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Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law

Protecting rights of commercial property owners, business owners and tenants

Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP (JMBM) has decades of experience representing commercial property owners, business owners, and tenants in eminent domain and inverse condemnation matters against the government. 

Our lawyers understand how government works. Our substantial political and regulatory experience has been gained by representing hundreds of clients before government and regulatory entities, particularly throughout California. JMBM is recognized by U.S. News & World Report / Best Law Firms® with a National First-Tier ranking in Land Use & Zoning Law.

For eminent domain and inverse condemnation cases, our lawyers draw on deep experience in matters involving permitting, planning, zoning, environmental remediation, and construction. We understand the economics of land use and real estate in the context of eminent domain and know the critical importance of assessing value and receiving fair compensation.

Our team members have extensive trial and appellate experience in land use disputes, including those involving condemnation and inverse condemnation, and compensation for regulatory takings and state land acquisitions.


Our representation includes cases where the federal, state, or local government is taking an easement, the entire property, or a portion of the property for projects related to:

  • Freeway expansions and interchanges
  • Schools
  • Sports arenas
  • Reservoirs and water conveyances
  • Rail lines
  • Deep water terminals

Our Clients

Clients we have represented in eminent domain matters come from a range of business and industry sectors, including:

  • Oil companies
  • Airlines
  • Financial institutions
  • Rock quarries
  • Rail companies
  • Agricultural & food companies
  • Retailers
  • Industrial parks

Eminent domain is one of the government's most potent and controversial powers, and disputes involving eminent domain and inverse condemnation often involve complex government regulations, politics, litigation, and significant economic consequences. JMBM's lawyers are skilled in dealing with all these factors. For every client facing a condemnation action, we are committed to rigorously protecting their constitutional rights.