Owners' Counsel of America Elects Joshua E. Baker as Virginia Representative

Joshua E. Baker

Owners' Counsel of American (OCA), an exclusive national organization of leading eminent domain attorneys, together with the law firm of Waldo & Lyle is pleased to announce the selection of Joshua E. Baker as the Primary OCA  Representative for the State of Virginia. After an extended vetting process, Owners' Counsel of America limits its membership to but one eminent domain attorney from each of the 50 states. The Virginia seat was previously occupied by Joseph T. Waldo who has been elected to Emeritus Status.

The OCA brings together the nation’s leading eminent domain attorneys to collaborate in defending and promoting private property rights. OCA attorneys regularly are involved in landmark condemnation cases on behalf of large and small property owners in state and federal courts across the nation.

Joseph Waldo was one of our most active and contributing members for the 17 years he held the position as OCA's representative for the great State of Virginia. But I have no doubt that Joshua Baker will make his own indelible mark on the honored history of this great organization given his deep and abiding committment to the practice of eminent domain law and the defense of private property rights. We are thrilled to have such an exceptional lawyer join our ranks.

Leslie Fields, Executive Director, Owners' Counsel of America

Baker, who has been practicing for 12 years, is well-known throughout Virginia, not only for his representation of private property owners, but also as a grassroots advocate for property rights reforms. In addition to his robust eminent domain practice, Baker is called every year to testify at hearings on private property rights issues before the Virginia General Assembly or to assist in the drafting of eminent domain legislation. His expertise and reputation have helped defeat measures that would limit owners’ rights in condemnation cases, and pass reforms strengthening them. Baker also played a leadership role in the drafting and advocacy of Virginia’s 2012 enactment of a constitutional amendment prohibiting the use of eminent domain for economic development.

Like many OCA members, Baker limits his practice exclusively to the representation of private property owners facing the loss of or damage to their property through condemnation,  inverse condemnation and regulatory takings. In 2017, Baker resolved over 40 different property rights disputes with just compensation payments ranging from several thousand dollars to several hundred thousands of dollars.

Source: Owners' Counsel of America and Waldo & Lyle