Overview

About Thomas

Thomas Griffin is an associate in the Corporate group, where he advises clients across a wide range of business and real estate matters. Thomas specializes in timber and agribusiness transactions, including landscape-scale timber acquisitions and dispositions, small tract sales, farm and ranch purchases, and related regulatory issues.

Thomas has deep roots in Oregon agriculture, having grown up on a farm in central Oregon where he was involved in his family’s agribusiness from a young age. Prior to law school, Thomas previously spent four years serving as a lead staff member for a senior U.S. Congressman focusing on agriculture, timber, and public lands policy issues in Washington, D.C. This industry knowledge and policy background helps him provide practical advice and solutions for clients.

Before joining Stoel Rives, Thomas gained practical legal experience as an associate and summer associate with Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt; a judicial extern to the Honorable Judge Michael J. McShane for the U.S. District of Oregon; and a participant in the Oregon Law Small Business Clinic, providing legal services to entrepreneurs on a pro bono basis.

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Experience

Experience

Timberlands & Forest Products

  • Represented a timberlands and forest products company in the disposition of approximately 630,000 acres in Montana.
  • Represented a timberlands and forest products company in the disposition of approximately 555,000 acres in Michigan.
  • Represented large timberland investment management organization in managing small tract disposition program across three western states.

Agriculture

  • Regularly advises clients on farm and ranch acquisitions across Oregon, including purchase and sale agreement negotiation, due diligence, and closing matters.
  • Regularly advises ranch clients regarding U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, and State of Oregon grazing permits, leases, and related public lands issues.
  • Regularly advises farm and ranch clients regarding enrollment in conservation programs, providing valuable alternative revenue streams to agricultural producers.
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Honors

Honors & Activities

  • Member, Oregon State Bar Agricultural Law Section
  • Member, Oregon State Bar Real Estate and Land Use Section
  • Member, American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources, Forest Resources Committee
  • Member, Oregon Forest & Industries Council
  • Member, American Forest Resource Council
  • President, Oregon FFA Association, 2008–2009
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Insights & Presentations

Insights & Presentations

  • 3 questions to ask about water rights as Oregon experiences continued drought” (co-author), Portland Business Journal, July 1, 2021
  • “Federal Grazing Permit Acquisitions and Transfers,” Agriculture Law Seminar, July 2020
  • “Another ‘New’ Era: WOTUS Rule 2020,” Environmental and Natural Resources Law Section E-Outlook, Oregon State Bar, July 2020
  • “Moro v. Oregon: Overturning Legislative Changes to the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) Leaves Limited Options for a Cash Strapped State,” 96 Or. L. Rev. 249 (2017)



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