Neil N. Olsen
Relying on a broad base of experience, Neil serves his clients in the boardroom, at the negotiating table, and in the courtroom. Whether presenting a closing argument to a jury, serving as an outside “general counsel” to his business clients, or helping orchestrate a real estate deal, Neil prides himself on uncompromising preparation and making the complex simple. Most of all, he understands what it takes to succeed when the stakes are high.
“We cannot do great things unless we’re willing to do the small things that make up the sum of greatness.”
– Theodore Roosevelt
Neil represents property owners in eminent domain, regulatory takings and inverse condemnation proceedings. With one of the most active condemnation trial practices in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest, he regularly obtains just compensation for his clients against condemning authorities such as TriMet, ODOT, WSDOT, and various counties. In a recent trial against a regional transit agency, the jury, after less than two hours of deliberation, returned a verdict for Neil’s client in an amount six times what the agency had offered. In addition to his trial practice, Neil is also a regular speaker on the protection of property owners’ just compensation and due process rights when faced with takings.
Neil has litigated almost every variety of real estate dispute, including breaches of purchase agreements, boundary line disputes, adverse possession claims, prescriptive easement claims, and commercial lease disputes. In a recent hard-fought litigation, he obtained summary judgment on behalf of the owners of a retail center against the center’s anchor tenant for breaches of a lease and a personal guaranty, resulting in a multi-million dollar benefit for his clients.
Neil represents property owners and developers in land use administrative proceedings and land use related litigation. In addition to his traditional land use practice, Neil has represented property owners in vested rights cases all the way through the Oregon Supreme Court and has successfully shepherded Measure 49 claims through complex administrative and judicial review proceedings.
Neil advises his clients on the acquisition, development, lease and sale of real property. Whether helping a client negotiate a commercial lease or acquire land for the development of a residential subdivision, Neil provides the perspective not only of an experienced deal maker, but also a battle-tested litigator.
As a business advisor, Neil serves as an outside “general counsel” to several of his clients, helping them navigate business formation and maintenance issues, employment matters, contracting, and regulatory compliance. Whether providing strategic advice to a board of directors or helping a front-line manager put out a fire, Neil strives to understand his clients’ cultures, goals and policies from an insider’s perspective. When appropriate, he can tap his network of experts and professionals to address almost any issue his clients face.
Neil has represented his business clients in a wide variety of commercial and employment disputes. He has litigated, among others, breach of contract claims, bad faith claims against insurers, breach of fiduciary duty and fraud claims, RICO claims, wage claims, statutory discrimination claims, trade secret claims, and non-competition claims. Knowing that a good lawyer is not only a master of the applicable law, but also the relevant facts, Neil immerses himself in the details of every case.
Neil represents developers, contractors, subcontractors, architects and engineers in construction and design matters. Whether he is structuring contracts, navigating construction lien matters, or litigating construction defect disputes, Neil provides his clients determined advocacy informed by the judgment that comes only with experience.
Prior to becoming an attorney, Neil served in various capacities for the Texas Legislature including as an assistant sergeant-at-arms for the Texas Senate, and as a legislative analyst for the Texas House of Representatives. He also served as the governmental affairs director for a Pacific Northwest building industry group.
- J.D, Lewis & Clark Law School, 2005
- B.A., Government, University of Texas at Austin, 1998
- American Bar Association
- Appraisal Institute, Greater Oregon Chapter
- Oregon State Bar
- Washington State Bar
- United State District Court for the District of Oregon