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
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
- “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
Clear and Objective – The Importance of Oregon’s Needed Housing Statutes for Developers
March 23, 2021
By Keenan Ordon-Bakalian, Attorney This article was originally published in the March 19, 2021 edition of the Daily Journal of Commerce Oregon. As the affordable housing crisis continues across the region, developers should always be seeking an edge to get…
Don’t Just Adapt, Reinvent. Oregon’s Commercial Real Estate Industry of the Future.
August 25, 2020
By Keenan Ordon-Bakalian, Attorney This article was originally published in the August 21, 2020 edition of the Daily Journal of Commerce Oregon. In a matter of months, the coronavirus outbreak has fundamentally impacted the commercial real estate (CRE) landscape. Foremost,…
Oregon’s Development Landscape During COVID-19 and Beyond
June 22, 2020
By Keenan Ordon-Bakalian, Attorney This article was originally appeared in the June 19, 2020 edition of the Daily Journal of Commerce Oregon. The COVID-19 pandemic has upended the world of land development, causing confusion and uncertainty for developers and contractors…