Eminent Domain & Land Use


Lindsay S. C. Brinton Interviewed for WINK Segment on Proposed Rail-to-Trail Conversion in Lee County, Florida

Lewis Rice member Lindsay S. C. Brinton was interviewed for a WINK segment discussing the proposed rail-to-trail conversion along a 12-mile stretch of railroad from Alico Road to Bonita Beach Road in Lee County, Florida. Lindsay and her colleague Meghan S. Largent held meetings for landowners along the proposed trail to explain their Fifth Amendment right to potentially receive just compensation from the Federal Government for the taking of their property.

To read the article and watch the segment, click under "Resources" below.

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.