Steve Abel is a partner of the firm and concentrates his practice in the areas of land use, natural resources and development law.
For the past 29 years he has represented private and public sector clients in the permitting and developing of major industrial, commercial, residential and mixed-use developments. Steve regularly seeks approval for development projects on behalf of clients before local governments, the State of Oregon's Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA), and the Oregon Court of Appeals. He also assists companies with economic development opportunities in new markets. Steve has a long and distinguished record of service on behalf of the city of Portland and the Oregon State Bar, including serving two four-year terms on the Portland Planning Commission and serving for six years on the Oregon State Board of Bar Examiners. In his work on the Portland Planning Commission, he was able to promote a regulatory environment encouraging and facilitating redevelopment in the city. He is a frequent speaker on current land use legislation and case law impacting urban and rural lands in Oregon. In addition to numerous private sector clients, Steve serves as general counsel to Home Forward (formerly the Housing Authority of Portland), which manages 14,000 units in the metropolitan area, with an annual budget of over $600 million.
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