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Contact James

3400 U.S. Bancorp Tower
111 S.W. Fifth Avenue
Portland, OR 97204
T: 503.224.5858

James M. Walker

Partner

James Walker is a transactional attorney who focuses on matters related to public projects and public bodies. He advises the firm’s public and private clients on real estate, construction, public contracting, and governance and procurement matters. His representative experience includes work and services for school districts, municipalities, drainage districts, affordable housing developers, community colleges, and tribal governments.

Public Law
James regularly advises public bodies on a variety of issues, including compliance with Oregon’s public contracting code; conducting public meetings; responding to public records requests in accordance with Oregon’s public meetings and records law; drafting local ordinances; and developing rules of order and conduct for use at public meetings.

Construction
James advises clients on matters related to the financing, building, and completion of construction projects. He has experience drafting and reviewing construction loan documents for financial institutions, and regularly negotiates design, construction, and construction management contracts for general contractors, design professionals, and project owners. He also assists clients on various matters that arise after a construction project commences, including the preparation of change orders and filing of lien claims.

Affordable Housing
James has assisted many clients with navigating complexities related to the financing, design, construction, and completion of affordable housing projects. He has extensive experience drafting, reviewing, and negotiating construction loan documents, and regularly negotiates design, construction, and construction management contracts for project owners in the affordable housing industry. James also assists clients with development of the physical property and drafting other documents impacting the property.

Real Estate
James assists clients with drafting and negotiating documentation related to real estate transactions. He has advised nonprofit organizations, small businesses, and financial institutions on matters related to the acquisition and disposition of real estate.