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S. William Moore

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Sarasota, FL
800-380-3337
bmoore@brighammoore.com


Bill Moore is a partner in the firm, located in the Sarasota office. He joined the firm in 1978 and has more than 30 years of legal experience. Mr. Moore represents clients throughout Florida and, while involved in all areas of eminent domain, from initial proceedings through appeal, he has developed a special interest in the expansion of private property protection via inverse condemnation actions and due process challenges. Prior to becoming a partner, he was a prosecutor in the 12th Circuit State Attorney’s Office, and chief condemnation attorney for the Florida Department of Transportation. Mr. Moore is an experienced trial lawyer, and admitted to practice before all Florida state and federal courts, as well as the Fifth and Eleventh Circuits of the U.S. Court of Appeals. He was recognized by his peers as one of the “Legal Elite” in the State of Florida in the field of eminent domain by Florida Trend Magazine (2004-2007), and is named in Woodward White’s 2007-2008 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®. Mr. Moore is a former chairman of Florida Bar’s Eminent Domain Committee and continues to advance his interests in property rights by writing and speaking on property rights protection at specialized seminars every year.

Areas of Practice

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

Prior Professional Experience
  • Experience includes eminent domain, inverse condemnation, property rights, regulatory takings claims, zoning and land use litigation, utility acquisitions, as well as appellate practice in state and federal courts.
  • Represented property owners in acquisitions by the South Florida Water Management District, the Florida Department of Transportation and other condemning authorities.
  • Represented Florida Water Services, Inc. in 2002-2003 in the condemnation of six major utility systems.
  • Florida’s Twelfth Judicial Circuit, Assistant State Attorney, 1972-1974
  • Manatee County, Chief Felony Attorney, 1974
  • Florida Department of Transportation, Chief Trial Attorney, Litigation Section, 1974-1976
  • Florida Department of Transportation, Chief Trial Attorney, Condemnation Section, 1977-1978
  • Brigham Moore LLP, Partner, 1978-present
Notable Cases
  • Sarasota County condemned a privately held utility company, offering $9.5 million dollars. As a result of a two-week jury trial, the owner of the utility was awarded $17.5 million dollars, the largest single jury award to date in a condemnation case on the West Coast of Florida. - Sarasota County v. Atlantic Utilities of Sarasota, Inc., et al.
  • Hospital’s grand $ 100 million dollar expansion plan included acquisition of three private medical office buildings. The doctor-owners of the buildings did not want to sell, but rather preferred to stay in their offices near the hospital and continue to serve their patients. The Hospital Board condemned the three buildings, claiming a “public necessity.” The owners fought back, proving at trial on the “taking” issue, that the Hospital Board’s reasons for its alleged necessity were faulty and at variance with the existing facts. The Court denied the Hospital Board’s attempted condemnation, and permitted the owners to stay. The Hospital was then required to pay all the owners’ fees and costs incurred in the defense of their properties. - Sarasota County Public Hospital Board v. Marc A. Grinberg, et al.
  • In an inverse condemnation action Brigham Moore pursued against the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD), the trial court ruled that over 1,800 acres of agricultural land bordering the Kissimmee River had been illegally flooded. The SFWMD had argued that its Kissimmee River Restoration Project had been scientifically designed so as not to flood the adjacent properties; however at trial the Court was persuaded by the owners’ presentation that the SFWMD’s computerized predictions were wrong and that the owners were entitled to compensation for the “flooding easement” of over 1,800 acres of land that the government had imposed. - Corona, Fulford, Clemons v. The South Florida Water Management District.
  • In suit for violation of due process, Lee County and Lee County Port Authority were found to have illegally placed 2,543 acres of client’s property in a noise zone which prohibited residential use. Judge ruled that Lee County’s noise ordinance did not serve a valid public purpose and was arbitrary and unreasonable and therefore unconstitutional. The noise ordinance restrictions were lifted from client’s property. - Richard K. Bennett, Trustee v. Lee County and Lee County Port Authority.
