Jeff uses his nearly 20 years of experience working both in-house and with law firms, coupled with an efficient and practical approach to providing legal guidance and counsel, to effectively protect his clients’ legal interests. With an endless curiosity about his clients’ businesses, combined with his experience as an executive team member at a regional real estate development and investment company, Jeff delivers legal solutions and counsel that speak directly to his clients’ specific business and legal needs.
Jeff regularly advises business owners on traditional business law matters and issues, such as entity formation, corporate governance, employment law issues, joint venture and partnership agreements, business operations, contracts, and business and asset sales and acquisitions. Having been both in-house counsel and participant in the business decision-making process, Jeff has firsthand appreciation and know-how for addressing the day-to-day legal and practical business challenges faced by small and medium-sized businesses.
With a special focus in commercial real estate transactional law, Jeff advises his real estate clients, ranging from owners and developers to lenders, on matters that span the entire spectrum of complex commercial real estate and finance transactions, including development, financing, leasing, and acquisition/disposition of real estate projects. He also advises developers and owners on risk management and construction law issues that arise in connection with development and operation of their real estate projects.
No matter what he is working on, Jeff keeps a keen and calculated eye toward anticipating obstacles (both practical and legal), communicating them to the client, mitigating risk, and bringing thoughtful options for optimal solutions.
When not practicing law, Jeff has a variety of interests, including all things related to sports and learning foreign languages (Italian and Spanish); but above all, he enjoys making memories with his family.
- J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 2003
- B.A., magna cum laude, Harvard University, 2000
- State of Oregon
- State of Washington
Membership and Activities
- Urban Land Institute, 2017 – 2021
- Portland State University School of Business Professional Mentor Program – 2019, 2021
- Lake Oswego Soccer Club, head coach, 2015-present
Awards and Honors
- North Carolina Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2011-2013
Nibbling at the edges of the housing crisis: A 2023 Oregon legislative update
August 24, 2023
How well did the 2023 Oregon legislature nibble at Oregon’s crisis of availability and affordability of housing? Below is a survey, as well as some broader context and thoughts for consideration, of recent legislative bills from which readers may draw…
The battle against “vacation rentals” remains uphill in Washington HOAs
June 29, 2023
Love it or hate it (or both), short-term rental homes (vacation rentals) is a trend that has shown no signs of abating in popularity. For those who fall into the “hate it” camp in the state of Washington, the Wilkinson…
LUBA hints at possible ‘maximum capacity’ development requirements
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Our Jeff Kapp looks at the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA) decision in Husk v. City of Bend, in which LUBA held that under the Middle Housing Statute (HB 2001) the City of Bend was required (and failed)…