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Gregory H. Baum
Finance and Corporate, Real Estate, Public Agencies and Schools
Gregory Baum practices in Ball Janik LLP’s Finance and Corporate, Financial Services and Real Estate Practices. His 40+ years of law firm, solo practice and corporate experience gives him a broader perspective than that of most lawyers. For most of his career, Mr. Baum has been a business executive, Corporate Secretary and General Counsel in the technology and real estate investment sectors.
Greg has been directly involved in business organization and compliance, labor and employment matters with union and non-unionized workers, intellectual property protection, technology sales and licensing, real estate acquisition, management, financing, leasing and sales of hotel, retail, office, industrial and multi-family property types. In his 16 years as Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel of Harsch Investment Corp., a $2+ Billion privately-held real estate company, he established and oversaw compliance of its more than 40 affiliated entities. His civil engineering education has been utilized working on development and construction projects and coordinating environmental risk assessments and remediation programs. He has structured and negotiated more than 200 financing transactions with banks and institutional lenders aggregating over $3.5 Billion.
“Throughout my career, I have engaged the services of lawyers in dozens of states and foreign countries, across many professional disciplines. As Harsch’s chief legal officer, effectively, I have been their client. The lawyers who won my respect were rewarded with return business and my recommendations of their abilities to others. What characteristics did these lawyers have in common? Every one of them:
- Knew their subject matter thoroughly and would readily admit what they didn’t know;
- Listened carefully;
- Returned phone calls or emails promptly;
- Communicated clearly and concisely;
- Recommended a course of action; didn’t just list potential alternatives or say “no”;
- Demonstrated sensitivity to the overall cost of the work they were asked to do; and
- Maintained a sense of humor.
I strive to be that kind of lawyer every day. I wouldn’t hire a lawyer that didn’t demonstrate all those characteristics and don’t believe any client should.”
- J.D., 1976
Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College
- B.S., Civil Engineering 1969
- U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon
- U.S. Supreme Court
- The Best Lawyers in America list, 2019 -present
- Oregon Chapter President, Association of Corporate Counsel 2004-2007
- Chair, Oregon State Bar Corporate Counsel Section 2001-2002