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Virginia Eminent Domain Attorneys Defend Property Rights

Law firm in Norfolk and Virginia Beach counters powerful interests

The United States and Virginia constitutions recognize the fundamental right to own private property. Though condemnation through eminent domain is permissible under the law, it is legally authorized in the commonwealth only when certain narrow exceptions outlined in the Virginia Bill of Rights exist. If your property has been targeted for condemnation, Kellam, Pickrell, Cox & Anderson, P.C. can stand up to powerful interests on your behalf. With offices in Norfolk and Virginia Beach, our firm has been representing clients since 1930, and our attorneys have a detailed knowledge of the relevant statutory and case law. We also have the local background to confront incorrect characterizations about a parcel or its value. If land that you possess is, or might be, the subject of eminent domain proceedings, we can provide the comprehensive assistance you need to enforce your rights.

Skilled advocates who challenge expansive definitions of public use

Although Virginians chose to enact an eminent domain amendment to the state constitution in 2012, attempted abuse of the law persists. Kellam, Pickrell, Cox & Anderson, P.C. represents landowners in a full range of disputes, including those concerning:

  • Use or facility benefiting the public — As a firm serving Virginians for more than 85 years, we have seen many attempts to wrest property away through questionable public uses. In most cases, some sort of general benefit will be alleged, but we can fight flimsy justifications to take what belongs to you.
  • Allegedly blighted property — Though eminent domain condemnation is permitted, governments sometimes try to extend this definition unlawfully to include property that poses no harm to the community. We will demonstrate that under Virginia law, land is not considered blighted merely because a nicer structure can be erected there.
  • Excess condemnation — In some instances, a legitimate public function exists for a section of land, but the condemnation includes much more property than necessary. This violates Virginia law, and our firm can assemble the evidence needed to argue for an appropriately-sized taking.

No matter what the issue, we won’t let developers or government officials intimidate you or infringe upon your rights and privileges.

Determined negotiators to help you obtain full value for your property

When an eminent domain condemnation is granted, the property owner is entitled to “just compensation.” According to Article 1, Section 11 of the Virginia Bill of Rights, that is at least equal to the sum of the property’s value, damages to the adjacent property kept by the owner, lost profits and lost access. There is a great deal of subjectivity in those terms, and the wildly fluctuating value of real estate can mean that fair market value on one day might vastly underestimate the potential that exists at the site. Kellam, Pickrell, Cox & Anderson, P.C. delivers detailed arguments on the full value of our clients’ property, including special uses that appraisers might not include in their evaluation.

Contact an established Norfolk and Virginia Beach eminent domain law firm today

Kellam, Pickrell, Cox & Anderson, P.C. represents clients in eminent domain proceedings and other types of property matters from our offices in Norfolk and Virginia Beach. Please call 757-627-8365 to schedule a meeting.