Joseph T. Waldo
Joseph T. Waldo limits his practice to the representation of private property and business owners in eminent domain and property rights proceedings across the Commonwealth of Virginia and the District of Columbia. Throughout his career, he has defended hundreds of owners in condemnation cases affecting all types of properties and ownership interests. A passionate advocate and skilled litigator, he has achieved millions of dollars in just compensation awards for his landowner clients. In the case styled U.S. vs. 515 Granby, LLC, he obtained Virginia’s largest eminent domain award in a jury trial.
In addition to his practice, Joe dedicates time to educating the public and the legal community on issues relating to eminent domain law, real estate valuation and property rights. He frequently speaks at continuing legal education courses and co-chairs or chairs two annual conferences, the Virginia Eminent Domain Seminar presented by CLE International and the Eminent Domain and Land Valuation Litigation course offered by the American Law Institute. A selection of his most recent presentations is listed below.
Joe is an ardent supporter of William & Mary Law School, where he first served as Secretary of the William & Mary Law School Alumni Association and served as a Trustee on the Board of the William & Mary Law School Foundation from 2005 to 2012. Joe was instrumental in the creation of the law school’s conference on the topic of property rights and takings law, the Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Conference. He has served on the Conference Planning Committee since 2004 and on the Board of Advisors for the Conference Journal. Past civic roles have also included positions as President and Board Member of the Virginia Beach S.P.C.A, as a Director of the Norfolk State University Foundation Board and as a Trustee of the Chrysler Museum of Art.
- American Law Institute: Eminent Domain and Land Valuation Litigation, “Pipelines and Energy Corridors: Valuation Perspectives of Condemnors and Condemnees” January 2016, Austin, Texas.
- American Law Institute: Eminent Domain and Land Valuation Litigation, “Project Influence and Scope of Project: Why All the Confusion?” January 2016, Austin, Texas.
- CLE International, “Evolving Issues in the Eminent Domain Practice,” May 2015, Irvington, Virginia.
- American Law Institute: Eminent Domain and Land Valuation Litigation, “Ethics in Eminent Domain,” February 2015, San Francisco, California.
- CLE International, “Lost Profits: Charting New Territory,” May 2014, Irvington, Virginia.
- American Law Institute: Eminent Domain and Land Valuation Litigation, “Ethical Pitfalls in Electronic Discovery,” January 2014, New Orleans, Louisiana.
- CLE International, “The Property Rights Amendment and Your Practice: An Exchange of Viewpoints,” April 2013, Irvington, Virginia.
- American Law Institute: Eminent Domain and Land Valuation Litigation,”From the Field to the Courtroom: Spotting Hidden Issues: An Engineer’s Role in Damage Cases,” January 2013, Miami Beach, Florida.
- “Fixing the Law of Fixtures in Virginia,” Volume XXXIII No.1 Fee Simple, 2012.
- American Law Institute: Eminent Domain and Land Valuation Litigation, “The Project Influence Rule: The Legal Practice and the Valuation Methodology,” January 2012, San Diego, California.
- American Law Institute: Eminent Domain and Land Valuation Litigation, “Proximity Damages from Transmission Lines: The Test Used by Property Owners, February 2011, Coral Gables, Florida.
- American Law Institute-American Bar Association: Eminent Domain and Land Valuation Litigation, “Inverse Condemnations: How To Succeed Whether by Air, Sea, or Land,” February 2010, Scottsdale, Arizona.
- “Where’s Joe Waldo Now?” by Phillip Newswanger, Inside Business: The Hampton Roads Business Journal, March 2, 2012.
- “Proximity Damages from Transmission Corridors and Transmission Lines,” (Co-author with Joshua E. Baker), The Practical Real Estate Lawyer, January 2012.
- “Preventing a Down Real Estate Market From Affecting Valuation in Condemnation Cases,” (Co-Author with Stephen J. Clarke), The Practical Real Estate Lawyer, October 2010.
Bar Admissions and Memberships
- Washington, D.C.
- American Bar Association
- Virginia Bar Association
- Planning Co-Chair and Faculty, American Law Institute-Continuing Legal Education (ALI-CLE) Eminent Domain and Land Valuation Litigation Seminar, 2004 – Present
- Planning Chair, Virginia Eminent Domain Seminar, CLE International, 2007 – Present
- Planning Committee, William & Mary Law School, Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Conference, 2004 – Present
- Adviser, The American Law Institute, Fourth Restatement of the Law, Property, 2015
- Member, City of Norfolk School Board
- Member, Virginia Housing Study Commission of the Virginia General Assembly Studying Eminent Domain, 2001-2006
- Member, Virginia General Assembly Joint Subcommittee Examining Compensation by Eminent Domain, 1999-2000
- Member, Virginia Housing Study Commission Subcommittee on House Bill 2453 of the Virginia General Assembly, 1997. As a result of this subcommittee’s recommendations, new legislation was enacted in 1998 that gave property owners in condemnation matters initiated by public housing authorities rights to which they had not been previously entitled.
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