Walter W. McMonies

Of Counsel | Portland | 503.778.2157 |

Areas of Practice

Walt McMonies focused his practice on real estate and business transactions, including acquisitions of real estate, commercial leasing, mortgage finance, LLC formation and structuring, Section 1031 exchanges, condominiums and family farms. He has substantial experience representing real estate developers, family trusts, and apartment, office and retail property investors. He has a special interest in historic buildings and their renovation and seismic upgrading.

Professional Experience

  • Foster Pepper LLP/Roberts Kaplan LLP
    • Partner (2003-2010)
    • Of Counsel (1998-2003)
  • Bogle & Gates PLLC, Member (1988-1998)
  • Heller, Ehrman, White & McAuliffe, Special Counsel (1986-1987)
  • McMonies & Whitlow, Partner (1980-1986)
  • Federal Energy Administration, Deputy Regional Counsel, Region X (1974-1976)
  • Pillsbury Madison & Sutro, Associate (1972-1974)

Admitted to Practice

  • Oregon
  • U.S. District Court, District of Oregon
  • California (inactive)


  • Yale Law School (J.D., 1972)
    • Yale Law Journal, Associate Editor
  • Yale University (B.A., 1969 in Political Science, with high honors, cum laude)
    • Pi Sigma Alpha designee (Political Science Honor Society)
    • NSF Grant Recipient to study 1968 Republican Convention
    • Directed Studies Program (Honors College) Freshman and Sophomore Years

Practice Group and Specialty Team Memberships

  • Real Estate
  • Land Use

TV/Radio Interviews

  • “Seismic Retrofitting Portland’s Unreinforced Masonry Buildings,” Interviewed by HFO-TV (October 20, 2015)
  • “Portland’s Old Brick Buildings Pose Risk,” Interviewed by KGW Channel 8 (August 20, 2015)


  • “Portland’s Unreinforced Masonry Seismic Retrofit Project,” PSU Center for Real Estate Quarterly (Summer 2016)
  • “Portland’s URM Seismic Retrofit Project,” Multifamily NW’s Apartment Report, Spring 2016 Edition (April 2016)
  • “National System Launched For Rating Buildings’ Seismic Strength,” Oregon Daily Journal of Commerce, Quoted (December 2, 2015)
  • “Cities, Counties Could Make Seismic Upgrades Easier for Private Property Owners,” The Oregonian, Quoted (April 27, 2015)
  • “A Push for Preservation Assistance,” Oregon Daily Journal of Commerce, Quoted (January 28, 2015)
  • “Coding for Quakes,” Portland Mercury, Quoted (October 16, 2013)
  • “Resilient Masonry Buildings — Saving Lives, Livelihoods and the Livability of Oregon’s Historic Downtowns,” Special Report, Historic Preservation League of Oregon, Contributing Author (October 25, 2012)
  • “Northwest Buildings Vulnerable to Quakes,” Portland Business Journal (May 27, 2011)
  • “Portland’s Unreinforced Masonry Buildings, A Threatened Species?”, PSU Center for Real Estate Quarterly (Summer 2010)

Speaking Engagements

  • “No Country for Old Buildings,” Oregon Yale Alumni Association luncheon (December 4, 2013)
  • “No Country for Old Buildings,” Oregon State Bar’s RELU Section Annual Summer Conference, co-presenter Jay Raskin, AIA (August 9, 2013)
  • “Avoiding Deal Killers in Real Estate Transactions,” CLE webinar, Strafford Webinars, co-presented with John Pinkstaff (July 17, 2013)
  • “Dodging Deal Killers (Overcoming Common Obstacles to Getting Deals Done),” Ticor Title Seminar, co-presented with John Pinkstaff (June 14, 2013)
  • “Dodging Deal Killers (Overcoming Common Obstacles to Getting Deals Done),” Certified Commercial Investment Member Group Luncheon, co-presented with John Pinkstaff (April 3, 2013)
  • “Oregon’s Historic Masonry Buildings:  Resilience, Access and Economics,” 2012 Historic Preservation League of Oregon Roundtable Series (May 11, 2012)
  • “No Country for Old Buildings,” Ticor Title Seminar (October 14, 2011)
  • “No Country for Old Buildings,” Oregon RELU Lunch Talk (November 2010)

Awards and Honors

  • AV Preeminent® in Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™

Professional and Community Activities

  • Member, Advisory Board for Catlin Gabel School’s PLACE Program (2014-present)
  • Member, Oregon Seismic Safety Policy Advisory Commission (2013-present)
  • Board Member, Masonry Building Owners of Oregon (aka Heritage Bricker Coalition) (2013-present)
  • Member, Seismic Rehabilitation Grant Committee (2014-present)
  • Board Member, Oregon League of Conservation Voters (2014-present)
  • Board Member, Restore Oregon (formerly Historic Preservation League of Oregon (2012-present)
  • Member, Metro, Natural Areas Oversight Committee (2012-present)
  • Member, Oregon State Bar, Real Estate and Land Use Section
  • Member, Multnomah Bar Association
  • Member, Capital Campaign Committee, Catlin Gabel School (2010-2012)
  • Past Co-chair, Trust for Public Land, Oregon Advisory Council (2006-2009)
  • Member, Oregon Mortgage Bankers Association, Commercial Lending Committee (1996-2000)
  • Adjunct Professor, Northwestern School of Law, Securities Law (1986-1987)
  • Past President, Oregon Environmental Council
  • Co-founder and First President, Cascade Run Off (15 km running race)