Condemnation, Eminent Domain
Maslon attorneys have over 40 years combined experience in the condemnation area. We have represented owners of all types of properties, from large commercial businesses to small family-owned businesses, from farms to gas stations to mines.
The taking of property under the power of eminent domain or condemnation is a unique and often unsettling experience. Discussions regarding the taking of private property for a road, redevelopment project or other "public purpose" may come years before the project begins. Property owners and others must contend with the pending changes. Once the government begins the formal condemnation process, it can be protracted and contentious. Maslon attorneys are there to guide clients through the process and litigate the case at all levels from the initial Commissioner's hearing to the Supreme Court.
Indeed, we have conducted hearings before condemnation commissioners, held jury trials and handled appeals in condemnation cases. In addition, we have served as court-appointed condemnation commissioners ourselves and so have the experience to look at your case from the perspective of a decision maker.
Condemnation issues may arise in other contexts as well and Maslon has the experience to deal with these issues as they arise. For instance, State and local zoning and other regulations may give rise to a claim that a taking has occurred. Maslon has the experience to evaluate these situations and litigate the claims if necessary.
Persons affected by a government taking are often entitled to Relocation Benefits under state and federal law. Maslon is available to assist with these claims as well.