Michael A. Schneider

Facing the government with its unlimited resources can be a scary and daunting task for private landowners faced with an eminent domain taking.
Michael A. Schneider

When the taking of a client’s land is at stake in an eminent domain action, Mr. Schneider and the experienced, capable team at the Law Offices of Kermitt L. Waters approach the challenge head on to achieve the maximum just compensation for their clients. They work tirelessly to insure their clients are treated fairly by the government and that their constitutional rights are protected. They know that the landowner is not the bad guy in an eminent domain action and deserves unyielding protection.

It is a satisfying day when a private landowner receives just compensation and can rest assured their rights have been upheld.

As a political science major at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Mr. Schneider developed a fascination for the process of government and the importance of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights in the development of our nation. This background and understanding has served well in the practice of eminent domain law which centers on the constitutional right to receive just compensation when the government takes private property.

Now, exclusively serving private landowners in disputes of eminent domain, inverse condemnation, real estate transactions related to eminent domain actions, pre-condemnation planning, and appellate representation, Mr. Schneider’s fascination has become his life’s work. Representing individuals, businesses, lenders, real estate brokers, other attorneys, and more, his experience covers a wide range of property takings including; open land, industrial facilities, air space, and commercial buildings such as apartments, hotels, and office complexes.

Representative Cases

When the government decided to build a wetlands park and offered only limited use values to the private landowner, Mr. Schneider and the team at the Law Offices of Kermitt L. Waters was successful in investigating and developing the facts that substantiated the government’s actions amounted to a taking. They forced the government to pay in excess of $29,000,000.00 as just compensation when the original offer was $2,500,000.00.

Having handled several complex eminent domain cases in downtown Reno, Nevada, Mr. Schneider and the team have developed a good grasp of the unique characteristics of the area. This experience enabled them to recover just compensation for several clients in that unique downtown market. In two separate cases they were able to recover 2x what the government originally offered the landowner. This was possible by a thorough review of the market and development of sophisticated legal arguments that were successful in increasing the valuation of the taken property.

Education

  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, BA Political Science and BA Psychology, 1999
  • University of Montana School of Law, Juris Doctorate (JD) 2003

Bar Admissions

  • Nevada
  • Montana

Professional and Community Involvement

Mr. Schneider is widely recognized not only for his commitment to his clients but also to his profession and his community. For example, in 2009 he was asked by a Nevada assemblyman to prepare a memorandum for the 2009 Nevada State Assembly explaining new Eminent Domain law provisions to be used to assist with committee decisions.

Other activities include:

  • Presenting at Continuing Legal Education seminars on current and developing legal trends in the area of Eminent Domain law.
  • Drafting legislation to protect landowners’ rights in eminent domain proceedings.
  • Working with legislators to promote laws that protect landowners’ rights in eminent domain proceedings.
  • Working on behalf of non-profit organizations on a pro bono basis to assist with eminent domain issues.
  • Responding to the media regarding current eminent domain concerns.
  • Contributing articles and other presentations related to eminent domain in Nevada and nationwide.

Interests

When away from the office, Mr. Schneider enjoys spending time with his wife, traveling, working around the house, playing with his beloved dog, and breaking bread with friends and family.