Keenan Ordon-Bakalian


Keenan Ordon-Bakalian


Keenan Ordon-Bakalian is a member of the firm’s land use and development practice group. He focuses his practice on land use and environmental law, with experience handling a variety of regulatory and legal compliance matters at the intersection of these two fields of law. His experience includes representing developers and homeowners in local and state land use zoning, permitting, code enforcement, and environmental compliance for development projects and existing land uses.

An attorney is a valuable asset to any development team. Keenan is dedicated to helping clients navigate the complex regulatory environment surrounding land development. Keenan specializes in proactively identifying and addressing potential challenges that could hinder the progress of a project, as well as managing the intricate personal and political relationships characteristic of land development.

While earning his J.D. from Lewis & Clark Law School, Keenan clerked for the Snohomish County Prosecutor’s Office located in northwest Washington, in the County’s Land Use and Environmental Unit. In addition, he clerked for Western Resources Legal Center, where he assisted in drafting pleadings in Federal District Court and the Ninth Circuit relating to Federal forest practices and ranching.

When Keenan is not working to guide development projects over the finish line, he can be found playing soccer all across the Portland Metro area, backcountry skiing in beautiful Mt. Hood National Forest, and cheering on his beloved Seattle Seahawks.


  • J.D., cum laude, Lewis & Clark Law School, 2019, Associate Editor, Environmental Law
  • B.A., History and Political Science, University of Colorado, 2016


  • State of Oregon
  • State of Washington

Membership and Activities

  • Multnomah Bar Association (2019-Present)

Awards and Honors

  • Larry Kressel Memorial Scholar: Awarded for outstanding academic performance in the area of land use law, Lewis & Clark Law School, 2018-2019


  • “2021 Land Use Case Review,” The Seminar Group’s Oregon Land Use Law Seminar, December 2021
  • “2020 Land Use Case Review: A review of significant LUBA, Court of Appeals and Supreme Court cases,” The Seminar Group’s Oregon Land Use Law Seminar, December 2020


Firm office furniture moves to Big Brothers Big Sisters

January 22, 2023

Jordan Ramis Attorney Keenan Ordon-Bakalian, who is a peer mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters Columbia Northwest and co-chair for the organization’s Ambassador Board, connected this organization, which was in need of furniture for its new space, to Jordan Ramis, which was leaving behind nearly all of the furniture in its former Lake Oswego office as part of the move to PACWEST in downtown Portland.



December 16, 2022

At the Oregon Land Use Law Seminar, held December 1 and 2, 2022, in Portland, Oregon, Jordan Ramis PC Attorney Keenan Ordon-Bakalian, along with Max Yoklic of  NewSun Energy, reviewed significant land use cases from the Federal courts, Oregon Appeals and Supreme courts and the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals, which impacted cannabis facility licensing, beach front property in Cannon Beach, a new multistory airport hanger, a bulk fuels distribution terminal and asphalt refinery, and more! 


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

August 10, 2022

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


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