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

William L. Rasmussen

Partner

William L. Rasmussen joined Miller Nash Graham & Dunn in 2006. Will is chair of the firm's recruiting and partnership committees and specializes in land use, real estate, and Oregon administrative law. He represents entities, businesses, and individuals in complex regulatory and transactional matters. Will approaches his clients' projects with a goal-oriented approach that he developed during his time in the business sector. Before the practice of law, Will was an adviser with UBS. Will was also an intern with U.S. Senator Ron Wyden and remains involved with civic affairs in Oregon through the Portland Business Alliance, Oregon Business & Industry, and Oregon State Bar.

Representative Experience

Managed applications to change zoning and comprehensive plan designations, and for development of large parcels inside Metro Urban Growth Boundary.
Provided ongoing counsel to leading cannabis production, lab, processing, and retail companies, including delivery of positive outcomes for business transaction, real estate, litigation, regulatory, and enforcement issues.
Represented clients in a diversity of permitting, enforcement, and appeal matters before City of Portland bureaus and offices, including the Bureau of Development Services, Bureau of Environmental Service, Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, Bureau of Revenue, Bureau of Transportation, Housing Bureau, Water Bureau, Hearings Office, Revenue Office, and City Council.
Obtained permits for and successfully defended application for residential development in Portland, Beaverton, Tigard, Hillsboro, Lake Oswego, West Linn, Cannon Beach, Bend, and many other Oregon cities and counties. Successfully defended approvals at the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals.
Successfully appealed City of Portland ordinance targeting fuel infrastructure projects to the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA) and Court of Appeals. LUBA reversed the City’s ordinance for violating city, state, and federal law, including the Dormant Commerce Clause of the US Constitution by unduly burdening commerce. The Court of Appeals affirmed LUBA’s decision that the ordinance violated state law.