New York’s 2018 Leading Lawyers
Goldstein, Rikon, Rikon & Houghton, P.C.
Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
Goldstein, Rikon, Rikon & Houghton, P.C. and its predecessors have been at the forefront of protecting property owners’ constitutional rights in eminent domain proceedings since 1923. It is the only law firm in the state of New York that limits its practice to eminent domain law.
“Eminent domain represents a drastic operation of the law,” notes partner Michael Rikon, the New York State-designated attorney for the Owners Counsel of America, a national network of experienced eminent domain lawyers. “You only get one opportunity to litigate these cases; and because of that, they required tremendous vigilance by a knowledgeable, trial-experienced attorney,” he adds.
By limiting their practice to eminent domain law, the attorneys at Goldstein, Rikon, Rikon & Houghton have become authorities in this area of the law, securing significant awards for their clients. For example, Jonathan M. Houghton recovered a $67 million award for CSX Railroad in the Appellate Division (appeal pending). Michael Rikon recovered an award in excess of $47 million for the taking of self-storage facilities in the eminent domain proceeding relating to the expansion of Columbia University.
The partners of Goldstein, Rikon, Rikon & Houghton frequently lecture and write articles on eminent domain law. Michael Rikon has authored a column in the New York Law Journal for the past 26 years.