Eminent Domain

Walsh Colucci’s eminent domain practice group protects the rights of property owners and businesses affected by public projects throughout Virginia.

The firm accepts eminent domain cases from property owners, businesses, and tenants, and has experience representing a diverse mix of clients — from Fortune 500 companies to families whose homes are threatened by eminent domain.

We assist clients at all stages of the eminent domain process.

  • During the design phase, when we review the project plans to identify impacts and negotiate plan changes when appropriate;
  • During the appraisal phase, when we engage in discussions with the condemning authority’s appraiser to ensure the client’s concerns about the project’s impacts are evaluated;
  • During the negotiation phase, when we review the condemning authority’s offer and advise our client on appropriate counteroffers;
  • During the litigation phase, when we work to ensure our client’s Constitutional right to just compensation is fulfilled through a settlement or a trial.

When you retain Walsh, Colucci, Lubeley & Walsh for your eminent domain matter, you are retaining a firm with experience not only in condemnation cases, but also in zoning, transactional, tax, and estate planning matters, thus ensuring you receive all the legal advice you need. Additionally, firm clients have access to licensed CPA and attorney Charles E. McWilliams, Jr., who assists clients in making lost profit claims, if available, and who provides guidance to clients seeking to defer federal tax liability through a 1033 exchange.

The firm’s experience also includes litigating regulatory taking cases, cases arising out of inverse condemnation actions, power transmission line cases before the Virginia State Corporation Commission, and natural gas transmission line cases before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Our objective is to handle eminent domain matters as efficiently and effectively as possible so our clients obtain the best possible outcome. We provide a free initial consultation.

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