We come and go, but the land is always here.
I have a lifelong connection to the land, the shore, and the water in the Pacific Northwest. They are the focus of my law practice.
I have assisted clients with the following projects:
- Real estate transactions.
- Wetland mitigation plans, mitigation banking, private mitigation agreements.
- Cell tower and rooftop leases.
- Boundary disputes and discrepancies between surveys.
- Land transfers with the Oregon Department of State Lands.
- Leasing, use rights, and land exchanges on state and federal lands.
- Clarification of waterway boundaries along rivers, lakes, and the Pacific Ocean.
- Permits for dredging and upland development.
- Resolution of filled lands ownership.
- Removal, repair, and vegetation issues on levees.
- Analysis of public use rights on shores and waterways.
- Wharf registrations for marine terminals on the Columbia and Willamette Rivers.
- Successful challenge to the State of Oregon’s claim of ownership to 89 miles of the Rogue River.
- Permits for waterway crossings and in-water structures.
- Protection of historic water rights in the Klamath Basin Adjudication.
- Waterway leases and registrations.
- Resolution of enforcement actions by the Oregon Department of State Lands.
- Legislation to clarify recreational use of rivers and streams.
The Rogue River channel has moved since its first survey in 1854. I helped property owners sue to resolve the state’s claim of ownership based on navigability. The Oregon Court of Appeals agreed that the state’s claim was invalid.
Ownership boundaries along water can fluctuate. I helped owners and developers clarify boundaries along dozens of rivers and lakes in Oregon and Washington.