Colorado Eminent Domain Attorney, Leslie Fields, to Speak at International Property Rights Conference in China

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Denver Attorney, Leslie Fields, will participate in the 2011 Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Conference in Beijing, China.

Denver eminent domain attorney Leslie Fields will speak at international conference in Beijing.

Denver eminent domain attorney Leslie Fields will speak at international conference in Beijing.

The Owners' Counsel of America is pleased to announce that Leslie A. Fields will take part in the Eighth Annual Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Conference sponsored by William & Mary Law School, in Beijing, China, October 14-15, 2011. The Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Conference began in 2004 at the William & Mary Law School and is renowned for its outstanding panel discussions assembling members of the bench, bar, and academia.

Each year the Property Rights Conference awards the Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Prize to an individual whose work has advanced the cause of property rights and contributed to the overall awareness of the important role property rights play in the broader scheme of individual liberty. The 2011 Property Rights Prize will be awarded to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. Justice O'Connor served as an associate justice of the United States Supreme Court from 1981 to 2006 and was the first female jurist nominated to the country’s highest court. She authored the widely cited dissenting opinion in Kelo v. City of New London (2005) which has been hailed as a pivotal opinion in American property law jurisprudence.

In its inaugural year abroad, the 2011 Conference will bring together legal scholars, jurists and practitioners from the United States and China for a comparative review of the evolution of property rights globally. Ms. Fields will participate in a panel entitled “How Practitioners Shape the Law,” which will explore the important role both lawyers and the judiciary play in influencing, shaping, and changing property law.

Ms. Fields is a Managing Partner in the Colorado office of Faegre & Benson, LLP, an international law firm involved in complex transaction and litigation matters for businesses headquartered in the U.S. and throughout the world, ranging from emerging enterprises to multinational corporations. She is also the Colorado member of the Owners' Counsel of America, a national network of condemnation and property rights attorneys who focus their practice upon the representation of property owners facing eminent domain.

A graduate of the University of Denver’s undergraduate college as well as the schools’ Sturm College of Law, Ms. Fields has had an extensive career involving every major governmental project in the state of Colorado including: the Denver International Airport, the Colorado Convention Center, Highways C-470 and E-470, the I-25 Transportation Expansion Project (T-REX) and the Fastracks Lightrail project. She has argued many precedent-setting cases before the Colorado Court of Appeals and the Colorado Supreme Court, resulting in numerous published decisions. Additionally, Ms. Fields has testified as an expert witness, presented before Colorado judges at their annual Colorado Judicial Conference, published extensively on eminent domain law and procedures matters, and in 2007, authored the textbook Colorado Eminent Domain Practice published by Bradford Publishing.

Ms. Fields currently serves as the Co-Chairman of one of American Law Institute - American Bar Association's longest-running national conferences, Eminent Domain and Land Valuation Litigation. This annual conference, attended by lawyers, judges, appraisers and right-of-way agents from around the country, has become the go-to forum for the most current updates on the law of eminent domain and the exchange and development of new ideas. Ms. Fields is also a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers.


The Owners’ Counsel of America is a nationwide network of experienced eminent domain attorneys dedicated to protecting the rights of private property owners large and small, locally and nationally, and to advancing the cause of property rights. The lawyers affiliated with Owners’ Counsel are in private practice in nearly every state and represent property owners against federal, state, and local governments, utilities, redevelopment authorities and other entities that may possess the power of eminent domain.

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