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Business Law

Jordan Ramis PC's deep bench of attorneys support large and small businesses at every stage of their growth and development, from start-up through maturity and on to sale or transition.  Clients rely on our experienced business attorneys for a range of transactions and advice.  These include buying, selling, or financing a business, drafting and negotiation of a host of licenses and contracts, commercial litigation and collections, personnel strategies and employment-related compliance, and solutions to the myriad other legal and regulatory challenges today's businesses face. 

  
Agribusiness and Agricultural Law
 
Agribusiness transactions are often based on deep personal relationships.  Our lawyers have worked in the agribusiness industry for years and understand the importance of these relationships, both with business partners and with regulators.  We combine this understanding with our agribusiness law expertise and our knowledge of the practical aspects of the agriculture industry to effectively represent agribusiness clients, ranging from farms, ranches, and dairies to nurseries and aquaculture, in all aspects of their business.  We are equally comfortable in the field or in the courtroom, and we bring that flexibility to the table as we help our agribusiness clients succeed.
 

Business services include:
  • Accounts-receivable management programs
  • Business formations, business forms, and problem solving (co-ops, LLCs, corporations)
  • Creditors' rights and bankruptcy
  • Credit workouts and reorganizations
  • Employment matters, including wage and hour compliance, supervisory training and workplace investigations, employee discipline, protected leave compliance, and disability accommodations
  • Equipment lease and purchase transactions, including finance
  • Estate planning and estate or trust transfers
  • I-9 compliance
  • Mergers and acquisitions       
  • Ownership, shareholder, and transition or succession planning issues
  • Producer, supplier, crop, and nurseryman liens
  • Protection of proprietary interests in equipment, goods, and crops
 
Property-related services include:
  • Real estate finance, transactions, and litigation
  • Farm leases and operating agreements
  • Easements and rights-of-way
  • Water rights acquisitions, sales, transfers, defense, and appraisals
  • Endangered species compliance and litigation
  • Environmental matters, including regulatory response and litigation
  • Wetlands and water quality compliance issues
  • Water and natural resources litigation
  • Land use matters and representation at proceedings
  • Condemnation
  • Grazing permits
  • Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation permitting
  • Prosecution and defense of timber-trespass actions
 
 
Banking
 
Jordan Ramis PC possesses decades of experience working with thrifts, commercial, savings, and mortgage banks, as well as other lenders.  Our attorneys handle a range of transactions including loan negotiation and documentation, securitization, provisional process, bank foreclosures, and workouts.  We have handled a very large volume of judicial and non-judicial foreclosures, both residential and commercial, including large, complex transactions and foreclosures complicated by construction and surety issues.  We also have extensive experience in the defense of construction liens and associated title issues.  Our attorneys excel at guiding financial institution clients through the complexities of removing occupants after a foreclosure sale and in dealing with the sale of Real Estate Owned. 
 
Jordan Ramis PC attorneys' knowledge of bankruptcy courts and code, coupled with litigation skills in both state and federal courts, provides us with the ability to serve financial institution clients in handling both large and small business bankruptcy.
  • Representation of creditors in bankruptcy and non-bankruptcy reorganizations
  • Workout documentation
  • Documentation and advice on conduct to avoid lender liability
  • Loan documentation to safeguard against preferential transfers in bankruptcy
  • Routine and complex transactional loan documentation
  • General business advice and problem-solving
  • Construction lien and bond claim matters
  • Public and private lien and bond claim matters
  • Documentation and perfection to protect the financial institution's priority and to avoid disgorgement of funds to sureties
  • Documentation of finance leasing transactions, including all manner of UCC Article 2A transactions
  • Removal of tenants or other occupants from Real Estate Owned
  • All manner of securitization of loans, including agricultural loans, complex REIT or other entity loans, development loans, etc.
 
Charter Schools
 
Jordan Ramis PC Charter School attorneys possess deep experience in the formation and operation of public charter schools.  Our lawyers routinely guide clients through the significant complications and challenges posed by the multiple state and federal laws and regulations applicable to charter school operation.  We also understand and provide guidance on maintaining strong, productive relationships with key stakeholders, including families, charter school sponsors and authorizers, education service districts, and the Oregon and Washington Departments of Education.  Our team of charter school attorneys proactively assists our clients on legal challenges that affect their schools, with the shared goal of helping the schools as well as their staff, teachers, and board members provide the very best educational services to the children they serve. 
  • Charter School Formation:  Application, renewals, incorporations, leases, policies, contracts, and supporting documentation 
  • Charter School Operations:  Management contracts, corporate formation and governance, real estate development and properties management, financial matters, insurance coverage, code violations, discipline and student relations, Section 504 and IDEA, student handbooks, FERPA, and more 
  • Employment Law and Policy Development:  Record retention, conflict of interest, confidentiality, whistleblower, electronic communications, drug and alcohol, school policies development, employment agreements and policies, handbooks, hiring, dismissals, reviews, and non-classroom legal compliance
  • Facilities:  Leasing, negotiating, and purchasing real estate; renovating and expanding facilities
  • Charter School Governance/Public Meetings and Records Topic-specific in-service training, non-profit board requirements, board governance, public meetings law, public records law, and public contracting law
  • Advocacy and Community Relations:  Monitoring state legislative developments, navigating the political and legal landscape at school districts, representation before the district school boards, education service districts, and State Board of Education
  • Litigation:  Advocacy before administrative and judicial bodies; assistance with dispute resolution
 
Contracts
 

At Jordan Ramis PC, we bring our experience to bear helping business owners, design professionals, developers, public agencies, contractors, and others from all kinds of business and industry draft a full spectrum of business agreements and contracts. These services are valuable both to well-established and newly-minted companies.  The Jordan Ramis PC team actively works and consults with clients during this process to ensure satisfactory results.
  • Distribution contracts – domestic and international
  • Technical services and testing contracts
  • Production and manufacturing contracts, and subcontractor agreements
  • Construction contract preparation and negotiation
  • Negotiation, between owners and contractors, contractors and subcontractors, and all of the preceding with suppliers
 
Creditors' Rights & Bankruptcy
 
Jordan Ramis PC's bankruptcy lawyers practice in all areas of creditors' rights and insolvency law.  We represent a range of clients including regional credit unions, banks, commercial finance companies, secured and unsecured creditors, creditors' committees, and bankruptcy trustees.  Our attorneys work on behalf of clients to protect their contract rights, pursue monies owed to them, and ensure they understand their rights and options.  Whenever possible we pursue out-of-court options to resolve our clients' matters, but when these fail or do not prove advantageous, our experienced litigation team will go to trial as the next step in representation. 
 
The Jordan Ramis PC team brings deep professional experience to bear, handling matters including:
  • Protection of secured creditors' interests
  • Structuring of loan agreements and other business transactions to minimize risk of loss in bankruptcy
  • Workout and settlement agreements
  • Post-petition financing and use of cash collateral
  • Defense of preference recovery and other actions by trustees in bankruptcy cases
  • UCC Article 2 – sales of goods
  • UCC Article 9 – secured transactions, including default and remedies
  • Accounts-receivable management
  • Collections and collection of judgements
  • Leasing transactions
  • Commercial landlord-tenant disputes
  • Executions against real and personal property and writs of garnishment
  • Judicial and non-judicial foreclosures of liens and creditors' interests in real and personal property
 
Employment

Jordan Ramis PC works closely with employers to proactively identify compliance strategies related to the full spectrum of local, state, and federal employment laws and provide a strong defense in the event of a dispute. We have the experience and knowledge to efficiently and effectively guide clients through the full range of employment issues, in union and non-union contexts, whether for public employers, small companies, or large corporations.  In addition, our practice includes executive compensation, deferred compensation, benefits planning, and ERISA advice.        
  • Employee recruiting, hiring, discipline, and discharge
  • Attendance management and performance coaching
  • Internal grievances, complaints, and workplace investigations
  • Discrimination, harassment, wrongful discharge, and retaliation
  • Disability and religious accommodation
  • Employee handbooks, policies, and employment agreements
  • Noncompetition, non-solicitation, and confidentiality agreements
  • Severance and separation agreements
  • Leave and reinstatement rights
  • Wage and hour issues, including overtime, breaks, and compensable time
  • Negotiation of labor agreements and grievances
  • Drug-free workplace policies and substance abuse-related programs
  • Prevailing wage and public contracting issues, including the Davis-Bacon Act and Service Contract Act.
  • Administrative agency investigations, audits, and proceedings
  • Employee benefits plans
  • Deferred compensation and qualified retirement plans
  • Succession planning and executive compensation plans
  • ERISA structuring and compliance issues
  • Arbitration and mediation
 
Estate Planning
 
The Jordan Ramis PC estate planning team possesses decades of experience serving families and businesses in the Pacific Northwest. Our attorneys set up wills, revocable and irrevocable trusts, durable powers of attorney, advance directives, and other estate-planning documents. We help clients determine how their estates will be managed, where assets and belongings will go, and who will take over our clients' roles.  When our clients move from other states, we help determine if Oregon or Washington state laws affect plans they already have in place.

