Real Estate & Land Use
We specialize in dirt law. That means if you’re involved in farming, flipping, buying, selling, constructing, or developing real property your needs are our specialty. Any boundary or title dispute is solidly in our wheelhouse.
We are experienced in resolving disputes of all types for businesses of all sizes, whether by negotiation, arbitration, or with the assistance of state or federal courts. We routinely handle the formation of all forms of Oregon business entities and oversight of regular and special entity meetings and minutes.
Wes has been practicing in Oregon since 2006, assisting property owners, business owners, developers, and construction contractors with planning, documenting, and executing real property and business transactions ranging in size from single residential property transactions to acquisition and development of large commercial properties and large, diversified farming operations. He also advises clients and represents clients’ interests in the local, state, and county level land use planning and permitting processes that are often necessary for real estate development. Wes is well versed in Measure 37 and Measure 49 development and property rights. He obtained Measure 37 and Measure 49 development rights for our clients who had claims under those laws. He continues to assist clients with property partitions, including those authorized by Measure 49.
Wes is well recognized for his expertise in the area of mortgage foreclosure law. He has been sought after to speak to other lawyers, judges, and real estate professionals on mortgage foreclosure issues and foreclosure avoidance through negotiated loan modifications and short sales. He also helps contractors and homeowners resolve construction defect issues. Similarly, he is equally comfortable advising either landlords or tenants with issues pertaining to Oregon landlord tenant law. Helping property owners resolve boundary and encroachment disputes is another staple of his legal practice.
Wes approaches client needs with a practical problem-solving approach designed to match client goals with cost-effective legal solutions.
If litigation is necessary to enforce or protect a client’s rights, Wes is admitted to practice in all Oregon state and federal courts and is an experienced trial attorney and appellate advocate. He has also successfully represented real estate professionals, such as, land surveyors, Realtors, property managers, and appraisers in administrative proceedings with the various state boards and agencies that regulate those professions. Wes represents homeowners and construction contractors with issues involving the Oregon Construction Contractors Board.
A Gulf War veteran and former member of the United States Air Force, Wes was decorated for his service in Operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm and Just Cause while assigned to the 37th Tactical Fighter Wing. He assists other disabled veterans resolve claims with the Veterans Administration due to service-connected illness or disability. He actively participates in the Oregon State Bar’s Military Assistance Panel, volunteering his time and expertise to assist Oregon’s deployed military service members and their dependents. Wes also serves on the executive committee of the Oregon State Bar Military and Veterans Law Section.
Education—Wes received his Bachelor of Business Administration Degree, with honors, in Economics and Business Management from New Mexico State University. He received his Juris Doctorate, cum laude, from Florida State University College of Law, where he was also a member of the nationally prominent Journal of Land Use and Environmental Law.
Rebecca has been Wes’ legal assistant for over ten years and has worked in the field since 2001. An invaluable member of our team, she is well-versed in all phases of real estate, land use, and business transaction and litigation support.
Catherine is a third-year legal student at Willamette University College of Law where she also serves as Vice President of the Women’s Law Caucus. She augments our team with excellent drafting and legal research skills.
Jill is an expert bookkeeper. She has worked with Wes for his entire career and has provided accounting and bookkeeping services in Oregon for 45 years.