Practice Area Overview

JDKG has represented developers, homeowners, homeowners associations, and condominium associations across a wide-range of land use and regulation issues. Our experience extends to condemnation and adverse condemnation disputes.

The mechanisms by which federal, state, county, and local governments may convert private property to public use under eminent domain statutes are complex, and vary from state to state. Our goal is to hold governmental agencies accountable for offering property owners fair compensation for condemnation of land. We are often pulled into other firms’ cases to provide our legal expertise concerning land use disputes.

When presented with a case involving the power of eminent domain, we investigate governmental actions to determine if they fall within the scope of that power. We also work to see that the property that is taken is limited to only the land necessary to accomplish a legitimate public purpose.

We perform careful analysis in order to determine what constitutes fair compensation to the property owner. Our attorneys include recognized real estate experts who regularly help determine fair values using “highest and best use” criteria, to ensure property owners get the highest compensation they are entitled to receive.