Eminent Domain Law in Virginia: The Must-Know Basics

MCLE Credits: 6.5
Ethics Credits Included: 0.0

Live on Site: Friday, April 13 / Charlottesville
Registration: 8:30 a.m.
Program: 9:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.
MCLE Credit: 6.5 (Ethics: 0.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 6.5 Live Interactive MCLE Credit Symbol
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Why Attend?

All the basics, in one place!

  • Massive projects like the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, the Mountain Valley Pipeline, and the expansion of Route 66 make eminent domain law more relevant than ever. Come to this seminar to hear:
    • Comprehensive treatment of eminent domain law, in both Virginia and federal courts
    • Discussion of relevant statutes and cases
    • Best practices examined and explained
    • Receive the Virginia CLE® handbook Eminent Domain Law in Virginia (2017 edition) at a reduced cost as part of the regular seminar registration fee

Become familiar with the basics while having the resource materials for more in-depth study at your fingertips.

This course will provide detailed information about Virginia and federal eminent domain law and the valuation of both fee simple and easement interests in land.

To adequately represent a property owner and properly protect the owner’s rights, an attorney or real estate professional needs to understand the value of the client’s real estate. This course includes an analysis of the appraisal of real estate and applicable Virginia law.

Similarly for those attorneys and real estate professionals representing purchasers and lessees, an understanding of general eminent domain concepts is crucial to effectively represent these clients. Real estate sales contracts and leases regularly contain “condemnation clauses,” which address the rights of the parties if a condemnation occurs. Those clauses cannot be properly drafted and understood without a basic knowledge of eminent domain law in Virginia.

Further, a real estate professional may be asked to serve as an expert witness in a condemnation case to discuss things such as market conditions and valuation. Appraisers are always hired by both sides in a condemnation case. Real estate brokers are often retained to address market conditions and other issues related to value.

This seminar will feature an overview of the handbook, presented by the authors. These are some of the most well-known and respected attorneys in the practice of eminent domain, whether in private practice or government.

HANDBOOK OPTIONS—The Virginia Lawyers Practice Handbook Eminent Domain Law in Virginia (2017 edition, including electronic forms)—a $150 value—will serve as the course materials.  At the seminar, you can choose the handbook in print or electronic form.  Electronic materials are completely searchable.

Already own the book? If you already own the 2017 edition of the handbook, choose the appropriate registration option to save $75 off the regular registration fee.

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8:30 Registration
9:00 General Condemnation Procedure Under Title 25.1
Steven L. Micas
9:50 Condemnation Procedure Under Title 33.2 as Exercised by the Commissioner of Highways 
Nancy C. Auth
10:40 Break
10:50 Federal Condemnation Procedure
Richard D. Holzheimer Jr.
11:40 Pretrial Issues 
Kevin DeTurris
12:30 Lunch (provided at live seminar only)
1:15 Valuation Issues  
Francis A. Cherry Jr.
2:05 Trial  
Paul B. Terpak
3:05 Break
3:15 Regulatory Takings
Gifford R. Hampshire
4:15 Tax Aspects of Condemnation Awards 
Neil V. Birkhoff
4:45 Adjourn



Nancy C. Auth, Office of the Attorney General / Richmond
Neil V. Birkhoff, Woods Rogers PLC / Roanoke
Francis A. Cherry Jr., Randolph, Boyd, Cherry & Vaughan / Richmond
Kevin F. X. DeTurris, Blankingship & Keith, P.C. / Fairfax
Gifford R. Hampshire, Blankenship & Keith, P.C. / Fairfax
Richard D. Holzheimer, McGuireWoods/ Tysons
Steven L. Micas, Prince George County / Prince George
Paul B. Terpak, Blankingship & Keith / Fairfax

Locations, Dates and Fees


$340 regular registration (includes Eminent Domain Law in Virginia (2017 ed.)).
$265 I already own Eminent Domain Law in Virginia (2017 ed.) and will bring it to the seminar.
$355 on-site registration (if space is available) (includes Eminent Domain Law in Virginia (2017 ed.)).


Charlottesville / Friday, April 13
DoubleTree by Hilton (Venue Website / Google Map)
990 Hilton Heights Road
(434) 973-2121

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Private recording of this program is prohibited.

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Private recording of this program is prohibited.

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