The Cranfill, Sumner & Hartzog firm is celebrating a record-breaking win for its eminent domain lawyers. The attorneys set the new statewide record for the largest eminent domain settlement in the history of the North Carolina Department of Transportation with an astounding win of $22.5 million. The settlement rewarded the owner of a commercial shopping center who lost a portion of its property as the result of a North Carolina Department of Transportation eminent domain taking. The Department of Transportation originally offered the property owner $16.8 million in compensation, but the firm managed to negotiate an increased settlement of nearly 34 percent. Record breaking is nothing new to the eminent domain lawyers at Cranfill, Sumner & Hartzog, since its attorneys also set the previous record with an eminent domain settlement of over $15 million.
Eminent domain lawyers Stephanie Autry, George Autry, Brady Wells and the group’s case manager Susan Talbert are known for their work in the Land Condemnation and Eminent Domain Law Group. Attorney and firm partner George B. Autry is known throughout North Carolina for his 20 years of experience as an eminent domain lawyer. The other members of the group each have over a decade of experience in eminent domain law, making the Land Condemnation and Eminent Domain Law Group of Cranfill, Sumner & Hartzog an invaluable resource for property owners all across North Carolina.
This group specializes in protecting the rights of property owners against unfair government seizure, and the group has an unprecedented record for success. In addition to this groundbreaking eminent domain settlement, the group also has a $7.3 million settlement in an eminent domain case involving a parking lot taken from a commercial property as well as a $5.2 million eminent domain settlement for less than an acre of commercial property.
According to George Autry, these record-breaking settlements not only benefit their clients but all future clients and North Carolina property owners as well. Monumental settlements such as this set a strong precedent in the North Carolina eminent domain realm that pave the way for better property and eminent domain settlement opportunities in the future. Cranfill, Sumner & Hartzog has been leading the charge for fair eminent domain proceedings for over a decade. When the Department of Transportation seizes or condemns property, it is essential for the property owner to have a strong legal advocate.
Mr. Autry notes that one of the most crucial elements of attorney-client interactions is trust. When someone’s property has been seized, they often feel intimidated, confused and distrustful. The eminent domain lawyers at Cranfill, Sumner & Hartzog not only provide clients with excellent legal counsel and representation, but serve as counselors throughout the eminent domain settlement process. The recent record-setting eminent domain settlement not only represents a victory for the firm but for their clients’ peace of mind and future as well.
Perhaps the most impressive aspect of the record setting precedent is that Cranfill, Sumner & Hartzog remains a mid-size law firm, accessible to North Carolina residents in Charlotte, Raleigh, and Wilmington. From land condemnation and eminent domain to intellectual property law, medical malpractice, family law and employment law, this case proves that the firm can be counted on to deliver above and beyond results with the client always in mind.