As a part of Cullen and Dykman’s assistance to clients on real estate transactions, we frequently represent parties with the power of eminent domain. Several of the firm’s attorneys have been extensively involved in takings and related valuation proceedings for these clients. We have participated in all phases of condemnation proceedings in state and federal courts. The firm has experience both in prosecuting eminent domain actions to acquire property interests, as well as assisting condemnees to obtain fair compensation for takings of their properties. In addition to energy and utility clients, the firm has represented municipalities and industrial and commercial clients in condemnation proceedings.
This area of the firm’s practice overlaps with the firm’s property valuation group, which litigates complex valuation issues involving the assessment of, among others, natural gas and electric transmission and distribution property, electric generating stations, water distribution systems and telecommunications equipment. The firm developed that valuation expertise to serve our clients in challenging real property tax assessments, and our knowledge of valuation and appraisal methods is useful to our condemnation clients in the process of determining just compensation for takings.