Peter S. Leichtfuss
My practice focuses on real estate law, whether representing parties in the closing room or in the courtroom. I strongly believe that my transactional experience makes me a better litigator of real estate disputes, and my litigation experience makes me a more efficient and skilled transactional lawyer. In both settings, I strive to be a wise advisor and a vigorous advocate. I also never forget that being a successful lawyer depends on the level of service you provide to your clients, not the amount you bill for your services.
My litigation experience includes a wide range of disputes, including construction and development issues, boundaries/encroachments, adverse possession, easements, fraud and misrepresentation, commercial lease defaults, and fair housing/ADA claims. Whether representing homeowners or large corporate entities, my first and foremost goal is to achieve a positive, cost-effective result for my client, whether via mediation, arbitration, lawsuit or settlement. Though my practice focuses on real estate, I’ve also litigated cases ranging from negligent winemaking to signage disputes with governmental entities.
In the transactional setting I am meticulous, efficient, and understand the very real value of a deadline. Negotiating a real estate transaction usually boils down to understanding the motivations of the other side, and I assist my clients in understanding those motivations and how best to satisfy them while protecting the clients’ interests. Except in very rare cases, I believe a lawyer’s job is to get a deal to closing while protecting the client’s value in the transaction, not to be a barrier to closing or cause for delay. I also take great pleasure in resolving “deal breakers” in a way that protects my client and avoids future disputes. If you are a commercial or residential broker, I will do everything in my power to save a faltering transaction so long as it is in the best interest of the client.
- 1995 Oregon
- 2008 Washington
- 1997 U.S. District Court, District of Oregon
- University of Oregon School of Law, J.D, 1995; Honors: Business Law Certificate
- University of Wisconsin, B.A., 1990
- Federal Bar
- Oregon State Bar
- Washington State Bar
- Multnomah County Bar Association (Director, MBA Young Lawyers Section, 2000-2003; Chair of the Nonprofit Project 1998-2000; 100th Anniversary Committee 2005-2006; MBA Foundation Campaign Committee 2008).
Prior Employment Experience
- Of Counsel, Larkins Vacura LLP (2007-2008)
- Partner, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP 2004-2006 (Associate 1997-2003)
- Judicial Clerk, U.S. District Court, Portland, 1997
- Associate, Lane Powell Spears Lubersky, LLP, Portland, OR, 1995-96
Awards and Publications
- Recipient of Multnomah Bar Association Award of Merit, 1999
- “Hotel Compliance with Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990: An Ounce of Prevention . . .” Washington State Hotel and Lodging Association Newsletter, April 2005
- “ADA Issues Affecting Retailers,” Oregon Wine Growers Association Grapevine, January 2003
- Speaker, “The Nonprofit Project,” ABA-AOP Conference, Las Vegas, NV (1999)