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Patrick A. Hennessey

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Practice Areas:

  • Eminent Domain and Inverse Condemnation
  • Valuation Litigation
  • Lease Renewal Valuations
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Mr. Hennessey is the chairperson of the firm's eminent domain/valuation litigation group and has specialized in eminent domain litigation for more than 35 years. During that time, he has handled nearly 500 inverse condemnation matters on behalf of corporate and individual property and business owners. Those eminent domain cases have involved a wide spectrum of property and business types including raw land, master plan developments, industrial developments, office buildings, apartment complexes, mobile home parks, service stations, restaurants, medical and dental facilities, storage facilities, recreation facilities, farm, dairy and equestrian facilities.


  • University of San Diego School of Law, San Diego, California
    • J.D. - 1978
  • University of California, Berkeley, California
    • B.A. - 1975
    • Honors: With Distinction

Bar Admission

  • California

Published Works

  • Mr. Hennessey was the lead trial counsel in Redevelopment Agency of the City of Pomona v. Thrifty Oil Company, 4 Cal.App.4th 469, 1992

Representative Cases

  • The taking of the landmark Lever Brothers soap facility in the City of Commerce, in which the total compensation awarded after a jury trial exceeded $20 million
  • Los Angeles Unified School District v. Meruelo Maddux Properties which resulted in a judgment of $50 million on behalf of our client
  • Chaffey Joint UHSD v. Intex Properties Inland Empire LP which resulted in a judgment in favor of our client in excess of $17 million
  • Temecula Valley USD v. Sheffield FV-II, LLC which resulted in a judgment in favor of our client in excess of $14 million
  • State of California v. La Cresta Investments, where the State paid in excess of $9 million for a partial taking of an apartment complex
  • State of California v. Los Angeles Athletic Club which resulted in a $4 million judgment for our client
  • City of La Mirada v. Roski which resulted in a judgment in excess of $2.3 million after the City had offered only $93,000 to take permanent and temporary easements along the perimeter of the property


  • Selected To Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2016, 2018, 2020 - 2021

Classes & Seminars

  • Lectured on various condemnation-related topics and served as a guest speaker for the Appraisal Institute’s annual litigation seminar; the International Right of Way Association annual valuation seminar and CLE International Eminent Domain seminar.

Professional Associations

  • State Bar of California
  • State Bar Committee on Condemnation Law, 1989 to 1991
  • American Bar Association
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Condemnation Attorneys Group
  • International Right of Way Association

Current Employment Position

  • Partner