Real Estate, Condemnation, and Trust

About the Committee

See our mission statement, committee leadership, and a message from our chairs and learn about the Real Estate, Condemnation, and Trust Litigation Committee today.


The Real Estate Litigation and Condemnation Committee is involved with real estate disputes and their resolution, including issues of ownership, purchase and sale, title, casualty, and land use. The Committee is also focused upon litigation relating to eminent domain and zoning law. We provide an essential wealth of information, resources, and practice support for our committee members through substantive updates and articles as well as opportunities to network with other professionals around the country. The Committee presents topical and relevant discussions at both the Section and ABA Annual Meetings for litigators involved in real estate disputes. The Committee also produces a periodic newsletter.

Message from the Chairs

Dear Committee Members:

Welcome to the 2019–2020 Bar Year!

We are excited to serve as your new Co-Chairs for the 2019–2020 bar year.  We have returned invigorated from the Section of Litigation’s Fall Leadership Conference in Scottsdale, AZ, and, importantly, we left the Leadership Conference with what we hope is solid annual plan for the continued development and growth of our committee.  We hope to improve upon the efforts of the many leaders who have steered this group, and we are humbled to have received the torch of leadership from Bill Jacobs, who recently passed away, and from Jim Landgraf, who has continued to be a valuable resource for our committee.

Current Committee Leadership Roster

We want to thank everyone who has continued or stepped up to serve as a Vice Chair or Sub-Committee Chair for this bar year.  Please refer to the 2019–2020 Committee Leadership Roster for more information about our leadership and who to contact to get involved.

Committee Leadership Opportunities & Openings

We are always on the lookout for any committee member who is interested in leadership; so, please reach out to us if you would like a leadership position. We currently have several open slots for Sub-Committee Chair positions, including the following:

  • Diversity Sub-Committee: Co-Chair Position Open
  • Editorial Sub-Committee: Assistant Editor Positions Open
  • Mechanics Liens Sub-Committee:  Co-Chair Position Open
  • Young Lawyers Sub-Committee: Co-Chair Position Open
  • Environmental Sub-Committee: Co-Chair Positions Open
  • Zoning/Land Use Sub-Committee: Co-Chair Positions Open

We hope you will consider serving in leadership this year. We are open to ideas on new and exciting sub-committees. Please also send us any referrals you may have to other lawyers interested in leadership or becoming involved with our committee generally.  

Publishing & Other National Profile-Raising Opportunities

Please also consider writing an article or a Practice Point or referring us to lawyers who may be interested in publishing in our national newsletter and online journal. Publishing is a great way for lawyers of all vintages to build or expand their resumes or to showcase their expertise. One of our committee’s key missions is to deliver high-quality content, such as articles or Practice Points, to the general Section of Litigation membership.

Our committee is also responsible for delivering Roundtables and Sound Advice programs for Section members. Roundtables are free, national telephone seminars that are typically one hour in length and can touch on a wide variety of substantive and practice topics, often featuring a panel of subject matter experts. Sound Advice programs are short, pre-recorded podcasts that focus on several different areas—from substantive legal issues to practice pointers to diversity discussions, for example. The podcasts are then featured nationally on our website and in our newsletter. New this year, the Section is looking for substantive and practice-focused national webinar content as well. We will also be submitting programs for live presentation at the 2021 Section of Litigation Annual Conference (to be held in Houston, Texas). We look forward to seeing what our committee comes up with this year for our annual deliverables.

Our Condemnation team has been working on a book project, a 50-state survey of condemnation laws. Richard Rodriguez has been spearheading this project. The book is close to being completed, except for several remaining chapters/states. Please reach out if you are interested in helping complete this project and adding a book chapter to your publishing portfolio. Please also send in any other book ideas that you may have.

Regional Committee Conferences

Our committee is also hoping to plan and host one or two regional conferences this year, including one we’ve been working on in Birmingham, Alabama, for Spring 2020. We are targeting Summer 2020 for a cannabis-law–themed regional (location TBD) building off the successful Roundtable we presented in this developing area of the law. Please reach out if you are interested in assisting.

Committee Networking Opportunities

Our committee has traditionally rallied at ABA conferences, such as the Sectional of Litigation Annual Conference or the broader ABA Annual Conference, with committee outings to sporting events and committee dinners. Our members have also forged long-standing connections through involvement in committee events and initiatives.

Monthly Telephone Meetings

The Committee will meet monthly via telephone on the second Monday of each month at 3:00 p.m. Central. The dial-in number is 1-646-975-5460 and the participant code is 114-350-690-57. Please join us to learn more about our initiatives and activities for this year.

We look forward to working with and hearing from all of you this year to continue to make our committee a success once again.


Karen L. Hart (
Howard K. Jeruchimowitz (
Co-Chairs, Real Estate Litigation, Condemnation & Trusts Litigation Committee

Subcommittee Roster (PDF)