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Jennifer M. Bragar

Jennifer M. Bragar

Owner - Portland

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Jennifer Bragar’s practice is focused on land use, municipal and environmental law. She represents business, community and government entities in matters unique to land use planning and municipal law. She has appeared before the Land Use Board of Appeals and is a frequent lecturer and author on Oregon land use law. 

Jennifer has been involved with a number of significant cases in Oregon, including advocacy for a coalition of private property owners who challenged a Umatilla County ordinance that would have severely restricted land available for commercial wind facilities in 2011. The Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals upheld this challenge based on violations of the Constitution and administrative regulations. Further, Jennifer assists in the firm’s representation of several cities as special counsel and general counsel, including Oregon City, Island City, and the City of Rivergrove. Ms. Bragar is also involved in representing multiple clients on hazardous waste cleanup actions arising under federal and state Superfund laws. This work involves negotiations with federal and state regulators, cost recovery and contribution actions, the allocation of liability among private parties, and natural resource damage claims. 

Before entering private practice, Ms. Bragar founded JB Associates (1999-2003), a land use and political consulting firm in the Monterey Bay area providing services to clients around the central coast of California. She has worked closely with government agencies, developers and community activists to achieve balanced development proposals that satisfy the requirements of all participants in the review process. She has managed campaigns for the district attorney, other elected officials, and a variety of local Santa Cruz ballot measures.

Her experience and background serves clients well, providing first-hand perspective and understanding of the implications of the land use decision-making process in the local political arena. She offers clients a practical approach to dealing with their land use issues.

Professional Activities

  • Executive Committee Chair, 2016 Real Estate and Land Use Section, Oregon State Bar
  • Member, American Bar Association, State and Local Government Section, Publications Director, August 2016-present; Council Member, August 2013-present; Member, 2010-present
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation, August 2016-present
  • Member, Oregon Emerging Local Government Leaders Network, November 2012-present
  • Member, Oregon Bar Association, 2009-present
  • Member, Oregon Women Lawyers, 2009-present
  • Member, Urban Land Institute, 2009-present 

Community Activities

  • President, Housing Land Advocates, 2012 – present; Board Member since 2009
  • Board Member, Women of Wind Energy, 2013 – present; member since 2010
  • Board Member, Oregon League of Conservation Voters, 2013 – present



  • Lewis & Clark Law School, J.D., cum laude, 2007
    • Environmental Law Certificate
    • Larry Kressel Memorial Award for Land Use Scholarship
  • University of California Santa Cruz, B.A., Economics and Environmental Studies, 1998
    • Honors in Economics
    • Dean's Undergraduate Award
  • University of Melbourne, Education Abroad Program, 1997


  • Washington, 2013
  • Oregon, 2009
  • California, 2008

Professional Recognition

  • Listed in Chambers USA as an “Up and Coming” lawyer for Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use (Oregon), 2016
  • Named by peers as an "Oregon Rising Star" in Oregon Super Lawyers magazine, 2012-2016