Woods Rogers has an active eminent domain practice representing electric utilities, gas pipeline companies, housing authorities, and other entities in property acquisitions for public projects. The firm’s attorneys have handled hundreds of acquisitions for projects throughout southwestern Virginia. Our clients include Appalachian Power Company, Norfolk Southern Corporation, and the Roanoke Redevelopment and Housing Authority.
The firm’s services in eminent domain matters range from pre-condemnation planning and evaluation to fully litigated jury trial proceedings. Members of the eminent domain group have significant experience in the full range of issues that arise in contested eminent domain cases, ranging from “right-to-take” challenges to multimillion dollar just compensation disputes.
Because Virginia’s unique procedural rules (precluding the use of depositions in support of summary judgment motions) make it difficult to dispose of a case early in the process, our eminent domain litigators have substantial experience in taking such matters to trial. At the same time, the firm does not hesitate to recommend and pursue alternative strategies, such as mediation, in appropriate cases as a means of reducing litigation costs and managing risks.