Eminent Domain & Valuation Litigation


Palmieri Tyler is one of a select number of California law firms that has a group of attorneys devoted exclusively to eminent domain (direct and inverse condemnation) and valuation litigation.

Our eminent domain attorneys specialize in the representation of private property and business owners whose property or business is being taken for public projects. Additionally, because representing private property owners in eminent domain cases requires expertise in valuation issues, our attorneys have the ability to handle a wide variety of disputes involving private property and business valuation litigation.

In eminent domain, the government takes and damages private property and businesses of all types -- from publicly traded companies to small businesses. Our attorneys have the experience and expertise to effectively and efficiently represent all types of businesses and private property owners. They have done so with great success for our clients in the past. Our attorneys have successfully represented clients that own properties put to a wide variety of uses such as those listed below:

  • Churches
  • Commercial/retail/industrial investment properties
  • Office complexes
  • Commercial business parks
  • Industrial business parks
  • Mobile home parks
  • Hotels
  • Condominium complexes
  • Apartment complexes
  • Food and product distribution companies
  • Public storage facilities
  • Gas stations
  • Automotive dealerships
  • RV dealerships
  • Automotive repair facilities
  • Industrial manufacturers
  • Fast food restaurants
  • Chain drug stores
  • Single family homes
  • Bars and restaurants
  • Private airports
  • Swap meets
  • Construction companies
  • Contractor yards
  • Tennis clubs
  • Country clubs and golf courses
  • Parking lots/structures

We have achieved multi-million dollar jury verdicts and settlements for both individuals and large companies whose businesses and properties have been damaged or taken because of the public project even when the government denied any damage or responsibility. Our attorneys have successfully taken on cases where other condemnation attorneys could not or would not take the case.Geographically, our practice concentrates on the Southern California counties. We have also handled several matters in Northern California. Our solid reputation and our attorneys' history of success litigating against government agencies allows our Firm to provide clients with significant advantages during negotiations and, if necessary, trial.  Our eminent domain attorneys have extensive trial and appellate experience allowing them to represent clients throughout all phases of direct and inverse condemnation cases.

In our Firm's 26-year history, our attorneys have been collectively responsible for approximately 2,000 eminent domain and other valuation cases. They have an excellent record of obtaining beneficial and cost-effective results for our clients. For more information about a particular practice area, please select the appropriate link below:

Contact an Orange County eminent domain and valuation litigation attorney

If you would like to speak to one of our highly skilled attorneys, please contact us to schedule an initial consultation at 949-851-9400 or use our online contact form.

Condemnation and Inverse Condemnation

In condemnation cases, the government has substantial resources at its disposal to wear down the property or business owner. It is common for public agencies to establish unreasonable positions early on in the negotiation process and become entrenched in their valuation opinions. In such a situation, clients need skilled counsel with extensive knowledge of the law. Our attorneys have experience with cases involving numerous types of public projects and takings. A sample includes the following:

  • Freeway widening, interchange and overpass projects
  • Railroad grade separation projects
  • Public utility projects, including takings for oil and gas pipelines and electrical transmission lines
  • Flood control projects, including takings for detention basins, dams/reservoirs, and flood control channel widenings
  • Public street projects including widenings, lane closures; median construction
  • Takings causing a loss of business goodwill
  • Takings causing displacement of businesses and right to claim Relocation Assistance
  • Takings for temporary and long-term construction easements
  • Takings for public parks, bike trails and open space
  • Takings of contaminated land
  • Takings of property access
  • Damages from landslides
  • Damages caused by the government's unreasonable precondemnation conduct
  • Damages caused by the government's unreasonable delay in acquiring private property

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Valuation Litigation

Because valuation is so key to most condemnation and inverse condemnation cases, our attorneys are uniquely qualified to handle a variety of valuation issues such as the following:

  • Sales of businesses
  • Business goodwill valuation
  • Lease buyout disputes
  • Partition actions

Our valuation attorneys work closely with numerous real estate and business appraisers, accountants, cost estimators, civil and traffic engineers, architects and other experts. They work closely with you to select the appropriate professional to address your particular concerns.
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Lease Renewal Valuation

Our attorneys are also uniquely qualified to counsel clients on issues involving lease valuations. Whether in the context of negotiating a beneficial renewal of a long-term lease or litigating the terms of an existing lease, you need our attorneys' knowledge and experience in the law and valuation concepts on your side.
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