We counsel families on significant decisions, including establishing guardianship for children and special needs trusts for family members with disabilities. We believe every business owner should have an estate plan. Our attorneys work closely with our business succession planning team that represents small and medium-sized businesses to help our clients prepare for the future and address estate planning consequences. Our estate planning team possesses deep experience representing corporate and individual fiduciaries and will and trust beneficiaries in probate litigation and other contested matters.
  • Simple and complex wills, trusts, and related estate-planning documents
  • Revocable and irrevocable trusts
  • Charitable contributions and planning trusts
  • Special-needs trusts, durable powers of attorney, advance directives, guardianships, and conservatorships
  • Estate administration (probate)
  • State and federal individual, fiduciary, and inheritance tax returns
  • Representation of corporate and individual fiduciaries and will and trust beneficiaries in probate litigation and other contested matters
 
Business Formation & Business Governance
 
Whether formalizing a new business or directing a change in an existing entity, Jordan Ramis PC provides strategic advice on business formation, structure, financing, governance, operations, and transactions. We help our clients understand the benefits, liabilities, and tax consequences of different business structures, and we work with them to maintain stability and maximize growth and profitability.
  • Business structures, including limited liability companies and partnerships, C corporations, S corporations, cooperatives, professional corporations, general partnerships, sole proprietorships, and joint ventures
  • Articles of incorporation, bylaws, and annual maintenance
  • Shareholder, management, and operating agreements, including shareholder rights and voting control
  • Stock issuance and redemption
  • Board of directors, management, and shareholder governance
  • Fiduciary duties
  • Security agreements
  • Stock options
  • Executive compensation
  • Guarantees and guaranteed payments
  • Capital and tax structuring
  • Debt, equity, hybrid, and exotic financing from institutional sources to private placements
  • Leveraged and bootstrap acquisitions
  • Private placements
  • Exempt offerings
  • Blue sky compliance
  • Negotiated transactions
  • Venture capital from angels to institutions
  • Restricted stock issues
  • Trademarks and copyright
 
Insurance Coverage & Defense
 
Jordan Ramis PC attorneys have extensive experience representing insurers and businesses on insurance coverage and defense issues and have achieved outstanding results for both.  We represent clients throughout the United States, both as coordinating counsel and trial counsel.  When insurance litigation cannot be avoided, our attorneys are experienced in declaratory relief litigation and perform extensive work in the State and Federal trial and appellate courts.  With deep experience in insurance coverage litigation and appeals, we provide insurance carriers with reliable coverage opinions and analysis.  As a result of our wealth of experience, clients also seek our advice on policy drafting and regulatory issues. 
  • Automobile
  • Bad faith
  • Construction defects
  • Environmental
  • General liability
  • Industry-specific licensing bond
  • Insurance Defense
  • Product liability
  • Professional liability
  • Surety bonds, including fidelity, construction payment and performance bonds
  • Toxic tort
  • Unfair claim practice
 
Succession Planning
 
Jordan Ramis PC's experienced succession planning team helps guide business owners as they plan the transition of their business.  Our lawyers assist clients in understanding the many options for ownership transfer, advising on the benefits and drawbacks of each in order to maximize a successful succession.  We educate our clients about options, assist in the decision-making process, and prepare all the documentation to achieve the desired goals.
  • Structuring documents to achieve business transition goals and protect assets
  • Development of shareholder agreements
  • Establishing family partnerships and limited liability companies
  • Structuring business reorganizations and recapitalization planning
  • Advising on and preparing state and federal individual, fiduciary, and inheritance tax returns
  • Representation of corporate and individual fiduciaries and will and trust beneficiaries in probate litigation and other contested matters
  
Tax Strategies 
  
Jordan Ramis PC's tax services focus on business and real estate transactions, as well as estate and business succession planning. Because many of Oregon's businesses are closely held companies, our expertise in sorting through the complications of these areas, including the tax implications, is a valuable resource for our clients. We work to minimize tax liability and maximize the overall financial well-being of the client. 
  • Tax planning for new and existing limited liability companies and partnerships, C corporations, S corporations, cooperative corporations, professional corporations, general partnerships, sole proprietorships, and joint ventures
  • Business transactions and deals of all kinds, including mergers, acquisitions, buy-outs, and corporate reorganizations and restructurings
  • Real estate transactions, including tax-free exchanges
  • Bankruptcy and insolvency matters
  • Equipment leasing, project financing, structured finance, and synthetic leasing
  • Estate and business succession planning
  • Executive compensation agreements
  • Employee compensation and benefits planning

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Industries

Agribusiness & Agriculture

Agribusiness transactions are often based on deep personal relationships.  Our lawyers have worked in the agribusiness industry for years and understand the importance of these relationships, both with business partners and with regulators.  We combine this understanding with our agribusiness law expertise and our knowledge of the practical aspects of the agriculture industry to effectively represent agribusiness clients, ranging from farms, ranches, and dairies to nurseries and aquaculture, in all aspects of their business.  We are equally comfortable in the field or in the courtroom, and we bring that flexibility to the table as we help our agribusiness clients succeed.

Banking

Jordan Ramis PC possesses decades of experience working with thrifts, commercial, savings, and mortgage banks, as well as other lenders.  Our attorneys handle a range of transactions including loan negotiation and documentation, securitization, provisional process, bank foreclosures, and workouts.  We have handled a very large volume of judicial and non-judicial foreclosures, both residential and commercial, including large, complex transactions and foreclosures complicated by construction and surety issues.  We also have extensive experience in the defense of construction liens and associated title issues.  Our attorneys excel at guiding financial institution clients through the complexities of removing occupants after a foreclosure sale and in dealing with the sale of Real Estate Owned. 
 
Jordan Ramis PC attorneys' knowledge of bankruptcy courts and code, coupled with litigation skills in both state and federal courts, provides us with the ability to serve financial institution clients in handling both large and small business bankruptcy. 

Charter Schools

Jordan Ramis PC attorneys possess deep experience in the formation and operation of public charter schools.  Our lawyers routinely guide clients through the significant complications and challenges posed by the multiple state and federal laws and regulations applicable to charter school operation.  We also understand and provide guidance on maintaining strong, productive relationships with key stakeholders, including families, charter school sponsors and authorizers, education service districts, and the Oregon and Washington Departments of Education.  Our team of charter school attorneys proactively assists our clients on legal challenges that affect their schools, with the shared goal of helping the schools as well as their staff, teachers, and board members provide the very best educational services to the children they serve. 

Construction

With more than 50 years of construction law history, Jordan Ramis PC knows the business.  Our construction lawyers are committed to the future of the built environment and the people and businesses who create it.  Many of our construction worked in the industry prior to attending law school, giving them first-hand knowledge of our clients' business.  The Jordan Ramis construction team of attorneys, paralegals, and consulting analysts use tools, technology, and expertise to meet client demand.  We represent contractors, owners, suppliers, and design professionals in a broad range of construction-related matters, including those listed below.   

Design Professionals Law

Jordan Ramis PC includes professionals with training and experience in engineering, architecture, or landscape architecture, giving our team a unique understanding of the business and professional difficulties that design professionals face every day. Our dual professionals have been in charge of or have held important management positions on projects totaling nearly a billion dollars. This practical background enhances our ability to define and focus on issues critical to our design-professional clients' achievement of their technical, aesthetic, and financial objectives.

