Represented hundreds of individual and business landowners in condemnation matters related to the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and Mountain Valley Pipeline, with substantial experience negotiating settlements for landowners and preparing agreements with terms protecting the landowner’s property rights.
Represented shopping centers, retailers, and restaurants in eminent domain cases filed by VDOT, the federal government, and localities
Represented the owners of hotel properties, medical complexes, vacant parcels, storage facilities, and a wide variety of other types of investment properties in eminent domain cases
Represented residential property owners in eminent domain actions filed by VDOT, localities, and utility providers
Represented landowners and tenants in disputes concerning relocation expenses.
PROTECTING THE MISSION
A historic church in Newport News had plans dating back decades to ensure that their mission continued. But when VDOT decided to take a portion of the church’s land and change the property’s access, those plans were put at risk. VDOT insisted that church was not harmed and offered only $96,000. Kaufman & Canoles provided in multiple motions, and pushed VDOT to the negotiating table, convincing VDOT that the church was owed $1.95 million, 1.85 million above VDOT’s offer.
PROTECTING THE BUSINESS
Building their successful beverage distribution company took decades, but it took VDOT no time at all to put that at risk. VDOT took a portion of the company’s land, an access point for tractor trailers by installing a median in front of the property, and offered to pay $119,000. Rather than pay just compensation, VDOT took the case to trial. With Kaufman & Canoles’ help, the landowner prevailed, and the jury unanimously agreed with the landowner’s appraiser and awarded just compensation of $2,391.883, plus costs of $100,000.
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