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

 

Events

IRWA Annual Legal Update

IRWA Annual Legal Update

01/26/2022 | International Right of Way Association

International Right of Way Association will host their Annual Legal Update on January 26th led by partners Robin Thornton and Josh Cohen. Their highly anticipated presentation includes a summary of…

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What’s Mine May Be Yours: An Introduction to Involuntary Real Property Transfers

What’s Mine May Be Yours: An Introduction to Involuntary Real Property Transfers

11/16/2021 | Wendel Rosen LLP

While many know about the fundamentals of property ownership and willing transfers of property, few know the extent to which property transfers can happen without an owner’s express consent. In…

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New Rule: Hammerlock Admissible Testimony — The Implications of Sanchez and Stamps on Expert Witness Testimony in Valuation Litigation

New Rule: Hammerlock Admissible Testimony — The Implications of Sanchez and Stamps on Expert Witness Testimony in Valuation Litigation

05/13/2021 | Appraisal Institute Northern California Chapter

Robin Thornton, Esq. and Joshua D. Cohen, Esq., Wendel Rosen Eminent Domain Partners, join Norman C. Hulberg, MAI, Senior Managing Director at Valbridge Property Advisors, to present at the virtual…

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Date Category Host Title
02/03/2021 Webinar International Right-of-Way Chapter 42 Eminent Domain Annual Legal Update
01/20/2021 Webinar International Right-of-Way Chapter 2 Eminent Domain Annual Legal Update
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10/17/2019 Event Bar Association of San Francisco 21st Annual Eminent Domain Conference
01/16/2019 Seminar IRWA Bay Area Chapter 2 Annual Legal Update
05/17/2018 Seminar Appraisal Institute - Northern California Chapter The Top Ten Things I Wish My Client’s Attorney Told Me Before Testifying
11/17/2015 Seminar CLE-International Tell It To The Judge: Rules of Evidence For Appraisers and Right-of-Way Professionals in Eminent Domain Cases
02/15/2011 Seminar Client Seminar Eminent Domain: The Nuts & Bolts of Public Acquisitions

News

Partner Robin Thornton Gives Insight About the Process of Eminent Domain

Partner Robin Thornton Gives Insight About the Process of Eminent Domain

03/03/2022 | U.S. News and World Report

U.S. News and World Report published an article on February 24, 2022 regarding condemnation in the real estate arena. In this article, Robin Thornton, who chairs the Eminent Domain Practice…

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Wendel Rosen Named to the 2022 Best Law Firms List by Best Lawyers

Wendel Rosen Named to the 2022 Best Law Firms List by Best Lawyers

11/05/2021 | Wendel Rosen LLP

OAKLAND, Calif., Nov. 5, 2021 – Wendel Rosen announces today the firm has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers as one of the 2022 Best…

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Real Estate Outlook – Robin Thornton Provides Industry Wisdom

Real Estate Outlook – Robin Thornton Provides Industry Wisdom

10/05/2021 | Los Angeles Times

The impact of COVID-19 in relation to the real estate industry has been an unforgettable part of history. In a recent Los Angeles Times virtual panel, Partner and Chair of…

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