Environmental & Natural Resources

At Jordan Ramis PC, we represent landowners, developers, businesses, local governments, and financial institutions in recognizing and solving the many environmental concerns of today.  We regularly advise our clients on environmental issues, including environmental risk management and allocation in business transactions, waste management and disposal on job sites, permitting and reporting to regulatory agencies, spill and release response, and worker safety.

Insurance

Jordan Ramis PC attorneys have extensive experience representing insurers and businesses on insurance coverage and defense issues and have achieved outstanding results for both.  We represent clients throughout the United States, both as coordinating counsel and trial counsel.  When insurance litigation cannot be avoided, our attorneys are experienced in declaratory relief litigation and perform extensive work in the State and Federal trial and appellate courts.  With deep experience in insurance coverage litigation and appeals, we provide insurance carriers with reliable coverage opinions and analysis.  As a result of our wealth of experience, clients also seek our advice on policy drafting and regulatory issues. 
 

Land Use

The attorneys at Jordan Ramis PC understand the sometimes adversarial, always complex process of preparing to develop a parcel of land. They have decades of experience in guiding clients and their development projects through the maze of ever-evolving zoning laws and permitting processes implemented by the cities, counties, and regions of the Northwest. Jordan Ramis PC attorneys seek land use permits and approvals not with a cookie-cutter approach, but rather with hands-on experience, familiarity with the system, and extra effort in working with the policy makers.

Real Estate

Jordan Ramis PC attorneys have extensive hands-on experience providing real estate and development services to private and public clients.  We work with individuals and businesses developing raw or previously developed land, those who buy, sell, and lease real property, and client financing the building or rebuilding of structures and infrastructure.  The range of clients’ needs vary in real estate transactions, just as the transactions themselves vary. Whether your deal is simple or complex, we have the talent, experience, and contacts to successfully handle the full scope of your needs with accuracy, speed, and efficiency.

Dirt Law®

Our focus on Dirt Law® - real estate development, land use, environmental, construction, water rights, and natural resources - has been a hallmark of Jordan Ramis PC's practice since the firm's inception. Our reputation finds its foundation in the number of dual professionals in the practice, including attorneys educated and experienced in construction management, engineering, environmental matters, architecture, and landscape architecture.  They understand firsthand the issues faced by our clients in Dirt Law® related industries and focus on practical, business solutions and remedies. Our experienced professionals assist clients in matters from contracts to dispute resolutions. 
 
Agribusiness and Agricultural Law
 
Agribusiness transactions are often based on deep personal relationships.  Our lawyers have worked in the agribusiness industry for years and understand the importance of these relationships, both with business partners and with regulators.  We combine this understanding with our agribusiness law expertise and our knowledge of the practical aspects of the agriculture industry to effectively represent agribusiness clients, ranging from farms, ranches, and dairies to nurseries and aquaculture, in all aspects of their business.  We are equally comfortable in the field or in the courtroom, and we bring that flexibility to the table as we help our agribusiness clients succeed.
 
Business services include:
  • Accounts-receivable management programs
  • Business formations, business forms, and problem solving (co-ops, LLCs, corporations)
  • Creditors' rights and bankruptcy
  • Credit workouts and reorganizations
  • Employment matters, including wage and hour compliance, supervisory training and workplace investigations, employee discipline, protected leave compliance, and disability accommodations
  • Equipment lease and purchase transactions, including finance
  • Estate planning and estate or trust transfers
  • I-9 compliance
  • Mergers and acquisitions       
  • Ownership, shareholder, and transition or succession planning issues
  • Producer, supplier, crop, and nurseryman liens
  • Protection of proprietary interests in equipment, goods, and crops
Property-related services include:
  • Real estate finance, transactions, and litigation
  • Farm leases and operating agreements
  • Easements and rights-of-way
  • Water rights acquisitions, sales, transfers, defense, and appraisals
  • Endangered species compliance and litigation
  • Environmental matters, including regulatory response and litigation
  • Wetlands and water quality compliance issues
  • Water and natural resources litigation
  • Land use matters and representation at proceedings
  • Condemnation
  • Grazing permits
  • Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation permitting
  • Prosecution and defense of timber-trespass actions
 
 
 
Construction
 
With more than 50 years of construction law history, Jordan Ramis PC knows the business.  Our construction lawyers are committed to the future of the built environment and the people and businesses who create it.  Many of our construction professionals worked in the industry prior to attending law school, giving them first-hand knowledge of our clients' business.  The Jordan Ramis PC construction team of attorneys, paralegals, and consulting analysts use tools, technology, and expertise to meet client demand.  We represent contractors, owners, suppliers, and design professionals in a broad range of construction-related matters, including those listed below.   
  • Contract review, drafting, and advice
  • Complex disputes and impact claims
  • Public procurement—state and federal
  • Litigation, arbitration, and mediation
  • Business and corporate law for contractors and owners
  • Liens, bond claims, notices, and collections
  • Administrative law and regulatory compliance—state and federal
  • Risk avoidance and risk management coaching
  • Insurance-related claims
  • Employment law
  • Professional liability
  • Construction financing
 
Creditors Rights and Bankruptcy
 
Jordan' Ramis PC's bankruptcy lawyers practice in all areas of creditors' rights and insolvency law.  We represent a range of clients including regional credit unions, banks, commercial finance companies, secured and unsecured creditors, creditors' committees, and bankruptcy trustees.  Our attorneys work on behalf of clients to protect their contract rights, pursue monies owed to them, and ensure they understand their rights and options.  Whenever possible we pursue out-of-court options to resolve our clients' matters, but when these fail or do not prove advantageous, our experienced litigation team will go to trial as the next step in representation. 
 
The Jordan Ramis PC team brings deep professional experience to bear, handling matters including;
  • Protection of secured creditors' interests
  • Structuring of loan agreements and other business transactions to minimize risk of loss in bankruptcy
  • Workout and settlement agreements
  • Post-petition financing and use of cash collateral
  • Defense of preference recovery and other actions by trustees in bankruptcy cases
  • UCC Article 2 – sales of goods
  • UCC Article 9 – secured transactions, including default and remedies
  • Accounts-receivable management
  • Collections and collection of judgements
  • Leasing transactions
  • Commercial landlord-tenant disputes
  • Executions against real and personal property and writs of garnishment
  • Judicial and non-judicial foreclosures of liens and creditors' interests in real and personal property
 
Design Professionals
 
A number of our attorneys and staff have professional training and experience in engineering, architecture, or landscape architecture, giving our team a unique understanding of the business and professional difficulties that design professionals face every day. Jordan Ramis PC dual professionals have been in charge of or have held important management positions on projects totaling nearly a billion dollars. Our practical background enhances our ability to define and focus on issues critical to our design-professional clients' achievement of their technical, aesthetic, and financial objectives.
  • Defense of professional liability claims
  • Creation or review of business agreements of all kinds
  • Enforcement of rights to collect professional fees, including bankruptcy litigation
  • Risk management services, including seminars and consultation
  • General business advice and problem-solving
  • Strategic business advice on entity formation
  • Mergers, purchases, and transitions
  • Succession planning, dissolution, and ownership issues
  • Practical employment law advice and representation on hiring, training, performance evaluation, supervision, discipline, firing/termination, sexual harassment, all forms of discrimination, wage and hour issues, policy manual development and review, and defense of employment claims
  • Maintenance of Multi-State/Jurisdictional Licensing
 
