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Dean Gisvold

Dean P. Gisvold - Senior Partner

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Dean joined McEwen Gisvold as an associate in 1966 and has been a partner with McEwen Gisvold since 1972. Dean offers over forty years of professional expertise in real estate, real estate finance and commercial law. He is included in Woodward/White, Inc.’s The Best Lawyers in America, a peer-created directory of outstanding attorneys, in Chambers USA America's Leading Lawyers for Business, and in Oregon Super Lawyers for the past several years. He is also a 25-year member of the prestigious American College of Real Estate Lawyers, a national organization of leading real estate attorneys.

Representative Transactions

Dean has been lead counsel in the documentation and closings of numerous sales and acquisitions of office buildings, shopping centers, and industrial space for state pension funds, aggregating over one billion dollars. He has also acted as local counsel for the negotiation and closing of a timber loan of $250,000,000 involving property in four states. McEwen Gisvold was local counsel for Oregon and Washington, which included secured timber property in seven Oregon counties and eight Washington counties. McEwen Gisvold participated extensively with in-house and lead counsel in San Francisco in structuring the transaction and remedies in the event of default.


University of Minnesota, Juris Doctor (1966)

Iowa State University, Bachelor of Science (1963)

Admitted to Practice

Oregon State Courts

Oregon Supreme Court

United States District Court, District of Oregon

Professional & Community Activities

Dean is dedicated to professional and community development. For his volunteerism, Dean has been honored with the George Russill Community Service Award and the 2006 Layperson of the Year Award from the AIA, Portland Chapter. He is an active member of the Multnomah County, Oregon State, and American Bar Associations and of several organizations specializing in real estate, including the American College of Real Estate Lawyers and the Oregon State Bar’s section on Real Estate and Land Use. Dean is Board Chair of Central City Concern, a nationally recognized nonprofit providing affordable housing and other services, and a founding Board Member of the Network for Oregon Affordable Housing, a statewide consortium of banks providing permanent loans for low-income housing projects. He was recently honored for his 30 years of service on the Central City Board.

Dean's history of community leadership includes his service as President of the Irvington Community Association, Chair of the Portland Public Schools Board of Education, Chair of the Multnomah County Library Advisory Board, and Chair of the Downtown Plan Advisory Committee, whose work was nationally recognized with the Rudy Bruner Award for excellence in urban planning.

Dean is also a noted author and speaker on real estate law. His most recent contributions include:

Presenter and author of Affordable Housing, ACREL, Spring Meeting, 2002.

Speaker, Workshop on Low Income Housing Transactions, ACREL, 1998.

Co-Author: "Title Insurance" in Fundamentals of Real Estate Transactions (Oregon State Bar, Continuing Legal Education, 1992, supplemented 1996 and 2001).

Author and Speaker: "Escrow and Closings", Oregon Law Institute, 1990 and 1993.

Author and Speaker: "Real Estate Loan Workout Negotiations", Oregon State Bar, 1993 Annual Meeting of RELU.

Author: "Subordination Provisions", Oregon Real Estate and Land Use Digest.

Co-Author: "Assignment of Rents Clauses", Oregon Debtor-Creditor Newsletter, November, 1983.

Co-Editor of Foreclosing Mortgages, Oregon Bar CLE, First Edition.

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