Education
  • Florida State University College of Law, J.D., 1972
  • Florida State University, B.A., 1966
Professional Activities
  • Stetson College of Law, Adjunct Professor, 2004 - 2005
  • Florida Bar, Continuing Legal Education, Eminent Domain Committee, 1974; Chairman, 1990
  • Florida Bar Eminent Domain Committee, Eminent Domain Outline for the Trial Judges Handbook, 1975
  • Florida Bar Sub-Committee on Eminent Domain, Jury Instructions, 1981-1986
Honors
  • Recognized in Florida Trend Magazine as one of Florida’s Legal Elite, 2004 - 2007
  • Included in Best Lawyers in America ®, 2007-2008
  • Chosen as a Super Lawyer in the 2007& 2008 editions of Florida Super Lawyers by Law & Politics Publications
  • Highest rating by Martindale Hubbell for legal skill and professional ethics
Publications & Speeches
  • Florida Eminent Domain Practice & Procedure Manual (7th Ed., 2007), Chapter 13, “Inverse Condemnation,” Author
  • Bert Rodgers Schools of Real Estate, Continuing Education 2006-2007 Edition, “Eminent Domain” Module; Author
  • “Kelo Revisited – One Year Later,” Florida Bar Eminent Domain Committee Meeting, Speaker, June 2006
  • “Due Process and Eminent Domain,” Lorman Seminar; Speaker, June 2006
  • “Property Rights as Fundamental Rights,””Pre-Condemnation Blight and Abandonment of Public Project,” CLE Regulatory Takings Seminar; Speaker and Program Chair, March 2006
  • “Eminent Domain and Due Process,” ALI-ABA Eminent Domain and Land Valuation Litigation Conference; Speaker, January 2006
  • “Right to Exercise the Power of Eminent Domain: Authority, Public Purpose, and Necessity,” ALI-ABA Fundamentals of Condemnation Law and Land Valuation; Speaker, January 2006
  • “Blight as a Means of Justifying Condemnation for Economic Redevelopment in Florida,” Stetson Law Review, Winter 2006
  • “Substantive Due Process and Community Redevelopment Authorities,” CLE International Regulatory Takings Seminar; Speaker 2005
  • Daily Business Review, Miami, “Real Estate Review: Urban Forum, Private Property Owners Threatened by Twisted Concept of ‘Blight’,” 2004; (Co-author)
  • Florida Real Estate Journal, “CRAs Put Property Rights Under Siege,” 2004; (Co-author)
  • Florida Eminent Domain Practice & Procedure Manual (6th Ed., 2003) and (5th Ed.), Chapter 13, “Inverse Condemnation,” (1999 Supp.)
  • Nichols on Eminent Domain (3rd Ed.), Chapter 14A, “Valuation of Public Utilities,” (1977)
  • Nichols on Eminent Domain (3rd Ed.), Chapter 14B, “Condemnation Of Public Utilities Appraisal Techniques,” (1997)
  • Florida Eminent Domain Practice & Procedure Manual (5th Ed.), Chapter 13, “Inverse Condemnation,” (1996)
  • Matthew Bender (1994), “Case Alert re: Dolan v. City of Tigard”
  • Damages are Not Automatic in a Map Of Reservation Case,” 1993; (Co-author)
  • Florida Eminent Domain Practice & Procedure Manual (4th Ed.), Chapter 13, “Inverse Condemnation” (1992 Supp.)
  • Nichols on Eminent Domain, Chapter 18, “Evidence,” 1990; (Co-author)
  • Florida Eminent Domain Practice and Procedure Manual (4th Ed.) Chapter 13, “Inverse Condemnation,” (1988)
  • Florida Eminent Domain Practice and Procedure Manual (3rd Ed.) Chapter 5, “Order of Taking,” 1977; (Co-author)
Speaking Engagements
  • “Substantive Due Process and Community Redevelopment Authorities,” CLE International Regulatory Takings Seminar; Speaker 2005
  • “The Future of Inverse Condemnation,” Florida Bar Seminar; 2003
  • “Necessity Issues,” CLE International Eminent Domain Seminar; 2002
  • “Pre-condemnation Blight,” ALI-ABA Seminar, Inverse Condemnation and Related Government Liability; Speaker 1999
  • “Condemnation Blight Case Study,” ALI-ABA Seminar, Eminent Domain and Land Valuation Litigation; Speaker 1999
  • “Valuation of Public Utilities,” CLE International Eminent Domain and Land Valuation Litigation Seminar; Speaker 1998
  • “Inverse Condemnation Procedure and Practice,” CLE International Eminent Domain 2nd Annual Conference; Speaker 1998
  • “Pre-Condemnation Issues,” CLE International Eminent Domain Conference; Speaker and Program Co-chair 1997
  • “Valuation of Public Utilities,” ALI-ABA Seminar, Eminent Domain and Land Valuation Litigation; Speaker 1997
  • “Eminent Domain and Inverse Condemnation,” Florida Bar Seminar; Speaker 1994
  • “Eminent Domain,” Florida Bar Seminar; Speaker 1992
  • “An Update for the 90’s,” Florida Bar Seminar; Speaker and Co-chair 1990
  • “Land Use Update - New Aspects of the Taking Issue, Roadway Reservations and Eminent Domain,” Florida Bar Seminar; Speaker 1989
  • “Trial Evidence,” Florida Bar Seminar; Speaker 1989
Interests
  • Reading, History, Raising and Training Border Collies.
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