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Professional Experience

Dustin is a partner who joined the firm after 15 years with the regional firm of Miller Nash LLP.  His practice focuses on commercial real estate, co-op, and family business transactions.  He brings extensive experience in real estate, acquisitions, sales, property management, leasing, secured financing, and company sales and mergers.  He has specific experience representing retail and multi-family landlords, lenders, real estate developers, colleges and universities, as well as agricultural farmer marketing and supply cooperatives.  Dustin is admitted to practice in Oregon and Washington.

Professional Activities

Dustin serves the OSB Real Estate and Land Use Section (RELU) as chair of the Publications Committee.  He was on the Executive Committee from 2011 to 2020, and was the chair in 2018.  He is a past member of the RELU CLE Education Planning Committee, Real Estate Desk Book Editorial Committee, as well as 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: 

  • Model Opinion Updates (2023);

  • Loan "Defeasance" Traps and Tips (2022);

  • Oregon Real Estate Case Law Update (2016-2021);

  • Cooperative Legal Update (2015, 2018, 2019);

  • Drafting Purchase and Sale Agreements and Deeds (2014);

  • Cooperative Legal Update & Drafting Articles and Bylaws (2013);

  • Real Estate Financing Without Banks (2012);

  • Current Real Estate Borrower Opinion Issues (2011); and

  • Survey of Jurisdiction Extension of Approvals During the Great Recession (2010).

Civic and Community Activities

Dustin is a founding trustee for Friends of Columbia Gorge Land Trust, a former trustee of Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, and director for the nonprofit Northeast Community Center.  He served as annual auction chair for St. Mary's Academy in 2018.


Dustin graduated from the 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.

Personal Activities

In his spare time, Dustin can be found trying to keep up with his wife Mary, of 30+ years, and their children.

He loves blues music, commuter cycling, and hiking around the Northwest.  Dustin also loves tinkering

at their family cabin near Mt. St. Helens, clearing brush, tending 25,000 re-planted trees,

and his constant fight with scotch broom and blackberry bushes.

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