You do not have to accept the award issued at the special commissioners' hearing. If the commissioners' award falls short of what you and your attorney believe to be the value of the land that was taken, the law allows you to file an objection and appeal the award.
At Vassallo & Salazar, P.C., we bring more than 100 years of combined experience to the eminent domain and inverse condemnation appeals process. Partners Edward Vassallo and Charles Salazar are also AV Preeminent* rated by Martindale-Hubbell, a peer award given to lawyers who display high levels of professional excellence in the practice of law. You can be confident in our ability to guide you through the appeals process to obtain fair compensation.
How The Appeals Process Works
Under Texas' and most other states' law, landowners have the right to trial. When a special commissioners' award is appealed, the process moves into trial court and is handled like a standard civil lawsuit. These trials are de novo. Meaning that the case proceeds as if the commissioners' hearing did not happen, and the results of the commissioners' hearing will not impact the case as it moves forward. In essence, this is the beginning of an entirely different process.
Our law firm features trial attorneys. We know how to present evidence, examine witnesses and argue in front of a judge and jury. Because we pride ourselves on careful preparation, we always come to trial armed with the facts necessary to compel a positive outcome. We have earned a reputation for success in eminent domain and inverse condemnation trials.
We are also skilled negotiators. Prior to trial, we may be able to leverage our research and our courtroom strength to reach a satisfactory settlement. Ultimately, our goal is to make certain that you are paid fairly for the land that has been taken from you.
If the outcome of the trial is not satisfactory, you may further appeal the case in appellate court with the help of our law firm.
Contact Us For A Free Initial Consultation
We encourage you to contact us at 800-231-3657 or fill out our online form to schedule a free initial consultation about an eminent domain matter or inverse condemnation appeal. We offer retainer and contingent fee options.
*AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories: legal ability and general ethical standards.