Kent L. Hipp Attorney At Law

Kent L. Hipp - Attorney at Law


T 407-843-8880
F 407-244-5690
Orlando 301 East Pine Street Suite 1400 Orlando, Florida 32801

Kent is a trial lawyer who has concentrated his practice in eminent domain, inverse condemnation, and property rights since 1991. Kent has handled over 1,000 condemnation parcels, including all types of complex eminent domain cases, representing both property and business owners as well as select condemning authorities on all types of properties and projects throughout the state of Florida. Kent has participated in numerous eminent domain and inverse condemnation proceedings, valuation trials, arbitrations and Bert Harris actions. These matters have ranged in value from a few hundred dollars to over $198 million. He was the lead lawyer representing the property owner in the highest valued eminent domain case in the history of the state of Florida, FDOT v. U.S. Cities, which was concluded in November of 2020.

He has represented clients in eminent domain and inverse condemnation cases involving the taking of properties for the following types of projects and matters:

  • Airports (runway expansions)
  • All types of roads (highways, parkways, expressways, interchanges, bridges, road widenings, etc.)
  • Avigation easements
  • Beach erosion
  • Citywide electric distribution systems
  • Citywide water and sewer plants and distribution and collection systems
  • Commuter rails
  • Conservation areas
  • Drainage easements
  • Exactions
  • Fiber optic lines
  • Flooding
  • Flowage easements
  • Government buildings
  • High speed rail
  • Landfills
  • Liquefied natural gas pipelines
  • Natural gas pipelines
  • Parking facilities
  • Petroleum products pipelines
  • Power lines (high-voltage transmission and distribution lines)
  • Public parks and open space
  • Public schools
  • Railroads
  • Rails-to-trails projects
  • Raw water sources
  • Reclaimed water lines
  • Regulatory takings
  • Retention and detention ponds
  • River restoration
  • Sewer lines
  • Spoil sites
  • Tree-clearing easements
  • Water lines (raw water lines and potable water lines)
  • Well fields
















  • Background

    Kent grew up in Orlando, where he graduated from Edgewater High School. Kent graduated with honors from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, before attending Stetson University College of Law, where he also graduated with honors.

    Before beginning his career with GrayRobinson, Kent served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Elizabeth A. Kovachevich, U.S. District Court judge and then served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Paul H. Roney, senior and former chief judge of the U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals.

  • Education
    • Wake Forest University, B.A. (history, honors, 1987)
      • Pre-Law Society
      • Sigma Pi Fraternity
    • Stetson University College of Law, J.D. (honors, 1990)
      • Research Editor, Law Review
      • Graduated Top 7% of Class
      • Charles A. Dana Scholar
      • Law I, II and III Academic Scholarships
      • Walter Mann Award: Greatest promise of becoming leader in legal profession
      • Who's Who Among American Law Students
  • Admissions
    • Florida (1991)
    • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
    • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida 
    • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida 
    • U.S. Courts of Appeal
    • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
    • Florida Supreme Court 
  • Professional Associations & Memberships
    • American Bar Association
    • The Florida Bar
      • Eminent Domain Committee, Member
    • Orange County Bar Association
    • Association of Eminent Domain Professionals
    • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Awards & Recognitions
    • AV Preeminent® rated by Martindale-Hubbell
    • Florida Super Lawyers, 2010-2019
    • Best Lawyers in America, Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law, 2007-2022
      • Lawyer of the Year, Eminent Domain and Condemnation, 2014 
    • Orlando Magazine, Best Lawyers, 2007-2009, 2014, 2019-2021
    • Florida Trend, Legal Elite, 2011 
  • Presentations & Seminars
    • "Crossroads," Eminent Domain Institute 25th Annual Conference, November 8, 2021
    • "Appraisal Issues that Shape the Case," Eminent Domain Institute 25th Annual Conference, November 8, 2021