Kenneth Katzaroff


Clients with development projects, in both urban and rural settings, need to navigate complex land use issues and often turn to Ken Katzaroff for advice. He is known for his comprehensive approach in understanding projects from the ground up.

Whether working with big-box retailers, destination resorts, ‎housing project developers, or other institutional-scale master ‎plans, Ken understands each client’s unique challenges and ‎builds his approach accordingly. His experience includes ‎appellate proceedings, all levels of land use entitlement, state ‎water rights, State Environmental Policy Act mitigation, and ‎surface mining permitting. Ken also routinely collaborates on ‎legislative amendments to facilitate the growing demand for ‎mixed-use developments.‎

Ken brings a 360-degree perspective through his previous ‎experience working as in-house General Counsel for a family of ‎privately held development companies with projects ‎throughout the Pacific Northwest. This direct industry ‎involvement gives him an edge over other land use lawyers. He ‎is experienced in managing complex real estate development ‎projects with a multitude of legal and practical issues at play. His ‎success comes from his care and personal attention to his ‎clients.‎



  • Land use counsel for health care system in active ‎expansion. ‎
  • Manage land use permitting for large-format retailers.‎
  • Successfully represented a destination resort ‎developer in numerous land-use appeals before the ‎Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals, Oregon Court of ‎Appeals, and Oregon Supreme Court.‎
  • Represented private airstrip with entitlement and ‎appeals for property in an exclusive farm use zone.‎
  • Manage all aspects of the development, regulatory ‎approval, and subsequent appellate proceedings for a ‎‎170+ acre luxury housing development in Bend, ‎Oregon, including land use entitlement, state water ‎rights, and surface mining permitting. ‎
  • Legal representation to real estate investors, including ‎handling complex operating agreements, security ‎agreements, and private placement memoranda.‎

Memberships & Awards


  • Pike Place Market Foundation Board Member (2020-present)
  • Bend Chamber Advocacy Committee (2015-present)
  • Central Oregon Impact Summit, Advisory Board Member ‎‎(2015-2019)‎


  • Best Lawyers in America Award: Ones to Watch, Natural Resources Law (2021-2023)
  • Ninth Circuit Review, Lewis and Clark
  • Dean’s Scholarship for Excellence, Lewis and Clark (2011-‎‎2014)‎
  • Cascade Business News, Accomplished Under 40 (2015)‎
  • Cornelius Honors Society, Lewis and Clark Law School

Resources & Ideas


Seminars & Speaking Engagements


Community Activities

Community Activities

  • Bend Chamber of Commerce, Advocacy Council, Chair (2019-‎present); Vice Chair (2015-2019) ‎
  • Bend Chamber of Commerce Legislative Committee, Chair ‎‎(2019-present) ‎
  • Bend Chamber of Commerce, Member (2016-2019)‎
  • Political Action Committee (PAC) Board, Member (2018-‎present) ‎
  • Leadership Bend Advisory Board (2015-present)‎
  • Leadership Bend Class of 2015 ‎
  • Lewis and Clark Environmental Law Review, Associate ‎Editor (2012-2014)‎




Oregon State Courts
Washington State Courts

Outside The Office