Condemnation 101: How To Prepare and Present an Eminent Domain Case - CLE, Continuing Legal Education - ALI
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Condemnation 101: How To Prepare and Present an Eminent Domain Case
  • 9th Annual ALI CLE Course/Live Audio Webcast
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Why You Should Attend


Are you new to the field of eminent domain and looking for a program that will give you an overview of all the important concepts, procedures, and case law?




Are you an experienced eminent domain practitioner who wants a refresher on fundamental practice concepts?




Do you want opportunities to network with the best eminent domain attorneys and experts in the country?


If so, then this is the course for you! Offered in conjunction with the annual advanced-level companion course, Eminent Domain and Land Valuation Litigation, this CLE program on preparing and presenting an eminent domain case gives you the practical insights you need when preparing for mediation or trial. This year’s program focuses on the advantages that can be gained through careful preparation and strategic presentation of a case from both condemnor and condemnee perspectives. Our vast collection of experts have all prepared and presented simple and complex eminent domain cases and have been selected to speak for their knowledge, experience, and enthusiasm. They will explain the key elements of preparing and presenting an eminent domain case, arming attendees with the information, strategies, and tips needed for a successful litigation outcome.


While this course is particularly helpful to anyone who is new to the field of eminent domain, including client representatives who want an overview of the condemnation process or those who serve roles ancillary to legal counsel, many experienced practitioners also attend to refresh their knowledge of the core principles of eminent domain practice and procedure. Attendees of all practice levels will enjoy the daily opportunities to network with faculty experts and registrants for both this course and Eminent Domain and Land Valuation Litigation.

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What You Will Learn

Get instruction on key aspects of an eminent domain case, including:

initial case planning and early legal challenges

core principles and property valuation concepts

working with appraisers and developing your case

how to present and persuade at trial

regulatory takings and vested rights

Two or More Registrants? Two Ways to Save! Register to attend Condemnation 101 in New Orleans at full price and all others from your firm attend for 50% off. Go to Group Rates for pricing and to register.


Attend Condemnation 101 in New Orleans at 50% off when someone from your firm attends Eminent Domain and Land Valuation Litigation at full price. Click here to register.

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Who Should Attend

This accredited continuing legal education course from ALI CLE is a must for any practitioners facing their first condemnation proceedings and/or transitioning to this area of legal practice, and for other professionals, property owner representatives, and appraisers who work within the condemnation process.

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Planning Chairs

Andrew P. Brigham, Brigham Moore LLP, Jacksonville, Florida

Jack R. Sperber, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP, Denver, Colorado

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Stephanie H. Autry, Cranfill, Summer & Hartzog LLP, Raleigh, North Carolina

George B. Autry, Jr., Cranfill, Sumner & Hartzog LLP, Raleigh, North Carolina

Keith M. Babcock, Lewis, Babcock & Griffin, LLP, Columbia, South Carolina

Michael M. Berger, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, Los Angeles

William G. Blake, Baylor, Evnen, Curtiss, Grimit & Witt, LLP, Lincoln, Nebraska

Karen L. Brody, Lowe, Fell & Skogg, LLC, Denver

James S. Burling, Principal Attorney, Property Rights Practice Group, Pacific Legal Foundation, Sacramento

Brandee L. Caswell, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP, Denver

Francis A. Cherry, Jr., Randolph, Boyd, Cherry and Vaughan, Richmond, Virginia

Anthony F. Della Pelle, McKirdy & Riskin, P.A., Morristown, New Jersey

Robert Denlow, , Denlow & Henry, Saint Louis

Leslie A. Fields, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP, Denver

Jill S. Gelineau, Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, P.C., Portland, Oregon

Janet Bush Handy, State Highway Administration, Office of Attorney General, Baltimore

Deborah B. Haskell, Managing Director, Dispute Analysis & Litigatin Support, Cushman & Wakefield of NC, Inc., Charlotte, NC

Warren C. Herlong, Jr., Helmsing, Leach, Herlong, Newman & Rouse, PC, Mobile, Alabama

Joaquin M. Hernandez, Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt, P.C., Seattle

John W. Little, III, Brigham Moore LLP, West Palm Beach

Charles M. Lollar, Waldo & Lyle, P.C., Norfolk

Susan Macpherson, Senior Litigation Consultant and Vice President, NJP Litigation Consulting, Minneapolis

James D. Masterman, Greenberg Traurig, LLP, Boston

J. Casey Pipes, Helmsing, Leach, Herlong, Newman & Rouse, P.C., Mobile, Alabama

Michael Rikon, Goldstein, Rikon, Rikon & Houghton, P.C., New York

Howard Roston, Fredrikson & Byron, P.A., Minneapolis

William E. Ryan, Ryan & Ryan, Chicago

Paul R. Scott, Smith Phillips Mitchell Scott & Nowak, LLP, Hernando, Mississippi

Randall Alan Smith, Smith & Fawer, LLC, New Orleans

Brad Stout, Adams Jones Law Firm, P.A., Wichita, Kansas

Joseph P. Suntum, Miller, Miller & Canby, Chartered, Rockville, Maryland

Christian F. Torgrimson, Pursley Friese Torgrimson, LLP, Atlanta

Joseph T. Waldo, Waldo & Lyle, P.C., Norfolk

Shawn Wilson, President and Owner, Compass Real Estate Consulting, Inc., Lakeland, Florida

ALI CLE Program Attorney: Thomas M. Hennessey (

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Program Schedule


8:00 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast*

8:55 a.m. Welcome and Announcements - ALI CLE Staff
Webcast Segment A: Initial Case Planning and Early Legal Challenges

9:00 a.m. Introduction and Course Overview - Messrs. Brigham and Sperber

9:15 a.m. What to Do on Day One: The Initial Client Interview - Ms. Brody and Mr. Rikon

