Matthew, Tim and Kirk have over of eighty years of legal experience between them. They have handled not only condemnations but a wide variety of commercial and individual legal matters – will caveats, estate contests, construction disputes, partnership dissolutions, bankruptcy, breaches of contract, wrongful deaths, sports law arbitrations, tobacco allotments, environmental contamination, easement disputes . . . . . and have over twenty five successful appeals that demonstrate their success.
And when it comes to eminent domain, condemnation and constitutional matters – their experience is second to none.
The Firm has been lead counsel in over 550 condemnation cases across the State of North Carolina – from Shelby to Winston-Salem, Greensboro to Raleigh, Fayetteville to Wilmington. The Firm is responsible for the landmark condemnation case against the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s two decades long use of the Map Act which has resulted in over $400,000,000 being paid by North Carolina to property owners. The Kirby case, as it is known, has been written about in major North Carolina newspapers, television segments and in the Washington Post. Matthew has been interviewed by local television stations, national newspapers and lectured across North Carolina and the United States on the Kirby case.
Matthew, Tim and Kirk have substantial courtroom experience in condemnations. The Firm has been lead counsel in over forty hearings involving condemnation issues, significant discovery and document review, over a dozen condemnation appeals, and numerous trials. We understand the need to preparation and evaluation to back up our client’s claims in court and on appeal.
The breadth and depth of the Firm’s experience is hard won. The Kirby case and the hundreds of cases that followed it took years of litigation, appeals, more litigation and then finally victory. The Firm has evaluated hundreds of DOT appraisals and offers, has dealings with all levels of NCDOT management, and analyzed damages to every type of property and taking imaginable.