Environmental and Natural Resources
 
At Jordan Ramis PC, we represent landowners, developers, businesses, local governments, and financial institutions in recognizing and solving the many environmental concerns of today.  We regularly advise our clients on environmental issues, including environmental risk management and allocation in business transactions, waste management and disposal on job sites, permitting and reporting to regulatory agencies, spill and release response, and worker safety.
  • Environmental Services:
    • Environmental due diligence prior to site acquisition
    • Environmental risk management and allocation in business transactions
    • Waste management and disposal on job sites
    • Contamination cleanup responsibility
    • Development of a response plan after discovering contamination
    • Liability of sureties under construction bonds
    • Clean Water Act and Clean Air Act permitting
    • Performance audits of operating facilities
    • Underground storage tank regulation and removal
    • Liability of insurers' cost-recovery and contribution claims under insurance policies
    • Remediation contractor liability
    • Contracts with environmental consultants and remediation contractors
    • Evaluation of insurance products to reduce environmental risk and manage liability
    • Treatment of environmental claims in bankruptcy
    • Treatment of environmental claims and liabilities during and after foreclosure
  • Environmental Litigation:
    • Initial assessment of the scope, nature, and significance of issues that may or will affect client interests
    • Strategy development and implementation
    • Management of administrative agency relationships to effectively communicate client concerns and strength and weaknesses of agency positions
    • Identification and management of existing or needed documentation and records
    • Use and management of technical experts
    • Defense of agency decisions
    • Challenges to agency decisions
    • Coordination of live testimony and preparation of witnesses
    • Administrative hearings and contested case proceedings
    • State and federal trial court proceedings
    • State and federal appellate proceedings
 
Insurance Coverage and Defense
 
Jordan Ramis PC attorneys have extensive experience representing insurers and businesses on insurance coverage and defense issues and have achieved outstanding results for both.  We represent clients throughout the United States, both as coordinating counsel and trial counsel.  When insurance litigation cannot be avoided, our attorneys are experienced in declaratory relief litigation and perform extensive work in the state and federal trial and appellate courts.  With deep experience in insurance coverage litigation and appeals, we provide insurance carriers with reliable coverage opinions and analysis.  As a result of our wealth of experience, clients also seek our advice on policy drafting and regulatory issues. 
  • Automobile
  • Bad faith
  • Construction defects
  • Environmental
  • General liability
  • Industry-specific licensing bond
  • Insurance Defense
  • Product liability
  • Professional liability
  • Surety bonds, including fidelity, construction payment and performance bonds
  • Toxic tort
  • Unfair claim practice
 
Land Use
The attorneys at Jordan Ramis PC understand the sometimes adversarial and always complex process of preparing to develop a parcel of land. They have decades of experience in guiding clients and their development projects through the maze of ever-evolving permitting processes implemented by the cities, counties, and regions of the Northwest. Jordan Ramis PC attorneys seek land use permits and approvals not with a cookie-cutter approach, but rather with hands-on experience, familiarity with the system, and extra effort in working with the policy makers.
  • Permit strategy
  • Assessment of decision to develop (or not develop) in a jurisdiction
  • Negotiation of conditions of approval with planning staff
  • Identification of traffic impacts and street improvement requirements
  • Development phasing
  • Development agreements to limit on-site and off-site improvement cost exposure
  • Urban Growth Boundary amendments
  • Post acknowledgment comprehensive plan and zoning text and map amendments
  • Industrial and commercial planned developments
  • Subdivisions (industrial, commercial, and residential)
  • Infill development on difficult sites
  • Variances
  • Nonconforming uses
  • Development of special land use districts to accommodate unique development requests
  • Annexations
  • Condominium approvals
  • Natural resource and environmental permitting  
Land Use Litigation 
  • Strategy development and implementation
  • Defense of entitlement decisions or challenges to project denials
  • Identification of appropriate experts
  • Identification and management of existing or needed documentation and records
  • Coordination of live testimony as appropriate
  • Preparation of witnesses
  • Preparation of defense and representation in court
                                   
Real Estate
 
Jordan Ramis PC attorneys have extensive hands-on experience providing real estate and development services to private and public clients.  We work with individuals and businesses developing raw or previously developed land, those who buy, sell, and lease real property, and clients financing the building or rebuilding of structures and infrastructure.  The range of clients’ needs vary in real estate transactions, just as the transactions themselves vary. Whether your deal is simple or complex, we have the talent, experience, and contacts to successfully handle the full scope of your needs with accuracy, speed, and efficiency.
  • Transactions
    • Development of acquisition strategies and negotiation of business deal points
    • Document acquisition or sale of raw land, developed, portfolio, and distressed properties
    • Environmental risk assessment
    • Due diligence
    • 1031 exchanges
    • Owner/developer agreements
    • Resolution of complex title problems
    • Project declarations and restrictive covenants
    • Unit ownership documentation and registration
  • Leasing
    • Complex retail, office, and industrial leases
    • Lease management advice
    • Workout agreements
    • Dispute resolution, lease enforcement, and judicial remedies
    • Property management counsel
  • Litigation
    • Commercial landlord tenant disputes
    • Condemnations
    • Boundary line and easement disputes
    • Bankruptcy related to commercial real estate
    • Construction litigation
    • Water rights litigation
    • Land use litigation
    • Partnership disputes
    • Allocation of value, profits and equity
    • Purchase agreement disputes
  • Project Finance
    • Analysis of financing alternatives
    • Negotiation of terms and conditions of construction, mezzanine, and permanent financing
    • Environmental documents
    • Documentation of conventional and creative financing mechanisms
    • Lender counsel; loan documentation and enforcement
 
Water Rights
 
Jordan Ramis PC is widely recognized as one of the Northwest's select law firms with a significant water law and water rights practice. Our water law attorneys work with a broad spectrum of clients including landowners, developers, businesses, local governments, and financial institutions who contend with the complex legal environment surrounding state and federal water law matters. Whether we are dealing with Oregon water rights or Washington water rights, our long-established relationships with state and federal water management agencies allow us to effectively advocate for our clients' needs and to develop lasting solutions. When necessary, we also serve as litigation counsel, protecting our clients' water rights interests in proceedings before administrative bodies as well as state and federal courts.
  • Water rights acquisitions, sales, and leases
  • Water rights transfers
  • Water rights audits and appraisals
  • Water rights permitting and adjudication
  • Municipal permit extensions
  • Water Management and Conservation Plans
  • Regulatory compliance and policy work before the Oregon Water Resource Department and Washington Department of Ecology
  • Bureau of Reclamation project rights and contracts
  • Drought statutes and preparation
  • Public water system regulations
  • Wellhead protection issues
  • Litigation before state agencies and state and federal courts in Oregon and Washington
  • Application of the Clean Water Act, the Endangered Species Act, National Environmental Policy Act, Safe Drinking Water Act, and their state statutory counterparts
  • Preparation of intergovernmental agreements concerning administration of water sources and related facilities
 
Water Quality
 
Our lawyers and staff regularly assist public entities with the responsibility to protect water supplies and provide safe drinking water, and private entities who must treat, manage, and may discharge wastewaters in compliance with water pollution laws. We are experienced in all aspects of federal, state, and local laws and programs focused on protecting the quality of our region's water resources. We assist clients in navigating the regulatory programs under the federal Clean Water Act, Safe Drinking Water Act, Public Health Service Act, and analogous state statutes and programs. 

We have many clients, public and private, who must regularly anticipate and comply with the NPDES permit program, Section 404 of the CWA, Section 403 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899, ESA, and the SWDA. Some of our lawyers have come from the regulatory community, many have long relationships with such regulators, and all are experienced in navigating the complex framework of such regulations. 

Whether the resource of interest is surface water, groundwater, stormwater, drinking water, or industrial waste waters, our lawyers and staff have experience in matters related to protecting, treating, permitting, preserving and conserving the resource in accord with all laws and applicable management practices.
  • Water Quality Services:
    • Interpretation and compliance with federal, state, and local environmental regulations 
    • Advice on federal Clean Water Act (“CWA”) compliance in both the permitting and enforcement areas
    • CWA compliance in both permitting and enforcement
    • National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (“NPDES”) permitting, renewal, and monitoring
    • Renewing and interpreting NPDES permits regulating wastewater releases from publicly and privately owned wastewater treatment systems
    • Performance of wetlands protection and management
    • Monitoring instream water quality
    • Policy issues related to Total Maximum Daily Load (“TMDL”)
    • Point source and nonpoint source regulatory matters in water quality
    • TMDL processes and compliance
    • Wetlands regulation and mitigation under CWA Section 404 with Army Corps of Engineers, Department of State Lands, Department of Ecology, and local governments
    • Construction stormwater general permit issues
    • Land-based wastewater application
    • Stormwater permitting
  • Water Quality Litigation: 
    • Complex litigation involving interpretation and enforcement of federal and state clean water statutes and regulations relating to issues of contamination of public waterways, mining wastes, and related matters
    • Defending entities in contested case hearings brought by state and federal regulators related to allegations of discharge monitoring report violations
    • Implementing in-stream sampling and analyses protocols to support permit applications
    • Defending clients against alleged violations of NPDES permits through the administrative appeals processes
    • Complying with the federal Safe Drinking Water Act ("SDWA") and the state laws and regulations implementing the SDWA
    • Representing clients in discussions and negotiations with drinking water program regulatory staff in the construction and maintenance of public water supply systems
    • Interpreting and applying drinking water quality standards (including revised arsenic and lead standards), source water assessments, Drinking Water Protection Areas, and public water system jurisdictional triggers
    • Interpreting and applying SDWA provisions regarding state and federal loans for water system construction
    • Appeals of Municipal Stormwater Permits to Pollution Control Hearings Board
    • Appeals of Construction Stormwater Permit Issues to Pollution Control Hearings Board
 
