Trustworthy Representation In Eminent Domain Cases

For more than 40 years, Barkan & Robon Ltd. has worked to provide aggressive representation to property owners across Ohio in eminent domain actions initiated by state, local and federal governments. Regardless of the appropriating authority, the attorneys at Barkan & Robon Ltd. work tirelessly to ensure that their clients receive full value of the land taken and any damage to remaining property.

Both the United States Constitution and the Ohio Constitution allow federal, state and local governments to take privately owned property and appropriate it for public use. The U.S. Constitution and Ohio Constitution require that the property owner receives fair compensation for the land being taken and for any damage to the remainder of the property (also called the "residue") resulting from the appropriation.

Hire Experienced Representation In These Complex Cases

Eminent domain cases are highly complex as every appropriation action and the property being affected are different. Further complicating these cases is the fact that oftentimes the entity seeking the appropriation will try to pressure the property owner to quickly accept payment for the land taken without first considering the true value of the land and the effect that the appropriation will have on the remainder of the property. Representation by experienced and aggressive counsel is critical to ensure that the property owner receives full, fair and just compensation.

Trust A Proven Track Record Of Aggressive Negotiation

Some of Barkan & Robon Ltd.'s most prominent verdicts and settlements in eminent domain cases include:

  • Toledo Edison Co., et al. vs. James M. Voland, Trustee; Wood County Common Pleas Case No. PC020149004A — following a week-long trial in December 2014, the jury returned a verdict of $1,000,000 to the property owners, an increase of more than $900,000 over the offer made by the utility company.
  • Board of Lucas County Commissioners vs. The Roach Group, Ltd., et al.; Lucas County Common Pleas Case No. CI201303632 — Lucas County made an initial offer of $370,000. Case was ultimately settled in May 2014 for more than $675,000 plus additional land to the property owner.
  • Ohio Gas Company vs. Evelyn Keil-Lase; settled in 2012 for a multiple of the initial offer made by the utility company.

Call To Discuss Your Case Now

Someone who has been threatened with an eminent domain action needs an attorney who understands property owners' rights and will act aggressively to protect their interests. The lawyers at Barkan & Robon Ltd. are available to speak at no cost. Please contact the firm's Maumee or Oregon locations at 567-302-0763 or via email to schedule an appointment.