In an effort to educate property owners on the eminent domain process under Oregon law and their rights to just compensation, Olsen Barton has published the Oregon Property Owners’ Handbook: Eminent Domain and Just Compensation Under Oregon Law. While it is available in hard copy, in an effort to make it easily accessible we have also made it available on our website. It covers everything from the basics of eminent domain and just compensation to handling offers from the government and the anatomy of a condemnation action. I hope folks find it helpful. Also, a big thanks to my co-author and colleague Brian Best.
On June 6 & 7, 2019, The Seminar Group will present its Oregon Eminent Domain Seminar. The seminar will include an overview of and update on Oregon and federal eminent domain and land valuation litigation, with an emphasis on special appraisal problems in eminent domain cases and recent relevant court decisions. More information on the seminar can be found here.
I am honored to have been invited to speak along with David E. Balfour, MAI, of R.P. Herman & Associates, LLC, on the “three unities” necessary to form a “larger parcel.” Our discussion will include: (1) pre-and post-offer planning and procedural issues, valuation impacts, and evidentiary questions; (2) seminal and recent case law; and (3) application of the three unities of physical contiguity, unity of ownership, and unity of use to particular scenarios. We will also discuss how certain larger parcel issues played out in Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District v. Walnut Hill, LLC, 292 Or App 417 (2018), which is a case my team and I successfully tried and defended on appeal.
I have attended this seminar since 2011 and presented once before. It is always well organized, well attended, and valuable for lawyers, appraisers and right of way professionals. Looking forward to another great seminar.
This is my inaugural post. The blog is designed to provide insights and updates on Oregon law as it relates to eminent domain, regulatory takings, inverse condemnation and property rights litigation. It will provide readers, among other things:
- Explanations of basic principles of Oregon condemnation law;
- Updates on public works projects impacting the rights of Oregon property owners;
- Analysis of relevant statutory and regulatory changes;
- Analysis of new Oregon and federal case law relevant to condemnation law;
- Analysis of select cases from other states that may or should affect Oregon condemnation law; and
- My commentary regarding takings, just compensation and everything else related to Oregon condemnation law.
The blog also serves as an outlet for my passion for this area of law, and hopefully fills what I perceive is a void of quality and timely commentary on Oregon condemnation law. I hope you find the blog interesting and helpful.