California Eminent Domain Lawyers You Can Trust
Resolving Eminent Domain Cases Throughout California
At Allen, Semelsberger & Kaelin LLP, we have the experience, insight,
and skill to guide you through even the most complex eminent domain matters.
Our team of highly qualified eminent domain attorneys in San Diego has
been representing clients for nearly three decades. We are here to help
you protect your property, your company, and your best interests in any
eminent domain case. Over the years,
our lawyers have been selected for numerous awards and have successfully brought in
continual great results for our clients.
What Is Eminent Domain?
Also known as condemnation, eminent domain is the right of a public entity
to obtain property (real estate) for any qualifying public purpose. This
- Municipal projects
When this does occur, the real estate and business owners must be properly
compensated through condemnation awards. In cases where business owners
must relocate due to eminent domain, they may be entitled to additional
awards for loss of goodwill/relocation payments.
What Am I Entitled to if My Property Is Affected by Eminent Domain?
The U.S. Constitution and California law guarantees that no property or
business interest can be taken for public use “without just compensation.”
As experienced California eminent domain lawyers, we believe “just
compensation” means more than adhering to a simple appraisal and
our extensive experience can help you three ways.
We can use our vast legal experience and skill to:
- Establish the highest potential value of your property
- Demonstrate the financial impact of business relocation
- Effectively and efficiently present your case
Establishing Property Value
Government agencies will follow their appraiser’s recommendation
in determining the value of your property or business. We believe that
often this represents only a portion of what is fair. Working with an
extensive network of experts—appraisers, engineers, environmental
experts, and city planners—Allen, Semelsberger & Kaelin LLP
will conduct feasibility studies to determine the highest and best use
of your property. Then we will combine this analysis with the appraisal,
ensuring that you receive the highest compensation for your property.
Demonstrating the True Impact of Relocation
We know there are many questions that you likely have, including:
- Can your business be relocated?
- What will be the financial impact of moving?
- Will you lose your most loyal customers?
- Will you lose your most trusted employees?
Allen, Semelsberger & Kaelin LLP knows that in addition to receiving
the highest possible price for your real estate holdings, you should also
be compensated for the impact on your business as well.
Strategically Presenting Your Case
This is our strength. Time after time, year after year, the California
eminent domain attorneys from our firm have tried—and won—hundreds
of cases in front of juries and judges at the state and federal level.
We have represented individual homeowners, farmers, builders, and other
Our firm was special counsel for the San Diego Padres on condemnation matters
relating to Petco Park and for
San Diego Gas & Electric Company on many of San Diego’s most critical utility projects.