Eminent Domain Attorneys
Our eminent domain practice is one of Colorado’s best-known and most successful. We have represented landowners in some of the largest condemnation cases in state history, achieving favorable outcomes through negotiation, mediation, trials to commissioners and trials to juries. Darrell Waas, Mikaela Rivera, and Pattie Campbell represented the landowner in Colorado’s largest eminent domain proceeding, achieving a $50 million jury verdict. We are also highly experienced with appeals in condemnation cases.
Colorado has specific statutory procedures that must be followed and which control every eminent domain proceeding. Such proceedings can be initiated by most governmental entities, including quasi-governmental agencies, and in some circumstances by private parties. In every case issues related to negotiations, offers, early possession, the amount to be deposited by the government, and valuation will arise.
We offer counseling and representation in all aspects of eminent-domain and condemnation proceedings including fair value negotiation, access issues, establishing re-location benefits, and trial. Our transactional attorneys are well-versed in documentation of the rights of lenders, borrowers, lessors and lessees in the event property is condemned.
Pre-condemnation planning should commence as soon as an owner, lessee, or mortgagee becomes aware that a public project could result in acquisition of all or part of a property. Contact Darrell Waas, Mikaela Rivera, or Pattie Campbell with any inquiries related to eminent domain/condemnation issues.