Home Eminent Domain

The government's power of eminent domain allows it to take privately owned lands for public use. It even extends to a California resident's home - the most personal piece of property any of us can own. California homeowners facing condemnation or the acquisition of their home for a public project may feel shocked and confused in the face of the government's demands. Seeking the assistance of the experienced Los Angeles property rights attorneys at Peterson Law Group can go a long way towards helping a homeowner retain their land.

Perpetuating Standards of Integrity

At Peterson Law Group, our eminent domain lawyers can help homeowners in several powerful ways. One of the first things our attorneys can do is help the homeowner seek an independent valuation of the property. While the government agency seeking to acquire the property will hire an appraiser on its own, that appraiser is working for the government, not the homeowner. Peterson Law Group focuses on hiring an expert appraiser who understands the details that make a property valuable.

Once a valuation is complete, our Los Angeles eminent domain attorneys work to ensure that the homeowner receives the true fair market value of the property. One way to do this is by insisting on court-supervised eminent domain proceedings. In a courtroom setting, the value of the property can be determined with the full range of evidence as to the property's value, not merely on the basis of the government's appraisal. The condemnation of a home under eminent domain may also entitle the homeowners to recover the costs of relocating their home and family. Our eminent domain lawyers will strive to ensure that homeowners receive the full recovery to which they are entitled.

Extensive Jury Trial Experience

Eminent domain valuation cases are frequently tried before a jury. The homeowner's best choice in an eminent domain attorney is one with real courtroom experience resulting in strong jury verdicts. At Peterson Law Group, our experienced eminent domain attorneys have tried cases resulting in strong jury verdicts. Our jury verdicts in eminent domain cases include the following:

  • $1.425 million verdict for the owner of a property housing several families. The city's original offer was $960,000.

Our extensive trial experience allows us to negotiate confidentially even in matters that are not taken to trial. A recent multi-family residential settlement included:

  • $13.5 million for the owner of a 90-unit apartment complex, in the valuation of the property.

Facing an eminent domain action against one's own home can be an emotionally draining experience. At Peterson Law Group, we choose our cases carefully so we can provide the personal attention our clients need while striving to win the results they deserve. While we believe any California homeowner facing an eminent domain action deserves to be represented by experienced counsel, we believe our selective approach to cases allows us to give our clients the best possible representation.

Peterson Law Group has represented corporations, small businesses, and individuals in eminent domain cases before multiple California government agencies and in jury trials. Our California eminent domain attorneys look forward to speaking with you and assisting you with your case. Contact us today at (213) 236-9720!

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