Heather J. Oden

Heather Oden serves as Chief Operating Officer of Ball Janik LLP. Ms. Oden oversees firm operations and the day-to-day management of its offices. She is responsible for ensuring that the operations run smoothly for Ball Janik’s attorneys and staff. Ms. Oden’s leadership skills include employee engagement and accountability, finance, management, training, benefits administration, and streamlining operations to maximise efficiencies. She oversees the firm’s information technology, marketing, business development, accounting and finance, human resources, and facilities functions.

“Our employees are the foundation of our success. They are critical to delivering high-quality legal services, and ensuring that our clients’ needs are being met.”

Firm Overview:

Ball Janik LLP is defined by its people. We have a long tradition of hiring and retaining the most qualified candidates who share a passion for excellent work in service of clients. Dedicated attorneys, paralegals and staff work together to achieve the goals of our clients and the firm. We are always looking for enthusiastic, motivated, and talented individuals ready to advance our clients’ objectives and enhance our reputation as one of Oregon’s “Most Admired Professional Firms” (according to the Portland Business Journal’s survey results of CEOs throughout the region).

Joel Kaplan

Joel maintains a varied law practice that includes sophisticated real estate acquisition, joint venture and finance transactions, representation of private equity funds, corporate finance and M&A transactions and general corporate contracts and counseling.

The real estate practice focuses on complex acquisitions, joint venture and finance transactions representing owners, developers and real estate equity funds. Joel has particular expertise in the acquisition, financing, and redevelopment and sale of multi-family residential and mixed-use projects. The scope of his real estate finance practice includes joint ventures, preferred equity, mezzanine debt and other structured finance transactions. Joel has represented both sponsors and real estate funds in crafting joint venture relationships. He has also helped real estate owners and developers syndicate the ownership of their projects to investors.

Joel has substantial experience in the formation, syndication and operation of private equity funds and in structuring their investments to meet tax planning goals and regulatory requirements. His clients include funds that invest in real estate, asset-backed securities, mortgages, commodities and general securities He is among the leading practitioners in this field in the Pacific Northwest. Joel has organized and syndicated a number of captive REITs to mitigate the effects of UBTI on tax-exempt investors. This work brings him to the intersection of many areas of law: real estate, corporate, tax, ERISA and securities.


In today’s challenging business environment, one thing is certain: you need skilled legal guidance to get where you want to go. The lawyers of Oregon Law Group provide strategic, insightful legal advice and solutions for complex business transactions and problems. We add value to our clients’ businesses by helping them pursue their business goals. The extent to which we add that value is how we should be measured as lawyers and advisers.