Overview

We regularly counsel clients through a series of public hearings, private negotiations and mandatory filings. When litigation becomes necessary, we have significant experience successfully resolving the most contentious and high-stakes cases in the courtroom. Our lawyers have:

  • Won a defense verdict in state court in the largest-ever commercial eminent domain trial in Ohio history, enabling the city of Cleveland to expand Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. The defense verdict prevented the neighboring city of Brook Park from taking Cleveland’s property by eminent domain for its economic development purposes. Because the 180-acre tract was the only reasonable location for planned and necessary airport expansion, including a new international runway, building an entirely new airport at a green-field site was not an option, and Cleveland stood to incur billions of dollars in economic development damages.
  • Represented the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority in a five-week bench trial in an eminent domain action to acquire 14 commercial properties for the largest downtown Cleveland real estate redevelopment project in over 30 years, involving a $400 million mixed-use housing, office and retail project on the east bank of the Cuyahoga River. After five weeks of trial, all property owners agreed to settle and transfer all property to the project.
  • Represented a property owner in its fight against the appropriation of the largest remaining underdeveloped parcel of land in Cuyahoga County, Ohio. The land owner challenged both the right to take and the valuation by Norfolk Southern Railroad of land to be used for parking truck trailers at a new intermodal facility. The railroad prevailed on the taking but we secured a jury verdict awarding compensation in an amount over six times higher than the railroad’s initial offer.
  • Represented a private property owner in Ohio in one of the largest eminent domain cases, resulting in a verdict in favor of our client for almost 50 percent more than the amount the U.S. government argued the property was worth.
  • Represented the owner of an office tower in an inverse condemnation suit against a city and county in a matter involving the demolition by the city of a connecting skyway while it was razing its major league ballpark. We won a decision establishing that our client had compensable property rights for the seizure and destruction of its walkway.