CSH Eminent Domain

North Carolina Eminent Domain Attorneys at Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog have been protecting private property owners for over 40 years.

If you’re a private property owner facing land condemnation contact us immediately. There is no other Eminent Domain Law Firm in North Carolina with a stronger track record of success – period. While past performance is not indicative of future results – it does give you a clear overview of our firms consistently successful settlements and trials. Watch the video to learn more.

Experience. Results.

Our results at trial speak for themselves

A Tradition of Excellence in Eminent Domain Law

Success in the practice of condemnation law comes from outstanding client service, aggressively pursuing a desirable outcome and regularly exhibiting the kind of diligence and initiative that are necessary to succeed in eminent domain claims. That is precisely the kind of excellence that Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog has achieved.

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 solely to questions of eminent domain.
Clients have included individual landowners and business owners who faced a condemnation actions brought by the North Carolina Department of Transportation, the Triangle Transit Authority, the North Carolina Turnpike Authority the City of Raleigh, the City of Charlotte, Progress Energy, Onslow Water and Sewer Authority, and numerous other condemners. Whether the property is retail, industrial, residential or office, and whether the taking is total or partial, the practitioners at Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog have successfully won settlements and trials for clients.


You Deserve Just Compensation

It’s easy to feel powerless when a large agency like the North Carolina Department of Transportation brings an eminent domain action. They have pages of official-looking documents and a property appraisal, making it look as though they’ve covered all the bases and nothing further needs to be done.

No matter how thorough the paperwork the government presents may appear, it’s best to proceed with caution, seeking the advice of eminent domain attorneys who have been through the process on hundreds of occasions.
However, the condemnation law practitioners at Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog have repeatedly found that the government’s appraisal does not take into account important issues, such as: damage to the remaining property due to changes in access, 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 they work with experts – apprasiers, engineers, hydrologists – who also understand that the government’s appraisal may not depict an accurate idea of a property’s worth, before or after the taking.


Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog are the lawyers you can trust in your eminent domain action. Although past results cannot be used to determine future success, these condemnation law practitioners enjoy a hard won, solid reputation for getting satisfying results for their clients, even when it means fighting an agency like NCDOT. Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog stands side-by-side with its clients through settlement conferences, hearings, and jury trials, ensuring that their property rights are protected and that they are justly compensated for their property.

Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog condemnation law attorneys have consistently and significantly improved upon the initial offers made by the agency making the 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 successs that the condemnation law attorneys at CSH Law have gained over the years. Their in-depth understanding and concentration exclusively in 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

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