Cox, Castle & Nicholson has extensive experience in the representation of public and private clients in all types of eminent domain matters. We have significant experience in state and federal court through trial and appeal. We work with our clients to develop a strategy for each eminent domain matter to obtain the most favorable outcome in a cost effective and timely matter, seeking settlements favorable to our clients at the earliest possible time in order to minimize legal costs. Our experience in representing our clients in eminent domain actions for public projects have involved complex valuation issues including compensation for property taken, damages to the property remaining after the taking and loss of goodwill. We also assist clients in dealing with issues that arise from the California Relocation Assistance Law during the eminent domain process.
We also have experience in the prosecution and defense of inverse condemnation actions brought by private parties seeking compensation for the taking or damaging of private property by public entities both through physical invasion and as a result of regulatory actions.
Additionally, we have handled a number of eminent domain actions involving contaminated property where the contamination of the property played a significant role in the valuation of the property. In these matters, we have worked closely with experts in the process and costs associated with remediating contaminated property and appraisers who testified about the impact of contamination on the valuation of the property.