Eminent domain or condemnation is the process by which the government is permitted to acquire a citizen’s private property for public use, after paying just compensation. Typically, property is acquired by the government through…more
On June 4, 2013, Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber signed into law Senate Bill 558, which expands the Foreclosure Mediation Program created in 2012 to include judicial foreclosures. The original program applied only to nonjudicial…more
This article explores the anatomy of a public-private partnership in the context of major real estate projects entered into by a governmental body with a real estate developer or owner. The author has been involved in a number…more
In This Presentation:
Contamination; Environmental Issues; Defective or Incomplete Land Use Approval; “As Is,” “Your Problem Not Mine” Seller; Encroachment; URM or Otherwise Seismically Challenged Property; Use,…more
In the world of professional sports, management spends considerable time evaluating players, strategizing about organizational fits and developing talent through coaching— all with an eye toward winning a championship…more
Originally published in the Historic Preservation League of Oregon (“HPLO”) Special Report on October 25, 2012.
The Purpose of the Preservation Roundtable; Why This Matters; Executive Summary; Background & Definition of…more
Originally published in the Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce on September 13, 2012.
What rights do tenants have in an eminent domain proceeding?
It has been established law in Washington that tenants have the right to…more
Commercial leases are in many ways the most complicated of real estate transactions. When you buy a piece of property, the purchase agreement sets forth the terms of the purchase, and once the transaction has closed, most of…more
The Foreclosure Fairness Act (“FFA”), which took effect in Washington state on July 22, 2011, provides an opportunity for Washington homeowners to seek relief from the foreclosure tidal wave of the past four…more
Mixed-use development projects have proven to be not only economically viable, but also desirable to the residents who live there, the businesses that serve the residents and visitors, and the community at large.
When you Google the phrase “economic development” you get an interesting mix of various international councils and state agencies focused on economic development. At the time I did my search, the Portland Development Commission…more
As of July 22, Washington state’s new foreclosure mediation program, established by the Foreclosure Fairness Act (FFA), provides a mechanism for borrowers facing foreclosure to pursue modified loan agreements with the help of a…more
Parties to a lawsuit over adverse possession of real property will have some new provisions to take into account as a result of a new law passed by the Washington State Legislature and signed by the governor. Engrossed…more
Japan’s horrific March 11, magnitude-9 earthquake and tsunami is a wake-up call to the Pacific Northwest.
The quake emanated from the Japan Trench Subduction Zone on the Pacific Ring of Fire. The Northwest has a similar…more
In his fiscal year 2012 budget, President Obama included a proposal for a new, six-year surface transportation program worth $556 billion. In the first year, the budget proposes $50 billion in spending on roads, railroads and…more
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