10:00 a.m. Networking and Refreshment Break

10:15 a.m. Right to Take Hearings: Condemnor and Condemnee Perspectives - Messrs. Cherry and Pipes

11:00 a.m. The Usual Suspects: Typical Witnesses and Common Issues in a Condemnation Case - Messrs. Blake, Little, and Lollar

11:45 a.m. Question and Answer Session and Morning Wrap Up - Faculty Panel

12:00 p.m. Lunch Break
Webcast Segment B: Core Principles and Valuation Concepts

1:30 p.m. Core Valuation Concepts: Just Compensation, Highest and Best Use, Parent Tract, and Scope of the Project - Mss. Caswell and Torgrimson

2:15 p.m. Damages and Benefits in Partial Taking Cases: Legal standards and Practical Considerations - Messrs. Della Pelle and Stout

3:00 p.m. Networking and Refreshment Break

3:15 p.m. The Income Approach to Value: What Makes It Tick - Ms. Haskell and Messrs. Babcock and Hernandez

4:00 p.m. How To Attack or Defend Comparable Sales - Messrs. Herlong and Masterman

5:00 p.m. Adjournment for the Day; Reception for Faculty and Registrants*

6:00 p.m. Hospitality Events and Networking*; join your colleagues, faculty, and the Hospitality Committee for dinner (optional; dinner not included in tuition) 
Hospitality Committee:  
Robin Gaskins, Donna R. Elliott, and Michelle Z. Malasovich


7:30 a.m. Networking Session and Continental Breakfast*
Webcast Segment C: Working with Appraisers and Developing Your Case

8:00 a.m. Ethical Pitfalls in Electronic Discovery - Mss. Fields and Handy and Mr. Waldo

9:00 a.m. Anatomy of an Appraisal Report - Mr. Roston

9:45 a.m. Working with an Appraiser in Preparing for Deposition and Trial - Mss. Handy and Wilson

10:45 a.m. Networking and Refreshment Break

11:00 a.m. Finding the Key Differences in Your Case - Messrs. Brigham and Sperber

12:00 p.m. Question and Answer Session and Morning Wrap up - Faculty Panel

12:15 p.m. Lunch Break
Webcast Segment D: Putting It all Together--How to Present and Persuade at Trial

1:30 p.m. Trial Exhibits that Work - Ms. Autry and Mr. Autry

2:15 p.m. What's Going on in the Jury Box - Ms. Macpherson

3:00 p.m. Networking and Refreshment Break

3:15 p.m. Name That Tune: Common Government and Property Owner Trial Themes - Messrs. Cherry and Denlow and Mss. Gelineau and Handy

4:00 p.m. Tips and Traps for the Beginning Eminent Domain Trial Lawyer - Messrs. Ryan, Scott, Smith, and Suntum

5:00 p.m. Question and Answer Session and Day Two Wrap - Up - Faculty Panel

5:15 p.m. Adjournment for the Day; Hospitality Events and Networking*; join your colleagues, faculty, and the Hospitality Committee for dinner (optional; dinner not included in tuition)


8:30 a.m. Networking Session and Continental Breakfast*
Webcast Segment E: Regulatory Takings, Vested Rights, and National Forum

9:00 a.m. Regulatory Taking Update* - Mr. Berger

9:45 a.m. The Law of Development Exactions* - Mr. Burling

10:45 a.m. Networking and Refreshment Break

11:00 a.m. National Forum*

12:00 p.m. Adjournment 

*Joint session for registrants of both Condemnation 101 and Eminent Domain and Land Valuation Litigation.

Total 60-minute hours of instruction: 16.25 hours, including one hour of ethics

Suggested Prerequisite: Limited experience in general legal practice or completion of CLE Orientation Course

Educational Objective: Acquisition of knowledge and skills to develop proficiency as a practitioner

Level of Instruction: Basic

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Here's what registrants have said about this course:



A great opportunity to meet with leading practitioners in the very important topic of real estate law and protection of owners against the heavy arm of government.


I always come out of these conferences with knowledge that profits me professionally and economically.  Love the ability as a conference attendee that I can get the material and video as well on-line at no extra cost.  The education is first class and the networking opportunities are exceptional. Kurt C. Kielisch


The Appraisal Institute has expressed a keen desire to make their materials available through appraisers who regularly attend this conference and are also nationally certified appraisal course instructors and seminar developers.  Our national officers will gladly make themselves available for speaking to the group as well.  This, to me, is on e of if not the most instructive and valuable educational conferences I attend. 


The course was excellent. 


This is a wonderful course and I learned more than I anticipated. 


The courses were very practical, well thought-out, and well-presented.  I was pleasantly surprised to realize that there is a national community of lawyers doing what I do, and it felt invigorating to connect to ‘my people.’  I was glad to see the presentations focusing the presenters’ experiences and thoughts into organized outlines…. I also thought the hospitality committee did a great job.  The morning run was great, and the restaurants    well selected and allowing for nice conversation with our fellow practitioners.  This seminar was well done and I will be back for the Eminent Domain CLE.  Thanks! 


Condemnation 101 was a great overview of substantive and practical information for someone less than a year into practice in this area.    


This course has been fantastic and I would highly recommend it to anyone practicing in this area. This is the first ALI CLE course I have attended and I am extremely impressed with the whole level of professionalism and knowledge of the speakers. The course is well worth the expense. Thank you for the amount of time and effort that has been devoted to making this as great as it was. 


Overall, a good job of introducing an overwhelming number of subject areas in a very compressed timeframe. The materials did a good job of actively introducing basics. 


The speakers for this seminar were very well educated in condemnation law and had a lot of information to offer.

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