Eminent Domain & Land Use


Lewis Rice Rails to Trails Team Represents Landowners in Hudson Valley

Lewis Rice Rails to Trails attorneys Lindsay S. C. Brinton and Meghan S. Largent were recently interviewed by The Journal News regarding their representation of landowners in Hudson Valley along the Beacon Line Trail in New York. Landowners like Ian Mandrew Prendergast often are unaware that their property rights are involved until they meet with Lindsay and Meghan. The article highlights the attorneys' successful track record, with numerous settlements totaling millions of dollars. 

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Lewis Rice's federal takings attorneys represent landowners throughout the United States pursuing takings claims against the federal government. One primary focus of the group is representing landowners in what is commonly referred to as rails to trails takings. Attorneys in this group litigate cases in the United States Court of Federal Claims on behalf of those whose property was taken by the federal government pursuant to the National Trails System Act, which authorizes abandoned railroad lines to be converted to public parks. The goal is to obtain compensation from the government for the taking of their land for the public recreational trail.