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Eminent Domain & Condemnation

About This Practice Area

Our attorneys have one of Georgia's deepest and broadest knowledge bank of state eminent domain law.  One of our attorneys is a leading expert on recovering lost profits in business condemnation cases and has spoken and continues to speak at numerous conferences across the country.  Another drafted the landmark 2006 Georgia legislation that overhauled the State's eminent domain laws.  We have had numerous jury trials in eminent domain cases and favorably resolved many other such matters for our clients.

Representative Cases

Representation of a major department store chain to recover the loss of the value of parking spaces in a MARTA condemnation.  Our client recovered more than $2 million for its loss of use of nonexclusive easements rights to shopping center parking spaces.

Representation of property owners affected by DOT easement and fee simple condemnations.

Representation of large property owners that have incurred losses as a result of road widenings.

Representation of a national hardware chain on construction and staging easement issues.

Representation of numerous businesses which incurred business losses as a result of condemnations, including "fast food" restaurants. 

Representation of property owners claiming "inverse condemnation" arising out of regulatory changes such as stream buffer, floodplain and zoning ordinances, and roadway or traffic changes.

Allright Auto Parks, Inc. v. City of Atlanta , 257 Ga. 315 (1987) (propriety of taking of private property for quasi-public development)

United Waste, Ltd. v. Fulton County, 184 Ga. App. 694 (1987) (recovery of lost value of landfill property in an eminent domain proceeding)