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Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt

Kirk Johansen

Kirk Johansen



  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Public Lands and Endangered Species
  • Environmental Compliance and Safety
  • Acquisition and Disposition

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Kirk Johansen devotes the majority of his law practice to clients in the forest products industry. He has extensive experience, beginning in 1975, representing owners of sawmills, veneer plants, Laminated Veneer Lumber (LVL) mills, plywood mills, and timberlands.

Kirk was raised in the coastal timber community of Coos Bay, Oregon.  He returned to Coos Bay after finishing law school and a one-year clerkship on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.  In his 12-year stint practicing law in Coos Bay, Kirk was deeply involved in the legal and business affairs of a number of closely held forest products companies in southwestern Oregon—providing the knowledge base to kick-start his long tenured practice in the forest products industry.  In 1987, Kirk moved to Portland and became a partner at Schwabe; the Schwabe platform enabled Kirk to diversify his practice both geographically and in terms of industry business lines.

Kirk worked as a timber cruiser and land surveyor in his law school years, has joined industry clients on business trips to Asia and Chile, and has practiced in the industry for nearly 41 years. He knows your industry from top to bottom.

Bar Admissions

  • Oregon State Courts
  • United States Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • United States Court of Federal Claims
  • United States District Court, District of Oregon


  • University of Oregon School of Law, Juris Doctor degree (1974)
  • University of Oregon, Bachelor of Science degree (1971)
Areas of Practice

Acquisition and Disposition | Environmental Compliance and Safety | Mergers and Acquisitions | Public Lands and Endangered Species

Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

  • Assisted clients in the acquisition and disposition of millions of acres of timberland.?
  • Assisted clients in resolving numerous disputes with federal and state agencies which sell ?timber sale contracts.?
  • Assisted clients in navigating the vagaries of the U.S. Small Business Administration set-?aside timber sale program.?
  • Assisted clients navigating the vagaries of the federal log export and substitution rules.?

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