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We welcome you to join our Partners at several upcoming presentations on eminent domain topics taking place near and far.

First, Nossaman's Eminent Domain & Valuation Practice Group Chair Brad Kuhn will be presenting during Nossaman's 2019 Land Use Seminar on May 21st, in Costa Mesa, CA.  Brad will be part of a discussion concerning the very timely topics of Managed Retreat and Sea Level Rise.  This is an area of great interest for both private landowners, cites and towns, and public agencies alike, and the presentation will provide an overview of the current proposals and ...

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Welcome to the first installment of our video series from Nossaman’s 2019 Eminent Domain Seminars.  In this segment, Nossaman Partner Rick Rayl discusses the initial appraisal process and benefits of a strong appraisal.

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Jump start your Spring learning goals with the International Right of Way Association's upcoming events throughout California.  Join Nossaman's Eminent Domain & Valuation Chair, Brad Kuhn, for a presentation entitled Managing Publicly Owned Property: Best Practices for Leases, Licenses, and Encroachments.

On Friday, April 5th, Brad will be presenting at the IRWA Chapter 42 Spring Training Conference at the Valley Transportation Authority Auditorium in San Jose, CA.  For more information on the Spring Training Conference, please visit Chapter 42's website ...

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Nossaman LLP invites you to join us for our 2019 seminar "Eminent Domain From Start to Finish:  Streamlining the Basics & Navigating the Complexities from Precondemnation to Litigation."  Whether you are new to the Eminent Domain arena or a seasoned pro, this complimentary afternoon seminar with panels of Nossaman attorneys and leading industry professionals will provide extensive insight and guidance into the process of eminent domain.  We will be presenting the seminar at both the Luxe City Center Hotel in Los Angeles, on Tuesday, March 19th, and the City Club of San Francisco, on ...

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Join Brad Kuhn, Chair of Nossaman's Eminent Domain & Valuation Practice Group, at the International Right of Way Association's Chapter One Annual Valuation Seminar.  The event will be held on Tuesday, February 12, 2019, at the Quiet Cannon Conference Center in Monterey Park, CA.  Brad will be addressing What To Do When the Cookie Isn’t From A Cutter:  Unusual Valuation Scenarios From Eminent Domain.  For current information on the seminar, please consult the IRWA Chapter One website.

Covering Los Angeles, Chapter One is the founding Chapter of the International Right of Way ...

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Please join Nossaman Eminent Domain & Valuation Partner Rick Rayl at CLE International's 21st Anniversary Southern California Eminent Domain Conference.  The event will be held from Thursday, January 31st through Friday, February 1st at the DoubleTree Downtown in Los Angeles.  Rick will participate in the presentation, Case Law Update:  The Latest Developments, on January 31st at 10:45 a.m.  Additional topics covered during the conference will include: Government Regulation of Short-Term Vacation Rentals, Insights into Severance Damages, and California’s Wildfires and Potential Inverse ...

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On November 1, Nossaman Eminent Domain Partner Bernadette Duran-Brown will be Co-Chairing the Southern California Appraisal Institute’s 51st Annual Litigation Seminar.  Additionally, Ms. Duran-Brown will be joined by Brad Kuhn, Chair of Nossaman’s Eminent Domain & Valuation Practice Group, who will be participating in a panel discussion concerning Easement Valuation.

The seminar will be held on Thursday, November 1st, at the Omni Hotel, 251 South Olive Street, Los Angeles.  The event will kick off with registration and breakfast at 7:30 a.m., and will also include luncheon ...

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On Tuesday, March 20, beginning at 11:30 a.m. PT, Chapter One of the International Right of Way Association (IRWA) will be holding a joint luncheon with the Southern California Chapter of the Appraisal Institute at Luminarias Restaurant in Monterey Park, CA. Nossaman’s  Litigation Department Chair and Co-Chair of its Real Estate Practice Group, David Graeler, will serve as the luncheon speaker, providing a presentation entitled Scenarios to Consider Appraising without USPAP. To register, please visit the IRWA Ch. 1 website here.

