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Fredrikson & Byron attorney Howard RostonOwners' Counsel of America (OCA), an exclusive national organization of leading eminent domain attorneys, has named Fredrikson & Byron shareholder Howard A. Roston as its Primary member for the state of Minnesota.

"We are thrilled to select Howard Roston as our lead contact and Primary member in the state of Minnesota," says OCA's Executive Director Leslie Fields. "After a thorough vetting process, our members selected Howard because he possesses all the necessary knowledge and experience that OCA's stringent membership requirements dictate. Not only is Howard a first class lawyer and litigator, but he is someone who is dedicated to making sure that property owners are treated fairly and that the awesome power of eminent domain is exercised only in accordance with applicable legal and constitutional protections."

In addition to his real estate litigation and transactional practice, Roston has successfully tried scores of condemnation cases before both court-appointed commissioners and juries, resulting in significant compensation awards for his clients. Roston’s substantial condemnation practice is strengthened by his in-depth knowledge of all things real estate, including foreclosures and receiverships; zoning and land use matters; leasing, landlord/tenant issues and liens; and real estate tax protests and transactional law.

In 2017, Roston was invited to become a select member of the Counselors of Real Estate (CRE), in recognition for his problem-solving abilities in areas of real estate counseling. The CRE is an international group of high-profile professionals of prominent real estate, financial, legal and accounting firms who provide expert, objective advice on complex real property situations and land-related matters. Before becoming OCA's Primary Minnesota member, Roston was an Affiliate member with OCA.

Founded in 2000, OCA is a nationwide network of experienced eminent domain attorneys dedicated to defending the rights of private property owners in condemnation, inverse condemnation, regulatory takings and property rights matters. OCA was specifically founded to level the playing field in situations where private landowners find themselves pitted against powerful governmental entities with eminent domain powers and unlimited resources to get what they want.

Fredrikson & Byron is a leading Midwest law firm working collaboratively to help businesses achieve their goals regionally, nationally and globally. With a reputation as the firm “where law and business meet,” our attorneys bring business acumen and entrepreneurial thinking to work with clients and operate as business advisors and strategic partners as well as legal counselors. The firm’s 300+ attorneys are based in Minneapolis, with offices in Bismarck, Des Moines, Fargo, Mankato, St. Paul, Saltillo, Mexico, and Shanghai, China. Learn more at, LinkedIn or @FredriksonLaw.

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