Carmody MacDonald Scores Big Win for City of St. Louis and City Taxpayers

City of St. Louis, Thursday, May 17, 2018 – The Carmody MacDonald legal team of Jerry Carmody, Ryann Carmody and Chris Kellett scored a big win for the City of St. Louis and City taxpayers on Thursday after an eight-day jury trial that ended with a 23-minute verdict in favor of the City. The firm represented the City’s Land Clearance for Redevelopment Authority (LCRA) in the eminent domain lawsuit to acquire property for the site of the new National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) headquarters.

The owner of the former Buster Brown shoe company building was asking a jury to award him $5.5 million for the property that the City said was worth $573,000. The jury sided with LCRA and awarded exactly $573,000.

Carmody MacDonald has represented LCRA since 2015 in connection with acquiring the 551 parcels of property necessary to clear the 100-acre site in North St. Louis to keep the NGA in the City. Representatives of the firm worked with over 100 property owners and their families negotiating complex acquisition and emotional relocation issues. The strategy to “reach the people where they are” worked: all 551 parcels were under LCRA’s control by the deadline of the NGA decision. Without the completion of this work, the NGA project could not have been approved.

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