P: (503) 399-1070

Alan M. Sorem’s practice encompasses all aspects of real estate law. Typical engagements involve real estate transactions, commercial loan production and review, workout and deed-in-lieu of foreclosure agreements, land use applications, title matters and appeals. Alan is licensed to practice in both Oregon and Washington.

Practice Areas


Alan assists property owners, business entities, banks, and trust companies in their real estate matters. His representation of such clients includes commercial, agricultural, and residential sale agreements, leases, options to purchase, easements, development agreements, and the drafting, recording, and assigning of restrictions, covenants, conditions and restrictions (CC&Rs), along with the accompanying bylaws and articles of incorporation.


Alan’s land use experience includes representing property owners and business interests in applications for: post acknowledgment comprehensive plan map amendments, zone changes, code amendments, subdivisions, partitions, property line adjustments, conditional use and variance applications, and post-Measure 49 developments. He regularly represents clients before local hearings officers, planning commissions, city councils, and county boards of commissioners.


Alan has extensive experience representing real estate and land use clients before the Oregon State Land Use Board of Appeals and Oregon Court of Appeals. He has represented the National Home Builders Association and Oregon Home Builders Association on brief before the Oregon Supreme Court and United States Supreme Court regarding the question of whether conditions of approval requiring off-site street improvements are an unconstitutional exaction.


Alan assists borrowers, private lenders, and sellers with the production and review of loan documents. Alan has also worked extensively with lending institutions assisting their loan officers in developing strategies for resolving non-performing loans. His prior representation of such clients includes negotiation and drafting workout, forbearance, and deed-in-lieu of foreclosure agreements.


Alan frequently represents lending institutions, private lenders, and real property transaction participants in the review of title reports, clearing of title, and processing of title claims.

Professional Activities

Alan is a member of the Executive Committee for the Real Estate and Land Use Section of the Oregon State Bar Association. He has also volunteered for the Oregon State Bar’s Legislative Land Use Committee since 2008. He is a member of the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Team for Salem Young Professionals, and the City of Salem Economic Opportunity Analysis Advisory Committee.

Bar Admissions

  • Oregon
  • Washington


Willamette University College of Law

J.D., cum laude, 2006

St. John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota

B.A., Political Science, magna cum laude, 2001

Off the Job

Alan was born and raised in St. Cloud, Minnesota. He still is a passionate follower of the Minnesota Vikings.

On the weekend, Alan spends his time with his wife and three daughters. As an active family man, you will likely find him and his family attending local events, enjoying the outdoors, or hanging out at home.