Meghan S. Largent and Lindsay S. C. Brinton Advocate for Property Owners in Stillwater, Oklahoma

Lewis Rice attorneys Meghan S. Largent and Lindsay S. C. Brinton believe landowners in Stillwater, Oklahoma, who own property next to abandoned railroad tracks being converted to a recreational trail, are owed just compensation for the taking of their land. Meghan and Lindsay held informational meetings in Stillwater, Oklahoma to help landowners understand how these conversions work, and how much money each landowner could receive from the federal government for the taking of their land.

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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. The attorneys in the Federal Takings Practice Group focus on both proving the taking has occurred as well as establishing the value of the property that was taken. Their national work for landowners includes representing landowners coast-to-coast, including 11 states.