Jeffrey Keeney

Jeffrey Keeney

Partner

503.802.2025
jeff.keeney@tonkon.com

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Education

J.D., cum laude, Lewis & Clark Law School, 1983

B.A. University of Vermont, 1980, Phi Beta Kappa

Bar & Court Admissions

Oregon State Bar

Jeff‘s real estate practice includes acquisitions and sales, financing, commercial leasing, and land use permitting. He represents local, regional, and national property owners and developers in a wide range of transactional matters and assists clients in land use proceedings before local governments.

Jeff ‘s real estate experience includes structuring, negotiating, and closing sensitive, high-value transactions for clients seeking to lease, acquire, sell, or finance office, retail, and industrial real estate.

Clients appreciate Jeff’s timely, efficient, and straightforward approach to their real estate needs. Jeff joined Tonkon Torp immediately following his graduation from Lewis & Clark Law School in 1983. He has specialized in real estate throughout his tenure with the firm.

Representative Matters

Sale of Historic Building

Represented the owner of an entire block of downtown Portland in the sale of the block as part of a 1031 tax-deferred exchange, thereby facilitating two other purchase transactions in Portland and Salem for the client.

Herb Pharm, LLC

Represented four private equity funds in the formation of Herb Pharm, LLC to acquire the assets of a manufacturer of liquid extracts, compounds, tonics and tinctures for $20 million.

Expansion of Veterinary Clinic

Ongoing representation of a national veterinary clinic in negotiating shopping center leases in connection with their expansion into new markets around the country.

Portland Office Lease

Represented a financial services firm in connection with the negotiation of a full-floor office lease and the subleases with respect to their former space.

Salem Shopping Center

Represented a landowner in connection with the negotiation of a development agreement, financing, construction contracts and leases in connection with the redevelopment of a shopping center in Salem, Oregon.

Vancouver Acquisition

Represented an investor in connection with the acquisition, financing and upgrades of a single-tenant Vancouver, Washington industrial/manufacturing facility.

Relocation of Headquarters

Represented Banfield Pet Hospital in the negation of a long-term lease and development agreement in connection with the relocation of Banfield's corporate headquarters to Vancouver, Washington. The transaction involved the construction of a new 206,000 square foot office building and related amenities.

Acura of Reno

Led negotiations for Acura of Reno, an affiliate of the Ron Tonkin family of automobile dealerships, for a long-term ground lease and financing for a new Acura dealership on land owned by the Reno Sparks Indian Colony in Reno, Nevada. This transaction involved the negotiation of multiple levels of agreements and resolution of complex title matters due to the tribal ownership of the underlying land.

Costco Wholesale Corporation

Represented Costco in the acquisition and development of all of Costco's Oregon membership warehouses, including its recent acquisition of a 22 acre parcel of real property in Washington County, Oregon. In connection with such acquisitions, Jeff has represented Costco in complex land-use hearings before local governments.

Medical Management International, Inc.

Represents Banfield Pet Hospital in the negotiation of all of Banfield's "stand-alone" pet hospitals in the United States.

United States Bakery/Springfield Facility

Represented United States Bakery in its acquisition of approximately 20 acres of real property in Springfield, Oregon and construction of a 160,000 square foot manufacturing and distribution facility. This complex tax-deferred transaction involved an IRS Section 1033 exchange and negotiation of numerous rail-access agreements.

Westgate Shopping Center LLC / Salem Center

Guided Westgate in all aspects of the complete redevelopment of their shopping center in Salem. Counsel included negotiation of major tenant leases with Walgreen's and Panda Express and obtaining both construction and permanent financing.

Acquisition of 540 Acres, Subject to Conservation Easement

Represented the Columbia Land Trust in the acquisition of 540 acres from the Port of Vancouver, USA in the Vancouver Lake Bottomlands, subject to a conservation easement requiring that the land be actively managed to provide a feeding and nesting area for the costal flock of the Pacific Flyway population of Sandhill cranes.

Costco Expands With Wilsonville Location

When Costco Wholesale Corporation was looking to expand its Portland Metro area operations, it turned to Tonkon Torp for help in securing enough appropriately zoned land to site a 145,000 square foot membership warehouse. The solution: Costco’s first integrated shopping center location in the Portland area.

Tonkon Torp Helps Columbia Land Trust Establish Sandhill Crane Habitat Preserve

Attorneys from Tonkon Torp’s real estate and land use, and environmental and natural resources teams represented the Columbia Land Trust in negotiating and completing the transfer of property for a habitat preserve. Find details and more featured cases here.

Tonkon Helps Tonkin

For decades, Tonkon Torp has been honored and proud to represent the Tonkin family and its businesses. In fact, the relationship dates back to the post-World War II era.

Historic U.S. Bank Block Sale

Tonkon Torp real estate and tax lawyers were instrumental in the complex, $40 million sale of the historic U.S. Bank Block in downtown Portland to real estate investment firm ScanlanKemperBard. Read more here.

Community Involvement & Activities

The LaSalle Foundation
Former Board Member

Peninsula Children’s Center
Former Volunteer Lawyer

The Wetlands Conservancy
Former Board Member

Oregon State Bar
Executive Committee of Real Estate and Land Use Section
Former Member


Professional Memberships

Multnomah Bar Association
American Bar Association

The Best Lawyers in America

2010-2023, Real Estate Law

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Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers

2007-2019, Real Estate

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Best Lawyers in America® Includes 53 Tonkon Torp Attorneys on 2023 List

Fifty-three Tonkon Torp lawyers representing 37 practice areas have been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2023. Nearly all the attorneys have been previously named to the peer-review list, and most have been listed for more than 10 years.

Best Lawyers in America® Includes 53 Tonkon Torp Attorneys on 2022 List

Fifty-three Tonkon Torp lawyers representing 39 practice areas have been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2022

Best Lawyers in America® Includes 49 Tonkon Torp Attorneys on 2021 List

Forty-nine Tonkon Torp lawyers representing 36 practice areas have been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2021. A majority of attorneys have been named to the peer-review list in past years, and most have been recognized for more than five years.

2020 List for Best Lawyers in America® Includes 48 Tonkon Torp Attorneys

Forty-eight Tonkon Torp lawyers representing 39 practice areas have been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2020. A majority of attorneys have been named to the list in past years, and most have been recognized for more than five years.

Chambers USA Names 23 Tonkon Torp Attorneys in 2019 Ranking

Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business has recognized 23 Tonkon Torp attorneys in seven practice areas in its 2019 USA Guide.

All News Items

Supreme Court Allows Superfund Cleanup Cost Recovery

On June 11, 2007, in U.S. v Atlantic Research Corp., the United States Supreme Court solved a portion of the puzzle that has confounded so-called potentially responsible parties (PRPs) since the Court’s decision in Cooper Industries, Inc. v Aviall Services, Inc. in 2004.

Sales, Swaps, and Bike Parks – Change is Coming to Mt. Hood

For a community that has not seen a great deal of change in recent years, there are a lot of new developments happening in Mt. Hood’s mountain village. When Collins Lake Resort and the nearby Grand Lodges were built in the early 2000s, it appeared Government Camp was poised to take off and realize its full potential as a destination mountain town. Sadly, the Great Recession of the late 2000s brought development to a grinding halt.

Publications & Presentations

A frequent speaker on real estate issues, Jeff is the original author of the Oregon State Bar’s Model Earnest Money Agreement form, “Documentation of Real Estate Transactions.”