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Governance and Leadership

Executive Director

Leslie Fields is the Executive Director of Owners’ Counsel of America. Before retirement in 2014, Leslie practiced law for 33 years, mostly with Faegre Baker Daniels (now Faegre Drinker), a law firm with national and international offices. While at Faegre, Leslie  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 national ALI-CLE Eminent Domain and Land Valuation and Litigation Conference, 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. During much of this time, Leslie served as the Colorado member of OCA and wrote the definitive textbook on Eminent Domain Law in Colorado. Leslie came out of retirement in 2017, specifically to help lead OCA in its mission of helping private landowners in eminent domain and takings situations across the country.

Board Chair

Joseph P. SuntumJoseph P. Suntum is a principal in the firm of Miller, Miller & Canby and the leader of the firm’s Eminent Domain Practice Group. Decades of trial experience and an in-depth knowledge of real property valuation and the law of eminent domain has made him a strong advocate in the protection of landowner property rights and in the ability to maximize just compensation when properties are targeted for acquisition. Mr. Suntum routinely appears before the Maryland courts of appeal and has successfully argued many appellate cases. Mr. Suntum served as Managing Partner of the firm from 1997 to 2008. Mr. Suntum currently serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors for OCA.

Board Vice Chair

Hertha L. LundHertha L. Lund is the founder of Lund Law, PLLC and has been fighting for landowner rights for more than 30 years at the national, state and local levels. She has trial experience and has prevailed in numerous high value cases involving property rights. Ms. Lund appears before the Montana Supreme Court, the Federal District Court in Montana, and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. In 1995, she clerked for the Chief Judge of the United States Court of Federal Claims in Washington, D.C. Ms. Lund currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for OCA.

Board of Directors

Kevin Anderson: President, Director and Shareholder with Anderson, Call & Wilkinson in Salt Lake City, Utah

Richard H. Glazer: Founder and Managing Attorney of Richard H. Glazer Co., LPA in Cincinnati, Ohio

Paul G. Henry: Principal Partner with Denlow & Henry in St. Louis, Missouri

Hertha L. Lund: Founder and Managing Partner of Lund Law, PLLC in Bozeman, Montana

Casey Pipes: Principal of Helmsing, Leach, Herlong, Newman & Rouse in Mobile, Alabama

Joseph P. Suntum: Principal with Miller, Miller & Canby, Chartered in Rockville, Maryland

Kermitt L. Waters: Founder and Managing Attorney of Law Offices of Kermitt L. Waters in Las Vegas, Nevada

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