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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

Do I need to hire a lawyer?

By retaining a lawyer in the condemnation process, you may be able to minimize the impact of the project on your property and/or business and maximize the compensation you receive.  A lawyer may help you understand your rights, get fair compensation and navigate a complex legal system for the best possible outcome.

Who is responsible for attorney fee's?

Under Florida law, your attorney's fees and reasonable costs incurred must be paid by the condemning authority.  Reasonable costs can include numerous experts hired by your attorney, on your behalf,  such as appraisers, engineers, accountants,  land planners, architects and others depending on the issues and complexity involved in your case.  These fee's and cost's are in addition to the compensation and/or business damages paid to you.

What types of property owners do you represent?

Our firm represents property owners, including corporations, small business owners and homeowners against the government in condemnation proceedings.  Click on our RESULTS tab to see details of some of our client's outcomes.


Has John LeRoux tried any eminent domain cases?

Mr. LeRoux has acted a lead counsel in numerous jury trials.  Mr. LeRoux has always obtained jury verdicts higher than the condemning authority was offering at trial.  Mr. LeRoux is certified as a life member of both the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, membership is limited to attorneys who have won million and multi-million dollar verdicts, awards and settlements.


What is eminent domain?


​Eminent domain is the government's power to take private land for public use . The power of eminent domain is defined by the "Takings Clause" of the Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which prohibits the federal government from taking private property for public use "without just compensation." 


When should I hire an eminent domain attorney?


The earlier the better.  We closely monitor the condemning authority’s project schedule and plans and we will keep you fully informed as maps and plans advance and related project activities occurs. Additionally, there are beneficial pre-condemnation planning steps that can be taken as the condemning authority’s design activities and the details of the affect to your property become known..


Why should I hire an eminent domain attorney?


  • A lawyer will ensure your receipt of constitutionally guaranteed just compensation.

  • All reasonable attorney's fees and costs, are paid by the government at the conclusion of your case.

  • A lawyer hires a team of experts, on your behalf, to prepare your case and defend your position.

  • A lawyer negotiates with the condemning authority regarding compensation and other items important to a property/business owner.

  • A lawyer handles negotiations with other interested parties such as mortgage holders, lienholders and tenants in order to resolve any claims regarding compensation.

  • A lawyer handles court proceedings and trial if necessary


What are some examples of why the government would need to take my property?

 Some examples of the government using the power of eminent domain to take private property would be to build, widen & modify roads, install pedestrian or bicycle paths, build interstate rest areas, install or upgrade power lines, install or upgrade sewers or drainage systems, install or preserve public water supplies, build governmental buildings or infrastructure and to preserve or restore land (such as save the everglades or beach renourishment).


What Counties in Florida do you practice in? 

All!  Alachua County, Baker County, Bay County, Bradford County, Brevard County, Broward County, Calhoun County, Charlotte County,
Citrus County, Clay County, Collier County, Columbia County, De Soto County, Dixie County, Duval County, Escambia County, Flagler County, Franklin County, Gadsden County, Gilchrist County, Glades County, Gulf County, Hamilton County,  Hardee County, Hendry County, Hernando County, Highlands County. Hillsborough County, Holmes County, Indian River County, Jackson County, Jefferson County, Lafayette County, Lake County, Lee County, Leon County, Levy County, Liberty County, Madison County, Manatee County, Marion County, Martin County, Miami-Dade County, Monroe County, Nassau County, Okaloosa County, Okeechobee County, Orange County, Osceola County, Palm Beach County, Pasco County, Pinellas County, Polk County, Putnam County, St. Johns County, St. Lucie County, Santa Rosa County, Sarasota County, Seminole County, Sumter County, Suwannee County, Taylor County, Union County, Volusia County, Wakulla County, Walton County and Washington County.