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Carrie A. Raven

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Carrie A. Raven is Of Counsel in BDG Law Group’s Eminent Domain and Inverse Condemnation Practice Group. She has devoted, almost exclusively, her 18+ years of legal practice to the representation of numerous cities and other public agencies throughout California. Carrie primarily works as a transactional attorney, but her practice also includes eminent domain, inverse condemnation, infrastructure development, environmental and land use litigation.  

Carrie enjoys these fields of law and welcomes not only the day-to-day tasks confronted by her clients, but also the unique and complex issues presented. She provides legal review/guidance on local, state, and federal law related to a broad range of public agency issues, regularly involving the Brown Act, Political Reform Act, Public Contract Code, California Tort Claims Act, Public Records Act, Eminent Domain Law, Constitutional Law, and the California Government Code.  

Eminent Domain/Inverse Condemnation: Ms. Raven is skilled in the field of eminent domain and inverse condemnation with direct experience representing all types of public agencies, including cities, counties, transportation agencies, school districts, water districts and other special districts in property acquisitions for public projects and infrastructure development. She is recognized for her pro-active approach to resolving issues throughout the eminent domain process — from “right-to-take” challenges to high-stakes valuation and just-compensation disputes to inverse condemnation/regulatory taking claims.  

Land-Use/Development: Ms. Raven is a technical specialist in matters related to land use, zoning, and real estate development. She regularly advises cities on all sorts of planning issues associated with project approvals, conditional use permits, variances, due process, environmental issues, and both general and specific plans. She has served as legal counsel to city planning commissions; and regularly has worked closely with planning staff and department heads. Additionally, prior to joining the firm, she represented private business clients, including Wal-Mart, and other national and multi-national real estate developers with almost every aspect of commercial and residential real estate development, including local land use entitlements and approvals for large-scale commercial and residential developments.

Public Works Construction: Ms. Raven has extensive experience in public contracting and works closely with cities and public agencies on all aspects of public works construction projects from planning and property acquisition through project closeout. She works confidently, cooperatively, and proactively in a team setting—with clients, agency staff, contractors, engineers, and project consultants. On public works projects, she assists with the drafting and review of all documentation, including land acquisition contracts, professional services agreements, bid documents, general conditions, special conditions, requests for proposals, notices inviting bids, pre-qualification questionnaires and scoring. Further, she is well versed and provides guidance and advice on all types of construction project delivery methods, environmental review and compliance, financing, state and federal funding requirements, state and federal prevailing wage law compliance, project labor agreements, inter-agency agreements, utility relocation, bidding procedures and protests, contract administration, including change orders, performance and payment bonds issues, insurance claims and coverage, and warranties, contractor defaults, claims and stop-payment notices, claims management and all forms of dispute resolution.

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Central District of California
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Southern District of California


  • McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, Sacramento, California
    • J.D. - 2005
  • University of California, Riverside
    • B.A. - 1998


American Bar Association, State Bar of California, Riverside County Bar Association, San Bernardino County Bar Association, Women in Transportation (Law) Seminar; Orange County Bar Association, Los Angeles County Bar Association – Committee on Condemnation and Land Valuation, and Inland Empire Latino Lawyers Association, Inc., a non-profit organization that provides free legal services to the indigent, League of California Cities, Municipal Law Handbook Code Enforcement Section Editor (2020 Edition) Brown Act Section Editor (2022 Edition) for the City Attorney’s Department of the League of California Cities.


By way of example, over the course of her legal career, Ms. Raven has performed various work in eminent domain, environmental regulation, and public works construction on numerous public projects, including, among others: the Perris Valley Line Commuter Rail Extension Project, the State Route 91 Capital Improvement Project, Perris Multi-Modal Station, defense of SANBAG in a $102 million indemnification lawsuit arising out of the expansion of the 210 Freeway, the City of Ontario – Ontario Citizens’ Business Bank Arena, the Placentia Metrolink Commuter Rail Station and Placentia’s Transit-Oriented Development District, San Bernardino County Law Library, March Joint Powers Authority – Air Force Base Realignment and proposed public works project to develop and construct healthcare plaza and hospital, Riverside County Vector Control-new office building and appurtenant laboratory facility, Upland Water District – Water Recharge Station, Eastern Municipal Water District-Upgrades to Treatment Plant, South San Luis Obispo County Sanitation District—Wastewater Treatment Plant Redundancy Project, numerous road-widening/intersection projects and utility undergrounding for various cities, railway grade-separation projects, Westminster – Mendez Bike Trail, Hi-Desert Water District – Wastewater Collection System Improvements, and many private commercial and residential developments.