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Proud to be an Oregon-based firm, Tonkon Torp’s core values reflect our home state's position at the forefront of sustainability. The firm's commitment to identifying and implementing sustainable practices is long-standing, but we also recognize that this is an on-going effort.&nb...
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Providing pro bono services is an important part of life at Tonkon Torp and one of the firm's core values. In keeping with ABA standards, we encourage our lawyers to spend at least 50 hours each year on pro bono matters which are provided to persons of limited means, or to matters which are d...
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Tonkon Torp is committed to developing a workforce that is diverse and represents the perspectives and experiences of our clients and communities. We, along with our clients, recognize diversity and inclusiveness as imperative to business success. Diversity strengthens us as a firm, as it expand...
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Tonkon Torp gives lawyers the rare opportunity to practice "big firm" law in a "small firm" environment. Our staff and attorneys appreciate that we are a leading law firm in Portland, yet have the unique pleasure of working together under one roof.  CLIENT BASE. Our clien...
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Law Students "One reason I chose to summer at Tonkon was its reputation for giving assignments that are more than simple busywork. I had a great time and met all the attorneys at the summer associate events, but I was also exposed to what life would really be like as an associate." ...
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Diversity Tonkon Torp is committed to developing a workforce that is diverse and represents the perspectives and experiences of our clients and communities. Diversity has been one of our core values for a decade and we are building a diverse workforce by both evolution and design. We strive to prom...
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Training and DevelopmentMany firms say they provide new attorneys with early responsibilities and client contact. We really do. Litigation associates have tried and arbitrated cases during their first year of practice. Likewise, beginning business associates have taken the lead in various transactio...
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Pro BonoProviding pro bono services is an important part of life at Tonkon Torp. In keeping with ABA standards, we encourage our lawyers to spend at least 50 hours each year on pro bono matters. In practice, we spend many more, donating thousands of hours annually to legal and community service acti...
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At Home in PortlandMost of us are in Portland because of the rich, fulfilling life it has to offer. Every day, we feel fortunate to live in this vigorous, charming city with its lively cultural life, surrounded by high mountains, deep forests, lush farmland, and the Pacific Ocean. ...
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2012 First-Year Diversity Fellowship Program   Tonkon Torp LLP is committed to the growth of diversity in our Firm and in the local legal community. To that end, we are pleased to offer a student fellowship to a first-year law student who is a member of a racial or ethnic minority group. The...
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Summer Associate Program "Summer associates establish meaningful relationships with lawyers in a variety of practice areas and receive substantive feedback on their projects. I was particularly impressed by Tonkon's unusual practice of exposing summer associates to issues and debates within the fir...
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2L Hiring for Summer of 2015 Tonkon Torp is accepting applications for Summer Associate positions for 2015. OCI We plan to attend the following on campus interviews in the summer of 2014. Willamette University - August 21 University of Washington - August 22 Lewis &...
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There are as many career paths at Tonkon Torp as there are lawyers. Entrepreneurship and innovation are the qualities upon which our firm was founded, and which our attorneys exemplify today. At Tonkon Torp we want you to develop your career consistent with your personal goals. We understand that go...
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2014 First-Year Diversity Fellowship Program   Tonkon Torp LLP is committed to the growth of diversity in our firm and in the local legal community. To that end, we are pleased to offer a student fellowship to a first-year law student who is a person of color or who has other diverse backgrou...
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Celebration of Life Memorial Service was held Thursday April 12, 2012   First Congregational United Church of Christ 1126 SW Park Avenue Portland, Oregon   Reception followed P...
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Tonkon Torp Firm History In August 1974, Frederick H. Torp, Brian G. Booth and Kenneth D. Stephens withdrew as partners from the firm of Davies, Biggs, Strayer, Stoel and Boley (now called Stoel Rives LLP). They, along with two associates of that firm, Jon W. Nickel and Michael M. Morgan, made ...
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About Our Firm
In 1974, three of Portland's best known business lawyers, Moe Tonkon, Morris Galen and Fred Torp came together to create a new, nine lawyer firm. Today Tonkon Torp is one of the largest firms headquartered in Oregon, with over 80 lawyers dedicated to a sophisticated business practice. Though the...
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Antitrust Advice
Tonkon Torp has one of the Pacific Northwest's premier antitrust practices, advising some of the region's leading businesses in complex mergers and acquisitions, and litigating antitrust cases in the region's most important market sectors, such as forest products, agriculture, electro...
Business Law
Many of our clients see their Tonkon Torp business lawyer as an outside business partner. We've built relationships that have endured for decades, acting as an outside general counsel, strategic business advisor, and one-stop legal resource. Our 35 years of experience with clients of all...
Bankruptcy & Creditors' Rights
Tonkon Torp's bankruptcy and corporate reorganization practice is recognized nationally as strategic and results-oriented. Our flexible teams of seasoned lawyers identify and tailor solutions for debtor and creditor clients of all sizes in all types of commercial and business insolvency matte...
Labor & Employment
No matter the size or nature of a company's workforce, labor and employment issues are critically important to ongoing success. Tonkon Torp's relationship-based approach offers practical solutions to labor and employment issues for a diverse group of employers. We help our clients manage emp...
Business Immigration
Finding workers with sufficient knowledge and skill is a challenge faced by many companies. Clients turn to Tonkon Torp to help in the global recruitment of the best technical, creative and executive talent, ensuring that clients are able to transfer, hire and retain foreign workers for assignments ...
Intellectual Property
Much more than the province of dotcoms and e-businesses, intellectual property assets can underpin the success of clients in virtually any industry. Tonkon Torp attorneys are skilled in the law of trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets and patents, and enjoy helping their clients develop, protect ...
Environmental & Natural Resources Litigation
Our environmental trial lawyers handle litigation in federal and state courts in Oregon and throughout the region. We represent clients in lawsuits, high-profile administrative proceedings and private arbitrations involving breaches of representations and warranties. We handle matters i...
Civil Rights & Constitutional Law
Tonkon Torp has been involved in litigating complex civil rights and constitutional issues on behalf of business and individual clients.  Our work includes challenges to state and local regulation under the Commerce Clause; challenges to local, state and federal regulations under the Due Pro...
Financial Services Litigation
Tonkon Torp regularly litigates matters involving financial services, including broker-dealer arbitrations, investment adviser disputes and claims arising from transactions undertaken by investment funds. We have represented both financial service providers and institutional and individual customers...
Intellectual Property Litigation
When our clients' intellectual property rights have been infringed or trade secrets misappropriated, our experienced litigators can resolve the dispute through negotiation, litigation or arbitration. When fast action is needed, our attorneys can often secure quick injunctions to prevent the i...
Media Law Litigation & Advice
Tonkon Torp represents broadcasters, newspapers and publishers, as well as individual authors, on media law issues.  We have successfully litigated cases involving defamation and false advertising claims.  We regularly advise clients on media law issues, including providing pre-publicat...
Trust & Probate Litigation
Litigation can arise from all aspects of the administration of trusts and estates  Tonkon Torp's lawyers represent trusts, estates and beneficiaries of trusts and estates in litigation regarding will contests, will and trust interpretation, breaches of fiduciary duty and resolution of ...
Products Liability & Complex Torts
Tonkon Torp's Product Liability and Complex Torts group provides clients with a broad range of experience in the management and trial of product liability and complex tort cases. Our trial lawyers have litigated in state and federal courts across the country a wide variety of cases involving cat...
Real Estate Litigation
Tonkon Torp's lawyers have substantial expertise and depth in litigating real estate disputes of all kinds. We have successfully litigated numerous real estate cases in state and federal courts, as well as in arbitration proceedings. We represent clients in the wide range of disputes tha...
Taxation
Tax is more than a mid-April issue to most businesses; it is a bottom-line concern. Our tax clients include closely held businesses as well as international industry leaders. In all cases, we help our clients structure their business and transactions to minimize tax liability while ensuring compl...
Estate Planning
Tonkon Torp maintains a sophisticated estate planning practice involving all aspects of wills, trusts, probate and gift/estate tax planning, with specialization in planning for owners of closely held businesses. Our lawyers offer clients personalized attention in assisting with estate and business s...
Corporate Finance
Recognized as a regional leader in corporate finance, Tonkon Torp attorneys combine Wall Street and Silicon Valley business savvy with the personal approach of a mid-sized, Northwest-based firm. Our clients appreciate our understanding of their core business objectives and our ability to advise them...
Corporate Governance
Since well before Sarbanes-Oxley was enacted in 2002, Tonkon Torp attorneys have advised directors and officers of public companies on all types of corporate governance matters, from fiduciary obligations of directors and public disclosure obligations to internal investigations and securities litiga...
Mergers & Acquisitions
Tonkon Torp's M&A team represents public and private companies as buyers, sellers, targets and other participants in acquisitions, divestitures, spin-offs, control and proxy contests, reorganizations and joint ventures. With more than 20 attorneys in our M&A practice group, we have th...
Insurance Coverage Disputes
Tonkon Torp's insurance coverage group regularly advises clients about insurance coverage issues and routinely represents insureds in disputes with their insurers. We have expertise concerning a wide variety of insurance policies, including general liability policies, directors and officers insu...
Administrative & Regulatory Law
Whether industry-specific or transaction-related, regulatory agencies present hurdles for many of our clients. We advise clients in industries such as energy, telecommunications and financial services on regulations governing operations and finance; ownership, acquisition and disposition of assets; ...
Sustainability Law
Businesses and individuals are increasingly called upon to meet their present needs without jeopardizing the ability of future generations to meet their needs. With its headquarters in Portland, where sustainable business practices and life style choices thrive, Tonkon Torp is at the epicenter of...
Financial Services & Investment Management
Tonkon Torp is a leading provider of comprehensive legal services for institutions and professionals in the financial services industry. We focus on helping our clients arrive at the best legal and business decisions. The Financial Services & Investment Management Practice Group at Tonkon Tor...
Appeals
Tonkon Torp's appellate lawyers are skilled advocates, with a proven track record representing clients in the federal and state appellate courts. Our appellate lawyers have a broad range of subject matter expertise, in-depth knowledge of appellate court procedures, and personal experience and...
Water Law
Where does your drinking water come from? Who owns the water? What is a water right? How is it valued? How do you assure a reliable water supply for your home, development project, business, farm, municipality or utility? Who gets water during a drought? Tonkon Torp's experienced water lawyer...
Energy Law
Tonkon Torp's energy attorneys focus on providing smart business solutions to legal problems faced by renewable and traditional energy generators, manufacturers and utilities. Our experience covers many disciplines, including real estate and title, permitting, construction, tax, finance and u...
Environmental & Natural Resources
Environmental & Natural Resources Practice Tonkon Torp lawyers help clients anticipate and strategically address environmental and resource issues that can affect them. We help clients achieve their objectives while complying with complex federal, state and local environmental regulations, r...
Energy Litigation
Utility and energy clients turn to Tonkon Torp to handle their most difficult problems. We deliver the results they need. We are one of the leading law firms handling energy litigation in the region.   We have represented clients in both federal and state courts, in arbitration, at trial and ...
Information Privacy & Security
Any business that maintains, stores, or processes consumer or employee information must be attentive to data protection and privacy concerns and take measures to protect against loss or unauthorized access to sensitive information in its possession. The internet and other technological inno...
Executive Compensation & Employee Benefits
To understand and navigate the complex world of employee benefits and compensation, organizations of all sizes turn to Tonkon Torp.  Our attorneys provide counsel, design and implementation of effective programs that meet legal and IRS requirements and which reflect current best practices and t...
Contract & Commercial Disputes
Running a business effectively and economically requires reliance on others to follow through on their promises. A lender promises to make capital available so long as you meet certain terms; a vendor promises to supply quality parts on a predictable schedule; a customer promises to purchase...
Corporate & Business Owner Disputes
Tonkon Torp attorneys frequently represent owners of closely held Oregon companies in disputes over the control and management of their businesses and in disputes with co-owners or former owners concerning their obligations to each other. These disputes are often hard fought.  We have t...
Entrepreneurial Services
Tonkon Torp’s Entrepreneurial Services practice group works with start-up and fast-growing businesses to help entrepreneurs lay a financial and structural foundation for growth. The group also advises seed, angel, venture and other investment firms in all aspects of investing.   Drawing...
Benefit Company Law
Tonkon Torp’s Benefit Company practice group works with organizations that wish to formally include in their governing documents a commitment to a triple bottom line of social responsibility, economic prosperity and environmental stewardship.   Under an Oregon law that went into effect ...
Securities & SEC Enforcement
Clients turn to Tonkon Torp to handle their most difficult matters involving securities law and corporate governance.  We have successfully represented individual officers and/or directors in shareholder class actions and derivative actions, as well as in SEC and state enforcement actions.&n...
Antitrust Litigation
When our clients are facing or pursuing antitrust litigation or administrative action, we help them resolve the issue in a way that achieves their business objectives. If the situation calls for preserving supplier, dealer, customer or strategic competitor relationships, we bring our negotiating ...
Nonprofit & Tax-Exempt Entities
Tonkon Torp has a long history of helping all types of nonprofits to fulfill their missions. We represent charities (including private operating foundations, pass-through foundations, and public charities), as well as other types of tax-exempt entities (social welfare organizations, social clubs,...
Government Relations & Public Policy
Tonkon Torp’s Government Relations and Public Policy Practice Group offers clients decades of government relations experience at the local, state and federal level. With an unusually deep base of knowledge of politics, campaigns and communications we provide our clients comprehensive stra...
Accountant & Professional Liability
Tonkon Torp Attorneys have represented accountants and litigated accounting and financial issues in a wide range of matters. Our experience includes representation involving defense of securities law claims and secondary liability claims against accountants. We practice in both state and federal ...
Real Estate & Land Use
For over 35 years, Tonkon Torp's real estate attorneys have been helping landowners, developers, builders, investors, tenants and lenders solve problems and achieve their real estate objectives. We take a prudent yet practical approach to real estate matters. We realize that in real estate, time...
Construction Litigation
Tonkon Torp's construction lawyers seek pragmatic and cost-effective solutions to the many complex legal issues that can arise in construction projects. We are experienced in representing developers and property owners, homeowners associations, general and sub-contractors, and suppliers ...
Mediation & Arbitration Services
Tonkon Torp has an active mediation and arbitration practice. Our trial lawyers routinely represent clients in ADR venues, and the members of our Mediation & Arbitration group bring their expertise to bear when they serve as mediators or arbitrators. We recognize that a successful mediation r...
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Economic Development + Commerce Associated General Contractors DirecTV/DISH FedEx Corporation Oregon Economic Development Association T-Mobile, Inc.                  Health Care +...
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Manufacturing
Our manufacturing clients include makers of everything from heavy industrial equipment to silicon wafers. At every stage of development, Tonkon Torp helps guide manufacturing clients through a range of legal matters, from day-to-day operations through real estate transactions to product distribu...
Forest Products
With our roots in the Northwest, Tonkon Torp is especially experienced and skilled at representing the interests of the forest product industry. Our clients include privately held and publicly traded companies involved in timber growing and harvesting, and associated environmental compliance. As...
Telecommunications
Tonkon Torp attorneys have seen the telecommunications industry through numerous technological innovations, changes in regulatory policies, and an increasingly competitive marketplace. Representing both established and emerging telecommunications companies, from local exchange carriers to cable ...
Financial Services
Tonkon Torp is a leading provider of comprehensive legal services for institutions and professionals in the highly regulated financial services industry. We focus on helping our clients arrive at the best legal and business decisions in a highly competitive and evolving industry.   Th...
Technology
Technology companies of all shapes and sizes turn to Tonkon Torp for sophisticated counseling through all stages of growth. Our experience covers numerous industries, including analytical instruments, biotechnology, telecommunications, computers, peripherals and related materials, the Internet, ...
Energy
Energy and utility companies face an array of legal challenges in the production and delivery of energy to consumers. With regulatory agencies overseeing virtually every aspect of energy and utility business, a legal partner that understands the industry is vital.   Tonkon Torp has s...
Food & Beverage
Tonkon Torp represents bakeries, brewers, distributors, distillers, bottlers, wineries and restaurants throughout the Pacific Northwest. Because many food and beverage companies typically run land-intensive operations with a large number of employees, our clients benefit from our firm's multidis...
Construction & Development
Construction and development clients face particular legal challenges in real estate, land use and environmental matters, as well as general business and litigation issues. Tonkon Torp has the multidisciplinary expertise to partner successfully with clients in the construction and design industry...
Nonprofit
Nonprofits do more than good community work. They are a driving force in today's economy and among the largest employers. Although nonprofit objectives can vary from community activity, healthcare services, trade and consumer associations, to arts and education, many of the same legal issues app...
Professional Services
Professional services firms of all types and sizes require sophisticated legal advice on a variety of matters. Our professional services clients include accounting firms, investment advisers, broker-dealers, and advertising firms. Tonkon Torp provides the appropriate level of service and ex...
Retail
Tonkon Torp has the experience and broad expertise necessary to provide comprehensive service to clients in the retail industry. Our retail clients represent a range of businesses from small entrepreneurs to franchises and retail chains, in such areas as groceries, automotive, and clothing and a...
Sports, Media, & Entertainment
Since our earliest days, Tonkon Torp's client roster has included leaders in the sport, media and entertainment fields. We represent household names in the sporting sector and luminaries in the entertainment area. Our media clients include television, radio and publishing companies, and we are e...
Life Sciences
Tonkon Torp represents a variety of organizations in life sciences, including healthcare, biotechnology, medical devices, veterinary sciences, and research institutions. We represent public and private organizations of all sizes, as well as non-profit institutions, providing legal guidance in al...
Healthcare
Tonkon Torp provides ongoing counsel and a myriad of transactional services for health providers, hospitals and health systems throughout Oregon and the Pacific Northwest.  From regulatory compliance issues to the impacts of healthcare reform, our lawyers advise on a variety of complex matt...
Seniors Housing
Tonkon Torp represents owners, operators, managers, developers and investors in the national seniors housing market, including independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing and continuing care community facilities and properties. We handle acquisitions, sales, land use, licensing and permitti...
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David S. Aman
David maintains a business litigation and intellectual property practice. Since 2008, David has been named one of Oregon's top attorneys in the area of intellectual property law in Oregon's annual Super Lawyers publication. David is also the chair of the firm's Intellectual Property prac...
Robyn Ridler Aoyagi
Robyn is a partner in our litigation group. Her practice focuses on appellate litigation and trial court motions practice. Robyn has briefed and argued cases in the Oregon Court of Appeals, Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals, and Oregon Supreme Court, as well as the Ninth Circuit Court of Ap...
Terry W. Baker (Inactive)
Terry is a founding partner of Tonkon Torp. His practice included litigation of product liability, eminent domain, and contract cases.   Terry practiced in the state and federal courts, as well as in the United States Court of Claims and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circui...
Vicki A. Ballou
Vicki has been a lawyer since 1986 and has focused on intellectual property law since 1999. She served as Chair of the Firm's Intellectual Property Group from 2003 until 2010. She works with both technology and traditional manufacturing companies to protect intellectual property and to minimize ...
Bruce G. Berning
Bruce has thirty-three years of broad business and corporate law experience, including corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, commercial law and contracts. For several years, Bruce has served as general counsel for Banfield Pet Hospital® as it has grown from a single veterinary hospit...
Haley B. Bjerk
Haley is an Associate in Tonkon Torp's Immigration Department. She focuses her practice on employment-based immigration and counseling businesses on compliance matters relating to foreign national employees. Haley represents businesses, ranging from large global companies to start-up compan...
Owen D. Blank
Owen has an extensive range of legal experience in business, commercial, real estate, and corporate matters.   Among the clients he represents are small family-held businesses, national and international corporations, nonprofit organizations and charitable foundations. His industry experien...
Ryan M. Bledsoe
Ryan Bledsoe is an attorney in the firm's litigation department. Ryan has a wide-ranging trial practice representing individuals and companies of all sizes. Ryan's experience includes working on numerous cases in both federal and state courts involving a broad range of issues including antit...
Kristin Bremer Moore
Kristin Bremer is a partner in Tonkon Torp's Labor and Employment group. She exclusively represents employers from claims of discrimination, retaliation, wrongful discharge and other labor and employment matters. Kristin also represents and advises employers of every size, including nonprofit...
Rachel Kiyoko Atchison
An associate in the firm’s Business Department, Rachel is a 2013 graduate of Lewis & Clark Law School, where she earned a Dean’s Scholarship for academic merit and earned the Oregon State Bar Securities Section Scholarship. Rachel was voted outstanding associate editor of the Environ...
Jay Huh*
*Not currently licensed to practice in Oregon.   Jay is an associate in Tonkon Torp’s Business Department.   Prior to joining the firm, Jay practiced corporate law with Sidley Austin LLP in Palo Alto, California, providing counsel and transaction services to domestic and foreign ...
Jessica A. Morgan
Jessica is an associate in the firm’s Financial Services & Investment Management practice group. Prior to joining Tonkon Torp, Jessica served for nearly five years as Assistant General Counsel to Aequitas Capital Management, where she advised the company on investment adviser and investmen...
Robert L. Carey
Bob joined Tonkon Torp in September 2006 to chair the firm's Labor and Employment Practice Group. He represents companies, professionals, and executives in employment litigation and provides counseling on a broad range of employment related issues. He has substantial jury trial experience in ...
Paul Conable
As co-chair of the firm's Litigation Department, Paul has a wide-ranging trial practice representing both individuals and businesses in contract and investment disputes, government investigations and environmental matters.  Paul's recent and ongoing litigation matters ...
Timothy J. Conway
Tim’s practice includes Chapter 11 corporate reorganizations, workouts, debtor-creditor law and commercial litigation. He has provided a wide range of services to clients across a broad spectrum of industries. He has substantial experience representing Chapter 11 debtors-in-possession, credito...
Sherrill A. Corbett
Sherrill is chair of the firm's M&A practice group. She counsels clients on buying and selling businesses and structuring complex joint ventures. She is also a member of our firm's Corporate Finance practice group and advises clients on bank financings, private placements and p...
Jeffrey S. Cronn
Jeff's practice emphasizes mergers and acquisitions, and a range of corporate and business matters. He regularly counsels public, private, private equity and nonprofit entities with respect to mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, securities and financings, and other general corpora...
Mark L. Cushing
Mark is chair of the firm's Government Relations & Public Policy Practice Group. He is a long-time political strategist, corporate executive and former trial lawyer. Mark is based in Portland, but maintains a significant practice in Washington, DC. He conducts a bi-partisan state and federal...
Justin B. Denton
Justin practices general business and corporate law. Much of his practice focuses on counseling family-owned and other closely held businesses. He serves as the Chair of the firm's Closely Held Business practice group and is a member of the firm's Mergers & Acquisitions group. ...
Christopher D. Erickson
Chris focuses his practice on intellectual property matters. He helps companies register and protect their trademarks and service marks in the U.S. and throughout the world. Throughout the registration process, from trademark searches, filing, and through and after registration, Chris helps compa...
Michael W. Fletcher
Mike’s practice focuses on debtor/creditor law, including bankruptcy and secured transactions.    Mike's experience includes advising businesses with respect to creditor's rights issues, reorganizations and bankruptcy proceedings. In recent years Mike has assisted asset-b...
David Copley Forman
David is co-chair of our Entrepreneurial Services Group as well as a member of the Corporate Finance and Mergers & Acquisitions Practice Groups. He advises emerging, small and mid-market private companies in their general corporate, financing and transactional matters. Also, he has extensive ...
David A. Rabbino
David is a member of the firm’s Environmental & Natural Resources Practice Group. With more than 20 years of experience in environmental law and environmental litigation, he has been chosen by his peers six times as a Super Lawyer in environmental litigation, David represents both plaintif...
Morris J. Galen
A founding partner of Tonkon Torp, Morris is recognized as one of Oregon’s leading attorneys in real estate law by The Best Lawyers in America®.   His legal practice has focused on counseling closely held businesses in their wide ranging legal and financial problems. Morris...
Ronald L. Greenman
Ron’s business law practice emphasizes securities, finance and corporate acquisitions, and counseling companies through the stages of growth. He has been actively involved in venture capital financings, representing both venture investors and growth-stage companies, and later-stage financings ...
Gwendolyn Griffith
Gwen's tax practice includes advice to individuals, businesses, nonprofit entities and local governments on federal and state tax issues. She is experienced in corporate, partnership and individual taxation matters, as well as the income tax and transfer tax issues of trusts and estates. Part of...
Drew Hagedorn
Drew Hagedorn is a partner at Tonkon Torp, and chairs Tonkon Torp's state Government Relations and Public Policy Practice Group.   Drew is a long-time public affairs professional offering comprehensive government affairs services for Tonkon Torp's clients at the sta...
Caroline Harris Crowne
In her ten years at Tonkon Torp, Caroline has taken more than a dozen cases to trial and has resolved many more through motions and settlement. Ever since her high school years, when she was tapped to teach calculus to her peers, Caroline has excelled at presenting complex concepts in a way tha...
Lynda J. Hartzell
Lynda Hartzell is a partner at Tonkon Torp LLP and is a senior member of its labor and employment group.   Throughout her legal career, Lynda has focused her practice on representing employers and management in all areas of employment law. She develops relationships and understands her clien...
James K. Hein
James's business and corporate law practice involves counseling clients through all stages of growth, with an emphasis on mergers, acquisitions, and sales of businesses. His experience includes entity formation and structure, corporate finance, commercial law, securities, and contracts.   ...
Theodore (Ted) G. Herzog
Ted is the chair of Tonkon Torp's Real Estate Practice Group. His practice focuses on real estate acquisitions, sales, leasing, financing and development, particularly in the seniors housing market. Additionally, he counsels on general business matters and negotiates and drafts a wide va...
Jeffrey H. Keeney
Jeff‘s real estate practice includes acquisitions and sales, financing, commercial leasing, and land use permitting. He represents local, regional and national property owners and developers in a wide range of transactional matters and assists clients in land use proceedings before local ...
Albert N. Kennedy
Al’s practice focuses on complex corporate reorganizations and restructuring. He has expertise in all areas of commercial, bankruptcy and creditors’ rights law. He has represented creditors (including a variety of financial institutions) and debtors in bankruptcy proceedings, commerci...
Blerina Kotori
Blerina Kotori’s practice focuses on labor and employment law. She advises and represents employers in various matters, including discrimination, retaliation, FMLA/OFLA and other leave laws, wage and hour, sexual harassment, non-competition, disability, and employment benefits. Blerina further...
