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

Joe 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.
He routinely negotiates and drafts joint venture agreements, purchase and sale agreements, commercial leases, easements, option agreements and loan and financing documents. Joe 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, joint venture agreements, 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

  • Oregon State Bar, Member
    • Real Estate and Land Use Section
  • Foster Garvey, Managing Director of Portland Office, 2021-2022

Community Activities

  • Pro Bono Counsel to several nonprofit organizations including Oregon Business Association, Edwards Center and Northwest Mothers Milk Bank.



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Past Appearances


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


  • J.D., University of Oregon School of Law, 1985
  • B.S., Willamette University, Political Science and Economics, 1982

Honors & Recognition

  • Chambers USA (Oregon) Leading Individual, Real Estate, 2020-present
  • The Best Lawyers in America©, Real Estate Law, Corporate Compliance Law, Corporate Governance Law, Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law, 2011-present
    • Best Lawyers ® “Lawyer of the Year,” Corporate Compliance Law, 2023
    • Best Lawyers ® “Lawyer of the Year,” Corporate Governance Law, 2022
    • Best Lawyers ® “Lawyer of the Year,” Corporate Compliance Law, 2016, 2021
  • Oregon Super Lawyer list
    • Oregon Super Lawyers, 2008-2019
    • Super Lawyers Business Edition, 2015
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent rating


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