Michael Coughlin

Michael, an experienced litigation attorney, leads the firm’s Eminent Domain Practice Group. His other litigation experience includes land use disputes with local governments, contract and administrative disputes with government agencies, easement and title disputes, and complex construction disputes.

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Moving Forward: Significant Upcoming Transportation Projects in Northern Virginia

by on November 14, 2017
Moving Forward: Significant Upcoming Transportation Projects in Northern Virginia

Virginia’s commitment to transportation projects through dedicated sources of funding and the use of public-private partnerships has led to major transportation projects moving forward throughout the Commonwealth. In Northern Virginia in particular, the widening of I-66 from the Beltway to Gainesville is about to begin, the interchange at I-95 exit 140 in Stafford is being […]

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2017 Eminent Domain Legislative and Case Law Update

by on April 19, 2017
2017 Eminent Domain Legislative and Case Law Update

In its 2017 session, the Virginia General Assembly made some modest improvements to the existing eminent domain statutes. The improvements include requiring additional notice of the filing of a certificate of take, shortening the time for filing a petition in condemnation by localities, clarifying that attorney’s and expert fees are clearly recoverable in inverse condemnation […]

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Transportation Update—Five of Virginia’s Lesser Known but Important Projects

by on October 13, 2016
Transportation Update—Five of Virginia’s Lesser Known but Important Projects

Most area residents are familiar with VDOT’s plans to add express lanes to I-66, both “outside the beltway” and “inside the beltway,” which also happen to be the names for VDOT’s Transform 66 projects. Many may be aware that VDOT plans to widen Route 7 from four to six lanes between Reston Avenue and Jarret […]

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2016 Eminent Domain Legislative Update

by on June 13, 2016
2016 Eminent Domain Legislative Update

The Virginia General Assembly concluded its 2016 session on April 20, and continued its efforts to improve the property rights of Virginians by adopting three eminent domain bills that will become effective July 1, 2016. Arguably the most significant bill is SB 478, which further strengthens the cost reimbursement provisions now set out in Virginia […]

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Eminent Domain Prior Case Results

by on December 17, 2015
Eminent Domain Prior Case Results

Station Plaza Following the threat of condemnation, the owner of Station Plaza, a shopping center located along the Route 1 corridor in Woodbridge, retained Walsh, Colucci, Lubeley & Walsh to help prepare a report that analyzed the impact of the demolition of two buildings and the elimination of reasonable access into the shopping center. Continue […]

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Station Plaza

by on December 17, 2015
Station Plaza

Station Plaza Following the threat of condemnation, the owner of Station Plaza, a shopping center located along the Route 1 corridor in Woodbridge, retained Walsh, Colucci, Lubeley & Walsh to help prepare a report that analyzed the impact of the demolition of two buildings and the elimination of reasonable access into the shopping center. Working […]

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I-66 HOT Lanes Proposal Receives CTB Approval

by on November 11, 2015
I-66 HOT Lanes Proposal Receives CTB Approval

On October 27, Virginia’s Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) voted to approve a preferred alternative for improvements to I-66 from the Beltway to Haymarket. Dubbed the I-66 Outside the Beltway Project, the proposal calls for two high occupancy toll (HOT) lanes alongside three regular lanes in each direction, and a wide median to accommodate future transit […]

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Eminent Domain and Transportation Updates in Northern Virginia

by on April 6, 2015
Eminent Domain and Transportation Updates in Northern Virginia

Virginia Eminent Domain Statutes Amended … For the Better By Michael J. Coughlin and Samuel A. Irvin During its most recent session, the Virginia General Assembly amended portions of Virginia’s eminent domain statutes to clarify that businesses and farmers affected by a total taking of the property they rent or own are entitled to recover […]

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Transportation Projects Update

by on December 12, 2012

The following list identifies some major road projects in Northern Virginia (including the Stafford and Fredericksburg area) that are in the design or right-of-way acquisition phase. If you would like more information on these projects than is set out below, or if your property is affected by one of the projects, you are invited to […]

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Eminent Domain Constitutional Amendment

by on November 8, 2012

During its past session, the General Assembly passed Senate Bill No. 240, which authorized a ballot question on November 6th on whether Virginia should amend its Constitution to further restrict the exercise of eminent domain. The full text of the bill, including the constitutional amendment and ballot question can be found at http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?121+ful+SB240. The voters […]

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