Dustin joined the firm in April 2015, after 15 years with Miller Nash LLP. His practice focuses on business organization and transactions with extensive experience in cooperative mergers and real estate-related acquisitions, sales, property management, leasing, and secured financing. He is active in structuring, negotiating, and closing transactions for co-op, family, and closely-held companies. He has specific experience representing retail landlords, lenders, real estate developers, colleges and universities, service-providers, as well as agricultural cooperative businesses, and has also worked with charitable and nonprofit organizations. Dustin is admitted to practice in Oregon and Washington.
Dustin serves the OSB Real Estate and Land Use Section as a member of the Executive Committee since 2011, and current elected treasurer. He is a past member of the CLE Education Planning Committee. He is also on the Real Estate Desk Book Editorial Committee, is a chapter author of: Commercial Real Estate Financing, and a contributor to The Model Loan Opinion and Report. Dustin is a frequent CLE and CPE presenter including Cooperative Legal Update (2015), Drafting Purchase and Sale Agreements and Deeds (2014), Cooperative Legal Update & Drafting Articles and Bylaws (2013), Real Estate Financing Without Bank (2012), Current Real Estate Borrower Opinion Issues (2011), and Survey of Jurisdiction Extension of Approvals During the Great Recession (2010).
Dustin is a trustee for Friends of Columbia Gorge Land Trust and a member of the finance advisory council of St. Philip Neri Church. He is pro-bono counsel to the board of trustees of Oregon College of Oriental Medicine and volunteers with the Portland Public Schools Japanese Magnet Program.
Dustin graduated University of Notre Dame (B.A., with honors, political science and Japanese, 1992), including a year at Sophia University (Jochi Daigaku) Tokyo, Faculty of comparative culture (1990), and University of Washington School of Law (J.D. and LL.M., Asian and Comparative Law, 1999). During law school, Dustin was the editor-in chief of the Pacific Rim Law & Policy Journal. He is fluent in Japanese.
In his spare time, Dustin can be found chasing or chauffeuring his three great kids and trying to keep up with his wife of 20+ years, Mary. He loves blues music, commuter cycling, running, and hiking around the Northwest. Dustin also loves tinkering at their family cabin, clearing brush, tending 25,000 re-planted trees, and his constant fight with scotch broom and blackberry bushes.