Real Estate Law

In an uncertain economy, the real estate sector is often among the hardest hit, especially when financing is scarce. Property values may plummet in some areas, while leveling out or growing in others. Cosgrave has the broad perspective and long experience needed to help clients stay the course and plan for the future.

Our real estate team works with clients throughout the real estate industry, including property owners and managers, lenders, developers, brokers, appraisers, and investors. In Portland alone, Cosgrave represents clients with more than 25 million square feet of property under ownership or management.

Real Estate Services


  • Condominium development
  • Design and construction contracts
  • Financing
  • Leasing contracts and documents
  • Planned-unit subdivision and development
  • Purchase and sale representation
  • Tax advice
  • Tax-deferred exchanges


  • Boundary lines and easements
  • Contracts
  • Debt collection
  • Eminent Domain
  • Landlord/tenant issues
  • Property tax appeals
  • Realtor and appraiser professional liability
  • Title defects
  • Wrongful foreclosure defense

Risk Management

  • Real estate professionals
  • Insurance coverage

Representative Transactions

  • Grocery Store Chain. Represented seller in $54 million stock sale.
  • Real Estate Portfolio. Represented buyer in purchase of lender’s $27.5 million real estate portfolio.
  • Hotel Refinancing. Represented hotel owner in $6.5 million refinance.
  • Land Partition. Advised on land partition in conjunction with $16 million sale of real estate for use as car dealership.
  • Farm Purchase. Represented buyer in purchase of 1,000-acre berry farm.


  • ALFA International Real Estate Practice Group
  • Commercial Real Estate Women
  • International Council of Shopping Centers
  • Oregon State Bar Section on Real Estate and Land Use