Experienced Eminent Domain Law Firm Represents Landowners

Skilled attorneys protect your property rights in the area

Eminent domain is the power of the government to take private property for public use. The process involves condemnation of your property, appraisal of its value, an offer to purchase, and negotiation for a fair price. If the government offers insufficient compensation or your property was improperly designated for public use, it’s important to know your rights and legal recourse. Milling Benson Woodward L.L.P. represents landowners in the area and throughout LA when they face eminent domain proceedings. We have the skill and experience to challenge government takings and reach a fair outcome in your case.

Established advocates challenge public use assertions

When the government asserts eminent domain, it makes a claim that your property is needed for public use. That traditionally refers to the development of your property for streets, airports, dams, reservoirs, schools, hospitals, parks and other projects purported to benefit the community. In some cases, private companies can gain easements through eminent domain to perform such functions as laying and maintaining gas, water, telephone or power lines. However, in a landmark 2005 case, Kelo v. New London, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the taking of private property for economic development serves a public purpose. This controversial decision has led to the condemnation of decent homes and viable businesses so that private development companies can build projects that generate more tax revenue. At Milling Benson Woodward L.L.P., we review the government’s proposed use of your property and challenge the legitimacy of the public purpose.

Proven counselors advise on your property’s fair market value

The highest price a buyer would pay you for your property if you were selling on the open market is its fair market value. We seek alternative appraisals to dispute the government’s assessment of your property’s fair market value and apply our exceptional negotiation skills to increase the offer to an amount that reflects the property’s true value.

Dedicated lawyers seek just compensation for your property

The 5th and 14th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution prohibit the government’s taking of private property without payment of just compensation to the owner. Fair market value is the basis of the government’s offer. In some cases, other vital factors — such as a business’s goodwill or diminished value — may increase the amount of just compensation due. We ensure you are paid fully for your property.

Contact a meticulous eminent domain attorney to protect your property rights

At Milling Benson Woodward L.L.P., we represent landowners throughout LA in eminent domain cases. Call us at or contact us online to schedule a consultation at our New Orleans office.