Land Condemnation & Eminent Domain

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Protecting Property Owners' Rights in North Carolina

When a governmental entity, such as a town, city, county, or the State of North Carolina takes private property by eminent domain it is important to ensure that your rights are protected and that you receive the true fair market value for the property that is taken.  Our record of success speaks for itself in several notable results we have obtained for our clients.

At The Odom Firm in Charlotte, we represent individual, corporate and business land-owners in condemnation and eminent domain matters throughout North Carolina including Charlotte, Gastonia, Monroe, Shelby, Matthews, Pineville, Huntersville, Cornelius, Salisbury, Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Greensboro, Winston-Salem, Asheville and Statesville. Our attorneys can offer you sound legal guidance and experienced representation to obtain the fair market value of your land. Contact us today for a free consultation.

Recognized by their Peers

The landowner attorneys at The Odom Firm have been selected by several recognized and respected peer review publications for their abilities.

The Importance of Experience in Condemnation and Eminent Domain

The landowners attorneys at The Odom Firm have a history of service to the citizens of North Carolina that stretches back over a combined 90 years. We approach each condemnation and eminent domain case with a commitment to stand up for the rights of our clients against unwarranted governmental taking of property or to obtain just compensation.

Our attorneys have represented landowners against many governmental entities and public utilities including:

  • North Carolina Department of Transportation (DOT)
  • North Carolina Department of Transportation Turnpike Authority
  • City of Charlotte
  • Mecklenburg County
  • Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education
  • Town of Huntersville
  • City of Monroe
  • Dare County
  • City of Greensboro
  • Davidson County Airport Authority
  • Piedmont Natural Gas Company
  • PSNC Scana
  • Union Electric Membership Corporation

We have also represented landowners who have had their property taken for expansion of Charlotte Douglas International Airport (inverse condemnation as a result of airplane over-flight noise because of opening of new runways in 1979 and 2010), Monroe Regional Airport (lengthening runway) and Charlotte LYNX light rail (Blue line and extension).

In addition, our attorneys have helped shape condemnation and inverse condemnation law in North Carolina through representing landowners in several important published decisions in the North Carolina Court of Appeals and North Carolina Supreme Court:

  • City of Charlotte v. Combs, 216 N.C. App. 258 (2011)
  • City of Charltote v. Williams, 210 N.C. App. 257 (2011)
  • Mecklenburg County v. Simply Fashion Stores, Ltd., 208 N.C. App. 664 (2010)
  • City of Charlotte v. Hurlahe, 178 N.C. App. 144 (2006)
  • City of Charlotte v. Long, 175 N.C. App. 750 (2006)
  • Department of Transportation v. Elm Land Co., 163 N.C. App. 257 (2004)
  • Smith v. City of Charlotte, 79 N.C. App. 517 (1986)
  • Brandy v. City of Charlotte, 72 N.C. App. 604 (1985)
  • Long v. City of Charlotte, 308 N.C. 187 (1982)

There are two questions at the heart of condemnation matters:

  • Does the government have the right to take your property?
  • If so, how do you ensure you receive fair value?

The laws and regulations governing the exercise of eminent domain rights over private property are complex. Our lawyers can review your particular situation. We can present you with a fair estimate of the cost and how your condemnation case will proceed.

Should it be impossible to prevent condemnation, The Odom Firm can help you determine the value of the damages or losses you will likely suffer due to the condemnation of your property. Our goal is to help you obtain full and just compensation for your property that has been taken by the government.

Contact The Odom Firm

If you believe you would benefit from the advice of seasoned attorneys with substantial experience in land condemnation and eminent domain matters, we invite you to contact us today at 704-377-7333 to schedule a free consultation.  We handle most cases on a contingency fee basis.