What is

Eminent Domain

Eminent domain is the right of the government to take private property for public use upon payment of “just compensation.” It helps make possible building our roads, schools and other public facilities. At the same time it creates a difficult and intimidating experience for the property or business owner who is facing the prospect of condemnation or having his or her property acquired for a public project.


40 years

combined Experience

The Attorneys at Callanan, Rogers & Dzida, LLP, have over 40 years combined experience in eminent domain (or condemnation) law. We have represented owners of all types of properties, from large commercial businesses to small family-owned businesses, from religious organizations to government entities.

Know & Protect your rights

When a property is acquired by a governmental agency under threat of condemnation through the power of eminent domain, a property or business owner should immediately get experienced legal help. The condemning agencies retain experienced eminent domain professionals, and you should too. Know and protect your rights:

Get experienced legal help.

The government must pay
the highest price paid by
knowledgeable buyers
on the open market.

In most situations, you should
pay attorneys’ fees only if you recover more than the government’s offer.

We will handle all phases of your case, from the first time you are contacted by the Agency, through settlement or trial.

We often represent our eminent domain clients on a contingency fee basis. We may even pay your court and appraisal costs (depending on your situation).

For examples of our work in eminent domain, CLICK HERE.

Robert H. Rogers
Joseph S. Dzida
Client Testimonials

Finally, I wish to thank you for the exceptional service you have rendered our company. I was very impressed with the fine work that you have done and am very appreciative. I am very glad to get to know you and look forward to resolution on this case. As I mentioned, my (CFO) has told me that in his 50 years of working with attorneys he has never worked with a finer attorney than you. We certainly look forward to future work with you after this case is finalized.

Joe Dzida represented our company in an eminent domain case with the State of California. In the land taking for a high speed rail line, the State left us without enough land to operate our business into the future. Joe’s excellent representation on a contingency basis resulted in us acquiring the land next to our property and a payment from the State that was over 6 times greater than their original offer. We can now operate and grow our business the way it was planned when we purchased the property. A solid 5 stars and our highest recommendation for this company.

Joe Dzida was outstanding to work with and clearly is one of the best in the field of Eminent Domain law, Joe Dzida displayed excellent negotiation in settling my case. He was caring, always kept me informed and gave me the advise that I needed. I highly recommend Joe for legal representation.


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