Nossaman LLP

Katherine Contreras


T 949.477.7641
F 949.833.7878
18101 Von Karman Avenue, Suite 1800
Irvine, CA 92612

Katherine Contreras specializes in eminent domain, inverse condemnation and other property and public project related matters.  She represents public agencies in all aspects of acquiring property from resolving title issues to filing and litigating eminent domain actions.  She also works with property owners and business owners with their claims for severance damages, loss of business goodwill and related valuation issues.  

Ms. Contreras has represented large public agencies such as the Los Angeles MTA and San Bernardino Association of Governments and worked with the Transportation Corridor Agencies in resolving construction and operation issues relating to the Orange County Toll Roads.  She has also had trial experience representing the landowners in their highest and best use and valuation disputes with public agencies.

Ms. Contreras is a frequent contributor to California Eminent Domain Report, Nossaman's Eminent Domain blog.

Representative Work

Public Agency

Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority: Currently assisting MTA with acquiring property for the LAX/Crenshaw Line Project, including analyzing title, possession and relocation, and valuation issues.

Exposition Metro Line Construction Authority: Assisting Expo in acquiring several properties for the Phase 2 Expo Line Project.  Current work includes prejudgment possession issues, severance damage issues, and assessing business valuation claims.

San Bernardino Association of Governments: Assisting SANBAG with right-of-way acquisition for the Downtown San Bernardino Passenger Rail Project from the pre-litigation phase to settlement and post-judgment.

Property Owner Focus

Truxtun Court Partners v. City of Bakersfield: Representing property owner in an inverse condemnation action relating to impairment of access.

Caltrans v. Imperial Terrace LP:  Represented landowner in a jury trial against Caltrans relating to valuation of a multi-tenant residential complex.  

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J.D., University of California, Los Angeles School of Law, 2000

B.A., Connecticut College, 1993, cum laude



Professional Affiliations

International Right of Way Association, Chapter 67, Chair, Nominations & Awards; Past Chair, Communications

California Bar Association

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