Ezra Hammer is a results-oriented land use attorney. Ezra is passionate about housing, construction, and development and their nexus to local land use regulatory systems, leveraging over a decade of experience in land use, development, and housing sectors. He has a deep knowledge of local and state government policies pertaining to land use development and long-range planning coupled with an outstanding knowledge of municipal laws and procedures. Originally hailing from California, he moved to the Pacific Northwest in 2019.
Prior to joining Jordan Ramis, Ezra served as an executive team member at a national homebuilder, where he oversaw day-to-day operations across multiple departments including acquisitions, development, construction, sales, and home warranty. Previously, he ran the government affairs department for the regional chapter of the Home Builders Association, a preeminent trade organization for the homebuilding and construction industries.
With a special focus on residential and mixed-use projects, Ezra advises his real estate clients, ranging from property owners and developers to lenders, on matters that span the entire spectrum of complex real estate projects, including acquisition, land use approvals, development, and construction. He emphasizes risk mitigation throughout the life of a project and works to ensure that his clients can keep critical timelines and achieve key benchmarks.
Ezra is committed to philanthropy and civic engagement. He currently serves as a board member for Community Partners for Affordable Housing, a non-profit affordable housing developer that specializes in new construction and rehabilitation of existing buildings. He is also a member of the City or Portland Adjustment Committee, which reviews appeals to land use adjustment requests. Ezra also volunteers with the Legal Aid Society of Oregon Expungement Clinic, where he helps low-income Oregonians obtain criminal record expungements and gain access to critical employment and housing opportunities.
When not assisting clients, Ezra can be found hiking the local trails, riding his bike around Portland, and playing pick-up roller hockey.
- Juris Doctorate, University of California, Hastings College of Law, 2012
- Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, minor in Public Policy, University of California Los Angeles, 2009
- State of Oregon
- State of California
- State of Washington
Membership and Activities
- Community Partners for Affordable Housing, Board of Directors (2020-Present)
- City of Portland Adjustment Committee (2020-Present)
- Legal Aid Society of Oregon, Expungement Clinic (2020-Present)
Sheetz case poised to invalidate onerous development regulations and fees
February 26, 2024
REPRINTED WITH PERMISSION FROM THE PORTLAND METROPOLITAN HOME BUILDERS ASSOCIATION. FIRST PUBLISHED IN THE HBA BUILDING NEWS, FEBRUARY-MARCH 2024 ISSUE. On January 9, 2023, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in a case that may force local governments to…
Appeals Court Reaffirms that Nearby Farmland Must Be Considered When Rezoning EFU Properties to Non-Agricultural Uses
February 6, 2024
Republished with permission from Cascade Business The Oregon Court of Appeals reaffirmed on January 24, 2024, the critical importance of properly analyzing project impacts on surrounding farmland–not just the project site–when proposing non-farm uses on agricultural land. Applicants must demonstrate…
Portland boots community character requirement for senior housing
October 26, 2023
Republished with permission from Up For Growth, October 26, 2023. In a decision that could have sweeping implications for senior housing projects, the City of Portland, Oregon, recently issued a decision that will significantly expand where developers can site their…