Brendan O’Scannlain focuses his practice on advising institutional investors, investment advisers, investment funds (including mutual funds, private equity funds, real estate funds and venture capital funds), family offices, closely held family businesses, financial institutions, and start-up companies on general corporate and securities matters. Brendan has represented clients in the investment management, financial services, agricultural, manufacturing, education, software and information technology, real estate, internet, health care, clean technology and renewable energy, wine, and food services industries. Brendan’s work for investment management clients includes establishing hedge funds, private equity funds, funds-of-funds, venture capital funds, real estate investment funds and mutual funds, and also advising investment advisers and investment funds (both private and registered) on securities law, capital formation, acquisitions and dispositions of portfolio investments, SEC registration and compliance, negotiation of investor rights, investment due diligence and analysis, and general business matters and financings. His work for closely held family business and operating company clients includes counseling on a wide range of business and legal matters, including capital formation, investments, corporate restructurings and reorganizations, corporate organization and governance, securities law, compliance with SEC rules and regulations, succession planning, negotiating mergers and acquisitions, and change of control transactions, advising on private placements of equity and debt securities, structuring and establishing limited liability companies and limited partnerships, and working with family offices on their governance, investments, investment management and operations.

Prior to joining Stoel Rives, Brendan was a law clerk in Washington, D.C. and an editorial assistant for Policy Review magazine at The Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C.


Georgetown University Law School, J.D., 1997, cum laude

College of the Holy Cross, B.A., 1990

Jesuit High School, Portland, Oregon 1986





  • Representation of Turtle Island Foods, SPC, dba Tofurky, owner of the plant-based Tofurky and Moocho brands that manufactures and markets products in the U.S., on its sale to Morinaga Nutritional Foods, Inc., a subsidiary of Tokyo-based food conglomerate Morinaga Milk Industry Co., Ltd.
  • Representation of Rogue Waste, Inc. and its affiliates, a vertically integrated provider of solid waste management solutions in the Pacific Northwest, in its sale to Waste Connections, Inc. (NYSE: WCN)
  • Representation of Verus Investors, LLC, a provider of outsourced chief investment officer (CIO) services to institutional clients, in the sale of the strategic partnership portion of its outsourced CIO business to Goldman Sachs Asset Management.
  • Representation of Real Asset Portfolio Management LLC, an investment management firm focused exclusively on real assets, in its sale to Hamilton Lane Advisors, L.L.C.
  • Representation of VS Holdings Inc. (VelocityShares), a provider of institutionally focused exchange-traded products, in its sale to Janus Capital Group Inc.
  • Representation of family-owned orchards and fruit packing company in the reorganization of its corporate structure and real estate holdings.
  • Representation of investment adviser on corporate reorganization and offering of equity incentive ownership interests to its employees.
  • Representation of agricultural product producer in restructuring terms with debtor and reorganizing farming operations.
  • Representation of venture capital fund focused on early-stage investments in Pacific Northwest technology companies in its formation, capital structuring and offering of interests to investors.
  • Representation of USNR, Inc. on its acquisition of Coe Newnes/McGehee Inc.
  • Representation of Barclays Capital Energy, Inc. in the acquisition of substantially all of the assets of an international energy forecasting company.
  • Advise private investment companies, venture capital funds and mutual funds and their investment advisers on their ongoing acquisition, financing, regulatory, compliance, securities, employment, and general business matters.
  • Advise family offices on negotiating and structuring investments and investor rights, asset acquisitions and dispositions, succession planning, and general business and corporate legal matters.
  • Representation of multifamily-owned agricultural company in shareholder agreement relating to management rights, disposition of equity interests, and maintenance of family control of farming business.
  • Representation of venture capital funds, real estate investment funds, private equity funds-of-funds, and other pooled investment funds on their initial formation, capital structure, and offering of equity interests to investors.
  • Representation of Wellpartner, Inc. in its Series E preferred stock financing.
  • Representation of internet-based education company in its self-tender offer and subsequent Series D preferred stock financing.
  • Representation of registered open-end investment management company with $6 billion of assets under management.
  • Served as issuer’s counsel in Synetics Solutions, Inc.’s initial public offering.
  • Advised $1 billion mutual fund on its restructuring to provide for the issuance of multiple classes of shares.
  • Advised mutual fund family with $8 billion in assets under management on the restructuring of its funds to allow for the issuance of multiple classes of shares and modernization of each fund’s investment restrictions.


  • Included in The Best Lawyers in America® (Commercial Finance Law, Corporate Law, Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Law), 2013–present
  • Selected as one of “America’s Leading Lawyers for Business” (Oregon) by Chambers USA (Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions), 2014–present



  • Oregon Historical Society, Board of Trustees
  • Taxpayers Association of Oregon, Board of Directors, 2002–present
  • Portland Piano International, Board of Directors, 2017–present
  • Portland Children’s Museum, Board of Directors, 2005–2013 (President in 2009)
  • Oregon State Counsel, Romney for President, Inc., 2007–2008 and 2011–2012
  • Oregon State Co-Counsel, McCain for President, Inc., 2008
  • Honorary Alumni Club, St. Andrew Nativity School, 2004–2009
  • Oregon Lawyers for Bush-Cheney, Co-Chairman, 2004
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