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Contact Jeneé

3400 U.S. Bancorp Tower
111 S.W. Fifth Avenue
Portland, OR 97204
T: 503.205.2505

Jeneé (Gifford) Hilliard


Jeneé (Gifford) Hilliard's practice encompasses the fields of real estate, tax, and general business law. During law school, Jeneé worked as a law clerk at Gruber & Associates, PC. Before attending law school, she worked as a trust assistant in the investment management and trust services department at Baker Boyer National Bank in Walla Walla, Washington.

Real Estate
Jeneé regularly advises clients with respect to commercial leasing transactions, real estate purchases and sales, real estate loans, and condominium development and operation. She has represented landlords, tenants, purchasers, sellers, brokers, small business owners, property owners, school districts, fire districts, drainage districts, universities, nonprofit organizations, and financial institutions in real-estate-related matters.

Jeneé has significant experience with structuring and advising clients regarding tax-deferred exchanges and tenancy-in-common transactions and regularly assists clients with issues related to cancellation of debt income and property tax exemptions. Jeneé is the coauthor of the upcoming chapter titled "Like-Kind Exchanges" in the Oregon State Bar's book Documentation of Real Estate Transactions.

Jeneé regularly assists clients with drafting, reviewing, and negotiating general business contracts. Her clients range from start-up companies to school districts, universities, and financial institutions.

Representative Experience

Draft and negotiate purchase and sale agreements, review titles, surveys, and title insurance, prepare and review closing documents, title objection letters, and responses to title objection letters, prepare seller-financing documents, assist with closing, and draft and negotiate option agreements, rights of first refusal, and rights of first offer.
  • Represented sellers in sale of undeveloped real estate in phased closings with an aggregate purchase price of over $60 million.
  • Represented seller of shopping center.
  • Represented buyer in purchase of multi-family housing project with a purchase price of over $21 million.
  • Represented seller in a phased closing of sale of 40+ acres of undeveloped real estate, including negotiating partial releases with the lender
  • Represented lender in sale of bank-owned commercial property
  • Represented purchaser in asset acquisition, including acquisition of industrial real estate
  • Represented school district in real estate acquisitions
  • Represented a higher education institution in $26,000,000 acquisition of property
  • Represented a nonprofit corporation in the sale of commercial real property

Structure and close 1031 exchanges, including deferred exchanges, related-party exchanges, reverse exchanges, and improvement exchanges, and consult with clients and accountants on discrete 1031 issues, including related-party exchanges, taxable boot, and 45-day designations.
Draft and negotiate lease agreements for office space, retail space, industrial space, bare land, and warehouse space, and consult with property owners and brokers on discrete lease issues such as indemnity provisions, representations and warranties, work agreements, and guaranties.
  • Represented landlord in drafting and negotiating an office lease and amendments to lease for 50,000+ square feet of office space in downtown Portland, Oregon
  • Represented publicly-traded sublandlord in drafting and negotiating six subleases of a total of over 90,000 square feet of office space in Bellevue, Washington
  • Represented landlord in resolution of office lease dispute
  • Represented tenant in lease negotiations for 35,000 square feet of office space
Review, draft, and negotiate general business agreements for clients, including lease agreements, photocopier service agreements, food-service agreements, promissory notes and trust deeds, releases, shareholder agreements, partnership and limited liability company agreements, listing agreements, option agreements, rights of first refusal and first offer, asset purchase agreements, easements, license agreements, and service agreements.
Prepare loan documents for lenders, assist lenders with loan modifications and real estate secured loans, including title and title insurance issues, subordination agreements, and review and negotiate loan documents for borrowers and assist borrowers with real estate loan closings.