Wetlands and Drainage Law
 
The attorneys at Jordan Ramis PC advise public and private clients in the complex arena of wetlands regulation, including mitigation requirements, cultural resource and wildlife concerns, project permitting, and enforcement matters under the federal Clean Water Act and the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899, and the State of Oregon Department of State Lands' Removal/Fill law. Whether your project is a large aggregate mining operation, a commercial development, or a small project in your own backyard, our attorneys can advise you on whether a permit is required and, if so, the proper permitting pathway. 
  • Mitigation requirements
  • Cultural resource and wildlife concerns
  • Project permitting
  • Enforcement matters under the federal Clean Water Act
  • Enforcement matters under the Rivers and Harbors Act 
  • Enforcement matters under the State of Oregon Department of State Lands' Removal/Fill law
  • Stormwater concerns
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Industries

Agribusiness & Agriculture

Agribusiness transactions are often based on deep personal relationships.  Our lawyers have worked in the agribusiness industry for years and understand the importance of these relationships, both with business partners and with regulators.  We combine this understanding with our agribusiness law expertise and our knowledge of the practical aspects of the agriculture industry to effectively represent agribusiness clients, ranging from farms, ranches, and dairies to nurseries and aquaculture, in all aspects of their business.  We are equally comfortable in the field or in the courtroom, and we bring that flexibility to the table as we help our agribusiness clients succeed.

Banking

Jordan Ramis PC possesses decades of experience working with thrifts, commercial, savings, and mortgage banks, as well as other lenders.  Our attorneys handle a range of transactions including loan negotiation and documentation, securitization, provisional process, bank foreclosures, and workouts.  We have handled a very large volume of judicial and non-judicial foreclosures, both residential and commercial, including large, complex transactions and foreclosures complicated by construction and surety issues.  We also have extensive experience in the defense of construction liens and associated title issues.  Our attorneys excel at guiding financial institution clients through the complexities of removing occupants after a foreclosure sale and in dealing with the sale of Real Estate Owned. 
 
Jordan Ramis PC attorneys' knowledge of bankruptcy courts and code, coupled with litigation skills in both state and federal courts, provides us with the ability to serve financial institution clients in handling both large and small business bankruptcy. 

Charter Schools

Jordan Ramis PC attorneys possess deep experience in the formation and operation of public charter schools.  Our lawyers routinely guide clients through the significant complications and challenges posed by the multiple state and federal laws and regulations applicable to charter school operation.  We also understand and provide guidance on maintaining strong, productive relationships with key stakeholders, including families, charter school sponsors and authorizers, education service districts, and the Oregon and Washington Departments of Education.  Our team of charter school attorneys proactively assists our clients on legal challenges that affect their schools, with the shared goal of helping the schools as well as their staff, teachers, and board members provide the very best educational services to the children they serve. 

Construction

With more than 50 years of construction law history, Jordan Ramis PC knows the business.  Our construction lawyers are committed to the future of the built environment and the people and businesses who create it.  Many of our construction worked in the industry prior to attending law school, giving them first-hand knowledge of our clients' business.  The Jordan Ramis construction team of attorneys, paralegals, and consulting analysts use tools, technology, and expertise to meet client demand.  We represent contractors, owners, suppliers, and design professionals in a broad range of construction-related matters, including those listed below.   

Design Professionals Law

Jordan Ramis PC includes professionals with training and experience in engineering, architecture, or landscape architecture, giving our team a unique understanding of the business and professional difficulties that design professionals face every day. Our dual professionals have been in charge of or have held important management positions on projects totaling nearly a billion dollars. This practical background enhances our ability to define and focus on issues critical to our design-professional clients' achievement of their technical, aesthetic, and financial objectives.

Environmental & Natural Resources

At Jordan Ramis PC, we represent landowners, developers, businesses, local governments, and financial institutions in recognizing and solving the many environmental concerns of today.  We regularly advise our clients on environmental issues, including environmental risk management and allocation in business transactions, waste management and disposal on job sites, permitting and reporting to regulatory agencies, spill and release response, and worker safety.

Insurance

Jordan Ramis PC attorneys have extensive experience representing insurers and businesses on insurance coverage and defense issues and have achieved outstanding results for both.  We represent clients throughout the United States, both as coordinating counsel and trial counsel.  When insurance litigation cannot be avoided, our attorneys are experienced in declaratory relief litigation and perform extensive work in the State and Federal trial and appellate courts.  With deep experience in insurance coverage litigation and appeals, we provide insurance carriers with reliable coverage opinions and analysis.  As a result of our wealth of experience, clients also seek our advice on policy drafting and regulatory issues. 
 

Land Use

The attorneys at Jordan Ramis PC understand the sometimes adversarial, always complex process of preparing to develop a parcel of land. They have decades of experience in guiding clients and their development projects through the maze of ever-evolving zoning laws and permitting processes implemented by the cities, counties, and regions of the Northwest. Jordan Ramis PC attorneys seek land use permits and approvals not with a cookie-cutter approach, but rather with hands-on experience, familiarity with the system, and extra effort in working with the policy makers.

Real Estate

Jordan Ramis PC attorneys have extensive hands-on experience providing real estate and development services to private and public clients.  We work with individuals and businesses developing raw or previously developed land, those who buy, sell, and lease real property, and client financing the building or rebuilding of structures and infrastructure.  The range of clients’ needs vary in real estate transactions, just as the transactions themselves vary. Whether your deal is simple or complex, we have the talent, experience, and contacts to successfully handle the full scope of your needs with accuracy, speed, and efficiency.

Litigation

Jordan Ramis PC's experienced litigation team handles matters for individuals, small businesses, and large corporations.  With an appreciation for the time and expense disputes can cost a business, our litigation team tailors the desired approach for maximum efficiency.  Whenever possible, we seek solutions outside the courtroom, but when litigation is necessary, Jordan Ramis PC attorneys strategize approach, identify potential solutions, and work toward the best possible solution for the client.  
 
Alternative Dispute Resolution

Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) options may make sense in many circumstances as they tend to be less costly than trial and can often lead to results more quickly.  Although only about two percent of all civil cases in the U.S. actually go to trial, it is still important to have a litigator with strong dispute resolution skills on your side regardless of the approach you take to resolve your dispute.  Jordan Ramis PC's litigators are seasoned attorneys both in the court and with a wide variety of ADR approaches.  Our skill and familiarity with the various forms of ADR are valuable in both strategy and identification of the most effective course to take to resolve your matter, and in the follow through of the identified approach to resolution. In addition to being well versed in dispute resolution, many of our attorneys have also served as arbitrators or mediators.  If the matter cannot be resolved through ADR, we are also prepared and experienced to go to jury trial, if necessary.
  • Three-panel binding arbitration
  • Single binding arbitration
  • Single non-binding arbitration
  • Commercial arbitration
  • Mediations
  • Judicial settlement conferences
  • Insurance property damage appraisals
  • Baseball arbitrations
  • High-low arbitrations
  • Judicial arbitration and mediation service (“JAMS”)

