V. Nicholas Dancaescu Attorney At Law

V. Nicholas Dancaescu - Attorney at Law


T 407.843.8880
F 407.244.5690
D 407.244.5634
Orlando 301 East Pine Street Suite 1400 Orlando, Florida 32801

Nick is a shareholder with the firm and practices in the areas of eminent domain, land use litigation, and commercial litigation. His eminent domain practice includes representation of both property owners and taking authorities, including cases involving Bert Harris Act claims for inordinate burdening of property owners' rights, administrative law hearings, inverse condemnation actions, regulatory takings actions, and trespass/ nuisance/ flooding claims. His commercial litigation practice includes commercial foreclosures, title insurance litigation, professional malpractice, and real estate-related litigation.

  • Background

    Nick was born in Anchorage, Alaska, and grew up in both Girdwood, Alaska and Pensacola, Florida. He is a graduate of Pensacola High School's International Baccalaureate program. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Florida with degrees in both political science and geography. Nick received his juris doctor from the University of Florida cum laude as well as a master's in business administration, specializing in real estate, from the University of Florida's Warrington College of Business.

    Nick has worked as a licensed Realtor and with the land acquisition department of one of the nation's largest homebuilders. He has also spent time on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., working in the Senate.

    Nick has traveled extensively and lived abroad in Athens, Greece; Weissenhorn, Germany; and Cape Town, South Africa. In 2003, his article regarding the dangers of unchecked government land redistribution was cited in an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in the landmark eminent domain case of Kelo v. City of New London.

  • Education
    • University of Florida, B.A. (political science and geography,  ,magna cum laude, 2000)
    • University of Florida Warrington College of Business, M.B.A. (2004)
    • University of Florida Levin College of Law, J.D. (cum laude, 2004)
      • Florida Journal of International Law, Executives Article Editor
      • Book Award - Property
      • University of Florida Career Development Conference, Executive Director
  • Admissions
    • Florida
    • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
    • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
    • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida 
  • Professional Associations and Memberships
    • The Florida Bar
      • Young Lawyers Section, Member
      • Eminent Domain Standing Committee, Member
    • Orange County Bar Association
    • American Bar Association
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit, Editor, The Briefs, 2010-present
    • Association of Eminent Domain Professionals
    • International Council of Shopping Centers, Member
    • University of Florida Friends and Alumni of Real Estate, 2004-present 
  • Awards and Recognitions
    • AV Preeminent® rated by Martindale-Hubbell
    • Best Lawyers in America, Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law, 2022-2023
    • Florida Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2009, 2017-2019
  • Articles and Publications
    • "Crossroads Center Near Disney Reaches Historic $198 Million Eminent Domain Settlement With State," Orlando Sentinel, January 21, 2021
    • "Back to the Future Day Special: Highways and Skyways Edition," The Florida Eminent Domain Blog, October 2015
    • "Update: Are the Auto Bailouts a Taking?" The Florida Eminent Domain Blog, September 2015
    • "Limousine Parking as a Public Use," The Florida Eminent Domain Blog, September 2015
    • "A Trip South: Expropriation in Venezuela," The Florida Eminent Domain Blog, July 2015
    • "Katrina Flooding Leaves Army Corps of Engineers Liable for a Taking," The Florida Eminent Domain Blog, May 2015
    • "Land Reform in Zimbabwe," Florida Journal of International Law 
  • Presentations and Seminars