Chris Criglow focuses his practice on real estate and business transactions and counseling in the industries of agricultural land investment and agribusiness operations, timberland investment, renewable energy project investment and development, and urban/suburban commercial real estate investment and development. He has extensive experience representing private and institutional investors in transactions involving various types of agricultural lands and operations, including vineyards, orchards, berry ranches, and rotation croplands.

In addition to his acquisition experience, Chris has extensive operational experience as well, having served as outside general counsel for one of the largest organic farming and dairy operations in the Pacific Northwest since 2005.

Before joining Stoel Rives, Chris was an abstractor and landman at Criglow Land & Title Co. Inc.

Chris’s goal in every representation is to provide responsive, efficient service and sound counsel to help clients achieve their objectives.


Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center, J.D., 2000

McNeese State University, B.A., 1997, cum laude




  • Including the following representative representations:
    • Regularly represent investment advisor and asset manager in acquisition and disposition of agricultural portfolio assets, including vineyards and tree nut orchards in California; corn and soybean farms in Illinois; wheat, alfalfa, and potato farm in Oregon; and cranberry bogs in Wisconsin.
    • Represented 90,000-acre farming and dairy operation in Eastern Oregon on development and sale of renewable natural gas conditioning and delivery facility.
    • Represented pension fund in the acquisition of approximately 7,900 acres of vineyard properties in California and Oregon, including all aspects of due diligence and negotiation and drafting of acquisition documents, advice on water rights, environmental, regulatory, and operational matters, assignment and assumption of numerous grape sale contracts, and drafting and negotiation of an asset management agreement for overall management of operations and asset performance.
    • Represented large national agricultural landowner in acquisition of 22,500-acre farming operation in Eastern Washington out of Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
    • Represented pension fund investment company in acquisitions of permanent crop farmlands in California in sale and leaseback transactions.
    • Represent Chilean fruit producer and distributor in Washington operations.
  • Acquisition, disposition, leasing, and financing of agricultural properties and timberlands
  • General commercial real estate transactions, development, leasing and financing
  • Urban multifamily development projects
  • Port terminal projects
  • Manufacturing and food processing facilities
  • Brownfield redevelopment projects
  • Habitat restoration projects
  • Renewable energy projects


Insights & Presentations

  • “Deal Sweeteners for Clean Energy Development on Brownfield Sites” (co-author), Daily Journal of Commerce, February 28, 2023
  • “Solar Project Property Rights: Securing Your Place in the Sun” (co-author), Chapter 1 of The Law of Solar Energy: A Guide to Business and Legal Issues, Stoel Rives LLP, Sixth Edition, 2022
  • “Wind Energy Lease Agreements” (co-author), Chapter 1 of The Law of Wind: A Guide to Business and Legal Issues, Stoel Rives LLP, Ninth Edition, 2022
  • “Title Insurance and Survey Matters” (co-author), Chapter 2 of The Law of Wind: A Guide to Business and Legal Issues, Stoel Rives LLP, Ninth Edition, 2022
  • “Leases and Commercial Agreements,” 3rd Annual Agricultural Law Seminar, The Seminar Group, July 23–24, 2020
  • “Affordable Housing,” The New Normal: Preparing for Portland’s New Development Trends, Stoel Rives LLP, Portland, OR, October 24, 2018
  • Agricultural Leases, Chapter 44, Oregon Real Estate Deskbook


  • Included in The Best Lawyers in America® (Real Estate Law), 2016–present
  • Selected as one of “America’s Leading Lawyers for Business” (Portland) by Chambers USA (Real Estate), 2014–present
  • Recommended by The Legal 500: Industry Focus: Real Estate and construction: Land use/zoning, 2015
  • Listed among Rising Stars (Real Estate), Oregon Super Lawyers®, 2010–2011
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