Should I Try to Negotiate a Settlement Without an Attorney First?

This is risky. There are complicated and specific rules that govern the valuation of land in eminent domain cases, such as rules about the "highest and best use" of your property and various appraisal rules. The danger is that you could say something seemingly harmless that will negatively affect the value of the payment you are able to recover for your land. In many cases, your words or actions in negotiations may create a problem that is difficult or impossible to fix later. Since consulting with an attorney first carries no cost for you, you should definitely work with an attorney before negotiating with the government.


The North Carolina Advocates for Justice Annual Convention is June 16-18th in Charlotte, NC this year! The Odom Firm is a sponsor for this event. Tommy Odom will be presenting the Eminent Domain case and statutory law updates from May 21, 2018 to Jun… Read More
The North Carolina Advocates for Justice Eminent Domain Section CLE Seminar is back this Spring after 2 years! Tommy Odom is a featured presenter at the Eminent Domain CLE Seminar on May 12, 2022 in Raleigh, NC. Tommy will discuss “Gas Pains – De… Read More
Each year, North Carolina Lawyers Weekly publishes an annual review of the top verdicts and settlements obtained in North Carolina. The Odom Firm’s $8,300,000 settlement with the City of Charlotte for the acquisition of land near the airport ra… Read More
Tommy Odom, with former NC Supreme Court Justice Robert N. Hunter, Jr., has planned the NC Bar Association 2020 Constitutional Rights and Responsibilities Section CLE titled “COVID-19 v. The Constitution: The New Normal?” Tommy invites al… Read More