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August 29th, 2012 — By — In News & Events

ABA Book, The Law of Eminent Domain, Sheds Light on the “Dark Corner of the Law”

A new book, The Law of Eminent Domain: Fifty-State Survey, has recently been published by the ABA Section of Litigation, Condemnation, Zoning and land Use Committee offering a summary of the laws and procedures of condemnation in each state and the District of Columbia. By providing a single reference source for questions about condemnation in every state jurisdiction and DC, the Condemnation, Zoning and Land Use Committee and many contributors to the project have succeeded in illuminating this area of law, which has been referred to as the “dark corner of the law” by such revered legal scholars as Lewis Orgel and Owners’ Counsel Member, Gideon Kanner.

The Law of Eminent Domain offers lawyers, legal scholars, eminent domain professionals, students and property owners detailed information concerning condemnation procedures in every state and the District of Columbia. The book organizes each state outline with the following information:

  • Who is Eligible to Condemn?
  • What can be Condemned?
  • The Condemnation Proceedings
  • Procedure to Challenge Condemnation
  • Inverse Condemnation
  • Just Compensation Issues
  • How are Various Ownership Interests Treated?
  • Abandonment
  • Attorney’s Fees and Costs

William (Bill) G. Blake, Nebraska Member of the Owners’ Counsel of America, edited the book. “While this project required significant work by myself and Committee Chairs, Casey Pipes and Robert Will, to identify and secure authors for each state and D.C., the end result is a collaborative product produced by more than 51 experienced eminent domain attorneys from across the country,” he said. “It truly was a pleasure working with each of the authors and the Committee Chairs to successfully complete the project and publish a resource that sheds light on the many complexities and variations of the eminent domain process in each jurisdiction.”

A number of attorneys affiliated with the Owners’ Counsel of America authored chapters in The Law of Eminent Domain, including Warren C. Herlong and Casey Pipes (Alabama), Brandon K. Moffitt (Arkansas), Robert H. Thomas (Hawaii), John R. Hamilton (Kansas), James D. Masterman (Massachusetts), Mark D. Savin (Minnesota), Michael A. Schneider (Nevada), Anthony F. Della Pelle (New Jersey), Michael Rikon (New York), Jill Gelineau (Oregon), Mark Meierhenry (South Dakota), John Kevin Walsh (Tennessee), and H. Dixon Montague (Texas), and Jermey Hopkins (Virginia).

The Law of Eminent Domain: Fifty State Survey is available for purchase in eBook and paperback format on the ABA website here.