Eminent Domain Attorney

Woodruff & Smart is a full-service local government law firm located in Costa Mesa, CA. Since 1976, we have provided expert advice and representation as general counsel and special counsel to cities, counties, and special districts throughout Southern California. We also represent private clients in various practice areas, including Civil Rights, Code Enforcement, Construction, Eminent Domain/Inverse Condemnation, Environmental, Land Use, Labor/Employment, Public Law, Tort Liability, and Transportation. To learn more about our attorneys and practice areas, please visit us at www.woodruff.law.


Role Description

Woodruff & Smart boasts one of the largest eminent domain practice groups in the state. Collectively, its attorneys have been responsible for hundreds, if not thousands, of property acquisitions to facilitate significant public works projects throughout Southern California. Our eminent domain group has quadrupled in size over the past decade in response to the property acquisition needs of our clients. We are actively recruiting for qualified individuals to join our expanding team. The ideal candidate(s) will have some real estate litigation experience (condemnation litigation experience a plus but not essential) in such areas as easement enforcement, quiet title, real property/business valuation, and lease disputes. Job responsibilities will include, without limitation, preparing resolutions of necessity and supporting documents, appearing before governing boards in both open and closed session meetings, drafting initial pleadings, and arguing motions for possession, preparing written discovery, taking and defending expert witness depositions, and participating in mediations and trials.

The firm is looking for an entry level and a mid-level (4-7 years) associate.



  • Law degree from an ABA-accredited law school
  • Licensed to practice law in California
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Case management experience and ability to multitask


Woodruff & Smart offers unique opportunities for growth and mentorship in a fun, collaborative, and professional environment, along with the opportunity to work remotely several days each week. The firm offers a competitive salary ($120k-$180k), discretionary bonuses, and employee benefits package and provides associates with direct client involvement on many challenging projects involving high profile clients throughout Orange County and Southern California.