Membership Process and Benefits

Membership in OCA is extended on an invitation-only basis and is restricted to one Primary member per state across the country. To be invited as a Primary member, prospective members must maintain an active eminent domain and property rights practice focused upon the representation of private owners. Candidates for membership should demonstrate outstanding professional achievement, a successful track record defending private property owners and a devotion to the advancement and protection of private property rights. For further information about the requirements and process for becoming a Primary member with OCA please contact the Executive Director of OCA by email ( or (877-367-6963). Currently, OCA has openings in certain states.

The value and benefits of being a Primary member of Owners’ Counsel of America are significant and substantial. They include the opportunity to be part of a business association over two decades old uniquely focused on protecting private property and the legal rights of private citizens in eminent domain, inverse, and regulatory taking cases in state and federal courts, as well as the U.S. Supreme Court;

The prestige and honor of being selected as the only OCA member in your state, a designation which signifies the depth of your professional experience, specialized knowledge and legal skills in the area of takings law and practice;

Access to a national network of leading eminent domain and takings lawyers in solving complex substantive and practical legal issues, finding supporting case law or other legal precedent, and developing legal strategies tailored to the unique facts of your case;

Regularly scheduled in house Webinars on the cutting edge legal and practice topics of day, where you can hear and see the presenters without ever having to leave your office; and

OCA’s Newsletter which features the professional background and legal practice of an OCA member each month and also showcases topical subjects and developing trends in the area of eminent domain and takings law.

Additionally, each year many OCA members attend the ALI-CLE national Eminent Domain and Land Valuation Litigation Conference, one of the longest ongoing property rights conferences in the country. Following this conference, OCA holds its Annual Meeting and Dinner Reception, where members engage in the ongoing work of the organization as well as fellowship and social interaction. At the Dinner Reception, OCA’s highest honor, the Crystal Eagle Award, is presented to a person who has made a substantial contribution to the advancement of private property rights.