The authors have rendered a tremendous
service in preparing this Takings Litigation Handbook.
They have taken the often Delphic pronouncements of the
courts and translated them into plain language, practical
tips, and useful tools for litigation. If a takings
complaint lands on your desk, or if your client agency
faces the threat of a takings lawsuit, read this
Handbook. It might well be one of the best investments
you ever make.
FROM THE FOREWORD
Executive Director, International Municipal Lawyers
This work is too modestly identified as a
"handbook." It is far more - a definitive guide
to judges and practicing attorneys in this most complex
of arenas. The Takings Litigation Handbook is deftly and
brilliantly organized to bring new insight to state and
local government officials and scholars. Its presence
will help to bring new order to the field.
Robert H. Freilich
Partner, Freilich, Leitner & Carlisle, Kansas City,
The Handbook will provide government
attorneys and others with a deeper understanding of the
issues, the current state of the law, and the historical
progression of takings jurisprudence. It will be an
essential component in the library of every serious
William J. Kearns, Jr.
Municipal Attorney, Willingboro, NJ
President, International Municipal Lawyers Association
The Handbook does an outstanding job of
providing government lawyers with the analytical
framework and strategic planning necessary for defending
government agencies against regulatory takings claims.
This publication will be enormously helpful to government
attorneys. It should lead to better government planning
in the first instance, which is ultimately every
government agency's best defense to takings litigation.
Richard J. Lazarus
Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center
Supreme Court Counsel in Lucas, Dolan,
In the sea of writing about takings law,
here is a unique and uniquely useful book. At last we
have a practical guide for government attorneys defending
takings cases, rich in practical litigation advice, yet
sacrificing nothing of careful analysis of the cases.
Joseph L. Sax
Professor of Law, University of California (Berkeley)
The book is not given to drawing room
conversations, speculating on the latest theories of
takings, but is written for the public attorney who faces
the inflated expectations of those property owners who
believe governments must pay to regulate. Whether used to
defend a lawsuit or understand the Takings Clause of the
Fifth Amendment, the Takings Litigation Handbook is
required reading for the public lawyer.
Edward J. Sullivan
Partner, Preston Gates & Ellis, LLP, Portland, OR