Dean P. Gisvold, Senior Partner


PHONE: (503) 412-3548

PRACTICE AREAS: Dean offers fifty years of professional expertise in real estate, real estate finance and commercial law.




Dean joined McEwen Gisvold as an associate in 1966 and has been a partner with McEwen Gisvold since 1972. 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 30‑year member of the prestigious American College of Real Estate Lawyers, a national organization of leading real estate attorneys. Dean is also a noted author and speaker on real estate law.



University of Minnesota, Juris Doctor (1966)
Iowa State University, Bachelor of Science (1963)

Dean is a 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 dedicated to professional and community development. For his volunteerism, Dean has been honored with the George Russill Community Service Award.  Dean recently retired from the Board of Directors of Central City Concern, a nationally recognized nonprofit providing affordable housing, medical, dental, addiction treatment, employment and mental health services and many other services, where he served 27 years as Board Chair and 33 years as a Board member (when Dean joined the Central City Concern board, there were four employees and an annual budget of $400,000, the Central City Concern presently has over 800 employees, and an annual budget of 92 million dollars). He is also a founding Board Member of the Network for Oregon Affordable Housing, a statewide consortium of banks providing permanent loans for low-income housing projects.   

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.

Presently Dean is chair of his neighborhood's historic district, which is the largest historic district in Oregon.

Oregon State Courts
Oregon Supreme Court
United States District Court, District of Oregon

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 worked on numerous agricultural loans for several national clients, including loans secured by timber, ranches, dairy farms, and apple and cherry orchards in Oregon and Washington. 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.