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March 22nd, 2016 — In News & Events

OCA Condemnation Lawyer Michael Rikon Earns Prestigious CRE® Designation

The Owners’ Counsel of America is pleased to announce that Manhattan eminent domain lawyer Michael Rikon, the New York representative to OCA, recently received a CRE® designation from the Counselors of Real Estate®. Mr. Rikon, a partner at Manhattan-based Goldstein, Rikon, Rikon & Houghton, P.C, has practiced law in New York since his admission to the Bar in 1969.  Of the more than 1,100 CREs worldwide, Mike is one of the approximately 50 who are practicing attorneys. Mike Rikon entered private practice in 1980 and has since focused his practice on representing private property owners in eminent domain and real estate matters across New York state. Goldstein, Rikon, Rikon & Houghton, P.C limits its practice to eminent domain and condemnation law assisting landowners throughout the state of New York. Mike frequently lectures on topics related to eminent domain, just compensation and property rights. His articles on condemnation and real property law are published in the New York Law Journal, Practical Real Estate Lawyer and other legal and scholarly journals.  He also regularly contributes to his firm’s blog “Bulldozers at Your Doorstep.”  More about Mike’s professional experience is available on his OCA profile page and at Founded in 1953, the Counselors of Real Estate® is the membership organization established exclusively for real estate advisors who provide intelligent, unbiased, and trusted advice for a client or employer. Membership in The Counselors of Real Estate is on an invitation-only basis after a thorough review process.  CREs come from a wide array of professional backgrounds-from valuation, consulting, law, brokerage and asset management to development, investment, lending […]

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March 14th, 2016 — In News & Events

Alabama Attorney Casey Pipes Joins OCA’s Nationwide Network of Eminent Domain Attorneys

OCA is pleased to announce that Alabama real estate and condemnation lawyer, Casey Pipes, was recently selected for membership in the association.  Mr. Pipes will succeed his partner, Warren C. Herlong, Jr., as the Alabama member of OCA.  Warren, a charter member of OCA  and former Director on OCA’s Board of Directors from 2013 to 2016, has been named as an Emeritus Member of the association.  

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February 29th, 2016 — In News & Events

Virginia Property Rights Attorney Jeremy Hopkins Joins OCA

OCA is pleased to welcome eminent domain and property rights lawyer Jeremy P. Hopkins as the Virginia member of OCA’s nationwide network of eminent domain attorneys.  Mr. Hopkins succeeds his partner, Joseph T. Waldo, who was a founding member of OCA and who has been named as an Emeritus Member of the association. OCA is grateful to Joe Waldo for his years of dedication and commitment to OCA and to defending property owners. We look forward to continuing to work together with Joe and Jeremy in Virginia and across the United States to protect and preserve private property rights.

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February 11th, 2016 — In News & Events

Property Rights Lawyer Donald Joe Willis Honored With OCA’s 2016 Crystal Eagle Award

On January 30, 2016 Owners’ Counsel of America honored Oregon property rights, land use and condemnation attorney Donald Joe Willis with the Crystal Eagle Award for his advocacy over more than four decades on behalf of private property owners in land use, eminent domain and regulatory takings litigation throughout Oregon and nationally.

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December 14th, 2015 — In News & Events

ALI-CLE Eminent Domain and Land Valuation Litigation Course 2016

Eminent domain attorneys, appraisers, engineers and other professionals in the field of eminent domain, property rights and land valuation litigation will gather this January to discuss the hot topics, newest cases and emerging issues impacting eminent domain law and those who practice in this area.  The 33rd Annual American Law Institute Eminent Domain and Land Valuation Litigation course is scheduled to take place January 28-30 at the Hotel Van Zandt in Austin, Texas.

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November 9th, 2015 — In News & Events

New Jersey Beachfront Residents Represented by OCA Attorney Sue to Prevent Use of Eminent Domain

In October, a group of New Jersey beachfront homeowners brought suit against the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) seeking to prevent the agency’s use of eminent domain. Represented by eminent domain lawyer and OCA New Jersey representative Anthony DellaPelle, the property owners argue that the DEP’s plan to construct protective sand dunes on their properties would prevent them from taking their own precautions to avoid damage to their homes and land.

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October 22nd, 2015 — In News & Events

OCA & NFIB Amici Brief: Cities Can’t Force Homebuilders To Provide More Than Fair Share Of Affordable Housing

Last week, OCA and the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Small Business Legal Center filed an amici curiae brief with the United States Supreme Court urging the protection of private property rights from overreaching government regulation. The brief requests the Court agree to review the California Supreme Court’s decision in California Building Industry Association v. San Jose, No. 15-330 (September 16, 2015).

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October 21st, 2015 — In News & Events

Harvard Law Prof. Joseph Singer Recently Honored with 2015 Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Prize

On October 1, the William & Mary Law School Property Rights Project honored Professor Joseph Singer with the 2015 Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Prize for his scholarship concerning property’s relationship to our political, economic, and social systems.  Prof. Singer was honored during a candlelight dinner in the Great Hall of the historic Sir Christopher Wren Building, commencing the 12th annual Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Conference.

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October 1st, 2015 — In News & Events

12th Annual Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Conference October 1 & 2, 2015

This evening Joseph William Singer, Bussey Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, will be presented with the 2015 Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Prize on the campus of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.  Professor Singer will be the 12th recipient of this prestigious award which is presented annually to a scholar, lawyer or jurist whose work has advanced the cause of property rights and has contributed to the overall awareness of the important role property rights play in the broader scheme of individual liberty.

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September 30th, 2015 — In News & Events

Latest Developments Regarding Eminent Domain and the Keystone XL Pipeline

Since President Obama’s veto of a Senate bill authorizing construction of the Keystone XL pipeline in February, speculation regarding the ultimate fate of the pipeline project has continued to swirl. As we fast approach the seven-year anniversary of the Keystone XL pipeline’s original proposal, Congress, the Canadian government, residents along the pipeline’s proposed path and TransCanada (the oil company behind the pipeline) all appear to be getting anxious about the President’s and the State Department’s impending decision on whether to allow the project to move forward.

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