Mark F. LeRoux
Mark's practice emphasizes federal, state and local taxation and the relationship and impact those areas of taxation have on both business transactions and personal investments. He also engages in a general business practice, with a particular emphasis on partnerships and limited liability compa...
Jackson Lewis
As the head of the firm's estate planning practice group, Jackson advises high-net worth clients on estate planning, estate administration and probate litigation. His practice includes counseling closely-held businesses on estate and succession planning.   Nonprofit organizations a...
Barbee B. Lyon (Inactive)
Barbee has been an appellate lawyer for over thirty years. He has an outstanding reputation and record as an appellate lawyer in Oregon. He has prosecuted or defended appeals involving antitrust law, patents, federal energy regulation, corporate law, contracts and many other subjects. Some o...
Don H. Marmaduke
Don co-founded the firm in 1974. He is an active senior trial partner who specializes in cases before state and federal courts in Oregon and elsewhere. His trial experience, more than 250 cases tried mostly to juries, includes a full range of civil cases. He is a Fellow of the American College of...
William (Rick) F. Martson Jr.
Rick has a broad range of commercial litigation experience, including securities, shareholders rights, defense of accountants, natural resources-based and environmental litigation. He has tried over 200 cases and more than 75 injunctive proceedings to conclusion. Examples of some of the case...
Michael J. Millender
Michael practices in the areas of tax and employee benefits. His tax practice focuses on the federal, state and local taxation of businesses, with an emphasis on the structuring of business transactions and the taxation of corporations, partnerships and LLCs. In the benefits area, Michae...
Max M. Miller Jr.
Max is chair of the firm's Environmental and Natural Resources Practice Group.   His experience includes both transactional counsel and litigation representation. Using his extensive knowledge in environmental, natural resources, energy and land-use law, he helps businesses resolve disp...
Michael M. Morgan
Mike is the managing partner of the firm and a senior partner in the firm's Energy and Regulated Industries Practice Group. He represents traditional and alternative energy companies and appears before the Oregon Public Utility Commission, the Washington Utilities and Transportation Comm...
Janet Neuman
Jan is Senior Counsel with Tonkon Torp’s Water Law and Environmental & Natural Resources Practice Groups. She represents clients in a variety of water and natural-resource-related matters, including obtaining, transferring, and protecting water rights; addressing water conservation, distri...
Darcy M. Norville
In her business and corporate law practice, Darcy emphasizes executive compensation, ERISA, and employee benefits counsel. She is a partner in our Business Department and a member of our Managing Board.  Darcy has extensive experience in a wide range of employee benefit plans and execut...
Ingolf Noto
Ingolf became a partner with the firm in 1985. His practice emphasizes federal, state and international taxation. A considerable amount of his practice is in the area of corporate mergers, acquisitions and reorganizations. Ingolf has extensive experience in representing clients involved in controver...
Steven D. Olson
As Co-Chair of the firm's Litigation Department, Steve has a broad range of commercial litigation experience. He represents companies, shareholders, and business professionals in cases of contracts, business torts, shareholders disputes, unlawful trade practices, environmental matters, inju...
Turid L. Owren
Turid has practiced immigration law since 1988. She heads the firm's Immigration Practice Group, advising clients on employment-related immigration and naturalization. Her client base includes both domestic and international companies, as well as individuals. Turid currently serves ...
Rocky Dallum*
*Not currently licensed to practice in Oregon.   Rocky is an associate in the firm’s Government Relations & Public Policy practice group. He has served as a legislative director, campaign manager, and outreach director for organizations in Oregon and Idaho, and has advocated fo...
Christopher J. Pallanch
Chris' practice focuses on resolving complex business disputes, whether through trial, arbitration, mediation, or settlement. He represents both plaintiffs and defendants in a variety of matters in federal and state court, including contract claims, financing arrangements, and business torts.&nb...
Thomas P. Palmer
Tom serves as Chair of the firm's Corporate Finance Practice Group. His practice emphasizes securities and general corporate matters, including mergers and acquisitions, public offerings and private placements. General corporate counseling—including representation of special committees of ...
Alan C. Perkins
Alan is a member of the firm's immigration department and focuses his practice on employment-based immigration and counseling on employment law matters relating to foreign nationals. He represents clients before the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services and U.S. Customs and Border P...
Edwin (Ned) C. Perry
Ned has practiced law with Tonkon Torp since 1984, and has been a partner since 1991.  He has a commercial litigation practice, with emphasis on complex real property, contract, and construction disputes.  He recently concluded a five-year term as chair of Tonkon Torp's Litigation Depa...
Tatiana A. Perry
Tatiana’s practice emphasizes securities and corporate law and mergers and acquisitions of private and public companies. A portion of her practice focuses on representing financial institutions, money managers and investment funds.   Tatiana's representative transactions include: ...
David J. Petersen
David focuses his practice on renewable energy, land use and development, and local government law, and chairs the firm's Energy Practice Group. He has significant experience resolving complex real estate, title, regulatory, financing and permitting matters on utility scale wind and solar energy...
Shouka D. Rezvani
Shouka is a member of the firm's estate planning practice group. Her practice includes estate planning, through the drafting and implementation of trusts and wills, and administration of both probate and non-probate estates. She also specializes in the preparation of specialty trusts including l...
John H. Rosenfeld
John is a member of the firm's estate planning and probate practice that involves all aspects of gift, estate and generation-skipping transfer taxes. His practice includes the preparation and implementation of wills and all types of specialty trusts, including revocable living trusts, qu...
Kurt W. Ruttum
Kurt's practice emphasizes mergers and acquisitions, private equity, public and private securities offerings and general corporate counseling. He is a member of the firm's Managing Board.   Kurt has extensive experience representing companies, underwriters, borrowers, lenders, inves...
Andrea Schmidt
As a member of the firm's Business Department, Andrea's practice emphasizes securities, corporate governance, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, and general corporate matters. She has experience in SEC reporting and disclosure matters, initial public offerings, advising on sta...
Ava L. Schoen
Ava's practice includes Chapter 11 corporate reorganizations, debtor-creditor law and commercial litigation. She was named as an Oregon "Rising Star" in Super Lawyers 2009. Prior to joining the firm, Ava worked as a litigation associate in the New York office of Salans, a P...
Jeanette C. Schuster
As a member of the firm's Environmental and Natural Resources practice group, Jeanette assists clients with environmental and renewable energy projects, as well as with their general business needs. Her clients encompass a broad range of industries with diverse objectives and needs, including sm...
Scott G. Seidman
Scott handles business disputes for clients at trial and on appeal. His areas of expertise include antitrust, labor and employment, energy, and tax law disputes. He also counsels businesses in labor and employment and antitrust compliance.   Clients rely on Scott to prosecute or defend crit...
Leon Simson
A member of the firm's Corporate Finance Practice Group and the Mergers & Acquisitions Group, Leon is an experienced corporate and business restructuring attorney. He represents corporate clients in a wide range of business matters, including finance, license agreements, customer and supplie...
Daniel H. Skerritt
Widely recognized for trial excellence during his past 35 years of practice, Dan represents both plaintiffs and defendants in their complex commercial litigation and disputes. He was the 2010-2012 State Chair of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He is a fellow and past state chair ...
Anna Sortun
Anna is a partner in the firm's litigation department. She focuses her practice on business litigation in the federal and state courts, as well as in alternative dispute venues. While much of her practice is devoted to helping her clients identify efficient resolutions to disputes, Anna is an ex...
George C. Spencer
George represents individuals and businesses on a wide range of issues in their personal, commercial and corporate activities. George’s practice background involves manufacturing, forest products, private investment, corporate governance, automobile dealerships, wealth planning and nonprofits....
Kimberlee A. Stafford
Kimberlee, a member of the Real Estate and Land Use, Environmental and Natural Resources, and Energy Practice Groups, emphasizes a wide range of commercial real estate transactions in her practice.   Kimberlee manages transactions involving purchases and sales, leases, and financing in ener...
Kenneth D. Stephens (Retired)
Ken is a founding partner of Tonkon Torp. His practice emphasizes corporate and securities matters, including the financial services industry. He has extensive experience in corporate financings, and in the secondary securities markets. Recent engagements include mergers and acquisitions, corporate ...
Jon P. Stride
Jon specializes in resolving disputes for businesses and individuals. The disputes generally involve commercial matters. However, for many clients, the disputes involve intellectual property such as patent rights, trademarks, trade secrets and copyrights. His practice takes him into state and federa...
Joseph S. Voboril
Joe is a veteran attorney with extensive experience in the area of complex commercial real estate transactions and land use. He is licensed to practice in both Oregon and Washington. He has been recognized as a leading real estate lawyer in The Best Lawyers in America® since 1995, in Ore...
David M. Weiler
David represents businesses and individuals in general commercial litigation cases and in intellectual property matters. He has tried several cases involving corporate fiduciary duties and contractual disputes. David has experience litigating intellectual property disputes involving trade secre...
Frank J. Weiss
Frank's practice emphasizes complex commercial litigation, including insurance coverage and product liability matters. His experience includes trial work in federal and state courts, as well as in private arbitration and mediation. His clients include regional and national entities involved in d...
Steven M. Wilker
Steven counsels clients in complex commercial litigation, intellectual property, media communications and technology, energy, corporate governance, real estate and finance issues. He represents clients in their local, regional and national disputes and matters.   An AV-rated litigator, Steven...
Jeffrey W. Woodcox
Jeff focuses his practice on mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, securities regulation, and corporate governance. He has experience advising clients on acquiring and disposing of businesses and assets, securities compliance, and raising capital through private placements of equity and ...
Zachary W.L. Wright
Zach's practice is in complex business and securities litigation. He has also focused on regulatory litigation, insurance coverage litigation and the protection of rights in intellectual property.   Zach's litigation successes include several matters for a major athletic...
Elizabeth (Bettie) R. Newell
Bettie has been a member of the firm’s Business Department since 2006, counseling clients from creative solo entrepreneurs to publicly traded corporations on issues involving corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, and general business matters.  She has experience in business formati...
Eric C. Beach
As a member of the firm's litigation and intellectual property groups, Eric's practice focuses on resolving complex business disputes. Eric represents plaintiffs and defendants in various matters in federal and state court, including trademark, copyright, and patent disputes.   Eric j...
Marco Materazzi
Marco is a general business lawyer with a practice focused on mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and a range of other business matters. He has significant experience advising clients with respect to corporate governance, intellectual property protection, regulatory compliance, entity struct...
Kwang-yi Ger Gale*
*Not currently licensed to practice in Oregon. Kwang-yi is a lawyer in the firm’s Business Immigration practice group. She represents clients in a variety of complex visa, permanent residence, and citizenship matters, as well as in appearances before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service...
Clay D. Creps
Clay’s 25-year career in labor and employment law has focused on providing counsel and litigation services to employers. He has extensive experience litigating employment-related claims in federal and state courts, particularly representing employers in Americans with Disabilities Act litig...
Krista N. Hardwick
In her labor and employment practice, Krista represents and advises employers on a wide range of issues including defending them against claims of harassment, discrimination, retaliation, wrongful discharge, breach of contract, and unpaid minimum wage and overtime issues.  Krista has significan...
Colin Love-Geiger
Colin is an attorney in the firm's Labor & Employment group. His practice focuses on defending employers in lawsuits filed by current or former employees. He also provides advice on how employers can navigate difficult employee situations without losing sight of business objectives. Addition...
Duncan B. Delano
Duncan is a member of the Corporate, Real Estate, and Environmental and Natural Resources Practice Groups.    Duncan's corporate practice focuses on issues involving mergers and acquisitions, entity formation, corporate governance, and general business matters. Duncan's rea...
Molly K. Honoré
Molly is an associate in the firm’s Litigation Department. She earned her J.D. with a certificate in business law from Lewis & Clark Law School, where she was an articles editor of the Lewis and Clark Law Review and was awarded the John and Susan Bates Scholarship for Business La...
Claire E. Brown
An associate in the firm’s Business Department, Claire is a graduate of Vanderbilt University Law School, where she was a Dean’s Scholar and an officer in the International Law Society, the Legal Aid Society, and the JD/MBA Society. While studying finance in business school, she was acti...
Matthew L. Joseph
Matthew is an associate in the Business Department.  Prior to joining the firm in 2012, he was a Tonkon Torp summer associate for two consecutive summers and was selected to be a Keller Law and Entrepreneurship Scholar by the business law faculty at Lewis & Clark.  Prior to starting la...
Melany I. Savitt
Melany is the newest member of the firm’s Immigration Practice Group. She represents clients from a variety of industries, guiding employers and foreign nationals through the maze of U.S. immigration laws. Melany handles a wide range of nonimmigrant work visas including specialty occupation ca...
Corbett Gordon
Corbett joined the Labor & Employment group at Tonkon Torp in 2013 after 11 years as a founder and senior counsel in the Portland office of Fisher & Phillips. Prior to that, she was a senior partner in her own firm for seven years. Corbett has over three decades of experience representing pu...
Jeff Bradford
Jeff is an associate in the firm’s Litigation Department. A 2013 graduate of University of Michigan Law School, he was president of Wolverine Street Law, executive chair of Future Advocates in Training, and a student attorney in the Michigan Clinical Law Program. Jeff also was a contributing e...
News
Tonkon Torp’s Business Department Welcomes New Associate
Jay Huh has joined Tonkon Torp as an associate in the firm’s Business Department.   Huh most recently practiced corporate law with Sidley Austin LLP in Palo Alto, California, where he provided counsel and transaction services to domestic and foreign technology-related and life sciences ...
Tonkon Torp Government Relations Practice Adds Lawyer
Rocky Dallum has joined the highly regarded Government Relations and Public Policy practice group at Tonkon Torp.   Dallum, who previously worked in Oregon politics, returns to his roots with a business law degree and nearly five years of experience as in-house counsel at a large, public manu...
Turid Owren Speaks on Panel at Annual Immigration Conference
Turid Owren, who leads Tonkon Torp’s Business Immigration Practice Group, was a panel participant at the annual conference of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) in Boston last month. Three speakers addressed the topic of "Top Mistakes in Employment-Based Practice." &...
2014 Super Lawyers Honors 23 Tonkon Torp Attorneys
Twenty-three Tonkon Torp attorneys in 11 practice areas have been named to the national 2014 Super Lawyers or Rising Stars lists.   While most of the attorneys have earned Super Lawyer designation previously, a new addition to the Super Lawyers list this year is litigator Paul Conable.  ...
Max Miller Named Vice Chair of RACC Executive Committee
Tonkon Torp environmental lawyer Max M. Miller, Jr. has been elected Vice Chair of the Regional Arts & Culture Council's (RACC) Executive Committee for the 2014-2015 term. Max has been a member of the RACC board of directors since 2009 and has been a member of the Executive Committee since 2...
Al Kennedy Discusses Archdiocese Bankruptcy Case Issues
Tonkon Torp bankruptcy attorney Albert Kennedy was a panelist at a recent presentation on the precedent-setting Portland Archdiocese bankruptcy cases that were adjudicated in 2007. The event was hosted by the U.S. District Court of Oregon Historical Society.   Kennedy was joined on the panel ...
Tonkon Torp’s Jeff Bradford Joins Federal Bar Association Board
Tonkon Torp attorney Jeff Bradford has been appointed to the board of directors of the Federal Bar Association (FBA), Oregon Chapter. Bradford is an associate in the firm’s Litigation Department. He focuses his practice on breach of contract actions and business ownership disputes. Bradford re...
Colin Love-Geiger Offers Tips for Using Technology in Court
Colin Love-Geiger gave a presentation on the use of technology in the courtroom at the annual convention of the Oregon Association of Defense Counsel on June 20, 2014. The hands-on session provided information and an opportunity for litigators to become more skilled at using technology to communicat...
Tonkon Torp Hosts “Show Me the Money” Primers for Entrepreneurs
Tonkon Torp’s Entrepreneurial Services practice group recently hosted the final program in its “Show Me the Money” series, designed to help start-up companies understand funding issues in connection with the launch and growth of their businesses.   The event, held at the fir...
Neuman Discusses Wells with Portland Realtors
Jan Neuman spoke to realtors in Oregon City and East Multnomah County about water wells at Stewart Title educational sessions held on June 3 and June 24. Jan provided an overview and covered common questions about domestic wells on rural and suburban property.   Jan is Senior Counsel with Ton...
Steven Wilker Discusses No-Fly Ruling on Local News
Tonkon Torp litigation attorney Steven Wilker was interviewed on KGW and KOIN about yesterday's ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Anna Brown ordering the government to change their rules and procedures regarding the no-fly list. Steven appeared in his capacity as an ACLU of Oregon attorne...
Denton Provides Perspective to Auto Dealers on Buy-Sell Issues
Tonkon Torp co-sponsored the 2014 Northwest Dealership Seminar held on June 18 in Lake Oswego, OR. At the event, Justin Denton participated on a panel along with three other industry experts to discuss pressing Buy-Sell developments. Justin offered a legal perspective into current trends in buyin...
Petersen and Delano Discuss PURPA with Oregon’s Solar Industry
Tonkon Torp sponsored the Solar Oregon Solar Now! University on June 13 in Hillsboro, OR. During the event, David Petersen and Duncan Delano gave a presentation on “Requiring Utilities to Buy Solar Power under PURPA.” David and Duncan have represented several developers in the success...
Corbett & Wilker Deliver Primer on Data Security and Breach Response
Sherrill Corbett and Steven Wilker presented a June 12 Continuing Legal Education seminar on the hot topic of data security and breach response for members of the Oregon Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel. The event was held at the Nike campus in Beaverton.   Sherrill and Steven ...
David Forman Moderates Panel on Making the Most of Investing Situations
Tonkon Torp’s Entrepreneurial Services group was a program sponsor for the Angel Capital Association’s Northwest Regional Meeting held in Portland on June 4. The event featured interactive discussions by investors, for investors. David Forman moderated a panel discussion during which sea...
Creps Explains Ins and Outs of Portland Sick Leave Policy
Labor and employment lawyer Clay Creps was a faculty speaker at a June 4 webcast to employers on Portland’s “Protected Sick Time" Ordinance, which went into effect on January 1, 2014. Clay provided an overview of the ordinance, how it affects Portland employers and what they need to...
Seven Tonkon Torp Practices Recognized in 2014 by Chambers USA
Seven Tonkon Torp practice groups have earned recognition in the newly released 2014 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. The annual ranking acknowledged the following practices: Corporate/M&A, Environmental & Natural Resources, Intellectual Proper...
Tonkon Torp Sponsors BTA Alice Awards
On May 31, Tonkon Torp sponsored a table at the Bicycle Transportation Alliance's (BTA) 2014 Alice Awards. The BTA is a nonprofit membership organization working to promote bicycling and improve bicycling conditions in Oregon. Since 1990, the BTA has worked in partnership with citizens, business...
Wilker Shares U.S. Supreme Court Argument at American Constitution Society Event
Litigator Steven Wilker was guest speaker at a May 20 luncheon hosted by the Oregon Chapter of the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (ACS) in Portland. Wilker described his appearance before the U.S. Supreme Court earlier this spring, when he argued in favor of the plaintiffs in Wood ...
Drea Schmidt and Claire Brown Talk Law Careers with PSU Students
On May 28, Drea Schmidt and Claire Brown spoke about careers in business law to a group of undergraduate accounting majors at Portland State University. The students were all members of the Beta Alpha Psi accounting honors society. ...
Tonkon Torp Tax Group Holds Breakfast Briefing
Tonkon Torp's Tax practice group held a breakfast briefing presentation for local CPAs, clients, and contacts on the subject of "Choice of Entity in Oregon." Mark LeRoux and Michael Millender presented at the May 28 seminar, which gave guidance on navigating the conflicting tax incenti...
Tonkon Torp Presents Annual Employment Law Seminar
Lawyers in Tonkon Torp’s Labor & Employment Practice Group hosted 200 human resource professionals and other business leaders at the firm’s annual employment law seminar on May 15 at the Oregon Zoo.    The event featured presentations on employment issues related to relig...
Marmaduke Discusses Impact of Landmark Civil Rights Decision
Tonkon Torp founding partner, Don Marmaduke, participated in a special Oregon State Bar seminar marking the 60th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark civil rights decision, Brown v. Board of Education Topeka.   The May 16 event included the screening of a movie about the lif...
Tonkon Torp Sponsors Multnomah CourtCare
Tonkon Torp was a sponsor of the 11th Annual CourtCare Campaign which ran through May 23. Volunteers of America Oregon operates CourtCare in a converted jury room in the downtown Multnomah County Courthouse, and in the new East Multnomah County Courthouse. CourtCare provides free childcare services ...
Tonkon Torp Sponsors FBA Dinner
Tonkon Torp was a table sponsor at the Federal Bar Association's annual dinner on May 22. Chris Pallanch is on the board of directors for the FBA's Oregon Chapter and played a key role in planning and promoting this year's dinner. Chris also organized Tonkon's sponsorship and attenda...
Second “Show Me the Money” Event Attracts Entrepreneurs
Tonkon Torp’s Entrepreneurial Services practice group hosted the second of three programs designed to help start-up companies understand funding issues in connection with the launch and growth of their businesses.    The program featured a panel of successful entrepreneurs who navi...
Rabbino Lends Expertise to Discussions at Oregon Brownfields Conference
David Rabbino joined other professionals in the environmental arena at the 2014 Oregon Brownfields Conference in Salem, Oregon on May 13 and 14. Rabbino moderated a panel discussion on the unique financing challenges for redevelopment of brownfield sites compared to other properties. He also partici...
Tonkon Torp Immigration Practice Adds Lawyer
Kwang-yi Ger Gale has joined the Business Immigration practice group at Tonkon Torp LLP.   Ger Gale comes to Tonkon Torp with more than a decade of experience practicing immigration law for firms in Southern California and Seattle, Washington. She handles complex immigration matters on behalf...
Tonkon Torp Sponsors "Celebrate Trade" Event
Tonkon Torp was a table sponsor at the Celebrate Trade Oregon International Business Awards and Consular Corp Scholarship Gala on May 19. The proceeds from gala sponsorships will be used to fund the Oregon Consular Corps International Relations Scholarships. Members of the Oregon Consular Corps are ...
Tonkon Torp Hosts OADC Seminar
Tonkon Torp hosted the Oregon Association of Defense Counsel (OADC) for an educational seminar on May 16. Jon Stride brought the event to Tonkon Torp and is a member of the OADC board of directors. ...
Rick Martson Participates in Pro Bono Panel
Rick Martson was a panelist at the seminar "Pathways to Justice: Federal Pro Bono Panel Helps Meet Legal Needs," held May 16 in Eugene. The CLE program was sponsored by the U.S. District Court and University of Oregon School of law and put together by the Oregon State Bar's Diversity S...
Tonkon Torp Hosts Washington State University Meeting
On May 17, Tonkon Torp hosted Washington State University for a meeting of their Honors College Advisory Board. Ted Herzog, a WSU graduate and a member of the WSU Foundation Board of Trustees, was the attorney in charge of this event. ...
Bob Carey Presents on Background Investigations at OSCPA Conference
On May 9, Bob Carey presented at the 2014 Oregon Society of Certified Public Accountants (OSCPA) Construction Industry Conference. Bob's topic was "Background Investigations and Social Media in the Workplace." The presentation provided an overview of the various laws related to employe...
Tonkon Torp Sponsors "Celebrate Hope" Gala
Tonkon Torp was a sponsor at the May 9 "Celebrate Hope" Gala hosted by Parkinson's Resources of Oregon (PRO). PRO is a nonprofit focusing on improving the quality of life in the Parkinson's community, through peer support and empowerment through information. Vicki Ballou, a member ...
Tonkon Torp Hosts Le Monde Iron Chef Event
Tonkon Torp hosted the Le Monde French Immersion Public Charter School for their annual Iron Chef fundraiser on May 10. Shouka Rezvani is on the Le Monde board of directors and brought the event to Tonkon Torp. ...
Cronn Adds M&A Lawyer’s Perspective to Seminar on Business Transitions
Jeff Cronn was a panelist at a May 7 seminar on business transition planning, hosted by Key Bank. Cronn discussed legal issues that should be considered in the pre-deal stage in order to enhance and preserve the value of a business to be sold. These issues include preparing for a potential buyer'...
Materazzi Gives Tips for Smooth Transition in Buying or Selling a Business
Marco Materazzi was an instructor at an April 28 continuing legal education course on buying and selling small to mid-size businesses. He spoke about the critical considerations that help to create smooth transitions, including assembling a professional advisory team, preparing for and performing le...
Tonkon Torp Donates to PNCA
Tonkon Torp made a donation to the Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA), to help fund and sponsor their MFA thesis exhibitions. Mark Cushing, a member of the PNCA board of directors, organized the sponsorship....
Stafford Appointed to County Sustainability Advisory Committee
Tonkon Torp attorney Kimberlee A. Stafford has been appointed to serve a two-year term on Multnomah County’s Advisory Committee on Sustainability & Innovation (ACSI).   Stafford is a member of Tonkon Torp’s Real Estate & Land Use practice group as well as the Energy and En...
Tonkon Torp Sponsors Portland Startup Weekend
Tonkon Torp's Entrepreneurial Services practice group sponsored the Portland Startup Weekend which ran from April 25 through April 27. The Portland Startup Weekend brings together people with different skill sets - primarily software developers, graphics designers and business people - to build ...
Tonkon Torp Practice Group Supports Businesses Seeking Benefit Company Status
Tonkon Torp business lawyers have formed a practice group specializing in helping Oregon business owners obtain formal registration as a Benefit Company. The registration reflects a company’s commitment to a triple bottom line of social responsibility, economic prosperity and environmental ste...
Molly Honoré Participates in MBA Professionalism Panel
On April 24, Molly Honoré took part in a CLE panel on "Mentor-Mentee Professionalism and Ethics." The panel was held at the Multnomah County Courthouse and sponsored by the MBA Professionalism Committee and the Oregon New Lawyers Division. Among Molly's panelists were Judge...
Tonkon Torp Sponsors, Leon Simson Speaks at NW Bankruptcy Institute
Tonkon Torp was a "Reception Sponsor" at the Northwest Bankruptcy Institute on April 25 in Seattle, Washington. The annual Institute was sponsored by the Oregon and Washington State Bar. Leon Simson appeared at the institute as part of a panel on "Hot Topics in 363 Sales," and se...
Delano Encourages Solar Energy Developers and Users to Know Their Rights
Duncan Delano was a speaker at this week’s Solar Drinks event hosted by Solar Oregon at the Tonkon Torp offices. Duncan spoke on Oregon energy policies and laws that encourage development of sustainable energy resources, including solar. He explained the state laws that eliminate prohibitions ...
