Leslie A. Fields
Emeritus Member (Retired)
For over 30 years, Leslie A. Fields (retired) was active on virtually all sides of the land acquisition and valuation process in Colorado. Her experience extends into numerous subareas of the eminent domain and land valuation field, including highest and best use issues, visibility and loss of view damages, parking lot impacts, land use noncompliance impacts, value of special use properties, relocation expenses, and appraisal standards and guidelines. She testified as an expert witness in eminent domain matters and presented before Colorado judges at the annual Colorado Judicial Conference. She has also written extensively on eminent domain law and procedures, including the Colorado textbook, Colorado Eminent Domain Practice, published in 2007 by Bradford Publishing.
During her extensive career, Leslie was involved in every major governmental project within the state of Colorado, including the Denver International Airport, the Colorado Convention Center, Highways C-470 and E-470, the I-25 Transportation Expansion Project (T-REX) and the Fastracks Lightrail project. Her former clients included individual and corporate landowners, developers, and Fortune 500 companies. She counseled and represented her clients through every stage of a condemnation case, from preliminary negotiations, to the institution of condemnation proceedings, to the ultimate determination of just compensation through litigation and the appellate process. Throughout her practice, Leslie argued numerous precedent-setting cases before the Colorado Court of Appeals and the Colorado Supreme Court, resulting in published decisions.
For nearly a decade, Leslie co-chaired of one of the American Law Institute’s longest-running national conferences, Eminent Domain & Land Valuation Litigation. This annual conference, attended by lawyers, judges, appraisers and right-of-way agents from around the country, has become the go-to forum for the most current updates on the law of eminent domain and the exchange and development of new ideas.