Welcome to the Virginia Eminent Domain Group at Blankingship & Keith, P.C. We are the most experienced eminent domain lawyers in Virginia, having handled many hundreds of cases over the last three decades. Best Lawyers in America ranked Blankingship & Keith, P.C. as #1 in Virginia for many years, with the firm recently receiving a Tier 1 Ranking from Best Lawyers in Metropolitan Washington D.C. Paul Terpak was named Best Lawyers' 2012 Washington D.C. Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Lawyer of the Year, and was listed in Virginia Super Lawyers in 2013 in the area of Eminent Domain. Paul is the Editor of the standard handbook on Virginia law, "Eminent Domain Law in Virginia" (2012). In 2002 Paul was selected by the Virginia Code Commission to serve on the advisory committee which produced a complete recodification of all Virginia statutes on eminent domain.
The Eminent Domain Group has long and extensive experience in the trial of eminent domain cases and always seeks to maximize the just compensation due under the Constitution when the government takes property. The firm has won many of the highest condemnation awards in Virginia, but trial is not always the best solution and the group is always willing to consider a fair settlement or an "out of the box" solution to achieve the client's goals. Recent settlements include the unprecedented $84 million purchase by VDOT of the Hunting Towers apartment complex near the Woodrow Wilson Bridge in Alexandria. In an imaginative solution, Paul convinced Virginia Power to redesign a gas pipeline in a manner originally thought impossible to preserve development access to over 1000 acres on the Potomac River in Prince William County. Condemnors recognize the firm's expertise, and Gifford Hampshire and Paul Terpak were recently hired by Stafford County to represent it in the 3000 acre Crows Nest condemnation case.
Besides handling the largest and most complex cases in Virginia, the group has handled all types and sizes of takings from homes, businesses and farms. Our team includes Gifford Hampshire, formerly of the Prince William County Attorneys Office, where he won a landmark case for compensation to the County from the federal government arising from the expansion of Manassas Battlefield Park. Giff is the author of the chapter on Regulatory Takings in "Eminent Domain Law in Virginia". Laurie Proctor, former law clerk in the Circuit Court of Fairfax County, was the Assistant Editor of "Eminent Domain Law in Virginia", and has already been involved in dozens of cases. Other associates, including Jennifer McCammon, Robert Falconi and Michael Howes, add the horsepower to handle any size case. Finally, Hugo Blankingship, rightly called the Dean of Virginia eminent domain attorneys, remains available to add his wise counsel. We hope we can be of help to you.