This seminar provides an overview and update of eminent domain legal issues and land valuation, with emphasis on emerging issues and recent Washington court decisions. It will include a review of the eminent domain process and cover hot topics in condemnation cases, appraisals, and relocations.
This program is designed for anyone involved in eminent domain — whether as an attorney, appraiser, government official, or owner. You will hear from leading attorneys and appraisers with extensive practical experience in eminent domain.
This year’s program includes the return of Keith Kemper’s always entertaining update on legal developments in eminent domain, and a panel covering the rapidly emerging area of condemnation of government owned property. In the afternoon our topics include utility corridors, business relocation and once again Bates McKee and Anthony Gibbons will be sharing perspectives on appraisal issues.
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Bart J. Freedman, Program Co-Chair, is a partner with K&L Gates LLP in the area of condemnation. He has assisted local governments with the acquisition of real estate under the threat of eminent domain and through condemnation proceedings. He also has represented property owners in the areas of government condemnation and eminent domain and compulsory purchase.
Kinnon W. Williams, Program Co-Chair, is a shareholder with Inslee Best Doezie & Ryder PS. He is author of the Washington State Bar Association’s Real Property Desk Book Chapter on Eminent Domain, a course facilitator for the International Right of Way Association, and a frequent speaker and writer on matters involving eminent domain and easements.
Nicholas P. Laurent, Special Presenter, is a partner in the Austin office of Barron Adler Clough & Oddo LLP where he represents landowners in eminent domain, inverse condemnation, and land use transactions and litigation. His practice includes road and highway takings, pipeline, power line, and other utility takings. He is Chair of the ABA’s Condemnation Committee.
Martyn L. Daniel founded Martyn Daniel LLC to provide consulting services on right-of-way and eminent domain projects. He specializes in business relocation services for agencies in charge of acquisition and relocation as well as for business and property owners being displaced by a public agency. He has worked on several hundreds of business relocations.
Anthony Gibbons, MAI, CRE is the founder of RE-SOLVE, a company providing real estate appraisal, counseling, mediation and arbitration services that he formed in 1999. He entered private appraisal practice in January 1983. He is on the Runstad Center Advisory Board and teaches in the University of Washington’s commercial real estate certificate program.
Keith A. Kemper has been with Ellis Li & McKinstry PLLC since 1989. He has always practiced in the area of eminent domain. He has defended owners in takings by the City of Everett, the Department of Transportation, the Washington State Convention Center, the City of Seattle, the Port of Seattle, Sound Transit, the Monorail, and utility companies.
Russell S. King is an Assistant City Attorney with the Office of the City Attorney, Contracts and Utilities Section, City of Seattle. He is currently leading the section’s efforts regarding the Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Program and the Elliott Bay Seawall Project. Prior to joining the City Attorney’s Office, Mr. King spent 18 years in private practice.
R. Gerard (Jerry) Lutz, a partner with Perkins Coie LLP, has a broad range of real estate and land use experience, including condemnation, land and water use, energy project development and real property sales and leasing. He has helped clients in high profile transactions such as Boeing’s 777 Siting Agreement with the State of Washington.
Bates McKee, MAI, CRE, AI-GRS, founded the firm of McKee Appraisal in 1990. He frequently performs appraisal, consulting and litigation services for parties to eminent domain. Extensive project appraisal work includes all segments of the Sound Transit Link projects, the Alaskan Way Viaduct replacement project, and the Seattle Waterfront.
Faith A. Roland, SR/WA, is Senior Vice President, Northwest Region, with Contract Land Staff LLC. She provides leadership and oversight for the NW Office along with serving as Client Liaison throughout North America. She was formerly founder and CEO of Roland Resources, Inc. and has over 20 years of experience managing infrastructure acquisition projects.
Hon. John R. Ruhl was appointed by Governor Jay Inslee to the King County Superior Court bench in 2014. He has presided over civil, criminal, family law and dependency trials. Prior to his appointment, Judge Ruhl was a member of Ryan, Swanson & Cleveland, PLLC, in Seattle, and headed the firm’s Transportation Law Group.
Jessica A. Skelton, a partner with Pacifica Law Group LLP, has extensive experience representing public and private clients in both trial and appellate litigation and in alternative dispute resolution proceedings. Her practice emphasizes municipal law, federal and state constitutional issues, real estate litigation, and eminent domain and relocation issues.
David S. Steele is an attorney at Perkins Coie LLP. He is a litigator who represents large and small companies across a range of industries in both state and federal courts. He has experience representing private and public entities in condemnation proceedings on both the condemnor and condemnee side, including cases involving relocation assistance.
Stephen P. VanDerhoef, partner with Cairncross & Hempelmann PS, advises corporate and individual clients on a full range of complex commercial disputes and risk management. His practice focuses on litigation and resolution of complex contract, real estate, eminent domain/condemnation, technology, intellectual property and natural resources disputes.