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Houston I-45 Highway Expansion Project

The I-45 highway improvement project proposed by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) will have a major impact on many businesses in the neighborhoods east of Downtown Houston. Property owners in the affected areas should know their rights as the city makes plans to condemn private property for the highway expansion project.

V&E’s condemnation and eminent domain lawyers in Houston, Texas, have represented clients in many similar cases, such as the Grand Parkway development, Hardy Toll Road extension and U.S. Highway 290 widening. Our team’s niche focus and deep experience in this area of law sets us apart from other legal representation, allowing us to potentially achieve favorable results for our clients.

Experience Highlights

  • (2018) Jury verdict 1,837% above State’s First Offer. Jury trial verdict in a partial takings case for the Grand Parkway equivalent to compensation sought at trial for owner of a 600+ acre residential development in Harris County, Texas. This is believed to be the largest jury verdict for a property owner in a condemnation case ever in the state of Texas. (The Texas Lawbook, February 7, 2018) It is anticipated that the State will file an appeal.

  • (2018) Jury verdict 1,005% above County’s First Offer. Jury trial verdict in a partial takings case for the County’s Hardy Toll Road Extension Project for the owner of a trucking facility in Harris County, Texas in an amount 1,005% above the County’s first offer. It is anticipated that the County will file an appeal.

  • (2017) Jury verdict 292% above State’s First Offer. Jury trial verdict in a partial takings case for the Grand Parkway for the owner of retail pad sites in front of a big-box shopping center in Montgomery County, Texas in an amount 292% above the State’s first offer.

  • (2016) Jury verdict resulting in 283% increase in Compensation to Client. Jury trial verdict for the owner of a large grocery company related to the condemnation by the State of a part of its retail development for the construction of the Grand Parkway in Montgomery County, Texas, resulting in a net recovery of $4.6 million on an original offer of $1.2 million.

  • (2016) Combined Jury verdicts 292% above State’s Combined First Offer. Combined jury trial verdicts equivalent to compensation sought at trial in one case involving two commercial reserve parcels (consolidated prior to trial) owned by the same entity that were taken for the Grand Parkway in Harris County, Texas. These cases are currently on appeal.

  • (2015) Jury verdict 367% above State’s Compensation Estimate. Jury trial verdict 40% above compensation sought at trial by owner of commercial reserves taken for the Grand Parkway in Harris County, Texas, and 367% above State’s first offer. This case is currently on appeal.

  • (2014) Jury verdict resulting in 170% increase in Compensation to Client. Jury trial verdict equivalent to compensation sought by property owners at trial for the taking of a 42-acre tract for a detention pond in Harris County, resulting in a net recovery to clients of $8.85 million, when condemning authority’s first offer was $3.28 million.

  • (2013) Settlements resulting in compensation increases to clients of 2,127% and 184%, respectively. Settlement for a mall owner in partial taking by the State to widen U.S. 290 in Harris County, Texas, resulting in a net recovery of $21.7 million on an original offer of $1.0 million. Settlement for a major chain department store owner in consolidated case for the adjacent parcel, resulting in a net recovery of $23.4 million on an original offer of $8.2 million.

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