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Stockton Attorneys For Eminent Domain For Business Owners

As a business owner, you've likely experienced your fair share of ups and downs as you've sought success in the business world.

Now, facing the prospect of having to give up your property to the government, you may be facing the greatest challenge yet to the continued success of your business. You want to make sure you are treated fairly during what can be a truly intimidating legal process. Our attorneys represent hardworking business owners in the eminent domain process to make sure that the government does not treat property owners unfairly when it seeks to acquire property in order to carry out public projects.

Why Hire A Lawyer To Represent You In The Legal Process?

Just because the government advises you that it is seeking to acquire your property does not mean that condemnation is a done deal. There are opportunities for you to make your voice heard and enforce your right to just compensation, and our firm will take the lead as you seek to protect your business interests.

We work diligently to ensure that the government provides a fair valuation of our clients' properties, and often work with independent real estate appraisers when the government offers less than fair value for a property. Business owners can also claim loss of business goodwill during condemnation proceedings; this refers to financial hardship that results when a business owner is simply unable to pick up and move shop to a different location or the business interruption in any substantial way.

Our firm is fully prepared to pursue every option available to you to enforce your constitutional property rights, including representing you in lawsuits and appealing decisions that go against those property rights.

Learn How We Can Help You Protect Your Business

For a confidential consultation with one of our attorneys, email our Stockton office or call 209-870-7900. We represent business owners throughout the Central Valley and Northern California.


  • I have had the privilege and pleasure of working with Joe Fagundes on District matters for the last several years. Joe always provides excellent advice and guidance on the matters he works on for the District, and has delivered consistently successful results. Joe is a very seasoned and well respected attorney, and I am glad he is part of our District’s legal team. I would recommend Joe’s services to others without hesitation.

    Phillip M. McMurray General Counsel, Merced Irrigation District
  • I’ve had the privilege of working with Malm, Fagundes LLC representing my employer for more than 20 years. Joe Fagundes in particular has repeatedly demonstrated what matters most: results. His candid demeanor, his attentiveness to his clients, his ability to truly listen and work with a variety of staff at all levels, and his understanding of our particular needs make experiencing success that much better!

    Brian L. LaFollette Turlock Irrigation District
  • Opening a franchise was a new experience for me, my past life was all technology based companies in Silicon Valley working for large Fortune 500 companies. This was different, it was now my money to spend or protect. All of the nuances and permit requirements was also new to me. I received what they call an FDD from Nothing Bundt Cakes corporate office, and it was 255 pages of legal “mumbo jumbo”. I certainly understood most of it because I negotiated a lot of contracts in my past, again the difference is it is now my money. A friend of mine had referred me to Joe, so that’s who I called. Joe was awesome, professional, and candid, and I like candid. In the end, Joe read the FDD, gave me his opinion and possible areas of concern(which I couldn’t do anything about anyway), filed all of the appropriate permits, business license documents, and most importantly set up our LLC. Needless to say, Joe launched our business and we have had incredible success, and it all started with him guiding us through each step.

    Mike Robinson Nothing Bundt Cakes
  • I couldn’t be more pleased with the excellent advice and guidance Joseph Fagundes was able to provide Financial Center as we sought out and purchased a property for our most recent branch. We always turn to him for assistance with all of our large real estate transactions and will continue to do so in the future. When it comes to such a large purchase, it’s important that we do right by our cooperative by having a top-rate professional help navigate us through the process, and Joseph is exactly that. He is a true partner and expert when it comes to real estate law.

    Michael P. Duffy President/CEO Financial Center Credit Union
  • Joe did a terrific job representing my family with not one but two eminent domain cases involving our ranch. His reputation regarding eminent domain is well known in San Joaquin County. It makes a difference when you walk into a conference room to negotiate, and they see Joe by your side. He shows patience educating his client about the condemnation process. We had two very successful outcomes. I also hear he is a fairly decent baseball coach.

    Mike B.

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Malm Fagundes LLP
2351 W. March Lane
Suite A
Stockton, CA 95207

Phone: 209-870-7900
Fax: 209-870-7922


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