Construction Litigation
 
Construction litigation is different than many other types of litigation in that it involves a broad base of issues ranging from procurement of construction services under public contracting requirements to claims resolution.  Successfully handling construction litigation matters requires an understanding of public contracting requirements, construction contracts, alternative dispute resolution, and, most importantly, the effects of construction litigation on the parties involved.  Our construction litigators, many of whom are dual professionals with industry experience, have a solid hands-on understanding of those matters and use their experience and technical knowledge to guide our clients through construction litigation matters.
  • Construction litigation, arbitration, and mediation
  • Strategic prosecution of construction claims
  • Construction liens
  • Defending construction claims against owners, contractors, subcontractors, and their sureties
  • Construction bid protests
  • Construction labor and employment law, including prevailing-wage issues
  • OSHA, MSHA, and other regulatory agency compliance and hearings
  • Representation of principals, sureties, and obligees in construction contract default situations
  • Construction-insurance disputes
  • Preliminary construction lien notifications
  • Construction defects/analysis of defense
 
Creditors' Rights and Bankruptcy Litigation
 
Jordan' Ramis PC's bankruptcy lawyers practice in all areas of creditors' rights and insolvency law.  We represent a range of clients including regional credit unions, banks, commercial finance companies, secured and unsecured creditors, creditors' committees, and bankruptcy trustees.  Our attorneys work on behalf of clients to protect their contract rights, pursue monies owed to them, and ensure they understand their rights and options.  Whenever possible we pursue out-of-court options to resolve our clients' matters, but when these fail or do not prove advantageous, our experienced litigation team will go to trial as the next step in representation. 
 
The Jordan Ramis PC team brings deep professional experience to bear, handling matters including:
  • Protection of secured creditors' interests
  • Structuring of loan agreements and other business transactions to minimize risk of loss in bankruptcy
  • Workout and settlement agreements
  • Post-petition financing and use of cash collateral
  • Defense of preference recovery and other actions by trustees in bankruptcy cases
  • UCC Article 2 – sales of goods
  • UCC Article 9 – secured transactions, including default and remedies
  • Accounts-receivable management
  • Collections and collection of judgements
  • Leasing transactions
  • Commercial landlord-tenant disputes
  • Executions against real and personal property and writs of garnishment
  • Judicial and non-judicial foreclosures of liens and creditors' interests in real and personal property
 
Employment and Labor Litigation
 
Employment and labor disputes can take on a wide range of forms, from disputes between business entities to disputes between the employer and employee.  Disputes may also arise with government agencies related to the employment relationship.  Regardless of the type of employment or labor dispute, our employment lawyers are ready to assist
 

Insurance Coverage Litigation

Jordan Ramis PC attorneys have extensive experience representing insurers and businesses on insurance coverage and defense issues and have achieved outstanding results for both.  We represent clients throughout the United States, both as coordinating counsel and trial counsel.  When insurance litigation cannot be avoided, our attorneys are experienced in declaratory relief litigation and perform extensive work in the State and Federal trial and appellate courts.  With deep experience in insurance coverage litigation and appeals, we provide insurance carriers with reliable coverage opinions and analysis.  As a result of our wealth of experience, clients also seek our advice on policy drafting and regulatory issues. 
  • Automobile
  • Bad faith
  • Construction defects
  • Environmental
  • General liability
  • Industry-specific licensing bond
  • Insurance Defense
  • Product liability
  • Professional liability
  • Surety bonds, including fidelity, construction payment and performance bonds
  • Toxic tort
  • Unfair claim practice
 
Land Use Litigation
 
Land Use Litigation is a complex process typically involving defense of entitlement decisions or challenge to project denials.  

The work begins with building a strong record at the local government level supporting our client’s case.  At this stage we develop strategy, advise clients on retention of appropriate experts, and manage required studies, coordinate live testimony, and prepare expert and lay witnesses. 

In the Northwest region, Washington and Oregon have different processes and timing for pursuing land use decisions.  Our knowledgeable, experienced attorneys can help you prepare your best defense and work through the process for ensuing land use litigation and appeals.
  • Strategy development and implementation
  • Defense of entitlement decisions or challenges to project denials
  • Identification of appropriate experts
  • Identification and management of existing or needed documentation and records
  • Coordination of live testimony as appropriate
  • Preparation of witnesses
  • Preparation of defense and representation in court
 
Real Estate Litigation
 
Like the clients we represent, Jordan Ramis PC attorneys have worked long and hard to earn a strong reputation in real estate.  We have years of experience representing owners and developers in buying, selling, structuring, and financing commercial and residential real estate deals, and we understand that real estate deals must be kept moving forward.  Litigation means delays and delays can kill a deal, so when a dispute arises, our real estate litigators move quickly to offer practical advice and work with the efficiency and effectiveness that comes from really understanding the business and industry.
  • Commercial landlord tenant disputes
  • Condemnations
  • Boundary line and easement disputes
  • Bankruptcy related to commercial real estate
  • Construction litigation
  • Water rights litigation
  • Land use litigation
  • Partnership disputes
  • Allocation of value, profits and equity
  • Purchase agreement disputes
 
Environmental Litigtion
 
Water and natural resources litigation generally involves challenging or defending state or federal agency decisions. These cases involve administrative proceedings, judicial proceedings, or in many cases a unique blend of both. 
  
We typically use our established agency relationships and the administrative process to seek resolution without resorting to litigation. This is a more efficient and certain path to achieve our clients’ goals. Through this process we develop an administrative record in support of our desired outcomes. We also use the process to think several steps ahead as we develop our litigation strategy. 

When the administrative process cannot achieve our clients’ goals, we go to battle for our clients. We have years of experience in state and federal courts on water and natural resources matters. This includes state Court of Appeals and Supreme Court cases on water law issues of first impression as well as work in the federal trial court and appellate court system on complex water and natural resources cases.
  • Initial assessment of the scope, nature and significance of issues that may or will affect client interests
  • Strategy development and implementation
  • Management of administrative agency relationships to effectively communicate client concerns and strength and weaknesses of agency positions
  • Identification and management of existing or needed documentation and records
  • Use and management of technical experts
  • Defense of agency decisions
  • Challenges to agency decisions
  • Coordination of live testimony and preparation of witnesses
  • Administrative hearings and contested case proceedings
  • State and federal trial court proceedings
  • State and federal appellate proceedings
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Industries

Agribusiness & Agriculture

Agribusiness transactions are often based on deep personal relationships.  Our lawyers have worked in the agribusiness industry for years and understand the importance of these relationships, both with business partners and with regulators.  We combine this understanding with our agribusiness law expertise and our knowledge of the practical aspects of the agriculture industry to effectively represent agribusiness clients, ranging from farms, ranches, and dairies to nurseries and aquaculture, in all aspects of their business.  We are equally comfortable in the field or in the courtroom, and we bring that flexibility to the table as we help our agribusiness clients succeed.

Banking

Jordan Ramis PC possesses decades of experience working with thrifts, commercial, savings, and mortgage banks, as well as other lenders.  Our attorneys handle a range of transactions including loan negotiation and documentation, securitization, provisional process, bank foreclosures, and workouts.  We have handled a very large volume of judicial and non-judicial foreclosures, both residential and commercial, including large, complex transactions and foreclosures complicated by construction and surety issues.  We also have extensive experience in the defense of construction liens and associated title issues.  Our attorneys excel at guiding financial institution clients through the complexities of removing occupants after a foreclosure sale and in dealing with the sale of Real Estate Owned. 
 
Jordan Ramis PC attorneys' knowledge of bankruptcy courts and code, coupled with litigation skills in both state and federal courts, provides us with the ability to serve financial institution clients in handling both large and small business bankruptcy. 

Charter Schools

Jordan Ramis PC attorneys possess deep experience in the formation and operation of public charter schools.  Our lawyers routinely guide clients through the significant complications and challenges posed by the multiple state and federal laws and regulations applicable to charter school operation.  We also understand and provide guidance on maintaining strong, productive relationships with key stakeholders, including families, charter school sponsors and authorizers, education service districts, and the Oregon and Washington Departments of Education.  Our team of charter school attorneys proactively assists our clients on legal challenges that affect their schools, with the shared goal of helping the schools as well as their staff, teachers, and board members provide the very best educational services to the children they serve. 

Construction

With more than 50 years of construction law history, Jordan Ramis PC knows the business.  Our construction lawyers are committed to the future of the built environment and the people and businesses who create it.  Many of our construction worked in the industry prior to attending law school, giving them first-hand knowledge of our clients' business.  The Jordan Ramis construction team of attorneys, paralegals, and consulting analysts use tools, technology, and expertise to meet client demand.  We represent contractors, owners, suppliers, and design professionals in a broad range of construction-related matters, including those listed below.   

