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About James L. Olmsted

Mr. 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.

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(541) 554-3665
Licensed to practice law in California, Nevada, Oregon and Washington.
Accepting clients in all states subject to rules of multi-state practice.


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