Sue Ayers Authors “An Eminent Domain Primer” in ‘Austin Lawyer’ Following 86th Texas Legislature


As eminent domain reporting increases following the recent Texas legislative session, Jackson Walker partner Sue Ayers authored an article in Austin Lawyer summarizing some of the fundamental steps involved in a condemnation case.

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In the article, entitled “An Eminent Domain Primer,” Sue addresses who has the power to condemn, what a “bona fide offer” entails, the court’s administrative jurisdiction, and what transpires after the special commissioners’ hearing.

“For over 100 years, the Texas Legislature has delegated the power of eminent domain to both public and private entities that construct our power lines, pipelines, highways, and railroads.”

For the full article, view page 26 of the July/August 2019 edition of Austin Lawyer. To explore Jackson Walker’s experience in helping condemnors acquire the property interests they need to construct public projects, visit our Condemnation & Eminent Domain practice page.

Meet Sue

Susan Dillon Ayers represents condemnors in all aspects of land acquisition, including negotiation of easements and crossing agreements, the purchase of real property in fee simple, condemnation, and appeal. During the 2019 Legislative Session, Sue advised clients regarding bills that would impact condemnations and high-speed rail. She is a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation and a sought-after speaker and writer on eminent domain issues. Outside of her practice, Sue is a mentor for the UT Law School Women’s Law Caucus.