Eminent Domain

The exercise of eminent domain power through condemnation is a complex and growing area affecting major oil and gas companies, landowners and municipalities. Burford & Ryburn, L.L.P. has the experience and expertise to guide clients through the many facets of the eminent domain process in Texas.  Having represented clients in over 100 Texas counties dating back to 1910, we have the depth, the experience, and the expertise you need.

The firm's eminent domain practice spans representing municipalities, energy corporations, electric utilities and pipelines in acquiring necessary land and site for pipelines, electric lines, roads, and other transportation facilities and assisting with the acquisition of required environmental permits and approvals.

We also defend landowners, protecting their real property interests that are affected by governmental actions. Our knowledge, experience and expertise make a difference for all of our clients.

The firm always seeks the most cost effective way to resolve the conflict, whether through negotiated settlement or litigation. For a condemning authority, our paramount concern is that the client timely obtains the necessary property for the intended facilities, in the most efficient manner; for the landowner, our focus is to maximize the compensation recovery and to minimize the negative impact on the owner’s remaining property due to the proposed improvement project. Our experience and proven record add value to our clients.

We have handled condemnations affecting the following:

  • Agribusiness
  • Airports – International, regional and local
  • Apartment buildings
  • Electric power lines and facilities
  • Cultural facilities
  • Entertainment complexes
  • Hotels and motels
  • Highways, streets and roads
  • Industrial facilities
  • Office buildings and office parks
  • Power plants and power generation facilities
  • Pipelines
  • Rail and industrial parks
  • Regional shopping centers and retail facilities
  • Research and development facilities
  • Residential subdivisions and properties
  • Restaurants
  • Retirement communities and nursing homes
  • Stadiums
  • Transportation corridors
  • Medical, dental and veterinarian facilities
  • Waterways / dams / water towers
  • School and educational facilities
  • Cemeteries

Statewide Representation
Attorneys with Burford & Ryburn, L.L.P. have represented clients in eminent domain and condemnation matters in over 100 of Texas’ 254 counties.

Municipal Representation
The firm has extensive experience representing municipalities in many areas, including eminent domain, land use and zoning, real estate and employment matters.

Team Approach
Our team approach allows us to serve clients by quickly responding to their needs and meeting their deadlines in a timely and efficient manner.