Tonkon Torp Sponsors PSU HRMA Event
Tonkon Torp's Labor & Employment practice group sponsored the annual fundraiser event held by the Portland State University Human Resources Management Association (PSU HRMA) on April 24. Corbett Gordon attended the event and also organized the sponsorship. Corbett is on the board of Portland...
Tonkon Torp Sponsors PSU Real Estate Conference
Tonkon Torp was a sponsor at the 9th Annual Real Estate Conference hosted by Portland State University on April 23. Ted Herzog was the organizing attorney for this event.   ...
Tonkon Torp Sponsors Classroom Law Project Dinner
Tonkon Torp was a sponsor at the April 23 Annual Legal Citizen of the Year Dinner, hosted by the Classroom Law Project (CLP). Paul Conable, a CLP board member, organized Tonkon's sponsorship and attendance at the event. CLP was founded in 1983 and works to prepare youth to become active, engaged...
Navigating the Rules of Serving on Nonprofit Organization Boards
Shouka Rezvani, who chairs Tonkon Torp’s Nonprofit & Tax Exempt Entities practice group, was joined by two other Portland lawyers in a recent presentation on the rules and potential traps related to serving on nonprofit boards. The April 8, 2014 seminar was hosted by the Multnomah Bar Asso...
Tonkon Torp Hosts, Sponsors Breakfast of Champions
On April 18, Tonkon Torp hosted the Partners in Diversity for their Breakfast of Champions. Tonkon's Diversity Task Force helped to sponsor the event. The mission of Partners in Diversity is to partner with Oregon and southwest Washington member employers to attract and retain professionals of c...
David Weiler and Justin Denton Speak at JRCLS Panel
David Weiler moderated a panel of four attorneys at the April 17 spring luncheon meeting of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society (JRCLS). David is a member of the JRCLS Portland Chapter board of directors. The panel, which featured Justin Denton, discussed giving back to the community and finding balance...
Tonkon Torp Sponsors Susan G. Komen Luncheon
On April 17, Tonkon Torp sponsored a table at the Susan G. Komen 8th Annual Lunch for the Cure. Jessica Morgan and Tatiana Perry organized the sponsorship and Tonkon's attendance at the event. The lunch was a sold-out, record-breaking event, exceeding the fundraising goal and garnering more than...
Tonkon Torp Sponsors Basic Rights Oregon Luncheon
Tonkon Torp's Diversity Task Force was a sponsor at Basic Rights Oregon's second annual Oregonians Against Discrimination Business Leaders Luncheon on April 17. A record crowd of over 550 business and community leaders attended the lunch. Kimberlee Stafford organized the firm's participa...
Palmer Discusses M&A Trends
Tom Palmer was one of three corporate finance attorneys from around the country invited to participate on a panel discussion of recent merger and acquisition trends.   Palmer chairs Tonkon Torp’s Corporate Finance practice group and is also a member of the Entrepreneurial Services pract...
Tonkon Torp Sponsors OEN's Angel Oregon Spring Showcase
Tonkon Torp was a sponsor at Oregon Entrepreneurs Network's (OEN) Angel Oregon Spring Showcase on April 16. The showcase featured the three finalists from the Angel Oregon Investment Program and introduced attendees to Oregon's "most exciting" early-stage companies-from consumer go...
Tonkon Torp Sponsors Photolucida Show
Tonkon Torp sponsored Photolucida's "Then. Now. Here" slideshow and fundraiser on April 16. Anna Sortun coordinated the sponsorship and is on the Photolucida board of directors. Photolucida is a nonprofit dedicated to expanding, inspiring, educating, and connecting the photography comm...
Tonkon Torp Hosts WSU Foundation
On April 16, Tonkon Torp hosted the Washington State University Foundation for their campaign reception with President's Associates, Legacy Associates, and donors. Ted Herzog, a WSU alum and WSU Foundation board member, led Tonkon Torp's participation with the event. ...
Corbett Gordon Presents to PSU Students
Corbett Gordon gave a Q&A on April 15 to the Human Resource Capstone Seminar class for senior level human resource students at Portland State University. The Q&A was an open discussion about life in human resources and how to appropriately manage HR issues with employees....
Tonkon Torp Offers “Show Me the Money” Series for New Business Founders
Tonkon Torp’s Entrepreneurial Services Practice Group is hosting a three-part series of programs designed to help start-up companies understand funding issues in connection with the launch and growth of their businesses. The programs are open to the public at no charge, but do require advance ...
Tonkon Torp Sponsors PICA Benefit Gala
Tonkon Torp was a sponsor at the Portland Institute of Contemporary Art's (PICA) TADA! Benefit Gala on April 12. Kristin Bremer Moore, a PICA board member, organized Tonkon's sponsorship and attendance at the event. For nearly 19 years, PICA has connected our community with some of the most ...
Tonkon Torp Supports YWCA Inspire Luncheon
On April 8, Tonkon Torp hosted the YWCA of Greater Portland's board of directors and major contributors for a brunch reception at Tonkon Torp. The reception preceded YWCA's annual Inspire Luncheon, at which Tonkon Torp was also a sponsor. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Sheryl WuDunn appea...
Tonkon Torp Sponsors MBA WinterSmash
Tonkon Torp was a sponsor at the April 5 WinterSmash bowling fundraiser put on by the Multnomah Bar Association. Money raised from the event benefitted the Multnomah Bar Foundation Civic Education Fund. Drea Schmidt, a member of the MBA's Membership Committee, led Tonkon's sponsorship of the...
Portland Litigator Argues at U.S. Supreme Court
It isn’t every day that a Portland attorney has the opportunity to argue a First Amendment issue at the U.S. Supreme Court. For Steven Wilker, a partner and litigator at Tonkon Torp LLP, that day occurred last week.   Wilker presented arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court on an issue ...
Tonkon Torp Renews Membership and Sponsorship with BCA
Tonkon Torp renewed its membership with Business for Culture & the Arts (BCA) for 2014 and also became a sponsor of the 2014 Art of Leadership program again. The BCA works to connect business and the arts to strengthen Oregon's culture and economy. The Art of Leadership program gives busines...
Tonkon Torp Donates to Portland Piano International
Tonkon Torp made a donation to Portland Piano International (PPI), a nonprofit formed in 2005 dedicated to presenting excellence in piano performance and to educating and enriching our community through outreach. Ken Stephens is on the PPI board of directors and organized the donation. ...
Tonkon Torp Donates to Oregon Jewish Community Foundation
Tonkon Torp made a donation to the Oregon Jewish Community Foundation (OJCF). The OJCF has been working since 1989 to facilitate a culture of giving and to serve as a guardian of permanent funds available to safeguard the quality of Jewish communal life in Oregon and Southwest Washington. Owen Blank...
Tonkon Torp Donates to Oregon Center for Cyber Excellence
Tonkon Torp made a donation supporting the development of the Oregon Center for Cyber Excellence, an organization being put together by the Technology Association of Oregon (TAO) Foundation. Kurt Ruttum managed the donation, after a request from client Compli. Tonkon Torp is a member of TAO through ...
Tonkon Torp Sponsors Third Rail Repertory Theatre Production
Tonkon Torp was a co-sponsor of Midsummer, a modern romantic comedy with songs produced by Third Rail Repertory Theatre. Ava Schoen, a member of the Third Rail board of directors, organized the sponsorship....
Tonkon Torp Sponsors 2014 Oregon Book Awards Ceremony
Tonkon Torp and its Nonprofit & Tax-Exempt Entities practice group were Program sponsors of the 2014 Oregon Book Awards ceremony held in Portland on March 17. The Oregon Book Awards celebrate the state's most accomplished writers in the genres of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, young reade...
Tonkon Torp Sponsors CEJ Trivia Night
Tonkon Torp was a sponsor at the Campaign for Equal Justice's (CEJ) trivia night on March 26. Molly Honoré led Tonkon's involvement. The event was a fundraiser for legal aid programs in Oregon....
Aoyagi Speaks at MBA CLE on Internal Law Firm Privilege
Tonkon Torp litigator Robyn Ridler Aoyagi recently participated in a continuing legal education seminar through the Multnomah Bar Association on the topic of internal law firm privilege in Oregon. Aoyagi spoke on a panel with two other lawyers, addressing the intricacies of attorney-client privilege...
Mark Cushing Hosts Senator Merkley
Mark Cushing hosted Senator Jeff Merkley for a lunchtime fundraiser gathering on March 20. Tonkon Torp attorneys and staff were invited to attend and hear the Senator speak....
Working “Off the Clock” in the Smart Phone Age
On March 6, Colin Love-Geiger gave a presentation on "Working Off the Clock” at a seminar for human resources professionals and attorneys. Noting that smart phones and tablets offer the ability for employees to perform work anywhere, anytime, Colin addressed what constitutes "work,&q...
Tonkon Torp Hosts Tom Hughes Reception
Tonkon Torp hosted the Friends of Tom Hughes for a reception on March 19. The reception celebrated Tom Hughes' campaign to be re-elected as Metro Council President. Tom Hughes is a former member of Tonkon Torp's Government Relations practice group. Mark Cushing brought the event to Tonkon, w...
Tonkon Torp Hosts NYU Law Alumni Social
Tonkon Torp hosted a group of NYU Law alumni and admitted students for a social and networking event on March 18. Caroline Harris Crowne, an NYU Law alum, organized the event....
Tonkon Torp Sponsors PILP Auction
Tonkon Torp was a sponsor at the March 15 Public Interest Law Project (PILP) Auction. PILP is a student-run organization founded by Lewis & Clark law students in 1990 to help fill the justice gap between those who need attorneys and those who can afford attorneys. The annual PILP auction support...
Tonkon Torp Sponsors Newberg Rotary Event
Tonkon Torp sponsored the Newberg Rotary "Wine & Adventure Red Carpet Auction" on March 15. Vicki Ballou guided the sponsorship at the request of good client CLIMAX Portable Machining & Welding Systems....
Shouka Rezvani Discusses Effective Bylaws Writing for Nonprofit Organizations
Shouka Rezvani facilitated a discussion at the March 13 “Nonprofit Law Un CLE: Tips From Pros and Practitioners” hosted by Oregon Women Lawyers and the Nonprofit Organizations Law Section of the Oregon State Bar.   Shouka led a lively discussion on the topic of how to write nonpro...
Tonkon Torp Hosts ACLU for "Tinker Tour"
Tonkon Torp hosted the ACLU of Oregon for a stop on a speaking tour featuring Mary Beth Tinker discussing the 1969 landmark ACLU Supreme Court case Tinker v. Des Moines. Steven Wilker organized the event along with Alex Tinker, a 2013 summer associate at Tonkon Torp. Mary Beth Tinker is the aunt of ...
Tonkon Torp Sponsors Girls Inc. Power of the Purse Event
Tonkon Torp was a Patron sponsor at the March 14 Power of the Purse event put on by Girls Inc. Turid Owren, the 2012 secretary and director of Girls Inc. of NW Oregon, organized Tonkon Torp's participation with the event. The mission of Girls Inc. is to inspire all girls to be strong, smart and ...
Tonkon Torp Sponsors OWLS Awards Dinner
On March 14, Tonkon Torp was a Gold Sponsor at the Roberts-Deiz Awards Dinner, hosted by Oregon Women Lawyers (OWLS). Loree Devery organized Tonkon's attendance at the event. The annual awards dinner recognizes and celebrates the accomplishments of individuals in promoting women and minorities i...
Rabbino Shares Perspectives on Environmental Insurance Issues
Environmental law attorney David Rabbino was a featured presenter as well as a panelist at a March 10, 2014 Environmental Law Education Center CLE on Environmental Insurance. He spoke about strategies for collecting insurance proceeds from dissolved corporations and participated in a panel...
Tonkon Torp Hosts OSPF Reception
On March 12, Tonkon Torp hosted the Oregon State Parks Foundation (OSPF) for a reception. Jon Stride, a trustee and treasurer on the OSPF board, brought the event to Tonkon Torp. Tonkon donates space in our office to OSPF and has a long history with the organization, going back to 1995 when Tonkon T...
Tonkon Torp’s Business Lawyers Share Information About Crowdfunding and General Solicitation Rules
Claire Brown and Drea Schmidt, members of Tonkon Torp’s Entrepreneurial Services practice group, made a presentation to Oregon Executive MBA students on the topic of raising capital through “crowdfunding” and general solicitation. Their remarks focused on how to take advantage of b...
Tonkon Torp Sponsors Dorchester Conference
Tonkon Torp was a presidential sponsor at the March 7-9, 50th anniversary Dorchester Conference, held in Seaside, Oregon. Drew Hagedorn organized the sponsorship and attended the March 7 board reception. The Dorchester conference is an annual Republican gathering, founded by Bob Packwood in 1965. Pa...
Rock & Roll Camp Taps Atchison for Board Position
Rachael Atchison has been elected to the Board of Directors of Portland’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp for Girls.   Atchison is a member of Tonkon Torp’s Business Law practice group, where she works on a variety of matters including securities regulation and issues related to th...
Tonkon Torp Hosts AthletesTouch Portland Meeting
On March 6, Tonkon Torp hosted AthletesTouch for the inaugural meeting of their Portland branch. Ryan Bledsoe brought the event to Tonkon and is a member of AthleteTouch Portland's founding committee. AthletesTouch is a networking group for former college or professional athletes in the greater ...
Tonkon Torp Sponsors "Night of Excellence"
Tonkon Torp was a silver sponsor at the March 6 "Night of Excellence in Commercial Real Estate," a celebration presented by CAB (Commercial Association of Brokers), NAIOP, and SIOR. Ted Herzog and (now former Tonkon Torp attorney) Shaun Jillions organized Tonkon Torp's participation wi...
Tonkon Torp Sponsors Renewable Northwest Project Event
Tonkon Torp was a table sponsor at Renewable Northwest Project's (RNP) 20th anniversary party on March 6. The event celebrated RNP's 20 years of renewable energy advocacy in the Northwest – during which they’ve increased the amount of renewable energy in our region by 7,600 MW&rs...
ACLU of Oregon Honors 5 Tonkon Torp Attorneys
Five Tonkon Torp lawyers were honored last weekend at the annual Liberty Dinner, a benefit for the American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon (ACLU).   Steven Wilker, Owen Blank, Paul Conable, Gwen Griffith and James Hein were recognized for their volunteer work as ACLU cooperating attorneys du...
Tonkon Torp Sponsors All Hands Raised Event
Tonkon Torp sponsored the annual All Hands Raised roast dinner on March 4. Drew Hagedorn organized the sponsorship and attended the event in his role as a member of the 2014 Roast Committee. All Hands Raised, formerly known as the Portland Schools Foundation, brings together local businesses, govern...
Tatiana Perry Offers Data Protection & Security Tips to Business Professionals
Tatiana Perry addressed members of Oregon Women Lawyers, the Oregon Bankers Association and the Oregon Society of CPAs at a February event titled, “I Always Feel Like Somebody’s Watching Me: Positive Paranoia in Light of Target’s Privacy Fiasco.”   Perry, who chairs To...
Tonkon Torp Sponsors Freshwater Trust Gala
Tonkon Torp was a table sponsor at the Freshwater Trust's 31st Annual Gala and Auction on February 28. Jan Neuman filled Tonkon Torp's table at the event and attended along with Kurt Ruttum and others. The Freshwater Trust works to builds and implement the tools and methods that can accelera...
Tonkon Torp Sponsors Ride Connection Gala
Tonkon Torp sponsored the February 28 gala held by Ride Connection. Drew Hagedorn organized Tonkon's involvement with the event. Ride Connection is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing responsive, accessible transportation options for those in need....
Tonkon Torp Sponsors Classic Wine Auction
Tonkon Torp was a table sponsor at the March 1 Classic Wine Auction. Steve Wilker attended and coordinated the sponsorship in his capacity as a Metropolitan Family Services (MFS) board member. MFS was one of five charities partnering with this year's Classic Wine Auction. Over 950 guests attende...
Turid Owren and Blerina Kotori Speak at Reed College
Turid Owren moderated, and Blerina Kotori participated in, a panel entitled Women in Law, held at Reed College's Working Weekend this February. A number of women students interested in pursuing legal careers attended the panel presentation to hear Turid, Blerina, and two of their fellow Ree...
Jeanette Schuster Moderates Panel Webinar on CERCLA-Related Court Decisions
On behalf of the ABA Business Law Section's Environmental Committee, Tonkon Torp attorney Jeanette Schuster presented and moderated a panel discussion at a February 19 webinar on “Real Environmental Concerns in Real Property and Business Transactions.” She discussed impacts of p...
Tonkon Torp Sponsors Youth Progress' Soup Smackdown
Tonkon Torp sponsored the "Soup Smackdown" event held by Youth Progress on February 26. Claire Brown led Tonkon's involvement with the event and was recently made a member of the Youth Progress board of directors. Youth Progress was established in 1964 and provides day treatment and re...
Aoyagi Named Oregon State Chair of The Council of Appellate Lawyers
Tonkon Torp litigator Robyn Ridler Aoyagi has been appointed to serve as Oregon State Chair for the American Bar Association's Council of Appellate Lawyers (CAL).   CAL is the only national appellate bench-bar organization in the country. Its mission is to foster dialogue among state and ...
David Petersen Featured in Solar Oregon Newsletter
David Petersen was profiled in a recent edition of Solar Oregon's monthly newsletter. David is a member of the Solar Oregon board of directors. Founded in 1979, Solar Oregon is a non-profit membership organization providing public education and community outreach to encourage Oregonians to choos...
Cronn & Materazzi Address Corporate Social Responsibility Questions
Tonkon Torp business lawyers Jeff Cronn and Marco Materazzi recently presented a continuing legal education seminar on Corporate Social Responsibility Reporting (CSR).    Cronn and Materazzi examined why companies engage in CSR reporting, and standards and examples of such reporting.&nbs...
Immigration Practice Group Sponsors International Film Festival
Tonkon Torp's Immigration practice group contributed to the Oregon State Bar International Law Section's sponsorship of the Portland International Film Festival (PIFF). The festival ran from February 6 to February 22. Alan Perkins, treasurer for the International Law Section, helped organize...
Tonkon Torp Sponsors OHBA Award Dinner
Tonkon Torp was a sponsor at the February 21 Paul J. De Muniz Professionalism Award Dinner held by the Oregon Hispanic Bar Association. Tonkon Torp's Diversity Task Force organized the sponsorship....
Tonkon Torp Sponsors Friends of the Children Bowl-a-Thon
On February 22, Tonkon Torp was a sponsor at the Friends of the Children (FOTC) Bowl-a-Thon. The Bowl-a-Thon is an annual fundraiser supporting FOTC's mission of providing vulnerable children with a nurturing and sustained relationship with a professional mentor....
Sherrill Corbett Gives Business Sale Presentation
On February 19, Sherrill Corbett gave a presentation, organized by Key Bank, titled "Getting Your Ducks in a Row" to an audience of business owners. She discussed the business sale process, advising business owners on how to obtain and preserve the maximum value in the event of selling the...
Tonkon Torp Purchases Table at CEJ Lunch
Tonkon Torp purchased a table at the February 19 Annual Awards Luncheon held by the Campaign for Equal Justice (CEJ). Darcy Norville, a CEJ board member, worked to fill Tonkon's table and attended along with nine other Tonkon attorneys....
Tonkon Torp Hosts Women in Environment
On February 19, Tonkon Torp hosted, and co-sponsored with AMEC, the Women in Environment networking group for a presentation by US Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici, followed by a reception. Jeanette Schuster brought the event to Tonkon Torp....
Erickson Reviews Trademark Law for Oregon State Bar Seminar
Chris Erickson presented an update on trademark law at a recent Oregon State Bar-hosted seminar titled, “Intellectual Property Review – Updates & Changes from 2013.” His presentation included a review of recent federal cases, proceedings of the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board ...
Tonkon Torp Sponsors JRCLS Annual Conference
Tonkon Torp was a sponsor at the J. Reuben Clark Law Society's (JRCLS) 2014 Annual Conference held in Kansas City, Missouri from February 13 to February 15. Jeff Bradford attended the event - and organized Tonkon's sponsorship - as part of his role as Executive Secretary to the JRCLS Board o...
Tonkon Torp Hosts Portland Tax Forum
On February 13, Tonkon Torp hosted the Portland Tax Forum (PTF) for a breakfast board meeting. Gwen Griffith is on the PTF board of directors and brought the event to Tonkon. PTF is a nonprofit corporation whose goal is to provide nationally recognized speakers on tax topics and to promote professio...
Tonkon Torp Hosts OSB Appellate Section
Tonkon Torp hosted the Oregon State Bar Appellate Section on February 13 for a CLE program reviewing significant 2013 appellate decisions. Robyn Aoyagi brought the event to Tonkon Torp, in her capacity as chair-elect of the Appellate Section's Executive Committee....
Neuman Provides Review of Oregon Water Law to Legislators
Janet Neuman testified about Oregon water law to two Legislative committees last week. She was invited by the House Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources and the Senate Committee on Environment and Natural Resources to present overviews of the state’s water laws as the committees prep...
Tonkon Torp Hosts JFCS Reception
Tonkon Torp hosted a reception for Jewish Family & Child Service (JFCS) on February 11. JFCS provides social services that improve the lives of adults, families and children in the Jewish and general communities. Michael Millender, a past president and current member of the JFCS board of directo...
Tonkon Torp Awards Law School Scholarships for 2013-2014
Two Lewis & Clark Law School students are the recipients of Tonkon Torp’s annual Moe M. Tonkon and Frederick Torp Scholarship for 2013-14. The law school’s Dean and Associate Dean selected the scholarship awardees based upon their academic achievement during the students’ law s...
Bledsoe Elected to Oregon State Parks Foundation Board
Tonkon Torp’s service to the Oregon State Parks Foundation continues with the election of trial lawyer Ryan M. Bledsoe to the Foundation’s Board of Trustees.     Bledsoe is a senior associate in the firm’s Litigation group, where he represents individuals and companies ...
Tatiana Perry Outlines Legal Landscape for Data Protection & Security
Tatiana Perry is among the group of privacy experts who presented at the Data Protection and Security Conference in Portland on February 5, 2014. Tatiana gave an overview of the legal landscape regarding data protection in the U.S. and abroad, highlighting HIPAA, Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, FTC Act and ...
Jackson Lewis Gives Art of Leadership Presentation
Jackson Lewis gave a presentation on February 6 to the Business for Culture and the Arts (BCA) Art of Leadership Program. Jackson discussed the legal responsibilities of nonprofit board members. BCA's Art of Leadership program is designed for first-time board members and features sessions w...
Steven Wilker Prepares to Argue at U.S. Supreme Court on First Amendment Issue
Litigator Steven Wilker is preparing to argue at the U.S. Supreme Court in late March in the matter of Wood v. Moss. The case poses the question of whether Secret Service agents can be sued for moving peaceful protesters out of sight and sound of the President because of the viewpoint of their speec...
21 Tonkon Torp Attorneys Named Leaders in Their Field by Peers and Clients
Twenty-one Tonkon Torp attorneys in seven practice areas have been named leaders in their field for the 2014 edition of Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business.   The annual reference directory ranks Oregon’s leading lawyers based on interviews with clients and pr...
Tonkon Torp Purchases Membership with Friends of Tryon Creek
Led by Max Miller, Tonkon Torp purchased an annual membership with Friends of Tryon Creek (FOTC). FOTC's goal is to add value to the community's experience of Tryon Creek State Natural Area through education, maintenance, volunteer opportunities and successful partnership with the Oregon Par...
Tonkon Torp Contributes to Minds Matter
Tonkon Torp donated to Minds Matter of Portland in February. Minds Matter is a nonprofit with the mission to transform the lives of accomplished high school students from low-income families. Their goal is to equip underprivileged high school students with the tools to gain acceptance to a four-year...
Millender Joins Board of New “Portland Made” Association
Tonkon Torp attorney Michael Millender has joined the board of Portland Made, a new association of small local manufacturers.   Portland Made's members are Portland-based manufacturers, local goods retailers and designers. The organization seeks to grow Portland's local manufacturing ...
Tonkon Torp Donates to Lewis & Clark Small Business Legal Clinic
Tonkon Torp made a donation to Lewis & Clark Law School's Small Business Legal Clinic (SBLC). SBLC provides business transactional legal advice to new and emerging businesses, cooperatives, nonprofit corporations, and housing authorities. ...
Tonkon Torp Sponsors Marathon Education Partners Event
Tonkon Torp was a sponsor at Marathon Education Partners' Winter Gold fundraising event on February 1. Jeff Cronn, a board member and past chair of the organization, attended the event and organized the sponsorship. The mission of Marathon Education Partners is to bring together in partnership c...
Claire Brown Appointed to Youth Progress Board
Tonkon Torp attorney Claire Brown has been appointed to the board of Youth Progress, a non-profit, independent living organization that provides Oregon youth with skills and structure to help them become successful community members. Brown is an associate in Tonkon Torp’s Corporate Finance,...
Tonkon Torp Donates to Regional Arts & Culture Council
Tonkon Torp made a donation to Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) for the Right Brain Initiative. The goal of the Right Brain Initiative is to impact learning by integrating the community's arts and cultural resources into the education of every K-8 student in the region's school dis...
Tonkon Torp Joins Oregon Water Resources Congress
Tonkon Torp renewed its membership with Oregon Water Resources Congress, a nonprofit trade association that represents irrigation districts, water control districts, drainage districts, water improvement districts, and others across the state of Oregon. Jan Neuman spearheaded Tonkon Torp's membe...
Tonkon Torp Becomes Research Sponsor of Portland City Club
Tonkon Torp renewed its corporate membership with the City Club of Portland and made a "Research" sponsor donation. Our research sponsorship will help fund future and current City Club studies. Caroline Harris Crowne organized the sponsorship and is a member of the City Club of Portland Re...
Steven Wilker Discusses NSA Spying Rules on KGW Hot Box
Steven Wilker appeared as a first amendment attorney and as a board member for the ACLU of Oregon on KGW's "Hot Box" on January 17, 2014. The broadcast discussed the NSA reforms ordered by President Obama regarding the phone motorizing program. Steve discussed what these changes may me...
Neuman Asked to Weigh in on Western Water Law Sustainability
Janet Neuman was one of a panel of respected water law experts asked by the Oregon State Bar Sustainable Future section to address the question of whether Western water law is sustainable to meet future water supply needs. Neuman’s January 15 presentation at the OSB-sponsored event discussed h...