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In January, please join Nossaman LLP Eminent Domain & Valuation Partners David Graeler and Rick Rayl at CLE International’s 20th Anniversary Southern California Eminent Domain Conference, taking place at the DoubleTree Downtown, Los Angeles.  Mr. Graeler will present Introduction to the Eminent Domain Playbook Part II (Post-Filing Activities): The Real Rules on Thursday, January 18, at 9:30 a.m. PT, and Mr. Rayl will present "Recent Legal Developments: 2017-2018" on Friday, January 19, at 8:35 a.m. PT.  Additional leaders in this field will provide valuable insight and multiple, in-depth points-of-view on important topics such as:

  • Eminent Domain Legislation in California
  • The Future of Regulatory Takings
  • Upcoming Projects
  • Testimony
  • Utilities Takings by Public Agencies
  • The Paralegal as a Key Member of the Eminent Domain Team
  • Right of Entry
  • Jury Selection
  • Goodwill

Visit the CLE International website to review the full agenda and register.  Participants can earn up to 13 Hours MCLE Credit, including One Hour of Ethics, or up to 13 Hours of IRWA and Appraiser Credit.  CLE International has been a provider of continuing professional education programs throughout the United States and Canada since 1983.  Its seminars, which focus on the cutting edge of emerging legal issues of vital importance to attorneys and their clients, real estate professionals, accountants, consultants and government agencies, have received wide acclaim from bench and bar for the high quality of its faculty and its efficient organization of detailed and useful information.  CLE International is accredited by the bar associations of the many states where its programs are presented.

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This week, Nossaman Eminent Domain Partner Bernadette Duran-Brown will be speaking at the Southern California Appraisal Institute’s 50th Annual Litigation Seminar.

Ms. Duran-Brown will be providing a Summary of Recent Eminent Domain and Valuation-Related Cases. Her presentation will cover the most recent and upcoming legal developments and is essential for anyone involved with public projects or affected by large-scale development in the region.  We will provide a follow-up blog post summarizing Ms. Duran-Brown’s presentation for anyone unable to attend in person.

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Santa Clara County, the City of Palo Alto, and the local Housing Authority have come together to acquire the Buena Vista mobile home park from its current owner, the Jisser family, in an effort to save the mobile home park from closure. According to the Silicon Valley Business Journal, the mobile home park contains the homes of 400 or so mostly low-income residents.  The Jisser family has been trying to close the mobile home park since 2012 to prepare for future redevelopment of the site.  If the Jisser family refuses the government’s latest offer to purchase the mobile home park, the trio ...

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There are a couple exciting International Right of Way Association (IRWA) events coming up next week:

  • On April 26, I will be participating in IRWA Chapter 1's (Los Angeles) 2016 Annual Valuation Seminar.  I will be presenting with Brad Thompson of Mason & Mason on "Project Benefits and Construction-Related Impacts:  Tangible or Speculative?".
  • On April 29, I will also be participating in IRWA Chapter 42's (San Jose) 4th Annual Spring Conference.  I will be presenting with my partner, Artin Shaverdian, and Steve Parent of Bender Rosenthal on "The Value of Transit Proximity:  Assessing ...
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If you happen to be in Austin this week, stop by and see me at the ALI-ABA Eminent Domain Conference.  It starts Thursday, January 28 and runs through Saturday.  I'll be speaking Thursday afternoon on the condemnation of privately-held utility companies -- an issue that's certainly been in the press here in California recently.  I'll be speaking with Christopher Clough of Barron & Adler in Austin, and he's been "in the trenches" on a number of utility-company condemnation issues in Texas.

Aside from my session, there will be a lot of good presentations, including a national eminent domain ...

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California's heat-wave continues, and so does the drought.  With water becoming more and more scarce, the topic of water supply and how to value water rights is becoming a key issue in California.  If you're interested in these issues, International Right of Way Association Chapter 57 is hosting is fall seminar this Friday, October 14, titled "Water Supply & Impacts."  There are some great speakers lined up to discuss California's water supply, how to value flowage and drainage easements, and how water can impact a property's highest and best use.

And if you're interested in a ...

