate
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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:
    Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Commercial Litigation Litigation - Intellectual Property
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  • Location:
    Tysons Corner, Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Municipal 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:
    Litigation - Construction Derivatives and Futures Law Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Commercial Litigation Construction Law Corporate Law Corporate Governance Law
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  • Location:
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Real Estate Law Land Use and Zoning Law 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 Litigation - Trusts and Estates Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Real Estate Law Municipal Law Economic Development Law Land Use and Zoning Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Costa Mesa, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Litigation - Real Estate
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Burlington, Vermont
  • Practice Areas:
    Construction Law Land Use and Zoning Law Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Litigation - Real Estate Litigation - Environmental Real Estate Law Municipal Law Litigation - Construction Environmental Law Litigation - Land Use and Zoning
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  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
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  • Location:
    Reston, Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Municipal Law Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Litigation - Municipal
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  • Location:
    Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Litigation - Real Estate Litigation - Land Use and Zoning
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Practice Areas:
    Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Construction Law Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Tucson, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
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  • Location:
    Columbus, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Construction Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
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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 Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Real Estate Law Municipal Law Litigation - Real Estate
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  • Location:
    McDonough, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
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  • Location:
    Wichita, Kansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: White-Collar Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Bingham Farms, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Real Estate Law Land Use and Zoning Law Litigation - Real Estate
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
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  • Location:
    Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 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:
    Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Real Estate Law Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Land Use and Zoning Law
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  • Location:
    McDonough, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
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  • Location:
    Tucson, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Real Estate Law Litigation - Real Estate Land Use and Zoning Law Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Norfolk, Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Bankruptcy Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Hartford, Connecticut
  • Practice Areas:
    Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
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  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Project Finance Law Corporate Law Commercial Finance Law Corporate Compliance Law Banking and Finance Law Securitization and Structured Finance Law Equipment Finance Law Administrative / Regulatory Law Land Use and Zoning Law Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law Litigation - Real Estate Litigation - Municipal Nonprofit / Charities Law Litigation - Banking and Finance Financial Services Regulation Law Corporate Governance Law Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Franchise Law Commercial Litigation Municipal Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    West Hartford, Connecticut
  • Practice Areas:
    Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Litigation - Real Estate Real Estate Law Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Fort Washington, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Real Estate Real Estate Law Land Use and Zoning Law Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Pittsford, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Litigation - Securities Bet-the-Company Litigation Commercial Litigation Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Litigation - Banking and Finance
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  • Location:
    Tallahassee, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Madison, Wisconsin
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Environmental Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law 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 Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Real Estate Law Land Use and Zoning Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Practice Areas:
    Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
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  • Location:
    Tempe, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law

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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.