FDOT v. W. William Ellsworth Jr.

Department of Transportation v. W. William Ellsworth, Jr. Representing the fee simple owner in a total taking by the FDOT of the Red Lobster restaurant located on the Courtney Campbell Causeway in Tampa, the owners successfully secured a $3 million settlement where the FDOT’s ultimate trial position was $1.9 million. In the ensuing apportionment matter with the tenant, we preserved the landowner’s recovery at a bench trial, obtaining an order which awarded the tenant $0 versus their $720,000 leasehold claim then successfully defended the award from an attempted appeal.


Gulfstream Natural Gas System LLC v. 38.791 Acres.

Gulfstream Natural Gas System, LLC v. 38.791 Acres. In 2003 and 2004, we represented numerous land owners in federal court where Gulfstream Natural Gas System, LLC, sought to acquire permanent easements for the installation of an interstate natural gas pipeline facility through Highlands, Okeechobee, and Martin Counties. In addition to securing from the Court such substantive protections as the application of Florida law in the matter and the right to a trial by jury rather than by appointed commission, Greg secured settlements ranging from two to over ten times the initial offers from the gas company.


FDOT v. Carroll’s Boot Country.

Department of Transportation v. Carroll’s Boot Country In 2005, we represented a small business owner who specialized in retail sales of western apparel in Tallahassee, Florida. The FDOT sought to acquire a small strip along the property’s frontage which would impact the facility’s parking. In a unique settlement arrangement, Greg orchestrated a property exchange wherein the property owner acquired title to an adjacent 1.175 acre parcel of commercial land as compensation for the 9,877 square foot taking by FDOT.

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