Eminent Domain Lawyers in Macon
Highly Knowledgeable Representation for Complex Cases
Cooper, Draughon & Cooper includes one of the leading Condemnation Law teams in Georgia. Our Macon eminent domain attorneys regularly counsel both governmental entities and owners of private property in eminent domain and land use and valuation matters throughout all aspects of condemnation litigation. Our Condemnation Law team has tried numerous, highly complex condemnation cases to verdict including business loss claims, sub-surface mineral rights claims, inverse takings by governmental authorities, nuisance and blasting cases, complex relocation matters and land use in Macon, Georgia and state-wide.
Federal, state, and local governments may take or damage private property rights for use in a public purpose provided that the governmental entity pays the property owner what is known as just and adequate compensation.
Do you have questions about eminent domain and what it could mean for you? Contact our offices today to schedule your free consultation!
The trial attorneys on our Condemnation Law team possess extensive knowledge of and experience in the field of condemnation law and maintain a vast and expansive network of professionals who provide their expertise when necessary, including:
- Economic Impact Experts
- Site Design Experts
- Land Planners
- Real Estate Appraisers
- Business Valuation Experts & Forensic Accountants
- Relocation Experts
- Experts in the valuation of Furniture, Fixtures, & Equipment
- Blasting Experts
Just and adequate compensation is a legal concept that may include monetary and non-monetary damages. For instance, it certainly includes the value of the property rights taken and, in many instances, it may include improved access, severance and/or business damages, more favorable zoning, additional public services, relocation of roads, and other enhancements. The Condemnation Law Team at Cooper, Draughon & Cooper can help you resolve your eminent domain/condemnation law issues, not just through litigation, but also through negotiating changes to a proposed project in order to minimize its impact on you and on your property rights.
The Condemnation Law team at Cooper, Draughon & Cooper has years of experience in commercial tax appeal litigation and the expanded field of regulatory takings and inverse condemnations. An inverse condemnation arises when a property owner’s property rights have been overridden or damaged without the payment of just and adequate compensation by the government. We can handle the complex issues regarding valuation damages in such cases.
Our Condemnation Law team has represented a large variety of clients over the years, ranging from the Georgia Department of Transportation to Fortune 500 Companies to local businesses and private citizens, even including clients with unique valuation issues, such as the valuation of golf courses and one-of-a-kind properties on rivers and other historic land use. Our Condemnation Law team has tried numerous condemnation cases and tax appeals to verdict in recent years, which helps apply pressure to attorneys on the other side of cases to settle simple, less complex cases. Our team’s experience has resulted in a proven track record of resolving many cases without the need for a jury trial, although our team is certainly experienced and capable enough to provide effective representation in those cases that cannot be resolved without the intervention of a jury.
A Uniquely Experienced Team
Devlin Cooper and John Draughon each work as a Special Assistant Attorney General on behalf of the Georgia Department of Transportation throughout the State. Devlin co-hosts an annual seminar on Eminent Domain Law for The Seminar Group and speaks at other continuing legal education seminars on eminent domain law throughout the year. Both John and Devlin are regular speakers at the Department of Transportation’s SAAG Seminar each Fall, and both have previously been selected as Super Lawyers in the field of Eminent Domain Law.
Call our Macon eminent domain lawyers at (478) 202-7050 today to find out more about how we can help you address your property rights matters!