Jennings Strouss is preeminently qualified to represent government agencies in eminent domain and condemnation actions relating to public projects. Our attorneys represent government agencies in related matters every day and have the experience and resources to provide effective and efficient representation, from design review through trial.
Our goal is to help keep public projects on time and on budget. We work collaboratively with agencies and their design teams, including right-of-way professionals and appraisers, to help minimize project impacts and costs and avoid litigation while optimizing preparation for any unavoidable condemnation suits. Our extensive experience in the public arena affords us an understanding of and appreciation for the political and economic sensitivity that often surrounds a public project.
Our opponents know that our experienced team of attorneys cannot be bullied or bluffed. They know we take cases to trial when necessary. They respect our knowledge of the many intricacies of condemnation law that may not be apparent even to experienced attorneys who dabble in condemnation. They know we can and will spot flaws in appraisals that others might miss because we read appraisals every day with an eye to cross-examining that appraiser.
Jennings Strouss has the expertise to advise accurately and fully educate our clients as to eminent domain and condemnation law and procedure, realistic schedules for acquisition or possession, risks and costs of a project or individual acquisition, advisability of settlement or trial, and litigation budgets. Our attorneys assist with an agency’s coordination with stakeholders, compliance with federal and state laws and regulations, and preparation of project documentation, including procurement by alternative delivery methods. They also assist with relocation appeals when a person or business displaced by a project files for administrative review in court.
The firm has experience condemning all kinds of property, including, for example, vacant land, single family homes, apartment and condominium complexes, high volume retail businesses, commercial buildings, churches, open pit mining operations, orchards, dairies, ranches, and functioning utilities, to name a few. Our attorneys’ representation of condemning agencies has included acquisitions for, among other things:
- freeways (including greenfield), highways, roads, parkways, bridges, traffic interchanges and related facilities
- light rail and transit
- high voltage transmission corridors
- high capacity, long distance pipelines
- public buildings and grounds
- flood control
- water and wastewater treatment
- sewer and water lines, including force mains
- wetlands and environmental mitigation
- parks and open space
- airports and related facilities
- elimination of legal nonconforming uses
- resolution of undocumented right-of-way
Jennings, Strouss attorneys can help clear right-of-way, acquire property, and deliver your public project on time and on budget. Delivering property for public projects cheaper, better, and faster based on extensive knowledge, long experience, and unmatched resources is our mission.