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Eminent Domain and Condemnation

The Firm has extensive experience in all aspects of Alabama eminent domain and condemnation law.

  • We represent condemning agencies, including clients such as Alabama Power Company, Florida Gas Transmission Company, and others.
  • We also have extensive experience representing land owners throughout the State of Alabama whose property is being condemned.
  • We have been involved in Alabama condemnation cases involving highways, private access roads, historical sites, nature preserves, government buildings, billboards, power lines, storm water drainage, water and sewer lines, petroleum and natural gas pipelines, industrial complexes, compressor stations, urban renewal, urban redevelopment, airport expansions, college campus expansions, commercial office building acquisitions, convenience store (C stores) takings, underground gas storage rights, communication systems, regulatory takings, blight, and other types of matters.
  • We have also represented and advised land owners and agencies with the power of eminent domain in inverse condemnation actions.


Lawyers in the Condemnation and Eminent Domain practice area have received the following honors and recognitions:

  • Fellowship in the American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Fellowship in the American College of Real Estate Lawyers (ACREL)
  • Owner’s Counsel of America
  • Co-Chair of the American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, Condemnation, Zoning and Land Use Committee
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Alabama Super Lawyers
  • Alabama Law Institute, Real Estate Standing Committee
  • The Counselors of Real Estate (CRE)
  • Chair of the American Bar Association, Section of Real Property, Trust and
    Estate (RPTE) Condemnation Committee

Initial Consultations

The Firm provides a free initial consultation with land owners whose property is being targeted for condemnation.

Notable or Recent Reported Cases

  • Weeks v. Herlong, 31 So.3d 122 (Ala.Civ.App. 2009)
  • Alabama Dept. of Transp. v. Williams, 984 So.2d 1092 (Ala. 2007)
  • State v. Howington, 859 So. 2d 1093 (Ala. 2002)
  • Ex parte Tuscaloosa County, 825 So.2d 729 (Ala. 2001)
  • Sustainable Forests, L.L.C. v. Alabama Power Co., 805 So.2d 681 (Ala. 2001)
  • State v. Armstrong, 779 So.2d 1211 (Ala. 2000)
  • Pace v. The Utilities Bd. Of the City of Foley, 752 So.2d 510 (Ala.Civ.App. 1999)
  • City of Foley v. McLeod, 709 So.2d 471 (Ala. 1998)
  • Town and Campus Apartments, Inc. v. Kemp, 548 So.2d 436 (Ala. 1989)
  • Thiry v. State, 480 So.2d 1243 (Ala.Civ.App. 1985)

Selected Judgments and Settlements

(when the Firm represented the land owner)






April 2015
Gulf Shores
May 2014
May 2014
May 2013
May 2013
May 2013
May 2013
May 2013
May 2013
March 2013
Mobile  Settlement $23,910 $395,000

September 2012

Dothan Settlement $117,440 $799,000

February 2011

Bay Minette Settlement $500 $156,000

November 2010

Bay Minette Judgment $500


August 2010

Auburn Settlement $701,000


April 2010

Huntsville Settlement $75,663


February 2010

Birmingham Settlement $287,340


April 2009

Phenix City Settlement $395,000


November 2007

Montgomery Settlement $647,550


September 2006

Auburn Judgment $263,200


July 2006

Florence Judgment $124,200


January 2006

Florence Judgment $141,400


May 2005 Mobile Judgment $137,400


The Firm does not offer any guarantee of case results. The above illustrations, though based upon cases handled by the Firm, should not create any expectation that a similar result can be obtained for others.  Each case is decided and evaluated on its own specific factual and legal circumstances.



John N. Leach, Warren C. Herlong, Casey Pipes, Christopher T. Conte

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