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Hear from George Autry about how CSH’s Land Condemnation Team can help you protect your rights. (2 min 28 sec)



Experience. Results.

We try more Eminent Domain Cases
than anyone in North Carolina

Eminent Domain Law in North Carolina

North Carolina Eminent Domain Attorneys at Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog have over 40 years combined experience defending the property rights of business owners, home owners and landowners facing eminent domain. There is no other Eminent Domain Law Firm in North Carolina with more experience or with a stronger track record of success in land condemnation trials and settlements. Experience Success. See Our Results.

NC Condemnation Lawyers with Experience & Proven Results

“George B. Autry, Jr., Stephanie Hutchins Autry and Brady Wells are veterans of the land condemnation wars. Seek the advice of eminent domain attorneys who have been through the process in hundreds of cases.”

Success in the practice of condemnation law in North Carolina comes from experience, knowledge and skill. Let us put ours to work for you. Experience Matters. The Eminent Domain Attorneys of Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog have handled virtually every kind of land condemnation case. We have represented hundreds of business owners, and dealt with practically every type of commercial property: shopping centers, hotels, gas stations, golf courses, country clubs, aggregate mines, livestock farms, manufacturing facilities, office condominiums and warehouses, to name just a few. We have also represented hundreds of homeowners, with residential properties ranging from town homes and condominiums, family homes, historical estates, and family farms. We have experience in cases against the North Carolina Department of Transportation, the Triangle Transit Authority, the North Carolina Turnpike Authority, the City of Raleigh, the City of Charlotte, Duke / Progress Energy, Onslow Water and Sewer Authority, and numerous other condemners. No matter what kind of property it is, and no matter who is taking it, chances are, we have seen it before.

Let Us Defend Your Property Rights – So You’ll Receive Just Compensation

When the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s right of way agent knocks on your door, you can’t say, “No, you can’t take my property.” But you can – and must – insist that the DOT treats you fairly. Don’t be fooled by the fact that the DOT has an appraisal. The condemnation lawyers at Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog have repeatedly found that the government’s appraisal does not take into account many important issues…

Important issues such as: damage to the remaining property due to changes in, topography access to roadways or utilities; non-conformity to zoning and code requirements; and the highest and best use of the property. That’s why we work with experts – appraisers, engineers, architects, contractors, and hydrologists – who also understand that the government’s appraisal may not accurately depict a property’s worth, before or after the taking.

The condemnation law practitioners at Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog have experience on their side. Together, they have a combined total of over four decades of legal practice devoted exclusively to winning just compensation for property owners affected by eminent domain in North Carolina. View Eminent Domain Case Results.

Knowledge is Power. These Attorneys Understand Eminent Domain in North Carolina

Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog are the lawyers you can trust to defend your eminent domain North Carolina legal action. Although past results cannot be used to determine future success, these condemnation lawyers enjoy a hard won, widely-held reputation for getting exemplary results for their clients. When it comes to fighting an agency like NCDOT. Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog’s attorneys, George Autry, Stephanie Autry and Brady Wells, know the process – from the inside and out. George Autry began his career as an eminent domain attorney in 1993, when he became an assistant attorney general. It was immediately obvious that George had a zen for land condemnation. In his seven years representing the NCDOT in land condemnation cases, he fought hard but fair.

Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog condemnation law attorneys have consistently and significantly improved upon the initial offers made by the agency making the NC eminent domain claim. In ONWASA v. Boggs/Rogers, CSH Law attorneys were able to achieve a $9.4 million settlement when the initial offer from ONWASA was just $1.9 million. ONWASA agreed to the settlement during trial to avoid a jury verdict its representative said would be “potentially devastating.” When the NCDOT wanted to take 11.63 acres from a larger parcel of land to construct the Clayton Bypass, CSH Law persuaded a jury to award the landowner nearly $2.7 million dollars. The NCDOT had only offered $420,000.

Other matters have not reached a jury trial, but were instead settled in mediation, or informed negotiations. One such case was the NCDOT vs. Jones, et. al. The DOT wanted nearly 19 acres of land that was part of a family farm, and close to a major highway. The DOT needed it for a road construction project, and offered the landowners just $1.197 million, but ultimately agreed in mediation to a settlement of $3.54 million. In another mediated settlement, the practitioners at CSH Law helped their clients reach an agreement with the NCDOT for $1.65 million, when the government initially offered only $627,000.

These representative matters demonstrate the experience and success that the condemnation law attorneys at CSH Law have gained over the years. Their in-depth understanding and concentration exclusively in NC eminent domain law has enabled them to help clients when they need it most. Although this track record of success cannot guarantee that the results of another condemnation law action will be as successful, it does demonstrate that the practitioners at Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog have the experience and expertise to go the extra mile for their clients.

If you want to better understand your rights as a property owner when an agency is attempting to take your land, contact Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog. Their successful record at mediation and trial speaks for itself.

Experience. Results.

Our results at trial speak for themselves