James Brewer joined our firm in 1994. Jim is a 1993 graduate of Willamette University College of Law, with a certificate in Dispute Resolution. After clerking for our firm, Jim was admitted to the Kansas Bar in 1993, and to the Oregon State Bar in 1994. He has served as Deputy City Attorney and then City Attorney for the Cities of Corvallis and Philomath for more than 20 years altogether, and the majority of his practice is representing municipal and other government clients. Jim is also City Attorney for the City of Harrisburg. On any given day, Jim may be called on by our government clients to provide advice on general governance, police, public procurement and purchasing, land use planning, real estate, construction contracts, labor/employment matters, public meetings/public records , ethics laws and administrative procedures. Jim has years of experience giving oral advice during the course of City Council, Planning Commission, and volunteer board and commission meetings.
In addition to 20 years of experience drafting and reviewing policies, ordinances and resolutions, Jim has significant and successful experience representing government clients in land use cases before LUBA and the appellate courts. Jim also represents government clients in all aspects of employment and labor contract negotiations, as well as labor grievance and arbitration hearings, and in responses to complaints filed by employees and applicants with the Bureau of Labor and Industry or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Jim advises local governments in negotiating franchise agreements for solid waste, natural gas, and cable services. Jim has successfully defended government clients in civil litigation involving the Americans with Disabilities Act, election and ballot measure complaints, and contractor selection protests. Jim is regularly consulted by our government clients on budget and finance law, and the appropriate use of system development charge generated funds, as well as the adoption of utility service charges. Jim has successfully defended local governments in land use and civil cases regarding annexation decisions and processes, and has drafted a number of delayed annexation agreements for municipal clients. Like all our lawyers, Jim has served as the prosecuting attorney in municipal courts for Corvallis and Philomath. Jim has served as a pro tem City Attorney for Albany and for Dallas. Jim is a member of the executive committee for the Oregon State Bar's Government Law Practice Section.
Jim's long-term experience also includes real estate law, business law, wills and trusts, and probate.