Lawyers in the firm have a broad and long-standing history of representation of clients in connection with eminent domain and condemnation issues. David Hamilton is the firm’s lead attorney on matters of eminent domain and condemnation. Mr. Hamilton has been listed in Best Lawyers in America in the area of Condemnation and Eminent Domain since 2012. Since being licensed to practice law in 1979 he has worked on numerous eminent domain matters, representing landowners, companies and governmental entities empowered to condemn real estate. His experience includes the acquisition of right-of-way for a crude oil pipeline extending from the Iowa border to Wood River, Illinois. He also served as the primary lawyer tasked with the responsibility to organize the planning and acquisition of real estate for major expansion of the Metropolitan St. Lewis Sewer District’s Bissell Point Treatment Plant in the City of St. Louis. More recently, he has been responsible for organizing, prosecuting and conducting jury trials in relation to two street and roadway improvement projects for the City of Cottleville, Missouri. In addition, Mr. Hamilton has represented landowners seeking just compensation for public takings, two of which resulted in verdicts or settlements in excess of $1,000,000.
In addition to Mr. Hamilton, Scott Williams and Matt Fairless have experience in representing clients on issues relating to public takings. Mr. Williams has for the past decade represented the City of St. Peters in connection with eminent domain acquisitions and other public takings, including negotiation and litigations; Mr. Fairless has represented landowners in seeking just compensation for public takings.