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Eminent Domain For Government Entities

At Malm Fagundes LLP, eminent domain has been an area of focus from our firm's earliest days. With substantial backgrounds in real estate litigation, our attorneys developed a reputation for success in these legally and technically complex proceedings.

Our services extend to representing government entities during all stages of eminent domain proceedings. This includes negotiation with both commercial and residential property owners, property valuation, condemnation and related matters. Our attorneys understand that the fate of many essential public projects rests on effective exercise of the power of eminent domain, and our counsel is tailored to ensure a smooth process for our government clients as they seek to acquire real property for public ends.

Eminent domain is one of the most powerful legal tools granted to municipalities and other government entities, and is not one to be exercised lightly. We help ensure that our clients remain within the bounds of their legal authority during all stages of eminent domain proceedings, including pre-condemnation proceedings such as resolutions of necessity, while advancing their ultimate goals.

Clients rely on our attorneys not just for their experience with the administrative process, but also for their significant experience in litigation when legal disputes cannot be resolved through other means. Our attorneys have a record of success in both trial and appellate proceedings, meaning that should eminent domain proceedings be contested, we are prepared to advocate for our clients through the highest stages of appeal.

Contact Malm Fagundes LLP

Arrange a confidential consultation with our team of lawyers by calling our Stockton offices at 209-870-7900. You can also email us directly.


  • 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
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Stockton, CA 95207

Phone: 209-870-7900
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