Development Services

The Development Services Group serves the needs of Northwest businesses and entrepreneurs through all phases of development. Lawyers in this group represent clients in the acquisition of properties, including business formation and due diligence review, obtaining land use entitlements, reviewing and negotiating loan agreements, forming and maintaining business entities, serving as legal counsel throughout the life of the business, and representing the business and its owners in sales and dispostions. The Development Services Group works with businesses and business owners within the Northwest’s most prominent industries, including agriculture, wood products, manufacturing, commercial retail, medical offices, and traditional and affordable housing. The Development Services Group collaborates with lawyers from other firm practice groups to deliver fully integrated business solutions, from acquisition through development to disposition.

Practice Areas

Real Estate & Land Use

The firm’s Real Estate & Land Use Group assists developers and property owners in acquiring, developing, leasing, and selling real estate. They work with clients and their project teams to ensure transactions close timely and efficiently, and to help obtain all necessary entitlements for development and construction. They regularly represent developers before local hearings, Oregon’s Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA), and appellate courts. Lawyers in this group also work with contractors and developers to make sure that local and state agencies issue construction permits in a timely manner.


Our condemnation attorneys are well-equipped to assist property owners with takings and condemnation litigation involving commercial, residential, industrial, and agricultural property. They help property owners navigate dealings with right-of-way agents and negotiate just compensation with government agencies. The condemnation team also has the experience to handle complex takings litigation through trial and appeal, when necessary.


Our Construction Litigation Group provides advice in many areas of compliance and operations, including lien preparation and enforcement, construction and design contract preparation and enforcement, construction and design insurance disputes and coverage, Davis Bacon and prevailing wage matters, including fringe compliance and retirement and health plans, defined benefit retirement plans and union plans and environmental issues including stormwater management and environmental site assessments.

Loan Documentation Review

The Financial Services team at Saalfeld Griggs will help clients prepare for complex loan origination challenges through the preparation, discussion, and negotiation of loan origination documentation. They have extensive experience preparing and reviewing loan documentation packages for construction, commercial and industrial, municipal, and real estate.

Business Formation

The firm’s Corporate lawyers regularly help with the formation of property holding entities, REITs, and other joint venture and investment agreements, and assist with all aspects of maintaining and restructuring businesses, and general tax advice including 1031 transactions.


If you need an experienced attorney to assist in your development legal needs, call (503) 399-1070 to arrange a consultation.