When private property is taken for a public purpose, the property owner is entitled to just compensation. Unfortunately, the government's view of just compensation is often at odds with actual property values.
Fleeson Gooing takes great pride in the reputation it has earned throughout Kansas for its successful representation of property owners in eminent domain proceedings. Our efforts, both on behalf of clients and as consultants to other lawyers, have consistently resulted in substantial increases in the amounts paid to compensate for governmental takings.
The firm's lawyers are experienced in cases commenced by local, state and federal condemning authorities, as well as public utilities. In recent years we have assisted dozens of property owners affected by the decades-long project to widen U.S. Highway 54, Wichita's busiest east-west thoroughfare, a project that has resulted in the taking of hundreds of acres of the city's most valuable commercial property, a well-established Catholic church and school, and dozens of private residences. We also represented property owners whose land was taken for the construction of Intrust Bank Arena in Wichita. And we have remained active in the representation of agricultural landowners throughout the state in projects involving federal reservoirs, utility easements and highway expansion.