Sherrill Corbett Gives M&A Presentation
On January 15, Sherrill Corbett led a Mergers & Acquisitions seminar along with Pragma Ventures at an event hosted by Key Bank. The seminar covered the business sale process, advising business owners on how to obtain and preserve the maximum value in the event of selling their business....
Max Miller Continues to Lead Sustainability Initiatives within the Legal Profession
Tonkon Torp environmental lawyer Max M. Miller, Jr. has been appointed to serve on the Executive Committee of the Oregon State Bar’s Sustainable Future Section. The Section supports sustainability within the Oregon legal profession through educational programs, examining the integration of law...
Griffith Updates CPAs on Recent Oregon Tax Court Cases
Tax attorney Gwendolyn Griffith was again a featured speaker at the annual Oregon Society of Certified Public Accountants (OSCPA) State and Local Tax Conference. Her January 10 presentation addressed recent Oregon Tax Court cases. Griffith has presented at this event for several years.    ...
Tonkon Torp’s Bremer Moore Appointed to Oregon State Bar Committee Office
Tonkon Torp business attorney Kristin Bremer Moore has been appointed secretary to the Oregon State Bar’s Legal Services Committee.   Bremer Moore is a partner in Tonkon Torp’s Labor and Employment Practice Group. She represents employers in claims of discrimination, retaliation, ...
Steven Wilker Discusses Oregon's Public Records Law for Jefferson Exchange
Steven Wilker appeared as a media law expert on Jefferson Public Radio's January 6, 2014 Jefferson Exchange program, a live call-in show devoted to current events and news makers from around the region and beyond. The broadcast discussed Oregon's Public Records Law both generally and in rela...
Aoyagi Elected Chair-Elect of OSB’s Appellate Practice Section Executive Committee
Tonkon Torp litigator Robyn Ridler Aoyagi has been elected Chair-Elect of the Oregon State Bar’s Appellate Practice Section Executive Committee, effective January 1, 2014. She has served on the Executive Committee since 2011, most recently as Secretary.   Aoyagi has been a partner of th...
Tonkon Torp Supports Community Transitional School for the 24th Year
Tonkon Torp delivered gifts to be distributed to the kids at the Community Transitional School this past December. This was the firm's 24th year of supporting this great school that provides much-needed stability in the lives of homeless children in our community. The children responded with a f...
Tonkon Torp Again Noted as One of Oregon’s Most Admired Professional Service Firms
Tonkon Torp has again been recognized as one of Oregon’s most admired professional services firms in The Portland Business Journal’s 2013 “Most Admired Companies” survey. The Business Journal’s annual poll of Oregon CEOs asks them to identify the very best Oregon com...
Brian Booth State Park Honors One of Tonkon Torp’s Founding Partners
The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department recently unveiled the sign that officially introduced Brian Booth State Park along Highway 101 on the Oregon coast. In addition to being a founding partner of Tonkon Torp, Brian, who died in March 2012, was the first chairman of the Oregon Parks and Recreat...
Tonkon Torp Announces Three New Partners
Tonkon Torp LLP has elected Anna Sortun, Kimberlee A.  Stafford, and James K. Hein to the partnership, effective January 1, 2014. All three have been associates with the firm since they began their private practices. Sortun joined Tonkon Torp following a clerkship at the U.S. Court of...
Molly Honoré Appointed to U.S. District Court Historical Society Board
Tonkon Torp attorney Molly Honoré has been appointed to the board of the U.S. District Court of Oregon Historical Society.   Honoré is a member of Tonkon Torp's Litigation Department, where she handles a variety of matters including contract, commercial, and real estate disp...
Tonkon Torp’s Business Lawyers Address Confusion About Crowdfunding and General Solicitation Rules
Attorneys from Tonkon Torp’s Entrepreneurial Services practice group recently helped clients and other business people better understand how to take advantage of equity-based “crowdfunding” and general solicitation to raise capital without running afoul of existing securities laws....
Tonkon sponsors Holiday Lunch honoring Women Judges
Tonkon was a sponsor of the 23rd annual holiday luncheon honoring women judges hosted by Queen's Bench on December 10....
TiE Oregon PitchFest and Member Mixer
Jeff Woodcox, Leon Simson, Claire Brown and Drea Schmidt, all members of the firm's Entrepreneurial Services Group, attended The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) Oregon's "PitchFest and Member Mixer" on December 10. The PitchFest is a recurring event in which entrepreneurs can attend and ...
Rabbino Appointed to OSB Disciplinary Board
The Oregon Supreme Court has approved the appointment of David Rabbino to the Oregon State Bar Disciplinary Board. Members of the Disciplinary Board serve as the trial panel that hears contested cases when the Bar has charged an Oregon-licensed attorney with misconduct in a formal complaint. The Dis...
Griffith Presents at OSB Taxation Section Program on Partnership Tax Allocations
Gwendolyn Griffith spoke to the Taxation Section of the Oregon State Bar at its Portland monthly luncheon series on November 21, 2013. Her topic was "Partnership Tax Allocations – Basic Principles and Current Topics." To the largest luncheon crowd of the season, Gwen presented h...
Diversity Task Force Hosts OMLA Holiday Meeting
Tonkon Torp's Diversity Task Force hosted the Oregon Minority Lawyers Association (OMLA) for their annual holiday meeting and social on December 5. ...
Tonkon Torp Welcomes New Associate to Financial Services Practice Group
Jessica Morgan has joined Tonkon Torp as an associate in the firm’s Financial Services & Investment Management practice group.   She previously was Assistant General Counsel to Aequitas Capital Management, Inc., where she advised the company on investment adviser and investment comp...
Bledsoe Appointed to Chair OSB’s Antitrust Section Executive Committee
Tonkon Torp attorney Ryan Bledsoe has been appointed as Chair of the Executive Committee of the Oregon State Bar Antitrust and Trade Regulation Section. The section provides bar members with opportunities to develop and improve their understanding of antitrust law.   A senior associate in the...
Tonkon Torp Makes Donation to PNCA
Tonkon Torp made a donation to the Pacific Northwest College of Art. The donation helped sponsor and fund their 2013 gala "Transformation: The Power of Creativity" which occurred earlier in the year. The donation was organized by Mark Cushing, who is on the PNCA board of directors. This ye...
Tonkon Torp’s Business Lawyers Provide Update on Private Placement Rules
At a recent meeting of the Oregon State Bar Securities Regulation Section, Tonkon Torp lawyers Tom Palmer and Drea Schmidt presented the latest information on the SEC’s new rules permitting general solicitation in connection with private placements, and new “bad actor” disqualifica...
Tonkon Torp Hosts the WSU Foundation for Undergraduate Luncheon
Tonkon Torp hosted the WSU Foundation for a luncheon with WSU undergraduate business students on November 25. Ted Herzog, a WSU Foundation trustee board member, gave a presentation to the attendees....
Tonkon Torp Sponsors Portland Startup Weekend
Tonkon Torp was a sponsor at the Portland Startup Weekend which ran from November 22 to 24. Jeff Woodcox organized the sponsorship and attended the event along with several attorneys from the Entrepreneurial Services Practice Group. The Startup Weekend is a semi-annual competition where attendees an...
Max Miller Honored by Oregon State Bar for Sustainability Accomplishments
Environmental lawyer Max M. Miller, Jr. has been awarded the President’s Sustainability Award by the Oregon State Bar. The award recognizes members who have made “significant contributions to the goal of sustainability in the legal profession in Oregon” through education, advocacy ...
Tonkon Torp Sponsors World Affairs Council Event
On November 22, Tonkon Torp sponsored a table at the World Affairs Council of Oregon's 4th Annual World Quest event. The mission of the World Affairs Council of Oregon is to broaden public awareness and understanding of international affairs and to engage Oregonians with the world. ...
Tonkon Torp Sponsors Table at SAGE Award Dinner
Tonkon Torp sponsored a table at the first annual Senior Advocates for Generational Equity (SAGE) Award Dinner on November 21. The dinner honored Dick and Jeanne Roy of the Center for Earth Leadership. Max Miller and his wife Lori Miller co-sponsored the table along with Tonkon Torp's Susta...
Tonkon Torp Real Estate Attorneys Discuss Title Insurance and Purchase Contracts for NBI Seminar
Tonkon Torp attorneys David J. Petersen and Kimberlee A. Stafford will be presenting at the December 3, 2013 seminar "Handling Real Estate Transactions With Confidence," sponsored by the National Business Institute (NBI). The seminar features an array of expert speakers, offering an overvi...
Tonkon Torp Sponsors YRJ Extravaganza
Tonkon Torp was a lead sponsor at Youth, Rights, & Justice's (YRJ) 5th Annual Wine & Chocolate Extravaganza on November 16. YRJ's mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable children and families through legal representation and advocacy in the courts, legislature, schools and comm...
Neuman Featured Speaker at Annual Oregon Water Law Conference
Tonkon Torp water law attorney, Janet Neuman, was a presenting speaker at the 22nd annual Oregon Water Law Conference on November 7, 2013 in Portland. Neuman’s presentation, “The Future of Water Projects in Oregon,” focused on funding, regulatory and political challenges for water ...
Tonkon Torp Sponsors 2013 Business Leadership Evening
Tonkon Torp sponsored a table at the November 13 Business Leadership Evening hosted by the Portland Business Alliance. Kristin Bremer Moore was the lead attorney and managed Tonkon's attendance at the event. The annual dinner is attended by more than 500 business and civic leaders....
Tonkon Torp Sponsors OSB Civil Rights Section CLE
Tonkon Torp sponsored the November 15 CLE "These Times They are a Changin' - Future Impacts of the 2013 US Supreme Court Session" held by the Federal Bar Association (FBA) and the OSB Civil Rights Section CLE. Colin Love-Geiger organized Tonkon's sponsorship through his involvement...
Portland Lawyer Blogs About National Animal Policy Issues
A leading animal health/veterinary industry magazine has asked Tonkon Torp attorney, Mark Cushing, to blog weekly on policy issues affecting both pet and food production animals, and veterinarians. Cushing’s blog, Veterinary Policy Notes (http://www.dvm360.com/cushing), is hosted by DVM 360. ...
Tonkon Torp Sponsors BCA Arts Breakfast
Tonkon Torp was a half-table sponsor at the November 13 Business for Culture and the Arts (BCA) "Arts Breakfast of Champions." Tom Palmer, a BCA board member, led Tonkon's involvement with the event. The annual breakfast celebrates outstanding support and leadership of the arts in Oreg...
Tonkon Attorneys Present Ethics CLE for Oregon State Bar
Jeff Cronn and Paul Conable presented the ethics CLE program, "C.Y.A.: Real Life Ethics Issues in Business Deals and Litigation" on November 13. The program was sponsored by the Oregon State Bar's Business Litigation Section....
Sherrill Corbett Sponsors Carpe Mundi Gala Auction
Sherrill Corbett purchased a sponsorship listed under Tonkon Torp's name at the Carpe Mundi Gala Auction on November 12. Carpe Mundi is a non-profit scholarship organization, established in 2008, that works with students from low-income families within the Portland, Oregon metropolitan region....
Tonkon Torp Trial Lawyer Examines Contract Law Interpretation
Tonkon Torp trial lawyer, William (Rick) F. Martson, Jr., recently spoke at an Oregon State Bar-hosted seminar, “Key Updates for Oregon Business Law Practitioners.” Martson joined Multnomah County Circuit Court Senior Judge, Janice Wilson, in a discussion of the interpretation of Oregon ...
Tonkon Torp Sponsors AILA Oregon Gala
Tonkon Torp was a table sponsor at the November 6 benefit gala held by the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) of Oregon. Tonkon's Immigration Practice Group managed the sponsorship while group chair Turid Owren worked to fill the table with Tonkon attorneys, clients, and contacts. P...
Creps and Kotori Coach Client in HR Matters
Tonkon Torp labor and employment attorneys, Clay Creps and Blerina Kotori, recently conducted a training seminar for staff of The Salvation Army Portland ARC, on substantive laws governing sexual harassment, discrimination and retaliation in the workplace. They also discussed the employer's poli...
Tonkon Torp Gives to Multnomah Bar Foundation
Tonkon Torp made a donation to the Multnomah Bar Foundation (MBF), making this the second yearly donation of Tonkon's three-year pledge.The mission of the MBF is to increase the public's understanding of the legal system, to promote civic education, public participation and respect for the l...
Tonkon Torp Donates to Jewish Family & Child Services
Tonkon Torp made a donation to Jewish Family & Child Services (JFCS). Michael Millender, a JFCS board member, helped organize the donation. JFCS provides social services that improve the lives of adults, families, and children in the Jewish and general communities....
Tonkon Torp Donates Phones to Portland Women's Crisis Line
Tonkon Torp donated a supply of old cell phones to Portland Women's Crisis Line (PWCL). The PWCL operates a comprehensive 24/7 Crisis Line and Sexual Assault Advocacy Program. The Tonkon Torp IT department is accepting additional phones for future donations. Danny Enroth organized the donation t...
U.S. News “Best Law Firms” Ranks Tonkon Torp Nationally in Five Practice Areas
Although located in a mid-sized market for legal services, Tonkon Torp is consistently ranked among the country’s best law firms in a number of practice areas. According to the newly-released U.S. News & World Report Best Lawyers 2013-2014 edition of the “Best Law Firms,” ...
No Joke: Thousands Raised for Legal Aid
David Aman was one of nine “headliners” at the 2013 Campaign for Equal Justice (CEJ) annual Laf-Off legal aid fundraiser last weekend at the Mission Theater in Portland. Aman and others competed in Portland’s premier lawyer comedy club experience to raise money for CEJ’s miss...
Tonkon Torp Sponsors Windows on America Exhibit
Tonkon Torp made a donation to the Oregon Historical Society (OHS) to sponsor their "Windows on America" exhibit, a world-class collection of presidential history, never before on public display. Jackson Lewis is on the OHS board of directors and helped organize the donation....
Tonkon Torp Sponsors Governors' Gold Awards
Tonkon Torp purchased a table at the October 29 Governors' Gold Awards. Kurt Ruttum organized Tonkon's participation at the event, which is sponsored by Aequitas Capital. The Awards pay tribute to individuals, companies, organizations, and communities that have contributed to the greatness o...
Tonkon Torp's Lawyers Address the Latest State and Federal Employment-Related Legislation and Rules Changes
Tonkon Torp lawyers Haley Bjerk and Kristin Bremer Moore spoke at the 5th annual Labor & Employment Law Conference in Portland on October 25, 2013. The conference covered some of the thorniest areas of the law for lawyers, employers and human resource professionals in Oregon public and private s...
Tonkon Torp Sponsors SOLVE Awards Banquet
Tonkon Torp was a table sponsor at the October 25 SOLVE Citizenship Awards Banquet. Ron Greenman organized Tonkon's sponsorship and attendance at the event. SOLVE's mission is to bring Oregonians together to improve the environment and build a legacy of stewardship. ...
Tatiana Perry Outlines HIPAA Omnibus Rule Compliance Details for MBA Members
Tonkon Torp attorney Tatiana Perry presented a Continuing Legal Education seminar outlining HIPAA Omnibus Rule compliance for business associates at a recent meeting sponsored by the Multnomah Bar Association. Perry co-presented the seminar with Cindy Hahn, Privacy Officer for Multnomah County. ...
Turid Owren Speaks at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Panel
Turid Owren was a panelist at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman Third Annual Conference on October 24, in Washington, DC. Turid's panel discussed the topic of "USCIS's Administrative Appeals Office: Progress and Possibilities." ...
Tonkon Torp Sponsors PlayWrite Gala
Tonkon Torp sponsored the PlayWrite tenth anniversary gala and auction on October 24. Corbett Gordon led Tonkon's involvement with the event. Corbett was Board President at PlayWrite up through June 2013, after which she became Board Secretary. PlayWrite's mission is to use the power of perf...
Tonkon Torp Sponsors Equal Justice Works Dinner
On October 23, Tonkon Torp sponsored the Equal Justice Works Awards Dinner, held in Washington, DC. Founded in 1986, Equal Justice Works is a nonprofit dedicated to mobilizing the next generation of lawyers committed to equal justice. Jeff Cronn managed Tonkon's sponsorship of the event. Tonkon ...
Gwen Griffith Recaps Recent Federal Tax Cases and Rules at Oregon CPA Conference
Tonkon Torp tax attorney, Gwendolyn Griffith, gave a presentation for the Oregon Society of Certified Public Accountants at their annual Northwest Federal Tax Conference yesterday. Her remarks covered recent cases and rulings across a broad spectrum of federal taxation, including the tax implic...
Kristin Bremer Moore Presents on Social Media in the Workplace
On October 22, Kristin Bremer Moore gave a training session on "Social Media in the Workplace" to the Oregon Municipal Financial Officers Association....
Tonkon Torp Co-Sponsors Table at ARCS Luncheon
Tonkon Torp co-sponsored a table at the October 22 Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) luncheon. Joe Voboril was the lead attorney for this event. ARCS Foundation Portland supports and nurtures young Americans in doctoral programs at Oregon Health & Science University and Oreg...
Tonkon Torp Welcomes New Associates
Two new associates joined Tonkon Torp LLP this month, bringing the firm’s roster of attorneys to 86.     Rachel Kiyoko Atchison, a 2013 graduate of Lewis & Clark Law School, is an associate in the firm’s Business Department. She served as a summer associate at Tonkon Torp...
Neuman Addresses Impact of Climate Change on Water Allocation Priorities
Janet Neuman was a featured speaker at a seminar for journalists on Climate Change Impacts in the Pacific Northwest, held last month in Seattle. Her presentation, titled, "Water Management Under Climate Change Scenarios," addressed how climate change will add a new layer of complexity and ...
Government Relations Group Sponsors Table at OBA Statesman Dinner
On October 17, the Government Relations Practice Group hosted a table at the Oregon Business Association (OBA) Statesman Dinner. Drew Hagedorn organized Tonkon's attendance at the event and attended along with Shaun Jillions and Darcy Norville. Darcy was recently elected to the OBA board of dire...
Sustainability Committee Sponsors SCRAP Rumble
Tonkon Torp's Sustainability Committee sponsored SCRAP's "Rebel Craft Rumble" on October 16. The annual Rumble is a promotion and fundraiser for SCRAP in which pre-qualified competitors battle against one another for the title of Portland's Craft Master. Proceeds benefit SCRAP ...
Tonkon Torp Hosts ACTL Judges' Reception
Tonkon Torp hosted the American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL) for their Oregon Fellows Judges' Reception on October 16. ACTL member Dan Skerritt organized Tonkon Torp's involvement. Founded in 1950, the ACTL aims to elevate the standards of trial practice, the administration of justice, an...
Tonkon Bike Challenge Announces September Winners
Despite the wettest September on record in Portland, 16 Tonkon Torp lawyers and employees braved the elements to make 162.5 round-trip commutes to and from work last month, for a total of 1,288 miles. The effort was part of a city-wide Bike Commute Challenge put on by the Bicycle Transportation...
Tonkon Torp and the Diversity Task Force Sponsor "Bridges" Series at Portland Story Theater
Tonkon Torp and the Diversity Task Force sponsored the 2013-14 "Bridges" series at the Portland Story Theater (PST). Bridges is a new PST series which brings together storytellers around issues of race and social justice. The first of the three shows occurred in October, while the remainin...
Tonkon Torp Hosts OWLS for "Lean In" Discussions
Tonkon Torp hosted Oregon Women Lawyers (OWLS) on September and October for three "Lean In" roundtable discussions. OWLS member Robyn Aoyagi brought the events to the firm. A number of Tonkon attorneys joined other attendees at the lunches. ...
Tonkon Torp Sponsors OSB Environmental CLE Event
Tonkon Torp was a refreshment sponsor at the OSB Environmental & Natural Resources Section's post-CLE happy hour on October 11. Duncan Delano organized the sponsorship, while Jeanette Schuster attended the event. ...
Tonkon Torp Sponsors OMLA Image Program
Tonkon Torp is a sponsor of the Oregon Minority Lawyers Association (OMLA) IMAGE Program, which held its fall CLE on October 11. Tonkon's Diversity Task Force managed the sponsorship. IMAGE (Inspiring Minority Attorneys toward Growth and Excellence) is a retention program designed to build skill...
Tonkon Torp Sponsors Basic Rights Oregon Gala
Tonkon Torp was a sponsor at the Basic Rights Oregon (BRO) gala dinner on October 11. The sponsorship was organized by Kim Stafford and the Diversity Task Force. BRO works to ensure that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Oregonians experience equality through building a broad and inclusive poli...
Tonkon Torp Donates to Costco Scholarship Fund
Tonkon Torp's Real Estate & Land Use practice group made a donation to the Costco Scholarship Fund. Jeff Keeney organized the donation. The Costco Scholarship Fund provides financial assistance to highly qualified underrepresented minority students who wish to attend Seattle University or th...
Tonkon Torp Donates to Oregon Lawyers Against Hunger
Tonkon Torp made a donation to Oregon Lawyers Against Hunger (OLAH). Caroline Harris Crowne organized Tonkon Torp's donation, in addition to raising further funds from Tonkon attorneys and staff. OLAH's annual fundraising campaign has raised over $1.5 million to fight hunger since 1997. Dona...
Tonkon Torp Makes Donation to Oregon State Parks Foundation
Tonkon Torp made a donation to the Oregon State Parks Foundation (OSPF). Tonkon's donation was organized by Jon Stride, who is a trustee and treasurer for the OSPF. OSPF is dedicated to protecting and improving Oregon's natural, scenic, cultural, historic and recreational sites. Since its cr...
Tonkon Torp Donates Computers and More to Bethel Neighborhood Center
Danny Enroth and the IT Department donated 10 computers, monitors, keyboards, and mice to the Summer 2013 program of the Bethel Neighborhood Drop-In Center....
Tonkon Torp Litigator Presents at Annual Meeting of Oregon State Bar's Debtor-Creditor Section
Tonkon Torp attorney Caroline Harris Crowne presented a Continuing Legal Education course for the Oregon State Bar’s Debtor-Creditor Section at its annual meeting in Salishan. She was joined by speakers S. Ward Greene and Matthew A. Levin. The presentation was entitled “Out of the Frying...
Tonkon Participates in Classroom Law Project Golf Tournament
Paul Conable, a Classroom Law Project (CLP) board member, organized Tonkon's participation in the 12th Annual Golf Tournament held by the CLP on September 30. Paul competed in a team with Bob Carey and colleagues from the PGE legal department, including former Tonkon attorney David White. The to...
Tonkon Torp Sponsors Marathon Education Partners Golf Tournament
Tonkon Torp was a sponsor at Marathon Educations Partners' "Links 4 Kids" Golf Tournament fundraiser. Since Marathon's founding in 2002, nearly 150 Partners have joined together to help 98 children reach their goal of obtaining higher education. Tonkon's sponsorship was organiz...
Delano Outlines Oregon Solar Access Rights and Policies
Tonkon Torp attorney, Duncan Delano, presented the latest information about solar access laws at the 2013 Solar Now! University in Coos Bay, Oregon last weekend. Delano, along with Mark Pengilly of Oregonians for Renewable Energy Progress, conducted an hour-long discussion of laws that prohibit deed...
Tonkon Torp Sponsors MFS Gathering of Good
Tonkon Torp was a sponsor at Metropolitan Family Services' (MFS) 5th Annual "A Gathering of Good" held on September 27. Steven Wilker is vice chair of the MFS board of directors and is also a member of their executive committee. MFS started in 1950 and works to help families and people...
Tonkon Torp Sponsors ACLU NW Civil Liberties Conference
On September 27, Tonkon Torp was a lunch sponsor at the American Civil Liberties Union's (ACLU) Northwest Civil Liberties Conference. Tonkon's participation with the event was led by Steven Wilker, a member of the ACLU of Oregon board of directors....
David Petersen and Kim Stafford Presenting at Real Estate Transactions CLE
Tonkon Torp Real Estate & Land Use attorneys David Petersen and Kimberlee Stafford will be presenting at the December 3, 2013 CLE seminar Handling Real Estate Transactions With Confidence, hosted by the National Business Institute (NBI). The seminar is being held from 8:30 am to 4:40 p...
Tonkon Torp Sponsors PHRMA Member Appreciation Event
Tonkon Torp sponsored a Portland Human Resource Association (PHRMA) member appreciation event on September 25. Bob Carey organized Tonkon Torp's sponsorship of the event, a cruise on the Portland Spirit. Bob Carey is PHRMA's General Counsel and also a member of the PHRMA board. Bob attended ...
Tonkon Torp Sponsors MBA Golf Tournament
Tonkon Torp was a sponsor at the September 23 16th Annual Golf Championship held by the Multnomah Bar Association (MBA). Darcy Norville, an MBA board member, led Tonkon's involvement with the event. The tournament was a fundraiser for the Volunteer Lawyers Project (VLP). ...
Gordon Provides Updates and Summaries on NLRB Cases
Tonkon Torp labor and employment attorney, Corbett Gordon, participated on a panel hosted by the Oregon State Bar Labor and Employment Section at its recent annual meeting and conference in Sunriver. Gordon joined Ron Hooks, NLRB Regional Director (Seattle,) and Portland labor attorney Gene Mechanic...
Tonkon Torp Sponsors FBA Conference
Tonkon Torp was a sponsor of the September 20 Federal Bar Association (FBA) District of Oregon conference. The all-day CLE and networking dinner was attended by several Tonkon Torp attorneys. Chris Pallanch and Colin Love-Geiger, both board members for FBA's Oregon chapter, organized Tonkon'...
Tonkon Torp Sponsors Table at CCA Gala
On September 21, Tonkon Torp sponsored a table at the Children's Cancer Association's (CCA) 13th Annual Hero Gala. Kurt Ruttum organized Tonkon's involvement with the event and attended along with Claire Brown, Bob Carey, David Forman, and their guests....
Jackson Lewis Discusses Real Property Transfer on Death Act for Portland Tax Forum
Jackson Lewis was a featured speaker today at an estate planning program hosted by the Portland Tax Forum. He discussed the Oregon Uniform Real Property Transfer on Death Act. Lewis is the head of Tonkon Torp's Estate Planning Practice Group. His practice includes counseling closely-held busi...
Darcy Norville Elected to Oregon Business Association Board
Portland business attorney Darcy M. Norville has been elected to the board of directors of the Oregon Business Association (OBA). Norville is a partner with Tonkon Torp LLP.   Norville’s practice includes general business and corporate law, with particular emphasis on executive compensa...
