Brian Smith counsels property and business owners across Florida through every stage of the often complex and confusing eminent domain and condemnation process.
Eminent domain has been called “one of the harshest proceedings known to the law” by Florida’s courts. Peavy-Wilson Lumber Co. v. Brevard County, 31 So. 2d 483 (1947). For many Floridians, receiving the condemning authority’s Notice to Owner is the first time they learn that the government even has this power to take property.
Encountering such a challenging legal process, clients across Florida have trusted Brian’s guidance and representation in eminent domain matters for over 14 years. An experienced advisor is a property owner’s best asset when presented with the unwelcome reality of governmental takings.
Every property (and its owner) is unique, as are the issues presented by each taking. Brian approaches each matter by listening to his client’s story and seeking to understand their objectives. Only after that does he assemble a tailor-made team of experts to address the issues created by the taking and pursue the best outcome possible. Brian’s mission is to protect his client’s property rights and ensure that the government fully compensates them for the taking.
Brian has handled eminent domain cases for clients owning a variety of property types and uses, including: