Condemnation and Eminent Domain

Gardere’s condemnation and eminent domain attorneys have extensive experience representing both landowners and condemnors, giving us a unique and full understanding of the process. Our representation has included all types of property – from pristine undeveloped land to industrial properties.

Federal, state and local governments and certain private entities (such as electric utilities, telecommunications companies, pipeline companies, road works, railroads, etc.) have the legal authority to condemn private property for public use. However, property owners are entitled to be fairly compensated for their losses. When landowners face these situations, we are here to help them understand the available options and determine the best courses of action.

  • Eminent domain is the power of a condemnor (the government or private entities such as electric utilities, telecommunications companies, pipeline companies, road works, railroads, etc.) to take private property for public use.
  • Condemnation is the legal process through which the property is taken and the property owner is to be awarded just compensation. Inverse condemnation is the legal process through which the property owner initiates litigation because the condemnor takes the property but fails to pay the compensation required by the U.S. and Texas Constitutions.

Our team is made up of some of the most experienced condemnation attorneys in Texas and includes a former top litigator for the Texas Attorney General’s Office, the Texas Deputy Attorney General for Litigation, former chief of the Texas Attorney General’s Transportation Division, former Harris County Attorney, a former Assistant Attorney General and many other attorneys with significant condemnation backgrounds. 

Gardere earned first-tier metropolitan recognition for its Eminent Domain & Condemnation practice area in the 2013 Best Law Firms list published by U.S. News & World Report and The Best Lawyers in America.

As a full-service law firm, we pride ourselves in our ability to handle condemnation matters from the earliest transactional stages through the conclusion of trial and appellate proceedings. No case is too big or too small for our team.  We are able to offer different fee arrangements, including representing clients on an hourly or a contingency basis, thus giving each client the opportunity to choose the representation that works best for their individual situation.

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