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Andrew J. Turner, Eminent Domain Attorney

Andrew J. Turner

Attorney
(650) 393-5322
aturner@turner-turner.com

Andy Turner's primary area of practice is in the field of eminent domain and inverse condemnation litigation. He has litigated eminent domain matters throughout Northern California. Andy's practice consists primarily of defending landowners and business owners against various governmental agencies in eminent domain actions. On occasion, Andy has also advised public agencies regarding eminent domain related issues and litigated eminent domain actions on their behalf. Andy is a frequent speaker at eminent domain conferences and meetings typically attended by attorneys, appraisers and right of way professionals. Andy holds the highest lawyer rating from Martindale-Hubbell.

Experience

Represented owner of agriculture property in the County of Madera in action by the State Public Works Board on behalf of the California High Speed Rail Authority. State’s original offer was $2,661,325. Compensation ultimately paid was $5,660,000.

Represented owner of 290 acre property in action brought by Caltrans to acquire a portion of that property for construction of its Devil's Slide Project on State Route 1 in San Mateo County. Caltrans' original offer was $454,000. Compensation ultimately paid was $3,047,000.

Represented property owner in action brought by Caltrans to acquire property which became inaccessible as a result of its Devil's Slide Project. Caltrans' original offer was $300,000. Compensation ultimately paid was $650,000.

Represented owner of property improved with a commercial building in the City of Milpitas in an action brought by the County of Santa Clara to acquire property off of its frontage. County's original offer was $200,000. Compensation ultimately paid was $815,000.

Represented pear orchard company in the Central Valley against a flood control agency which acquired 822 acres of its property for a levee improvement project. Agency's litigation appraiser's opinion of just compensation was $10,029,500. Compensation ultimately paid was $17,500,000.

Represented owner of property improved with a commercial building in the City of Fresno in action brought by the State Public Works Board on behalf of the California High Speed Rail Authority. State’s original offer was $885,000. Compensation ultimately paid was $1,500,000.

Represented owner of agriculture property in the County of Fresno in action brought by the State Public Works Board on behalf of the California High Speed Rail Authority. State’s original offer was $89,100. Compensation ultimately paid was $210,500.

Represented property owner/developer in an action brought by the City of San Jose. At the time of its acquisition the property was entitled for development of a retail center. One issue was the amount of added value resulting from those entitlements. The City's original offer was $5,683,000. Compensation ultimately paid was $7,700,000.

Represented owner of unimproved property in Truckee, Placer County, in action brought by Caltrans to acquire a portion of that property. Caltrans' original offer was $328,180. Compensation ultimately paid was $1,275,000.

Represented owner of farm land in Hollister, San Benito County, in action brought by Caltrans to acquire a portion of that property. Caltrans' original offer was $58,700. Compensation ultimately paid was $366,300.

Represented owner of unimproved property in the City of Fremont in action brought by BART to acquire the property for its Warm Springs Extension Project. BART's litigation appraiser's opinion of just compensation was $4,720,000. Compensation ultimately paid was $7,168,077.

Represented owner of unimproved property in South San Francisco in action brought by Samtrans to acquire the property for BART's South San Francisco station. Agency's original offer was $2,655,000. Compensation ultimately paid was $3,810,000.

Represented owner of property in South San Francisco used for truck storage in action brought by Samtrans to acquire the property for BART's San Francisco Airport Extension. Agency's original offer was $306,666. Compensation ultimately paid was $720,000.

Represented owner of property improved with a commercial building in the City of San Jose in action brought by Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) to acquire property off its frontage. VTA's original offer was $294,500. Compensation ultimately paid was $1,376,870.

Represented owner of property improved with a commercial building in the City of San Jose in action brought by VTA to acquire a portion of the property's frontage. VTA's original offer was $353,000. Compensation ultimately paid was $1,350,000.

Represented owner of property improved with industrial buildings in the City of Sunnyvale in action brought by VTA to acquire a portion of the property's frontage. VTA's original offer was $32,200. Compensation ultimately paid was $250,000.

Represented owner of property owner improved with commercial buildings in the City of Sunnyvale in action brought by VTA to acquire a portion of the property's frontage. VTA's original offer was $166,300. Compensation ultimately paid was $647,700.

Represented owner of property improved with retail buildings in the City of San Jose near the HP Pavilion in action brought by VTA to acquire a portion of the property. VTA's original offer was $1,314,000. Compensation ultimately paid was $1,707,000.

Represented owner of unimproved property in San Jose in an action brought by VTA to acquire an easement. VTA's original offer was $10,800. Compensation ultimately paid was $95,000.

Represented owner of improved and unimproved property in the City of Auburn, nearby its airport, in action brought by the City to acquire the property. The City's original offer was $1,845,000. Compensation ultimately paid was $2,330,800.

