Ross Day

Ross Day

  • Biography

    Ross Day is the founder and owner of the Day Law, P.C., a law firm he founded in January of 2011. Ross’ practice focuses on land use, real estate, business and transactional law. Ross also has significant experience in civil litigation, advising trade associations and non-profit organizations, election law, and special education law.

    Ross is licensed to practice law in both Oregon and Washington. In addition, Ross is admitted to the bar of the United States Supreme Court, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Federal District Court for the District of Oregon. Ross has approximately 50 reported cases since being admitted to practice law in 2000, including cases reported by the Oregon Supreme Court, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Oregon Court of Appeals, the Washington Court of Appeals and even the California Court of Appeals.

    Ross has authored articles ranging from the Oregon Courts’ attacks on the initiative system to the inequalities of Oregon’s land use system.

    Prior to forming the Day Law, Ross Day served as the Executive Director and General Counsel for Common Sense For Oregon, Inc., a non-profit, non-partisan organization founded by Ross. Ross served in that capacity for Common Sense For Oregon from early 2009 through December of 2010.

    Prior to joining Common Sense For Oregon, Ross Day served as the Director of Legal Affairs for Oregonians in Action, the largest private-property rights group of its kind in the nation. Ross joined Oregonians In Action in January of 2003.

    While at Oregonians In Action, Ross litigated cases ranging from property rights, defense of free speech, and numerous state and federal constitutional issues. Ross is a co-author of ballot measure 37, the landmark property rights measure passed by the voters of Oregon in 2004. In 2006, Ross is a co-chief petitioner for Ballot Measure 39, a measure that will protect property owners from eminent domain abuse. Both of these measures received over 60% of the vote.

    Immediately after graduating from law school, Ross entered private practice as an associate with O’Donnell & Clark LLP in Portland, Oregon.
    Ross is a graduate of Willamette University’s College of Law, where he earned academic honors, including Dean’s List and Moot Court Board. While working towards his law degree, Ross served as legislative assistant to State Representative Roger Beyer.

    Previously, Ross served as the legislative director for the Majority Office in the Oregon House of Representatives during the 1997 legislative session. During the 104th Congress, Ross served as legislative assistant to U.S. Congressman Jim Bunn.

    Ross has a Master of Arts degree in Political Management from The George Washington University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from Oregon State University.

  • Activities

    In addition to his professional and educational accomplishments, Ross Day participates in a number of legal-related activities.

    Ross was recently appointed to the Oregon State Advisory Committee for the United States Commission on Civil Rights.

    Prior to this most recent appointment, Ross was appointed in 2001 to the Oregon Capital Planning Commission by Governor John Kitzhaber and he was a member of Keizer’s Planning and Development Commission from 2000 through 2004.

    In addition, Ross is active in the Oregon State Bar Association, serving on the Bar’s Coalition for Court Funding as well as on the executive committee for the Bar’s Nonprofit Organization Law Section.

    Outside of the world of law, Ross is also actively involved in the Challenger Little League, a division of little league baseball that provides an opportunity for special needs kids to enjoy America’s pastime.

    Ross enjoys fishing with his kids, the occasional round of golf, and spending time with his family. Ross is also a member of St. Joseph’s Parish in Salem, Oregon.

    Ross is married to his college sweetheart Shelley, and they have two sons, Jess and Logan, a daughter, Audrey and their labradoodle Bella, who is also Jess’ service dog.


  • Administrative Law
  • Business & Commercial Law
  • Education Law
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Tax Law
  • Takings
  • Land Use & Zoning
  • Signage Disputes
  • Election Law
  • Special Education Law
  • Business Start Ups
  • Franchising


J.D., Willamette University College of Law
Graduated – May, 2000

M.A., Political Management
The George Washington University
Graduated – May, 1996

B.S., Political Science
Oregon State University
Graduated – July, 1994


  • Oregon State Bar, 2000
  • Washington State Bar, 2000


  • Oregon State Courts
  • Washington State Courts
  • Oregon Federal District Court
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States Supreme Court