You're a big deal

970 Denny

Acquisition, development and financing of 491-unit high-rise mixed-use apartment tower with over 16,000 square feet of podium-level retail space in Seattle, Washington’s Central Business District.

We can help close your big deal

24th & Harrison

Acquisition of site assemblage, development and financing of 400+ unit high-rise apartment tower with over 50,000 square foot retail podium in downtown Oakland, California.

Big Firm Experience

Park & Market

Acquisition, development and financing of high-rise mixed-use project including 426-unit multifamily residential tower, 51,000 square feet of office space and 20,000 square feet of retail space, including negotiating acquisition of land from City of San Diego, creation of air rights condominiums, and financing with public offering of private activity bonds.

Small Firm Service

17th & Wewatta

Acquisition, development and financing of 632-unit high-rise mixed-use project consisting of three residential towers and approximately 72,000 square feet of retail space anchored by Whole Foods Market adjacent to newly-renovated historic Union Station in Denver, Colorado.

Great lawyers should make closing your deal easier.

Oregon Law Group is one of the Pacific Northwest’s premier real estate and corporate transactional law firms. We’re small enough to deliver quick, personal service on every matter, and experienced enough to tackle the most complex deals. Let us show you what we can do.

We handle everything from the development of skyscrapers to retail leasing. We represent investors, developers, property managers, private equity funds, and entrepreneurs.

We have years of experience closing complicated real estate, financing, and lending transactions, and mergers and acquisitions, and structuring and forming private equity funds. If it’s a real estate or corporate transaction, you can bet we’ve done it. Our lawyers are licensed in Oregon, Washington, and California, and close deals across the country. We handle all real estate product types, but have extensive experience in multi-family, assisted living and self-storage industries.

Just some of the transactions we handle:

  • Acquisitions and Dispositions
  • Equity Financing and Joint Ventures
  • Private Offerings
  • Secured and Unsecured Loans
  • Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae Multifamily Loans
  • Mezzanine Financing
  • Easements and License Agreements
  • Development, Construction and Property Management Agreements
  • Commercial, Retail and Industrial Leasing
  • Local Counsel Engagements and Loan Enforceability Opinions
  • Real Estate Syndications
  • Private REIT Formation
  • UPREIT Contributions
  • Recapitalizations, including Assets-Over Mergers

The Team

Joel Kaplan

Joel Kaplan

Joel founded Oregon Law Group in 2011 with the idea of delivery high-touch personal service to “big law” transactions. Joel’s practice focuses on real estate and corporate finance transactions. He enjoys his role as a deal-maker - creating solutions to join together great people, projects and capital. In the mid-90s, Joel took a break from law and worked as a senior executive in a financial services company, leading that firm to a successful sale to a public company. Joel and his wife Pat enjoy adventure travel and are fortunate to have their daughters Madison (a corporate lawyer) and Taylor (an apartment developer) living and working in Portland.

Elia Popovich

Elia Popovich

Elia has been practicing real estate and corporate law for over two decades. Elia spends most of his time on acquisitions and dispositions, development deals, leases, loans, and associated corporate work. Elia has previously been a partner at Roberts Kaplan LLP and Foster Pepper LLP. Before that, he worked at Dunn Carney Allen Higgins & Tongue LLP and Ater Wynne LLP. Elia is currently the president of the board of Agia Sophia Academy, and a member of the Urban Land Institute’s Next 10 Committee. He has been an elected precinct representative, a member of the Portland Business Alliance, and a member of Portland’s City Club. Elia most enjoys spending time with his family: his wife Kat and two boys, Leo and Rade. They play soccer, ski, and generally enjoy Oregon’s natural bounty.

Chris Riha

Chris Riha

Chris brings to the table a decade of experience in real estate and corporate law practice to help clients navigate and close transactions. He focuses his practice on acquisitions and dispositions, property development, equity and debt financing arrangements and general real estate and corporate contracts. Before joining Oregon Law Group in early 2011, Chris previously worked at Bingham McCutchen, LLP in Los Angeles. When he isn’t closing deals, Chris enjoys fostering his two boys’ love of trains, spending time with his wife and two dogs, and participating in Autocross and other forms of motorsport.

Madison Kaplan

Madison Kaplan

Madison began her career in New York focusing on public offerings and securities law before returning to her hometown, Portland, Oregon. Madison has significant experience with securities transactions and compliance as well as a wide variety of corporate matters, including mergers and acquisitions, credit arrangements, corporate governance and negotiation and drafting of shareholder, partnership, limited liability, employment and other agreements. Before joining Oregon Law Group, Madison previously worked at Graubard Miller in New York City and Ater Wynne in Portland Oregon. A native Oregonian, Madison loves hiking and camping with her husband Jeff and their dog Charlotte.

Jordan Lamson

Jordan Lamson

Jordan joined Oregon Law Group in late 2020 and brings with him experience in representing clients in complex real estate debt finance, joint ventures, acquisition and disposition transactions, as well as a variety of corporate matters, including private fund formation and private equity transactions. Before joining Oregon Law Group, Jordan previously worked at Ropes & Gray LLP in Boston. In his free time, Jordan enjoys exploring the outdoors, playing golf and traveling.

Caitlin O'Neill

Caitlin O'Neill

Caitlin joined Oregon Law Group in late 2021 with experience in real estate acquisitions and dispositions, joint ventures, and general corporate matters, including contract review and negotiation, mergers and acquisitions, board governance, and risk management work. Prior to joining Oregon Law Group, Caitlin worked at Ropes & Gray LLP in Boston, in the general counsel’s office of the Human Rights Campaign, and as a judicial clerk for a state court. She enjoys hiking, spending time with friends and family, and reading science fiction.


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