Tonkon Sponsors Table at OEN Awards Dinner
Tonkon Torp was a table sponsor at the Oregon Entrepreneur Network's (OEN) annual Tom Holce Entrepreneurship Awards dinner, held September 17. Tonkon's participation was coordinated by the Jeff Woodcox, who serves as the Corporate Secretary for OEN. In addition to Jeff, Entrepreneurial Serv...
Jan Neuman Featured in Article on Changing Water Supply, Likely Legal Conflicts
Jan Neuman, head of Tonkon Torp's Water Law practice, and a member of our Environmental & Natural Resources group, was heavily quoted in a recent article about the Pacific Northwest's changing water supply and the looming legal conflicts over this supply. The article, authored by Steve B...
Tonkon Torp Sponsors WSBA Civil Rights Section CLE and Meeting
Tonkon Torp was a refreshments sponsor at the September 13 CLE and annual meeting of the Washington State Bar Association (WSBA) Civil Rights Section, held in Seattle. Corbett Gordon, who is a Trustee of the Civil Rights Section, attended the event and organized Tonkon's sponsorship. ...
David Petersen Offers Industrial Development Overview for East Metro Economic Group
David Petersen was the keynote speaker today at a meeting of the East Metro Economic Alliance. The subject of David's discussion was "The Industrial Development Toolkit," an overview of the best methods for attracting industrial development, avoiding development roadblocks, and br...
Tonkon Torp Donates to OHSU Foundation
Tonkon Torp made a donation to the Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) Foundation. The donation, organized by Owen Blank, was a direct response to the $1 billion cancer research initiative fundraising challenge made by Phil and Penny Knight. If the OHSU can raise at least $500 million for th...
Drea Schmidt Joins MBA Membership Committee
Drea Schmidt joined the Multnomah Bar Association (MBA) Membership Committee. The committee organizes and plans social events, including WinterSmash, Battle of the Lawyer Bands, Bench, Bar & Bagels, and a First Thursday Social with specialty bars for the MBA membership at large....
Tonkon Torp Makes Donation to Oregon Law Center
Tonkon Torp made its annual donation to the Oregon Law Center. The money will be used to cover the administrative costs associated with the pro bono work done at the Center, formerly known as "SE Legal Clinic." Tonkon Torp attorneys have been doing pro bono work for Oregon Law Center since...
Haley Bjerk and Drea Schmidt Join Art of Leadership Program
Haley Bjerk and Drea Schmidt were selected to participate in the 2013-2014 Art of Leadership program put on by Business for Culture and the Arts (BCA). To promote dynamic leadership in the arts community, BCA works with business professionals to cultivate the skills and knowledge needed to be effec...
Seven Tonkon Torp Attorneys Earn Distinction as Portland Lawyers of the Year
Best Lawyers in America 2014 has named seven attorneys from Tonkon Torp LLP as Portland Lawyer of the Year for their particular specialties. Only a single lawyer in each specialty in each community is honored as the Lawyer of the Year by the peer review survey.   Named Portland’s Lawyer...
Tatiana Perry Featured in PBJ Article on Data Security and Cloud Computing
Tatiana Perry was repeatedly quoted (and featured in a photo) in the recent Portland Business Journal article, "In World of Big Data, the Cloud Isn’t All Silver Linings." Tatiana is the chair of Tonkon Torp's Information Privacy & Security Practice Group and is designated as ...
50 Tonkon Torp Attorneys Named to Best Lawyers in America® 2014
Fifty Tonkon Torp lawyers representing 42 practice areas were selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2014 (Copyright 2013 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, S.C.).    “We are honored to have more than half of the firm’s partners recognized by the larger le...
2013 Environmental & Natural Resources Party
   The Environmental & Natural Resources attorneys    of Tonkon Torp are pleased to host a party on    September 18, 2013 for local environmental and    natural resources lawyers. Click on the invitation    image for more infor...
Vicki Ballou Discusses CLiF Project on KBOO Radio
Intellectual property lawyer Vicki Ballou recently was interviewed for the KBOO radio program, Prison Pipeline, about Tonkon Torp's pro bono work with the CLiF project. A collaboration with Youth, Rights & Justice (YRJ), a regional juvenile law public interest law firm, the CLiF project aims...
Newell Advises Entrepreneurs on Starting a Craft Business
Tonkon Torp business attorney Elizabeth (Bettie) Newell was a guest speaker at a July 16 creative business roundtable geared to helping budding entrepreneurs plan, launch and market a creative business. Newell’s remarks focused on how to start a craft business.   In addition to working ...
2013 Super Lawyers Honors 20 Tonkon Torp Attorneys
Twenty Tonkon Torp attorneys have been named to the national 2013 Super Lawyers or Rising Stars lists, including two senior partners who are recognized on the Oregon Top 50 list, lawyers rated most highly by their peers statewide.   Bankruptcy authority Albert Kennedy and commercial litigator...
Wilker Elected Vice Chair of Metropolitan Family Services Board
Steven Wilker has been elected Vice Chairman of the board of Metropolitan Family Service (MFS).   Wilker, a partner with Tonkon Torp LLP, practices in the firm’s Intellectual Property and Information Privacy & Security practice groups. His practice emphasizes media and technology la...
Tatiana Perry Explains Identity Theft Regulations
Tatiana Perry and client Cairn Investment recently hosted a breakfast presentation at Tonkon Torp for the Greater Portland Compliance Association. Perry, who chairs the firm’s Information Privacy & Security practice group, spoke about identity theft and identity fraud.   Perry has e...
Tonkon Torp Hosts "Freedom to Marry" CLE
Tonkon Torp hosted the ACLU of Oregon and Basic Rights Oregon for a CLE presentation on "Freedom to Marry in Oregon Post Windsor-Perry." The CLE reflected on recent Supreme Court rulings on the historic marriage cases - Windsor v. United States and Hollingsworth v. Perry - and the potentia...
Environmental & Natural Resources Practice Group Hosts Annual Tryon Creek Ivy Pull
On June 29, Tonkon Torp's Environmental & Natural Resources Practice Group hosted their fourth annual invasive ivy pull at Tryon Creek State Park. Max Miller led the event and hosted a post-pull lunch for his fellow volunteers, which included several Tonkon attorneys, summer associates, and ...
Tonkon Torp Contributes Expertise to Benefit Company Legislation
When Governor John Kitzhaber signed House Bill 2296 into law last week, Tonkon Torp attorneys Marco Materazzi and Jeffrey Cronn (pictured below, at left) were on hand for the ceremony. The two business lawyers played an active role in crafting the Oregon legislation which allows a company to el...
Dan Skerritt Chairs American College of Trial Lawyers Jury Committee
Tonkon Torp litigator Daniel H. Skerritt has been appointed to chair the Jury Committee of the American College of Trial Lawyers.   A highly respected litigator with more than three decades of experience, Skerritt represents plaintiffs and defendants in complex commercial litigation. He is a ...
Steven Wilker Discusses Government Surveillance Programs and Right to Privacy for KGW News
Steven Wilker was one of three expert speakers featured in a roundtable discussion for KGW News' "Straight Talk" program, hosted by Laural Porter. Steven and his fellow speakers discussed the implications of National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden's leak of top secret de...
Owen Blank Joins Oregon Jewish Community Foundation Board
Business attorney Owen D. Blank has been elected to the board of the Oregon Jewish Community Foundation (OJCF). Blank, a partner with Tonkon Torp LLP, represents family-held businesses, national and international corporations, nonprofit organizations and charitable foundations on a variety of matter...
Tonkon Torp is "Wine Sponsor" at Annual Bench and Bar Social
Tonkon Torp donated wine and champagne to the June 20 Bench and Bar Social held by the US District Court of Oregon Historical Society and Federal Bar Association. Colin Love-Geiger and Chris Pallanch organized Tonkon's attendance at the social, which was attended by several lawyers and summer as...
Tonkon Torp Gives Summer Associates Real World Experience
Tonkon Torp’s summer associate program is in full swing, with three aspiring attorneys gaining real world legal experience and mentoring from many of the firm’s business lawyers and litigators.   “Tonkon Torp has a long history of attracting excellent law students to our sum...
Tonkon Torp Litigator Addresses Public Records and Public Meetings Law
Tonkon Torp litigator Steven Wilker co-presented a seminar on Oregon’s public records and public meeting laws on June 11 in Portland. The full-day seminar offered public entities, media representatives and government watchdogs the opportunity to hear and discuss what Oregon law says about bala...
Bob Carey Speaks at OADC Annual Convention
Bob Carey spoke at the Oregon Association of Defense Counsel's annual convention at the Sunriver Resort on June 15, 2013. His talk focused on "Taking the Plaintiff's Deposition in an Employment Action." The presentation explored tactics and strategies for taking an effective deposi...
Tonkon Torp Trial Lawyer Teaches Deposition Skills
Tonkon Torp trial lawyer, William (Rick) F. Martson, Jr., was a member of the faculty at a recent course to help young lawyers develop effective deposition skills to position a case for trial. The three-day course, held at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, was sponsored by the National Institute for...
Millender Discusses Recent Developments in the Taxation of Internet Commerce
Tonkon Torp tax attorney Michael Millender was a speaker at the Oregon Law Institute’s program on Internet Law Developments, June 7, 2013. Millender spoke about sales and income tax trends affecting Internet commerce, including the taxation of cloud computing and other digital products and ser...
Tonkon Torp Lawyers Address Data Security, Intellectual Property & Privacy Issues Facing Businesses
Four attorneys from Tonkon Torp’s Intellectual Property and Information Privacy & Security practice groups presented a seminar yesterday on managing company risk in the internet age. In a program titled “Dealing with Too Much Information, Personal and Proprietary,” the team tac...
Tonkon Torp Water Law Expert Addresses International Conference
Tonkon Torp water law attorney Janet Neuman was among a group of prominent experts invited to speak at a two-day international conference in New Delhi, India. The conference addressed access to water and water quality challenges resulting from the world’s population growth, industrialization a...
Gordon Demystifies Recent Leave Law Changes
Tonkon Torp labor and employment attorney, Corbett Gordon, participated recently in the 2013 Employment Law Update presented by the Oregon Law Institute of Lewis & Clark Law School. With recent changes made by the Oregon Legislature to the Oregon Family Leave Act, Gordon explained current leave ...
Tonkon Attorneys Golf for Youth, Rights & Justice
Gwen Griffith and Matt Joseph participated at the June 7 Youth, Rights & Justice (YRJ) Golf Open. The Open was a benefit for SchoolWorks, a YRJ organization serving over 2,500 Oregon foster kids. SchoolWorks advocates work with parents, foster parents, schools and other agencies to make sure the...
Tonkon Torp Immigration Practice Earns Highest Rating From Chambers USA
The Business Immigration Practice at Tonkon Torp has earned top tier ranking in the newly released Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, 2013 edition. Rankings are based on thousands of peer reviews, client assessments and other data. This is the fourth consecutive year the imm...
Seven Tonkon Torp Practices Recognized by Chambers USA for 2013
Seven Tonkon Torp practice groups have earned recognition in the newly released Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, 2013 edition. Acknowledged in the annual ranking were these practices: Corporate/M&A, Environmental & Natural Resources, Intellectual Property, Labor &a...
Sherrill Corbett Discusses Purchase and Sale of a Business
Tonkon Torp merger & acquisition attorney, Sherrill Corbett, addressed the Young Lawyers Section of the Multnomah Bar Association on May 30 on the topic of the purchase and sale of a business or its assets.   Corbett, who chairs the firm’s M & A Practice Group, counsels clients ...
Harris Crowne Joins Portland City Club’s Research Board
Litigator Caroline Harris Crowne has been appointed to the Research Board of the Portland City Club. A partner in Tonkon Torp’s Litigation Department, Harris Crowne’s practice focuses on commercial contracts, business owner disputes and forensic accounting issues. She represents clients ...
Corbett Gordon Shares Expertise with PSU Students
Tonkon Torp labor and employment attorney, Corbett Gordon, addressed the Portland State University chapter of the Human Resource Management Association at its May 16 meeting. Gordon discussed the importance of employer handbooks and policies, as well as best practices in conducting investigations of...
Immigration Specialists Discuss H-1B Status With Students
Immigration attorneys Turid Owren and Haley Bjerk recently gave a presentation to international students at Portland State University who are interested in seeking employment in the United States after graduation. The subject of their talk was "Transitioning to H-1B Status." Owren chair...
Labor & Employment Group Updates HR Professionals
Attorneys from Tonkon Torp’s Labor & Employment Practice Group presented their annual employment law seminar on May 16 for about 100 human resource professionals from client firms and other businesses in the Portland area. Topics for the half-day conference included: Pre-employmen...
Bob Carey and Labor & Employment Group Update HR Professionals
Attorneys from Tonkon Torp’s Labor & Employment Practice Group presented their annual employment law seminar on May 16 for about 100 human resource professionals from client firms and other businesses in the Portland area. “This annual event presents an excellent opportunity for our...
Conable Provides Updates on RIAs at Northwest Securities Institute
Tonkon Torp litigator, Paul Conable, was a guest speaker at the 33rd annual Northwest Securities Institute in Portland on May 10. He and a regional officer from the SEC addressed the current state of Registered Investment Advisors (RIAs).   Conable is co-chair of the firm’s Litigation &...
Tonkon Torp Sponsors and Hosts Le Monde "Iron Chef" Event
Tonkon Torp hosted the Le Monde Immersion Public Charter School for an "Iron Chef" fundraiser competition, at which Tonkon was also a sponsor. Tonkon's participation was organized by Shouka Rezvani, a Le Monde board member. Le Monde Immersion was founded in 2011 by parents and educator...
Tonkon Torp Sponsors BTA's Alice Awards Dinner
Tonkon Torp was a sponsor at the May 4 Alice Awards and Auction Dinner, held by the Bicycle Transportation Alliance (BTA). David Forman, a BTA board member, organized Tonkon's participation and attendance at the event. The evening fundraiser highlighted the impact of the BTA's bicycle safety...
Information Privacy Lawyers Caution Business Owners
Tatiana Perry and Ari Okano Lee presented a program about “Cross border issues related to information transfers” at the May 1 Speaker’s Corner at Portland’s Arlington Club.   Perry and Lee are members of Tonkon Torp’s Information Privacy & Security Practice G...
Stephens Addresses Ethical Issues at OADC Seminar
Ken Stephens recently shared his perspective on ethical issues arising from representing business entities and their shareholders, directors, managers and other constituents. Ken participated in a panel discussion at the Spring Commercial Litigation Seminar hosted by Tonkon Torp for the Oregon Assoc...
Tonkon Torp Litigator Presents Information on Domain Name Disputes
Tonkon Torp litigator, Ryan Bledsoe, was a guest speaker at a May 1 brown bag lunch hosted by the Oregon State Bar’s Intellectual Property Section. His remarks were focused on helping practitioners to be aware of the Uniform Domain-Name Dispute Resolution Policy and the Cyberpiracy Prevention ...
Multnomah County Again Honors Tonkon Torp Attorney Max Miller
The Multnomah County Board of Commissioners and the Multnomah County Citizen Involvement Committee have honored Tonkon Torp attorney Max M. Miller, Jr. with a 2013 Multnomah County Volunteer Award for his service on the Regional Arts and Culture Council (RACC). This is the second time Miller has ...
Senior Environmental Litigator Joins Tonkon Torp
Senior environmental lawyer and a former attorney for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), David Rabbino, has joined Tonkon Torp.   The newest member of the firm’s broad-based and growing Environmental & Natural Resources Practice Group, Rabbino will focus on environmenta...
Tonkon Torp Sponsors Photolucida's Portland Photo Month
In April, Tonkon Torp sponsored Photolucida's celebration of Portland Photo Month. Tonkon's sponsorship was organized by Anna Sortun, a Photolucida board member. Photolucida is an arts non-profit whose mission is to provide platforms that inspire, educate and connect the regional, national, ...
Tonkon Torp Donates to Peninsula Children's Center
Tonkon Torp made a donation to the Peninsula Children's Center. Marco Materazzi, a Peninsula board member, organized the donation. Peninsula Children's Center aims to provide quality child care and education to families of all income levels. Peninsula's programs serve 160 children ages 6...
Tonkon Torp Supports Central City Concern Event
Tonkon Torp was a supporter at a Central City Concern (CCC) event for the Letty Owings Center, where addicted mothers and pregnant women can live and recover with their children. Tonkon's involvement with the event was organized by Susan O'Donnell. Susan has served on various CCC boards for ...
Tonkon Torp Scholarship Awarded to 5 Lewis & Clark Law Students
Each year since 1987, at least one student at Lewis & Clark Law School has benefitted from a scholarship established by the firm in the name of founding partners Moe M. Tonkon and Frederick H. Torp. This year, the school’s Dean and Associate Dean selected five students for the honor. James...
Robyn Ridler Aoyagi Reelected to Oregon State Bar House of Delegates
Tonkon Torp litigator Robyn Ridler Aoyagi has been reelected for a second term as a Region 5 delegate to the Oregon State Bar's House of Delegates. Robyn has served as a Region 5 delegate since 2010. The House of Delegates is the governing body of the 14,000-member Oregon State Bar. &...
Tonkon Torp Sponsors Parkinson's Resources of Oregon Benefit
Tonkon Torp was a sponsor at the April 26 Parkinson's Resources of Oregon (PRO) "Celebrate Hope" benefit auction. Tonkon's sponsorship was organized by Vicki Ballou, who has been on the PRO board of directors since 2011. Founded in 1980, PRO's mission is to empower individuals ...
Tonkon Torp Sponsors Human Solutions Fundraiser
Tonkon Torp was a sponsor at Human Solutions Inc.'s (HSI) "Tonight's the Night" 25th Anniversary Gala and Auction, on April 26. The gala raised over $76,000 for HSI's homelessness programs. Krista Hardwick, an HSI board member, organized Tonkon's involvement with the e...
Ken Stephens Sponsors Ektelon Racquetball Tournament of Champions
Ken Stephens was a sponsor at the Ektelon Racquetball Tournament of Champions, held April 25 through April 28 at the Multnomah Athletic Club. This is the MAC's return to the championship after hosting it through the 1980s and '90s, the height of racquetball's popularity. The tournament f...
Tonkon Torp Sponsors Classroom Law Project Event
Tonkon Torp was a table sponsor at the April 24 Legal Citizen of the Year dinner held by the Classroom Law Project (CLP). Paul Conable, a CLP board member, organized Tonkon's participation and attendance at the event. This year's honoree was Governor Ted Kulongoski. CLP is a non-profit organ...
Tonkon Torp Sponsors Basic Rights Oregon Lunch
Tonkon Torp was a table sponsor at Basic Rights Oregon's Oregonians Against Discrimination Business Leaders Luncheon on April 18. Basic Rights Oregon's mission is to ensure that all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Oregonians experience equality by building a broad and inclusive moveme...
Tonkon Attorneys Attend FBA Annual Awards Lunch
Tonkon Torp was a table sponsor at the April 18 Federal Bar Association (FBA) Oregon Chapter Annual Awards Lunch. Chris Pallanch and Colin Love-Geiger, both FBA Oregon Chapter board members, organized Tonkon's attendance at the lunch. The FBA Oregon Chapter is comprised of approximately 400 fede...
Bob Carey Presents on HR Problems for PHRMA
Bob Carey was the featured speaker at an April 17 luncheon hosted by the Portland Human Resource Management Association (PHRMA). Bob's topic was "Tackling the Toughest HR Problems." ...
Tonkon Torp Sponsors OEN Angel Oregon Event
Tonkon Torp was a sponsor at the April 17 "Angel Oregon" event put on by the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network (OEN). For entrepreneurs, investors and networkers, OEN's Angel Oregon is where ideas are nurtured, new markets are discovered, and business connections are made. Tonkon participat...
Conway Offers Perspective at NW Bankruptcy Institute Meeting
Tonkon Torp bankruptcy attorney Timothy Conway was a panelist at the 25th annual NW Bankruptcy Institute meeting, held in Vancouver, Washington on April 12. The panel addressed the topic, “When Disaster Strikes in Chapter 11: Administrative Insolvency, Structured Dismissal and Other Issues of ...
Tonkon Sponsors Newberg Rotary Auction
Tonkon Torp was a sponsor at the April 13 Newberg Rotary Red Carpet Auction. Vicki Ballou organized Tonkon's participation. Some of the organizations benefiting from the 36th annual Rotary Auction included SMART Reading, Habitat for Humanity and Thugz Off Drugs. ...
Tonkon Torp Sponsors Third Rail's The Aliens Production
Tonkon Torp was a production sponsor for Third Rail Repertory Theatre's production The Aliens, which ran from April 12 to May 5. Ava Schoen, a Third Rail board member, organized Tonkon's sponsorship of the play. The Aliens is an Obie-winning play about friendship, loss, and a generation of y...
Tonkon Torp Leads 8th Annual Water Law Conference
Tonkon Torp water lawyers Peter Mohr and Janet Neuman are co-chairs and panel moderators for the 8th annual water law conference, “The Future of Water Supply & Management in the Pacific Northwest,” scheduled for April 17 at the World Trade Center in Portland.   The day-long co...
Tonkon Torp Supports YWCA for Series of Events
Tonkon Torp supported the YWCA in a series of events relating to their 21st Annual Inspire Luncheon. On April 9, Tonkon hosted Fred Meyer executives and vendors for a dinner event on behalf of the YWCA. On April 10, Tonkon hosted the YWCA and featured Inspire speaker Professor Anita Hill for a recep...
Tonkon Torp Sponsors Table at First Citizen Lunch
Tonkon Torp sponsored a table at the April 10 First Citizen Award Luncheon hosted by the Portland Association of Metropolitan Realtors. The 2013 Portland First Citizen honoree was Jean DeMaster, Executive Director of Human Solutions Inc. (HSI). Ned Perry, a former board member at HSI, helped nominat...
Jeanette Schuster Moderates Conference Panel at American Bar Assn. Meeting
Tonkon Torp attorney Jeanette Schuster moderated a panel discussion at the American Bar Association’s (ABA) spring meeting of its Business Law Section in Washington, D.C. The panel discussed “Real Environmental Concerns in Real Property and Business Transactions.”   ...
Tonkon Attorneys Offer Advice on Information Security in the Internet Age
Tonkon Torp attorneys, Tatiana Perry, Steve Wilker and Craig Foster are presenting a seminar on best practices and pitfalls of data collection and processing for many companies in the age of the Internet, social media and other technologies. The discussion will also touch upon do's and don't...
LeRoux & Millender Address Tax Law Developments and Implications
Tonkon Torp tax attorneys Mark LeRoux and Michael Millender discussed recent developments in state tax laws at a March 14 meeting presented by the Oregon State Bar Taxation Section. Their remarks, titled “A Dash of SALT,” focused on recent developments in Oregon tax law and planning...
Griffith Helps De-mystify Tax Issues of Trusts and Estates
Tonkon Torp tax attorney Gwen Griffith gave a presentation on “Taxing Thoughts About Non-Taxable Estates” at a March 15 seminar on estate and trust administration, hosted by the Oregon Law Institute of Lewis & Clark Law School. Griffith, who chairs the firm’s Taxation Practice ...
Kristin Bremer Moore Discusses Social Media Policies in the Workplace
Tonkon Torp attorney Kristin Bremer Moore was the keynote speaker at the March 19 meeting of the Institute of Management Accountants, Portland chapter. She discussed "Social Media Policies in the Workplace," including how social media may and may not be used by an employer in employee...
Tonkon Torp Hosts Securities Law Lunch
Tonkon Torp hosted a Securities Law lunch on March 21 with retired Chief Justice Paul De Muniz, who presented on the Oregon Supreme Court's recently issued decision, State of Oregon v. Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc., et al. Local securities law lawyers and Tonkon Torp lawyers attended the ...
Bob Carey Volunteers at Northwest Youth Careers Expo
Bob Carey volunteered at the Northwest Youth Careers Expo at the Oregon Convention Center on March 19, 2013, helping students acquire skills through mock job interviews....
Janet Neuman Offers Perspective on “Water Wars”
Tonkon Torp water law attorney, Janet Neuman, was a featured panelist at a March 14 Vanderbilt Law School presentation on “Water Wars: Mediating Water Rights Disputes.” The presentation was hosted by the Vanderbilt Alternative Dispute Resolution Program.   A frequent speaker and w...
IP Attorneys Offer Advice on Marketing and Branding
Tonkon Torp intellectual property attorneys Chris Erickson, Ari Okano Lee and Ryan Bledsoe are presenting a March 21 seminar on best practices for protecting trademarks and domain names, and the use of social media, publicity and keyword advertising for marketing and branding purposes.   The ...
Griffith Briefs Juvenile Justice Council on Tonkon’s CLiF Project
Tonkon Torp tax attorney, Gwen Griffith, gave a presentation at the invitation of the Juvenile Justice Council of Multnomah County on Tonkon Torp’s CLiF Project (Changing Lives Forever), a pro bono project providing legal assistance to low income individuals. Over 20 lawyers at Tonkon are invo...
Norville Addresses Health Care Reform Issues
Darcy M. Norville was a panelist at a March 14 event hosted by Cascade Employers Association for its members. She spoke on the topic of health care reform.   Norville is a partner in Tonkon Torp’s Business Department, where she offers clients executive compensation and employee ben...
18 Tonkon Torp Attorneys Named Leaders in Their Field by Peers and Clients
Eighteen Tonkon Torp attorneys are named leaders in their field for the 2013 edition of Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business. The annual reference directory names leading Oregon lawyers in the seven practice areas identified below. The ranking is based on interviews with ...
Owen Blank Featured Speaker at Sports Law Forum
Tonkon Torp attorney, Owen Blank, was a participating speaker at the 2013 Keller Forum on Sports Law, held March 8 at Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland. Blank participated in a panel discussion titled “The Booms and Busts of Endorsement Deals.” The panel explored sp...
Tonkon Torp Litigator Presents Case Law Affecting Terrorism Detainees
Tonkon Torp litigator, Molly Honoré, was a presenter at a Continuing Legal Education program for the Oregon State Bar on the topic, “Guantanamo and Beyond: Oregon Lawyers Litigating the War on Terror.” She discussed major court cases affecting Guantanamo detainees.   H...
Tonkon Torp Sponsors OWLS' Roberts-Deiz Dinner
Tonkon Torp was a Gold Sponsor of the March 8 annual Roberts-Deiz Awards Dinner, put on by Oregon Women Lawyers (OWLS). The OWLS mission is to ensure justice and equality by advancing women and minorities in the legal profession. With over 1400 members, OWLS helps hundreds of women attorneys create ...
