Inverse Condemnation Litigation: Strategies for Municipal Attorneys for Avoiding and Defending Taking Claims

Leveraging Affirmative Defenses; Mitigating Damages, Attorney's Fees and Costs

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

Conducted on Tuesday, July 18, 2017
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This CLE webinar will provide guidance to municipal attorneys for avoiding and defending inverse condemnation claims brought by property owners alleging the government’s actions or inaction constitute a “taking” of private property without just compensation. The panel will discuss how courts are ruling in inverse condemnation cases and effective tactics for avoiding and defending against claims and mitigating costs and attorneys’ fees.


Property owners have become more aggressive in challenging the government’s exercise of eminent domain over their private property. Municipalities defending inverse condemnation actions must navigate a complicated area of the law and face the potential for significant litigation expenses.

To prevail in inverse condemnation claims, property owners must prove that they were deprived of all or substantially all economically beneficial use of their property by the government’s direct action or inaction, or prove the government’s action has substantially impacted the value of their property by thwarting a reasonable investment-backed expectation. Prevailing property owners are entitled to recover damages, attorneys’ fees and costs. Attorneys’ fees can exceed the amount of the damages award.

Municipalities defending inverse condemnation claims should put forth all reasonable affirmative defenses, including proper exercise of police power not subject to compensation, plaintiff’s failure to exhaust administrative remedies, plaintiff’s waiver of rights to object or receive compensation, and the expiration of the statute of limitations, which tends to be relatively short in inverse condemnation cases based on a regulatory taking.

Listen as our authoritative panel discusses the latest developments in inverse condemnation litigation, how courts are ruling in these cases, and best practices for municipal attorneys for defending and avoiding claims.


  1. Latest trends in inverse condemnation actions
  2. Common bases for inverse condemnation actions
  3. Effective strategies for defending claims
  4. Limiting attorneys’ fees and costs
  5. Best practices for avoiding or minimizing actions


The panel will review these and other key issues:

  • What types of government actions or inaction typically lead a property owner to file an inverse condemnation lawsuit?
  • What defenses have been effective for municipalities defending against inverse condemnation actions?
  • What are some best practices for municipalities to avoid or minimize inverse condemnation lawsuits?


William E. Adams, Partner
Nossaman, San Francisco

Mr. Adams has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in more than 45 trials and binding arbitrations, as well as several appeals. He regularly represents public entities, defending claims of torts, breach of contract, inverse condemnation and violations of civil rights. Mr. Adams has over two decades of experience representing small businesses and partnerships in complex commercial litigation matters including claims of fraud and unfair business practices, breach of contract, and corporate torts.

June S. Ailin, Partner
Aleshire & Wynder, El Segundo, Calif.

Ms. Ailin has represented public agencies in a wide variety of litigation and transactional matters since 1990. Her litigation experience includes cases involving the breach and interpretation of contracts, writs of mandate challenging land use decisions and other governmental actions, CEQA, civil rights violations, the Brown Act, the Public Records Act, conflicts of interest and validation actions, as well as eminent domain and inverse condemnation. Ms. Ailin chairs the firm’s Litigation Group.

Mary Colchin Johndroe, Partner
Cantey Hanger, Fort Worth, Texas

Ms. Johndroe vigorously represents clients in civil litigation, including construction, contract, eminent domain, inverse condemnation, property rights, and government law cases. She has handled cases at all levels of the legal system; before commissions and administrative agencies, in trials and appeals within state and federal courts. Ms. Johndroe is a former adjunct professor at Texas A&M University School of Law.


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