James Estes


How I represent clients at Schwabe

With over two decades of experience, I advise clients in ‎the real estate, construction and healthcare ‎industries. I work closely with senior housing clients ‎on sale, acquisition, financing, leasing, and ‎management contracts and utilize my years of ‎practice to guide my clients through complex situations ‎and negotiations.‎

I draw on my prior in-house experience to advise clients on a broad ‎range of legal issues that might affect their business, namely real ‎estate, business formation, mergers and acquisitions, finance, and ‎commercial law.‎


  • Advised senior housing and skilled nursing operators with sale, acquisition, financing, leasing, and management contracts.
  • Closed the sale of a skilled nursing company and coordinated the acquisition of eight replacement properties.
  • Advised dental and physician clients with business sales and acquisitions.
  • Negotiated the sale of 50 senior housing properties totaling $350 million.
  • Represented a national lender with multiple credit facilities.
  • Consulted on business expansions, development, and organizational structures.
  • Drafted finance documents, legal opinion letters, lease agreements, organizational documents, and construction contracts.


  • Willamette University, College of Law, Juris Doctor degree (2001)‎
  • Walla Walla College, Bachelor of Arts degree, History and Environmental Studies, cum laude (1998)


  • Oregon State Courts
  • Washington State Courts


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