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Next week, Nossaman's eminent domain group will be attending the International Right of Way Association's Annual Education Conference in San Diego.  While we've been attending the conference for several years, we're excited to have it taking place in our own backyard, and we know that our friends and colleagues at Chapter 11 will do an amazing job with it.  If you're going to be there, make sure you take some time to visit with us.  There will be plenty of places to find us:

  • On Sunday and Monday, we will be hosting a booth in the exhibition hall.  In addition to it being a great opportunity to seek ...
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It is increasingly important for buildings to be energy efficient.  So-called green buildings can not only lead to more efficient energy use, but can also result in significant cost savings over time.  Indeed, green buildings may be more valuable than comparable buildings that are not as energy efficient.  This is an important factor to consider in eminent domain proceedings.  This point was driven home in a recent presentation made by Michael Frost, LEED AP, First Vice President at CBRE in its Palo Alto, California office.  He made the presentation to a diverse group of right of way ...

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On March 5, Nossaman's eminent domain attorneys are hosting a complimentary seminar, "Taking Your Project from Concept Through Construction."  We have some great topics and an exciting group of experts joining us to cover topics such as implementing best practices for design-build projects during right-of-way acquisition, preparing for CEQA challenges at the condemnation stage, acquiring contaminated properties, and addressing business goodwill claims.  We will also provide a recap of the most important eminent domain court decisions and legislation from 2014.  Attendees ...

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The Transportation Research Board’s 94th Annual Meeting is well under way in Washington D.C. (January 11-15, 2015).  The meeting, which has attracted over 12,000 attendees and 300 exhibitors this year, provides an opportunity for transportation professionals to share knowledge and perspectives with colleagues and to learn about the latest developments in transportation research, policy, and practice.  More than 5,000 presentations and almost 750 sessions and workshops address topics of interest to policy makers, administrators, practitioners, and researchers.  A ...

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The Self-Help Counties Coalition's 2014 Focus on the Future Conference is just around the corner.  This year, it is taking place in Santa Clara on November 16-18.  I will be presenting on the topic "Precondemnation Planning & Early Acquisition Efforts: Best Practices to Acquire Right of Way Without Blowing Your Project's Budget" on Tuesday, November 18 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  My panel includes Bijal Patel at Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, Chip Willett at Dokken Engineering, Rob Caringella at Jones, Roach & Caringella, and Joey Mendoza at Overland, Pacific & ...

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The Southern California Chapter of the Appraisal Institute will be holding its 47th annual Litigation Seminar on November 13, 2014 at the City Club in Los Angeles.  I'll be presenting on the topic "The Perception of Advocacy and Consequences for the Appraiser."  John Ellis, MAI, from Integra Realty Resources, Steven Fontes, MAI, from Mission Property Advisors, and Lance Hall, from FMV Opinions, Inc., will also be on my panel and will provide excellent insights into appraiser bias and its impacts on a valuation assignment.

At the seminar, my colleague Bernadette Duran-Brown will also ...

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For those of you interested in hearing from eminent domain experts across the United States on hot topic condemnation issues, I hope you'll join us at the ALI-CLE's 32nd Annual Eminent domain and Land Valuation Litigation Program.  The Program will take place February 5-7, 2015, at the Hotel Nikko in San Francisco.  I'll be presenting on a panel with Dwight Merriam (Connecticut) and Mark Murkami (Hawaii) on "Denominators and Bright Lines:  The Search for the Relevant Parcel in Eminent Domain and Regulatory Takings."

If seeing me doesn't get you interested (understandably), hopefully ...

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If you're a right of way professional, your fall schedule could be quite busy.  I'm having difficulty keeping track of all the upcoming events, so I thought I'd put them all in one place.  Here's what we have on the agenda:

  • September 5:  Mobility 21's annual Southern California Transportation Summit.  The event will take place at Disneyland Hotel, and will feature an array of fantastic speakers from various local public agencies, including Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC), Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA), the California ...
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Last week, the Appraisal Institute unveiled its Standards of Valuation Practice (SVP).  SVP will not replace USPAP (the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice) -- which have long-been the mainstay of appraisal standards for many appraisals -- but will serve as an alternative when USPAP or other standards are not required.

According to AI President, Ken Wilson, MAI, SRA:

The SVP will establish a higher level of professional practice, engender public trust and facilitate the growth and advancement of the valuation profession...The SVP will recognize the broad ...
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Just in case you lost track of the Martins Beach saga, here is a quick summary and update.  According to reports, a couple of years after billionaire Vinod Khosla bought beachfront property in San Mateo County for over $30 million, his property manager locked a gate to a private access road on the property.  This access road, however, in addition to providing access to the property's residence, also had been used by the public to access Martins Beach (the parties do not agree as to whether the public use was permissive or under claim of right).

