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Brix Law

Three experienced partners led by Brad Miller make up the team of Brix Law, a boutique firm considered one of the top players for real estate in Oregon. With offices in Portland and Bend, the firm stands out for advising lenders, condominiums, planned communities, national and regional developers and investors in the Pacific Northwest, and it focuses on all aspects of Oregon land use.

Over the research period, Brix Law worked on a number of complex transactional matters. One of the most significant deals that Brix Law worked on over the past year was the representation of Portland-based developer Capstone Partners and their equity partner PCCP on the acquisition of land from the State of Oregon. The deal included a negotiation of a lease with Amazon for a packing and shipping warehouse in Salem. Another interesting mandate saw the firm advising local developer Green Light, Portland-based food and beverage hospitality company ChefsTable and Reykjavik, Iceland-based hostels company KEX on the acquisition of land. 

Davis Wright Tremaine

Founded in Seattle in 1908, Davis Wright Tremaine has gained a reputation for its outstanding real estate and M&A practices across a variety of sectors including technology, food and beverage financial services, energy and health care. Since its foundation, the law firm has expanded in the US with eight offices located in Washington, California, New York, Oregon, Alaska and DC.   

Project owners, designers and contractors are among the clients of the real estate practice in Portland, Oregon. For example, the team negotiated construction contracts for a public contractor in connection with fire station and school projects in Oregon and Washington. The firm has also been representing a technology investment bank on all of its leasing activity, both locally and in other states.  

Dunn Carney

Dunn Carney’s history goes back to 1930 when the Portland based law firm was born under the name of Maguire Shields & Morrison. During the 20th century the law firm changed names three times and it became known as Dunn Carney only in 2017. Although the firm is recognized across a range of practices areas, its signature is real estate where Dunn Carney is a top player in the Pacific Northwest. The law firm expanded into Salem, Oregon in 2018.  

The real estate group is known for attracting a variety of clients such as buyers, sellers, investors, developers and lenders.  

One interesting mandate was the $206 million sale of a mixed-use apartment, office and retail property in Portland. The team also worked on one of the first deals in Oregon in opportunity zones, where it advised Sturgeon Development on creating an opportunity fund worth up to $400 million and on developing real property.  Moreover, the group conducted a series of deals in retail commercial real estate, such as representing LS Capital on the acquisition of Greenhouse Square. 

The firm added partner Coni Rathbone whose focus is primarily on opportunity zones, tenant-in-common workouts, corporate and securities law to its practice over the research period.  

Lane Powell

Lane Powell was founded in Seattle in 1875 and is located in Portland, Anchorage and London. With over 140 years of experience, the firm has made a name for itself in the Pacific Northwest.  

The real estate team in Oregon represents developers, owners, investors and lenders both regionally and nationally. The firm advised Hilltop Mall on its redevelopment and leasing in Oregon City.     

Radler White Parks & Alexander

Radler White Parks & Alexander is boutique firm based in Oregon that has a leading role in real estate, land use and corporate matters. The law firm is located in Portland and Bend, Oregon and represents small and large businesses, private and public entities, as well as schools and universities. The real estate team advises clients locally and nationally in all areas of real estate finance and development, and has an emphasis on Oregon’s unique land conservation laws. 

Over the research period, the real estate team represented developer Urban Asset Advisors in connection to its debt financing for a variety of projects. Another mandate saw the firm advise ZRZ Realty on a public-private partnership with the City of Portland to redevelop former industrial land. Other key clients included the University of Portland, Wastewater Opportunity Fund and Peregrine Sports. 

Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt

Healthcare, manufacturing, retail, natural resources, real estate and technology are the key sectors of Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt, a law firm established in Oregon in 1892. Since its foundation, the firm has grown to be among the largest firms in the Pacific Northwest with more 175 attorneys in eight cities. The firm has strong ties to Oregon where is located in Portland, Bend, Salem and Eugene. In addition, it has two offices in Washington, one in Alaska and one in California.   

The firm works across different areas and it stands out for its M&A and real estate practices. The real estate team assists developers, contractors and owners and it focuses on real estate projects within the office, retail, hospitality and industrial spaces.  

Stoel Rives

Stoel Rives began as an Oregon based corporate firm, and has since grown to become a leader in many different industries and sectors throughout the country, as well as internationally. Aside from its headquarters in Portland, the firm has established offices in Anchorage, Boise, Minneapolis, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington DC. The firm’s corporate finance practice frequently works with traditional and renewable energy projects, having been involved in nearly a quarter of wind energy production in the US.   

Energy, construction, life sciences, natural resources and infrastructure are key industries of the M&A group based in Portland. The team worked on transactions ranging from tens of millions to billions of dollars. In one standout deal, Stoel Rives advised forest products equipment company USNR on its acquisition of Mid-South Engineering Services.  

Last year, the real estate team in Portland added partners Andrew Solomon, Christopher Criglow and Dana Krawczuk from Perkins Coie.