Do Eminent Domain Laws Protect the Government or Property Owners?

Hello, my name is Raymer Maguire, I’m a 30 year lawyer doing eminent domain work, and I limit my practice to representing property owners and businesses. The question at hand is, does the eminent domain laws protect the government or the property owners? There are two parts to eminent domain. There’s the taking part and there’s the compensation part. In generalizations, the laws protect the government, enabling it to take property that it proves that it needs. And in short, it protects the property owner, in terms of the compensation the government has to pay for those takings.