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California Eminent Domain Attorneys in Irvine & Los Angeles, California

Eminent domain cases are complex – our law firm understands these complexities and strives to help our clients receive just compensation for the damage done to their property. Our experience with over 2,000 cases and a proven record of multi-million-dollar jury verdicts and settlements, makes us a firm you can trust with the eminent domain attorneys you need. In Irvine, Los Angeles, and the rest of Southern California, our eminent domain attorneys fight harder for our clients. Regardless of whether you are an individual or a large corporation, even if the government denies responsibility we are dedicated to your case. This dedication to succeed includes cases other attorneys may shy away from.

Patrick A. Hennessey

Specializing in eminent domain and valuation litigation for the past 35 years, Mr. Hennessey brings the experience of hundreds of cases to his client’s litigation. From individual property owners to business owners, he has handled both condemnation and inverse condemnation cases for a variety of clients. Mr. Hennessey’s successes include a variety of property types, including commercial and residential land. Patrick Hennessey’s record speaks for itself. As an eminent domain attorney in Irvine & Los Angeles, California, has won over $100 million dollars for his clients. High-profile cases of his include the Lever Brothers soap facility, numerous cases against the State of California, various school districts, and city governments.

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Michael H. Leifer

Mr. Leifer earned his spot as a partner of Palmieri, Hennessey & Leifer LLP, by successfully fighting condemnation litigation for over a decade. He has experience and proven success representing both condemnation and inverse condemnation cases. His accomplishments as an eminent domain attorney in Irvine and Los Angeles include obtaining the first appellate case opinion on eminent domain, as well as millions of dollars for his clients. Mr. Leifer has experience in fighting public projects, taking on highways, freeways, sports arenas, and utility facilities. Having been instrumental on behalf of his clients, Mr. Leifer has been winning favorable settlements and defeating unjust challenges. In some cases, his clients were not displaced, even after winning a favorable settlement, an impressive feat.

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Michael I. Kehoe

When it comes to real estate, Mr. Kehoe knows his way around eminent domain and inverse condemnation cases. He has successfully represented a myriad of clients, including private and publicly traded companies, property management groups, individual homeowners, and real estate investors. Through years of practice, he has also become a go-to for other related topics. His clients trust him to resolve disputes regarding land use rights, permits, code enforcement, conditional use, and entitlements. His successes as an eminent domain attorney include millions of dollars in favor of his clients, including when the government denies any liability. Mr. Kehoe is responsible for assembling the litigation teams for the firm and is willing to put his wide network of valuation experts to work for you.


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Anish J. Banker

Mr. Banker is an accomplished civil litigator with extensive experience in handling a wide array of general and complex commercial, real estate and business litigation matters. He has a proven track record of achieving favorable results for his clients. His practice is concentrated primarily on eminent domain, inverse condemnation, and related real estate litigation and valuation disputes, including landlord-tenant disputes. Mr. Banker regularly advises real estate developers, financial institutions, institutional investors, private property owners and business owners in all aspects of eminent domain and inverse condemnation matters, and has successfully resolved some of the largest, complex land acquisition and valuation disputes in Southern California.

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Erin B. Naderi

Ms. Naderi’s practice includes eminent domain litigation, complex business disputes and other real property litigation.  Ms. Naderi represents private landowners, business owners, commercial landlords and tenants in various phases of litigation including bench trials, jury trials and appeals.

Ms. Naderi has represented clients in disputes concerning condemnation of real property, inverse condemnation, lease renewal valuations, breach of lease agreements, breach of purchase and sale agreements, breach of easements and CC&Rs, among others.  Ms. Naderi also advises developers and property owners on various aspects of land use entitlement disputes and California Environmental Quality Act (‘CEQA’) challenges.


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Nazani N. Temourian

Ms. Temourian represents individuals and business owners in disputes with government agencies over the acquisition of their property by eminent domain as well as inverse condemnation.  Ms. Temourian advocates for full compensation for the firm’s clients in all aspects of the government takings of private property including business goodwill and severance damages.

Ms. Temourian has experience in all aspects of the litigation process including pre-filing strategy, drafting and responding to pleadings and motions, as well as discovery and evaluating pre-conference damages.  Ms. Temourian brings an enthusiasm, attention to detail and thoroughness to all of her cases, which maximizes the client’s opportunity for a successful outcome.

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Eminent Domain

Eminent Domain is the right under both federal and state constitutions that governments retain the ability to “take” private property in order to use the land for the public. In being forced to sell their property, property owners are entitled to “just compensation” in return for relinquishing their land for the public good. Governmental authorities sometimes abuse the right of eminent domain by not offering a fair price, taking land for the wrong reasons, or failing to follow the proper procedures. In some extreme cases, the government may even incorrectly claim “police power,” which requires property be surrendered and/or destroyed without compensation. Our Irvine-based eminent domain attorneys represent property owners throughout Southern California, helping clients ensure their statutory and constitutional rights are met.

Condemnation and Inverse Condemnation

Condemnation is the court-ordered process through which eminent domain occurs. Inverse condemnation occurs when a governmental authority takes property without following the correct procedures; often, meaning the owner does not receive compensation. Our eminent domain attorneys represent clients in both fields, fighting for our clients to receive the “just compensation” they are legally entitled to.

Valuation Litigation

There are many reasons why property owners may need valuation services. This comes up often in eminent domain cases, but any time a value of a property is in question, you can trust our experts. Our eminent domain attorneys consult with engineers, valuation professionals, and any other relevant individuals to determine the appropriate value of your property.

Lease Renewal Valuation

At Palmieri, Hennessey & Leifer LLP, our clients often ask us for counsel or representation in determining the value of premises when seeking to renew a lease. This can include a large variety of circumstances. For example, we counsel business owners facing large rate increases. We also work with property owners who seek fair negotiations after their land has appreciated, which usually occurs over the course of a long-term lease. Similar to our property valuation services, we work with financial and design professionals to determine valuation.

Land Use & California Environmental Quality Act

The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) is an environmental statute which seek to impose limitations on property owners. Many property owners are often at risk of violating the CEQA. Failing to follow CEQA regulations and other laws could cost a property owner millions of dollars. At Palmieri, Hennessey & Leifer LLP, our eminent domain attorneys work with property owners to provide compliance counsel and defend them against regulatory actions taken by governmental authorities. Contact our eminent domain law firm in Irvine, CA today.


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