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James L. Olmsted is the founder and supervising attorney of OlmstedLAW (formerly Conservation & Preservation Counsel, LLC), a law firm dedicated to representing land trusts, landowners and developers in real estate and and conservation easement transactions. Mr. Olmsted received B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Nevada at Reno and his J.D. from the University of California at Davis School of Law (class of 1987). During law school he interned for Judge Edward C. Reed of the United States District Court of Nevada. He then clerked for Justice Charles E. Springer on the Nevada Supreme Court. Mr. Olmsted is an active member of the California, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington state bar associations (by examination in each state), is admitted to the United States District Courts of Nevada and Oregon and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Mr. Olmsted has been practicing zoning, land use, real estate, and conservation easement law for twenty-five years. His experience includes representing both major luxury golf and ski resort developers and public interest advocacy groups. Mr. Olmsted is a widlely published author on land trust, conservation easement and land use law.  He also co-founded and co-edited with Professor Nancy A. McLaughlin the Social Sciences Research Network eJournal, "Protected Lands Law & Policy" a widely distributed on-line journal collecting and disseminating scholarly articles on protected areas around the world.




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  1. Land Use & Zoning: 90%
    29 years
  2. Real Estate: 10%

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  • William Sherlock

    Jim is one of the brainiest attorneys around and in particular with respect to conservation easements. He’s easy to work with and very conscientious. I endorse him without reservation.


    William Sherlock Real Estate Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Daniel J Stotter

    Very experienced in the law of creating public land trusts and a strong advocate for natural resource conservation.


    Daniel Stotter Administrative Law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

214 Trailside Loop
Eugene, OR, 97405


CANot eligible to practice law (Not Entitled)200111/19/2015
ORSuspended - Non-Disciplinary199001/18/2016
WAAdministrative Suspension198901/10/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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TitleCompany nameDuration
Founder/CEOOlmstedLAW2003 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Bar AssociationN/AN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California at Davis School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1987
University of Nevada-RenoPsychologyB.A. M.A.1982