Courts adjudicate the rights of individuals, businesses, associations, and community organizations as they relate to wide-ranging circumstances involving the development and use of land. These cases generally arise out of local, state, or federal government action in the form of regulatory decisions, enforcement proceedings, development activity on the government’s own property, and the taking of private property.
Our Land Use Litigation Group is noted for its full-service practice, reflecting our familiarity and comfort with all manner of land use laws, regulations, and procedures and our comprehensive understanding of applicable federal and state constitutional principles. We are proficient in all aspects of litigation implicating land use and development and property rights, both in the states where we are based and nationally. We represent clients in litigation arising out of state and local administrative decision-making and in challenges to regulatory enactments. We also handle regulatory taking, eminent domain, and condemnation cases and represent clients in litigation under specialized federal statutes, such as the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act and the Fair Housing Act.
One of our partners, Brian W. Blaesser, is the co-author of the book Federal Land Use Law & Litigation (Thomson-Reuters/West: 2013).