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Joe focuses on guiding owners, developers and lenders through multifaceted residential and commercial real estate transactions.

He has practiced in the areas of real estate, business and banking law in Oregon for more than 30 years. Joe’s real estate practice includes representation of owners, developers, tenants and lenders in a wide variety of matters, particularly in connection with residential and commercial real estate acquisition, leasing, development and finance.
Joe routinely negotiates and drafts joint venture agreements, purchase and sale agreements, leases, easements, option agreements and loan and financing documents. He also provides legal advice on title, land use, environmental and Section 1031 exchange issues.

His business practice includes business planning, limited liability company and other entity formation, negotiation and preparation of contracts, purchase and sale of business entities and corporate governance matters. Joe also represents several nonprofit corporations.

Joe formerly served as in-house counsel with U.S. Bancorp, where he provided legal advice regarding all aspects of finance and banking, including commercial and consumer lending, retail and electronic banking services and regulatory compliance.

Professional Activities

  • Member, Oregon State Bar Real Estate and Land Use Section

Community Activities

  • Pro Bono Counsel to several nonprofit organizations including Oregon Business Association, Edwards Center, Tualatin Lacrosse Club and Northwest Mothers Milk Bank
  • Volunteer, City of Tualatin youth sports organizations



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Past Appearances


  • Oregon, 1985
  • U.S. District Court, District of Oregon, 1985


University of Oregon School of Law, J.D., 1985

Willamette University, B.S., Political Science and Economics, 1982

Honors | Recognitions

  • Named by Best Lawyers® as Lawyer of the Year, Corporate Compliance Law, Portland, OR, 2016
  • Named by peers to The Best Lawyers in America© in the areas of Real Estate Law, Corporate Compliance Law, Corporate Governance Law, Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law, 2011-2020
  • Named by peers as a "Super Lawyer" in Oregon Super Lawyers magazine, 2008-2019
  • Named by peers as a "Super Lawyer" in Super Lawyers Business Edition, 2015
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV/5.0 Peer Review Rated


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