Christopher W. Kramer

Member

Mr. Kramer’s practice emphasizes eminent domain and condemnation litigation and consulting, primarily representing condemning authorities. In over 35 years in practice, he has condemned property for all manners of infrastructure. Mr. Kramer advises clients on litigation avoidance through mitigation of impacts and damages to properties affected by public projects. He also serves as a mediator in eminent domain, property rights, and property valuation matters throughout the United States.

Biography

Mr. Kramer’s practice emphasizes eminent domain and condemnation litigation and consulting, primarily representing condemning authorities. In over 35 years in practice, he has condemned property for all manners of infrastructure. Mr. Kramer advises clients on litigation avoidance through mitigation of impacts and damages to properties affected by public projects. He also serves as a mediator in eminent domain, property rights, and property valuation matters throughout the United States.

Mr. Kramer has presented programs on eminent domain and related topics for organizations and conferences including the Arizona Condemnation Summit, the State Bar of Arizona, the International Right of Way Association, the International Municipal Lawyers’ Association, the American Council of Engineering Companies, the Institute of Traffic Engineers, the ALI-CLE National Eminent Domain Conference, and the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine.

Mr. Kramer is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame Law School and Illinois State University. He is admitted to practice in Arizona, Nevada, and California.

Admissions

Admitted to Practice

  • Nevada (2014)
  • Arizona (1990)
  • California (1986)

Court Admission

  • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona (1990)
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California (1987)

Media and Presentations

Presentations

  • “Years in Review: Developments in Eminent Domain and Land Use Law and Practice 2020-2022,” Moderator, 61st Annual Workshop on Transportation Law, Transportation Research Board of the National Academics (July 26, 2022)
  • “Managing Homelessness in Rights of Ways,” Moderator, 61st Annual Workshop on Transportation Law, Transportation Research Board of the National Academics (July 25, 2022)
  • “Condemnation Summit XXVI,” Moderator, Jennings, Strouss and Salmon, P.L.C. and Gallagher & Kennedy, P.A. (October 29, 2021)
  • “Standing Committee on Eminent Domain and Land Use,” Moderator, 60th Annual Workshop on Transportation Law, Transportation Research Board of the National Academics (September 14, 2021)
  • “The Impact of the 2020 U.S. Supreme Court Opinion of McGirt vs. Oklahoma on Transportation Issues within the Newly Recognized ‘Indian Country’,” Moderator, 60th Annual Workshop on Transportation Law, Transportation Research Board of the National Academies (September 14, 2021)
  • “Easy to Miss Title Problems,” Co-presenter, International Right of Way Association (IRWA) Chapter 73 (November 24, 2020)
  • “Homeless Encampment in Rights of Way Are Nothing New,” Speaker, 99th Annual Meeting, Transportation Research Board of the National Academies (January 14, 2020)
  • “Working on the Railroad: Condemnation and Regulation of Railroad Property,” Moderator, 58th Annual Workshop on Transportation Law, Transportation Research Board of the National Academies Annual Law Conference, Cleveland, OH (July 21 – 24, 2019)
  • “Eminent Domain for Right of Way Professionals,” Speaker, International Education Conference, International Right of Way Association (IRWA), Portland, OR, (June 10, 2019)
  • Land Use Practice Pointers,” Co-presenter, International Municipal Lawyers Association (IMLA) 2019 Mid-Year Seminar at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. (March 2019)
  • Eminent Domain & Relocation Case Law Update: Developments in Arizona and Across the Country,” Speaker, International Right of Way Association (IRWA), Kachina Chapter 28, 60th Annual Educational Seminar (March 2019)
  • “Loss of Access: How to Prove Just Compensation and Damages,” Speaker, American Law Institute’s Eminent Domain and Land Valuation Litigation Conference (January 2019)
  • “Right-of Way Best Practices in Light of Recent Trends in Eminent Domain Law,” Panelist, Eminent Domain and Land Valuation Litigation, American Law Institute CLE (January 2019)
  • “Eminent Domain and Land Valuation Litigation,” Panelist, American Law Institute CLE (February 2018)

Memberships

American Bar Association

  • Member, Municipal Law Section
  • Member, Public Utilities Section
  • Member, Real Estate Sections

Maricopa County Bar Association (MCBA)

Arizona Condemnation Summit

  • Co-Chair (2009 – 2021)

Transportation Research Board of the National Academies

  • Standing Committee on Eminent Domain and Land Use
    • Chair (2020 – present)
    • Program Chair (2015 – 2020)
    • Member (2014present)

International Right of Way Association

Arizona Eminent Domain Conference

  • Co-Chair (20072009)

State Bar of Arizona

  • Member, Civil Jury Instructions Committee (20032005)
    • Chair, Eminent Domain Sub-Committee
  • Member, Civil Practice and Procedure Committee (19921994)

Notre Dame Club of Phoenix

  • Member, Board of Directors (1999 – 2009)

Illinois State University Attorney’s Advisory Council (2004 – 2014)

Honors and Awards