Eminent Domain Litigation with Jerome Pesick
Episode 244th January 2023 • The Litigation War Room • Maxwell Goss
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On this episode, Maxwell Goss interviews Jerome Pesick, a leading litigator in the areas of eminent domain and land use law. A frequent author and speaker on eminent domain topics, Jerry is a trusted authority for several print and broadcast news outlets.

Jerry discusses some of the important matters he has handled, including a landmark case in which he secured for his client the largest eminent domain verdict in Michigan history. Throughout the interview, Jerry also provides useful insights on selecting a jury and on the unique challenges of litigating against government entities.


“The appraisals are complicated. It’s something that most citizens never deal with in their everyday lives. So you have to get down into the nitty gritty, explaining to them the details of how we got here, what the property means to our client, and how the valuation process works.”

-Jerome Pesick


  • 00:18 – Introduction
  • 01:32 – About Jerome Pesick
  • 02:56 – What is eminent domain?
  • 07:28 – Detroit v. Detroit Plaza Ltz. Partnership
  • 17:04 – Juries and eminent domain
  • 18:54 – Gordie Howe International Bridge
  • 23:15 – Litigating against government entities
  • 25:10 – Local politics and eminent domain
  • 27:45 – Where to find Jerome Pesick online


Jerry Pesick’s practice areas include eminent domain, condemnation, land use, and property taxation. Over his more than 40-year career, he has tried and settled condemnation cases across Michigan for tens of millions of dollars. He also regularly represents clients in major tax appeal cases involving all types of business properties throughout the state. Well-known for his talents and accomplishments, Jerry has represented clients in virtually every major condemnation project in Michigan, such as the Gordie Howe International Bridge; Poletown; the Detroit Waterfront Casino and Reclamation Project; Comerica Park and Ford Field; the I-696, M-59, M-5, Northwestern Connectors; and many others.



The Litigation War Room is hosted by litigation lawyer Maxwell Goss. Max represents clients in intellectual property and business cases throughout Michigan and around the country, bringing forceful advocacy and creative solutions to every case he handles.


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