SOUTH CAROLINA EMINENT DOMAIN ATTORNEYS
Decades of Experience Assisting South Carolina Landowners
For more than 35 years, Lewis Babcock has helped landowners receive just compensation after a
government entity or utility seizes their property through condemnation.
Litigation of Landmark Cases
Our innovative approach to condemnation and land use litigation has helped place our firm at the forefront of these complex areas of law. Our lawyers successfully represented a South Carolina landowner before the United States Supreme Court in the landmark regulatory taking case, Lucas v. South Carolina Coastal Commission. This case, which upheld a landowner’s right to monetary damages when he was prohibited from building residences on his beachfront property, demonstrates our efforts and desire to fight for our client’s right to receive just compensation when a government entity’s actions reduces the value of their land.
Lewis Babcock founding partner, Keith Babcock, is South Carolina’s sole representative on the Owner’s Counsel of America, a national consortium of eminent domain lawyers representing landowners. Mr. Babcock is a thought leader and sought out lecturer on the topic of eminent domain with decades of speaking engagements before various state and National groups.
Keith Babcock and David Paavola are recognized for their work in Eminent Domain by Super Lawyers.
Keith Babcock Recognized in Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
What is Eminent Domain?
Eminent domain refers to the government’s power to take private property for public use. The United States Constitution, South Carolina Constitution, and other laws mandate that the owner of any land that is taken by the government is entitled to just compensation, usually defined as the fair market value of the property. Court proceedings to take land under the eminent domain power are typically referred to as a condemnation.
Condemnations vary in degree:
Learn more about the Eminent Domain Procedure.