Jordan Ramis knows the homebuilding industry. For more than 50 years, we have worked locally and regionally with the nation’s preeminent developers and builders. We are known in the Pacific Northwest as the Dirt Law® firm because of our experience in real estate, land use, environmental, construction, water, and natural resources law. Our clients get dedicated service with the comfort of knowing that their matters are handled by attorneys with strong industry knowledge and the requisite legal experience. Our full spectrum of legal services to the homebuilding industry includes:

  • Administrative law and regulatory compliance
  • Annexation
  • Complex disputes and impact claims including litigation, arbitration, and mediation
  • Condominium law
  • Construction law, construction financing, and construction warranty claims
  • Construction liens, bond claims, notices, and collections
  • Corporate counsel and business law
  • Creditors’ rights and bankruptcy, credit workouts, and reorganizations
  • Development agreements
  • Employment law matters
  • Environmental due diligence and cleanup
  • Equipment lease and purchase financing transactions
  • Federal permitting, including the Endangered Species Act, the Clean Air Act, and the Clean Water Act
  • Government relations, including hearings and public meetings
  • Joint ventures and public-private partnerships
  • Land use applications, permitting, hearings, and appeals
  • Litigation, arbitration, and mediation
  • Local improvement and zone of benefit districts
  • LUBA and LUPA appeals
  • Ownership, shareholder, and transition or succession planning issues
  • Professional liability
  • Property acquisition, sale, and boundary disputes
  • Storm water issues
  • Subdivisions (platting)
  • Title and surveys
  • Urban growth boundaries
  • Urbanization land financing
  • Water and natural resource concerns


James Howsley Shareholder



Just send the notice: an update on pre-lien notice requirements

February 22, 2024

Reprinted with permission from the Daily Journal of Commerce. Click here to read online. As most subcontractors probably know, a construction lien is an important tool to ensure payment, but the lien process is full of pitfalls for the unwary.…


LUBA hints at possible ‘maximum capacity’ development requirements

December 23, 2022

Our Jeff Kapp looks at the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA) decision in Husk v. City of Bend, in which LUBA held that under the Middle Housing Statute (HB 2001) the City of Bend was required (and failed)…


“OP-ED: The impact of HB 2001 on the affordable housing crisis,” Daily Journal of Commerce

August 10, 2022

The affordable housing crisis is an issue plaguing the country, and the Oregon Legislature has taken steps address it through the adoption of House Bill 2001.


Clear and Objective – The Importance of Oregon’s Needed Housing Statutes for Developers

March 23, 2021

By Keenan Ordon-Bakalian, Attorney This article was originally published in the March 19, 2021 edition of the Daily Journal of Commerce Oregon. As the affordable housing crisis continues across the region, developers should always be seeking an edge to get…



Urban Northwest Homes

July 2, 2021

Jordan Ramis was able to step in and communicate with the seller and their attorney in a way that not only cleared up the confusion, but ensured all parties that our idea was legal and reasonable. The communication between Jordan Ramis and the other party saved the deal. 

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