Gilbert E. Parker

Senior of Counsel
Key Expertise

Real Estate



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Gilbert E. Parker

Caroline Richter, Assistant

Gil Parker is a partner in the Real Estate and Land Use Team of Dunn Carney LLP. His practice focuses on real estate development, business transactions, commercial lending, construction and construction liens, and secured transactions. He has extensive experience in handling multi-million dollar transactions for developers, buyers, sellers, and borrowers in commercial real estate. He also structures purchases and sales of closely-held businesses.

Transactions depend on clarity and trust  –  that’s what I try to provide.

While working with clients who are leaders in sustainable real estate development, Gil has acquired a broad knowledge of the legal issues involved in public and private sustainable development.  He focuses on transactional work because he enjoys creating solid business connections among the involved parties. Understanding that transactions depend on clarity and trust, Gil finds satisfaction in crafting agreements that integrate the parties’ diverse objectives.

His calm demeanor in the fast-changing real estate world has been noted by his peers who have been quoted in Chamber’s USA describing Gil as a “constructive deal-maker” who is “perceptive, unflappable and accommodating.”

Gil joined the firm in 1975 and became a partner at Dunn Carney in 1981. He was the firm’s managing partner from 1991 to 1993 and has served on the firm’s Executive Committee frequently since the 1980s.

Gil Parker is a skilled—but modest—woodworker who crafted the Purpleheart stand-up desk in his office. He is most proud of his former service on the Board of Directors for Riverbend Youth Center, Inc. for nine years. Riverbend is a nonprofit residential and day treatment center for emotionally disturbed adolescents and their families.


Oregon, 1975

U.S. District Court District of Oregon, 1976


University of California, Hastings College of the Law, J.D., 1975

Lewis & Clark College, B.A., History, with Honors, 1972

Representative Clients

Gerding/Edlen Development Company

Eastern Western Corporation

Shelter Products, Inc.


Real Estate

Professional Affiliations

Oregon State Bar, Real Estate and Land Use and Sustainable Futures Sections

Multnomah Bar Association

Meritas (formerly known as Commercial Law Affiliates), founding member, 1991; Board of Directors, 1991-1992; main management contact, 2014-present

Dunn Carney Allen Higgins & Tongue LLP, managing partner, 1991-1993

Community Organizations

Riverbend Youth Center, Inc., 1995-2004; chair, Board of Directors

Honors & Recognitions

Best Lawyers in America for 2006-2021 Editions for Real Estate Law; Lawyer of the Year, 2015, 2018

Chambers and Partners USA, America’s Leading Business Lawyers, ranked among Top Lawyers in Real Estate, 2004-present

Oregon Super Lawyers, Real Estate Law, 2021

Martindale-Hubbell, AV rating, listed as a Top Rated Lawyer in Real Estate

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