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I was born in Greenville, Alabama in 1948.  After some years overseas as the son of a career military officer, I grew up in Mobile and attended the University of Alabama where I received my undergraduate degree in 1970.  I attended law school at the University of Virginia where I received my law degree in 1974.  I received a Rotary International Postgraduate Fellowship in 1977 and attended the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, from which I received the Diploma of Roman Law in 1978. 

While at the University of Alabama, I was elected to membership in Omicron Delta Kappa, Jasons, Phi Eta Sigma.  I received the Delta Kappa Epsilon (Deke) International Leadership award.  He served as President of the University of Alabama Student Government Association and received the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award.  While in law school, I and my partner won the University of Virginia William Minor Lile Moot Court Competition and I received the Stephen Pierre Traynor Award for most outstanding final round oral argument. 

In my thirty-three years of law practice in general civil litigation, approximately fifty-percent of his practice has been devoted to eminent domain and land value litigation.  For the first ten years, I have primarily represented agencies and for the past twenty-three years I have primarily represented land owners.


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  1. Real Estate: 100%
    38 years, 3 thousand cases



Hourly ($375/hour), contingent (35%)

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Helmsing, Leach, Herlong, Newman & Rouse PC

150 Government Street
Suite 2000
Mobile, AL, 36602


ALAuthorized to practice law197401/14/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Eminent Domain and Real EstateBest Lawyers in America2011
Eminent DomainSuper Lawyers2011
Eminent DomainBest Lawyers in America2010
Eminent DomainSuper Lawyers2010
Eminent DomainSuper Lawyers2009
Eminent DomainBest Lawyers in America2009
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
ShareholderHelmsing Leach Herlong Newman & Rouse, PC1978 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
American College of Real Estate LawyersMember2010 - Present
American Bar Association, Litigation Section, Condemnation, Zoning and Land Use CommitteeCo-chair1999 - 2002
American Bar AssociationMember1978 - Present
Baldwin County Bar AssociationN/A1978 - Present
Mobile County Bar AssociationN/A1977 - Present
Owner's Counsel of AmericaRepresentative for the State of AlabamaN/A
Alabama Law Instutite, Real Estate Stand By CommitteeCondemnation RepresentativeN/A
International Right of Way AssociationN/AN/A
Alabama State Bar AssociationReal Property and Enviromental Law SectionsN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
New Gourmet Concepts, Inc. v. Siedo Investments Co., Inc.N/A
Alabama Dept. of Transp. v. Williams, 984 S0.2d 1092Favorable jury verdict for property owner in condemnation case. Upheld on appeal.
Ex Parte Tuscaloosa County v. Phillip LaMoreaux, 825 So. 2d 729, (Ala. 2001)N/A
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Publication nameTitleDate
The Practical Real Estate Lawyer (ALI-ABA)Working with Appraisers in Condemnation Cases2004
The Practical Real Estate Lawyer (ALI-ABA)How to Depose an Opposing AppraiserN/A
Probate and PropertyDamages to the Remainder--Loss of Parking Spaces in Condemnation ActionsN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Edinburgh School of LawRoman LawDiploma of Roman Law1978
University of Virginia School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1974
University of AlabamaN/AOther - Bachelors1970
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
American Law InstituteHow the Case was Won: Practice Tips from Experienced Eminent Domain Practitioners2010
CLE AlabamaProbate Court Commissioners Hearing Strategies In Eminent Domain Cases from the Owner's Perspective2009
American Law InstituteWhere to draw the line between a permissible and impermissible basis for valuation opinion.2008
Eminent Domain in AlabamaEminent Domain In Alabama-What you should know about handling a condemnation case from the Owner's Prospective2007
American Law InstituteHow do the Condemnor's Taking Documents LImit the Post taking use of the property by the Condemnor?2007
Alabama Probate Judges Orientation and ConferenceCondemnation Practice and Prodecure in Probate Court2007
Mobile Bar AssociationWhat you should know abou handling a condemnation case from the Owner's Prospective.2006
Annual Meeting of Chapter 24 IRWAAlabama's Response to Kelo2006
Perdido Beach Resort40th Annual Municipal Management Training Institute for City Clerks2005
Lorman Education ServicesLaw of Easements: Legal Issues and Practical Considerations in Alabama2005
Eminent DomainHandling a Partial Takings Case on Behalf of An Owner2005
American Bar Association Annual MeetingDamages to Remainder2002
International Right of Way Association Chapter 24Acquisition for Ground Surface Development1990
Baldwin County Bar AssociationSteps in An Eminent Domain CaseN/A