Benjamin U. Criswell

Benjamin U. Criswell

Portland, OR

About Ben

Ben Criswell is an associate in Stoel Rives’ Real Estate group with a focus on energy, agriculture, and natural resource projects. He represents clients in the purchase, sale, leasing, financing, and development of real property.

Before joining Stoel Rives, Ben was a judicial extern to the Honorable Julie A. Russo of the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon (2021) and a legal intern with the Small Business Legal Clinic (2021) and with Vestas-American Wind Technology (2020). In 2017, Ben co-founded a web services company. He built a team, multiplied revenue year over year, and sold the business in 2022.

Ben has real-world experience on both sides of the legal services relationship and brings a work-smart-and-hard approach to helping clients achieve their goals.

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  • Advised wind energy developer client on obtaining leasehold, easement, and contractual rights across tens of thousands of acres of land.
  • Conducted site control, title, and survey due diligence for a client acquiring a portfolio of dozens of ground-mount and rooftop solar facilities.
  • Prepared memoranda regarding title and survey issues for a client acquiring various parcels of farmland and forestland.  
  • Drafted and conducted due diligence regarding real estate purchase and sale agreements, lease agreements, and development contracts.
  • Drafted contracts assigning high-volume spending among transport and logistics providers.
  • Supported the negotiation and execution of large-scale wind turbine supply and service agreements.
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Insights & Presentations

Insights & Presentations

  • “Deal Sweeteners for Clean Energy Development on Brownfield Sites” (co-author), Daily Journal of Commerce, February 28, 2023
  • “Waste Not, Want Not: Divergent Energy Storage Markets in California and Oregon,” 52 ENV’T L., September 2022
  • “Zap the Sleeping Giant: Revamping FERC Order 1000 to Facilitate Decarbonization Across the Western United States,” 51 ENV’T L., December 2021

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