George B. Autry, Jr.
George B. Autry, Jr., has been practicing in Raleigh, North Carolina since 1991. For over the past twenty years, he has practiced exclusively in the area of eminent domain and has limited his eminent domain practice to representing private property owners since 1999.
George has tried condemnation jury trials in every corner of the state and has secured dozens of multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements for North Carolina landowners. His career includes trials and settlements of virtually every type of eminent domain case, including condemnations of shopping centers, golf courses, gas stations, hotels, mining and manufacturing facilities, office and residential condominiums, farms, schools, churches, and automobile dealerships. George regularly represents clients against the North Carolina Department of Transportation, the City of Charlotte, the Triangle Transit Authority, and Duke Energy Progress. He has tried over a dozen multi-million dollar land condemnation cases to favorable jury verdicts, resulting in awards greatly in excess of the condemnor’s estimated just compensation. George together with his wife and law partner, Stephanie Autry, have won the two largest condemnation judgments in NCDOT history.
Significant Eminent Domain and Property Rights Representations and Reported Decisions
- Achieved a settlement of $5,380,000 for a Wake County property owner originally offered $2,700,000 for the taking of approximately 22 acres of land.
- Obtained a jury verdict of $3,479,465 for a New Hanover County building supply company originally offered $303,525.
- Achieved a settlement of $22,5000,000 for a Mecklenburg County property owner originally offered $16,865,400 for a shopping center.
- Achieved a settlement of $15,800,000 for a Cumberland County property owner originally offered $4,842,525.
- Obtained $11,900,000 for a Wake County property owner whose Raleigh property was acquired by the city in order to consolidate city services, including maintenance and parks and recreation.
- Obtained a jury verdict of $2,691,703.94 for a Johnston County property owner originally offered $420,000.
- Obtained a jury verdict of $2,611,647 for a Forsyth County property owner originally offered $1,268,075.
- Obtained a jury verdict of $1,320,551 for a New Hanover County property owner originally offered $263,007.
- Achieved a settlement of $1,550,000 for a Camden County school originally offered $146,400 for a partial taking of .7 acres of land.
- Obtained a jury verdict of $2,533,364 including interest, for a Durham County hotel owner originally offered $291,000 for the taking of approximately .6 acres of land.
- Obtained a jury verdict of $2,558,031.12, including interest, for an Alamance County landowner originally offered $400,800 for a partial taking of his property. The verdict continues to be the largest of any kind in Alamance County history.
- Obtained a jury verdict of $1,707,033.16, including interest, on behalf of a Durham County restaurant owner who was originally offered $427,425.
- Achieved a settlement of $3,041,000 for a Wake county property owner originally offered $692,760 for a partial taking.
- Achieved a settlement of $3,667,000 on behalf of two brothers in a highly publicized case involving the total taking of a family tire business located in downtown Raleigh.
- Achieved a settlement of $1,277,266 on behalf of Rex Hospital for the taking of four acres. The hospital was originally offered nothing.
- American Law Institute: Eminent Domain and Land Valuation Litigation, “Use of First and Second Generation Rents and Just Compensation: Issues Sweeping Lower and Appellate Courts Throughout the Country,” January 2014, New Orleans, LA.
- American Law Institute: Condemnation 101, “Trial Exhibits that Work,” January 2014, New Orleans, LA.
- American Law Institute-American Bar Association: Condemnation 101, “How the Case Was Won: Practice Tips from Experienced Eminent Domain Practitioners,” February 2011, Coral Gables, FL.
- American Law Institute-American Bar Association: Condemnation 101-How to Prepare and Present an Eminent Domain Case, “Representing the Condemnee and Winning from the Start: Overview and Suggestions for a Case Plan,” January 2009, Miami Beach, FL.
- American Law Institute-American Bar Association: Condemnation 101-Fundamentals of Condemnation Law and Land Valuation, January 2008, San Francisco, CA.
- American Law Institute-American Bar Association: Eminent Domain and Land Valuation Litigation Seminar, “Environmental Issues and Interaction with State Environmental Agencies,” January 2005, Miami, FL.
Bar Admissions and Memberships
- North Carolina, 1991
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
- U.S. District Court, Eastern and Middle Districts of North Carolina
- North Carolina Bar Association
- Wake County Bar Association
- Chairman, Land Condemnation Specialty Committee of the North Carolina State Bar
- Member, North Carolina Mining Commission
- Board of Directors, Owners’ Counsel of America (2014-2017)