David Paavola and Joe Berry of Lewis Babcock L.L.P. have joined the by-invitation only Owners’ Counsel of America as affiliate members. The organization is a national network of attorneys who practice eminent domain law.
Only one attorney per state is chosen to serve as the OCA Member—founding partner Keith Babcock has served as South Carolina’s representative for over twenty years. Paavola and Berry now join the organization as affiliate members to support Babcock.
To qualify to join, attorneys must have an active eminent domain practice that focuses on representing landowners. They must demonstrate professional achievement in defending private property owners and their rights.
A banking and finance professional before becoming an attorney, Paavola represents individuals and businesses in eminent domain cases. His practice also includes complex business disputes and professional malpractice in state and federal courts.
Berry is a former prosecutor with extensive trial experience, and he focuses his practice on eminent domain and business disputes. He also represents clients in cases involving fiduciary negligence and appellate matters. Before practicing law, Joe worked for a nonprofit public policy organization.