Tonkon Torp Sponsors Girls Inc. "Power of the Purse" Event
Tonkon Torp sponsored the March 8 Girls Inc. "Power of the Purse" fundraising event. Turid Owren, a Girls Inc. board member, organized the sponsorship and attended the event along with Kristin Bremer, Sherrill Corbett, and others. Girls Inc. works to inspire girls to be strong, smart, and ...
Neuman Featured at Oregon Water Quality Conference
Tonkon Torp water law attorney, Janet Neuman, is a presenting speaker at the Oregon Water Law Conference hosted by the Environmental Law Education Center on March 8. Neuman will discuss the relationship between water quality and quantity, integrated water resource strategies in the West, and su...
Tonkon Torp Sponsors ACLU Foundation Dinner
Tonkon Torp was a "Justice Sponsor" at the March 2 Oregon Liberty Dinner, hosted by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Foundation. The ACLU of Oregon is a non-partisan organization dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of civil liberties and civil rights. Steven Wilker, an A...
Tonkon Torp Sponsors Cedar Sinai Park Heartstrings Gala
Tonkon Torp was a "Pearl Sponsor" at the March 2 Heartstrings Gala put on by Cedar Sinai Park. The event was a benefit for the Robison Jewish Health Center. Cedar Sinai Park is a nonprofit providing residential and community-based care to elders and adults with special needs. David Forman ...
Tonkon Torp Litigator Hosts Securities Law Discussion
Tonkon Torp litigator, William (Rick) Martson, Jr., joins Willamette University Law School professor Mike Eisenberg in a February 26 presentation on current federal and state securities law topics including SEC enforcement priorities, Oregon Supreme Court decisions and private equity investments in ...
Tonkon Torp Raises Over $53,000 for Campaign for Equal Justice
Tonkon Torp once again was at the top of the list of large law firms whose attorneys and staff contributed to the Lawyers’ Campaign for Equal Justice (CEJ) annual fund drive. This year the firm raised $53,453 from a total of 81 donors.   “Our firm’s culture of support i...
Tonkon Torp Sponsors MBA Wintersmash
Tonkon Torp was a sponsor at the February 23 Wintersmash bowling event put on by the Multnomah Bar Association. Molly Honoré organized Tonkon's involvement with the event and attended alongside Claire Brown, 2013 2L Summer Associate Alex Tinker, and their dates. Proceeds from the event be...
Lawyers Discuss Tax Planning for Family Held Businesses
Tonkon Torp tax attorneys Mark LeRoux and Michael Millender will discuss tax planning for closely held businesses at a March 1 seminar hosted by the Oregon Law Institute of Lewis & Clark Law School. They will cover tax strategies for entity formation and business expansion, employee incentives, ...
Griffith Addresses Recent Tax Rulings
Tonkon Torp tax attorney, Gwen Griffith, was a recent presenter at a Mid-Valley Tax Forum luncheon program in Salem. Griffith, who chairs the firm’s Taxation Practice Group, gave a federal tax update on recent cases and rulings to an audience of Certified Public Accountants and tax attorneys.&...
Tonkon Torp Sponsors Ride Connection 2013 Annual Gala
Tonkon Torp was a sponsor at the February 22 Ride Connection 2013 Annual Gala. Drew Hagedorn organized Tonkon's involvement at the event. Ride Connection provides transportation services, options, and resources for older adults and people with disabilities in the Portland area. ...
Tonkon Torp Litigator Presents at Government Law Event
Tonkon Torp litigator, Steven Wilker, is a guest speaker at an all-day conference on Government Law Issues on the Cutting Edge, hosted by the Oregon State Bar’s government law section on February 22nd at Salishan. Wilker will address the issue of government control of advertising and whether a...
Tonkon Torp Hosts Catlin Gabel Alumni Professional Mixer
On February 21, Tonkon Torp hosted a mixer for alumni professionals of the Catlin Gabel School. Tonkon's involvement with the event was organized by Molly Honoré, a Catlin Gabel alum and member of the Catlin Gabel Alumni Board. ...
Tonkon Torp Sponsors All Hands Raised Event
Tonkon Torp was a sponsor at the February 21 All Hands Raised 18th Annual Portland Roast Festival, Drew Hagedorn led Tonkon's involvement at the event, and attended along with the other members of the Government Relations Practice Group. The mission of All Hands Raised (formerly the Portland Sch...
Tonkon Torp Lawyers Earn Information Privacy Certification
Reflecting Tonkon Torp’s commitment to the rapidly emerging area of privacy law, attorneys Tatiana Perry and Craig A. Foster have  joined colleague Ari Okano Lee in earning designation as a Certified Information Privacy Professional for the United States (CIPP/US), a certification offered...
Tonkon Torp Purchases 2013 Membership with Friends of Tryon Creek
Tonkon Torp purchased a 2013 business membership with the Friends of Tryon Creek (FOTC). The membership was initiated by Max Miller and the Environmental & Natural Resources Practice Group. The FOTC aims to connect people to the Tryon Creek natural area, share their passion for nature, and inspi...
IP Attorneys Discuss How to Protect Copyrighted Material
Tonkon Torp intellectual property attorneys Vicki Ballou, Eric Beach and David Weiler are presenting a seminar to content creators regarding the ownership, use and licensing of copyrighted material.    The February 21st event is the second in a series of four breakfast meetings hosted by...
Tonkon Torp Donates to Forest Park Conservancy
Tonkon Torp made a donation to the Forest Park Conservancy, where Ryan Bledsoe is on the board of directors. The Conservancy works to protect and foster the ecological health of Forest Park, maintain and enhance the park's extensive trail network, and inspire community appreciation and future st...
Corbett Gordon Joins Tonkon Torp’s L&E Practice
One of the Pacific Northwest’s most respected labor and employment lawyers has joined the growing labor and employment practice at Tonkon Torp LLP. Corbett Gordon, formerly a founder and senior counsel at the Portland office of Fisher & Phillips, brings to the relationship over three decad...
Kristin Bremer Moore and Andrea Schmidt Receive Pro Bono Award
The Coalition of Community Health Clinics has acknowledged the pro bono work of Kristin Bremer Moore and Andrea Schmidt. At its February board meeting, the organization presented “Safety Net Champion” Awards to both lawyers. The Coalition of Community Health Clinics is a network of 14...
Neuman Discusses Oregon’s New Integrated Water Rights Strategy
Tonkon Torp’s Janet Neuman, recognized as one of the Pacific Northwest’s foremost water policy experts, will speak at the February 14 meeting of the Cascade chapter of the Northwest Environmental Business Council (NEBC). She joins Alyssa Mucken of the Oregon Water Resources Departme...
Tonkon Torp Sponsors Jewish Business Network's Day of Hope
Tonkon Torp was a "gold" sponsor at the February 10 "Day of Hope" event held by the Jewish Business Network. David Forman and Kurt Ruttum attended the annual fundraising event which benefits local underprivileged families and the children of the Good Family Orphanage in Odessa, U...
Creps Updates Small Business Employers on Compliance Issues
Tonkon Torp labor and employment attorney Clay D. Creps is a featured speaker at a February 13 seminar on Small Business Employment Law Issues. Creps will speak about state and federal regulatory compliance thresholds for employers in Oregon and Washington.   A member of Tonkon Torp&rsq...
Tonkon Torp Sponsors Oregon Law Students Public Interest Fund Auction
Tonkon Torp was a "public service" sponsor at the February 8 Oregon Law Students Public Interest Fund (OLSPIF) Auction. The OLSPIF is a non-profit run by and for the students of the University of Oregon School of Law. Their mission is to enable law student employment in the public interest...
Tonkon Torp Sponsors Lewis & Clark PILP Auction
Tonkon Torp sponsored Lewis & Clark Law School's February 8 Public Interest in Law Project (PILP) auction, which was held at the MAC Club. PILP is a student-run organization at Lewis & Clark Law School that was founded in 1990. Since its inception, the organization has helped 260 student...
Tonkon Torp Sponsors OWLS Networking Event
Tonkon Torp was a sponsor at the February 7 Oregon Women Lawyers (OWLS) networking event with the Oregon Society of CPAs and Oregon Bankers Association. Several Tonkon attorneys were in attendance at the event, which featured keynote speaker Judith McGee, a financial planner, and entrepreneur. Haley...
Tonkon Torp Purchases 2013 Membership with the Portland Art Museum
Tonkon Torp purchased a 2013 business membership with the Portland Art Museum. The membership comes with four reusable passes to the museum, available for use by Tonkon staff and attorneys. The membership was organized by Joe Voboril who is on the Portland Art Museum board of directors. ...
Appellate Tips & Traps for Trial Lawyers
In a 2009 CLE presentation, updated January 2013, Robyn Ridler Aoyagi offers advice to trial lawyers in appellate court....
Tonkon Torp Supports Small Business Legal Clinic Dinner
Mike Morgan, Drew Hagedorn, and Peter Mohr attended the January 29 Small Business Legal Clinic fundraiser dinner hosted by Oregon State Senator Betsy Johnson. Since 2006, Lewis & Clark Law School’s Small Business Legal Clinic (SBLC) has provided business transactional legal advice to more ...
Bob Carey Presents Class on "Employment Law Basics" at the Lewis and Clark Law School
On January 26, 2013, Bob Carey presented a class on "Employment Law Basics" to students enrolled in the Entrepreneurship Seminar at the Lewis and Clark Law School....
Intellectual Property Practice Group Hosts First in Series of Breakfast Briefings
On January 17, Tonkon Torp's Intellectual Property Practice Group held the first in a series of four breakfast briefings. This first briefing covered the topic of "Idea Protection" and featured presentations from David Aman, Jon Stride, and Steven Wilker. ...
Tax Attorney Griffith Briefs CPAs on Oregon Tax Law Developments
Tonkon Torp tax and estate planning attorney Gwendolyn Griffith was a guest speaker at the January 7 Oregon Society of Certified Public Accountants State & Local Tax Conference. She presented information on recent Oregon Tax Court cases and other tax law developments.  Griffith leads Ton...
Aoyagi Elected Secretary of OSB’s Appellate Practice Section Executive Committee
Tonkon Torp litigator Robyn Ridler Aoyagi has been elected to serve as Secretary of the Oregon State Bar’s Appellate Practice Section Executive Committee, effective January 1, 2013.  She has served on the Executive Committee since 2011.   A partner of the firm since 2007, Aoyagi pr...
Chris Erickson Joins Oregon Sports Authority Board
Tonkon Torp attorney, Chris Erickson, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Oregon Sports Authority.    Chris is a member of the firm’s Intellectual Property Practice Group, where he focuses on trademark protection, negotiation of technology and software license and p...
Skerritt Appointed to U.S. Supreme Court Historical Society
Tonkon Torp partner Daniel H. Skerritt has been appointed Oregon State Membership Chair for the U.S. Supreme Court Historical Society.  Skerritt practices in the firm's Litigation Department, where he has achieved some of Oregon's largest awards and settlements in matters ranging fro...
Tonkon Torp Elects Two New Partners
Tonkon Torp LLP has elected Inga Deckert and Jeffrey Woodcox to the partnership, effective January 1, 2013.    Deckert has been a member of the firm’s Government Relations & Public Policy Practice Group  since 2007. She represents clients before the Oregon Legislature...
Tonkon Torp Again Named Among Oregon’s Most Admired Professional Service Firms
Tonkon Torp has again been recognized as one of Oregon's most admired professional services firms in The Portland Business Journal's 2012 'Most Admired Companies' survey.   Each year, the Business Journal polls Oregon CEOs, asking them to identify the very best organizatio...
Bob Carey Presents "Rethinking Legal Services in the 21st Century"
Bob Carey presented "Rethinking Legal Services in the 21st Century" to the Owen M. Panner Inn of Court on December 11, 2012. ...
Tonkon Torp Attorney Briefs Accountants on Recent Federal Tax Rulings
Tonkon Torp tax and estate planning attorney Gwendolyn Griffith spoke at the 2012 Northwest Federal Tax Conference sponsored by the Oregon Society of Certified Public Accountants. The title of her talk was, "Recent Cases and Rulings in Federal Tax."     Griffith leads Tonkon T...
Litigator Rick Martson Shares His Expertise With Young Trial Lawyers
Trial lawyers looking to hone their skills will learn from seasoned litigator William (Rick) Martson, Jr. about the do's and don'ts of opening statements, at an upcoming continuing legal education program. Martson is one of the speakers at the Defense Practice Academy sponsored by the Or...
Tonkon Torp Lawyers Present CLE on Structuring Joint Ventures
Tonkon Torp attorneys Justin Denton and Steven Olson recently presented a continuing legal education seminar on how to structure strategic joint ventures from the perspective of a business attorney and a litigator. Their presentation covered issues that arise when a joint venture is formed, as well ...
Anna Sortun Named Up and Coming Lawyer for 2012
Tonkon Torp litigator Anna Sortun has been named a 2012 Up & Coming Lawyer honoree by the Portland Daily Journal of Commerce.  She is among a select group of 20 young lawyers recognized by a judging panel comprised of leaders from Oregon's legal community.   In her practice, Sort...
Greenman Offers Tips for Sales of Private Companies
At a recent event for owners of privately held companies, Tonkon Torp business lawyer Ronald L. Greenman discussed the importance of planning before and after the sale of a business.  His remarks were part of a seminar focused on merger and acquisition solutions for closely held companies. ...
U.S. News "Best Law Firms" Ranks Tonkon Torp Nationally in Six Practice Areas
U.S. News & World Report-Best Lawyers has released its 2012-2013 edition of the "Best Law Firms" publication and has awarded Portland's Tonkon Torp LLP national ranking for six practice areas and Portland metropolitan area ranking for 38 of its practice areas.     &...
Al Kennedy Speaks at Two Professional Events on Bankruptcy Issues
Tonkon Torp bankruptcy attorney Albert Kennedy was a panelist at two recent professional conferences.    On September 7, Kennedy shared his perspective on challenges for landlords and lenders in retail restructurings.  His presentation was part of the Turnaround Management Associat...
Tonkon Torp Lawyers Tapped for "Best of CLE" Conference Presenters
Attorneys Craig Foster, Andrea Schmidt and Michael Millender have been selected to present seminars at the annual "Best of CLE" conference for continuing legal education in Portland.  The November conference draws from among the city's legal experts to present one-hour workshops o...
Tonkon's Delano Discusses Environmental Benefits of B-Corps
Tonkon Torp attorney Duncan Delano recently spoke on the topic of B-Corporations for the Sustainability Leadership Program at the University of Oregon.  His presentation explored ways in which this new corporate structure can facilitate and require sustainable practices.   An associate i...
Tonkon Torp Attorney Discusses Social Media Ethics at Conference
Blerina Kotori will participate on a panel discussion at the Oregon Law Institute's 25th annual continuing legal education seminar on ethics, at the Oregon Convention Center on November 2.    The panel discussion, titled "Zealous or Excessive - Can a Lawyer's Good Intention...
Cronn Discusses Transaction Hurdles at Business Owner Event
// Tonkon Torp business lawyer Jeff Cronn will discuss with a group of business owners the legal hurdles that can arise as a company is being prepared for sale. The November 1 event at the Multnomah Athletic Club is sponsored by U.S. Bank for its commercial banking and wealth management ...
Tonkon Torp's Bremer Provides Updates on ADA and Family Medical Leave
Tonkon Torp business attorney Kristin Bremer is a presenter at the upcoming 4th Annual Labor & Employment Law Seminar at the World Trade Center.  Bremer will offer insights on new legislative enactments and court decisions that impact the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Family Medic...
Tonkon Torp's Bob Carey Elected to Human Resources Board
Tonkon Torp attorney Robert L. Carey has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Portland Human Resource Management Association (PHRMA), and he will serve as the board's General Counsel.    Carey leads Tonkon Torp's Labor and Employment Practice Group, where he represents ...
Kotori Speaks on Fundamentals of Sexual Harassment Law
Tonkon Torp attorney Blerina Kotori recently presented information about "Sexual Harassment from a Management Perspective" at Lewis & Clark Law School. She discussed the fundamentals of sexual harassment law in the context of both employment litigation and advice, and covered reco...
Three New Associates Join Tonkon Torp
// Tonkon Torp LLP has hired Claire E. Brown, Molly Honoré and Matthew Joseph as associates in the firm.    Claire E. Brown joins the firm's Business Department. A 2012 graduate of Vanderbilt University, she earned a law degree and an MBA, with a concentr...
Tonkon Torp Attorney Ken Stephens to Teach in Latvia This Fall
// In October, Tonkon Torp corporate attorney Ken Stephens will join Professor Antons Petrovskis in teaching the international business law course at the University of Latvia in Riga, Latvia.    Stephens' appointment was arranged by the Center for International ...
Five Tonkon Torp Attorneys Earn Designation as Portland Lawyers of the Year in Their Practice Specialties
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Al Kennedy Offers Perspective on Sunwest Management Bankruptcy at Oregon State Bar Event
Tonkon Torp bankruptcy attorney Albert Kennedy was one of a number of panelists at a September 19 Oregon State Bar continuing legal education event focused on one of Oregon's most complex bankruptcy cases.    Titled, "Sunwest: The Complexity of its Downfall, the Negotiations an...
Tonkon Torp Attorney Discusses Affordable Care Act Implications for Businesses
// On September 18th and 28th, Tonkon Torp employee benefits attorney Darcy Norville and Tompkins Benefit Group consultant Deborah Tompkins will offer business owners and human resource directors their perspectives on what the Affordable Care Act means for businesses following the U.S. S...
Tonkon Torp's Herzog Appointed to WSU Foundation Board
// Tonkon Torp attorney Theodore (Ted) Herzog has been appointed to the Washington State University Foundation board of trustees.    Herzog chairs the firm's Real Estate and Land Use Practice Group. He represents local, regional and national property owners, ten...
Tonkon Torp Litigator Explores Internet Law Issues
// Tonkon Torp litigator Steven Wilker presents a Continuing Legal Education seminar on new developments in Internet law this week in Portland. The seminar is part of the Oregon State Bar's ongoing professional development series.    Wilker is a partner in Tonkon To...
Tonkon Torp Attorney Presents JOBS Act information for companies interested in Raising Capital
// On September 19, Tonkon Torp corporate attorney Tom Palmer will discuss the 2012 JOBS Act (Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act) and offer practical guidelines on how small businesses may be able use the Act to raise capital.   Palmer chairs Tonkon Torp's Corpor...
Tonkon Torp Labor & Employment Lawyer Contributes to Award-Winning Legal Education Book
// Tonkon Torp labor and employment attorney Clay Creps is a contributor to a book for the legal profession that has earned a national award. The 2011 edition of Labor and Employment Law: Private Sector has won the Association for Continuing Legal Education's (ACLEA) Best Award...
Tonkon Torp Wins Top Litigation Honors - Four of Firm's Attorneys Again Identified as Oregon Litigation Stars
// Tonkon Torp's litigation law practice has once again been honored by clients and peers, this time in Benchmark Litigation, the Guide to America's Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys, 2013. Four of the firm's attorneys are singled out as local litigation stars in Oregon:...
Gordon Presents Board Development Training
Labor and employment attorney Corbett Gordon recently conducted a board development training seminar for the Regional Emergency Care Councils of Washington State. Gordon has over three decades of experience representing public and private sector employers in a range of labor and employment law matte...
Best Lawyers in America® Names 50 Tonkon Torp Attorneys to 2013 List
Lawyers from Tonkon Torp LLP continue to earn the high regard and professional respect of their peers and litigation adversaries. This year, 50 Tonkon Torp lawyers - well more than half of the firm's partners - were selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in Americ...
Tonkon Torp Attorney Presents Wage and Hour Seminar
// Tonkon Torp attorney Clay Creps recently presented a seminar on wage and hour issues to the Rogue Valley Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) in Medford.   Creps' presentation included insights on Department of Labor audits, exemptions and ...
Tonkon Torp Attorneys Present at Greater Portland Compliance Association Meeting
// Tonkon Torp attorneys Tatiana Perry, Ari Okano Lee and Blerina Kotori are presenting speakers at a July 26 meeting of the Greater Portland Compliance Association (GPCA). They will discuss the latest compliance issues regarding use of social media.    Perry, Lee a...
Twenty Tonkon Torp Attorneys Named to 2012 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars Lists
Twenty attorneys at Tonkon Torp LLP have been named to the national 2012 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists, including two senior partners who are recognized on the Oregon Top 50 list, lawyers rated most highly by their peers statewide.    Bankruptcy authority Albert Kennedy and veter...
New Tonkon Torp Practice Helps Businesses Meet Their Data and Privacy Protection Responsibilities
// Tonkon Torp has launched an Information Privacy & Security practice group to advise businesses on the proper and practical management of sensitive data. Technical innovations that allow personal information to be collected and processed online have increased the need for businesse...
Tonkon Torp's Keeney Appointed to La Salle High School Board
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Tonkon Torp Lawyer Appointed to Oregon Chapter of Federal Bar Association Board
// Tonkon Torp attorney Christopher Pallanch has joined the board of directors of the Oregon Chapter of the Federal Bar Association. Pallanch is a member of Tonkon Torp's Litigation and Financial Services practices. He focuses on resolving complex business disputes as well as re...
Tonkon Torp Attorneys Explain Oregon's Newest Real Estate Deed
// Tonkon Torp estate planning and real estate lawyers Jackson Lewis and Kimberlee Stafford will explain Oregon's new Transfer on Death (TOD) deed at a July 12 meeting of the Rotary Club of East Portland.    Effective January 1, 2012, the law allows a real pro...
Tonkon Torp Continues Building Top Immigration Law Practice Group
// Melany Savitt has joined Tonkon Torp as an associate in the firm's Immigration Practice Group. A 2011 graduate of Lewis & Clark Law School, Savitt already has close to ten years of experience in business immigration law. She was a non-immigrant visa training coordinator ...
Tonkon Torp Litigation Practice Earns Highest Rating from Chambers USA
The Litigation Practice at Tonkon Torp has earned top tier ranking in the newly released Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, 2012 edition. Rankings are based on thousands of peer reviews, client assessments and other data. Chambers USA describes Tonkon Torp as "a Pacif...
Kotori Discusses Issues Regarding HIPAA Privacy Rule Violations
Tonkon Torp attorney Blerina Kotori will coach business lawyers on non-litigation aspects of the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) that affect covered entities, such as employers. At the June 7 program sponsored by the Multnomah Bar Association, Kotori will address HIPAA&...
Tonkon Torp Labor & Employment Lawyers Write Legal Education Materials for Other Attorneys
Tonkon Torp's Labor & Employment Practice Group recently wrote four chapters for the website of the Practical Law Company, a legal publishing firm that provides online content for practicing business attorneys. The company taps lawyers with significant practice experience to author chap...
Palmer Discusses Key Issues for Directors
Tonkon Torp corporate attorney  Thomas P. Palmer participated last week on a panel discussing Key Issues in 2012 for Public and Private Company Directors.  Topics included legislative and SEC initiatives that affect businesses, the Dodd-Frank roll-out, and recent judicial decisions an...
Neuman Identifies States With Best Water Plans
An article by Tonkon Torp water lawyer Janet Neuman appears in the May 15 issue of The Water Report, a newsletter covering water rights and water quality in the western United States.  Neuman's article ("Western States' Water Planning - The Best Laid Plans: Water Planning in Uncertain Times") a...
Tonkon Torp Attorney on Future Energy Conference Panel
// Tonkon Torp energy and land use attorney David Petersen recently participated on a panel at the Future Energy Conference in Portland. The panel discussed how to build local acceptance for renewable energy projects, including strategies and tools for working with local community groups...
Tonkon Torp Litigator Gives Advice on Using Experts
// The Oregon Association of Defense Counsel has invited Tonkon Torp litigator Daniel Skerritt to participate on a panel discussion entitled "Making the Most of Your Expert." The panel will cover how to choose experts to support a case and how to prepare them to effectively pre...
Tonkon Torp's Hardwick Elected to Human Solutions Board
// Tonkon Torp labor and employment attorney Krista Hardwick has been elected to a three- year term on the board of Human Solutions.   Hardwick is a member of Tonkon Torp's Labor & Employment Practice Group. Her practice is focused on defense of employers agai...
Sunwest Management Bankruptcy Case is Topic of Forum Discussion
// Tonkon Torp bankruptcy attorney Albert N. Kennedy shared his experience and perspective about one of Oregon's biggest and most complex bankruptcy cases at a March 16, 2012 event hosted by Lewis & Clark Law School.   The Keller Entrepreneurship Scholars Forum ...
Tonkon Torp's Ballou Elected to Parkinson's Board Exec Committee
// Tonkon Torp attorney Vicki A. Ballou has been elected to the executive committee of the Board of Parkinson's Resources of Oregon. She has served on the board for a year.   A member of Tonkon Torp's Intellectual Property Practice Group, Ballou specializes in intell...
Tonkon Torp Water Lawyers Lead Regional Symposium on Future Water Supply & Management
Congressman Earl Blumenauer will be the keynote speaker at a March 15 regional water symposium in Portland co-chaired by Tonkon Torp attorneys Peter Mohr and Janet Neuman. The day-long event, The Future of Water Supply in the Pacific Northwest: Investment Challenges and Opportunities, will e...
Tonkon Torp Attorney Discusses Business Succession Planning
// Tonkon Torp tax and estate planning attorney Gwendolyn Griffith presented at the National Advisors Conference in Key Biscayne, Florida, sponsored by M Financial. Griffith's remarks covered the issues associated with business succession planning described in her recent book, Family We...
Tonkon Torp Attorney to Discuss Income Tax Aspects of Trusts & Estates
Tonkon Torp tax and estate planning attorney Gwendolyn Griffith offers "Taxing Thoughts About Non-taxable Estates" at a March 16, 2012 seminar on the ABCs of Estate Administration, hosted by the Oregon Law Institute of Lewis & Clark Law School.  Griffith's remarks, part of a day-long progra...
Jon Stride Honored for Leadership in Law
Tonkon Torp litigator Jon Stride has been selected by the Portland Daily Journal of Commerce (DJC) as a finalist for its Leadership in Law award.  The award recognizes individuals whose leadership in the legal profession and the community has made a positive impact on Oregon.    St...
Tonkon Torp Attorneys Discuss State Taxation Issues for Online Businesses
Tonkon Torp tax attorneys Mark LeRoux and Michael Millender will discuss state tax liability issues in the age of e-commerce at a March 2 seminar on legal issues in running a business online.  The half-day seminar is hosted by the Oregon Law Institute of Lewis & Clark Law School.   L...
