Sunny S. Kakwani, Associate


PHONE: (503) 412-3542

PRACTICE AREAS: Sunny, a member of the firm's Real Estate, Transactional and Corporate Groups, advises individual and institutional clients in a broad scope of matters including complex commercial financing, due diligence, leasing, corporate governance and strategic counsel.

He represents national lenders in documenting, negotiating and managing transactions including construction, bridge and term loans, secured by industrial, retail, agriculture, hospitality and multifamily properties and ground leases.

Sunny negotiates modifications, settlement stipulations, confidentiality agreements, employee/consulting contracts, landlord/tenant matters and business acquisitions/sales. He also has expertise in municipal and private investment strategies, including hard-money loans, tax lien foreclosures and 1031 like-kind exchanges.



Sunny's entrepreneurial focus, academic background and dynamic personality make him a strong communicator and an effective advocate.



Sunny, born in New Delhi and raised in New York, discovered his passion for policy and advocacy early in life, which led him to Washington, DC in pursuit of his undergraduate degree in Business, Economics and Public Policy at George Washington University.  That reverence evolved into practice while Sunny studied law in Boston, MA at Suffolk University.  Following convocation of his Juris Doctorate in 2008, Sunny served as a judicial clerk in the High Court of Gujarat, as well as the Supreme Court of India.  Keeping a close eye at the impending housing crisis at home, Sunny returned to the States to advocate for families during the economic recovery.  He focused his practice on statutory and precedent-based policy, which led to the imposition of good-faith requirements onto financial institutions.

In a decisive pivot to his legal career, Sunny joined a business focused law firm, where he excelled in procuring and managing clients with real property transactions, syndication and private lending.  He also led the tax lien investment team through his due diligence and legal strategies via foreclosure and quiet-title litigation.  Sunny elevated his experience by joining the Manhattan offices of Morici & Morici LLP, where he represented several sophisticated clientele, including the Rockefeller Group, Carlyle Group and Ralph Lauren, among others at various economic levels.  He managed and closed multi-million dollar residential and commercial transactions for developers and high-net worth venture capitalists, in addition to advising on mergers and leveraged buyouts and executing commercial leasing and other business ventures.

A lifelong appreciation for the beauty of the West and desire to prioritize a higher quality of life, Sunny and his wife decided to move to her hometown of Portland following their marriage.  Sunny is passionate about people, culture and community.  His core remains focused on connecting, servicing and advocating for clients by bringing unique value and efficient performance.  An avid sports fan, Sunny plays basketball, football, softball and practices yoga regularly.  In his free time, he enjoys pro-bono work, mentoring, traveling, meditating and snowboarding.

Suffolk University Law School, Boston, MA 2008
JD: Intellectual Property

The George Washington University, Washington DC 2004
BBA: Business, Economics and Public Policy

New York State Appellate Division, 2nd Dept.
U.S. Federal District Court, Eastern & Southern Districts of New York
New Jersey State Supreme Court
U.S. Federal District Court of New Jersey
Oregon State Courts
District of Columbia, Court of Appeals (inactive status)