Jeffrey Z.B. Springer

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Top Rated Eminent Domain Attorney in Los Angeles, CA

Demetriou, Del Guercio, Springer & Francis, LLP
 | 915 Wilshire Blvd, Ste 2000
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Phone: 213-320-1618
Fax: 213-624-0174
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2010 - 2015, 2019 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1979
Practice Areas:
  • Eminent Domain (50%),
  • Environmental (30%),
  • Energy & Natural Resources (20%)
Attorney Profile

A highly regarded civil litigation attorney, Jeffrey Z.B. Springer is a partner at Demetriou Del Guercio Springer & Francis LLP. Based in Los Angeles, California, he focuses his practice largely on eminent domain and land use matters, representing businesses, individuals, and government entities throughout the region and other parts of the state. Mr. Springer has been a member in good standing of The State Bar of California since 1979 and is admitted to practice before all California state courts.

Mr. Springer's eminent domain practice has involved several high-profile projects. His clients have included Los Angeles and Ventura counties, the Los Angeles Unified School District, the city of Los Angeles, and the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Mr. Springer's work for the latter client has encompassed the acquisition of parcels for several light rail and subway projects. He has also represented individual clients, including the owner of an industrial property in a condemnation case involving the California Department of Transportation. After Caltrans made an insufficient offer, the case proceeded to trial and resulted in a jury award of more than $4 million for Mr. Springer's client.

Mr. Springer's experience has also encompassed inverse condemnation actions, oil and gas, zoning disputes, California Environmental Quality Act compliance, and contract breaches and other types of general business litigation. His successful track record throughout his career has earned him a great deal of recognition from his colleagues, including an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell and membership in the invitation-only Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Mr. Springer is a member of the American Bar Association's Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources and other professional groups, and he is a graduate of the University of Southern California Gould School of Law.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Eminent Domain (50%)

Environmental (30%)

Energy & Natural Resources (20%)


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Super Lawyers: 2010 - 2015, 2019 - 2020

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About Jeffrey Springer

Admitted: 1979, California

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Bar/Professional Activity:

  • California Bar, 1979

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • “Mitigation of Loss of Goodwill Claims,” Redevelopment Journal (February 1997) (with Nevin Sanli)
  • “An Introduction to California Eminent Domain Pretrial Procedure,” Los Angeles Paralegal Association (Oct. 16, 1993).
  • “High Rise, High Dollar Property Condemnation,” International Right of Way Association, Mock Trial Presentation (Oct. 20, 1994).
  • “The Standard of Review in Right to Take Challenges,”Los Angeles County Bar Association Condemnation and Land Valuation Committee (Nov. 17, 1995).
  • “Mitigation of Acquisition Damages – A Case Study in Taking Billboards” California Redevelopment Association Annual Conference & Expo (Mar. 6, 1997).
  • A State of the Art in Trial Presentations, Appraisal Institute, Litigation Seminar (Nov. 17, 2000).
  • A Valuation of Contaminated Property, CLE Internationals Fourth Annual Conference on Eminent Domain, Advance Theory and Practice, Los Angeles, California (June 20, 2002)
  • A Twice the Results: Coupling the Power of Eminent Domain with the Polanco Act, California Redevelopment Associations Legal Issues Symposium, Huntington Beach, California (August 13, 2003)
  • “Avoided Costs and Other Issues Under PURPA,” Geothermal Resources Council Bulletin (March 1984)
  • “California Developments in the Law of Oil and Gas Exploration and Production,” American Bar Association, “Natural Resources Law – The Year in Review” 1985, 1986, 1987
  • “Untangling Leasehold Interests from Goodwill Claims,” Compensable Loss Review (April/May 1988)
  • “Valuing Contaminated Properties – Rights of Reimbursement Should Not Be Ignored,” Published nationally in numerous appraisal newsletter format journals to date, including Environment Newsletter, IRWA (Fall 1992), Crossroads, IRWA Los Angeles Chapter (March 1992) and Compensable Loss Review (July/August 1992)


  • Fredericks v. The Santa Rosa Cove Assn.
  • County of Ventura v. Channel Islands Marina
  • CalTrans v. Smurfit Stone Container Corp
  • Calop Business Systems, Inc. v. City of Los Angeles (2013 WL 6182627)
  • Plaine v. McCabe (Opinion published at 797 F.2d 713)

Educational Background:

  • A.B., University of California, Berkeley (1974)
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915 Wilshire Blvd
Ste 2000
Los Angeles, CA 90017

Phone: 213-320-1618

Fax: 213-624-0174

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Last Updated: 10/8/2019

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