Our Law Practice
Our practice is committed to championing the civil right of private property ownership for property and business owners alike who fall under the sovereign power of eminent domain.
When there is reasonable necessity and public purpose for a taking, the owner is constitutionally entitled to receive full compensation.
The measure of full compensation is that amount of money which makes the owner whole; it follows an equitable standard. The owner is to be put in the same position financially after the taking as the owner was before the taking.
Under Florida law, the condemning authority is required to pay the owner’s attorneys’ fees and costs as part of the measure of full compensation. This applies to takings under color of state law.
Our Historical Roots
In 1950, E.F.P. Brigham became a pioneer in the field of eminent domain law when property he owned in Miami was condemned by Dade County. Brigham argued that Florida’s constitutional guarantee of full compensation required reimbursement of an owner’s costs in eminent domain proceedings to be paid by the condemning authority so that the owner would be made whole. The issue was ultimately decided by the Florida Supreme Court in the landmark decision of Dade County v. Brigham which determined that Florida’s state constitution requires condemning authorities to reimburse an owner’s costs in eminent domain proceedings under color of state law.
In 1960, E.F.P.’s son, Toby Prince Brigham, founded a firm devoted to exclusively defending owners in eminent domain and property rights cases. The law firm eventually became Florida’s oldest and largest law firm providing eminent domain representation for private owners affected by government takings and intrusive land use regulations. The rich tradition of Brigham Moore LLP at its zenith expanded to five offices across the state with 21 lawyers defending property rights throughout Florida.
In 2012, Andrew Prince Brigham, following more than twenty years of law practice of his own with Brigham Moore LLP, founded a new law firm respectful of such heritage and devoted to representing property and business owners in matters of eminent domain, property rights, and real estate litigation/consultation. Andrew, along with a team of trained professionals, continued with a statewide practice solely devoted to representing private owners, not the government. The law firm soon expanded to five lawyers, each having the same cause-oriented practice. The name of the firm is Brigham Property Rights Law Firm.
Our Philosophy of Practice
We are client-committed.
- A truly successful protection of property rights begins and ends with the owner’s goals.
- Our practice of law is devoted to solely representing property and business owners, not the government.
- Property divides power between the sovereign and the individual.
- Property provides the individual with their own piece of sovereignty and makes possible for citizens to both exercise their freedoms and be rewarded for their own industry.
We are cause-oriented.
- We believe the protection and advancement of one of our most fundamental civil rights, private property ownership, has life and breadth in every case.
- We desire to shape the law while protecting constitutional principles upon which our nation and state have been founded.
- We understand both law and equity when resolving disputes between property interests.
- Property does not have rights; people do.
We are results-driven.
- Zeal is needed to advance private property interests; yet effectiveness requires more than passion.
- We strive for an excellence in representing clients that requires both hard work and diligence in defending what is “right” or “correct” in a case.
- It is important to understand that it is not enough just to be “right.”
- We also know that we must find a way to “win with what is right.”