Refer Your Eminent Domain Cases to Us – Here’s Why
Your client is about to lose land to an eminent domain taking. Maybe the loss is part of a homeowner’s yard to a utility easement. Maybe it’s a business losing parking spaces to a road widening project. The common thread is eminent domain, a very tricky area of law.
Rather than risk a case in an unfamiliar area of practice, or front the expenses incurred in fighting the case with no guarantee of success, why not refer it to us? We only practice eminent domain, and we only fight on the side of property owners – never the government. We offer a beneficial referral partnership where you can take as large or as small a role as you like. If you’re looking for firm you can trust with your clients, you’ve found it.
There are three things you should investigate carefully. Here’s what the record will show about us.
How we work with referring attorneys and clients facing eminent domain
Our team includes four former state DOT attorneys. We’ve had numerous attorneys refer cases to us over the years because they know and trust our experience. We’ve increased our clients’ recoveries by an average of more than 3x the government’s initial offer.1
If you bring us your client, we promise you three things:
Communication and Engagement – We’ll keep you and your client looped in. We’re easy to work with.
A Flexible Partnership – Whether you want to take a large role in the case or would rather leave it to us, we’re good with it.
You Win When We Win – We fee-share. Period. We spend money to build and battle for your client, and if we don’t win, those bills are ours to keep – not yours or your client’s.
Don’t hesitate to call.
Whether or not the project is moving, there are deadlines that may be looming. Just call 1-866-533-6743.
How we assist your eminent domain referral clients
Eminent domain is a broad term. It may involve taking land or taking the rights to land, temporarily or permanently. We can help, no matter what the case may be. Government takings often have unintended or unpleasant consequences for property owners, whether the government admits them or not.
We have the tools to educate and protect your client’s best interests, and to help them get a fair shake from the government. We can help with cases involving:
Commercial, business, and residential takings
Temporary and permanent easements
Eminent domain abuse
Highway and road takings
Public use projects like schools, hospitals, and parks
Pipeline and utility easements and takings
Eminent domain litigation
Call us any time at 1-866-533-6743 and let’s talk about your and your client’s needs.
What we know, and why referring attorneys call us
Our practice differs from some in that we only work for property owners, never the government. Our former state DOT attorneys have a unique perspective and understanding of how projects work, who the decision makers really are, and how to build your client’s case.
In other words, what we know can help you. Here are some very good reasons to consider calling us:
EXPERIENCE FROM BOTH SIDES
Our firm is led by four attorneys who worked for a state Department of Transportation, handling some of their biggest, most important cases. As a team, we have more than 85 combined years of experience in eminent domain.
WE ONLY PRACTICE EMINENT DOMAIN
Our day-to-day is eminent domain. That’s it. And when you focus your practice on one type of law, you continually learn more and more successful ways to practice it.1 We can’t say we’ve seen it all, but we’ve seen a lot.
WE INVEST IN CASES
Our experience shows that the average property owner can’t risk the expense of hiring experts and refuting a DOT appraisal. That’s why we do it for them. We pay to fight your client’s case and if we cannot get them more than the government’s initial offer, they won’t pay us anything.2 No fee. No expenses. They walk away with the initial offer – which we never touch!
Handing cases on both sides of the table means we’ve gotten to know a lot of people. We know who to call to get things done. We know the right professional to bring in for a specific job, location, or problem.
From DOT executives to land planners, engineers to environmental consultants, traffic consultants to commercial realtors, and economists to appraisers, if they can help your client, they’re in our network or they will be soon.
It’s not always best for a client to settle. If GDOT won’t budge despite the strength of our case, we’ll take them to court. Our litigation practice is powerful and gives us additional leverage as we negotiate for your client.
If you recognize our leading attorneys, it’s not a coincidence. They’ve taught eminent domain CLE classes for years. The media know them as well. And attorneys from our firm have been featured on radio, TV, and nearly 100 newspapers and websites.
All of these factors combined have helped us obtain an average of more than 3x the initial offer on our clients’ properties – 202% more.1
Effective, proven processes to build value for your client
We have honed our processes down to a science. We know what to do and when to do it. Every case is different, but the approach is the same, as is the goal: build value for clients.
Here’s an abbreviated list of things we do and steps we take to maximize potential compensation for your client.
Contact the condemning authority for copies of plans, cross-sections, road grading, and other pertinent project information.
Understand the impact of the taking by working with the client and outside experts, such as engineers and surveyors, to assess the issues related to the taking and its ultimate effects on the subject property or business.
Work with the condemning agency to schedule an inspection and appraisal of your client’s property (while guarding any information about the property that could be potentially harmful to the case).
Review offer line items and GDOT appraiser analysis for potential inconsistencies and
Determine whether a second opinion from an independent appraiser is necessary or helpful to the
Determine whether a local appraiser is qualified to perform an appraisal for an eminent domain case, and whether that appraiser would do well in front of a jury.
Investigate the highest and best use of your client’s property to determine what would bring the highest sales
Ensure that the experts and appraiser are sharing information and that their opinions do not contradict each
Hire experts as needed who can help strengthen our case.
Carefully review any settlement documents to ensure your client is not selling more than what the condemning agency is claiming.
File an answer to the condemnation lawsuit within the statutory period for responding.
Research any outstanding liens, mortgages, or encumbrances that may need to be paid out of the deposit or final settlement.
Negotiate with any lien or mortgage holders so that the deposited funds can be
File a motion requesting that the court disburse the condemning agency’s deposit.
Conduct discovery to request plans, potentially hidden appraisals, and cross-
Send interrogatories to the condemning agency to obtain official answers to any questions as to how the project will affect the property.
Participate in mediation by selecting a mediator and scheduling a date.
Prepare any exhibits that may be needed for trial.
Research case law to ensure that all the damages to your client’s property are ones the law allows them to be paid for. There are numerous ways a property may be damaged that the condemning agency is not required to pay for.
Select a jury, trying to avoid potential jurors that could torpedo arguments for more
Try the case to verdict.
Your client is in a win-win situation (and so are you) – we guarantee it2
Once your client gets the condemning authority’s initial offer on their property, they’re effectively being sued. Whether it’s a taking or an easement, it’s no longer their property anymore. The only question left to answer is, can they get more? Our no-fee guarantee virtually ensures it because we:
Pay all costs related to our investigation and building your client’s case.
Seek no reimbursement of those costs if we are unable to increase the initial offer.
Take no fee if we are not able to increase the initial offer.
Take our fee only from the increase we’re able to obtain over the initial offer, which is never touched and is always your client’s to keep.
Share our fee with you when your client’s case successfully resolves.
Your client isn’t risking anything to fight their case and neither are you – we are. If we win, your client will always walk away with more.2 Period. Why settle for a low, unfair offer? Why relinquish rights forever without being amply compensated?
There’s nothing for you or your clients to lose by working with our firm. Call us at 1-866-533-6743 today and a member of our team will get in touch with you promptly.
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There are only a handful of attorneys in GA who practice eminent domain exclusively. And even fewer with DOT experience. That’s why it’s always worth it to get a free case evaluation.
Here’s how it works:
1) Tell us about your situation.
2) We research your property as needed, using DOT maps, our own technology, and experience to see the exact effects.
3) We let you know what we think a fair offer would be. This evaluation is free, and there’s no
pressure or obligation to hire us after.
But please don’t wait to act. Waiting can hurt your case, and the cost is the same: free.