Wendel Rosen’s seasoned eminent domain team has litigated numerous condemnation actions on behalf of both public entities and private land owners, including complex projects involving numerous simultaneous acquisitions. Our eminent domain attorneys have tried cases involving commercial and residential property, regional shopping centers, agricultural land, underground pipelines, and other types of property.

Cities, counties, transportation agencies, regional park and special districts, and other public entities seeking to condemn a property or a business for roads, housing developments, or other public projects face unique and difficult challenges. In addition to their obligation to pay property owners “just compensation,” public entities must also plan the project in a way that minimizes damage and disruption to property owners and business owners; conduct a thorough and legally adequate environmental review; compensate business owners for any loss of business goodwill; and comply with federal and state relocation guidelines for displaced commercial and residential tenants.

Property or business owners faced with potential condemnation have their own set of challenges, including, in some cases, the need to relocate their home or business and concern over whether the public entity is offering the owner adequate compensation. If a condemnation lawsuit is initiated, both public entities and property and business owners must find and retain competent and experienced counsel in this highly specialized and complex area of law.

We have expertise in:

  • Real Estate Valuation
  • Business Goodwill Valuation
  • Relocation BenefitsCommercial and Residential Tenancies
  • Franchisee/Franchisor Issues
  • Environmental Issues /Impact of Contamination
  • Temporary and Permanent Severance
  • Inverse Condemnation

In advising public entities, we believe in a proactive approach, counseling clients prior to litigation about relocation and notice issues, adequacy of appraisals, prelitigation access, sufficiency of project-related environmental review, and similar issues. Our extensive experience is also a valuable asset to private property owners facing the challenge of losing their property or home to condemnation.

Firm attorneys work extensively with right-of-way professionals, appraisers, and other experts to address issues that arise both before and after litigation is filed. We frequently advise private property owners both prior to and following litigation, counseling owners about their rights, how to obtain a competent appraisal, and evaluating possible severance damages and business losses. When you call Wendel Rosen, you will speak to, and work with, seasoned and responsive litigators with years of experience in this specialized area of law.


  • Resolved numerous eminent domain cases for a public entity on favorable terms involving complex acquisitions for grade separation projects affecting access, circulation and parking.

  • Obtained a $27 million verdict for a shopping center owner in an eminent domain case involving acquisition of a significant portion of the center’s parking for a transit station

  • Simultaneously led three separate project teams to obtain, in under six months, necessary property interests from over 75 parcels of land prior to state deadlines, which secured more than $225 million in funds for the projects

  • Counsels multinational corporations and landowners in successful negotiations with condemning agencies



21st Annual Eminent Domain Conference

21st Annual Eminent Domain Conference

10/17/2019 | Bar Association of San Francisco

Wendel Rosen attorneys Joshua Cohen and Les Hausrath, along with Norm Hulberg from Valbridge Property Advisors, will co-present the 21st Annual Eminent Domain conference. Everyone from the experienced and nuanced…

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Wendel Rosen Scores Seven “Tier 1” Rankings on Best Lawyers 2020 Best Law Firms List

Wendel Rosen Scores Seven “Tier 1” Rankings on Best Lawyers 2020 Best Law Firms List

11/01/2019 | Wendel Rosen LLP

Wendel Rosen LLP has been named to the list of 2020 Best Law Firms by U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers. The firm is recognized in the categories of…

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Wendel Rosen Lands 12 in 2020 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America

Wendel Rosen Lands 12 in 2020 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America

08/19/2019 | Wendel Rosen

Partner Michael Dean Named “Best Lawyer” for 37th Consecutive Year Wendel Rosen LLP Partners Michael D. Cooper, Patricia E. Curtin, Michael A. Dean, Monica Dell’Osso, Matthew F. Graham, Tracy Green,…

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Wendel Rosen Receives Five “Tier 1” on Best Lawyers 2018 Best Law Firms List

Wendel Rosen Receives Five “Tier 1” on Best Lawyers 2018 Best Law Firms List


OAKLAND, Calif., Nov. 20, 2017 – Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean LLP announces that the firm has been named to the list of 2018 Best Law Firms by U.S. News…

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