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Jack R. Sperber



Jack Sperber has been representing private owners and condemning entities in eminent domain proceedings for 28 years. He does this work around the country, and has been involved in more than 30 condemnation trials, numerous evidentiary hearings, and more than 20 appellate arguments. Jack is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers, a former member of Faegre Drinker’s executive leadership team, and now serves as the leader of the firm's real estate litigation and eminent domain team.

Jack supports clients by:
  • Serving as national eminent domain counsel to clients with large real estate portfolios that frequently face condemnation takings.
  • Representing property owners in complex, high-value condemnation litigation to assure just compensation is paid.
  • Representing energy and utility companies in defending against municipalization and other condemnation attempts affecting their own property.

Condemnation Proceedings

Jack represents landowners, developers, tenants and other private entities in all aspects of eminent domain proceedings. Although he primarily represents private owners facing condemnation, he also works with condemnors. He understands the objectives of both sides and can readily recognize and anticipate issues his clients may encounter.

He has counseled clients on eminent domain issues in approximately 30 states, ranging from Fortune 50 companies to individual property owners, and has litigated some of the largest and most complex condemnation cases in the country.

Jack also represents utilities facing the condemnation of their own assets by governmental entities seeking to use the assets to form their own municipal utility, and in defending against other takings of their property.

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Bar Admissions


Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado


George Washington University Law School
J.D. with high honors (1992)

Adams State College
B.A. magna cum laude (1988)

Insights & Events

Other Perspectives
  • Why Would Anyone Want to Do This Anyway? The Opportunities and Challenges of an Eminent Domain Practice
    ALI-CLE, Charleston, SC 2018 
  • Colorado Eminent Domain Practice
    CBA CLE, Denver, 2017
  • Finding the Story of Your Case
    ALI-CLE, San Diego, 2017
  • Negotiation: When to Mediate and How to Demonstrate Risk to the Other Side Without Giving Away the Farm
    ALI-CLE, San Diego, 2017
  • It’s Not All About the Appraisers: How to Effectively Use Supporting Expert Witnesses
    CLE International, Denver, 2016
  • Introduction to Eminent Domain: Foundational Concepts
    ALI-CLE, Austin, 2016
  • How Jury Instructions Frame Your Case
    ALI-CLE, San Francisco, 2015
  • Finding the Key Differences in Your Case
    ALI-CLE, New Orleans, 2014
  • Initial Discovery in Eminent Domain Proceedings: Having a Plan and a Purpose
    ALI-CLE, Miami, 2013
  • How to Attack and Defend Comparable Sales
    ALI-CLE, Miami, 2013
  • Apportionment Issues from A-Z
    CLE International, Denver, 2013
  • A Clean Look at Dirty Property: Emerging Issues and Common Problems When Valuing Contaminated Properties in Eminent Domain Proceedings
    ALI-ABA, 2011

Leadership & Community

Professional Associations

  • Colorado Supreme Court’s Civil Jury Instruction Committee
  • Counselors of Real Estate
  • Owners Counsel of America — Colorado Representative 

Firm Leadership

  • Executive Partner, 2020-23
  • Faegre Baker Daniels — Management Board, 2014-20; Executive Committee, 2015-20


  • American College of Trial Lawyers — Fellow
  • Best Lawyers® — Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law, 2008-24 (Lawyer of the Year, 2013, 2018, 2021 and 2024)
  • Law Week Colorado — Lawyer of the Year, 2018
  • Colorado Super Lawyers — Eminent Domain, 2006-23; Real Estate, 2006-11
Awards Methodology
No aspect of these recognitions has been approved by the highest court of any state.
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