- Over $3.5 billion in timber and timberland deals closed
- More than 25 wood products facilities purchased or sold in 10 states/provinces
- Over $2.6 billion in financing transactions closed
Our commitment to the 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 forest products clients.
Our industry team is cross-disciplinary, including veterans well-known for their decades of service to the industry, attorneys with technical and forestry degrees, and younger attorneys 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
- Timber Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs)
- Wood products manufacturers and distributors
- Log, lumber and wood chip exporters
- Lumber distributors
In good and challenging times, we remain focused on providing our clients with efficient, practical, solution-oriented representation relevant to all aspects of their business. We offer full-service solutions to help you achieve your goals, including:
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 attorneys 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.
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 and agreements relating to logging and hauling of forest products.
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.
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.
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.
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.