Keenan Ordon-Bakalian


How I represent clients at Schwabe

I provide clients with sensible and strategic solutions to successfully navigate all phases of the land entitlement process in Oregon and Washington, including residential and commercial development projects, surface mining permitting, and water rights.

My style is to take a comprehensive approach, working with clients early on to develop creative and cost-efficient strategies to challenges that could impede their projects. To this end, I am adept at managing consultant teams and interfacing with local jurisdictions, whether it be through participation in local code amendment and zoning proceedings, negotiating development agreements, or preparing complex land use applications.

I also represent clients in front of local decision-makers and defend permits and project approvals before the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals, Washington Growth Management Hearings Board, and state courts.


  • Lewis & Clark, Law School, Juris Doctor degree, cum laude (2019)‎
  • University of Colorado, Bachelor of Arts degree in History, minor in Political ‎Science (2016)‎


  • Oregon State Courts
  • Washington State Courts


  • Multnomah Bar Association (2019-present)
  • Oregon State Bar, Real Estate & Land Use and Environmental & Natural Resources Sections


Larry Kressel Memorial Scholar; Awarded for outstanding academic performance in the area of land use law, Lewis & Clark Law School (2018-2019)

Additional Publications

  • “2021 Land Use Case Review”, The Seminar Group’s Oregon Land Use Law Seminar, December 2021
  • “2020 Land Use Case Review: A review of significant LUBA, Court of Appeals and Supreme Court cases”, The Seminar Group’s Oregon Land Use Law Seminar, December 2020
  • “Op-ed: The Impact of HB 2001 on the Affordable Housing Crisis”, Daily Journal of Commerce, August 2022

Community Activities

Big Brothers Big Sisters (Columbia Northwest Chapter), Co-Chair for the Ambassador Board

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