Gordon & Rees Multi-Office Team Facilitates Sale of Commercial Landscape Company


November 2020

Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani acted as exclusive legal counsel to Crystal Greens Landscape, Inc. and its owners in its sale to Sperber Landscape Companies. The Gordon & Rees team was led by Chicago partner Jonathan Boulahanis, with assistance from senior counsel Tyler Duff, paralegal Aleksandra Rajska, and partner and chair of the Business Transactions group, Craig Heryford. Gordon & Rees was engaged in large part due to the success of the firm’s 50-state initiative, with partner Greg Lockwood having performed employment and litigation work for Crystal Greens in Portland, Oregon previously.

Headquartered in Clackamas, Oregon, Crystal Greens was founded in 1990 and has grown to include multiple facilities servicing the greater Portland, Vancouver, and Salem metropolitan areas. Crystal Greens has been recognized by Oregon Business for consecutive years as one of the top five “Best Companies to Work For” in the state.

Founder and CEO Pat Murphy will continue his leadership of the company alongside General Manager Jason Sutton and his existing management team. “This is literally a dream come true for us," Murphy said. "I have spent many hours over the years studying the Sperber Family’s business model, implementing similar best practices with our own flavor so it was an obvious choice. We are very excited to join SLC and continue to make a difference in the lives of people.”

“Pat Murphy has created an energetic and enthusiastic culture at Crystal Greens that can be felt when speaking with their employees and clients," said SLC’s Managing Partner Richard Sperber. "It’s a special company that does excellent work, and I’m honored to join forces as we move SLC forward into new areas of growth.” 

The transaction was also covered by Lawn and Landscape Magazine.