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BakerHostetler’s eminent domain lawyers understand the challenges, opportunities, and concerns that clients face in connection with eminent domain and condemnation actions. Because we represent both property owners and condemning authorities, we understand the unique and often diverse perspectives of all parties involved, so we are able to seek creative solutions and employ novel approaches to eminent domain issues.

  • Resolved eminent domain case in favor of a client who was negatively impacted by a roadway project that limited the client’s future access. The client obtained a favorable settlement of almost double the condemning authority’s first offer, including payment of all attorneys’ fees and costs, and the construction of an alternative driveway that provides full access to the client’s property.
  • Resolved inverse condemnation case in favor of the property owner, requiring government entity to clear drainage ditches and canals to allow water to drain based on historic drainage maps. Client was also awarded its fees and costs.
  • Client was granted summary judgment in an action challenging a local height ordinance. Client’s property rights were enforced so that the new ordinance did not restrict the property.
  • Represented client in connection with an interstate natural gas pipeline in Florida, which involved more than 200 miles of pipeline easements. Were actively involved in the right-of-way acquisition and condemnation process, and provided advice and counsel to the project manager and right-of-way agents on negotiating and analyzing settlements, procedural issues, mediations, and litigation.
  • Served as lead counsel for the United States in a case concerning complex Fifth Amendment takings claims associated with flooding after Hurricane Katrina. The case, a putative class action consisting of 60,000 property owners, received significant media attention from local and national outlets, and involved billions of dollars in potential claims.
  • Negotiated easement for pipeline across wetlands preserve against a claim of trespass.
  • Acquired easements by negotiation and condemnation on properties across three rural counties in order to allow construction of a pipeline in time to meet contractual obligations and avoid penalties.

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