Following the gate closure, lawsuits have been ...

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Along with my colleagues Brad Kuhn, Ben Rubin, and Katherine Contreras, I'm here in Hartford at the IRWA Annual Education Conference.  It's been an interesting few days as we discuss eminent domain issues in the shadow of New London, Connecticut, battle ground of the infamous Kelo decision.  

I spoke yesterday on a panel moderated by Orell Anderson, alongside attorneys Jim Ray and Jeff Pollack.  Our topic involved how contamination issues are handled in litigation.  It was a great session, even though it did not go at all as we planned it.  The extremely engaged audience consumed nearly the ...

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This week marks the nine-year anniversary of the Kelo v. City of New London decision.  Since I've been practicing as an eminent domain attorney, Kelo is unquestionably the most well-known and stirring court opinion, creating widespread reform to the use of eminent domain across the country -- even on the opposite coast in California.  Last time I checked, about 45 states had passed some sort of eminent domain reform in response to the Kelo decision.

If you're interested in learning more about the Kelo decision, stay tuned for the film Little Pink House, which is being produced in ...

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Last week I attended the 2014 California Passenger Rail Summit where industry leaders met to discuss the modernization and integration of passenger rail service in California. While the California High Speed Rail train was an important element, to me the main takeaway was the vision of statewide rail connectivity benefiting all of California’s communities.

Several regional government representatives spoke about the success of existing corridors, such as the Capitol Corridor and the expanding LOSSAN corridor, as well as emerging corridors such as the Salinas Rail ...

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In hopes of modernizing the nation's infrastructure, President Obama revealed a plan to invest $302 billion in transportation over the next four years.  As reported in Politico , the President hopes the additional funds will not only keep the Highway Trust Fund solvent in the short term, but provide a true long-term vision for a modern infrastructure.  But it is not just highways that will be improved.  The President's plan should also give a boost local agencies that are investing in light rail, street cars, and bus rapid transit.

The President will need support from both parties to ...

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As recently reported by Aaron Kinney of the San Mateo County Times, State Senator Jerry Hill is planning to introduce legislating requiring the California State Lands Commission to acquire the private property of a Silicon Valley billionaire.  According to the report, after buying beachfront property for $37.5 million, Vinod Khosla, whose net worth was estimated at $1.5 billion as of September 2013, decided to preclude the public from using a private access road leading to his property and the beach.  Some local residents were apparently upset by the closure ...

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You know how sometimes you go to one of those educational seminars, and it sounds interesting, but then it turns out that a lot of it doesn't really apply to what you actually do?  We hate it when that happens, and so we are constantly trying to find that perfect seminar that covers exactly what we want it to cover. 

After months of careful searching, we didn't find what we were seeking, so we came up with a different plan.  We're going to host our own seminar and fill it full of exactly what we want to cover. 

On March 20, Nossaman will be hosting its first ever Eminent Domain Seminar.  It's going to be ...

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The Southern California Chapter of the Appraisal Institute will be holding its 46th Annual Litigation Seminar this Friday, November 15.  The list of topics sounds fantastic:

  • It's Just a Simple Rent Re-Setting in a Ground Lease
  • If the Glove Doesn't Fit . . . Make it Fit (Abuses in the Tax Appeal Process)
  • Hot Topics in Eminent Domain
  • Planning for and Managing Large Acquisition Projects -- Lessons Learned
  • Uneconomic Remnants -- Are They Always?
  • We Just Need Your Property on a Temporary Basis -- For the Next 4 Years
  • Decisions, Decisions, Decisions (A Review of Recent Major Valuation Cases)
  • The ...
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On October 5, 2013, Governor Brown signed AB 401 (Daly, D- Anaheim) into law.  The new law grants Caltrans, Orange County Transportation Authority, the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority and other regional transportation agencies expanded authority to use design build for project procurement.  You can view a summary of the new law here.  Highlights include:

  • Caltrans is now able to use design-build procurement for 10 projects on the state highway system;
  • The Orange County Transportation Authority may now use design-build for improvements on the I-405;
  • The Santa Clara ...
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On October 2, my partner Brad Kuhn and I will be speaking at the International Right of Way Association, Chapter 57, lunch meeting.  The meeting takes place at the Old Spaghetti Factory in Riverside -- and who doesn't like old spaghetti? 

