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Gregory S. Rix

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St. Petersburg, FL
(877) 908-2800
grix@brighammoore.com


Greg has spent his entire legal career with Brigham Moore and is a shareholder practicing in the Tampa Bay office, which he helped establish in 2000. His legal practice has centered on the protection of private property rights and eminent domain cases from the Panhandle to the Everglades. Greg has litigated complex valuation issues involving a wide array of property types, ranging from class-A office buildings, subdivisions and shopping centers to cattle ranches, citrus groves and cemeteries. Greg has developed a state-wide reputation for facilitating creative settlements and developing innovative techniques to resolving difficult valuation disputes. As a foundation to his practice of law, Greg honed his valuation skills as a state-certified real estate appraiser, with a focus on valuation in litigation. In fact, it was this time as a real estate appraiser that introduced Greg to the field of eminent domain and the Brigham Moore law firm which together served as his inspiration to return to school for his law degree and MBA.

Areas of Practice

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

Prior Professional Experience
  • Experience includes eminent domain litigation brought by public and private condemnors in both state and federal court, zoning and land use cases, and state appellate practice.
Notable Cases
  • Represented a national cemetery company in the acquisition of approximately five and a half acres from its future expansion area for the construction of a new roadway. In addition to the significant monetary aspects, terms of settlement included several components designed to mitigate the impact of the new road, including a privacy wall that was to be built as part of the initial phases of construction. Because of the sensitivities associated with the property, settlement was facilitated by collaboration in early stages of road design and through an agreement to jointly use experts in fields such as valuation, land planning and engineering.
  • Representing the fee simple owner in a total taking by the FDOT of the Red Lobster restaurant located on the Courtney Campbell Causeway in Tampa, Mr. Rix successfully secured a $3 million settlement where the FDOT’s ultimate trial position was $1.9 million. In the ensuing apportionment matter with the tenant, Mr. Rix preserved the landowner’s recovery at a bench trial, obtaining an order which awarded the tenant $0 versus their $720,000 leasehold claim. FDOT v. W. William Ellsworth Jr.
  • In 2003 and 2004, Mr. Rix represented numerous land owners in federal court where Gulfstream Natural Gas System, LLC, sought to acquire permanent easements for the installation of an interstate natural gas pipeline facility through Highlands, Okeechobee and Martin counties. In addition to securing from the Court such substantive protections as the application of Florida law in the matter and the right to a trial by jury rather than by appointed commission, Mr. Rix secured settlements ranging from two to over ten times the initial offers. Gulfstream Natural Gas System LLC v. 38.791 Acres.
  • In 2005, Mr. Rix represented a small business owner who specialized in retail sales of western apparel in Tallahassee, Florida. The FDOT sought to acquire a small strip along the property’s frontage which would impact the facility’s parking. In a unique settlement arrangement, Mr. Rix orchestrated a property exchange wherein the property owner acquired title to an adjacent 1.175 acre parcel of commercial land as compensation for the 9,877 square foot taking by the Department. FDOT v. Carroll’s Boot Country.
Education
  • Stetson University College of Law, Juris Doctor, 2000
    Magna Cum Laude
    Law Review
    Phi Delta Phi
    Judicial Internships in both state circuit and appellate courts
  • Stetson University, Masters of Business Administration, 2000
  • Florida State University, Bachelor of Science, Finance, Real Estate, 1991
    Cum Laude
    Gold Key, Beta Kappa Alpha Business Honorary
Professional Activities
  • Steering Committee 2005-2008, Florida State University, Real Estate Trends and Networking Conference – www.fsurealestate.com
  • American Bar Association
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association
Honors
  • AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale Hubbell
  • 2011 Florida Super Lawyer by Thompson Reuters
  • Named in Woodward White’s The Best Lawyers in America® for 2008
  • Chosen as an “Up & Comer” by Florida Trend Magazine for Florida’s Legal Elite, 2007
Publications & Speeches
  • “Severance Damages to the Remainder and Business Loss That Result From a Taking;” Condemnation 101: Fundamentals of Condemnation Law and Land Valuation, ALI-ABA, January 2008, San Francisco, California.
  • “Valuation of Property Taken During the Development Process;” Florida Bar CLE, September 2007, Tampa, Florida.
  • “Pleading Workshop: Drafting Pleadings That Make a Difference and Effect the Outcome;” Condemnation 101: Fundamentals of Condemnation Law and Land Valuation, ALI-ABA, January 2007, Miami, Florida.
  • “Property Condemned? Not So Fast: Why Your Restaurant Lease Needs an Effective Condemnation Clause;” Florida Restaurant and Lodging Magazine, July/August 2006.
Community Involvement
  • St. John’s Episcopal Church
  • Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla
  • Davis Island Civic Association – Board of Directors
  • University of South Florida Service Learning Leadership Academy 2006-2007
  • The Spring of Tampa Bay - Board of Directors
Interests
  • Cooking with friends and family, fishing, tennis and FSU Athletics
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