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Patrick T. DiPietro

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Miami, FL
(800) 380-3338

Patrick DiPietro, partner in the Miami Office, has litigated cases in all areas of condemnation in Florida during his entire legal career. Prior to joining Brigham Moore and representing owners against any and all condemning authorities, he started his career as an eminent domain practitioner with the Florida Department of Transportation.

On behalf of owners facing a variety of condemning authorities, he has litigated takings as well as property and business damages compensation, and apportionment of property awards among owners with competing claims.

Mr. DiPietro began his legal career in 1987, with the State DOT’s District 4 office, based in Fort Lauderdale and covering Broward, Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie and Indian River County. In addition to jury and non-jury trials, he has litigated takings, fees and costs and inverse condemnation cases. His service for the DOT included statewide task forces and committees and working with appellate counsel on appeals of cases tried in District 4. During his career with the DOT he was recognized and awarded for extraordinary achievements and service.

Mr. DiPietro holds the highest rating by Martindale-Hubbell for legal skill and professional ethics, and has written for, presented at, and organized Continuing Legal Education seminars and Committee meetings. He has served as both Vice-Chair and Chair of the Florida Bar’s Eminent Domain Committee, and has written for, and spoken to Florida’s Circuit Court judges at their statewide conferences.

Areas of Practice

Eminent Domain, Inverse Condemnation, Property Rights Litigation, Appellate Practice

Prior Professional Experience
  • Patrick has practiced in eminent domain for his entire career, with jury trials for compensation for property taken as well as for business damages, and with non-jury trials or hearings for takings, apportionment, and for fees and costs.
Notable Cases
  • Brigham Moore attorneys defended clients in FDOT vs. MIAMI SUBS and FDOT vs. CHECKERS , dealing with the entire taking of two fast food restaurants near Miami International Airport for a new flyover to take northbound LeJeune Road travelers to westbound Okeechobee Road without using the intersection at ground level. Compensation was paid for land and improvements taken, including the value of the MIAMI SUBS’s as-yet undeveloped, but available, “excess” area.
  • FDOT vs. FLORIDA AUDUBON SOCIETY, taking of a portion of a quiet, heavily landscaped bird sanctuary for a Krome Avenue intersection improvement. Compensation was paid for the land and improvements taken, as well as for negative effects to the remainder’s value and for the expenses of restorative landscaping and barriers.
  • Negotiated acquisitions from the Borroto family and from the owners of Miami Gas by the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority (MDX), for construction of a new SR-112/SR-836 North-South Interconnector road. In each instance, the entire site of a property owned and used for a family business was acquired from an owner who had spent decades developing their business.
  • CITY OF MIAMI BEACH vs. AMERICAN RIVIERA, a taking by the City of an improved property in the highly active South Beach market for construction of a new library as part of an expanded cultural center. The City’s first lawsuit was dismissed based on defenses argued for the Owners and it had to file a second suit to obtain the property. Compensation paid for the property recognized the dynamic and accelerating market values of the area.
  • FDOT vs. DOLLAR RENT A CAR SYSTEMS INC., entire car rental and billboard site located just south of the exit from Miami International Airport to LeJeune Road in Miami, which was taken to construct improvements to LeJeune Road and for a new roadway to connect SR-112 with SR-826.Compensation was paid for land and improvements taken from the families who had owned the property since the mid-1960s, and had successfully rented it to national car rental companies for many years. The landlords were two of numerous owners this attorney and firm represented in this project and the Miami Intermodal Center and Consolidated Rental Car facility projects, all related to major changes in the airport’s operations and surrounding roadways.
  • FDOT vs. LONG, for the construction of a new NW 12th Avenue Bridge in Miami, near the Orange Bowl, Jackson Memorial Hospital and the Miami-Dade criminal courthouse. A whole taking of the Long property, home of a multi-generational family motorcycle business well-known to enthusiasts for half a century, was avoided, allowing the business to continue to operate in its original home.
  • Cases for which appellate opinions reported, FDOT v. Daystar Inc., 674 So. 2d 754, Fla. 4th DCA 1996; Security Management Corp., et al. v. FDOT, 718 So. 2d 339, Fla. 4th DCA 1998.
  • University of Miami School of Law, Juris Doctor, 1986
  • University of Miami School of Business Administration, Masters of Business Administration, 1982 (Graduate Assistant to the Dean)
  • University of Notre Dame College of Business, Bachelors of Business Administration (Finance), 1981
Professional Activities
  • Florida Bar Eminent Domain Committee, 1987 to present, Vice-Chair, 2006-2007, Vice-Chair, 2004-2005
  • Dade County Bar Association
  • Selected as a “Top Lawyer” by South Florida Legal Guide, 2007 & 2008
  • Highest Rating by Martindale-Hubbell for legal skill and professional ethics
Publications & Speeches
  • Patrick has written for, presented at, and organized Continuing Legal Education seminars and Committee meetings, Florida Bar Eminent Domain Committee meetings, and for Florida’s Circuit Court Judges for statewide conferences
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