Arnstein & Lehr’s Eminent Domain Practice Group represents private landowners in all aspects of property and regulatory takings by governmental agencies at the federal, state and local levels. We represent clients in eminent domain and condemnation cases, as well as in all related matters that restrict property use and affect real estate value. Our representation begins with an evaluation of the proposed condemnation and a comprehensive analysis of specific project impacts and compensable damages. We assist property owners in every stage of the eminent domain process, from pre-suit negotiations and litigation and recovery of payment and fees.
Our attorneys consult with and retain top experts in the fields of real property appraisal, business appraisal, fixture and equipment appraisal, civil engineering, environmental testing and remediation as well as other experts qualified to render expert opinion regarding the operations of specific businesses or industries or specific issues such as traffic volume, access or zoning.
Depending on the particulars of a case, a property owner may be entitled to compensation for any or all of the following areas:
- Fair market value of real property
- Severance damages (i.e. damages resulting to the remainder after a portion of a larger parcel is condemned)
- Fixtures, equipment and/or improvements pertaining to realty
- Precondemnation damages
Our team of lawyers works with expert appraisers to ensure that property owners are compensated for the full value of the taking. In states like Florida, attorney fees in state condemnation cases are paid by the condemning authority so that property owners are not paying attorney and expert fees out of pocket. Our team of lawyers is devoted to protecting the property rights of individual citizens from encroachment by government action.