Seattle and Tacoma Eminent Domain Attorney

Representing the rights of landowners facing eminent domain

When the government wants to engage in projects such as new road construction, parks, or even commercial developments, it often needs to claim numerous residential and/or commercial properties to do so. The government does have the power to take your property under eminent domain,1 however, the Fifth Amendment2 also provides landowners with certain rights and protections. The skilled eminent domain attorneys at the Dickson Frohlich work to stand up for these rights and provide the highest quality of representation throughout the eminent domain process.

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We fight for just compensation for you

Though it is difficult to completely halt an eminent domain claim, the law does require that the government provide “just compensation” for your land and losses. Such compensation can cover:

  • Fair market value of your property
  • Value of improvements to the land, fixtures, and equipment
  • Relocation costs
  • If a portion of land was claimed, damages for lost value of the rest of the land
  • Pre-condemnation damages
  • Business losses for commercial properties

We have access to qualified property appraisers who understand how to value land in the context of eminent domain so that we can ensure you receive the full amount you deserve. Government offers of compensation are rarely adequate and we will negotiate on your behalf and advise you when to accept an offer.

Defending against eminent domain claims

Though stopping an eminent domain claim can be difficult, it is possible in certain cases if the government is overstepping the limits of its powers. For example, the Fifth Amendment requires that purpose of the taking be a public use. Though courts have expanded the definition of “public use,” you should not have to give up your land for a project that does not qualify as such. Additionally, the government cannot take your entire property if it only requires a small portion for its use. We can evaluate your case to see if you have any legal defense against the eminent domain action.

Contact our skilled Seattle and Tacoma eminent domain attorneys for assistance today

The skilled eminent domain attorneys at the Dickson Frohlich understand eminent domain laws and protect the rights of property owners in Seattle and Tacoma. Call our office at 253-572-1000 to discuss your case today.

1https://www.law.cornell.edu/wex/eminent_domain
2https://www.law.cornell.edu/constitution/fifth_amendment

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Thomas L. Dickson

Tom is an experienced litigator and the founding partner of the Dickson Frohlich. For over 30 years, he’s helped clients prevail in their real estate, construction, and business law matters.

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Robert P. Dickson

The core of Rob’s legal practice is civil litigation, with an emphasis on construction, real estate, and business law. He represents a wide range of clients, from large construction companies to individual homeowners.

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Mark S. Johnson

Mark’s legal practice focuses on civil litigation, real estate law, business law and family law. He works tirelessly to help his clients achieve the outcome they are looking for.

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Daniel J. Frohlich

Dan’s legal practice focuses on civil litigation, real estate law, business law and probate law. He has more than 10 years of experience as an attorney serving clients throughout Western Washington.

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Rhiannon Funke

Rhiannon (“Rhia”) Funke comes to the firm with nearly 8 years of experience handling complex real property matters and volume litigation.

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Cassandra R. Ingram

As an associate at Dickson Frohlich, Cassandra is active in the firm’s civil litigation department. Her practice largely focuses on family law, estate planning, land use, and real estate law.

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Chris Lindemeier

As an associate at Dickson Frohlich, Chris practices in a wide range of areas, including business law, real estate law, civil litigation, and intellectual property law.

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Rebecca Corcoran

As an associate at Dickson Frohlich, Rebecca is active in the firm’s business law department. She can help with entity formation, intellectual property, as well as any necessary litigation involving your business’s needs

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Daniel Pizarro

As an associate at Dickson Frohlich, Daniel is active in the firm’s civil litigation department. His practice is mainly centered around real estate law, landlord-tenant law, construction law, and probate law.

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George Knight

George is an honors graduate of Emory University School of Law. While there, George served on the Emory Law Journal as an Articles Editor.

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Reed Speir

Born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska, Reed Speir has lived in the Tacoma area since 1994. Reed earned his law degree from Seattle University School of Law.

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