Patrick Cleary


How I represent clients at Schwabe

I represent my clients on a wide variety of real estate and business transactions, helping them navigate complex issues as we bring their goals to fruition. Recognizing that every situation is unique, I provide a detailed, personalized approach that allows me to deliver valuable insight to each client.

Law school allowed me to develop a penchant for transactional work after representing start-up, non-profit, and early-stage companies as part of the Entrepreneurial Business Law Clinic. I now regularly represent clients in the acquisition, disposition, and operation of timberlands and agricultural property. In addition, I assist clients with a wide variety of leasing and commercial property transactions throughout the Pacific Northwest.

I spent my 2019 summer with Schwabe as a Summer Associate.


  • Facilitated the closing of multiple highly complex timberland and agricultural ‎transactions, coordinating preparation and finalization of hundreds of documents and ‎managing multiple client, opposing party and counsel, and escrow and title company ‎work streams.‎
  • Advised multiple timber investment management organizations on acquisitions, dispositions, leasing, and operational matters.
  • Advised private agricultural lender on numerous secured financing transactions.
  • Advised farmers, ranchers, and agricultural property owners on corporate organization, governance, real property, and operational matters.
  • Advised large financial institution on sale leaseback transaction.
  • Drafted and negotiated purchase and sale agreements and commercial office lease agreements.
  • Reviewed and analyzed title commitments, surveys, and other real property-related diligence documents.
  • Researched and analyzed questions of law regarding complex real estate and regulatory matters.


  • Ohio State University, Moritz College of Law, Juris Doctor degree, cum laude (2020)‎
  • Adams State University, Bachelor of Arts degree, Political Science and History, summa cum laude ‎‎(2017)‎


  • Oregon State Courts


  • American Bar Association, Environment, Energy, and Resources Section, Forest Resources Committee Member (2022-present)
  • Oregon State Bar, Agricultural Law Section, Member (2021-present)
  • Oregon State Bar, Real Estate and Land Use Section, Member (2021-present)
  • Ohio State Law Journal, Staff Editor (2018-2019), Articles Editor (2019-2020)


  • Public Service Fellow, Ohio State University Moritz College of Law (2020)
  • Eminent Scholar Award, Ohio State University Moritz College of Law (2017-2020)
  • Vice President for Student Affairs Outstanding Leadership Award, Adams State University (2017)

Additional Publications

Decreasing Ambiguity in Ohio: A Value Based Sentencing Structure for Possession of a Controlled Substance
Ohio State Public Law Working Paper No. 539, Drug Enforcement and Policy Center, No. 18, April 2020

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Why IRC § 280E Is Not the Industry Killer It Is Portrayed to Be
Ohio State Public Law Working Paper No. 496, Drug Enforcement and Policy Center, No. 11 September 2019

Outside Interests

Chasing fish.

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