Eminent Domain & Condemnation

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Strasburger’s eminent domain and condemnation attorneys have long assisted local governments, property owners and lenders in matters involving the acquisition of private property for public developments. Our experienced team has represented both condemning authorities and landowners in a wide variety of projects. We understand private sector clients’ needs differ from those of governmental or public agencies and can tailor a strategy that keeps each client’s unique situation in mind.

Strasburger attorneys have successfully negotiated settlements on behalf of many clients. Importantly though, we have the knowledge and experience to try cases when litigation becomes inevitable. The team’s litigators are committed to the vigorous and effective presentation of our clients, and our history of trial victories strengthens clients’ positions in settlement discussions.

Our experience in all phases of the eminent domain process enables us to achieve your goals efficiently, using knowledgeable attorneys and paralegals along with our state-of-the-art technology. We strive to handle every matter in the most cost-sensitive manner possible, and are accustomed to developing and working within litigation budgets.

The firm’s practice area leaders are available to answer any questions about Strasburger’s capabilities. To learn more about this practice area, please contact Kevin Maguire.

EXPERIENCE

Strasburger’s eminent domain and condemnation attorneys have handled the following representative clients in the stated matters:

  • The nation’s only NHTC and organic-certified cattle ranch in a Travis County case tried to a jury. The Texas Department of Transportation (“Tex.DOT”) acquired 174 acres of the 290-acre Harrell Ranch. The commissioners awarded $2.1 million for the taking. The Travis County Court at Law entered judgment on the jury’s verdict for $6.95 million.
  • The nation’s largest owner/operator of daily fee golf courses, which had 1.87 acres condemned in the Trinity River bottom. Tex.DOT prevailed over the landlord at the commissioner’s hearing. The 1.87 acres of land along the banks of the Trinity River was valued at only $1,600 and no award damages to the remaining property. The landlord subsequently changed professional service providers and hired Strasburger to take the case to trial. Strasburger prevailed, obtaining a jury verdict that resulted in a judgment of $672,000 for the landowner.
  • DFW Airport in a large-scale condemnation project involving the acquisition of easements to allow for runway expansion in Fort Worth, Texas. For several months, the firm guided the Airport through a lengthy and detailed administrative acquisition process and coordinated the title surveying and appraisal work necessary to comply with the condemnation requirements.
  • The City of Dallas in the acquisition of property for the American Airlines Center and surrounding streets and infrastructure.
  • Dallas County Community College District in the acquisition of property for new campuses in Irving, Garland, downtown Dallas and south Dallas.
  • An Austin based Fortune 500 company against the State of Texas in a condemnation related case. The landowner’s property was in the path of the MOPAC Expressway extension, a main roadway through the western side of the city. We successfully obtained a settlement of more than $8.5 million.

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Strasburger’s eminent domain and condemnation attorneys have long assisted local governments, property owners and lenders in matters involving the acquisition of private property for public developments. Our experienced team has represented both condemning authorities and landowners in a wide variety of projects. We understand private sector clients’ needs differ from those of governmental or public agencies and can tailor a strategy that keeps each client’s unique situation in mind.

Strasburger attorneys have successfully negotiated settlements on behalf of many clients. Importantly though, we have the knowledge and experience to try cases when litigation becomes inevitable. The team’s litigators are committed to the vigorous and effective presentation of our clients, and our history of trial victories strengthens clients’ positions in settlement discussions.

Our experience in all phases of the eminent domain process enables us to achieve your goals efficiently, using knowledgeable attorneys and paralegals along with our state-of-the-art technology. We strive to handle every matter in the most cost-sensitive manner possible, and are accustomed to developing and working within litigation budgets.

The firm’s practice area leaders are available to answer any questions about Strasburger’s capabilities. To learn more about this practice area, please contact Kevin Maguire.

EXPERIENCE

Strasburger’s eminent domain and condemnation attorneys have handled the following representative clients in the stated matters:

  • The nation’s only NHTC and organic-certified cattle ranch in a Travis County case tried to a jury. The Texas Department of Transportation (“Tex.DOT”) acquired 174 acres of the 290-acre Harrell Ranch. The commissioners awarded $2.1 million for the taking. The Travis County Court at Law entered judgment on the jury’s verdict for $6.95 million.
  • The nation’s largest owner/operator of daily fee golf courses, which had 1.87 acres condemned in the Trinity River bottom. Tex.DOT prevailed over the landlord at the commissioner’s hearing. The 1.87 acres of land along the banks of the Trinity River was valued at only $1,600 and no award damages to the remaining property. The landlord subsequently changed professional service providers and hired Strasburger to take the case to trial. Strasburger prevailed, obtaining a jury verdict that resulted in a judgment of $672,000 for the landowner.
  • DFW Airport in a large-scale condemnation project involving the acquisition of easements to allow for runway expansion in Fort Worth, Texas. For several months, the firm guided the Airport through a lengthy and detailed administrative acquisition process and coordinated the title surveying and appraisal work necessary to comply with the condemnation requirements.
  • The City of Dallas in the acquisition of property for the American Airlines Center and surrounding streets and infrastructure.
  • Dallas County Community College District in the acquisition of property for new campuses in Irving, Garland, downtown Dallas and south Dallas.
  • An Austin based Fortune 500 company against the State of Texas in a condemnation related case. The landowner’s property was in the path of the MOPAC Expressway extension, a main roadway through the western side of the city. We successfully obtained a settlement of more than $8.5 million.
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