Design Professionals Law

Jordan Ramis PC includes professionals with training and experience in engineering, architecture, or landscape architecture, giving our team a unique understanding of the business and professional difficulties that design professionals face every day. Our dual professionals have been in charge of or have held important management positions on projects totaling nearly a billion dollars. This practical background enhances our ability to define and focus on issues critical to our design-professional clients' achievement of their technical, aesthetic, and financial objectives.

Environmental & Natural Resources

At Jordan Ramis PC, we represent landowners, developers, businesses, local governments, and financial institutions in recognizing and solving the many environmental concerns of today.  We regularly advise our clients on environmental issues, including environmental risk management and allocation in business transactions, waste management and disposal on job sites, permitting and reporting to regulatory agencies, spill and release response, and worker safety.

Insurance

Jordan Ramis PC attorneys have extensive experience representing insurers and businesses on insurance coverage and defense issues and have achieved outstanding results for both.  We represent clients throughout the United States, both as coordinating counsel and trial counsel.  When insurance litigation cannot be avoided, our attorneys are experienced in declaratory relief litigation and perform extensive work in the State and Federal trial and appellate courts.  With deep experience in insurance coverage litigation and appeals, we provide insurance carriers with reliable coverage opinions and analysis.  As a result of our wealth of experience, clients also seek our advice on policy drafting and regulatory issues. 
 

Land Use

The attorneys at Jordan Ramis PC understand the sometimes adversarial, always complex process of preparing to develop a parcel of land. They have decades of experience in guiding clients and their development projects through the maze of ever-evolving zoning laws and permitting processes implemented by the cities, counties, and regions of the Northwest. Jordan Ramis PC attorneys seek land use permits and approvals not with a cookie-cutter approach, but rather with hands-on experience, familiarity with the system, and extra effort in working with the policy makers.

Real Estate

Jordan Ramis PC attorneys have extensive hands-on experience providing real estate and development services to private and public clients.  We work with individuals and businesses developing raw or previously developed land, those who buy, sell, and lease real property, and client financing the building or rebuilding of structures and infrastructure.  The range of clients’ needs vary in real estate transactions, just as the transactions themselves vary. Whether your deal is simple or complex, we have the talent, experience, and contacts to successfully handle the full scope of your needs with accuracy, speed, and efficiency.

Government Law

Jordan Ramis PC includes one of the state of Oregon's most established government practices.  In both Oregon and Washington our attorneys represent clients in a wide range of matters with an emphasis on land use, construction, community development and real estate. Our government agency clients include municipalities, counties, special districts, school districts, and public transit districts.  Because of our extensive experience in local government, we also represent private business in their interactions with government agencies.
 
Municipal and Local Government
 
Jordan Ramis PC's public clients include a wide range of government agencies, including cities, counties, special districts, school districts, and public transit districts. In addition, because of our extensive experience in the local government arena, we are able to represent private business, developers, and construction clients in their relations with government agencies. 
  • Employment law and counseling
  • Land use regulation and litigation
  • Real estate transactions
  • Construction law
  • Public contracts and agreements
  • Intergovernmental agreements and functional consolidations
  • Infrastructure financing and public finance
  • Urban Renewal Agency/District administration
  • Ethics rules interpretation and training
  • Formation and consolidation of special districts
  • Incorporation of cities
  • Budget law
  • Staff and council support
  • Elections law
  • Annexations
  • Public/private partnerships
  • Municipal court prosecutions
  • Government relations and legislation
  • Litigation
 
Government Operations
 
As general counsel or outside counsel assisting with special projects, we have the expertise and experience to help our local government clients with all aspects of government operations. We understand the unique environment of public meetings, public contracting, elections, government ethics, and local budget law. We work extensively with staff and with elected and appointed officials, providing advice and trainings on legal issues and decision-making processes, ranging from public meetings law for city councilors to ethics trainings for planning commission members. We represent the local government as an employer, property owner, and regulator, providing legal representation in employment law, franchise negotiations, and assessments and fees. Our attorneys look for innovative ways to meet the unique needs of local governments
  • Elections
  • Public meetings
  • Public contracting matters
  • Construction law
  • Public records
  • Employment and Labor law
  • Human Resources
  • Intergovernmental agreements
  • Urban service agreements
  • Staff and council or board support
  • Ethics rules training
  • Budget law
  • Elected and appointed officials/board training
  • Utility rate setting and regulation
  • Assessments, fees, and service charges
  • Taxation
  • Franchise fees and agreements
  
Land Use Boundary Changes
 
Jordan Ramis PC has played an active role assisting local governments in all phases of Oregon and Washington’s complex land use systems. Our goal is to assist staff and decision makers in navigating the regulatory requirements. This work includes advising staff; drafting ordinances, conditions, and findings; reviewing evidence; and participating in hearings. Whether the project is drafting a zoning code or crafting enforceable conditions, our role is to be a reliable resource for those who are charged with building livable cities. When it is necessary to litigate land use disputes, the firm draws on forty years of experience handling land use cases in circuit and superior courts, LUBA, LCDC, Courts of Appeal, and state and U.S. Supreme Court. While this experience is important in effectively defending local government decisions, it also guides our advice to local governments where the goal is to produce good land use results while avoiding court battles. 

As communities experience growth, changes to jurisdiction and planning boundaries are continuously happening. The firm has been active in all phases of this process, advising cities on annexation, urban growth boundary amendments, city incorporation, territorial withdrawals, district mergers, and intergovernmental agreements. Whether the specific issues involve grievances, finances, home rule authority, land use control, or infrastructure planning, the firm has many decades of experience fashioning creative solutions to boundary issues. 
  • Land use regulation
  • Assist staff with hearings preparation and representation at LUBA and in litigation before trial and appellate courts
  • Zoning and comprehensive plan issues and planning agreements
  • Incorporation of cities
  • Annexations and other boundary changes
  • Urban growth boundaries
  • Comprehensive plans
  • GMA/UGA
 
 Infrastructure Financing
 
The aging systems supporting our urban areas are being pressured by the demands of growth and the scarcity of financial resources. Increasingly, local governments are being required to make use of all available tools to build and maintain transportation, water, and wastewater infrastructure at the high level demanded by the public. Jordan Ramis PC lawyers have been involved in this issue for the past four decades, including drafting innovative statutes, litigating as far as the Supreme Court, and helping local governments employ the appropriate tools to finance the cost of infrastructure improvement. This work has involved bond measures, local improvement districts, reimbursement districts, grants, urban renewal, exactions, impact fees, performance guarantees, and loans and other finance techniques. We employ the firm’s experience with municipal finance, banking, construction law, and land development to serve all clients who need infrastructure finance advice. 
  • Public finance/bonds issuance (bonding)
  • System Development Charges (SDCs)
  • Local improvement and reimbursement districts
  • Urban renewal
  • Tax increment financing
 
Litigation
 
Governments have special responsibilities to their residents and stakeholders–they must act in ways that the majority demands, while respecting the rights of minorities, all the while providing transparent processes and opportunities for public involvement.  The Jordan Ramis PC team has decades of experience advising local governments, from looking ahead and adopting plans for the future, to resolution of existing conflicts, and addressing the unexpected along the way.  The most pressing issues involve dispute resolution–times when the majority wants to follow a path that an individual or group opposes.   
  • Municipal litigation
  • Alternative dispute resolution
  • Insurance defense coordination
  • Construction litigation
  • Appellate law
  • Labor and employment litigation
  • Constitutional litigation
  • Eminent domain
  • Water rights litigation
 
Community Development and Urban Renewal

Cities, counties, special districts, and ports are increasingly called upon by their constituents to play an active role in economic development, growth, and employment opportunities. Jordan Ramis PC has been there to assist our clients as they face these challenges. We represent cities with urban renewal districts in all aspects of tax increment financing, land acquisitions, and development agreements. And, we are engaged regularly in advising staff and elected leadership on the many facets of community development. The city councils, port commissions, economic development directors, public works directors, and community development directors that we serve look to the firm for practical advice on topics such as land development issues, enterprise zones, real estate law, finance options, statutory compliance, and intergovernmental agreements. Our work in this field is ongoing and allows us to advise based on the most current developments in tax credits, lending programs, and state initiatives.
  • Public/private partnerships
  • Urban renewal agency/district administration
  • Development agreements
  • Formation and consolidation of special districts
  • Infrastructure financing
  • Bond sale preparation and bond counsel coordination
 
Real Estate
 
Local governments purchase, lease, exchange, sell, and develop real estate for many reasons. Whether you are constructing a new public works yard, needing to acquire or condemn a right-of-way or an easement for a trail or a public improvement, or are working with the private sector to promote economic development, Jordan Ramis PC has the experience and expertise to help you successfully close the deal. 

