About Gene

Gene Frassetto is a partner of the firm practicing in business law with an emphasis on complex real estate transactions. Gene has extensive experience in urban retail, industrial and commercial development transactions; rural farm, ranch, vineyard, wind-farm and renewable-energy transactions; and the real estate aspects of corporate transactions.

Gene has extensive experience in the acquisition, leasing, development and sale of electric generation facilities (both renewable and conventional), including wind farms, solar projects, gas- and coal-fired power plants and biofuels facilities across the country. Gene represents many of the premier vineyard and winery operators in the Northwest in vineyard and winery operations, acquisitions, and leasing transactions; grape sales; alternating proprietorships; and other related transactions. He assists clients in complex real estate due diligence analysis and title insurance matters, including corporate merger and acquisition transactions.

Prior to joining Stoel Rives, Gene was a law clerk for Chief Justice Edwin J. Peterson of the Oregon Supreme Court (1984–1986); and a law clerk at Heltzel, Byers, Upjohn & Shaw in Salem, Oregon (1982–1984).

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  • Represents international, national and regional wind-power developers in wind-farm leasing and project development, and site and project acquisitions and dispositions across the United States.
  • Represented major wind-power developer in sale of a large wind-energy project in Washington to a major Pacific Northwest investor-owned utility.
  • Represented major wind developer in sale of a large wind-energy project in Washington to a California investor-owned utility.
  • Represented major wind developer in lease and title work on numerous wind-farm projects in the West, Southwest and Midwest.
  • Represented biofuels producer in acquisition of production sites in the Midwest.
  • Represents clients on solar power site acquisition and leasing.
  • Represented local public utility in right-of-way and property acquisitions, operations and dispositions.
  • Represented major Northwest investor-owned utility on real estate matters generally, including acquisitions of power plants in Colorado and Arizona, right-of-way matters, and property acquisitions and dispositions.


  • Represents premier Northwest vineyard developers and wineries in vineyard and winery acquisitions, leasing, development, operations and dispositions in the Northwest.
  • Represents private rural landowners and tenants in long- and short-term leasing of farm, orchard and vineyard lands.
  • Represents Washington irrigation district in connection with leasing of district farmlands for vineyard use.
  • Represents clients in the acquisition and operation of over 50,000 acres of ranchland.


  • Represented various Fortune 500 companies in acquisition and disposition of commercial and industrial properties across the country.
  • Represents local Fortune 500 manufacturing company and affiliates in numerous industrial and office acquisitions, leasing and corporate acquisitions, and disposition matters across the country.
  • Represents large, privately owned quicklime/hydrated lime producer in leasing production sites and other real property matters.
  • Represented major Portland sportswear company in acquisition of headquarters site, warehouse/distribution sites, flagship store and outlet mall sites.
  • Represented national affordable housing developers in numerous low-income tax-credit housing developments across the country.
  • Represented aluminum company in sale of former bauxite off-loading, storage and transport facility on the Willamette River and ground leasing or sale of surplus lands.
  • Represented local steel company in acquisition and financing of large, complex plant site in Colorado.
  • Represented buyer in acquisition and rehabilitation of historic downtown Portland hotel.
  • Represented Oregon hospitals in acquisition and disposition of medical office buildings and other real estate matters.
  • Represented developer in acquisition and development of complex residential mixed-use site with private, regional (METRO), local (PDC) and federal funding.
  • Represented Fred Meyer, Inc. and its affiliates in the acquisition, ground leasing, leasing, development and disposition of numerous sites in Oregon, Arizona, California, Utah, Washington, Idaho and Alaska.
  • Represented local Portland design company in acquisition of land from PDC and development of its headquarters building.

Educational Institutions

  • Represents Oregon school district in connection with acquisition of land for school siting.
  • Represented local private college in acquisitions of additional student housing properties and acquisition and disposition of other properties.
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Honors & Activities

Professional Honors & Activities

  • Included in The Best Lawyers in America® (currently: Real Estate Law), 2008–2022
  • Member, Oregon State Bar Association, Real Estate and Land Use Section, Business Law Section and Energy Telecom & Utility Law Section
  • Past chair, Oregon State Bar Real Estate and Land Use Section
  • Member, Oregon State Bar Portland Real Estate Luncheon Planning Committee
  • Co-chair, Oregon State Bar Fundamentals of Real Estate CLE, Oct. 2003

Civic Activities

  • Advisory Board, Autistic Children's Activity Program
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Insights & Presentations

Insights & Presentations

  • “Section 1 – Real Estate” (coauthor), Case Study: A Wind Development Project in the State of California, Stoel Rives LLP, June 2011 (PDF – available in English and Chinese)
  • Oregon State Bar Real Estate Deskbook Form Land Sale Contract (co-author), 1992, 1995, 2001 and 2008 updates
  • “Exculpation and Indemnification of Corporate Directors under Oregon's New Corporation Code” (co-author), Willamette Law Review, 1988
  • “Solar Project Property Rights: Securing Your Place in the Sun,” The Law of Solar, Stoel Rives LLP
  • “Title Insurance and Survey Matters” (co-author), The Law of Wind, Stoel Rives LLP

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