Practice/Industry Group Overview
Duane Morris' eminent domain and land valuation lawyers regularly counsel private property owners, governmental entities and quasi-governmental entities in eminent domain and land valuation matters. Our attorneys are experienced in representing both condemnors and condemnees in all phases of eminent domain proceedings and have handled highly complex takings cases involving multiple landowners and major urban projects.
With our extensive knowledge of and experience in the field of condemnation, the firm frequently handles challenging valuation issues for both developing and improved properties. We are well versed in land use, environmental and government regulatory matters to best serve our clients' needs throughout the evaluation process. Additionally, we offer tax advice on the financial impact of receiving compensation in an eminent domain proceeding.
We also call upon outside consultants, including independent appraisers, engineers, land planners, surveyors, accountants, economic impact experts, photographers and other professionals who provide their special expertise where necessary. Since compensation for a taking may include not only the value of the property, but also severance and/or business damages, nonmonetary possibilities, such as improved access, more favorable zoning, relocation of roads, additional public services and other enhancements, should be considered. We have considerable experience in helping clients resolve their eminent domain issues through negotiating changes to a proposed project in order to minimize the impact on the parties involved.
Through our work as land valuation litigators, we have gained extensive experience in tax appeal litigation and the expanding field of regulatory takings/inverse condemnation, where the property owner's rights have been taken by a governmental entity without payment. We have a depth of experience in the intricate issues of valuation and damages. Our experience, resources and knowledge enable our clients to have a single source for advice, thereby often reducing their costs and increasing their satisfaction with the result.
Though we have a national practice, with clients located across the country, we are also able to provide local experience through our nationwide network of offices located in major cities across the United States. Our attorneys have also written and lectured extensively in the field of eminent domain and land valuation.
We have provided representation in eminent domain and land valuation matters from raw land to corporate headquarters and from residential properties to oil terminals. We have provided legal advice regarding:
- Airport development/expansion
- Apartment complexes
- Departments of Transportation
- Educational institutions and school districts
- Entertainment and sports facilities
- Hospitals and medical centers
- Hotels and restaurants
- Manufacturing and industrial facilities
- Office complexes
- Public utilities
- Research and development facilities
- Retirement and other planned communities
- Shopping centers and retail facilities
- Warehouses and distribution centers