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Wm F Paulus

Real estate Attorney at Portland, OR

5.0   2 reviews

also known as Fritz Paulus, William F. Paulus

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About Wm

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Practice areas
  1. Real estate
    Representing clients in land conservation transactions, condemnation actions, and residential real estate matters In Oregon.

    10 years

  2. Land use and zoning

    10 years

My upbringing in Oregon and an abiding connection to the land drew me to conservation and natural resources issues. Protection of the environment, landscapes, and wildlife, and providing outdoor recreational opportunities has always been a passion of mine. My first notable conservation act was when my sister and I persuaded our parents to forgo cutting a big Doug-fir in our yard that was in the path of a proposed driveway extension. This same passion caused me to change course from a promising career in criminal law to land conservation acquisition in 2001 


Parlaying my 20 plus year experience as a trial attorney, water trust executive director, and land conservation acquisition agent, my law practice focusess on land conservation, real estate, and land use matters.  I represent individuals and entitites across Oregon with matters such as acquisitions, conservation easements, land-use actions, wetland mitigation banking, and general counsel legal advice.





Licensed for 31 years
State OR
Status Active
Acquired 1991
Updated 02/12/2023

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Wm F Paulus
1207 SW 6th Ave
Attorney At Law
Portland, OR, 97204-1001


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Posted by anonymous | May 23, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Farm lease assistance
We were approached by a neighbor with an interest in leasing our pasture for a recreational cannabis farm operation (now legal in Oregon). Given the potential contract, land use and legal issues with such an arrangement we contacted Fritz. He reviewed the lease agreement offered by the proposed tenant, provided advice to us about this and provided recommended revisions. He did a thorough and timely job and offered excellent advice. All his revisions to the lease were accepted by the proposed tenant and incorporated into the lease. He also provided a brief letter covering all the potential legal implications for us. This put things in perspective in an objective and non-alarmist manner and helped us make a final decision. I felt much more comfortable and confident in moving forward. Well done!
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Posted by Dan | May 17, 2016
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Expert advice on two occasions led to successful outcomes
I've had the privilege of hiring Fritz twice for legal issues dealing with my home. On the first occasion, Fritz's advice on a potential property line dispute helped save me nearly $2000 in surveying fees. On the second occasion, Fritz was the first person to catch that a contractor had missed a critical deadline when filing a construction lien on my home. Because of this, we were able to demand that the contractor release the lien. This saved us from the nightmare of having to go to court, and also prevented us from being forced to pay an unscrupulous contractor who had done bad work. As a homeowner, I highly recommend Fritz.
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Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Wm. F. Paulus Attorney At Law
  • 2013 - Present
  • Real Estate Negotiator, Sustainability Center
  • Metro
  • 2008 - 2012
  • Executive Director
  • Oregon Water Trust
  • 2001 - 2003
  • Owner
  • Wm. F. Paulus
  • 1999 - 2001
  • Assistant Attorney General
  • Oregon Department Of Justice
  • 1996 - 1999
  • Trial Attorney
  • Multnomah Defenders
  • 1992 - 1996
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  • University of Oregon School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1991
  • Whitman College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1985


  • Oregon State Bar
  • Member
  • 1991 - Present
  • Columbia Land Trust, Vancouver, WA
  • Legal Team Committee
  • 2000 - 2002
  • College of Legal Arts
  • Adjunct Professor, Legal Ethics
  • 1999 - 1999
  • Friends of Trees
  • President & Board Member
  • 1998 - 2001
  • Hon. Edwin E. Allen, Lane Co. Circuit Court Judge
  • Judicial Clerk
  • 1991 - 1992
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Languages Spoken

  • English


  • OSB Real Estate Handbook
  • Conservation Easements, Chapter 59
  • 2015
  • The Water Report
  • Instream Flow Restoration: Cooperative, Free-market Solutions in Oregon
  • 2007

Speaking Engagements

  • NW Land Trust Land Camp
  • Conservation Easement
  • 2015
  • Changing Currents
  • Conservation Easements
  • 2015
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Portland Real estate Lawyer Wm F Paulus
Wm F Paulus
Real estate Attorney
Portland, OR
Licensed for 31 years