Jeffrey S. Tarr, M.S. (Tax)

Partner, Real Estate and Land Use Group ChairTax Group Chair

1000 SW Broadway, Suite 1400
Portland, Oregon 97205

503.227.1111 Main
503.243.1677 Direct

Assistant: Melissa D. Jaffee: 503.243.1661 x 228

Practice Areas
Overview
Jeffrey Tarr has over 28 years of experience advising businesses and their owners in a wide variety of complex business, real estate, and tax matters.  He represents clients in agriculture, health care, professional services, manufacturing, retail, hotel, travel, restaurant, real estate development, and employment placement.

Jeff's practice also includes representing banks and other lenders in structuring, negotiating, and documenting loans secured by real property, receivables, inventory, equipment, and other personal property.  He also has experience in the sale of distressed assets and working out distressed loans in the context of bankruptcy and receivership proceedings. 

Jeff's business practice includes representing and advising owners and operators of private and closely held businesses (including family-owned businesses) on a wide range of legal matters.  Such matters include:

  • Forming new businesses (including choosing the type of entity, structuring and forming the entity, and addressing succession planning through buy-sell arrangements and ownership and management structures);
  • Mergers, acquisitions, sales, and management buyouts;
  • Entity reorganizations and restructurings;
  • Financing;
  • Acquisitions, sales, and leasing of real and personal property;
  • Entity governance;
  • Conflict resolution among owners;
  • Tax planning;
  • Resolution of tax controversies with taxing agencies;
  • Wealth preservation needs for individual clients: including wills, trusts, business succession planning, and gift and estate tax planning.  

A significant part of Jeff's practice focuses on real estate matters.  He represents and advises investors, developers, lenders, and businesses in the acquisition, development, construction, financing, management, operation, sale, and leasing of real estate.  Jeff also has experience with condominium and timeshare projects and is familiar with the unique issues that apply to these types of real estate projects. Jeff's real estate experience includes:

  • Representing investors, developers, and businesses in the purchase and sale of real estate and construction of improvements on real estate;
  • Representing investors, developers and businesses in real estate-based financing, including structuring, negotiating, and documenting real estate loans secured by trust deeds, land sale contracts, and other financing transactions such as sale-leasebacks;
  • Representing sellers and buyers in tax-deferred "like-kind" exchanges of real estate under Section 1031 of the Internal Revenue Code; 
  • Representing landlords and tenants in leasing transactions, including ground leases, retail leases, build-to-suit leases, office leases, industrial leases, and assignments and sublettings of leases;
  • Representing real estate owners in various real estate matters, including options to buy/sell real estate, easements and licenses, resolving boundary disputes, and entity structuring and formation to hold and operate real estate investments. 
Education
B.A., University of California at Los Angeles
J.D., Loyola Marymount University Law School
M.S. (Taxation), Golden Gate University
Admitted to Practice
California State Bar
Oregon State Bar
Honors
Oregon State Bar Taxation Section's New Tax Lawyer Committee (NTLC) Mentor of the Year Award (2013)
Preeminent AV® Rated by Martindale Hubbell
Professional Organizations
Oregon State Bar
California State Bar
American Bar Association
Multnomah Bar Association
Professional Activities
Former Member, Officer, and Chair, Oregon State Bar Tax Section Executive Committee (2005-2015)
Member, Oregon State Bar Business Section Executive Committee (2016-present)
Co-Chair, Oregon State Bar Tax Section Newsletter Committee (2005-2010)
Former Member, Adjunct Faculty, MBA Program, University of Phoenix (1998-2004)
Articles
Speaking Engagements
Jeff has spoken on numerous occasions on topics related to his areas of practice, including 1031 "like-kind" exchanges, choice of entity, entity formation and governance, estate and succession planning, and real property matters. 
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Practice Areas
Education
B.A., University of California at Los Angeles
J.D., Loyola Marymount University Law School
M.S. (Taxation), Golden Gate University
Admitted to Practice
California State Bar
Oregon State Bar
Honors
Oregon State Bar Taxation Section's New Tax Lawyer Committee (NTLC) Mentor of the Year Award (2013)
Preeminent AV® Rated by Martindale Hubbell

Jeffrey S. Tarr, M.S. (Tax)

Partner, Real Estate and Land Use Group ChairTax Group Chair


1000 SW Broadway, Suite 1400
Portland, Oregon 97205

503.227.1111 Main
503.243.1677 Direct

Assistant: Melissa D. Jaffee: 503.243.1661 x 228
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Jeffrey Tarr has over 28 years of experience advising businesses and their owners in a wide variety of complex business, real estate, and tax matters.  He represents clients in agriculture, health care, professional services, manufacturing, retail, hotel, travel, restaurant, real estate development, and employment placement.

Jeff's practice also includes representing banks and other lenders in structuring, negotiating, and documenting loans secured by real property, receivables, inventory, equipment, and other personal property.  He also has experience in the sale of distressed assets and working out distressed loans in the context of bankruptcy and receivership proceedings. 

Jeff's business practice includes representing and advising owners and operators of private and closely held businesses (including family-owned businesses) on a wide range of legal matters.  Such matters include:

  • Forming new businesses (including choosing the type of entity, structuring and forming the entity, and addressing succession planning through buy-sell arrangements and ownership and management structures);
  • Mergers, acquisitions, sales, and management buyouts;
  • Entity reorganizations and restructurings;
  • Financing;
  • Acquisitions, sales, and leasing of real and personal property;
  • Entity governance;
  • Conflict resolution among owners;
  • Tax planning;
  • Resolution of tax controversies with taxing agencies;
  • Wealth preservation needs for individual clients: including wills, trusts, business succession planning, and gift and estate tax planning.  

A significant part of Jeff's practice focuses on real estate matters.  He represents and advises investors, developers, lenders, and businesses in the acquisition, development, construction, financing, management, operation, sale, and leasing of real estate.  Jeff also has experience with condominium and timeshare projects and is familiar with the unique issues that apply to these types of real estate projects. Jeff's real estate experience includes:

  • Representing investors, developers, and businesses in the purchase and sale of real estate and construction of improvements on real estate;
  • Representing investors, developers and businesses in real estate-based financing, including structuring, negotiating, and documenting real estate loans secured by trust deeds, land sale contracts, and other financing transactions such as sale-leasebacks;
  • Representing sellers and buyers in tax-deferred "like-kind" exchanges of real estate under Section 1031 of the Internal Revenue Code; 
  • Representing landlords and tenants in leasing transactions, including ground leases, retail leases, build-to-suit leases, office leases, industrial leases, and assignments and sublettings of leases;
  • Representing real estate owners in various real estate matters, including options to buy/sell real estate, easements and licenses, resolving boundary disputes, and entity structuring and formation to hold and operate real estate investments. 
Speaking Engagements
Jeff has spoken on numerous occasions on topics related to his areas of practice, including 1031 "like-kind" exchanges, choice of entity, entity formation and governance, estate and succession planning, and real property matters. 
Professional Organizations
Oregon State Bar
California State Bar
American Bar Association
Multnomah Bar Association
Professional Activities
Former Member, Officer, and Chair, Oregon State Bar Tax Section Executive Committee (2005-2015)
Member, Oregon State Bar Business Section Executive Committee (2016-present)
Co-Chair, Oregon State Bar Tax Section Newsletter Committee (2005-2010)
Former Member, Adjunct Faculty, MBA Program, University of Phoenix (1998-2004)