Where smart trumps big

Farleigh Wada Witt was formed in 1981 with one purpose and a world of ambition. Our mission then was the same as it is today: To provide timely and effective legal service and guide clients to success in a competitive marketplace. We combine wisdom and creativity to solve client problems and use experience and technology to deliver insightful legal advice, in hours instead of weeks.

Corporate and Securities

Whatever the nature of your company, the corporate and securities lawyers at Farleigh Wada Witt have the knowledge and background required to help you achieve the next level of performance. Our clients include private and publicly-held companies, high technology and e-commerce businesses, and major financial institutions located throughout the Pacific Northwest. We have decades of experience in guiding corporate and business clients to wise decisions to enhance value and operations.

Form of Entity

Our corporate attorneys regularly assist business clients in the formation and maintenance of corporations, limited liability companies, partnerships, limited partnerships, and other business organizations. A "one size fits all" approach simply does not work when it comes to business entities, and we advise clients about the advantages and disadvantages of each form of entity under which they can do business. We recognize that the best choices require a clear understanding of tax issues, limitation of liability, and the short- and long-term goals of the principals.

Mergers and Acquisitions

We have extensive experience in handling merger and acquisition transactions. Our attorneys have represented both buyers and sellers in numerous transactions, including:

  • Stock and asset purchase
  • Mergers
  • Tax-free reorganizations

We also advise corporate boards regarding their fiduciary duties and obligations in connection with hostile takeover bids.


Our securities attorneys have developed a solid reputation for handling complex financial transactions, including:

  • Initial public offerings
  • Reporting compliance
  • Public and private equity
  • Debt financing

Intellectual Property

We represent clients in a wide range of intellectual property matters, including:

  • Trademark analysis and advice
  • U.S. and international trademark registrations
  • Trademark protection and infringement disputes
  • Technology transfers
  • Copyrights
  • IP licensing
  • Protecting valuable trade secrets
  • Preparing employment agreements, development contracts, and confidentiality agreements


The hospitality industry is distinctive and involves legal concerns covering a broad range of corporate issues, including entity formation, complex financing, mergers and acquisitions, franchise relationships, vendor relationships, employment, and protection of intellectual property. Our corporate and securities attorneys have vast experience in all these areas and have served as counsel for purchasers, sellers, investors, lenders, and operators in a wide variety of transactions that have provided us with great insight into legal issues unique to this industry.

Nonprofit Organizations

We represent a broad variety of nonprofit organizations including public charities, religious institutions, schools, private foundations, and trusts.  Nonprofit organizations confront unique legal issues and special governance challenges related to their missions.  Our attorneys understand the distinct characteristics of tax-exempt organizations and regularly advise these clients on how to achieve their objectives and reduce their risks and liabilities.  We also represent many affiliates and subsidiaries of nonprofit organizations for title-holding and operational considerations.  We represent nonprofit organizations and their affiliates in reference to entity formation, tax exemption, operations, governance, compliance, issues with employees and volunteers, and buying, selling, and developing real property.

Portland - 121 SW Morrison, Suite 600, Portland, Oregon 97204 - 503.228.6044
Central Oregon - Five Pine Station, 750 Buckaroo Trail, Suite 203, Sisters, Oregon 97759 - 541.549.4958