About Neil Olsen

Oregon Condemnation and Eminent Domain Attorney

I am an attorney with Olsen Barton LLC.  I regularly represent property owners in eminent domain, regulatory takings, inverse condemnation and property rights proceedings.  With one of the most active condemnation trial practices in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest, I obtain just compensation for my clients against condemning authorities such as TriMet, ODOT, WSDOT, and various counties, cities and special districts.  I am also a regular speaker on the protection of property owners’ just compensation and due process rights when faced with takings.

Prior to becoming an attorney, I served as a legislative analyst for the Texas House of Representatives.

I hope you find the blog interesting and helpful.  If you have questions or comments, please feel free to email me at neil@olsenbarton.com.  Here are a few more details about my background.


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Publications & Presentations

Oregon Property Owners’ Handbook:  Eminent Domain and Just Compensation Under Oregon Law

Is Close Enough Good Enough? Establishing the Date of Valuation in Direct and Inverse Cases, Eminent Domain and Land Valuation Litigation, ALI-CLE, January 23, 2020

Improving Actions Leading Up to the 40-day Offer and Prior to Filing of a Complaint, IRWA Fall Education Event, October 16, 2019

The “Three Unities” – Still a Problem? A Discussion of Larger Parcel Issues, Oregon Eminent Domain Conference, The Seminar Group, June 6, 2019

Preparing Appraisals for Condemnation Assignments and How to Improve Skills as an Expert Witness, Appraisal Institute – Greater Oregon Chapter, January 20, 2017

Overview of the Condemnation Process, 8th Annual Oregon Eminent Domain Conference, The Seminar Group, June 5, 2015

Ejectment; Suits to Quiet Title, Chapter 61, Oregon Real Estate Deskbook, June, 2015

Collateral Damage from Newberg-Dundee Bypass Project, Daily Journal of Commerce, December 19, 2013

Columbia River Crossing Will Impact 200 Properties, Portland Business Journal, November 12, 2012

Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail “Mega Project” Moves Forward, Daily Journal of Commerce, April 26, 2011


J.D., Lewis & Clark Law School, 2005

    • Executive Editor, Lewis & Clark Law Review
    • Judicial Extern to the Honorable Michael W. Mosman, United States District Court for the District of Oregon
    • Business Roundtable Scholar

B.A., Government, University of Texas at Austin, 1998

Bar & Court Admissions



United States District Court for the District of Oregon