About Us

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The Law Office of D. Mark Natirboff, P.A., was founded by D. Mark Natirboff, Esquire, who has devoted the last fourteen years of his legal practice to exclusively representing private property owners in eminent domain and other private property rights actions throughout the State of Florida. Mr. Natirboff has obtained over $100 million of compensation for his clients, as lead counsel or as part of legal teams, in settlements and jury verdicts in eminent domain and inverse condemnation claims in Florida. Mr. Natirboff was a partner in the former law firm of Brigham Moore, LLP., which was the oldest and largest law firm in Florida that only represented private property owners in eminent domain and other property rights actions.

Mr. Natirboff was one of three trial attorneys (led by one of his former law partners) who obtained the highest eminent domain jury verdict in Florida State court history – $67 million – in the case of Jacksonville Port Authority v. Jax Maritime Partners, et al. (2008). Mr. Natirboff has also succeeded in winning multiple inverse condemnation actions in trials against government entities, both as lead counsel and as a trial team member, resulting in over $8 million of compensation for private property owners.

The Law Office of D. Mark Natirboff, P.A., was selected by U.S. News & World Report in their Best Lawyers, Best Law Firms publication in the top category of Best Law Firms (Tier 1) for Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law for 2013, 2014, and 2015. Mr. Natirboff was also selected for inclusion in the publication The Best Lawyers in America for 2014 and 2015 in Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law.

Mr. Natirboff was chosen to be placed in the category of Best Lawyers, for 2013, 2014 and 2015 in the field of Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law, by Jacksonville Magazine.

In addition to having represented hundreds of eminent domain and private property rights’ clients in Florida, Mr. Natirboff is a frequent lecturer and author on eminent domain and private property rights law. Mr. Natirboff co-authored Chapter 17 of the practitioner’s guidebook entitled Florida Eminent Domain Practice And Procedure, the Ninth Edition (2014), the Eighth Edition (2012), and the Seventh Edition (2008), published by the Florida Bar.

Practice Areas

● Eminent Domain.

● Private Property Rights Litigation.

Recent Notable Cases

● Obtained $10.5 million in compensation for a family that owned land that was only developed with a single-family home. This was the key intersection piece for an outer beltway project. The amount obtained was $2.2 million above the government’s offer to the property owners.

● Obtained $1.88 million in compensation for a partial taking of approximately 5 acres from a 30 acre parent tract of undeveloped land. The amount obtained was over $1 million above the government’s offer to the property owners.

Other Notable Cases

● One of the three trial attorneys (led by one of his former law partners) that obtained the highest eminent domain jury verdict in Florida state court history: $67 million in the case of Jacksonville Port Authority v. Jax Maritime Partners, et al. (2008). The government’s initial offer was approximately $8 million.

● Represented Florida Rock Industries, Inc., as a legal team member, against FDOT in an eminent domain action in Orange County, Florida. FDOT’s initial offer to Florida Rock was $2.5 million. A final settlement was reached in which FDOT paid Florida Rock $7.4 million.

● Successfully represented five businesses in Miami-Dade County, as lead counsel, in an inverse condemnation trial against the County (Artiles et al., v. Miami-Dade County; Rafi et al. v. Miami-Dade County; Pinera et al., v Miami-Dade County). The County had taken the business owners’ land to build a road and refused to pay the owners anything for the taking, claiming the land had been dedicated to the public. After a bitterly contested bench trial, the court ruled that the County had taken property from the five businesses without compensation. After losing the trial the County agreed to settle the cases by compensating the owners for the takings in excess of $1.5 million.

● Represented through trial, as a trial team member, multiple property owners, ranchers and farmers, in successful inverse condemnation actions against the South Florida Water Management District. The cases settled after trial for over $7 million (Clemons v. SFWMD; Corona v. SFWMD; Fulford v. SFWMD).

Education

● University of Florida College of Law, J. D, with Honors.

● University of Florida, B.A., ranked 6th in his graduating class.

Publications, Speeches

Florida Eminent Domain Practice and Procedure, Ninth Edition, Chapter 17, Florida Bar (2014), co-author.

Florida Eminent Domain Practice and Procedure, Eighth Edition, Chapter 17, Florida Bar (2012), co-author.

● “Perspectives From a Florida Eminent Domain and Private Property Rights Attorney,” University of Florida College of Law (2011). Speaker.

● “The Takings Clause, Key Cases, Florida Constitutional Law,” Florida Coastal College of Law (2011). Speaker

● “Law and Grace, Eminent Domain, Property Rights, and the Bible,” Florida State University College of Law (2010). Speaker.

● “The Unique Challenges in Eminent Domain with Jury Misconduct in the Age of Electronic Media,” Eminent Domain Committee, Florida Bar, Orlando, Florida (2010). Speaker and accompanying written synopsis.

Florida Eminent Domain Practice and Procedure, Chapter 17, Supplement to the Seventh Edition, Florida Bar (2010), and co-author.

● “A Trial Within A Trial: the Valuation of the Keystone Coal Company Lime Kiln,” Eminent Domain Institute, CLE International, 13th Annual Eminent Domain Super Conference, Tampa, Florida, October, 2009. Speaker and article author.

● “Case Study on the Application of the Three Approaches to Value in Jacksonville Port Authority v. Keystone Coal Company,” ALI-ABA Eminent Domain and Land Valuation Litigation Conference, Miami Beach, 2009. Speaker on the cost approach.

Florida Eminent Domain Practice and Procedure, Seventh Edition, Chapter 17, Florida Bar (2008), co-author.

● “Eminent Domain Power in Florida: What the Government Must Do Before the Suit,” Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association Magazine, Sep./Oct. 2007, author.

● “Inverse Condemnation and Offers to Dedicate to the Public,” Super Eminent Domain Conference, CLE International, Tampa, Florida, October, 2006. Speaker and article author.

● Joint-presentation on limiting eminent domain power in Florida, before the Florida House of Representatives Select Committee to Protect Private Property Rights, Morris Hall, Tallahassee, Florida, January 2006.

● “Eminent Domain Power in Florida,” St. Petersburg College, 2005. Speaker.

● “Private Property Rights and Historic Preservation,” Nelson Symposium on Historic Preservation, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, 2003. Speaker.

Creating an Adaptive Management Plan in the Everglades System, co-author, University of Florida College of Law, Center for Governmental Responsibility, 1997

Florida’s Population Growth and the Environment, Journal of the Public Interest Environmental Conference, 1997, author.

Interests

● Spending time with his wife and children, Bible study, and ocean activities, including boating, fishing, and snorkeling.