Vinson & Elkins’ Condemnation practice has successfully represented property owners and governmental entities in state and federal eminent domain cases for 62 years. Experienced in every type of condemnation dispute, our lawyers help property owners achieve their objective, whether it be maximizing compensation or challenging the government’s right to take the property, at a competitive, results-based fee.
V&E has tried and won numerous precedent-setting condemnation, inverse condemnation, and regulatory takings cases in state and federal courts. These involve takings for all types of projects, including highways, rail, drainage and flood control projects, parks, schools, sports
arenas, energy and utility plants, strategic petroleum reserves, electric transmission lines, telecommunications lines, and pipelines. We work to protect properties of all sizes and uses, including residential, commercial, industrial, agricultural, educational, religious, and vacant land. In addition
to representing property owners, we also represent entities with the power of eminent domain, including pipeline and utility companies, among others.
Advocacy & Strategy
Our team assists clients at all stages of a condemnation case, including pre-condemnation planning, strategy, negotiations, mediations, jury trials, and appeals. Our lawyers are skilled advocates who regularly work with real estate appraisers, land planners, engineers, real estate brokers, and
other land use professionals to build effective arguments and maximize the property owner’s compensation at both the trial and appellate levels.