Six Owners’ Counsel of America Attorneys Named 2014 “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers in America

Owners’ Counsel of America lawyers from metropolitan areas across the United States have been honored as 2014 “Lawyers of the Year” in eminent domain law and real estate litigation practice areas.

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Owners' Counsel of America is a nationwide network of attorneys dedicated to representing private owners in eminent domain, inverse condemnation, property valuation and property rights matters.

It is an honor for the Owners’ Counsel of America to have six of our member-attorneys recognized as ‘Lawyers of the Year’ and demonstrates the exceptional skill and commitment Owners’ Counsel attorneys demonstrate in their professional practice.

Jacksonville, Florida (PRWEB) February 26, 2014

The Owners’ Counsel of America, a nationwide network of leading eminent domain attorneys dedicated to defending private property owners, is pleased to announce that six of its members have been recognized as 2014 “Lawyers of the Year” by The Best Lawyers in America® 2014 (Copyright 2013 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC).

Best Lawyers®, the oldest lawyer-rating publication in the U.S., conducts exhaustive peer-review assessments with thousands of lawyers annually. The “Lawyer of the Year” accolade is particularly significant - only one lawyer in each practice area within a designated metropolitan community is recognized. Attorneys honored as “Lawyer of the Year” received the highest ratings among their peers for their abilities, professionalism, and integrity. An explanation of the Best Lawyers® methodology is available here.

Congratulations to the following Owners’ Counsel of America attorneys from across the country who earned the 2014 “Lawyer of the Year” accolade.

Edward G. Burg
Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP
Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
Los Angeles, California
Mr. Burg concentrates his practice on representing private property owners in inverse condemnation, eminent domain and real property litigation while also maintaining a general trial and appellate practice. He has been listed in the Best Lawyers in America for the last seven consecutive years.

Leslie A. Fields
Faegre Baker Daniels LLP
Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
Denver, Colorado
Ms. Fields practices in the field of eminent domain law and real property valuation in Colorado. She has been recognized every year since 2006 by Best Lawyers in America and received the Denver-area “Lawyer of the Year” honor in 2011, 2012 and 2014.

Daniel L. Manning
Lillis O'Malley Olson Manning Pose Templeman, LLP
Litigation – Real Estate
Des Moines, Iowa
Mr. Manning practices in eminent domain and condemnation law, property tax assessment appeals, land use and zoning, and real estate litigation throughout the state of Iowa. He has been recognized consistently by Best Lawyers in America and honored as a Des Moines-area “Lawyer of the Year” in 2012 and 2014.

Dwight H. Merriam
Robinson & Cole, LLP
Litigation – Real Estate
Hartford, Connecticut
Mr. Merriam founded Robinson & Cole’s Land Use Group and focuses his practice upon land use and zoning matters as well as real estate and eminent domain litigation. He has been listed in Best Lawyers in America since 1991 and received the Hartford-area “Lawyer of the Year” accolade in 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2014.

William E. Ryan
Ryan & Ryan
Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
Chicago, Illinois
Mr. Ryan and the law firm of Ryan and Ryan defend the rights of private property owners throughout the State of Illinois in eminent domain and condemnation proceedings to ensure their clients receive just compensation. He has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America consistently since 2007.

Robert H. Thomas
Damon Key Leong Kupchat Hastert, L.C.
Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
Honolulu, Hawaii
Mr. Thomas is a land use and appellate lawyer in Hawaii and focuses his practice on regulatory takings, eminent domain litigation, water rights, and voting rights. He has been listed in Best Lawyers in America every year since 2007.

“It is an honor for the Owners’ Counsel of America to have six of our member-attorneys recognized as ‘Lawyers of the Year’ and demonstrates the exceptional skill and commitment Owners’ Counsel attorneys exhibit in their professional practice," said Cathy Newman, Executive Director. "We congratulate each of these attorneys for achieving this highly regarded professional distinction.”

ABOUT OWNERS' COUNSEL OF AMERICA:

The Owners’ Counsel of America (OCA) is a nationwide network of experienced eminent domain and property rights attorneys dedicated to protecting the constitutional rights of private landowners large and small, locally and nationally, and to advancing the cause of property rights. The lawyers affiliated with OCA are in private practice in nearly every state and represent property owners against federal, state, and local governments, utilities, redevelopment and transportation authorities and other agencies that may be armed with eminent domain power. For more information or to locate an eminent domain lawyer in your state, please visit http://www.ownerscounsel.com.