Charles S. Krolikowski


Charles Krolikowski, a partner in the Newport Beach office, leads the firm’s land use and eminent domain practice group. He has significant litigation and trial experience, trying more than 25 cases to verdict, in the eminent domain, inverse condemnation, environmental matters, real estate litigation and business litigation areas.

Obtained a complete defense verdict for several corporate clients related to a complex real estate/business dispute concerning numerous properties  (2016)
• Settled a contract claim against a public entity for nearly $6 million, with rights for additional compensation later (2015)
• Settled an eminent domain case on the eve of trial for $5.7 million, when the initial offer by the public entity was only $3.2 million (2014)
• Tried an eminent domain matter that resulted in a verdict and fees of over $1,200,000 in lost business goodwill when the government’s initial offer was $0 (2013)
• Successfully tried a nuisance and interference matter that resulted in a verdict and judgment over $1 million, including punitive damages (2012)
• Obtained a $6.8 million dollar jury verdict in an inverse condemnation matter for a regulatory taking (2010)
• Settled an eminent domain matter, post trial, for more than ten times the amount offered by the public entity (2009)
• Successfully stopped an eminent domain taking at trial after the public entity failed to follow the proper precondemnation procedures (2008)
• Tried a partition and breach of fiduciary duty case, which resulted (post-verdict) in a favorable settlement for his clients (2008)
• Obtained a substantial jury verdict for fraud, breach of contract and alter ego against a contractor and his company (2007)
• Obtained an $8.5 million judgment for his client when the initial offer by the public entity was only $4.4 million (2006)
• Settled an inverse condemnation matter at the commencement of trial for $2.5 million (2005)
• Obtained a substantial jury verdict in a case concerning the construction of portions of the I-5 Freeway (2004)
• Tried an eminent domain matter for an airport owner that resulted in a jury verdict six times the initial offer by the public entity (2003)
• Tried a lease revaluation case on behalf of a property owner wherein the Court determined that the rent for the property should be increased from $1,166 per month to $30,000 per month (2003)

• Co-Author, "Clarifying the Procedure for Claiming Loss of Business Goodwill in Eminent Domain Cases," Newmeyer & Dillion, May 24, 2017
• Author, "Strict Liability Or Negligence? The Proper Legal Standard For Inverse Condemnation Caused By Water Damage To Property," Newmeyer & Dillion, March 24, 2016

• Selected to the Southern California Super Lawyers list, 2011-2018
• Selected to the Southern California Super Lawyers Rising Star list, 2005-2010

• University of Southern California Law School, J.D., 1996
• University of California, Davis, B.S., 1992

• California, 1996
• United States District Court, Central District
• Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

• Orange County Bar Association
• International Right of Way Association
• Association of Business Trial Lawyers