Tonkon Torp's Perry Joins Portland YouthBuilders Board
// Tonkon Torp litigator Edwin (Ned) Perry has been elected to a three-year term on the board of Portland YouthBuilders. He has provided pro bono counsel to the organization for more than a decade. Perry is a commercial litigator and former chair of Tonkon Torp's Litigation Departmen...
20 Tonkon Torp Attorneys Named Leaders in Their Field by Chambers USA
Twenty Tonkon Torp attorneys - roughly a third of the partners in the firm - have been named leaders in their field for the 2012 edition of Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business. The annual reference directory names leading Oregon lawyers in the seven practice areas identified...
Tonkon Torp's Delano Elected to OAEP Board
// Tonkon Torp attorney Duncan B. Delano has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Oregon Association of Environmental Professionals. A member of Tonkon Torp's Environmental & Natural Resources Practice Group, Delano earned his J.D. in 2010 from Lewis & Clark Law...
Tonkon Torp's Mark Cushing Elected to PNCA Board
Tonkon Torp partner Mark Cushing has been elected to a three-year term on the Board of Governors of the Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA).   Cushing chairs Tonkon Torp's Government Relations and Public Policy Practice and also is founder of the Animal Policy Group, a unique advocacy pr...
Tonkon Torp Honored for Campaign for Equal Justice Contributions
Attorneys at Tonkon Torp were honored recently for their outstanding support of the Lawyer's Campaign for Equal Justice (CEJ).  The firm posted the largest dollar increase in giving over last year's campaign in the Large Firm category.  The accomplishment was announced at the CEJ annual lu...
Tonkon Torp Attorney Explains Role of Forensic Expert in Litigation to PSU Accounting Students
Tonkon Torp litigator Caroline Harris Crowne was a guest lecturer at a Portland State University School of Business Administration accounting class this week.  On the topic of forensic accounting, she explained the process of litigation and trial, discussed the role of the forensic accountant a...
Tonkon Torp Names New Co-Chairs of Litigation Department
Paul Conable and Steven Olson have been appointed co-chairs of the Tonkon Torp Litigation Department.     Conable is a commercial litigator who represents individuals and companies in a broad range of disputes.  He regularly represents clients in complex lawsuits involving bus...
Tonkon Torp Attorneys Address Intellectual Property Challenges in the Era of Social Media and Internet-based Piracy
Tonkon Torp attorneys Chris Erickson and Christine Uri are featured speakers at a February 3 Oregon State Bar seminar on recent changes in intellectual property law. They will speak on the topic of protecting trademarks and brands in the era of proliferating social media platforms and internet-based...
Tonkon Torp's Bremer Elected to PICA Board
Tonkon Torp business attorney Kristin Bremer has been elected to a three-year term on the Board of Trustees for the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA).   A partner in Tonkon Torp�'s Labor and Employment Practice Group, Bremer represents companies and nonprofit organizations ...
Lewis Briefs Closely Held Business Owners on Realizing Hidden Value
Tonkon Torp attorney Jackson Lewis is one of a featured panel of legal, tax and business valuation experts who are presenting a January 18 seminar on how to unlock the value hidden within a closely-held business.  The event, at the Multnomah Athletic Club in Portland, is hosted by Vista Capital...
Wilker at Portland City Club on Friday to Address Supreme Court Decision on Campaign Spending
Tonkon Torp attorney Steven M. Wilker is a featured speaker at the January 20, 2012 meeting of the City Club of Portland.    Wilker and Janice Thompson, executive director of Common Cause Oregon, will address the topic, "Are Corporations People?  The impact and future of 'Citizens ...
Supreme Court Selects Tonkon Torp Attorney for Oregon State Bar Disciplinary Board
The Oregon Supreme Court has appointed Frank J. Weiss to a three year term on the Oregon State Bar (OSB) Disciplinary Board.    Members of the Disciplinary Board serve as the trial panel that hears contested cases when the Bar has charged an Oregon-licensed attorney with misconduct in a...
Tonkon Torp Litigator Named to Board of Oregon Association of Defense Counsel
  // Tonkon Torp litigator Jon P. Stride has been elected to a three-year term on the board of the Oregon Association of Defense Counsel, effective January 1, 2012. Stride has practiced in Tonkon Torp's Litigation Department since he joined the firm in 1990.    Stride repres...
Marco Materazzi Named to Oregon State Bar Executive Committee, Securities Section
Tonkon Torp business attorney Marco Materazzi has been elected to a two-year term on the Oregon State Bar Executive Committee, Securities Section.  The appointment is effective January 1, 2012.    Materazzi practices in the firm's Business Department, where he focuses on mergers an...
Tonkon Torp Recognized for Promoting Diversity in Legal Profession
Tonkon Torp was an active participant in the recent Convocation on Equality hosted by the Oregon State Bar Diversity Section. The firm and its Diversity Task Force was a sponsor of the event, and Jon Stride was a panelist, speaking on the importance of advancement and promotion in creating an inc...
Tonkon Torp Earns Prominent Place on List of Oregon's Most Admired Professional Service Firms
  // Tonkon Torp has again been recognized as one of Oregon's most admired organizations. The firm ranked 5th among professional services firms in The Portland Business Journal's 2011"Most Admired Companies" survey.   Each year, the Business Journal polls over 1800 Oregon CEOs, ...
Tonkon Torp Announces New Partners
Tonkon Torp LLP has elected Drew Hagedorn and Michael Millender to the partnership, effective January 1, 2012.    Hagedorn is a member of the firm's Government Relations & Public Policy Practice Group.  A long-time  public affairs professional, he offers comprehensive gove...
Animal Policy Group Tackles Complex Issues Related to Animal Welfare, Veterinary Medicine and Animal Health
Responding to the increased complexity of animal health and welfare issues affecting businesses, veterinary professionals, universities and nonprofit  organizations, long-time political strategist and Tonkon Torp attorney Mark Cushing has formed the Animal Policy Group at Tonkon Torp, with offi...
Tonkon Torp Litigator Presents Continuing Legal Education Seminar on Conflicts of Interest
Tonkon Torp litigator Frank J. Weiss was a recent presenter at a National Business Institute seminar on Legal Ethics: Solutions to the Most Common Problems. Weiss spoke on the topic of Identifying and Avoiding Conflicts of Interest.    Weiss is the Chair of Tonkon Torp's E...
Tonkon Torp Attorneys Offer Intellectual Property Tips to Entrepreneurs
Attorneys from Tonkon Torp's Intellectual Property Practice Group have created a primer to help entrepreneurs avoid potential IP liability issues.   On December 1, the group will present a 90-minute program titled, "Intellectual Property Tool Kit for Start-Ups:  Practical Advice...
Tonkon Torp's Lewis Elected President of Local Theater Board
Tonkon Torp business attorney Jackson Lewis has been elected president of the board of directors of the Broadway Rose Theater Company for a three- year term.  Lewis has served on the board since 2004.   Lewis is a member of Tonkon Torp's Wealth Planning Practice Group, where he advises h...
Tonkon Torp Energy Lawyer Elected to Solar Oregon Board
Tonkon Torp energy and land use attorney David Petersen has been elected to a three-year term on the board of Solar Oregon.    Peterson co-chairs Tonkon Torp's interdisciplinary Energy Practice Group, which provides counsel to both renewable and "traditional" energy companies, governmen...
Tonkon Torp Lawyers Honored for Work on Behalf of Youth
Attorneys from one of Portland's most prominent business law firms were honored recently for their pro bono work to protect the legal rights of a special population of Oregon youth and their families.   Youth, Rights and Justice, formerly known as the Juvenile Rights Project, recognized ...
Tonkon Torp Lawyer Joins Peninsula Children's Center Board
Tonkon Torp business attorney Marco Materazzi has been elected to the board of the Peninsula Children's Center.    Part of Tonkon Torp's Business Department, Materazzi's law practice covers a range of corporate and business matters, with a focus on corporate acquisitions and securities ...
New Associate Joins Tonkon Torp
// Duncan B. Delano has joined Tonkon Torp LLP as a new associate in the Business Department. His focus will be on natural resource and environmental issues. "Duncan's academic excellence and real world professional training make him a great addition to our Environmental & ...
Kotori to Discuss HIPAA Issues
Tonkon Torp attorney Blerina Kotori will discuss current HIPAA (Health Information Portability and Accountability Act) requirements for members of Lewis & Clark Law School's Employment Law Society.  The November 7, 2011 presentation is on the campus.         ...
U.S. News "Best Law Firms" Ranks Tonkon Torp Nationally in Five Practice Areas
Tonkon Torp has long had a reputation for high caliber work as a business and complex commercial litigation firm. Today U.S. News & World Report-Best Lawyers released its 2011-2012 edition of the "Best Law Firms" publication and ranked Tonkon Torp nationally in five practice areas. ...
Tonkon Torp Transaction Expert Shares Perspective on Current M&A Climate
Tonkon Torp business attorney Jeff Cronn is one of three experts who will discuss trends in the mergers & acquisitions business environment at an upcoming continuing legal education event hosted by the Multnomah Bar Association (MBA).    Part of the MBA's "Making Good Lawyers" serie...
Tonkon Torp Labor & Employment Expert Discusses E-Discovery
E-Discovery is the topic of a presentation by Tonkon Torp attorney Blerina Kotori on November 10 for the Multnomah Bar Association.      Kotori's presentation focuses on practical and legal considerations in approaching electronic discovery cases, including how to create an e-...
Al Kennedy Presents on Bankruptcy Trusts
Al Kennedy was a featured speaker at a recent program hosted by the Turnaround Management Association. The topic of his presentation was "Bankruptcy Trusts: One Size Does Not Fit All." ...
Tonkon Torp Lawyer Elected to Board of Le Monde Immersion School
Tonkon Torp attorney Shouka Rezvani has been elected to the board of the Le Monde Immersion, a new French language nonprofit seeking public charter school status in the Portland Public School District (PPS).      Rezvani is a member of Tonkon Torp's Nonprofit & Tax-Exempt Entiti...
Tonkon Torp Attorneys Named 2012 Portland Lawyer of the Year in Three Practice Specialties
Best Lawyers' 2012 Lawyers of the Year has named three partners from Tonkon Torp LLP as Portland Best Lawyer of the Year for their particular specialties.   Albert N. Kennedy was recognized as Litigation - Bankruptcy Lawyer of the Year. Michael M. Morgan was honored as Administrative / Regul...
Tonkon Attorneys Offer Advice at National Church Administration Day Event
Tonkon Torp attorneys Krista Hardwick and Colin Love-Geiger are presenting a seminar to help church administrators work effectively with their most valuable assets - employees and volunteers in their church communities. The free seminar is 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Thursday, October 20 at Village Baptist C...
Griffith Highlights Current Tax Issues
Tonkon Torp tax attorney Gwendolyn Griffith offers perspective on current tax issues at an upcoming Oregon State Bar continuing legal education seminar. Speaking on "The Downside of the Upside: Tax Issues of Contingent Payments," Griffith's talk is aimed to help attorneys who may not have much tax...
Tonkon Torp Attorney Honored for Advocacy Work in Immigration
// Tonkon Torp business immigration attorney Turid L. Owren is being honored for excellence in advocacy in her advancement of the practice of immigration law. The Oregon Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) will present Owren with the 2011 Gerald H. Robinson Exc...
Tonkon Torp Lawyers Honored for Sunwest Turnaround
Tonkon Torp attorneys Albert N. Kennedy and Kenneth D. Stephens will be honored later this month for their work on the turnaround of Sunwest Management Inc., the Salem, Oregon-based company that was at one time the fourth largest senior housing operator in the United States.   Kennedy and Ste...
Water Law Expert Janet Neuman Keynotes Water Law Symposium
Lewis & Clark Law School is hosting a 21st Century Water Law Symposium on October 7 in honor of Tonkon Torp attorney Janet Neuman and Professor Jim Huffman, both recently retired from the law school faculty.  Neuman and Huffman will present the keynote address at the all-day event.  ...
Skerritt Reappointed to Lead Oregon Trial Lawyers Group
Tonkon Torp litigator Daniel H. Skerritt has been reappointed to chair the Oregon chapter of the American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL) for a second year.    Skerritt, a member of the Tonkon Torp Litigation Department, has 35 years of experience representing plaintiffs and defendants ...
Tonkon Torp Lawyer to Speak at Go Green 2011 Sustainability Conference
Max M. Miller, Jr., Tonkon Torp environmental attorney, is among the expert panelists speaking at GoGreen Portland, a full-day conference on sustainability scheduled for October 4, 2011 at the Gerding Theater in Portland.   Miller and other business leaders will address the topic, "Overcoming...
Trade Secret Law Subject of Presentation for Young Lawyers
Tonkon Torp attorneys David Aman and Jon Stride spoke about "Basics of Trade Secret Law" on September 22 as part of a Continuing Legal Education series on intellectual property law hosted by the Multnomah Bar Association Young Lawyers Section.    Aman and Stride recently were each ...
Best Lawyers in America® Names 40 Tonkon Torp Attorneys to 2012 List
Tonkon Torp LLP has long been known as a firm whose lawyers are highly regarded by their professional peers and litigation adversaries.  This year, 40 Tonkon Torp lawyers representing 64 percent of the firm's partners were selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in Amer...
Tonkon Torp Lawyer Appointed to Federal Bar Association Board
Tonkon Torp attorney Colin Love-Geiger has joined the board of directors of the Federal Bar Association, Oregon Chapter.    Approximately 400 practitioners and federal judges are members of the FBA's Oregon chapter, which offers continuing legal education programs and is the princi...
Tonkon Torp Attorney Writes Comprehensive Book on Oregon Water Law
Tonkon Torp attorney Janet Neuman, considered one of the foremost water policy experts in the Pacific Northwest, has written a new book that details the law of water and water rights in Oregon.   Oregon Water Law: A Comprehensive Treatise on the Law of Water and Water Rights in Ore...
Tonkon Torp's Norville to Chair Multnomah Bar's Group Insurance Committee
Tonkon Torp partner Darcy M. Norville has been appointed to chair the Multnomah Bar Association's Group Insurance Committee.    The Group Insurance Committee is involved primarily in reviewing and negotiating health insurance plans and rates on behalf of members who participate in t...
Tonkon Torp Litigator Appointed to Multnomah Bar's Professionalism Committee
Tonkon Torp litigator Frank J. Weiss has been appointed to serve a three-year term on the Multnomah Bar Association's Professionalism Committee.   Weiss' practice emphasizes complex commercial litigation, insurance coverage and sports marketing.  He represents regional and national...
Tonkon Torp Litigator to Serve on Judicial Screening Committee
Tonkon Torp litigator Jon P. Stride has been appointed to a three-year term on the Multnomah Bar Association's Judicial Screening Committee.    The Judicial Screening Committee, comprised of lawyers and three members of the public, evaluates the qualifications of candidates for judi...
Tonkon Torp Tax Attorney Authors Federal Income Tax Book
Gwendolyn Griffith, chair of the Tax and Employee Benefits Practice Group at Tonkon Torp, has written a new law student study guide, Basic Federal Income Tax, 4th edition.  The book is part of the Emanuel Law Outline series of study guides that provide succinct explanations of critical issues a...
Kennedy Presents CLE on Bankruptcy Valuation Strategies
Tonkon Torp attorney Albert N. Kennedy will be co-presenter of a Continuing Legal Education seminar on "Strategies for Valuation in Bankruptcy" later this month in Bend, Oregon.   The presentation, part of the annual meeting of the Debtor-Creditor section of the Oregon State Ba...
Tonkon Torp Lawyer Elected to Forest Park Conservancy's Board
The Forest Park Conservancy's board of directors elected Tonkon Torp attorney Ryan Bledsoe to join the nonprofit's board.    An avid hiker and runner, Bledsoe spends time every week enjoying Forest Park and the Wildwood Trail.  Along with his wife and son, Bledsoe is part...
Palmer Moderates Panel Discussion of Corporate Issues Related to IT
Tonkon Torp attorney Tom Palmer will moderate a panel discussion on "Oversight of Information Security Risks: Considerations for Directors" at a September 13 event hosted by the Northwest Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors--Portland (NACD).     ...
19 Tonkon Torp Attorneys Named to 2011 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars Lists
Nineteen attorneys at Tonkon Torp LLP have been named to the national 2011 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists. Super Lawyers are attorneys who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. They are selected through a process that identifies outstanding lawyers i...
Four of Firm's Attorneys Identified as Oregon "Litigation Stars"
Tonkon Torp has again been named a recommended firm in the 5th edition of Benchmark Litigation, the Guide to America's Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys.  Four of the firm's litigators have been named local litigation stars in Oregon:  Don H. Marmaduke, William F. Martson, Jr., Daniel...
Tonkon Torp Remembers Senator Hatfield
Tonkon Torp extends its condolences to the family of Senator Mark O. Hatfield.  One of Oregon's most respected statesmen in every sense of the word, Senator Hatfield demonstrated intelligent, principled thinking on a myriad of issues affecting Oregonians, the nation and the world.  His...
Tonkon Torp Lawyer Honored by City Club
The City Club of Portland has named Tonkon Torp litigator Caroline Harris Crowne a Member of the Year for 2011.The award recognizes outstanding overall contribution to City Club. Harris Crowne co-chairs the club's Agora Steering Committee, leading an initiative to create more c...
Tonkon Torp Lawyer Elected to YWCA Board
Tonkon Torp business attorney Darcy M. Norville was elected to the board of the YWCA of Greater Portland at its annual meeting on June 23. She will serve a three-year term on the board that is in the process of "reinventing" the 100-year-old organization. Norville has provided ...
18 Tonkon Torp Attorneys Again Named Leaders in Their Field by Chambers USA
Eighteen Tonkon Torp attorneys have been named leaders in their field for the 2011 edition of Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business. Inclusion in the reference directory is based on interviews with clients and professional peers to identify attorneys who demonstrate excellent te...
Skerritt to Share Insights on Winning Trials
Litigator Dan Skerritt is a featured speaker at a June 9 Multnomah Bar Association continuing legal education seminar on "Making Good Lawyers Great." One of Oregon's most respected litigators, Skerritt offers his insights about how to develop coherent, compelling themes and construct a case for tr...
Tonkon Torp's Labor & Employment Practice Attracts Three More Attorneys
The Labor & Employment Practice Group at Tonkon Torp LLP announces the addition of three more attorneys. Veteran employment law litigator Clay D. Creps has joined the firm as a partner. Creps previously chaired the employment practice group at Bullivant Houser Bailey in Portland. His 25-year c...
Labor & Employment Attorney Speaks at Employment Law Seminar
Corbett Gordon spoke at the May 5 meeting of the Columbia Basin Society of Human Resource Managers. Gordon addressed issues concerning social media in the workplace, as well as hiring and firing.  One of the most respected labor and employment attorneys in the Pacific Northwest, Gordon is &ldqu...
Multnomah County honors Tonkon Torp attorney Max Miller
The Multnomah County Board of Commissioners and the Multnomah County Citizen Involvement Committee have honored Tonkon Torp attorney Max M. Miller, Jr. with a Multnomah County Volunteer Award. Miller serves on the Regional Arts and Culture Council Board and the Governing Committee of the Rig...
Gwen Griffith to lead Tonkon Torp tax practice
Gwendolyn Griffith is the new leader of the Tax and Employee Benefits Practice Group at Tonkon Torp. Griffith's tax practice covers a wide range of matters including partnership and corporate taxation as well as estate planning. Her most recent book, Family Wealth Transition Planning (Wiley, 2009)...
Kennedy Discusses Chapter 11 Reorganizations and Liquidations for Bankruptcy Institute
Al Kennedy spoke at the 24th Annual Northwest Bankruptcy Institute, hosted by the Oregon State Bar and Washington State Bar Association on April 8 - 9. This year's institute focused on the litigation aspects of bankruptcy. Kennedy spoke on the subject of "Reorganization vs. Liquidation...
Tonkon Energy Lawyer Discusses Utility-scale Solar Projects
Energy attorney David Petersen will participate in a panel discussion April 26th on the development of utility-scale solar projects in Oregon. The panel is part of the NW Solar Expo, a weeklong conference and clean technology showcase at the Oregon Convention Center beginning April 25th.   ...
Tonkon Torp Continues Long Commitment to Portland Art Museum
When Tonkon Torp real estate attorney Joseph Voboril accepted a position on the current board of directors of the Portland Art Museum, he was no stranger to the organization. Voboril had already volunteered hundreds of hours of his time and legal expertise, serving four previous terms on the museum&...
Tonkon Torp helps advance 700-megawatt solar project in San Joaquin Valley
The term "Oregon solar energy lawyer" may sound like an oxymoron, but there is no denying that the attorneys in Tonkon Torp's Energy Practice Group know how to put alternative energy deals together. Tonkon Torp's team, led by David Petersen, represented the land owners in negotiat...
Tonkon Torp Purchases Renewable Energy Certificates
In its continued commitment to create and demonstrate sustainability and social responsibility values in its law practice, Tonkon Torp has purchased Renewable Energy Certificates known as "green tags" to offset its 2011 carbon emissions from electricity use.    With green tags...
Tonkon Torp Creates Practice Group for Nonprofit Entities
Tonkon Torp has formalized its longstanding work on behalf of nonprofit and charitable organizations by creating a Nonprofit and Tax Exempt Entities practice group. Attorneys in the multidisciplinary group serve the specific needs of all nonprofit entities, including educational, arts, religious, fr...
Tonkon Litigator Speaks on Intake and Case Management for MBA CLE Series
Tonkon Torp litigator Caroline Harris Crowne spoke on the subject of "Intake and Case Management: The Complaint is Not the Beginning of the Case" for the Multnomah Bar Association (MBA). The presentation was part of the MBA's Young Litigators CLE series....
Tonkon tax lawyers address issues for closely held businesses
Tax attorneys Mark LeRoux and Michael Millender will present a seminar on Tax Planning for Closely Held Businesses on February 25, 2011 at the Oregon Convention Center. The seminar is part of a day-long professional development conference presented by the Oregon Law Institute of Lewis & Clark...
Tonkon Torp Facilitates Oregon's Growing Solar Energy Resources
More and more "thin-film" solar panels are appearing on the rooftops of Portland metropolitan area buildings, thanks to the work of Tonkon Torp's Energy Practice Group. The most recent addition is completion of a 900,000 square foot solar panel installation on seven warehouses in Po...
Robyn Ridler Aoyagi Elected to Oregon State Bar Appellate Law Executive Committee
Tonkon Torp litigator Robyn Ridler Aoyagi has been elected to the 2011 Executive Committee of the Appellate Practice Section of the Oregon State Bar.    Aoyagi practices complex commercial litigation, with an emphasis on appellate litigation and substantive motions practice.  A cum...
Tonkon Torp Announces Two New Partners
Tonkon Torp attorney Justin Denton has been named to the Executive Committee of the Business Law Section of the Oregon State Bar.   Denton practices business and corporate law with an emphasis on forming and reorganizing business entities, mergers and acquisitions, and real estate and financi...
Schuster Discusses Water Quality Laws & Regulations
Tonkon Torp environmental attorney, Jeanette Schuster, presented a seminar in Clackamas County on complying with Oregon water quality laws and regulations.  She provided an overview of the federal Clean Water Act, and discussed DEQ regulations for protecting groundwater resources from contamina...
Tonkon Torp LLP Announces Two New Partners
Tonkon Torp LLP has elected Kristin Bremer and Gwendolyn Griffith to the partnership, effective January 1, 2011.    An experienced litigator, Bremer joined Tonkon Torp's Labor and Employment Practice Group in 2006.  Previously she was with the Portland firm of Barran Liebman.&n...
Tonkon Torp litigator named Up and Coming Lawyer of the Year
Tonkon Torp litigator Caroline Harris Crowne has been selected 2010 Up & Coming Lawyer of the Year by The Daily Journal of Commerce (Portland, Oregon).   She received the top honor among a field of 92 young lawyers who were nominated and 24 who were recognized by a judging panel made u...
22 Tonkon Torp Attorneys Named to 2010 Super Lawyers Lists
Twenty-two attorneys at Tonkon Torp LLP have been named to the national 2010 Super Lawyers lists. They were selected through a process that identifies outstanding lawyers in more than 70 practice areas. Super Lawyers are attorneys who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and profession...
Tonkon Torp Attorney Earns Sustainable Leadership Award
Tonkon Torp's Max M. Miller, Jr. has been honored by the Oregon State Bar with one of two new awards for Sustainable Leadership.  Miller earned the award in recognition of his volunteer leadership in moving the legal profession to embrace sustainability as a goal.   Miller has...
Tonkon Torp's Kennedy and Stephens named Portland 2011 Lawyers of the Year by Best Lawyers
Best Lawyers® has named Tonkon Torp partners Albert N. Kennedy and Kenneth D. Stephens as 2011 Portland, Oregon Lawyers of the Year in their respective disciplines.    Kennedy was named for Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights and Stephens for Corporate Law.  They were selecte...
Three New Associates Join Tonkon Torp
Eric Beach joins the firm's Litigation Department.  A 2010 graduate of University of Pennsylvania Law School, Beach recently passed the Oregon State Bar.  He was a 2009 summer associate at Tonkon Torp and in summer 2008 was a law school research assistant, performing legal and social scien...
Supervisory Liability Under § 1983 and Bivens
Steven Wilker presented at the October 30 ACLU NW Civil Liberties Conference. His topic was "Ninth Circuit Review – Supervisory Liability Under § 1983 and Bivens."...
Tonkon Torp immigration practice earns top honors from peers
October 18, 2010, Portland, Ore. - Tonkon Torp's Immigration Practice Group, which advises domestic and international companies and individuals on employment-related immigration issues, has earned top tier rankings this year by Chambers USA and the newly released U.S. News Best Lawyers/Best Law ...
Litigating a Civil Rights Case
Steven Wilker presented on "The Nuts and Bolts of Litigating a Civil Rights Case - Perplexed by Pleading Standards? Motions to Dismiss After Twombly" for an October 15 CLE hosted by the Oregon State Bar....
Tonkon Torp attorneys named to local nonprofit boards
Corporate attorney Thomas P. Palmer, of Tonkon Torp, has been elected to the board of directors of Business for Culture & the Arts (BCA), a nonprofit organization that connects business and the arts to strengthen Oregon's culture and economy. He will serve a three-year term.  Palmer's pract...
