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Jonathan Radmacher

Jonathan M. Radmacher - Partner

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Jonathan is a litigation and appellate attorney; his areas of expertise include real estate, title and escrow litigation, legal malpractice (repair and defense) and commercial and business law. Jonathan joined McEwen Gisvold as an associate in 1992 and became a partner in 2000.

Representative Transactions

Jonathan represented Mt. Hood Meadows in a lengthy dispute and settlement conference, involving an exchange of real property with Hood River County, and subsequent efforts by several public interest groups to reverse the land exchange. After winning two lawsuits in the trial court, and handling both cases pending in the Oregon Court of Appeals, the parties reached a settlement over the course of six days of settlement conferences, which settlement requires legislative approval of another exchange of property with the U.S. Forest Service.

Jonathan has represented the Oregon School Activities Association in a variety of issues of first impression, including successfully defending the OSAA’s plan to re-classify all 287 member high schools in the State of Oregon.

Jonathan regularly represents title insurance companies and escrow companies in defense of claims, and has become one of the foremost lawyers in Oregon with respect to issues of escrow and/or title insurance negligence claims, having handled four cases through the Oregon Court of Appeals, which cases have settled and defined the nature of title and escrow law in Oregon.

Jonathan regularly represents a major grocery retailer against claims related to security and anti-shoplifting measures, having won defense verdicts and/or judgments in all three of his cases that were tried to a jury in the past three years.


The National Law Center, George Washington University (J.D. with high honors, 1992)

Willamette University (B.S., political science, math/computer science, 1988), Top Ten Senior Award, Thomas Autzen Award, Chiles Foundation Scholar, Mortar Board

Admitted to Practice

Oregon State Bar; United States District Court, District of Oregon; Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals; United States Supreme Court

Professional & Community Activities

Board of Directors, Central City Concern (2008-present)

Research Board, City Club of Portland (2008-present)

Executive Board, Oregon State Bar Business Litigation Section (1999-2006)

Willamette University Board of Trustees (2002-2005)

Willamette University Alumni Board (1994-2005), President (2003-2005)

Fortissimo of the Oregon Symphony (1994-1997)

Speaking Presentation (Real Estate)

Litigation of Easements and Related Rights (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008)

Boundary Law (2008)

Real Estate Transaction Basics (2007)

Title and Escrow Litigation in Oregon (2006)

Title Insurance and Escrow Law: Issues and Litigation (2005)

OSB Real Estate Litigation (RELU) (2003)

Real Estate Litigation in Oregon (2002)

Title Examination in Oregon (2002, 2004)

Written Publications

Oregon State Bar Fundamentals of Real Estate Litigation, Escrows and Closings (co-author)

Reported Appellate Decisions

Menasha Forest Products Corp. v. Curry County Title, Inc., 350 Or. 81, ___ P.3d ___ (2011).

Bastasch v. Hansen, 239 Or. App. 325, 246 P.3d 10 (2010).

Periera v. Thompson, 230 Or. App. 640, 217 P.3d 236 (2009).

Noel v. Hall, 568 F.3d 743 (9th Cir. 2009).

Nakashima v. Oregon St. Bd. of Educ., 344 Or. 497, 185 P.3d 429 (2008).

Gwin v. Lynn, 344 Or. 65, 176 P.3d 1249 (2008).

Stafford v. Amerititle, Inc., 222 Or. App. 526, 195 P.3d 492 (2008) (affirmed without opinion).

Povey v. City of Mosier, 220 Or. App. 552, 188 P.3d 321 (2008).

Lane Co. Sch. Dist. v. OSAA, 212 Or. App. 373, 157 P.3d 1241, rev. den., 323 Or. 223 (2007).

Van Horn and Van Horn, 197 Or. App. 52, 104 P.3d 642 (2005).

Denison v. Hodge, 196 Or. App. 248, 100 P.3d 1144 (2004).

Dimeo v. Gesik, 195 Or. App. 362, 98 P.3d 397 (2004).

Miller v. Ticor Title Ins. Co., 194 Or. App. 17, 93 P.3d 88 (2004).

Hood River Valley Residents' Comm. v. Bd of Comm'rs, 193 Or. App. 485, 91 P.3d 748 (2004).

Montgomery v. Bd of Educ and Oregon School Activities Ass’n, 188 Or. App. 63, 71 P.3d 94 (2003).

Olson v. Van Horn, 182 Or. App. 264, 48 P.3d 860, rev. denied, 334 Or. 631 (2002).

Hauser v. Transnation Title Ins. Co., 181 Or. App. 264, 48 P.3d 860 (per curiam), rev. denied, 334 Or. 631 (2002).

Vertopoulos v. Siskiyou Silicates, Inc., 177 Or. App. 597, 34 P.3d 704 (2001).

HGC Limited v. Cascade Pension Trust, 174 Or. App. 464, 26 P.3d 842 (2001).

Bennett v. Baugh, 154 Or. App. 397, 961 P.2d 883 (1998), rev’d in part, 329 Or. 282, 985 P.2d 1282, on remand, 164 Or. App. 243, 990 P.2d 917 (1999), rev. denied, 330 Or. 252 (2000).

Bowles v. Key Title Co., 163 Or. App. 9, 986 P.2d 1236 (1999).

Roberts v. Fearey, 162 Or. App. 546, 986 P.2d 690 (1999).

Monday v. Emloyment Dept., 148 Or. App. 522, 941 P.2d 563, mod, 151 Or. App. 13, 949 P.2d 1224 (1997).

Gebrayel v. Transamerica Title Ins. Co., 132 Or. App. 271, 888 P.2d 83, rev. denied, 321 Or. 47 (1995).

Lindstrand v. Transamerica Title Ins. Co., 127 Or. App. 693, 874 P.2d 82 (1994).

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