Represented owner of property improved with an industrial building in the City of Burlingame in action brought by the City to acquire the property. The City's original offer was $600,000. Compensation ultimately paid was $806,325.

Represented owner of property improved with a motel in the City of East Palo Alto in action brought by the City to acquire the property. The City's original offer was $559,000. Compensation ultimately paid was $1,685,000.

Represented owner of property improved with industrial buildings in the City of Fremont in action brought by the City to acquire the property. The City's original offer was $967,000. Compensation ultimately paid was $1,580,000.

Represented owner of unimproved property in the City of Milpitas nearby the Great Mall in action brought by the City to acquire the property. The City's original offer was $1,866,940. Compensation ultimately paid was $2,500,000.

Represented owner of property improved with an industrial building in the City of East Palo in action brought by the City's Redevelopment Agency to acquire the property. The Agency's original offer was $205,000. Compensation ultimately paid was $670,000.

Represented owner of property improved with an industrial building in the City of San Jose brought by its Redevelopment Agency to acquire the property. The Agency's original offer was $755,000. Compensation ultimately paid was $1,100,000 plus a $173,000 litigation expense award.

Represented property owner in action brought by the Redevelopment Agency of the City of San Pablo to acquire a portion of his mobile home park. The Agency's original offer was $2,760,000. Compensation ultimately paid was $3,725,000.

Represented owner of property improved with industrial buildings in the City of Menlo Park in action brought its Community Development Agency to acquire a portion of the property's frontage. The Agency's original offer was $273,000. Compensation ultimately paid was $550,000.

Represented property/business owner in action brought by Contra Costa County to acquire his real property and business in the City of Pittsburg. The Agency's original offer was $1,202,000. Compensation ultimately paid was $1,780,000.

Represented various agencies in eminent domain actions to acquire property for uses such as city library, open space and redevelopment.

Presentations

Speaker, "Shovel Ready Comparables for Part Takes of Fully-Developed Property Entitlements”, CLE International Eminent Domain Conference, San Francisco (October 20, 2016).

Speaker, "Eminent Domain and the High Speed Rail", Madera County Farm Bureau, Madera (November 18, 2014).

Speaker, “The Effects of the Casasola Decision on the After Condition Goodwill Analysis-From the Business Owner’s Perspective”, CLE International Eminent Domain Conference, San Francisco (October 27, 2014).

Speaker, "Eminent Domain: The Basics Revisited", Appraisal Institute Northern California Chapter Spring Conference, Modesto, (March 10, 2014).

Speaker, "One Eminent Domain Action: Many Interesting Appraisal Issues", IRWA, Chapter 42 Meeting, San Jose, (February 5, 2014).

Speaker, "California High Speed Rail Litigation Past, Present and Future", Fresno County Bar Association /Bench, Bar and Media, Fresno (August 6, 2013).

Speaker, "Addressing Project Impacts In The Appraisal Process", IRWA Spring Conference, Chapter 42, San Jose (May 2, 2013).

Speaker, "Eminent Domain and the High Speed Rail", Madera County Farm Bureau, Madera (February 19, 2013).

Speaker, "Addressing Project Impacts In The Appraisal Process", CLE International Eminent Domain Conference, San Francisco (November 1, 2012).

Speaker, "Eminent Domain and the High Speed Rail", Madera County Farm Bureau, Madera (March 27, 2012).

Speaker, "Addressing Project Impacts In The Appraisal Process", IRWA Chapter 50, Fresno (October 2011).

Speaker, "Use of Planning Experts in Eminent Domain Litigation", Appraisal Institute Spring Litigation Conference, Woodside (May 26, 2011).

Speaker, "Use of Planning Experts in Eminent Domain Litigation", CLE International Eminent Domain Conference, San Francisco (October 29, 2010).

Speaker, "Eminent Domain and the High Speed Rail", Community Coalition on High Speed Rail, Palo Alto (October 5, 2010).

Speaker, "Eminent Domain and the High Speed Rail", San Mateo Bar Association (July 22, 2010).

Speaker, "Eminent Domain and the High Speed Rail", Community Coalition on High Speed Rail, Burlingame (July 14, 2010).

General

Former Judicial Extern to Honorable James R. Browning, Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit 1989

Deputy District Attorney, County of Marin District Attorney's Office 1990-1991

MEMBERSHIPS

San Mateo County Bar Association, Member

Condemnation Attorneys Group, Member

International Right of Way Association, Member

U.S. District Court Northern District of California, Admitted to Practice

U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, Admitted to Practice

AWARDS & HONORS

"AV" Preeminent Rating Martindale-Hubbell

Northern California Super Lawyer in Eminent Domain 2017 and 2018

EDUCATION

University of California, Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco (J.D. 1989)
University of California at Berkeley, honor roll (B.A. 1985)