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Joe is a veteran attorney with extensive experience in the area of complex commercial real estate transactions and land use. He is licensed to practice in both Oregon and Washington.

For more than three decades, Joe has provided guidance and counsel on acquisitions, sales and project development. His expertise includes deal negotiation, documentation and project financing. He has assisted numerous clients in securing land use approvals, and has negotiated and drafted architect services agreements and construction contracts for large commercial projects.

Some of Joe's recent matters include:

  • LC Portland, LLC
    Joe represented the seller in the sale of Lloyd Center Mall, a regional shopping mall located in inner northeast Portland. The representation involved separating the Mall into two parcels which were then sold to different purchasers. Joe also assisted the seller in obtaining approvals from the City of Portland providing for the separation of the sewer and water utilities as well as the fire and life safety systems. Total sale price: $188,250,000.
  • Washington Capital Management, Inc.
    Joe represented the owner of the InFocus Building in Wilsonville, Oregon in negotiating and preparing a long term lease with an option to purchase with the Oregon Institute of Technology ("OIT"). Pursuant to the terms of the lease, the 220,000 square foot building, previously the corporate headquarters of InFocus Corporation, was converted into education classrooms, research space and administrative offices which now constitutes the Portland area campus of OIT. Shortly following the completion of the redevelopment work, OIT exercised its option to purchase the facility. Sale price: $26,120,000.
  • Winkler Development Corporation
    Joe represented Winkler Development Corporation in its acquisition of Mississippi Avenue Lofts, a partially completed mixed use project in Northeast Portland from two local banks that were in the process of foreclosing their loans on the project. Joe negotiated and drafted amendments to loan participation agreements, assignments to rights under various loan documents, construction contracts, architectural agreements and commercial leases, as well as the agreement which governed the sale and assignment of the ownership interests in the project. Following acquisition of the project and completion of construction, Joe assisted the owner of the project in refinancing the indebtedness.
  • MW Wilsonville LLC
    Joe represented the seller in the sale of a headquarters / distribution center in Wilsonville, Oregon. The property consists of a 300,000 square foot warehouse with 60,000 additional square feet of office space. Sale price: $17,850,000.
  • REEF Fourth & Market LLC
    Joe represented REEF Fourth & Market, LLC in the sale of the Market Center Building, a 122,000 square foot facility in downtown Portland, to Portland State University. Sale price: $24,000,000.
  • Gunderson LLC
    Joe, along with two members of the firm's litigation department, successfully appealed a City of Portland ordinance to the Oregon Land Use Bord of Appeals ("LUBA") and to the Oregon Land Conservation and Development Commission ("LCDC"). The ordinance in question, the River Plan/North Reach ordinance, would have substantially restricted development in the City's industrial sanctuary area along a 12-mile stretch of the Willamette River. At LUBA, the Tonkon Torp team successfully argued that the City failed to properly analyze the impact the River Plan would have on the City's supply of industrial land, especially prime industrial land along the river, as required by state land use law. At LCDC, Joe successfully argued that the City had failed to follow the applicable state procedures in amending its Willamette River Greenway Boundary. Following these decisions, the River Plan/North Reach ordinance appears to have been tabled for the foreseeable future.
  • Madrona Watumull LLC
    Joe represented the borrower in the refinancing of three big box retail facilities in Tualatin, Salem and Gresham, Oregon. Total loan amount: $21,000,000.
  • Westbrooke Corporate Center
    Joe represented the borrower in the refinancing of a 170,000 square foot office / RD project in Hillsboro, Oregon. Loan amount: $16,000,000.
  • IKEA Property, Inc.
    Joe represented IKEA in connection with its 285,000 square foot retail facility in Portland. He assisted IKEA in obtaining zoning code amendments from the City of Portland and counseled the company in connection with its agreements with the FAA, the Port of Portland, the Portland Development Commission and the State of Oregon Highway Department. Joe also assisted IKEA in connection with the company's construction of its 1,200,000 square foot distribution facility in Tacoma, Washington. He represented the company in acquiring 68 acres of land from the Port of Tacoma and advised the company on entitlement and construction issues.
  • The Greenbrier Companies, Inc.
    Joe negotiated and prepared a Lease Amendment for The Greenbrier Companies for its headquarters space in Lake Oswego, Oregon. Pursuant to the terms of the Lease Amendment, Greenbrier expanded its premises from 37,000 square feet to 58,000 square feet.
  • Canal Crossing Shopping Center, Kennewick, Washington
    Joe represented the purchasers in their acquisition of the Canal Crossing Shopping Center in Kennewick, Washington. The property was acquired as part of a Section 1031 exchange and included financing provided by M&T Real Estate Trust. The project is anchored by Amazon and Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. Purchase price: $10,800,000.
  • Geffen, Mesher & Company, PC
    Joe represented Geffen, Mesher & Company, PC in the amendment of its lease at Pioneer Tower in downtown Portland. The lease amendment extended the term of the company's lease for its existing premises, 22,753 square feet, through June 30, 2027. The lease amendment also provided the Company with expansion rights on an adjacent floor of the building.
  • Mentor Graphics
    Joe represented Mentor Graphics in consummating a Development Agreement with the City of Wilsonville pursuant to which the City and the company shared the cost of constructing a major street project.


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    888 Southwest Fifth Avenue
    Portland, OR 97204

Bar Admissions

  • Oregon, Oregon State Bar


  • American Bar Association - Member
  • Portland Art Museum - Board Member

Tonkon Torp LLP
Headquarters: Portland, Oregon

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Recognized in The Best Lawyers® in America 2023 for work in:

  • Real Estate Law


  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers 2004-2016 - Real Estate
  • Super Lawyers 2006-2016 Oregon Super Lawyer - Real Estate

"Joe is the Best Real Estate attorney I have worked with. One aspect of Joe I really like is his ability to focus on the important issues and not get bogged down on unimportant ones."

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