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Disputing Eminent Domain and Condemnation Claims for Real Estate Owners and Developers

Takings, Public Use, Just Compensation, Inverse Condemnation

Recording of a 90-minute premium CLE video webinar with Q&A

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Conducted on Thursday, April 29, 2021

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This CLE course will provide real estate counsel with advice on property owners' rights in eminent domain and condemnation claims filed by the government. The panelist will address what is considered fair market value in a takings claim and how to dispute claims of public use. The panelist will also advise on situations when a claim for inverse condemnation may be invoked.


The government retains the right at all levels--federal, state, and municipal--to confiscate property interests from stakeholders through the exercise of eminent domain or condemnation. The protection of property rights is broad and, in addition to owners, landlords, and tenants, includes all interests in the land between private parties, including easements, covenants, riparian rights, title disputes, invasion by flooding, and aircraft overflights in connection with airport operations.

Challenges to actions of eminent domain typically fall into two major categories: (1) that the compensation for the taking is not "just," and (2) that the intended use of the seized property is not a public purpose. The ability to dispute claims related to public use is often difficult due to the ambiguity of eminent domain law, but case law does guide in pursuing these claims. Counsel is often successful in disputing and negotiating the compensation offered to property owners when condemnation has been commenced.

Property owners may file a claim for inverse condemnation, where the government goes "too far" in its regulation or takes property rights without following the legal requirements for condemnation.

Listen as B. Joan Davis, Owner at Howard Stallings From Atkins Angell & Davis, discusses the grounds to dispute eminent domain and condemnation actions, how to address issues of unjust compensation for a taking, what evidence can successfully prove lack of public purpose, and what standards can be established to show inverse condemnation and require government compensation.



  1. Eminent domain and condemnation actions
    1. Initiating claims
    2. Notice
  2. Disputes
    1. Unjust compensation
    2. Lack of public purpose
  3. Inverse condemnation


The panelist will review these and other important topics:

  • When and how can the government initiate an eminent domain/condemnation action?
  • How is "just" compensation determined?
  • What constitutes a public purpose? When can the government surrender condemned property to private developers?
  • What justifies a claim for inverse compensation and how is compensation determined?


Davis, B. Joan
B. Joan Davis

Howard Stallings From Atkins Angell & Davis

Ms. Davis has over 30 years of experience in eminent domain and condemnation law and has taught seminars to other...  |  Read More

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