Condemnation & Eminent Domain
A small but experienced group of Jackson Walker lawyers have devoted a majority of their careers to helping condemnors acquire the property interests they need to construct public projects. This team is led by Robert Neblett, one of the most experienced and successful trial lawyers in the State. These lawyers have worked together on some of the largest projects in the State, including a 325-mile transmission line and 1,800-acre rail yard.
As a result, within the condemnation bar, this team possesses unparalleled project management experience and skills that are absolutely necessary to insure success. Because they have a reputation as tenacious, fearless, knowledgeable, and prepared litigators, they often deliver great results before trial – by negotiating or mediating settlements.
Every Condemnor has contractual and service commitments that drive the schedule. Numerous parties can support or thwart that schedule: surveyors, appraisers, land agents, title agents, landowners, opposing counsel, and courts. We can review your plan, or formulate one, to insure that it supports successful acquisition of every parcel on time. We were recently the lead condemnation lawyers for a 325-mile long electric transmission line that was delivered on time and under budget.
We first identify one person to oversee the day-to-day activities for the project. This coordinator works with other attorneys and paralegals to ensure that tasks are being accomplished and potential problems are quickly identified and solved.
For projects involving numerous parcels, Jackson Walker uses its proprietary software to create an extranet site. Through it, client representatives can access the current status of every case. The extranet expedites communication and provides all members of the team immediate access to basic, but important, project information and documents.
At each hearing, we routinely use PowerPoint and Google Earth imagery to educate the panel about the project, the landowner’s property, the surrounding properties and the marketplace. Well in advance of a scheduled hearing, we begin assembling aerial imagery, photography, conveyance instruments, surveys, project graphics, flood plain and contour maps, sales data, and the like. In sum, the Jackson Walker Eminent Domain team knows that the combination of advance planning and use of the best available technological resources, plus experienced advocacy and trial skills leads to success.
- Lead condemnation counsel for Lone Star Transmission LLC in its construction of a 325-mile electric transmission line crossing 11 counties and involving 671 parcels.
- Lead condemnation counsel for Union Pacific Railroad Co. in its construction of an 1,800-acre classification yard in Robertson County.
- Lead condemnation counsel for Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority’s expansion of Highway 183 South, one of the most important and busiest transportation corridors in Central Texas.
- Lead condemnation counsel for the Lower Colorado River Authority.
March 23, 2021
Jackson Walker is pleased to announce the selection of 36 attorneys to Thomson Reuters’ 2021 “Super Lawyers – Rising Stars” list. Spanning five offices and eight major practice areas, these up-and-coming attorneys have been nominated by peers within and outside the Firm.
November 25, 2020
Jackson Walker proudly announces the selection of nine Fort Worth-based attorneys to Fort Worth Magazine’s “Top Attorneys” list for 2020. The full list will be released in the magazine’s December 2020 issue.
February 28, 2020
In Southwestern Electric Power Company v. Lynch et al., the Texas Supreme Court decided a hotly contested case regarding the interpretation of “general easements.”
February 14, 2020
Noah Galton Speaks at Eminent Domain Conference on “Cutting-Edge Issues in Utility Easement Acquisitions”
During the 19th Annual Eminent Domain SuperConference in Austin, Jackson Walker partner Noah Galton, along with Nicholas Laurent of Barron, Adler, Clough & Oddo, delivered a presentation on key issues and developments related to utility easement acquisitions in Texas.
January 15, 2020
Each year, one-third of 1% of State Bar members are invited to become fellows.
August 14, 2019
As The WARM Place celebrates 30 years of providing grief support services to children and their families, Jackson Walker proudly joined Joe Regan in supporting A Cool Night by Candlelight on October 5, 2019.
August 1, 2019
As eminent domain reporting increases following the recent Texas legislative session, Susan Dillon Ayers authored an article in Austin Lawyer summarizing some of the fundamental steps involved in a condemnation case.
June 19, 2019
Sue Ayers Presents Case Study in Condemnation Related to Brazos Yard at IRWA Transportation Symposium
As the lead condemnation counsel for Union Pacific’s Brazos Yard, Susan Dillon Ayers shared a case study related to the Brazos Yard during the 2019 IRWA Transportation Symposium.
May 6, 2019
With backgrounds focused on energy and eminent domain, Joseph P. Regan and Adam L. Plumbley expand the scope of the Chambers USA-ranked Trial & Appellate Litigation practice to handle eminent domain and real property disputes, primarily involving pipelines.
September 12, 2018
Sue Ayers and Noah Galton were recently published by Austin Lawyer in an article setting forth five helpful reminders to protect both attorneys and clients against issues involving fee disputes.