We're going to talk about a little of everything, updating people on a few of the more interesting eminent domain cases decided recently, talking about the progress in the dissolution of California's redevelopment agencies, and taking a look at Richmond, California's plan to condemn underwater mortgages. 

If you're in the area -- or just want to hear ...

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The Federal government has awarded California $155 million in additional transportation funding to the State and local agencies -- the largest award granted to any state this year -- simply because California has, once again, met federal deadlines for its new construction projects.

The Southern California Chapter of the Appraisal Institute holds a great conference each year covering a variety of hot-topic issues.  The 2013 Conference will be held this Thursday, September 12, 2013, and my partner Rick Rayl and I will be presenting on the future of redevelopment in California.  So, if you're interested in what's played out over the last year for redevelopment agencies, what lawsuits have been filed, what projects are moving forward, and what the future holds for all the property that is now owned by the successor agencies, come join us.  

The rest of the Conference is ...

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Over the past several months, the United States Supreme Court and the California Courts of Appeal have issued several significant regulatory takings opinions addressing the liability of government agencies for enacting regulations or otherwise conditioning proposed developments.  To really dig into these opinions and their importance, Law Seminars International will be putting on a one-hour telebriefing, Regulatory Takings Claims In California, on August 19 at 1 p.m. (PST).  I will be moderating the discussion with two other outstanding regulatory takings attorneys:  Robert ...

We have two big IRWA events coming up. 

IRWA Annual Education Conference

The biggest conference of the year, the IRWA Education Conference, starts June 23 in Charleston, West Virginia.  As always, there will be many great education sessions with strong panels of speakers.  There are also some fun social events and -- on Sunday and Monday -- an exhibition hall. 

Nossaman will be holding down the fort in Booth 305A, trying to keep the troublemakers next to us in line.  Yes, OPC, I'm talking about you

I will be there with my colleagues Ben Rubin, the incoming President for Chapter 67 in Orange ...

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Next Tuesday, April 16, Rick Rayl and I will be hosting a teleconference for the National Business Institute titled "Acquiring Right-of-Way".  It's a 90 minute conference geared towards a national audience of attorneys, real estate professionals, government agencies, appraisers, energy companies, and right-of-way consultants.  You can find a link to the conference here.  For those of you who may be interested, here's the agenda:

  1. Acquiring Right of Way for Public & Private Projects (environmental review process & funding constraints, acquisition process & timing, and ...
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For those of you who attended the joint meeting today between Chapter 1 of the International Right of Way Association and the Appraisal Institute, we promised to post a cheat sheet that reminds you about the cases associated with our cleverly crafted slides.  (For those of you who did not attend, you missed a great event, and will be punished by likely having no idea what we're talking about below.)

As promised, here is the recap of our case slides, each of which started with:

Where We Learned . . .

  1. "That the Court can’t exclude appraisers simply because the judge thinks they are full of crap":  ...
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Rick Rayl and I will be speaking this Tuesday, March 19, at the International Right of Way Association (IRWA) Chapter 1 (Los Angeles) annual co-luncheon with the Appraisal Institute.  We'll provide an eminent domain "Year in Review," covering all the important court decisions from the past year.  To make it a bit interesting, we'll be coming up with some funny phrases, and we're hoping some of you will be able to guess what case we're talking about.  Rick promises there will be prizes....

The annual lunch between the IRWA and the Appraisal Institute is always a good one, so we hope you'll ...

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For all you Southern California right-of-way folks, the next few weeks have quite a bit in store.  Here's what's going on in the local International Right of Way Association (IRWA) Chapters:

  • IRWA Chapter 57 Meeting (2/6/13):  This Wednesday, February 6, IRWA Chapter 57 (Inland Empire) will be hosting its monthly luncheon at the Old Spaghetti Factory in Riverside.  The guest speaker is Mike Mason, MAI, from Overland, Pacific & Cutler.  Mike is a well-known eminent domain appraiser in Southern California, and his presentation is titled, "How Appraisers Lie Without ...
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This is a bit last minute, but I wanted to remind our readers to attend the International Right of Way Association (IRWA) meetings this week in Orange County and the Inland Empire.  Here's what to look out for:

