Joseph Hobson

Joseph Hobson

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Expertise

  • Agency Actions and Rulemaking
  • Business and Corporate
  • Business Transitions
  • Acquisition and Disposition

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Activity

Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt
Oregon, U.S.A.

Profile

Joe Hobson has been practicing business and organization law, helping design and develop small business and public and private institutions and associations for 40 years. He concentrates his practice in business and property law with special emphasis on private, nonprofit and quasi-public entities.  The majority of his clients are individual farms or forest owners, or entities that represent the interests of farms or forest owners. Joe has helped organize and represent several special districts and some notable businesses involved in processing and marketing agricultural products nationally and internationally.  He began representing private nonprofit associations and public charities when he started working with the Oregon Farm Bureau in 1987.

Joe’s work with the Oregon Farm Bureau grew until he left private practice to become the first general counsel of the Oregon Farm Bureau Federation in 1995.  Joe helped develop the structure and function of the Oregon Farm Bureau over the years, including development of a nationally recognized legal advocacy program.  He created the Oregon Agricultural Education Foundation and the Oregon Agricultural Legal Foundation.

Joe began his career in the title insurance industry and helped form new title insurance and escrow operations in Portland for a large national title insurance company. His early experience included a litigation practice involving business and property law, including title insurance defense.

Joe has experience with:

  • Business Law
  • Agricultural Law
  • Organizing and maintaining small business organizations, including succession planning
  • Organizing and maintaining public and quasi-public Special Districts with an agricultural purpose such as Irrigation and Drainage Districts and ORS Chapter 554 Corporations
  • Organizing and maintaining charitable and other non-profit organizations

Testimonial

"We were a 28 year client of Joseph H. Hobson and chose to stay when he joined Schwabe. Joe has always provided excellent service his joining Schwabe has given us access to other attorneys who have also given us excellent service."

-WUSATA

Bar Admissions

  • Oregon State Bar
  • Washington State Bar

Education

  • Willamette University College of Law, Juris Doctor Degree, 1975
  • Northwest Nazarene College, Bachelor of Arts degree, 1972
Areas of Practice

Acquisition and Disposition | Agency Actions and Rulemaking | Business and Corporate | Business Transitions | Corporate Formation and Governance | Environmental Compliance and Safety | Environmental Regulation and Litigation | Finance | Land Use and Entitlement | Leasing | Public Lands and Endangered Species | Real Estate | Tax | Tax and Estate Planning | Trusts and Estate Planning | Water Law

Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

  • Helped form the City of Keizer, Oregon.
  • Helped create and shared the office of first Keizer City Attorney.
  • Served as first General Counsel, Oregon Farm Bureau Federation.
  • Helped create and develop the Oregon Agricultural Education Foundation.
  • Helped create and develop the Oregon Agricultural Legal Foundation and served as its initial Director.
  • Director, National Agricultural Law Center.

Articles

During Economic Uncertainty, Agricultural Producers Should Utilize All Available Tools - Especially Agricultural Liens - to Ensure Payment for Their Products
Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, May 2020

COVID-19 has brought about new economic uncertainty that is disrupting supply chains, from farmers and ranchers to cooperatives, from processors to grocery stores, and all of the way down to consumers. Even solvent purchasers of agricultural products may begin to request extensions of payment terms from agricultural producers, impacting growers’ cash flow and balance sheets...

Additional Articles

  • CARES Act Questions for the Agricultural Industry (Updated 06/30/2020)
  • During Economic Uncertainty, Agricultural Producers Should Utilize All Available Tools—Especially Agricultural Liens—to Ensure Payment for Their Products
  • Business Organization and Succession Planning for Oregon Family Farms and Ranches
  • In the Field: The Superpower of Agricultural Liens

Seminar

  • Agricultural Law Section Meeting
  • Oregon State Bar Agricultural Law Section Annual "Round-Up" CLE Program
  • Farm Succession and Estate Planning
  • Getting Organized: Agriculture Law
  • Getting Organized – Farm and Ranch Business and Succession Planning
  • Getting Organized – Farm and Ranch Business and Succession Planning
  • Forest, Farm & Ranch Estate and Succession Planning
  • Getting Organized – Farm and Ranch Business and Succession Planning
  • Salem Agriculture Seminar
  • Getting Organized – Farm and Ranch Business and Succession Planning
  • Getting Organized – Farm and Ranch Business and Succession Planning
  • Getting Organized – Farm and Ranch Business and Succession Planning
  • Getting Organized – Farm and Ranch Business and Succession Planning
  • In the Field: Central Oregon Agriculture Seminar, Friday, Nov. 10, 2017?
  • In the Field: Central Oregon Agriculture Seminar
  • Considering Contracts: What You Need to Know Before Signing the Dotted Line