Melisa K. Thompson


Melisa K. Thompson is a lawyer who thoroughly understands the mechanics involved in real estate transactions. She represents a variety of clients in both commercial and residential transactions, commercial lending, and forensic genealogy related to property rights. As a compliment to Melisa’s real estate practice, she is also able to assist clients in the formation of corporate entities, the facilitation of corporate partnerships, and the creation, amendment, or termination of various corporate agreements. She recognizes that each project is unique and draws from her years working in the industry to assist clients in pursuit of their goals.  

With a unique background in real estate title examination and underwriting for both residential and commercial transactions, Melisa has first-hand knowledge of real estate concerns, including navigating title imperfections, assisting with property distribution in probate, and all aspects of real estate acquisition and sale.

Melisa’s clients range from small companies to large commercial development firms. Her transaction experience includes development, financing, refinancing, business formation, environmental matters, as well as title insurance coverage. Melisa also works with landlords and tenants with lease issues such as drafting, negotiation, defaults, and when needed termination.



  • Represents clients on real property transactions including purchase, sale, development, financing, environmental matters, and title insurance coverage.
  • Represents landlords and tenants on matters including lease drafting and negotiation, lease defaults, lease amendments, option agreements, and lease termination.
  • Counsels on business matters including choice of entity, formation, amendments, and dissolution.
  • Negotiates and drafts loan workouts, loan documents, legal opinions, lot line adjustments, easements, encroachments, co-ownership agreements and covenants, and conditions and restrictions.
  • Counsels on projects that involve a variety of property types including bare land, agricultural land, residential, large multi-family projects, multi-use, industrial complexes, retail complexes, office buildings, and hospitality projects.
  • Negotiates joint venture partnership agreements, tenant-in-common agreements, and franchise agreements.

Memberships & Awards


Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW), Member

Oregon Women Lawyers, Member

Cascade Women Lawyers, Cascade Women Lawyers Chapter - Past Board Member

Oregon State Bar Real Estate and Land Use Section Member

Oregon State Bar Business Law Section Member

Washington State Bar Real Property Probate Trust Section Member

Washington State Bar Business Law Section Member

Idaho State Bar Real Property Section Member

Idaho State Bar Business & Corporate Law Section Member

Multnomah County Bar Association Member

Clark County Bar Association Member

Resources & Ideas

Seminars & Speaking Engagements

“Mitigating Environmental Pitfalls in Construction & Development” 
Speaker – ALFA International
June 30, 2020

“The Not-So- Wonderful World of Bankruptcy Parts I & II”
Speaker – WFG National Title
February 2018

“Nonjudicial Foreclosures” 
Speaker – Fidelity National Title Insurance Company

“Escrow 102 – Escrow & The Exceptions” 
Speaker – Western Title & Escrow
February 2016

“Escrow 101 – The Basics”
Speaker – Western Title & Escrow
February 2016

“Real Estate 101”
Speaker – Western Title & Escrow
January 2016




Oregon State Courts

United States District Court of Oregon

Washington State Courts

United States District Court, Western District of Washington

United States District Court, Eastern District of Washington

Idaho State Courts

United States District Court of Idaho

Outside The Office