Chris Kramer practices in the areas of eminent domain, condemnation and inverse condemnation litigation, real property and right of way acquisition and management. He works with his public agency clients to ensure that the property necessary for the construction, operation and maintenance of public infrastructure is acquired in an efficient and timely manner. He often advises clients during the design process to mitigate impacts to affected property owners before they happen, reducing costs and delays often associated with property acquisition. 

Having practiced for more than 37 years, he has the depth and breadth of knowledge and experience to help ensure timely and cost-effective delivery of a wide variety of infrastructure projects. He has worked on and condemned property for projects including high-voltage transmission facilities, streets, freeways, traffic interchanges, municipal water and wastewater facilities, light rail and transit, airports, wetlands, parks, utility systems and flood control facilities, among others. He also is available to serve as a mediator in eminent domain, property rights and property valuation matters. 



City of Phoenix, NWEI, NWEII and SCE. Condemnation of property and design review for three extensions of the light rail system in Phoenix, Arizona.

City of Phoenix, CAPX. Design review for Captial Extension of light rail system in Phoenix, Arizona.

SRP, Various Projects. Condemnation of property for transmission corridors for a number of 230kV and 69kV projects in the greater Phoenix metropolitan area.

City of Tucson, Houghton Road, Broadway Boulevard, Grant Road, Siverbell Road and Downtown Links. Condemnation of property for various road widenings and for construction of a bypass through downtown Tucson.

Town of Marana, Tangerine Road. Condemnation of property for a regional east-west corridor.

ADOT, SR 202 (Red Mountain), SR 179, East Flagstaff TI (IH 40), Twin Peaks TI (IH 10) (outside counsel). Project and condemnation counsel.

City of Yuma, various street widenings, military airport clear zone, water facilities and West Wetlands park. Condemnation for a variety of projects.

City of Bullhead City, Colorado River bridge, municipal water system. Condemnation of property for new bridge over Colorado River. Condemnation of operating water system.

Coconino County, East Paintbrush flood control project. Condemnation of property for flood control.

Town of Carefree, municipal water system. Condemnation of a portion of an operating utility. Condemnation of water line easements and water storage facility.

Big Park Domestic Wastewater Improvement District, treatment plant and sewer mains. Condemanation of property for sewer mains and new wastewater treatment plant.

City of Glendale, Arizona, airport expansion. Condemnation of property within expanded runway’s clear zone.


Blog Posts

Speaking Engagements


Community & Professional

Transportation Research Board, Standing Committee on Eminent Domain and Land Use (AL060), Member 2014-present, Chair, 2020-present

International Right of Way Association, Member

American Bar Association, Municipal Law Section, Public Utilities Section, and Real Estate Section, Member

Maricopa County Bar Association, Member

Co-chair, Arizona Eminent Domain Summit, 2007-present

Notre Dame Club of Phoenix, Board member 1999-2009


Honors & Recognitions

The Best Lawyers in America© Phoenix “Lawyer of the Year” for Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law, 2023

Included in The Best Lawyers in America© for Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law, 2017-2024

Included in The Best Lawyers in America© for Litigation - Real Estate, 2021-2024



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