Kimbel L. Merlin

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Phi Kappa Phi. Member, Golden Key. Member, 1984-1985 and Executive Editor, 1985-1986, University of Florida Law Review. Author: "Don't Let the New Condemnation Laws Take You by Surprise," PetroGram, September/October 1999; "Don't Get 'Taken' by a Government Taking," PetroGram, May/June 1999; "The Critical Role of Experts in Creating a Legal and Practical Cost to Cure in Eminent Domain," American Bar Association Annual Meeting, 1994; "Enhancement," Chapter 8A, Nichols on Eminent Domain, 1991. Co-Author: "Authority to Exercise Power," Chapter 2, Florida Eminent Domain Practice and Procedure Manual (5th ed. Supp. 1999) (6th ed. 2003) (7th ed. 2008); "Condemnation," Lease Negotiation Handbook (2003). Speaker: "The Critical Role of Experts in Creating a Legal and Practical Cost to Cure in Eminent Domain," American Bar Association Annual Meeting, 1994; "Update on Florida Legislative Developments," Association of Eminent Domain Professionals, 1994; "Contamination Stigma: Defending the Landowner Against the New Scarlet Letter in Eminent Domain," Southwestern Legal Foundation Institute on Eminent Domain, 1994; "The Compensability of Severance Damages Based on Diminution of Access" and "The Art of Arguing the Law and Convincing the Jury in a 'Cutting Edge' Condemnation Trial," American Bar Association Annual Meeting, 1992. Program Co-Chair: Continuing Legal Education, International Eminent Domain Seminar, Oct. 2001; Continuing Legal Education International Eminent Domain Conference, October 2006. Florida Trend: Florida Legal Elite (2005-2011); Law and Politics: Florida Super Lawyers (2006-2011); Florida Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel Edition (2009-2010); Best Lawyers in America (2006-2011); Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers (2007-2011).

Areas of Practice (6)

  • Eminent Domain
  • Condemnation
  • Inverse Condemnation
  • Property Rights
  • Land Use
  • Zoning Law

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
866-981-5570  Phone
(813) 221-9030  Fax
University Attended:
University of Florida, B.A., 1983
Law School Attended:
University of Florida, J.D., 1986
Year of First Admission:
2005, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida; 1994, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida; 2004, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida; 1986, Florida
Hillsborough County (Co-Chair, Eminent Domain Committee, 1997-1998) and American (Chairman, Condemnation, Zoning and Land Use Committee, Litigation Section, 1992-1995; Newsletter Chairman, 1990-1992; Co-Chair, Program Evaluation and Utilization Committee, Section of Litigation, 1995-1997; Member: Condemnation Committee, Real Property, Probate and Trust Section; Urban, State and Local Government Law Section) Bar Associations; The Florida Bar (Member, 1992— and Chair, 1993-1994, Eminent Domain Committee; Member: Environmental and Land Use Law Section; Steering Committee for Florida Eminent Domain Practice Procedure Manual, 1999—. Chair, Steering Committee on Eminent Domain Annual Judicial Conferences, July 1995—); International Council of Shopping Centers; Florida Petroleum Marketers & Convenience Store Association, Inc.; Hillsborough County Bar Foundation (Board of Trustees).
Birth Information:
Gainesville, Florida
Reported Cases:
M & C Associates, Inc. v. State Dept. of Transp., 682 So.2d 640 (Fla. 2d DCA 1996); Caulk v. Orange County, 661 So.2d 932 (Fla. 5th DCA 1995); State Dept. of Transp. v. D.J.P. Associates, Inc., 640 So.2d 1201 (Fla. 2d DCA 1994).

Peer Reviews

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