All Representative Cases
Sound Transit v. WR-SRI, 191 Wn.2d 223 (2018) (Eminent domain authority)
Sound Transit v. Airport Investment, 186 Wn.2d 336 (2016) (Eminent domain evidence and offers)
Sound Transit v. Eastey, 135 Wn. App. 446 (2006) (Eminent domain compensation)
Sound Transit v. Miller, 156 Wn.2d 403 (2006) (Eminent domain notice requirements)
HTK Management v. Seattle Monorail, 155 Wn.2d 612 (2005) (Eminent domain necessity)
Represent client in claims against governmental entities for de facto taking of private property, including injuries to land as a result of public works projects.
Serves as outside eminent domain counsel for Sound Transit providing comprehensive guidance on all aspects of eminent domain and inverse condemnation, as well as litigating disputes when they arise. Successfully represented Sound Transit in obtaining settlements in hundreds of condemnation matters in Pierce, King, and Snohomish Counties, including acquisitions for the following light rail links:
- South Link
- Tacoma Link
- University Link
- Capitol Hill Link
- Northgate Link
- East Link
- Lynnwood Link
- Federal Way Link
- Downtown Redmond Link
Regularly works with the City of Ferndale in connection with its capital projects to maintain and improve city infrastructure. Provides counsel on pre-project planning, pre-filing negotiations, ordinances authorizing eminent domain, final action requirements, eminent domain filings, and dispute resolution. Advised city or handled condemnation actions for the following city projects:
- Washington Street, Main Street to Vista Drive Project—Represented City in a condemnation of property rights for a road-widening project. Case involved complex valuation issues and an adverse possession dispute. Settled at mediation for $120,000 less than the owner’s just compensation evidence.
- Thorton Street Overpass
- Gateway Stormwater Improvement/Main Street LaBounty Drive Roundabout Project
- Church Road
- Main Street Improvement Project
Provided pre-condemnation and final action advice in connection with acquisition of right-of-way interests and construction easements necessary for the City of Federal Way’s Transportation Improvement Plan.