Federal Takings

Arent Fox's Eminent Domain & Property Rights Practice

Federal Takings

Meghan S. Largent

Meghan Largent, Associate at Arent Fox LLP
Meghan S. Largent
Washington, DC

Meghan is counsel in the Litigation group. Her primary focus is on behalf of more than 500 landowners in Arizona, Florida, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, and New York pursuing Fifth Amendment takings claims against the federal government.

In addition to her Fifth Amendment takings cases, Meghan also focuses her practice on appellate litigation and commercial disputes. She has assisted in drafting appellate briefs in the US Supreme Court, US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the Supreme Court and Appellate Courts of Illinois. She also has experience in litigation before the United States Tax Court, ERISA, products liability, and toxic tort.

Previous Work

Prior to joining Arent Fox, Meghan was an associate for a large national law firm in St. Louis. After law school, Meghan clerked for the Hon. Sue E. Myerscough. In law school, Meghan interned in the Media Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission.

Professional Activities

Meghan volunteers for Legal Advocates for Abused Women representing clients in the city of St. Louis and St. Louis County, and for the Marygrove Young Professionals Board in St. Louis.

Publications, Presentations and Recognitions

Meghan has co-authored the following articles:

  • “The Trails Act: Railroading Property Owners and Taxpayers for More Than a Quarter Century,” 45 Real Property Probate and Trust Journal115, co-author, 2010
  • “The Fifth Amendment Requires the Government to Pay an Owner Interest Equal to What the Owner Could Have Earned Had the Government Paid the Owner the Fair-Market Value of Their Property on the Date the Government Took the Owner’s Property,” The Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Conference Journal, spring 2012

Life Beyond the Law

When not working, Meghan enjoys visiting the zoo with her son and cheering on the St. Louis Cardinals.


Blog Posts by Meghan S. Largent

Current Cases, South Carolina
South Carolina Property Owners Close to Receiving Payouts

Earlier this week, counsel Lindsay Brinton talked with GSA Business after news broke that owners of about 10 properties along a planned southern extension of the Greenville Health System Swamp Rabbit Trail have moved closer to collecting payouts from the federal government. GSA Business reported there are another 50 property owners in Greenville who are eligible but they may not know it.

Ms. Brinton described the payouts from the federal Judgment Fund as a “rubber stamp” and said the government does not provide notice to people who could end up getting paid for their Fifth Amendment Takings claims against the federal government. GSA Business reported that the claims stem from the 1983 “railbanking provisions” of the National Trails System Act.

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Current Cases, New York
Case Update: D’Ostroph, et al. v. US and Benzin, et al. v. US

Case Information

D’Ostroph, et al.  v. United States

Benzin, et al.  v. United States

(formerly Deck v. United States and White v. United States)

Case Update

A group of Erie and Cattaraugus County, New York landowners have filed their inverse condemnation claims against the federal government. These landowners are seeking compensation for the taking of their property. The government has admitted its liability for taking more than thirty properties and agreed to pay these landowners just compensation. The parties have selected a joint appraiser – Anthony P. Girasole – who is currently preparing appraisal reports to value the government’s taking. The parties expect to have Girasole’s reports by June. The landowners should be paid their just compensation by year’s end.

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Current Cases, Michigan
Case Update: Faussett v. United States

More than a dozen landowners in Kent and Montcalm counties, Michigan have filed their inverse condemnation claims against the federal government seeking compensation for the taking of their property along the Fred Meijer Heartland Trail between Lowell and Greenville. This case follows the previous successful case in which Arent Fox LLP represented nearly 50 of their neighbors in receiving compensation for the taking of their property. 

The current status of the case is that the government has agreed to compensate these owners for the taking of their property and an appraiser is working to evaluate the compensation owed to each landowner. Appraisal reports should be complete by May 2016.

For more information about this case, please contact Meghan Largent.

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