Property Law

Condemnation & Eminent Domain

Hughes White attorneys represent individuals, business and other property owners facing government acquisition through condemnation or eminent domain in Alaska. Member attorney Steve Tervooren has more than 35 years of experience representing clients in total and partial acquisitions by local, state and federal governments.

Steve is proactive on the front end—before property rights are taken—evaluating project design to determine how every detail will impact remaining property, pursuing design changes to minimize the amount of property taken and reducing impacts on the productive and profitable use of any remaining property or business operation. He also facilitates relocation benefits and other assistance from the government when available.

Steve has successfully represented landowners seeking to enforce their legitimate rights to full compensation for the value of property taken and any damage to that portion of property not taken. Using his extensive knowledge of Alaska eminent domain law, Steve ably assists clients in understanding their rights, the condemnation process and how to ensure they are fully and fairly compensated.


Real Estate Law

Member attorney Steve Tervooren has over 35 years of experience handling complex real estate matters involving a full range of transactional and litigation services related to residential and commercial real estate ownership, leasing and development matters throughout Alaska. His clients include local, national and international clients needing responsive, knowledgeable legal counsel and litigation representation including:

  • Real estate purchase and sale agreements
  • Commercial and residential real estate
  • Transactions — sales and leases
  • Real estate litigation
  • Property development
  • Construction litigation
  • Title matters
  • Complex matters & consulting


Environmental Law

Hughes White Colbo & Tervooren, LLC represents individuals and businesses in defense of cost recovery claims. For 15 years, member attorney Steve Tervooren has been working with landowners and business operators in cleanups and related cost allocations as well as cost-recovery actions between potentially responsible parties under CERCLA.