Mike Faherty is the most accomplished and recognized eminent domain attorney in Pennsylvania.
Attorney Michael F. Faherty is the President and Managing Attorney at Pennsylvania’s largest law firm devoted to representing property owners threatened by eminent domain. The Hershey location in central Pennsylvania allows Faherty, Attorney Tara B. Horvath, and Attorney Anthony M. Corby to protect property owners all across Pennsylvania. The law firm is unusual in the extreme emphasis on eminent domain rights of landowners. The firm does not provide representation to condemnors.
The zealous representation of over 1,000 property owners is the outgrowth of Mike’s initial law practice starting in 1989 for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. Mike then worked full time in eminent domain law for PennDOT in Harrisburg. A year later, after decisive Board of View and jury victories, Mike was promoted to the lead eminent domain counsel for PennDOT. Further Board of View and jury victories followed, but Mike became disillusioned by aggressive condemnor tactics attempting to deny constitutional property owner rights.
In 1992, Mike left PennDOT and litigated in eastern Pennsylvania for a large regional law firm based in Philadelphia. In 1995, Mike returned to Harrisburg and litigated for another large regional firm based in Philadelphia. He became a shareholder of that firm and supervised attorneys in Harrisburg. He then became a senior partner in a Harrisburg firm in which he developed and directed an eminent domain practice for property owners.
In 2009, Mike was honored to be elected to serve as the first, and only, Pennsylvania Representative of the Owners’ Counsel of America. The Owners’ Counsel of America is a non-profit organization of the most experienced and skilled eminent domain and property rights attorneys across America. Mike continues to be the only Pennsylvania attorney to be honored as a Representative of the Owners’ Counsel. In 2016 Mike began service as a member of the Board of Directors of the Owners’ Counsel of America. In 2017 he was elected to serve as the Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors. In 2018 he was reelected to serve as Vice Chairman.
In 2019 and 2020, Mike was honored to be recognized as a leading Irish American attorney by Irish Legal 100. Mike has regularly challenged eminent domain abuse via writings, lectures, and litigation. In 2014, his preliminary objections led to the York County landmark eminent domain decision in Sunoco Pipeline v. Loper, No. 2013-SU-4518-05. Mike went on to represent Mariner East 2 property owners across all of Pennsylvania and obtained several millions of dollars of compensation for those property owners. Mike regularly negotiates and litigates property value issues. He has obtained multiple Board of View and jury verdicts exactly on the figure Mike presented in evidence. He has served as an expert witness on eminent domain in Pennsylvania. He has been honored as a “SUPER LAWYER” for eminent domain in Pennsylvania.
Mike served as President of the Pennsylvania Defense Institute in 2004. He also served as the Pennsylvania delegate to the Defense Research Institute, a national association of leading attorneys.
Mike is the author of the leading text for Pennsylvania eminent domain attorneys, Eminent Domain Litigation, Lexis Nexis Practice Guide.
Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals – Third Circuit
U.S. District Court – Western District of Pennsylvania
U.S. District Court – Middle District of Pennsylvania
U.S. District Court – Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Mike is the author of Eminent Domain Litigation
Lexis Nexis Practice Guide
Pennsylvania Real Estate Litigation
American Law Institute
National Business Institute
Lebanon Pipeline Awareness
Pennsylvania Farm Bureau
Pipeline Safety Trust
Mike has been the author of the prominent blog, Pennsylvania Eminent Domain Law, for many years. The blog may be viewed via the Faherty Law Firm webpage at www.fahertylawfirm.com.
Attorney Michael F. Faherty and Faherty Law Firm have provided successful eminent domain representation to over 1,000 property owners. Faherty Law Firm handles cases in state courts throughout Pennsylvania and in each of the three Pennsylvania federal district courts. Representation has involved: industrial, commercial, farm, residential and preserved property. Representation has been provided to property owners threatened by: PennDOT, Pennsylvania Department of General Services, Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, public utility companies, electric utilities, pipeline companies, oil and gas companies, counties, cities, townships, boroughs, sewer authorities, municipal authorities, school districts, hospitals, and airports. Some case results may be reviewed via the Faherty Law Firm webpage, www.fahertylawfirm.com.