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.