Eminent Domain refers to the power of the state to take private property for a public use.
Both the United States Constitution and the Mississippi Constitution guarantee the right of the private property owner to receive just and due compensation for the property taken. Property owners should never assume that “you can't beat the government” when their property is being taken. It is up to you though to assert your rights to challenge the taking of your property or to receive full compensation.
For over twenty-five years, we have regularly represented property owners and helped them assert their right to full compensation when their property is being taken by eminent domain.
We have successfully represented property owners across the State of Mississippi in cases involving acquisitions for road and highway construction, airport expansions, railroad construction, industrial development projects, natural gas transmission and power line easements and other uses.
At Smith Phillips, our focus is on protecting property owners from start to finish, in all aspects of the condemnation process: from pre-condemnation planning to compensation to relocation. Whether the condemnation is initiated by state or federal government, a utility company or other agency given the power of eminent domain, we have the expertise and resources necessary to protect the property owner.
Smith Phillips partner Paul R. Scott leads the firm's eminent domain practice. He has successfully represented property owners across the State of Mississippi in cases involving acquisitions for road and highway construction, airport expansions, natural gas pipelines and other uses. Scott is the Mississippi member of Owners' Counsel of America, a national association of the leading eminent domain attorneys from each state.
View our past results in eminent domain litigation.