  • IRWA Chapter 67:  Orange County holds its monthly luncheon today, January 8.  John Ellis from Integra Realty Resources Los Angeles will provide us with an update on the 2012 real estate market and what to expect in 2013.  John and Integra are integrally tapped into the Southern California real estate market, so those in attendance should get some great insights. 
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Ever since we started this blog, one of the big topics we've touched on repeatedly deals with public agencies running into issues when trying to secure possession of property for right of way projects.  Whether it's due to project funding constraints, federal oversight demands, construction contract deadlines, project timing requirements, or difficulties dealing with impacted property and business owners, agencies are routinely pressed with stressful deadlines to start building their projects.  Would you like to know what pitfalls to look out for and how to avoid them?  ...

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As the summer months come to an end, it means the International Right of Way Association monthly luncheons are set to resume -- at least in Orange County and the Inland Empire (those crazy right of way folks in Los Angeles go year-around).  Chapter 67's lunch is scheduled for September 11 at the Marriott in Santa Ana, and Chapter 57's lunch is set for September 12 at the Old Spaghetti Factory in Riverside.  So what's on tap?

In Orange County, my partner Rick Rayl will be presenting on the use of eminent domain for underwater mortgages.  We've covered this topic in detail here on the blog, but please ...

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The International Right of Way Association's (IRWA) International Education Conference in Seattle has just wrapped up, and boy was it a great event.  Over 1,200 right of way professionals from across the United States and Canada (along with some visitors from Japan, Uganda, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, and the UK) all in one location for four days.  What could be better?  If you weren't able to make it, let me tell you that Alaska and Canada -- two chapters vying for hosting the 2017 event -- sure know how to have a good time. 

As I travel home on my flight back to Orange County ...

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One of the trickiest circumstances to deal with in an eminent domain case occurs when the property being condemned suffers from a contamination issue.  This presents a number of thorny issues and, quite frankly, is an area of law which is shockingly undeveloped in most jurisdictions. 

  • Should the cost of the remediation be offset from the value of the property? 
  • Should the contamination be ignored since the owner is being compelled to "sell" the property, often against his or her will? 
  • Should the appraisers treat the contamination as they would any other circumstance affecting the ...
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 Here are a few updates for right of way professionals:

  • IRWA International ConferenceThe International Right of Way Association's (IRWA) 58th Annual International Education Conference will be taking place starting this weekend in Seattle.  Nossaman's eminent domain attorneys will be there in full force:  I know at least seven of us are attending, and we'll have representatives from our Orange County, Los Angeles, and San Francisco offices.  For the first time ever, we'll also be hosting a booth at the Conference, and we have a number of great give-aways, so plan to stop by ...
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This Friday, May 11, International Right of Way Association Chapter 11 (San Diego) will be hosting a great program titled "Eminent Domain Seminar:  The Acquisition Process and Litigation Case Study."  If you want an update on recent developments in eminent domain, or if you've ever wondered what a relocation appeal hearing or a condemnation trial looks like, this seminar is for you.  There are a number of great speakers lined up for the full-day class.  

My colleague Rick Rayl and I will be going toe-to-toe in a mock trial on the valuation of a gas station and the loss of business ...

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If you've ever watched the show Shark Tank on ABC, you know that many individuals value their businesses much higher than their business' numbers suggest.  It's human nature:  you focus on the upside and tend to ignore the blemishes or risk areas.  As Kevin O'Leary -- "Mr. Wonderful" -- would say, the numbers tell the story, because it's all about the money. 

Mr. Wonderful's it's-all-about-the-numbers concept also holds true in the valuation of businesses in the eminent domain context:  the jury's task is supposed to be a sober inquiry into values, ignoring ...

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My partner Brad Kuhn and I spoke yesterday at the IRWA Chapter 1 Valuation Conference.  Our topic involved large-scale acquisitions, and what makes them different from a typical, single-parcel acquisition.  As always, the Conference was well attend.  And as always, both the panelists and the audience are made up of a great cross-section of the top right of way practitioners in Southern California.  This mix often leads to some great discussions -- and yesterday was no exception.

One of the questions that arose during our presentation involved the fairly recent requirement that agencies ...

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