Jeffrey S. Davis


Jeff is a residential and commercial real estate lawyer. He helps people accomplish their transaction goals. Here are some of the ways he can help you:

  • Selling. Jeff will help you understand the promises you are making in a deed, the effect of the representations you are making in a sale agreement, and what can happen if the property is not in the condition that the buyer expects.
  • Buying. Jeff can help you understand your title report, know how to investigate the condition of the property you are buying, and understand your rights if misrepresentations were made.
  • Representing buyers or sellers. Jeff will provide you the language you need when the forms don’t work, explain your obligations to the parties, and represent you when a complaint is made.
  • Running a brokerage. Jeff can teach classes for your agents, help you resolve conflicts, fix your forms, create policies that work, and help you grow your business.
  • Becoming a tenant. Jeff will explain the fine print of your rental agreement in a way that makes sense, so that you are treated fairly.
  • Leasing. Jeff will draft the forms you need in a way that protects you while keeping your tenants, owners and lenders happy.
  • Borrowing. Jeff has read your loan documents (or something like them) many times before.  He will help you understand what the lender cares about besides the loan payment. If your lender requires you to provide an opinion letter, he has plenty of experience with those.
  • Lending. Jeff has drafted loan documents for term, construction, mezzanine and other types of loans, and can help you decide what concessions make sense.

Jeff has helped thousands of individuals and companies deal with the nuances of getting their transactions closed.

In his capacity as Counsel to the Forms Committee of Oregon Real Estate Forms, LLC, Jeff creates and revises the real estate forms used by most Oregon Realtors®.

Jeff enjoys home improvement, movies, travel, serving the community and living in the Northwest. He and his wife have been married more than 30 years and have three sons.


  • RE/MAX Equity Group – from 2010 to 2020.  As General Counsel to the Northwest’s largest real estate brokerage, Jeff worked with brokerage management and agents to develop and enhance the company’s practices, forms and policies.  He handled dispute resolution, represented agents in license and ethics complaints, and taught risk management, legal compliance and provision drafting classes.  After being promoted to Vice President, he managed the company’s accounting, human resources, closing and IT departments.
  • Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt – from 1996 to 2010.  Jeff represented landlords of office properties, then added purchase and sale transactions, followed by construction and term lending work for lenders and borrowers.  As a member of the firm’s Opinion Committee, he developed a detailed understanding of lending law and practice.  He joined the firm’s low-income housing tax credit team, working with tax and business lawyers to develop affordable housing all over Metro Portland.
  • Ellenburg Capital Corporation – 1996.  As a Staff Attorney for a property management firm, Jeff assisted the company’s general counsel with litigation support, transaction documents and legal research.
  • North Coast Mortgage – 1995.  As a Real Estate Analyst for a commercial mortgage brokerage, Jeff wrote lease briefs, analyzed market trends and presented information to lenders and insurance companies.

Professional Activities

  • Oregon Bar Association – Real Estate & Land Use Section
  • Washington State Bar Association – Real Property, Probate & Trust Section
  • Portland Metropolitan Association of Realtors®- Brokerage Risk Management Committee
  • Licensed Real Estate Broker in the State of Oregon


  • Oregon State Bar, 1995
  • Washington State Bar, 2012


  • University of Oregon School of Law, JD 1995
  • University of Utah, BS 1988


  • Author, Update to “Earnest Money Agreements,” Oregon Real Estate Deskbook, Oregon State Bar 2015
  • Author, Update to “Estates in Land,” Principles of Oregon Real Estate Law, Oregon State Bar 1999, 2003
  • Author, “Lender Concerns in Commercial Leases,” OSB Real Estate Section Seminar
  • Author, “Legal Brief,” monthly legal newsletter of RE/MAX Equity Group