Federal Takings

Arent Fox's Eminent Domain & Property Rights Practice

Federal Takings

About Us

Federal Takings is Arent Fox’s national Rails-to-Trails litigation practice, led by attorney Thor Hearne. Federal Takings is an online destination offering critical insight and updates on the firm’s national Fifth Amendment ‘takings’ cases.

Arent Fox is currently representing more than one thousand landowners in Arizona, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, Oregon, South Carolina, New York, Missouri, and Tennessee who are pursuing Fifth Amendment takings claims against the federal government.

Thor Hearne has earned a national reputation for his work in complex federal and state litigation and appeals — especially in cases involving constitutional law and election issues. In addition, Mr. Hearne has written and lectured on Fifth Amendment takings at the Brigham-Kanner Annual Property Rights Conference and been on the faculty of the American Law Institute for its annual conference on eminent domain. With over 30 years of experience, Debra Albin-Riley is a seasoned trial lawyer who handles complex multiparty litigation and has developed a nationally recognized practice in Fifth Amendment “takings” cases with an impressive record of success at trial.

Arent Fox’s Complex Litigation group has been recognized by Chambers USA for its “streamlined” approach that delivers “quality” results. With more than 125 litigators, the practice boasts a deep bench and international reach while having extensive experience in high-stakes litigation before federal and state courts and regulatory agencies.


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Arent Fox LLP, founded in 1942, is internationally recognized in core practice areas where business and government intersect. With more than 350 lawyers, the firm provides strategic legal counsel and multidisciplinary solutions to clients that range from Fortune 500 corporations to trade associations. The firm has offices in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and Washington, DC.