Real Estate and Construction


With an industry-leading Real Estate and Construction team and considerable experience balancing private and public interests, Schwabe is partnered with developers, contractors and owners in building the future of the Pacific Northwest.

From a bare piece of land to the finished project, top developers and contractors rely on Schwabe to accomplish their goals

The Pacific Northwest is in a period of rapid development. Our clients call on us for support at every stage, from identification of raw land through sale or other disposition. Our clients are leaders in the following asset classes and industry subsets, and share Schwabe’s commitment to building a better future for our neighborhoods, ‎cities and the Pacific Northwest as a whole:

  • Construction ‎
  • Office
  • Retail and hospitality
  • Health and senior care ‎
  • Mixed-use
  • Residential development
  • Industrial

Strong experience for a strong economy

The depth and breadth of our industry relationships in the primary real estate markets ‎in the Pacific Northwest‎ open doors, get deals done and help effectively resolve contract disputes. The collective experience of the Schwabe Real Estate and Construction team provides the clarity of focus and purpose to achieve our clients' goals in the most effective manner possible. We understand the tremendous risks our clients undertake in this industry, and the urgency with which each transaction or dispute must be addressed, and we consistently deliver practical, smart and efficient results.


  • Represent one of the largest banks in the world in its leasing and real estate transactions in the Pacific Northwest.
  • Represent numerous Fortune 500 companies that own and lease Class A office space in the Pacific Northwest.
  • Represented the purchase of a six-building portfolio in downtown Portland. We then assisted in the management and leasing of these buildings, and then handled the resale of the portfolio to two separate institutional purchasers.
  • Obtained a six-figure recovery for a specialty marine construction client after dangerous flood conditions disrupted a major Portland bridge construction project necessitating emergency disaster mitigation and marine salvage procedures.
  • Assist with the acquisition, development and disposition of multi-family projects ranging in size from 10 to 1,000 units.
  • Assist clients with the acquisition and development of, and investment in, projects eligible for low-income housing tax credits.
  • Representation of various municipalities and governmental agencies in the acquisition and development of industrial properties.
  • Development and leasing work for shopping center developers and retail clients.
  • Successfully defended civil engineers before a jury in a landslide liability case on the Oregon coast.
  • Effectively navigated a procurement protest for an architectural firm regarding a contract with Portland Public Schools.
  • Assisted with lengthy contract negotiations for tenant improvements in a new Pearl District complex on behalf of an architectural firm.
  • Succeeded before the trial court and the Oregon Court of Appeals in the defense of a surveying firm in a real estate title defect case. 
  • Served as lead trial counsel in a successful $375 million fraudulent transfer and ‎equitable subordination ‎action, proving that a global ‎financial institution engaged in predatory lending in the context of the ‎development of the Yellowstone Club.‎

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Representing institutional landlords and asset managers who own or operate millions of sq ft of commercial space in OR

Representing the owners of several of the largest Class A office building in downtown Portland

Representing retail, office, flex and industrial leasing in 6 states