In an interview with Texas Lawyer, attorney Justin Hodge discussed the possible impact of Trump’s border wall and other infrastructure policies on the eminent domain industry. He noted that highway projects have historically been the largest cause of eminent domain use, and considered the effect of increased federal funding on project frequency. On the border wall, Mr. Hodge drew the distinction between Federal and State court cases, suggesting that State court cases, being more frequently brought, tended to resolve more rapidly. He also noted that State procedures guaranteed a jury trial, in contrast to Federal cases. Justin Hodge is a Partner at Johns Marrs Ellis & Hodge LLP. He represents landowners exclusively, and is based in Houston.
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