Charmin Shiely


The joy of being a business attorney is that as a result of every project, something is built or improved upon, business relationships are established, and business objectives are realized.

How I represent clients at Schwabe

I act as lead counsel to prominent businesses in a number of ‎industries, including real estate development and seniors ‎housing. I’ve spent over 20 years assisting clients with their ‎most important transactions.‎

Real estate development/financing

I am lead counsel for high-profile Oregon real estate development ‎projects, including most recently, three downtown Portland high-rise ‎office buildings (Pearl West, Broadway Tower, and Block 216/Ritz-‎Carlton Hotel), as well as other hotels, apartment complexes, single-‎family housing developments, and senior housing projects. I also manage ‎the corporate structuring (including commercial condominium ‎structuring), equity and debt financing, and other contractual aspects of ‎these complex legal projects while teaming up with other colleagues in ‎Schwabe’s real estate and construction industry group.‎

Seniors Housing

I have years of experience representing several of the Northwest’s leading senior housing and assisting living ‎facility developers and operators. I frequently assist with commercial and private equity financings for facility ‎construction or refinancing (including HUD, Freddie Mac, and Fannie Mae), single property and large portfolio ‎mergers and acquisition (M&A) transactions, general contracting, and regulatory advising.‎

Equity and executive compensation/business transition

I am a leader in structuring equity and executive compensation arrangements that comply with the myriad of ‎applicable corporate, tax and securities laws. I am well versed in the equity and quasi-equity alternatives (i.e., ‎restricted stock, restricted stock units, LLC profits interests, stock options, SARS, phantom stock, and Employee Stock ‎Purchase Plans), as well as deferred compensation and bonus arrangements. I also frequently represent both ‎employers and executives in negotiating and drafting executive employment agreements.‎

Chambers & Partners USA, client highlights

“She is very timely and quick to respond.”


Real estate development/finance

  • Currently leading legal team for development of 35-story Block 216 building in downtown Portland, which will have three commercial condominium units: office/retail; Ritz-Carlton hotel, and Ritz-Carlton residential condominiums.
  • Lead counsel for development of Broadway Tower, a 19-story hotel and office building in downtown Portland and Pearl West office tower, a 9-story 155,000 RSF Class A office building in downtown Portland.
  • Lead counsel for development of The Viv Hotel, a 326 key, 12-story hotel in Anaheim, California.
  • Represent prominent Oregon brewery/restaurant developer and hotel owner/operator.

M&A transactions

  • Represented a technology company in $100 million sale to a public company.
  • Represented the seller in a $143 million portfolio sale of seniors housing communities
  • Advise both buyers and sellers in numerous individual assisted living, memory care, and independent living facility sales.


  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, School of Law, Juris Doctor degree, high honors (2000)
  • Duke University, Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude (1996)


  • Oregon State Courts
  • Washington State Courts


  • NAIOP, Member (Membership Committee Member)
  • CREW, Member (Forecast Breakfast Committee Member)
  • Oregon State Bar, Business Law Section, Executive Committee Member (CLE Committee Member)


  • Ranked for Real Estate in Oregon, Chambers USA (2023-2024)
  • DJC Oregon, Women of Vision 2019

Community Activities

  • YMCA Columbia-Willamette, Board of Directors (past Board chair)
  • Andrew Nativity School, Board of Directors
  • Campaign for Equal Justice, Large Firm Committee and Advisory Board
  • CYO Cross Country Running Commission, Chair
  • Holy Trinity Catholic Parish, Administrative Council
  • Holy Trinity Catholic School, School Advisory Council, CYO Track Coach, Head Cross Country Coach
  • CYO – Camp Howard Chapel Project Steering Committee
  • Sisters in Spirit, Co-founder and Co-leader
  • Virginia Garcia Memorial Foundation, Board of Directors (former board member)
  • Portland Business Alliance, Leadership Portland (2015-2016)

Outside Interests

Helping kids discover the joy of running through coaching CYO track.

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