Kermitt L. Waters
Kermitt Waters has defended landowners across Nevada and the United States for over 40 years. Practicing primarily in the areas of eminent domain and property rights law, Kermitt has defended hundreds of landowners in condemnation proceedings. In Nevada, Kermitt has tried over 50 eminent domain trials where his defense of landowners has resulted in landmark opinions protecting private property rights.
Born and raised in West Texas, the son of ranchers, Kermitt developed an appreciation for private property at a young age. In 1968, he moved to Nevada and began working for the Nevada Attorney General where he fought the utility companies’ demands for fee increases during the early 1970’s. In 1972, Kermitt went into private practice and has been defending landowners in Nevada and across the country ever since.
Kermitt’s years of expertise defending landowners provided invaluable insight when he drafted the Nevada Property Owner’s Bill of Rights, a voter initiative to amend the Nevada State Constitution. Under Nevada law, this constitutional amendment also known as PISTOL (People’s Initiative to Stop the Taking of Our Land), required voter approval in two consecutive elections, 2006 and 2008. Upon voter approval in 2008, the Nevada Property Owner’s Bill of Rights established certain restrictions on the use of eminent domain to further protect the rights of Nevada landowners. Kermitt continues to effect changes to eminent domain laws in Nevada to further protect landowners’ rights in condemnation actions and insure the fair treatment of property owners and payment of just compensation for property taken in eminent domain.
- American Law Institute-American Bar Association, Eminent Domain and Land Valuation Litigation, “How to Win the Unpopular Case,” January 26, 2012, San Diego, CA.
- American Law Institute-American Bar Association, Condemnation 101: Making the Complex Simple in Eminent Domain, “Giving the Judge and Jury the Big Picture in a Condemnation Case,” February 18, 2011, Coral Gables, FL.
Bar Admissions and Memberships
- Clark County Bar Association
- American Bar Association