Ezra Hammer

Associate

Ezra Hammer

OVERVIEW

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.

 

Education

  • 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

Admissions

  • 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)

 

Presentations

Panelist, “New Construction Symposium,” Sponsored by First American Title and Keller Williams, Vancouver, Washington, May 23, 2024

“The Impact of the Sheetz Decision on Municipalities and Developers,” a Jordan Ramis webinar (co-presented with Edward Trompke), June 4, 2024

RESOURCES

Can NIMBY Activists Advance Voter Initiatives to Overturn UGB Expansions?

May 20, 2024

REPRINTED WITH PERMISSION FROM THE LEAGUE OF OREGON CITIES. CLICK HERE TO READ THE Q2 2024 LOCAL FOUCS ARTICLE ONLINE. Despite legislation and a looming election, Washington County Superior Court punts matter to an uncertain date Since the times of…

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Oregon housing law deserves applause rather than contempt

April 26, 2024

REPRINTED WITH PERMISSION FROM THE OREGON DJC APRIL 26, 2024.  An article published April 9 on the Daily Journal of Commerce website, “New law touted as triumph for affordable housing … but is it?,” reviewed a new law, Senate Bill 1537. The article’s…

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Sheetz Decision Means Big Changes Coming for Oregon Development Permits

April 19, 2024

On Friday, April 12, 2024, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its ruling in Sheetz v. County of El Dorado, California,[1] which affirmed and expanded on its earlier decisions that limit both the type and scope of exactions (fees and other…

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