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We see the lay of the land in California.  We have handled some of the largest eminent domain and valuation cases in the state, as well as some of the highest-profile public works that have shaped California's infrastructure.

We’ve experienced eminent domain from both sides of the property.  We represent public agencies and other acquiring entities in the acquisition of right-of-way and other property.  Our work includes major road, rail, flood control, utility and school projects. Our eminent domain lawyers also represent landowners and business owners facing both full and partial takings in a wide variety of contexts.

The range of our experience empowers us to handle all aspects of condemnation litigation.  We guide matters from elaborate precondemnation planning to final resolution, whether through settlement, jury verdict or published appellate opinion.

From time to time, right-of-way matters and other takings result in litigation.  Our eminent domain and valuation lawyers have an enviable record of trial success, including many multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements.  We have successfully litigated eminent domain issues before the California Supreme Court and have won several key appellate decisions.  Those appellate decisions have played a major role in shaping the law of eminent domain in California.


"Nossaman is the premier eminent domain counsel and real estate legal consultant for any project involving complex right-of-way acquisition...".  Read more about the recent experience Josh Cosper, Senior Project Manager with Mark Thomas & Company, Inc., had with Nossaman.



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Resources for Property and Business Owners

What can property and business owners do when faced with eminent domain issues such as condemnation, valuation and compensation? Our guides linked below can answer many of those questions for you. We invite you to review the guides, and then contact us for further information.

A Property Owner's  Survival Guide   A Business Owner's  Survival Guide
A Property Owner's
Survival Guide
  A Business Owner's
Survival Guide

Resources for Public Agencies

LexisNexis Practical Guidance® Practice Note: Right-of-Way Acquisition Process

Top Three Ways Early Attorney Involvement Will Streamline Your Project Plan

Additional Eminent Domain Materials

Published Appellate Decisions

Representative Cases

Summary of Major Eminent Domain Cases & Legislation – June 1, 2021 – December 31, 2021

Your one-stop resource for everything new and noteworthy in eminent domain in California. We cover all aspects, including condemnation, inverse condemnation, and regulatory takings. We also track cases, projects, budget issues, legislative reform efforts, and report on major California eminent domain conferences and seminars.

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