Charles F. Hudson

Shareholder | Portland | 503.778.2178 |

Areas of Practice

Chip Hudson represents individual and corporate clients in a broad range of commercial litigation and alternative dispute resolution, including real estate, eminent domain and administrative law matters. He has been with Lane Powell since 1983. Chip was also named Portland’s 2016 “Lawyer of the Year” for his work in Eminent Domain and Condemnation by Best Lawyers®.

Admitted to Practice

  • Oregon
  • Washington
  • U.S. District Court, District of Oregon
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. Supreme Court


  • University of Virginia (J.D., 1982)
    • Virginia Journal of Natural Resources Law, Editorial Board
  • University of Virginia (B.A., with distinction 1977)

Practice Group and Specialty Team Memberships

  • Cannabis
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Food, Beverage and Hospitality
  • Privacy and Data Security
  • Public/Private Partnerships
  • Real Estate and Land Use
  • Real Estate Litigation
  • Renewable Energy

Representative Matters and Clients

  • Washington County v. Commercial Enterprises, LLC et al., Washington Co. Circuit Court Case No. C100852CV. Represented shopping center owner in condemnation of land and access, obtaining settlement for increased monetary compensation and the preservation of highway access.
  • City of Beaverton v. Microclimates, Inc., Washington Co. Circuit Court Case No. C042269CV. Represented City in condemnation of substantial utility assets. Successfully defended challenges to condemnation authority, after which the case and related contract litigation was settled.
  • Dept. of Trans. v. Pyramid Investments LLC, Deschutes Co. Circuit Court Case No. 03CV0172MA. Defended property owner, obtaining recovery following trial of more than $98,000, including fees, against ODOT alleged value of $10,500.
  • Washington Water Power v. Union Pacific Railroad, Superior Court for Spokane County No. 97-2-06870-8 and Union Pacific Railroad Company v. Avista Corporation, Superior Court for Spokane County No. 03-2-03883-5. Successfully defended 5-year “test case” condemnation litigation and negotiated multi-state agreement for railroad and utility crossings.
  • Counsel for intervenor Burns Bros, Inc. in International House of Pancakes, et. al. v. State of Oregon Dept. of Transp., Washington Co. Circuit Court Case No. C96 0399CV (1966), obtaining an injunction requiring ODOT to condemn property owners’ rights of access prior to closure of a frontage road.
  • Counsel for defendant property owners in Altimus v. State of Oregon, 513 US 801 (1994), the first case nationally to apply Dolan v. City of Tigard’s principle of rough proportionality to the evidentiary use of exactions in condemnation cases.
  • Co-counsel for defendant property owners in USA v. 0.8952 Acres of Land, U.S. District Court for District of Oregon, Civil No. 93 84 ST., involving the federal government’s condemnation of a downtown Portland block for the construction of the current federal courthouse. The case resulted in a judgment of more than $5.5 million following trial.
  • Co-counsel for plaintiffs in Alsea Veneer, Inc., et al. v. State of Oregon, et al., 318 Or 33, 862 P2d 95 (1993), a successful class action for employer beneficiaries of the State Accident Insurance Fund.
  • Counsel for defendant property owner in Department of Trans. v. Southern Pacific Transp. Co., 89 Or App 344, 749 P2d 1233, rev denied 305 Or 671 (1988), the leading Oregon decision on valuation of transportation corridors.


  • “Considerations for Banks Named as Parties in Eminent Domain Actions,” Issues and Answers magazine, Washington Bankers Association (July/August 2011)
  • Oregon Eminent Domain Program, NBI Continuing Legal Education series (1999, 2002, 2003, 2006)
  • “Condemnation Update and Primer,” TSG Annual Government Law Conference (October, 2002)
  • Oregon Road and Access Law, NBI Continuing Legal Education Program (1999, 2002, 2003 and 2007)

Speaking Engagements

  • “Appraising Contaminated Property in Condemnation,” Eminent Domain: Current Developments in Condemnation, Valuation and Challenges Seminar (June 6, 2014)
  • “Severance Damage and Uneconomic Remnants,” Eminent Domain: Current Developments in Condemnation, Valuation and Challenges Seminar (June 7, 2012)
  • “Eminent Domain and Government Takings,” TSG annual program, Faculty (2001-2003, 2006, 2008-2014)
  • LSI Annual Seminar on Eminent Domain, Instructor (1994, 1995, 1998 and 1999)

Awards and Honors

  • Named Portland’s “Lawyer of the Year” for his work in Eminent Domain and Condemnation by Best Lawyers® (2016)
  • Named one of The Best Lawyers in America®, Eminent Domain and Condemnation (2011-2017)
  • Named as “Oregon Super Lawyer,” Super Lawyers® magazine, Eminent Domain (2010-2016)
  • AV Preeminent® in Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™

Professional and Community Activities

  • Multnomah Bar Association;
    • Senior Law Project (1984-1992)
    • Volunteer Lawyers Project/Oregon Advocacy Center, Southeast Legal Clinic (1993-Present)
  • Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts, Inc. (“Blue Sky Gallery”), Board of Directors (1989-Present)
  • Oregon State Bar; Sections on Real Estate and Land Use, and Sustainable Futures
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association

Charles F. Hudson

Shareholder | Portland | 503.778.2178 |