Eminent Domain

As the Gulf Coast and North and Central Texas regions experience tremendous growth, eminent domain disputes associated with this growth have increased, particularly in the energy sector.

Phelps Dunbar attorneys are experienced in all areas of eminent domain and expropriation, including both transactional and litigation aspects. In particular, our lawyers have extensive experience in the area of condemnation and easement/right-of-way acquisition and protection on behalf of public utilities and governmental entities.

Our litigators have handled expropriation/eminent domain matters on behalf of numerous public utilities in acquiring new rights-of-way through contested expropriation/eminent domain proceedings as well as defending against claims of inverse condemnation. Further, our lawyers have significant expertise in protecting clients’ existing easements from impairment or encroachment. Specifically, we have handled or been involved in the initial landowner negotiations, the appraisal process, public use/necessity analysis, and litigation of all aspects of expropriation/eminent domain issues at both the administrative and trial levels and involving all types of properties, including residential, commercial, industrial and special use properties.