Governmental Agencies

Our Services for Governmental Agencies

Project Management

  • Compliance with Uniform Relocation Assistance Act
  • Compliance with state law
  • Compliance with local law and procedures
  • Selection of consultants
  • Management of project team

Pre-condemnation Planning

  • Early entry onto properties
  • Title issues
  • Zoning/land planning issues
  • Environmental investigations
  • Analysis of potential damages

Redevelopment Projects

  • Compliance with redevelopment requirements
  • Blight determinations
  • Redevelopment plans
  • Selection of Redevelopers
  • Redevelopment agreements

Defense of Challenges to Condemnations

  • Public purpose
  • Blight determinations
  • Procedural challenges

Determination of Just Compensation

  • Obtaining effective appraisals
  • Experience with complex valuations
  • Knowledge of valuation theories
  • Knowledge of appraisal methodology
  • Knowledge of statutory requirements
  • Knowledge of appraisal industry standards (USPAP, etc.)
  • Highest and best use analyses
  • Impact of environmental issues
  • Supporting appraisers with other experts
  • Management of multiple experts
  • Severance damages in partial takings

Network of Experts

  • Real estate appraisers
  • Real estate review appraisers
  • Machinery and equipment appraisers
  • Land planners
  • Industry consultants
  • Environmental consultants

Relocation Benefits

  • Implementation of relocation programs
  • Claims under Uniform Relocation Assistance Act
  • Claims under state law
  • Moving expenses
  • Personal property claims
  • Business dislocation payments
  • Reestablishment payments
  • Relocation advisory services


  • Administrative proceedings, trials and appeals
  • State and federal courts

Creative Settlements

  • Lump sum awards
  • Structured settlements
  • Non-monetary benefits

Related Proceedings

  • Environmental cost recovery actions
  • De facto condemnations
  • Actions under "private road laws"

Governmental Agency Results

  • New High School - West Chester Area School District
    • Our Team represented the West Chester Area School District in its acquisition of a property for a new high school. In that case, we defeated a challenge to the condemnation by the property owner.
  • Recreational Center - City of Coatesville
    • Our Team represented the City of Coatesville in its acquisition of properties for a regional recreation center. In those cases, we defeated a series of challenges to the condemnation and the project by property owners and others.
  • Airport Expansion - Louisville International Airport
    • Our Team represented the Regional Airport Authority of Louisville and Jefferson County in a major expansion of the Louisville International Airport. We assisted the Airport in virtually every aspect of this project from pre-condemnation planning through the just compensation stage.
  • Highway Projects - Delaware Department of Transportation
    • Our Team represents the Delaware Department of Transportation in its acquisition of properties to complete major highway expansions and improvements in Delaware. We assist DelDOT in acquiring properties through negotiated acquisitions and, when necessary, in defeating challenges to condemnations or litigating the amount of just compensation owed to property owners.