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jack.sperber@FaegreBD.com3200 Wells Fargo Center
1700 Lincoln Street
Denver, Colorado 80203-4532
T: +1 303 607 3623
F: +1 303 607 3600

Education

George Washington University Law School
J.D., with high honors (1992)
Adams State College
B.A., magna cum laude (1988)

Bar Admissions

Colorado

Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado

Jack Sperber

Partner

Jack Sperber represents private owners and condemning entities in eminent domain proceedings around the country, including:

  • Serving as national eminent domain counsel to corporate clients with large real estate portoflios.
  • Respresenting property owners in complex, high-value condemnation litigation.
  • Representing energy and utility companies in corridor acquisitons and other large energy projects to acquire necessary right-of-way.

Jack previously served as the leader of the firm's real estate litigation practice and now sits on Faegre Baker Daniels' management board.

Jack is a member of the Counselors of Real Estate. He regularly writes and lectures at legal conferences and trade associations, and has served for many years as one of the planning chairs for ALI-CLE's national eminent domain conference.

Condemnation Proceedings

Jack represents landowners, developers, tenants and other entities in all aspects of eminent domain proceedings. Because he works with both condemning entities and those condemned, he understands the objectives of both sides in such proceedings and can readily recognize and anticipate issues his clients may encounter. Jack's experience includes:

  • Representation of a Fortune 500 company as national eminent domain counsel in condemnation matters around the country.
  • Counseling various national clients regarding eminent domain issues in more than 20 states.
  • Eminent domain litigation on behalf of a national truck fleet leasing company in a taking by the California Department of Transportation for a higway in the Los Angeles area that sliced through the middle of the company's building.
  • Representation of the Town of Telluride, Colorado, in its condemnation of approximately 572 acres at the entrance of the town for open space purposes.
  • Representation of multiple landowners in the Denver metro area whose properties were condemned as part of the Fastracks and T-REX light rail projects, several of whom received multi-million dollar awards and settlements.
  • Representation of a landowner at the base of Buttermilk Ski area in Aspen resulting in an award of $5.9 million.
  • Representation of multiple landowners in Colorado Springs as part of the Powers Boulevard Project, including the representation of one owner in negotiating a complete reconfiguration of an interchange in order to ensure access to the owner's property.
  • Representation of a landowner at a U.S. Hwy 36 interchange awarding total just compensation of approximately $4.5 million.

Corridor Acquisition

Jack represents utilities and energy companies in the acquisition of utility corridors and right-of-way for electric transmission lines, oil and gas pipelines, water pipelines and other large energy facilities. He has experience counseling clients and managing projects from inception through acquisition of the final parcel—whether by voluntary agreement or through disputed condemnation proceedings ending in the appellate courts. Projects where Jack has served as lead counsel include: 

  • Representation of Public Service Company of Colorado, an Xcel Energy Company, in the acquisition of hundreds of miles of right-of-way for electric transmission lines, natural gas transmission lines and other major facilities such as electrical substations and gas compressor facilities. 
  • Representation of Sinclair Transportation Company in the acquisition of additional pipeline and easement rights in the first 67-mile phase of a project to expand an existing 250-mile pipeline corridor from Wyoming to the Denver metro area.
  • Representation of the East Cherry Creek Valley Water and Sanitation District in the acquisition of easements for a major water transmission pipeline and related facilities in the Denver metro area.
  • Representation of Black Hills Energy in the acquisition of new right-of-way for an electric transmission line near Pueblo, Colorado.

Honors

  • The Best Lawyers in America — Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law, 2008-14 (Denver Eminent Domain and Condemnation Lawyer of the Year, 2013)
  • Super Lawyers — Eminent Domain, 2006-14; Real Estate, 2006-11
  • Counselors of Real Estate  Member

Published Articles

  • Finding the Key Differences in Your Case
    ALI-CLE, New Orleans, LA 2014
  • Initial Discovery in Eminent Domain Proceedings: Having a Plan and a Purpose
    ALI-CLE, Miami, FL 2013
  • How to Attack and Defend Comparable Sales
    ALI-CLE, Miami, FL 2013
  • Apportionment Issues from A-Z
    CLE International, Denver 2013
  • A Clean Look at Dirty Property: Emerging Issues and Common Problems When Valuing Contaminated Properties in Eminent Domain Proceedings
    American Law Institute, American Bar Association, 2011
  • National Eminent Domain Law Update
    CLE International, Denver 2011
  • Understanding the Three Approaches to Value: How Appraisers Use Them; What Lawyers Need to Know About Them
    American Law Institute, American Bar Association, 2011
  • Using the Valuation Rules as Tools to Win Your Case
    American Law Institute, American Bar Association, 2010
  • Basic Valuation Concepts: Issues of Law and Fact That Frame the Valuation Debate
    Lis Pendens (ABA Section of Litigation), Vol. 9, Issue 2, 2008
  • Demonstrative Evidence: Exhibits That Work in Valuation Trials
    American Law Institute, American Bar Association, 2007
  • Eminent Domain Chapter
    Co-Author, Colorado Bar Association, Annual Survey of Colorado Law, 2004-11
  • Blazing a Trail: Condemning Private Ways of Necessity in the New West, Current Condemnation Law: Takings, Compensation and Benefits
    Co-Author, American Bar Association, 2006