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Jill Gelineau - condemnation and eminent domain - portland oregon

Jill S. Gelineau


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Professional Experience
Jill Gelineau joined Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt in 1985 and has been a shareholder since 1992. She has developed a litigation practice with primary emphasis on representing landowners in condemnation matters. She successfully represented the Dolans in the Dolan v. City of Tigard trial following its remand from the United States Supreme Court, a case which established some significant property rights for landowners. She also represented Michael Kelley and Danebo Properties in a lawsuit against the City of Eugene, which was settled for $3.95 million after the City refused to allow Mr. Kelley to develop his property in violation of federal and state takings laws. She successfully represented Modoc Lumber Co when the City of Klamath Falls took 60 acres of its property by eminent domain; the City contended the property was only worth $100,000 but the jury returned a verdict that the property was valued at $1.66 million.

Ms. Gelineau has been a speaker at numerous conferences locally, nationally and internationally, primarily speaking on the topics of condemnation and land use, and spoke to the Law Society of England and Wales in London in 1995. She is also the Oregon member of Owners' Counsel of America, an organization of experienced eminent domain lawyers which selects only one attorney from each state.

Professional & Community Activities
Between 2007 and 2010, Ms. Gelineau was Co-Chair of the ABA Section of Litigation-Condemnation, Zoning and Land Use Committee. In 2006, Oregon Governor Kulongoski appointed Ms. Gelineau to serve on the Task Force for Land Use Planning, which was charged with performing a thirty-year review of Oregon's land use system.

She was previously active in the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division where she served in a number of leadership positions including Chair of the Litigation Committee (1992-93) and Chair of the Publications Committee (1993-94). During 1995-1996, Ms. Gelineau led a national committee which developed a Professional Development and Leadership Conference, which became an annual national event.

Since 2007, Ms. Gelineau has been repeatedly selected and named in Portland Magazine as one of the Best Lawyers in Portland specializing in eminent domain and condemnation law. She has also been listed in Best Lawyers in America for eminent domain and condemnation law,  as well as in the publication Oregon Super Lawyers.

In 2014, Ms. Gelineau completed two terms as a member of the firm's Board of Directors.

6/14:The Seminar Group: State and Federal Eminent Domain Law Update (Portland, OR)
3/14: International Right of Way Association: What Property Owners Dislike About Right of Way Agents (Portland, OR)
1/14: ALI-CLE Condemnation 101 Seminar: Landlord and Tenant: Apportionment and Issues of Tension Between the Parties (New Orleans)
8/13: Southwest Washington Contractors Association: A Developer's Bill of Rights: Recent Game Changing Cases - The Law of Takings in the Context of Exactions (Vancouver, WA)
6/13: 6th Annual Eminent Domain Conference: State and Federal Domain Law Update (Portland, OR)
1/13: ALI-ABA Eminent Domain and Land Valuation Litigation: When is a Temporary Taking Not a Temporary Taking? New Cases Reshape Old Concept (Miami, FL)
1/12: ALI-ABA Condemnation 101 Seminar: Winning the High Ground with Fundamentals fo Eminent Domain Valuation and Trial Practice (San Diego, CA)
8/11: Real Estate and Land Use Conference: Takings After West Linn Corporate Park, LLC and Dolan: Recent Takings Cases
7/11: International Right of Way Association Luncheon: Everything You Always Wanted to Know -- From the Property Owners' Perspective -- But Were Afraid to Ask (Portland, OR)
5/11: Eminent Domain Seminar: Current Developments in Condemnation, Valuation & Challenges (Portland, OR)
5/11: Half Moon Seminar: Civil Engineering and Surveying Land Law (Portland, OR)
5/10: Eminent Domain Seminar: Current Developments in Condemnation, Valuation & Challenges (Portland, OR)
2/10: ALI-ABA Condemnation 101 Seminar: How to Prepare and Present an Eminent Domain Case. (Scottsdale, AZ)
5/09: Eminent Domain Seminar: Current Developments in Condemnation, Valuation, and challenges. (Portland, OR)
1/09: ALI-ABA 4th Annual Condemnation 101 Seminar: Effective Use of Exhibits at Trial. (Miami Beach, FL
12/08: OR American Planning Association: Revisiting Dolan.  (Portland, OR)
5/08: Eminent Domain Seminar: Current Developments in Condemnation, Valuation and Challenges. (Portland, OR)
2/08: Measure 49 - Implications and Practical Guidelines, Big Look Committee Perspective. (Portland, OR)
1/08: ALI-ABA 3rd Annual Condemnation 101 Seminar: Taking and Defending Depositions in a Condemnation Case. (San Francisco, CA)
2007: Using Jury Instructions to Shape the Trial. (Miami, FL)
2007: Condemning Land Under Government Ownership on Land Already Devoted to a Public Purpose. (Miami, FL)
2006: Ballot Measure 39 Presentation. (Portland, OR)
2006: Oregon Task Force on Land Use Planning Presentations. (Eugene & Portland, OR)
2006: Update: Condemnation of Contaminated Property. (Portland, OR)
2006: Condemnation for Light Rail and Transportation Projects. (San Diego, CA)
2005 & 2006: Ballot Measure 37 Presentations. (Portland, OR)
2005: Eminent Domain: US Supreme Court Decision: Kelo Case Update - What the Case Is and What You Need to Know. (Portland, OR)
2005: A Litigator's Guide to Development Exactions. (Boston, MA)
2005: Valuation Dilemma: Establish Damages Where No Comparable Sales or Market Data Exists. (Miami, FL)
2004: Implementing the Principles of Dolan v. City of Tigard; Hammer v. City of Eugene. (Depoe Bay, OR
2004: Legal Instructions for a Jury or Commission in a Condemnation Case. (San Francisco, CA)
2003: A Primer for an Inverse Condemnation Case. (San Francisco, CA)
2003: Federal Eminent Domain Update. (Portland, OR)
2003: The Anatomy of an Eminent Domain Case: Recent Developments--Leverage Points for Landowners & Public Bodies. (Boise, ID)
2003: The Valuation of Billboards in Condemnation. (Coral Gables, FL
2001: Exhaustion of Administrative Remedies in a Regulatory Takings Case. (Boise, ID)
2001: Exactions Post-Dolan v. City of Tigard. (Boise, ID)
2001: Eminent Domain and Government Takings: Oregon's Measure 7: A Property Owner's Perspective. (Portland, OR)
1995: Old Fashioned Condemnation and How Dolan Fits In. (Portland, OR)
1995: The Endangered Species Act Revisited: Sweet Home Chapter of Communities for a Great Oregon v. Babbitt. (Portland, OR)
1995: Endangered Species Act: After the Sweet Home Case, When is Habitat Modification on Federal Lands a Violation of the Law? (Portland, OR)

Admitted to Practice
Oregon State Courts
Washington State Courts
United States District Court, District of Oregon
United States District Court, Eastern District of Washington
United States District Court, Western District of Washington

University of Oregon School of Law, Juris Doctor degree, Order of the Coif (1985)
University of Oregon, Bachelor of Science degree, Phi Beta Kappa (1982)

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