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Eminent Domain

Eminent domain is the power to take private property for public use by a state, municipality, or private person or corporation authorized to exercise functions of public character. Over the past several years, there is growing concern about how and when the power of eminent domain can be exercised. Eminent domain law and legal procedures vary, sometimes significantly, between jurisdictions. These issues require an understanding of several factors outside of the law, such as political, commercial, and special interests, that need to be investigated, evaluated, and thoroughly understood when advising clients. Each area, in turn, needs to be examined by counsel that is well versed in these issues and has the experience and insight to appreciate the implications that may result from certain actions.

The attorneys at Jackson Gilmour & Dobbs, PC represent condemning authorities and private land owners in significant eminent domain litigation. We have evaluated and litigated the right to take private property and have developed unique and sophisticated damage models intended to accurately compensate for the losses that result from a condemnation proceeding.

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  • Jackson Gilmour & Dobbs, PC and Kelly Drye will sponsor the 2016 Energy and Environmental Outlook Conference on October 19. A half-day program with a series of panels featuring law and policy experts discussing the most pertinent federal and state legal, regulatory and political developments. To register, please click here.
  • Chambers USA recognized Jackson Gilmour & Dobbs, PC for its national Environmental Practice in 2016, observing that the firm is "increasingly recognized for its representation of both public and private sector clients on a range of matters, including permitting issues, EPA negotiations and cost recovery suits," and is "particularly active in surface water contamination litigation."
  • Jackson Gilmour & Dobbs, PC was again named a "Best Law Firm" by U.S. News and Best Lawyers for 2016.
  • Bill Jackson is co-chairing LSI's Advanced Natural Resource Damages Program in Santa Fe, New Mexico on July 14-15, 2016.
  • John Gilmour will present at Law Seminars International's 10 th Annual Advanced Conference on Litigating Natural Resource Damages, "Best Strategies and Tactics to Handle Large, Complex NRD Cases," July 14-15, Santa Fe, NM. For more information, please go to https://www.lawseminars.com/detail.php?SeminarCode=16NRDNM.
  • Bill Jackson will present at Law Seminars International's 10 th Annual Advanced Conference on Litigating Natural Resource Damages, "Best Strategies and Tactics to Handle Large, Complex NRD Cases," July 14-15, Santa Fe, NM. For more information, please go to https://www.lawseminars.com/detail.php?SeminarCode=16NRDNM.
  • John Riley was named to "Best Lawyers" for Administrative Law in 2016.
  • John Riley, Bill Jackson, and Paul Sarahan were recognized as Leaders in the Environmental Field by Chambers USA 2016 Guide.
  • Bill Jackson will be presenting to the Conference of Western Attorneys General on July 19, 2016 at its annual meeting in Sun Valley, Idaho.
  • Bill Jackson, John Gilmour and Micheal Dobbs will be co-chairing the Contaminated Sediments Program at the American Association of Port Authorities' Energy & Environment program in Vancouver, BC on September 13, 2016.
  • Will Petit and Kenny Corley were named "Texas Rising Stars" by Super Lawyers in 2016.
  • Bill Jackson and John Riley were named to "Texas Super Lawyers" for Environmental Litigation for 2015.
  • Bill Jackson was again named a "Top Rated Lawyer in Energy, Environmental and Natural Resources" in the American Lawyer and The National Law Journal for 2015.