Our Attorneys' Experience

U.S. News & World Report – Best Lawyers® has selected our firm in its 2018 & 2019 Best Law Firms “Tier 1” list for Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law in the Charlotte region.

Achieving a good outcome in an eminent domain or condemnation case requires a unique blend of experience and legal knowledge.

The attorneys at the Odom Firm are familiar with both statutes and case law, as well as how the government works. In addition, they understand local real estate markets and land values and have access to professionals who can serve as persuasive expert witnesses in support of your case. Most importantly, they only work for property owners and thoroughly understand the issues that arise which specifically affect a landowner's case.

There is no substitute for experience which develops the skill, knowledge, and relationships needed to obtain good results for you. Our attorneys have nearly 100 years of combined experience representing landowners in eminent domain matters.

Experience Counts in North Carolina Eminent Domain & Condemnation Matters

Few attorneys do enough eminent domain law to become proficient in this complex area of practice. The Odom Firm is different. The vast majority of our practice is in North Carolina eminent domain and condemnation law.

Our attorneys have successfully represented landowners against governments and public utilities in Charlotte, Mecklenburg County and throughout North Carolina. These successes have helped to shape North Carolina condemnation and inverse condemnation law. Many of our cases have been reported in published opinions in the North Carolina Court of Appeals and Supreme Court, including:

  • City of Charlotte v. Combs, 216 N.C. App. 258 (2011)
  • City of Charlotte v. Williams, 210 N.C. App. 257 (2011)
  • Mecklenburg County v. Simply Fashion Stores, Ltd., 208 N.C. App. 664 (2010)
  • City of Charlotte v. Hurlahe, 178 N.C. App. 144 (2006)
  • City of Charlotte v. Long, 175 N.C. App. 750 (2006)
  • Department of Transportation v. Elm Land Co., 163 N.C. App. 257 (2004)
  • Smith v. City of Charlotte, 79 N.C. App. 517 (1986)
  • Brandy v. City of Charlotte, 72 N.C. App. 604 (1985)
  • Long v. City of Charlotte, 308 N.C. 187 (1982)

Charlotte Land Condemnation Attorneys Recognized by Other Attorneys

The land condemnation lawyers of The Odom Firm have been recognized for their abilities in several respected lawyer peer-review publications:

Tommy Odom has been selected for inclusion in the Best Lawyers 2019 Best Lawyers Award - Thomas L. Odom, Jr.in America list for Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law from 2009-2020.

David Murray has been selected for inclusion in the Rising Stars list for the practice area of Eminent Domain by North Carolina Super Lawyers from 2015-2020.

Fountain Odom has been rated AV, highest grade, by Martindale-Hubbell® for many years. Martindale-Hubbell® is a highly-respected peer rating system which evaluates attorneys on strong ethics as well as legal skill.

The Odom Firm is proud to have earned not only the confidence of our clients but also the respect of our peers for our work in eminent domain and land condemnation law. We invite you to learn more about our firm, our practice areas, and our team, and to contact us to discuss your case.


Wednesday, September 18, 2019, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. The Johan Newcombe Event Center, Board Room 1840 E Franklin Blvd #4751, Gastonia, NC 28054   We are hosting a free educational seminar to discuss the North Carolina Department of Transporta… Read More
Attorney David Murray obtained a decision from the Mecklenburg County Superior Court reversing three Town of Huntersville Zoning Board of Adjustment (“ZBA”) decisions which had denied variances for three new houses which had been built relying i… Read More
NOVEMBER 19, 2018 | VOL. 31, NO. 38 | NCLAWYERSWEEKLY.COMReprinted with permission of North Carolina Lawyers Weekly © 2018 ■■ BY BILL CRESENZO bcresenzo @nclawyersweekly.com The city of Charlotte will pay more than $1.5 million to compensat… Read More
MARCH 11, 2019 | VOL. 32, NO. 2 | NCLAWYERSWEEKLY.COM Reprinted with permission of North Carolina Lawyers Weekly © 2019 ■■ BY ABBIE BENNETT abennett@nclawyersweekly.com A landowner in Charlotte has reached a $2.825 million settlement with… Read More
We are proud to announce that The Odom Firm, PLLC has been named a Tier 1 law firm in Charlotte for Eminent Domain & Condemnation Law by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” in 2019! Read more about the selection process here:… Read More