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J. Riley Lagesen

Riley leads the firm's national restaurant industry practice group. In this capacity, he counsels many leading established and emerging brands, and celebrated culinary talent, with respect to the growth and protection of their businesses. Substantive areas of focus include general business, corporate finance, real estate, franchising, licensing, and trademarks. He frequently assists clients with navigating and understanding various transactional structures, in addition to the creation and implementation of growth strategies domestically and internationally, with a particular emphasis on development in non-traditional venues. Riley has helped many clients grow their presence in airports, hotels, resorts, casinos, university and corporate campuses, and other channels.

Prior to becoming an attorney, Riley gained several years of hands on operational experience in the restaurant industry, enabling him to guide from experience.

He is a frequently requested speaker at industry related events, and has authored many articles on industry-specific topics.

Representative clients: McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurants, California Pizza Kitchen, Kona Grill, Pinkberry, P.F. Chang’s, Panda Restaurant Group, Pasta Pomodoro, Zöes Kitchen, Top Pot Doughnuts, The Mina Group, Blue Ribbon Restaurants, The Veggie Grill, Mendocino Farms, Lemonade, Old Spaghetti Factory, Matador Restaurant Group, Baja Sharkeez, Lark Creek Restaurant Group, Southern Hospitality BBQ, Garrett Popcorn, Marmalade Cafe, Protein Bar, Concept Entertainment Group, Chefstable, Guy Fieri, Rick Bayless and Frontera Foods, Marcus Samuelsson, Kerry Simon, Aarón Sánchez, David Kinch, Andy Ricker, Jason Denton, Audrey Saunders, Ryan Magarian, Chad Solomon & Christy Pope, Eben Freeman, Jim Meehan, and Alexander Day.

Practice Highlights
  • Licensing of restaurant and retail concepts to non-traditional locations (e.g., airports and universities)
  • Structuring franchise programs of all types
  • Representing culinary and bar talent in domestic and international transactions
  • Advising buyers and sellers of restaurant chains
  • Structuring private restaurant financings

Professional & Community Activities

  • National Restaurant Association
  • Oregon Restaurant Association
  • Athletic Committee, Multnomah Athletic Club
  • International Franchise Association

Professional Recognition

  • Selected to "Oregon Rising Stars" in BusinessCorporate/Franchising, Thomson Reuters, 2009, 2013