Richard Rodriguez

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Eminent Domain Attorney in Denver, CO

Hamre, Rodriguez, Ostrander & Dingess, P.C.
 | 3600 S. Yosemite St, Suite 500
Denver, CO 80237
Phone: 303-779-0200
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1994
Practice Areas:
  • Eminent Domain (60%),
  • State, Local & Municipal (10%),
  • Real Estate: Business (10%),
  • Land Use/Zoning (10%),
  • Civil Litigation: Defense (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    A shareholder at Denver, Colorado-based Hamre, Rodriguez, Ostrander & Dingress, PC, Richard Rodriguez divides his practice among eminent domain, land use, and real estate litigation matters. He provides representation to individual and business clients as well as government entities throughout the greater metropolitan area. Admitted to practice in Colorado since 1994, Mr. Rodriguez is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit, and the Supreme Court of the United States.

    In his eminent domain practice, Mr. Rodriguez has represented property owners, developers, landlords, and public entities in private and public condemnation proceedings. His public clients have included the Colorado Department of Transportation, school districts, Denver and other cities, and Douglas, El Paso and Denver counties. His real estate litigation practice has encompassed foreclosures, boundary disputes, mechanic's liens, quiet title proceedings, and property tax disputes. His fellow attorneys have taken notice of his successful track record as well as his high degree of ethics, and they have awarded Mr. Rodriguez an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell as well as a "Superb" peer review rating through Avvo.

    Mr. Rodriguez has delivered numerous presentations on eminent domain topics at continuing legal education seminars and other professional groups, and he has had several articles published in Colorado Lawyer, which is the monthly journal of the Colorado Bar Association. He is also the author of the Colorado portion of a compendium on nationwide eminent domain laws that is an American Bar Association publication. Mr. Rodriguez is a member of several legal organizations, including the Colorado and Denver bar associations. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of Southern California and a Juris Doctor from the UCLA 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
    • 60%Eminent Domain
    • 10%State, Local & Municipal
    • 10%Real Estate
    • 10%Land Use/Zoning
    • 10%Civil Litigation
    Focus Areas

    State, Local & Municipal Litigation, Landlord/Tenant


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    Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2020

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    About Richard Rodriguez

    Admitted: 1994, Colorado

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    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Member, Colorado Bar Association
    • Member, Denver Bar Association
    • Member, Colorado Bar Association
    • Vice Chair of Condemnation, ABA Litigation Section, Real Estate Condemnation and Trust Committee, 2015
    • Founder and member, Eminent Domain Subcommittee, CBA Real Estate Section, 2013

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • I moderated a panel of condemnation experts presenting on challenges and issues arising from President Trump's emergency declaration related to funding of border wall construction and potential condemnation., Moderator, ABA - Condemnation Roundtable, American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, 2019
    • Author, Colorado Law Portion of the Law and Procedure of Eminent Domain in the 50 States, American Bar Association’s Litigation Section, Committee on Condemnation, Zoning, and Land Use
    • I presented before the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers at its regional conference.  I have presented at this annually for approximately the last 10 years.  The appraisers earn credit for learning about eminent domain litigation, expert witness testimony and issues, and valuation principles and methodologies applicable in eminent domain litigation., Presenter, Appraisals in Litigation, American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers, Appraisers; Attorneys, 2019
    • I edited and update a second chapter from Nichols on Eminent Domain, the nation's preeminent eminent domain treatise for practitioners and courts.  The chapter deals with aircraft overflights and whether and when they are considered takings under state or federal constitutions., Chapter 36 - Editor, Aircraft Overflights, Nichols on Eminent Domain, Eminent Domain And Condemnation, 2018
    • I edited a chapter of the preeminent national treatise on eminent domain.  The revised chapter was published in June 2017., Chapter 12C Editor, Absence of Market Value and Effect of Restrictions, Nichols on Eminent Domain, 2017
    • What's Yours is Ours - Eminent Domain and Condemnation a/k/a Initial Steps for County When Considering the Use of Eminent Domain, Speaker, Eminent Domain - Initial Steps, Colorado County Attorney's Association, Fall Conference, 2015
    • Speaker, Eminent Domain Update, International Right-of-Way Association, 2015
    • Speaker, Appraisers and Litigation, Association Of Farm Managers And Rural Appraisers, 2015
    • Update of Significant Changes to Colorado Rules of Civil Procedure, Speaker, Colorado Chapter Of Appraisal Institute, 2015
    • I co-paneled a presentation on pipeline condemnations and acquisitions.  The focus of the panel was the constitutionality of such acquisitions and related challenges and valuation issues., Panel Presenter, ABA RBT&E Spring Symposium, ABA Real Estate Section, 2017
    • I co-paneled a presentation on pipeline condemnations and acquisitions.  The focus of the panel was the constitutionality of such acquisitions and related challenges and valuation issues., Panel Presenter, ABA RBT&E Spring Symposium, ABA Real Estate Section, 2017

    Educational Background:

    • University of Southern California, B.A., Political Science, 1991

    Industry Groups

    • ABA Real Estate And LItigation
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    Office Location for Richard Rodriguez

    3600 S. Yosemite St
    Suite 500
    Denver, CO 80237

    Phone: 303-779-0200

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    Last Updated: 10/22/2019

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