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June 13th, 2016 — By — In News & Events

Eminent Domain Attorneys with Owners’ Counsel of America Earn CRE® Designation

The Owners’ Counsel of America wishes to congratulate eminent domain attorneys Joseph P. Suntum of Maryland and William G. Blake of Nebraska who were recently awarded the CRE® designation from the Counselors of Real Estate®. A Counselor of Real Estate (CRE) provides intelligent, unbiased real estate advice that achieves the best results for a client or employer. Joe and Bill join the more than 1,100 CREs worldwide, including 5 other OCA attorney-members (Casey Pipes – Alabama, Jack Sperber – Colorado, Dwight Merriam – Connecticut, Anthony DellaPelle – New Jersey, and Michael Rikon – New York). 

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 available on an invitation-only basis after a thorough review process has been conducted.  CREs come from a wide array of professional backgrounds – from valuation, consulting, law, brokerage and asset management to development, investment, lending and corporate real estate. They are service providers, owners, capital providers, fiduciaries, academics and public servants.  As the most respected real estate specialists in the industry, CREs work on the most complex and important projects, effectively run real estate businesses, and are known for innovation and creative problem solving.

A former Assistant Public Defender for Montgomery County, Joseph Suntum has achieved significant success over the last 20 years representing property owners throughout Maryland and the District of Columbia in eminent domain and land valuation litigation. Decades of trial experience coupled with an intimate knowledge of the law of eminent domain and the science of real property valuation, have equipped him to vigorously defend his clients’ private property rights and secure just compensation in condemnation proceedings.

Over more than 35 years of practice, William Blake has amassed a wealth of experience in eminent domain, real estate and commercial disputes litigating cases across Nebraska.  He is frequently invited to speak, locally and nationally, on issues relating to the condemnation of real property and private property rights and is recognized for his many written works regarding the law of eminent domain.  Mr. Blake is the Editor of “The Law of Eminent Domain”, First Chair Press, (2012) published for the American Bar Association and is the author of “Just Condemnation in Nebraska: a Manual for Owners.”

OCA congratulates both Joe Suntum and Bill Blake on their numerous professional achievements and on their recent CRE® designation.