Some real estate transactions are relatively simple; others involve complex issues that require creative solutions. Either way, real estate transactions are a team effort. We start with learning your needs and objectives. We identify the key issues, including financing, timing, legal limitations, physical and title encumbrances, and environmental conditions. Working together, we develop solutions and structure the transaction to serve the needs of your jurisdiction and the public. We bring a sophisticated understanding of both the public and private sectors to the negotiating table and to drafting the terms and conditions of the agreement. 

As a full-service firm, we also can assist with related matters including public contracting, land use, and construction law. And when necessary, we are ready to stand with you in mediation or the court room. 

Perhaps most importantly, our goal is to help you to be in the best position to understand the risks, evaluate your options, and obtain the best possible result.
  • Acquisition or sale of raw land and buildings
  • Complex title issues
  • Easements and rights-of-way negotiation, acquisitions, vacations
  • Right-of-way and street vacations
  • Real estate litigation
  • Eminent domain
  • Development agreements
  • Commercial leasing 
 
Construction Law and Litigation
 
Our construction law practice group provides legal oversight for the entire planning, design, procurement, construction, commissioning, and closeout process, including dispute resolution for claims that too often arise on construction projects. Our construction law and litigation attorneys have decades of experience providing quality legal services to their clients in the pre-construction, procurement, construction, and closeout phases of construction projects.

As experts in construction law and litigation, the Jordan Ramis PC team provides the information its municipality clients need to make informed decisions to achieve a successful project. As your legal representative on the project, our construction attorneys assist you and your team to manage the construction process to optimally maintain the three critical components of any construction project — quality, budget, and schedule.
  • Public procurement/purchasing and contracting
  • Bid protests
  • Contract negotiations
  • Construction labor and employment law, including prevailing wage issues
  • Design-build, integrated project delivery, and CMGC project delivery systems
  • AIA contract documents
  • Construction claim disputes
  • Litigation
 
Government Relations
 
The attorneys at Jordan Ramis PC provide local, regional, and state government relation services for select clients. We believe that effective government relations and strategic messaging begins with in-depth analysis and ends with a carefully executed advocacy plan. We begin this process by identifying our clients’ opportunities for success and help them build a strategic messaging platform to educate elected leaders on why the issue should be important to them. We strive to identify ways that our clients’ objectives are aligned with the objectives of other governmental entities, so that elected leaders and their staff can understand how the issues benefit their constituents. Some issues can be resolved with a phone call, while others require coalition building and extensive advocacy. Although, not all issues can be resolved through strategic messaging and advocacy, we find that building relationships, and connecting with key leaders, is a strategy that often works for our clients.
  • Strategic messaging and lobbying
  • Government relations and lobbying
  • Coalition building and organizing
  • Real estate and project development
  • Transportation policy development
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Industries

Agribusiness & Agriculture

Agribusiness transactions are often based on deep personal relationships.  Our lawyers have worked in the agribusiness industry for years and understand the importance of these relationships, both with business partners and with regulators.  We combine this understanding with our agribusiness law expertise and our knowledge of the practical aspects of the agriculture industry to effectively represent agribusiness clients, ranging from farms, ranches, and dairies to nurseries and aquaculture, in all aspects of their business.  We are equally comfortable in the field or in the courtroom, and we bring that flexibility to the table as we help our agribusiness clients succeed.

Banking

Jordan Ramis PC possesses decades of experience working with thrifts, commercial, savings, and mortgage banks, as well as other lenders.  Our attorneys handle a range of transactions including loan negotiation and documentation, securitization, provisional process, bank foreclosures, and workouts.  We have handled a very large volume of judicial and non-judicial foreclosures, both residential and commercial, including large, complex transactions and foreclosures complicated by construction and surety issues.  We also have extensive experience in the defense of construction liens and associated title issues.  Our attorneys excel at guiding financial institution clients through the complexities of removing occupants after a foreclosure sale and in dealing with the sale of Real Estate Owned. 
 
Jordan Ramis PC attorneys' knowledge of bankruptcy courts and code, coupled with litigation skills in both state and federal courts, provides us with the ability to serve financial institution clients in handling both large and small business bankruptcy. 

Charter Schools

Jordan Ramis PC attorneys possess deep experience in the formation and operation of public charter schools.  Our lawyers routinely guide clients through the significant complications and challenges posed by the multiple state and federal laws and regulations applicable to charter school operation.  We also understand and provide guidance on maintaining strong, productive relationships with key stakeholders, including families, charter school sponsors and authorizers, education service districts, and the Oregon and Washington Departments of Education.  Our team of charter school attorneys proactively assists our clients on legal challenges that affect their schools, with the shared goal of helping the schools as well as their staff, teachers, and board members provide the very best educational services to the children they serve. 

Construction

With more than 50 years of construction law history, Jordan Ramis PC knows the business.  Our construction lawyers are committed to the future of the built environment and the people and businesses who create it.  Many of our construction worked in the industry prior to attending law school, giving them first-hand knowledge of our clients' business.  The Jordan Ramis construction team of attorneys, paralegals, and consulting analysts use tools, technology, and expertise to meet client demand.  We represent contractors, owners, suppliers, and design professionals in a broad range of construction-related matters, including those listed below.   

Design Professionals Law

Jordan Ramis PC includes professionals with training and experience in engineering, architecture, or landscape architecture, giving our team a unique understanding of the business and professional difficulties that design professionals face every day. Our dual professionals have been in charge of or have held important management positions on projects totaling nearly a billion dollars. This practical background enhances our ability to define and focus on issues critical to our design-professional clients' achievement of their technical, aesthetic, and financial objectives.

Environmental & Natural Resources

At Jordan Ramis PC, we represent landowners, developers, businesses, local governments, and financial institutions in recognizing and solving the many environmental concerns of today.  We regularly advise our clients on environmental issues, including environmental risk management and allocation in business transactions, waste management and disposal on job sites, permitting and reporting to regulatory agencies, spill and release response, and worker safety.

Insurance

Jordan Ramis PC attorneys have extensive experience representing insurers and businesses on insurance coverage and defense issues and have achieved outstanding results for both.  We represent clients throughout the United States, both as coordinating counsel and trial counsel.  When insurance litigation cannot be avoided, our attorneys are experienced in declaratory relief litigation and perform extensive work in the State and Federal trial and appellate courts.  With deep experience in insurance coverage litigation and appeals, we provide insurance carriers with reliable coverage opinions and analysis.  As a result of our wealth of experience, clients also seek our advice on policy drafting and regulatory issues. 
 

Land Use

The attorneys at Jordan Ramis PC understand the sometimes adversarial, always complex process of preparing to develop a parcel of land. They have decades of experience in guiding clients and their development projects through the maze of ever-evolving zoning laws and permitting processes implemented by the cities, counties, and regions of the Northwest. Jordan Ramis PC attorneys seek land use permits and approvals not with a cookie-cutter approach, but rather with hands-on experience, familiarity with the system, and extra effort in working with the policy makers.

Real Estate

Jordan Ramis PC attorneys have extensive hands-on experience providing real estate and development services to private and public clients.  We work with individuals and businesses developing raw or previously developed land, those who buy, sell, and lease real property, and client financing the building or rebuilding of structures and infrastructure.  The range of clients’ needs vary in real estate transactions, just as the transactions themselves vary. Whether your deal is simple or complex, we have the talent, experience, and contacts to successfully handle the full scope of your needs with accuracy, speed, and efficiency.