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Property Rights

Mayer Brown has extensive experience in all aspects of trial and appellate litigation to prevent government infringements of private property rights or to obtain compensation once an infringement has occurred

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Lawyers in the practice group, who are resident in Chicago, Washington, and New York, are expert in the analysis of property rights regulation and environmental laws under the Takings, Equal Protection, Due Process, Contracts, and Commerce Clauses of the United States Constitution and their state equivalents. The group has been involved in cases throughout the country attacking statutes, ordinances, and agency actions that diminish the value of private property, in areas such as zoning, agricultural, mining, waste management, clean water, wetlands, and endangered species regulation, as well as utility and other business rate regulation.

Members of the Property Rights group—often in consultation with lawyers in the firm’s real estate, environmental, and government practice groups—represent clients at all stages of property rights disputes.

We provide advice to clients dealing with government agencies, such as the federal EPA and Corps of Engineers, state environmental departments, and local zoning boards, to ensure that statutory and constitutional issues are developed and preserved for subsequent administrative and judicial review.

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