Armed With My Pipeline Fighting Shoes
Welcome. I am Attorney Carolyn Elefant and I protect landowners' private property and defend their Fifth Amendment rights from encroachment by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), private gas companies pipelines and eminent domain. Following my graduation from Cornell Law School in 1988, I started my career as an attorney-advisor at FERC where as a young lawyer, I worked to ensure that FERC complied with the environmental laws that apply to development of energy projects. After leaving FERC, I worked at several national law firms before starting my own firm in 1994.
For the past decade, much of my practice has focused on fighting for landowners drawn into pipeline proceedings at FERC. I've helped property owners, school districts, municipalities, cannabis farms, resorts and conservation trusts challenge pipelines, negotiate fair easement terms and secure the just compensation to which they are constitutionally entitled. I've defended landowners all across the country before all levels of state and federal court, including the United States Supreme Court. With the recent decision in City of Oberlin v. FERC, I became the only FERC landowner attorney in the country to win a constitutional challenge to the use of eminent domain by a gas company. I've also helped landowners successfully oppose pipelines and identify reroutes off their property -- and when that wasn't possible, I recovered millions of dollars in just compensation for their property. For more information about my firm, visit Law Offices of Carolyn Elefant.
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About Carolyn Elefant
What is the Natural Gas Act?
Why Are Private Gas Companies Allowed to Exercise the Power of Eminent Domain?
For details on pipelines and eminent domain power, view this.paper on eminent domain challenges to pipelines.