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Practice Areas

Real Estate and Finance

Real Estate, Secured Transactions, and Finance - Contact Dean Gisvold, Don Carter, Alan Laster, Janet M. Gravdal, Janice Turner, or Barry Groce.

McEwen Gisvold LLP is recognized as a premier real estate firm in Oregon, having maintained one of the most extensive real estate legal practices in Oregon for more than 125 years. Our representation extends to all aspects of real estate transactions in virtually every property type and to all levels of complexity. These services include real estate development, acquisition, disposition, financing, leasing, environmental and hazardous waste, construction, zoning and land use.

Our large and active real estate practice allows us to offer a wide range of expertise to our clients. We represent developers, investors, lenders, and business owners in the acquisition, development, financing, sale, and leasing of real estate. Our lawyers provide high quality legal advice available while responding quickly and efficiently to our client's needs.


We assist buyers and sellers in the negotiation and closing of real estate acquisitions and sales involving commercial properties and businesses of all kinds, including office buildings, retail and apartment complexes, shopping centers, mixed used facilities, hotels, nursing homes, timberland, storage and warehousing facilities, residential properties and raw land. Our representation includes the preparation of purchase agreements, conveyance documents, financing documents, escrow instructions, and other related documents.

Real Estate Development

Our lawyers assist clients in all types of real estate development, including shopping center, industrial, residential, hotel, and downtown developments. We have experience in the creation of residential, commercial and mixed-use condominiums and planned unit developments.


We represent several large regional and national lending institutions, including commercial banks, savings and loan associations, insurance companies, and mortgage bankers who finance all types of real estate transactions. Our lawyers advise these clients on matters involving real estate financing and assist in the structuring and documentation of real estate transactions. Lawyers in our firm also have extensive experience in assisting clients in troubled loan work-out arrangements.

Property Management

McEwen Gisvold LLP's property leasing practice encompasses many types of real estate leasing, including ground leases, build-to-suit leases, office leases, retail leases, shopping centers leases, industrial leases, and subleases. Our lawyers assist our leasing clients in the structuring of leases and the negotiation and documentation of varying types of leases and other occupancy-related agreements for landlords and tenants, including assignments, subleases, lien waivers, early occupancy agreements and telecommunication license agreements. As counsel to the Oregon Public Employees' Retirement Fund, our property management lawyers provide counsel to the property and asset managers of large office, retail and industrial properties located in more than ten states.

McEwen Gisvold's leasing attorneys are proud to have acted as Counsel to the Oregon Public Employee's Retirement Fund, in its acquisition, development and leasing activities for:

  • Plaza Tower One (Englewood, CO)
  • California Center (Sacramento, CA)
  • Edgewater Office Park (Wakefield, MA)
  • General Tire Industrial Center (Norcross, GA)
  • Desert Crossing Shopping Center (Palm Desert, CA)
  • Fifth Street Tower (Minneapolis, MN)
  • 1333 N. California Blvd. Building (Walnut Creek, CA)
  • Overton Park Plaza (Fort Worth, TX)
  • Waterside Shops at Pelican Bay (Naples, FL)
  • Camelback Esplanade (Phoenix, AZ)
  • Piedmont Fourteen (Atlanta, GA)
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