Forest Industries

Our commitment to the timber and forest products industry dates back to our own beginnings in 1907. Over the years, Stoel Rives has grown with the industry and developed one of the nation’s most experienced legal practices focused on timber and forest products clients.

Stoel Rives advises Green Diamond Resource Company in acquisition of 600,000 acres of South Central Oregon Timberland

Green Diamond is a family-owned forest products company that owns and manages forests in Oregon, Washington and California. >> Read our deal spotlight

Stoel Rives advises client Brookfield Asset Management Inc. in sales of Timberlands and Paper Manufacturing Assets for $3.675 billion

The timberlands sale to Weyerhaeuser Co. was one the largest timberlands deals in history. >> Read our deal spotlight 

Stoel Rives Clients Win as Supreme Court Rejects Logging Road Stormwater Permit Requirement

The U.S. Supreme Court provided owners and operators of public and private logging roads throughout the West, Alaska and Hawaii welcome relief from an earlier court decision that threatened economic and regulatory havoc. >> Read our press release


Stoel Rives’ timber and forest products industry team is cross-disciplinary, including veterans well-known for their decades of service to the industry, lawyers with technical and forestry degrees and younger lawyers with already impressive track records. Like you, we take the long view and have built our practice to last for decades. Our depth and understanding of industry issues allow us to work more efficiently than our competitors, which means that you get quick and reliable results without us “learning on your dime.”

We understand your business operations and legal needs like few others can, leveraging generations of experience to serve clients in virtually every corner of the industry. In many cases we serve as outside “general counsel” to our clients, providing the full suite of ongoing legal services required for complex operations. In other cases, we bring our focused industry experience to specialized and often high-stakes projects.

Clients we serve

  • Timberland owners and investors
  • Lumber, panel, and pulp and paper mills
  • Integrated operations
  • Industry trade associations
  • REITs
  • Wood products manufacturers and distributors
  • Log, lumber and wood chip exporters

Services we provide

Mergers and Acquisitions
We have extensive experience representing both sellers and purchasers of entire forest products businesses, separate operating divisions, mills and facilities and discrete operating and timberlands assets. Our lawyers have represented clients in several of the largest timber and forest products transactions over the past several decades, including in the Pacific Northwest, Southeast and Upper Midwest.

Timberland Ownership
We advise clients regarding contracts and other legal matters relating to ownership and operation of their timberlands including:

  • easements
  • road use and right-of-way agreements
  • boundary issues
  • Agreements relating to logging and hauling of forest products

Finance
As finance counsel to many of our clients, we have experience with financing types common to the industry, including traditional term loans and operating credit lines, as well as New Markets Tax Credit loans, private note placements and rated timberland securitizations.

Environmental and Natural Resource Matters
Our environmental and natural resources attorneys work with individual companies and forest products industry trade groups on state and federal regulatory matters, including compliance strategies, regulatory approvals and shaping the laws and regulations that most impact the industry.

Energy
Building on our firm’s substantial experience with both timberlands and renewable energy development, we have negotiated wind energy leases and facilitated biomass and biofuels project developments on behalf of our industry clients.

Litigation
Our industry knowledge and extensive experience in Endangered Species Act, Clean Water Act, and other environmental and natural resources litigation make us a top choice when industry practices are challenged. Our litigation team also represents clients in a wide variety of trial court and appellate matters in commercial litigation.

Intellectual Property
We represent industry clients in patent and trademark matters, including protection for product designs and marketing materials and providing specialized counsel on the treatment of intellectual property assets in both routine and extraordinary transactions.

Labor & Employment Benefits
We provide counseling and dispute resolution services across the spectrum of labor and employment law, and advise employers on the design, implementation and administration of all types of employee benefit plans and executive compensation arrangements.

Real Estate Development & Land Use
We support our clients’ real estate development activities as transactional, real estate and land use counsel, including commercial leasing, boundary, subdivision and partition matters, and development projects seeking the “highest and best use” of client lands.

Contact Us for More Information
For more information about our timber and forest products practice, please contact one of our attorneys listed at the Attorneys tab above via email or phone, or send an email to jennifer.forester@stoel.com.  

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