Eminent Domain & Land Use


The litigators in Lewis Rice's Eminent Domain & Land Use Practice Group have a comprehensive understanding of the considerations and priorities that influence the actions of condemning authorities and landowners. This broad perspective facilitates the identification of the legal, factual, and strategic issues confronting our clients, allowing us to efficiently and effectively prepare them for and guide them through the litigation process.

We have served as counsel for various governmental bodies, utilities, and other authorities in a number of inverse condemnation proceedings, including cases involving takings claims based on flooding events, changes in access to properties as a result of public improvement projects and drilling regulations enacted to protect public water supplies.

In addition to our representation of condemning authorities, our attorneys represent landowners whose properties are being sought by public and private entities vested with the power of eminent domain. 

Our Services

Our lawyers have represented public and private clients in connection with numerous property acquisitions and condemnation proceedings for a wide variety of projects, including acquisitions for:

  • Streets
  • Parks
  • Railroad lines
  • Hydrocarbon pipelines
  • Light rail lines
  • Telecommunication facilities
  • Sports venues
  • Electric transmission lines
  • Water, storm sewer and sanitary sewer lines
  • Drainage and detention facilities

Our Team

Our team of lawyers draws on a wealth of experience representing both condemning authorities and property owners, enabling them to position their clients for the successful resolution of their condemnation, inverse condemnation and land use disputes.