Eminent Domain

Eminent domain—the taking of private property for the good of the public—must fairly balance the rights of the individual vs. the rights of the many. SMGG’s attorneys are highly experienced and effective in matters involving eminent domain. We have achieved great success for our clients in both defending the rights of landowners in condemnation actions and in representing government entities in the fair and cost-effective completion of important public projects.

Matters involving the taking of private property are sensitive and complex. Eminent domain proceedings involve the very core of the fundamental rights, and governmental limitations, protected by the United States and Pennsylvania Constitutions. Our Real Estate Group knows how to protect and respect these fundamental rights.

Whether you are a representative of a municipality proceeding with a public project, or a landowner whose property rights are being condemned, you will want counsel that thoroughly understands the technical and procedural rights involved. These issues go well beyond the calculation of the appropriate fair market value of the property interest being taken and involve the difficult calculations of relocation damages, as well as navigating historical preservation issues, timber rights, oil and gas rights, attorneys’ fees, and appraisal costs. If you would like the process to go as smoothly as possible and have the correct compensation calculated, you will want the attorneys at SMGG on your side.

For more information, please contact Kimberly Tague.