Protecting property owners’ rights throughout North Carolina

An Experienced and Skilled Eminent Domain Team

We are led by a rare group: several attorneys who formerly represented the North Carolina DOT in some of their largest and most high-stakes cases. Now, we use this inside knowledge to fight for maximum compensation for our clients in all types of eminent domain cases across the state.

Since we started fighting for property owners, we’ve increased our clients’ average initial offer by more than 3x!1

Our NC Eminent Domain Law Firm attorneys:

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Have established relationships with North Carolina experts, such as surveyors, environmentalists, engineers, appraisers, realtors, land planners, and more Have increased our clients’ average initial offers by more than 3x1 Are sought out by the media and other attorneys for their experience and insight on eminent domain issues

Our attorneys have been featured in nearly 100 newspapers and websites, including:

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Stanley Glenn Abrams

  • Former North Carolina DOT Attorney
  • 16+ years of eminent domain experience*
  • Often sought out by media
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum member3
Kenneth Bryan

  • 8+ years of eminent domain experience*
  • Interviewed for professional insight by media
  • Named to “Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch”4 list for Eminent Domain
    by Best Lawyers, 2021-2024
Jason T. Campbell

  • Former North Carolina DOT Attorney
  • 24+ years of eminent domain experience*
  • Often sought out by media
  • Former Chair & Legislative Co-Chair – Eminent Domain Section, NCAJ
  • Has taught other attorneys
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Brian Clemmons

  • Has taught other attorneys
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice member
  • Admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Middle and Eastern Districts of North Carolina*
Brian Lagesse

  • Represented large financial institutions in complex real estate matters*
  • Former DOD security-clearance contractor
  • Has taught law students
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Kevin Mahoney

  • Former North Carolina DOT Attorney
  • 27+ years of eminent domain experience**
  • Has taught other attorneys
  • NC Pro Bono Honor Society Inductee, 2020
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David Needham

  • 15+ years of mediation and arbitration experience in real estate and eminent domain
  • Has extensive experience in negotiating pipeline takings against Fortune 500 utilities
  • Licensed to practice in four states***
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Ken Sack

  • Former North Carolina DOT Attorney
  • 11+ years of eminent domain experience*
  • Has taught other attorneys
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Our results

We’ve handled hundreds – likely thousands – of eminent domain cases over our combined careers. Here are some recent results we’ve achieved together:


$4 million
Over an original offer of <$450k
$0 → $756,600
$2.8 million
Commercial property
$1,200 → $149,600
$1.8 million
Commercial property
$2,425 → $165,000
$1.7 million
Partially vacant property
$3,125 → $175,000
$1.6 million
Fast food chain
$15,300 → $332,475
$1.4 million
Business park
$20,600 → $250,000
$1.3 million
Commercial property
$26,000 → $275,000
$1.1 million
More than triple the original offer
$30,450 → $290,000


Increases are results achieved above original offer.


More Client Success Stories

* indicates licensure in NC

** indicates licensure in MA, NC, and DC

*** indicates licensure in GA, NC, VA, and FL

3Membership in the Million Dollar Advocates Forum is limited to attorneys who have won million and multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements. Neither the North Carolina Eminent Domain Law Firm, nor Stanley Abrams represents that similar results will be achieved in your case. Each case is different and must be evaluated separately.

4For more information regarding the standards for inclusion for “Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch,” visit:

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There are only a handful of attorneys in NC who practice eminent domain exclusively, and even fewer with NCDOT experience. We have several. That’s why its worth getting in touch with us for a free case evaluation.

Here’s how it works:

1) Tell us about your situation.

2) We research your property as needed, using DOT maps, our own technology, and experience to see the exact effects.

3) We let you know what we think a fair offer would be. This evaluation is free, and there’s no
pressure or obligation to hire us after.

But please don’t wait to act. Waiting can hurt your case, and the cost is the same: free.

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