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January 8th, 2018 — In News & Events
Recent Passing of OCA Member Ed McKirdy
We regret to inform you that OCA member Edward Daniel McKirdy passed away on Saturday, January 6, 2018 at Morristown Medical Center. He was 81. Born in Newark, NJ to the late Edward A. and Marion (D’Addario) McKirdy, he was a resident of Morristown before moving to Mendham 45 years ago. Mr. McKirdy, a graduate of Harvard University and Yale Law School, was a founding partner of the law firm of McKirdy, Riskin, Olson & DellaPelle in Morristown, retiring in January of 2017. He was a member of American Legal Institute-American Bar Association, the Owners Council of America, and the Morris County Bar Association. He served on the Morris County Judicial Selection Committee and the State Bar Association County Judicial and Prosecutor Appointments Committee. He was a national and local leader in his field of eminent domain, and won many professional commendations, including being named one of the Top 100 Super Lawyers in the state for many years and the Professional Lawyer of the Year for the Morris County Bar Association in 2004. He co-authored The NJ Condemnation Practice manual published by NJICLE. Early in his career, he was a Deputy State Attorney General for the state of New Jersey and later served as a municipal court judge in Denville Township. Mr. McKirdy served in the United States Army from 1958-1959. Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Laura (nee Spielvogel) McKirdy, his son Edward Michael McKirdy and his wife Akane, his daughter Melissa McKirdy Hazen, MD and her husband Eric, and two grandsons James Edward Hazen […]
November 15th, 2017 — In News & Events
American Law Institute Selects Joseph T. Waldo as New Member
Owners’ Counsel of American would like to congratuate OCA member Joseph T. Waldo for being selected by the American Law Institute (ALI) as a new member as this organization embarks on a major study of property law in America. Joe is the president of Waldo & Lyle and the designated OCA representative from Virginia. ALI is composed of attorneys, judges and legal scholars from all 50 states. ALI was founded in 1923 with the purpose of improving the law and the administration of justice. Judges, legislatures, law schools, and law firms across the country rely for guidance on its studies and research, known as Restatements. In its announcement ALI pointed to Joe Waldo’s expertise in property rights law as the reason for his election. The organization is now in the midst of a major study aimed at bringing “comprehensiveness and coherence to American property law.” Among the areas to be addressed: protection of and limits on ownership; divided and shared ownership; title and transfer; easements, servitudes, and land use; and public rights and takings. The study is expected to take 7 to 10 years. “By participating in the Institute’s work, “ the announcement states that Joe Waldo “would have the opportunity to influence the development of the law in both existing and emerging areas, to work with other eminent lawyers, judges, and academics, to give back to a profession to which they are deeply dedicated, and to contribute to the public good. “ Said Mr. Waldo: “I am honored to be […]
October 27th, 2017 — In News & Events
35th Annual ALI-CLE Eminent Domain and Land Valuation Conference in Charleston, South Carolina
Watch this video from OCA member Robert Thomas talking about the upcoming ALI-CLE Eminent Domain Conference in Charleston, South Carolina. This is a fantastic conference for anyone interested in getting better informed on the most current eminent domain issues across the country. Many of our OCA members will be attending as well as presenting on a variety of interesting topics. Please come and join us.
