Professional Biography

Mark D. Whitlow Partner

  • Portland

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    1120 NW Couch Street, 10th Floor

    Portland, OR




Mark Whitlow is a land use attorney whose practice focuses on major port, industrial and energy facility projects. Mark's current energy facility development work includes land use permitting for a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal and related interstate gas pipeline and natural gas fired power plant on the Oregon coast.

He also has significant experience in transportation law and highway access permitting, as well as liquor licensing. Mark is also a frequent spokesperson for the shopping center industry, and has represented real estate industry viewpoints in the following legislative enactments:

  • Land Conservation & Development Commission (LCDC) (amendment to Oregon’s Transportation Planning Rule (TPR); 1995, 1998, 2005, 2011)
  • Metro (amendment to Regional Urban Growth Goals and Objectives, 1996; adoption of Urban Growth Management Function Plan, 1997)
  • Oregon Transportation Commission (OTC) (adoption of 1999 Oregon Highway Plan, and related Division 51 Highway Access Permitting Rules, 1999; related amendments 2004, 2007 and 2011)
  • SB264 in 2010, SB1024 in 2011, and SB408 in 2013, amending ORS 374.310 and ORS 374.312, regarding highway access management


Professional Recognition

  • Recognized by the International Council of Shopping Centers for outstanding leadership, and commitment and dedication to the membership of ICSC, 2016
  • Ranked by Chambers USA, as "America's Leading Real Estate Lawyers", 2010 - present
  • Peer Review Rated AV in Martindale-Hubbell
    (AV®, BV® and CV® are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies.)
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2009 - Present: Land Use & Zoning Law; Litigation - Land Use & Zoning

Professional Leadership

  • State of Oregon Access Management Oversight Task Force, Appointed by Governor Kitzhaber, 2011 - Present
  • State of Oregon Government Relations Committee, International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), Chair, 2005 - 2008; 2010 - present
  • Regulatory Permitting Advisory Committee, Governor's Economic Revitalization Team, Member, 2005 - 2006 
  • Oregon Department of Transportation, Access Management Advisory Committee, Member, 1991 - 1995
  • Oregon State Bar Association, Real Estate and Land Use Section
  • American Bar Association
  • Multnomah Bar Association 

Community Involvement

  • NW Film Center 40th Anniversary Fundraising Committee, 2011
  • City Hall Renovation Committee, 1997 - 1998
  • Portland Art Museum, Board of Trustees, 1991 - 1997
  • City of Portland, Oregon Public Buildings Corporation, Board of Directors, 1985 - 1997
  • The City Club of Portland, Research Board, 1980 - 1982

Related Employment

  • Bogle & Gates, Portland, OR,  Partner-In-Charge, Portland Office, 1991 - 1995; Partner, 1990 - 1999; Of Counsel, 1987 - 1990




Areas of Focus

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Oregon

  • U.S. Claims Court

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon


  • University of Memphis, Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, J.D., 1974
  • University of Memphis, B.S., 1971