October 19th, 2017 — In News & Events
OCA Member Randall Smith Argues Precedent Setting Eminent Domain Case Before Louisiana Supreme Court
As reported in the New Orleans Advocate, this facility, once owned by the Violet Dock Port but since taken through eminent domain by St. Bernard Port, Harbor & Terminal District, is at the center of a protracted legal dispute that came before the Louisiana Supreme Court for argument on Monday. For decades, the facility serviced U.S. Navy ships on three of its five docks. The Violet Dock Port claimed that it was unfairly taken by the District to lease it to another private entity that would operate the same business and generate the same revenues as the Port had for years. On behalf of the former owners, OCA Member Randall Smith argued before the Louisiana Supreme Court that the taking violated the Louisiana and U.S. constitutions and should be overturned, with the property returned to the landowners. Mr. Randall also argued that if the lower split appellate decision was not overturned, the District should be forced to pay his clients a replacement value of $41 million or more for the loss of their property. In addition to the OCA itself (with the assistance of OCA Member Robert Thomas), numerous amicus groups joined in supporting Violet Dock Port, including the Institute for Justice (with the help of OCA member, Dana Berliner), the National Federation of Independent Business, the Louisiana Association of Business & Industry, Southeastern Legal Foundation, and the Cato Institute. On behalf of St. District, a national port organization and other Louisiana port entities submitted amicus briefs. Randall Smith is with […]
October 16th, 2017 — In News & Events
Owners’ Counsel of America Announces Addition of Shane Rayman as Newest Member
Owners’ Counsel of America is pleased to announce the recent addition of Shane Rayman to its membership base. Shane Rayman is a founding partner of Rayman Beitchman LLP, a boutique litigation firm in Canada focused on expropriations law and property rights litigation which are also Shane’s primary practice areas. His practice also includes commercial litigation and defending professionals on liability issues relating to expropriations law. In addition to having appeared before all levels of Court in Ontario and the Federal Court of Canada, Shane has represented his clients in many significant cases relating to land compensation claims throughout Ontario, including the landmark decision of the Supreme Court of Canada in Antrim Truck Centre v. Ontario (Ministry of Transportation). This appeal resulted in a unanimous decision by the Supreme Court in favor of the Appellant owner and set a precedent relating to real property rights and the balance between public and private property interests in Canada. Shane has also been involved in major infrastructure projects throughout Ontario, including the 407 East, the TYSSE Subway extension, Metrolinx initiatives and LRT Projects. Shane is a past president of the Ontario Expropriations Association and has been a director since 2006. This Association is made up of individuals from professions involved in the acquisition of land for public purposes and provides a forum for such professionals to educate one another on relevant issues. Shane is a member of the Ontario Bar Association, the Advocates’ Society and the Ontario Chapter of the International Right of Way Association. […]
October 3rd, 2017 — In News & Events
Owners’ Counsel of America Announces Leslie Fields as New Executive Director
Jacksonville, Florida, October 2, 2013 (Newswire.com) – Owners’ Counsel of America (OCA), a nationwide network of leading eminent domain attorneys, is pleased to announce the hiring of Leslie Fields as its new Executive Director, a person who brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the task of helping to lead and grow the organization. Leslie Fields retired in 2014 from Faegre Baker Daniels, a law firm with national and international offices, where she served on the firm’s management board and became a renowned legal expert on eminent domain and property rights issues, co-chairing for many years the longest running ALI-CLE conference on eminent domain and land valuation and presenting on the subject of eminent domain in locales as distant as Tsinghua University in Beijing China as part of the Brigham- Kanner Property Rights Conference sponsored by William & Mary Law School. Over her 33 year legal career, Fields, a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers, argued numerous precedent setting cases that helped shape the law of eminent domain in Colorado and was involved in land acquisition matters for multiple major public works projects, including representation of the principle landowners for the construction of the Denver International Airport. In 2008 Fields wrote the textbook on Colorado Eminent Domain Law. In 2014 the Sam Cary Bar Association awarded Fields the King Trimble Lifetime Achievement Award for her professional achievements and in 2016 Fields was honored as a Law Star by Denver University Sturm College of Law for her alumni […]
September 1st, 2017 — In Articles
14th Annual Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Conference, October 12-13, 2017
Several members of Owners’ Counsel of America will be speaking at the 14th Annual Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Conference at the William and Mary Law School in Williamsburg, Virginia on October 12-13, 2017. The Conference is honoring University of Hawaii Law School Professor David Callies (the 2015 Recipient of OCA’s Crystal Eagle award), for his lifetime of work, both scholarly and practical, advancing the right of private property. Please join us for this exciting event.
November 29th, 2016 — In News & Events
Join Owners’ Counsel at the Eminent Domain & Land Valuation 2017 CLE in San Diego
Join Owners’ Counsel of America attorneys at the 34th annual American Law Institute Eminent Domain and Land Valuation Litigation course in San Diego, California. This live CLE program will take place Thursday – Saturday, January 26-28, 2017 at the Westin San Diego, in downtown San Diego, California.
November 23rd, 2016 — In Articles
Owners’ Counsel of America Files Brief in Inverse Condemnation Case before U.S. Supreme Court
The Owners’ Counsel of America (OCA) has joined together with other property rights advocates to file an amici curiae brief with the United States Supreme Court in an inverse condemnation case concerning the rails-to-trails conversion of an elevated rail line in New York to a public parkway.
October 28th, 2016 — In News & Events
Owners’ Counsel Participates in International Property Rights Conference
During a ceremony at The Peace Palace in The Hague on October 21, the 2016 the 2016 Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Prize was awarded to Peruvian economist Hernando de Soto, President of the Institute of Liberty and Democracy. An advocate for the formal recognition of private property ownership as a solution to global poverty, de Soto has been recognized internationally for his work. The Prize was awarded following the conclusion of the 13th Annual Brigham-Kanner International Property Rights Conference in which a number of OCA attorneys participated.