Tonkon Torp Named One of America’s Leading Litigation Firms and Four of Firm's Attorneys Identified as Litigation Stars
Tonkon Torp has been named a recommended firm in the 4th edition of Benchmark Litigation, the Guide to America’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys. Four of the firm’s litigators have been named local litigation stars in Oregon: Don H. Marmaduke, William F. Martson, Jr., Daniel H....
Best Lawyers in America® Names 37 Tonkon Torp Attorneys
Thirty-seven of Tonkon Torp's 84 attorneys were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2011 (Copyright 2010 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, S.C.).   Ten of those lawyers were noted in more than one category of practice.  In the high-stak...
Tonkon Torp earns high rankings in just-released U.S. News Best Law Firms Listing
Tonkon Torp's focus on and reputation for handling complex business matters was clearly evident in its rankings in the inaugural edition of the U.S. News & World Report-Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" publication released this week.   Following on the heels of handling the successful conclu...
Caroline Harris Crowne Offers Advice for Getting in Front of the Jury for ACTL
Caroline Harris Crowne co-presented a CLE for the American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL). She discussed "Getting in Front of the Jury" for the ACTL's Northwest Regional Conference....
David Aman Named to Lead Tonkon Torp's Intellectual Property Practice Group
Tonkon Torp LLP has named David Aman to lead the firm's Intellectual Property Practice Group.    The group works with technology, manufacturing, creative services and entertainment companies to protect trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets and patents and to negotiate and structure...
Tonkon Attorneys Discuss Future of Civil Trials for OADC
Caroline Harris Crowne and Daniel Skerritt presented a CLE alongside Honorable Janice Wilson for an Oregon Association of Defense Counsel (OADC) program. Their presentation was entitled "Fewer and Fewer Civil Trials: Why, What Does it Mean, and What Can Be Done?" ...
Max Miller Named to Lead Tonkon Torp's Environmental & Natural Resources Practice Group
Tonkon Torp LLP has named Max Miller to lead the firm's Environmental & Natural Resources Practice Group.    The group works with companies involved in manufacturing, agriculture, forest products, energy and transportation, among others, on issues related to hazardous waste cleanup,...
Tonkon Torp cited as one of 100 best green companies in Oregon
Tonkon Torp cited as one of 100 best green companies in Oregon   Tonkon Torp earned a place on Oregon Business magazine's 2010 list of "100 Best Green Companies to Work For" and was recently honored at a luncheon hosted by the magazine.  The designation is based on resul...
Renewables Spur Growth of Tonkon Torp's Energy Practice Group and Appointment of New Co-Chairs
Located on what is arguably the frontier of U.S. renewable energy development, lawyers in Tonkon Torp's energy practice group are finding their reputation in the traditional energy arena is leading to increasing work in solar, wind and other alternative energy throughout the West.   Fourt...
18 Tonkon Torp Attorneys Named Leaders in Their Field
18 Tonkon Torp Attorneys Named Leaders in Their Field by Chambers USA May 5, 2010 - Portland, Ore. - Eighteen Tonkon Torp attorneys have been named leaders in their field for the 2010 edition of Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business.  Inclusion and ranking in the reference ...
Employment Lawyer Offers Advice on Addressing Chronic Absenteeism
Labor and employment attorney Corbett Gordon discussed the options for addressing chronic absenteeism issues at the annual conference of the Local Government Personnel Institute. Her remarks were titled, “Out Sick Again? Really? What’s an Employer to Do?” One of the Pacific Northwe...
Gordon Addresses Social Media Issues That Impact Employment Law
Attorney Corbett Gordon was a speaker at a recent Oregon Law Institute seminar, “Social Media – Don’t blink, it’s a constantly moving target.” Gordon has over three decades of experience representing public and private sector employers in a range of labor and employment...
Contract Drafting Issues Case Study
In a 2010 CLE presentation, Robyn Ridler Aoyagi offers a case study for business lawyers, reviewing City of Albany v. SVC Manufacturing, Inc. (Pepsi). ...
Schuster Discusses Endangered Species Act for American Bar Association
Jeanette Schuster was a speaker at the American Bar Association’s Business Law Section meeting on “Hot Environmental Topics” in Denver, Colorado.  Schuster’s presentation covered the Endangered Species Act and the impact of wildlife issues on renewable energy projects.&n...
Tonkon Torp Increases Contributions to the Campaign for Equal Justice
Tonkon Torp attorneys boosted their contributions to the 2009-2010 Campaign for Equal Justice (CEJ) by 44 percent over the previous year's campaign, earning the top prize in the Large Firm category for the largest percentage increase. The award was presented at the CEJ annual luncheon on Februar...
Ted Herzog Named to Lead Tonkon Torp's Real Estate and Land Use Practice Group
Tonkon Torp LLP has named Ted Herzog to lead the firm's Real Estate and Land Use Practice Group. The group provides business counsel, transaction and litigation services to clients involved in commercial real estate and renewable energy transactions and development, including purchases and sales, le...
New Associates Join Tonkon Torp Business Department
Tonkon Torp LLP has hired Vanessa Lee and Andrea Schmidt as new associates in the Business Department. "We are pleased to bring these bright young lawyers into the firm," said Michael M. Morgan, managing partner. "In addition to their academic excellence and professional training, ...
Tonkon Torp Adds Government Relations Attorney
Attorney and lobbyist Drew Hagedorn has joined Tonkon Torp LLP as Of Counsel in the firm's expanding Government Relations and Public Policy group. Hagedorn most recently was associated with the lobbying and public relations firm of Conkling Fiskum & McCormick, where he built a state and l...
Tonkon Torp Donates $5,000 for Haitian Earthquake Victims
In response to the desperate situation in Haiti, Tonkon Torp has donated $5,000 to Medical Teams International to help send medicines, bandages and other medical supplies to the stricken area. 100% of the donation will be used by MTI's team of doctors and surgeons in Port-au-Prince to fund medical c...
Ned Perry Leads Tonkon Torp Litigation Department
Commercial litigator Edwin (Ned) Perry is now Chair of the Litigation Department at Tonkon Torp LLP. Perry joined Tonkon Torp in 1984 following his graduation from the University of Oregon School of Law. He became a partner in 1991. Perry's practice focuses on complex contract, construction and real...
Tonkon Torp LLP Announces Three New Partners
Tonkon Torp LLP has elected Caroline Harris Crowne, Jackson Lewis and Alan C. Perkins to the partnership, effective January 1, 2010. Caroline Harris Crowne is an experienced trial attorney in cases involving business disputes. Her practice focuses on litigation between business owners and cases w...
Tonkon Torp Attorney Greenman Named Portland's Corporate Lawyer of the Year
Ronald L. Greenman has been named Portland's Corporate Lawyer of the Year for 2010 by Best Lawyers, a highly respected peer review publication in the legal profession. A senior partner at Tonkon Torp LLP, Greenman's practice emphasizes securities, finance, corporate acquisitions and counseling busin...
Tonkon Torp Honored for Contributions to Arts & Culture in Oregon
Tonkon Torp has been recognized for outstanding community support of the arts. The firm is among the top 10 medium size organizations honored as a 2009 Business Donor to Arts and Culture in Oregon. In addition to financial contributions of $14,500 for the year ending June 30, 2009, Tonkon Torp provi...
Tonkon Torp Named One of Oregon's Most Admired Professional Services Firms
For the second year in a row, Tonkon Torp has been recognized as one of the state's most admired organizations. The firm ranked among the top 10 professional services firms in The Portland Business Journal's 2009 "Most Admired Companies" survey. Over 2,000 CEOs were asked to identify the very best o...
Janet Neuman Keynotes Oregon Water Law Conference
Tonkon Torp water law counsel Janet Neuman will give the keynote address at the November 5, 2009 Oregon Water Law Conference in Portland. Considered a leading water law expert, Neuman is Senior Counsel to Tonkon Torp and a Professor at Lewis & Clark Law School, where she also co-directs the Natu...
Tonkon Torp Adds Litigation Attorney
Christopher J. Pallanch has joined Tonkon Torp LLP as an associate in the Litigation Department. Pallanch will focus on commercial litigation. Prior to joining Tonkon Torp, Pallanch gained significant exposure to the litigation process while clerking for U.S. District Judge Edward C. Reed, Jr., in R...
Law 3.0 Happy Hour - An Internet and New Media Primer for Nonlawyers
Learn how to choose, protect and clear content in the digital, internet and social networking world. And do it while keeping out of trouble....
New Book Helps Family-Owned Businesses Manage Inheritance Issues
In more than 20 years of practicing law, Tonkon Torp attorney Gwen Griffith has counseled many successful family-owned businesses that struggle when it comes time to transition the business from the founders to the next generation.Griffith and colleague Bonnie Brown Hartley decided to pool their col...
Tonkon Torp Recognized for Philanthropy
Tonkon Torp was named one of the top 10 mid-size organizations who are leaders in philanthropy in the Portland metro area, according to The Portland Business Journal. The ranking is based on a survey that measured cash and in-kind contributions as well as pro-bono hours donated to Oregon-based chari...
Best Lawyers in America ® 2010 Names 30 Tonkon Torp Attorneys
Thirty Tonkon Torp attorneys have been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2010, a well-respected peer-review legal publication.Eight lawyers were listed in more than one area of practice, including former managing partner Kenneth Stephens who was listed in four areas. Three a...
13 Tonkon Torp Attorneys Earn National Recognition for Excellence in Business Law
Thirteen Tonkon Torp attorneys were selected for the 2009 edition of Chambers USA ® America's Leading Lawyers for Business. The prestigious reference directory conducts client and professional peer interviews to identify leading lawyers based on technical legal ability, professional conduct and ...
Tonkon Attorneys Invited to Serve on Civic Advisory Panels
Three Tonkon Torp attorneys recently have been appointed to serve on key advisory panels charting the Portland area's future. Owen Blank was named to the Downtown Vision Task Force formed in late 2008 to identify a collective vision for the future of downtown Portland and a signature...
Tonkon Torp Expands Government Relations and Public Policy Capabilities and Services
With growing demand for its government relations and public policy services, Tonkon Torp LLP has created a wholly owned public affairs subsidiary and added two political veterans to its roster. Former Hillsboro mayor Tom Hughes has joined the newly formed Tonkon Torp Policy Group LLC, which provi...
Water Law Expert Joins Tonkon Torp
Water law attorney Janet Neuman has joined Tonkon Torp as chair of the firm's water law practice. Considered one of the foremost water lawyers in Oregon, Neuman is a professor and former Associate Dean of Faculty at Lewis & Clark Law School. She co-directs the school's Natural Resourc...
Tonkon Torp Earns Top Business Marks
Business leaders and business publications in Portland and nationally have recognized Tonkon Torp for several recent honors. While client success, not accolades, drives the firm's attorneys and staff, they do appreciate the recognition as a leader in law in Oregon. Tonkon Torp was just named one of ...
Kennedy Explains Fiduciary Obligations at Seminar Group CLE
Al Kennedy presented at the 2008 Best of CLE, sponsored by The Seminar Group. Kennedy discussed "Fiduciary Obligations in the Vicinity of Insolvency."...
Steven Wilker Discusses Peaceful Political Protest for Oregon State Bar
Steven Wilker was a featured presenter at an October 10 CLE hosted by the Oregon State Bar. The topic of Steven's presentation was "Peaceful Political Protest: When Can the Government Disperse Peaceful Protesters?" ...
What You Need to Know About Public Records and Open Meetings
Steven Wilker presented the CLE "What You Need to Know About Public Records and Open Meetings." The CLE was hosted by Lorman Education Services on October 1....
Al Kennedy Talks Bankruptcy for Lorman Education Services
Tonkon Torp attorney Al Kennedy discussed the topic of "Bankruptcy and the Secured Creditor" at a recent program hosted by Lorman Education Services....
The Best Lawyers in America ® 2009 Names 25 Tonkon Torp Attorneys
Twenty-five Tonkon Torp attorneys have been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2009, the oldest and most respected peer review publication in the legal profession. Six of the firm's attorneys were selected in more than one category of practice. Ten of the lawyers have been ...
Tonkon Torp Immigration Lawyers Tapped for National Assignments
Two Tonkon Torp immigration attorneys have been selected by the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) to serve on national committees that work with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) on policy and adjudication issues. Turid L. Owren, chair of Tonkon Torp's immigra...
Tonkon Torp Wins PUC Ruling on Behalf of Third Party Solar-Electric Projects
The Oregon Public Utility Commission's ruling yesterday, regarding third party financing of solar energy projects, was precedent setting for the region, says Tonkon Torp attorney David F. White. White represents the Renewable Northwest Project and the Oregon Solar Energy Industry Association, two of...
Tax Attorney Gwen Griffith Joins Tonkon Torp Law Firm
Eugene attorney Gwendolyn Griffith has joined the tax practice group of Tonkon Torp LLP in Portland. Her practice is focused on advising clients of closely held businesses in matters of taxation, succession and estate planning, and the formation, reorganization, purchase or sale of businesses. She a...
Twelve Tonkon Torp Attorneys Again Earn National Recognition for Excellence in Business Law
Twelve partners of Tonkon Torp LLP have been selected for the 2008 edition of Chambers USA America's Leading Lawyers for Business. Each of the lawyers has been acknowledged previously by Chambers USA, which conducts client and professional peer interviews to identify leading lawyers based on technic...
Steven Wilker Discusses Grand Theft IP for Entrepreneur Webinar
Steven Wilker presented at the Oregon Entrepreneur Network webinar "Grand Theft IP." The webinar was broadcast June 18....
Tonkon Torp Attorney Explains Loan Workouts and Liquidations
Tonkon Torp attorney Albert N. Kennedy gave a presentation on "Loan Workout and Collateral Liquidation." The presentation was sponsored by Lorman Education Services. ...
Al Kennedy Explains Bankruptcy Duties, Deadlines, and Pitfalls for Annual Bankruptcy Institute
Tonkon Torp attorney Albert N. Kennedy spoke at the 21st Annual Northwest Bankruptcy Institute, sponsored by the Oregon State Bar and Washington State Bar Association on April 18 - 19. Kennedy and his co-presenters discussed the "Duties, Deadlines, and Avoiding Pitfalls in Business Bankruptcies...
Electronic Discovery
Sponsored by the American Bar Association, Intellectual Property Section, David Aman facilitated a roundtable discussion on electronic discovery and related attorney-client privilege issues in the context of intellectual property litigation....
Cronn Appointed to Lead Tonkon Torp Business Department
Jeffrey S. Cronn has been appointed chair of the Tonkon Torp Business Department, which includes practice groups focused in the areas of corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, taxation and corporate governance, among others. Cronn joined Tonkon Torp in 1994. He counsels public, private and ...
IP Attorney Discusses Trademark Law for 2007 Year in Review
Steven Wilker was a presenter at the February 29 CLE, "Trademark Law - 2007 Year in Review." The CLE was sponsored by the Oregon State Bar's Intellectual Property Section....
Tonkon Torp Awards Annual Law School Scholarships
Two third-year students at Lewis & Clark Law School have earned scholarships from Tonkon Torp LLP to complete their legal education. Jennifer McCrew and John Dudrey each garnered a Moe M. Tonkon and Frederick Torp Scholarship, named after the firm's founders. The scholarships are awarded annuall...
18 Tonkon Torp Attorneys Named to 2007 Super Lawyers List
Eighteen attorneys at Tonkon Torp LLP have been named to the national 2007 list of Super Lawyers. They were selected through a rigorous process that identifies outstanding lawyers in more than 60 practice areas. The list recognizes those who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and pro...
Caroline Harris Crowne Discusses Arbitration Clauses for MBA
Caroline Harris Crowne co-presented a CLE for the Multnomah Bar Association on the subject of "Arbitration Clauses in Contracts: Drafting, Enforcing, and Challenging Them." ...
Best Lawyers in America ® 2008 Names 22 Tonkon Torp Attorneys
Twenty-two Tonkon Torp attorneys have been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2008, the oldest and most respected peer review publication in the legal profession. Four of the Portland firm's attorneys were selected in more than one category of practice, and 10 of the lawyer...
Experienced Corporate and Business Restructuring Lawyer Joins Firm
Leon Simson, an experienced Oregon corporate and business restructuring attorney, has joined the business department of Tonkon Torp LLP.Simson has practiced law in Portland for 30 years and has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America continuously since 1987. He has been a partner at Ball Janik LL...
Governor Signs Long-Awaited PE Reform Bill
Representing a first step of many in restoring physical education to Oregon schools, Governor Ted Kulongoski signed House Bill 3141 into law today to arrest the obesity epidemic and the growing levels of inactivity of Oregon's youth. The new legislation establishes a standard of 150 minutes per week...
Portland immigration attorney honored for oversight role on U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service committee
The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) has honored Tonkon Torp attorney Turid L. Owren with a presidential commendation for outstanding leadership in liaison.Owren chairs the Nebraska Service Center Liaison Committee, which oversees adjudication and processing of immigrant petitions. It...
Tonkon Torp Forms Sustainability Practice Group
Tonkon Torp has launched a sustainability practice group leveraging the firm's experience in energy, forestry, green building and advising emerging companies. The interdisciplinary group is made up of 12 seasoned attorneys who focus on issues ranging from renewable energy, real estate and env...
Who is Liable for Speech in Cyberspace?
Steven Wilker was a featured panelist at the June 25 roundtable discussion "Who is Liable for Speech in Cyberspace?" The discussion was hosted by the American Bar Association's (ABA) Intellectual Property section....
12 Tonkon Torp Attorneys Earn National Recognition for Excellence in Business Law
Twelve partners of Tonkon Torp LLP have been selected for the 2007 edition of Chambers USA America's Leading Lawyers for Business. Each of the lawyers has been acknowledged previously by Chambers USA, which conducts client and professional peer interviews to identify leading lawyers based on tec...
Sherrill Corbett Presents on Business in the Digital Age for Oregon Law Institute
Sherrill Corbett spoke at Lewis & Clark Law School for a CLE presentation sponsored by the Oregon Law Institute. The topic of her program was "Operating, Financing, and Selling a Business in the Digital Age."...
Tonkon Torp Named a Most Admired Company
The Portland Business Journal recently named Tonkon Torp as one of "Oregon's Most Admired Companies" among professional service firms in its 2006 survey. This is the second consecutive year that Tonkon Torp has appeared on the Portland Business Journal's top ten list.The ten winners were selected by...
Tonkon Torp Adds Labor and Employment Attorney
Attorney Kristin Bremer has joined the Labor and Employment Practice Group at Tonkon Torp, LLP. She will work with her former colleague, veteran employment lawyer Robert L. Carey, the new chair of the firm's labor and employment practice. Bremer and Carey were both formerly with Barran Liebma...
The Best Lawyers in America Names 16 Tonkon Torp Attorneys
Tonkon Torp LLP is pleased to announce that 16 of the firm's partners have been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2007. Fifteen of those partners have been listed in prior years, eight for the last 10 or more consecutive years. New to the list this year is intellectual proper...
Return of the Slider Case
Sponsored by the Oregon State Bar Antitrust and Trade Regulation Section, David Aman made a presentation involving mock appellate argument on the crime-fraud exception to the attorney-client privilege in a hypothetical antitrust/patent case....
Tonkon Torp Adds Robert Carey to Employment Law Team
Veteran employment law litigator Robert L. Carey has joined Tonkon Torp LLP as head of the firm's Labor & Employment Practice Group.Carey, who has nearly 20 years of litigation experience, represents businesses and executives on a variety of employment law issues and in complex commercial litiga...
Veteran Litigator and Political Strategist Returns to Tonkon Torp
Tonkon Torp LLP has launched a new government relations and public policy practice, led by former Portlander Mark L. Cushing, who is returning to the firm after more than a decade on the East Coast. The new government relations practice emphasizes high level strategic counsel and advocacy on fede...
Immigration Attorney Selected to Chair Key Committee
The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) has appointed Tonkon Torp attorney Turid L. Owren chair of a liaison committee that oversees adjudication and processing of immigration petitions. The committee of eight lawyers reviews petitions filed with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Serv...
Tonkon Torp Attorneys Nationally Recognized for Excellence in Business Law
Twelve partners of Tonkon Torp LLP have been included in the 2006 edition of Chambers USA America's Leading Lawyers for Business. They were selected based on thousands of client and professional peer interviews. The evaluation criteria included technical legal ability, professional conduct and c...
Litigating Antitrust Claims
Sponsored by the Oregon State Bar Antitrust and Trade Regulation Section, David Aman participated in a panel presentation concerning litigation issues in a hypothetical antitrust/patent case....
Tonkon Torp Announces New Partners
Portland, Oregon. Tonkon Torp LLP is pleased to announce that Paul W. Conable and Michael W. Fletcher have been elected partners of the firm effective January 1, 2006. Paul Conable's practice focuses primarily on commercial litigation. Michael Fletcher concentrates on assisting companies with their ...
Tonkon Torp's Attorneys Selected for The Best Lawyers in America® 2006
Portland, Oregon - Tonkon Torp LLP is pleased to announce that sixteen of its partners have been selected in The Best Lawyers in America 2006. This represents , an increase of nine percent since the 2005 publication. Nine of the sixteen partners have been included in the Best Lawyers for the last te...
Tonkon Torp Attorneys Selected for Chambers & Partners USA 2005-2006
Portland, Oregon - Tonkon Torp LLP is pleased to announce that ten partners were named as America's leading business lawyers by Chambers and Partners USA® 2005-2006. This year's rankings, an increase of three partners over last year, confirms Tonkon Torp's reputation as home to some of the most ...
Tonkon Torp Helps a Military Family Fight Back Against Creditors
Portland, Oregon - Tonkon Torp LLP, a leading Northwest law firm, recently achieved a series of victories on behalf of its pro bono client, the family of an Oregon National Guardsmen serving in Iraq. Specialist Anthony Acuna has spent 21 of the past 26 months overseas serving as a field medic in ...
Better Watchdogs - Investigative Reporting on the Beat
Steven Wilker gave a presentation in Ashland, Oregon on April 9 and 10. His topic was "Better Watchdogs: Investigative Reporting on the Beat."...
Tonkon Torp Partner Steven M. Wilker Named One of Portland's 40 Under 40
Portland, Oregon - Tonkon Torp LLP was again recognized for its outstanding younger lawyers with the selection of Steven M. Wilker in The Business Journal's annual 40 under 40 list. In 2004, Tonkon Torp counsel David Copley Forman was named to the list."I am grateful for the recognition of The Busin...
Twelve Tonkon Torp Partners listed in Best Lawyers in America®
Firm Outperforms Many Others in Region Portland, Oregon - Tonkon Torp LLP cemented its reputation as a leading Portland firm with twelve partners recognized in Woodward/White Inc.'s The Best Lawyers in America® 2005-2006. Nine of these were listed for the tenth time in the publication'...
Al Kennedy Studies Receiverships and Bankruptcies for TMA
Al Kennedy spoke on the subject of "Receiverships v. Bankruptcies" at a recent program hosted by the Turnaround Management Association (TMA)....
Tonkon Torp Attorneys selected for Chambers USA Directory
TONKON TORP ATTORNEYS SELECTED FOR CHAMBERS USA DIRECTORY Portland, OR (June 22, 2004) - The Tonkon Torp law firm is pleased to announce that seven of its attorneys have been included in the Chambers USA America's Leading Lawyers for Business - 2004 Edition directory as 'Leaders in their F...
Kennedy Discusses Loan Documents for Lorman Education Services
Al Kennedy recently presented on "Commercial and Real Estate Loan Documents in Oregon" for Lorman Education Services. ...
Al Kennedy Talks Evidence for 17th Annual Bankruptcy Institute
Attorney Al Kennedy spoke at the 17th Annual Northwest Bankruptcy Institute, sponsored by the Oregon State Bar and Washington State Bar Association. The topic of Kennedy's presentation was "Real Evidence."...
Tonkon Torp Enhances Scholarship at Lewis & Clark Law School
Thanks to a generous contribution from Tonkon Torp LLP, Timothy Foster can follow in the footsteps of his grandfather, Warren A. McMinimee, a Tillamook attorney instrumental in establishing public access to all Oregon beaches. Foster '04, a third-year Lewis & Clark Law School student, is the...
Alerts
USCIS Announces FY2015 H-1B Cap Reached
On April 7, 2014, USCIS announced that the H-1B cap for fiscal year 2015 was reached within the five business day filing window running from April 1 to April 7, 2014. This includes both the U.S. advanced degree cap preference limit of 20,000 visas, and the regular cap limit of 65,000 visas. &n...
New (Cap) H-1B Filings -- April 1 Deadline
April 1 through 7, 2014 is the deadline for new H-1B petitions to be filed under the USCIS H-1B quota (assuming, as in the past, that the H-1B quota will be immediately exhausted).   Employers should therefore determine as soon as possible whether they have any new H-1B petitions to be filed ...
2013 HR Roundup - Checklist of New Employment Laws this Year
The year 2013 brought several changes to employment laws affecting Oregon employers. In this alert, we highlight the key changes of this past year so that our clients are aware of the changes, and have an opportunity to update their employee handbooks, policies and procedures before the New Year. &...
Don't Let The Holidays Take You For a Sleigh Ride
With the holidays around the corner, many employers organize parties to promote collegial working relationships and foster a pleasant work environment. While the benefits of holiday parties on employee morale are tangible, they may also present legal risks for employers. The first-and perhaps most o...
Proposed Regulation Crowdfunding: Who Wants to Be a Crowdfunding Platform? Part II
On October 23, 2013, the SEC proposed rules governing the offer and sale of securities through "crowdfunding." If adopted, these rules would permit companies to raise capital by selling small amounts of equity to large groups of investors via regulated, online crowdfunding platforms. &nbs...
Proposed Regulation Crowdfunding: Few Surprises and Possibly a Step Forward - Part I
On October 23, 2013, the SEC proposed rules governing the offer and sale of securities through "crowdfunding." If adopted, these rules would allow issuers to raise capital by selling small amounts of equity to a large number of investors via regulated Internet crowdfunding platforms. Th...
New Legal Developments in California's Booming Renewable Energy Market
Renewable energy advocates have many reasons to cheer recent legal developments in California. First, Governor Jerry Brown signed a quartet of renewable energy-related bills into law: SB 43 creates a Green Tariff Shared Renewable Program. This program creates access to shared investment in...
IRS Modifies "Use-it-or Lose-it" Rule for Health Flexible Spending Accounts
On October 31, 2013 the IRS issued Notice 2013-71 modifying the "use-it-or-lose-it" rule for health flexible spending accounts ("FSAs") under §125 cafeteria plans. These modified rules are welcome relief for employers and employees, and can apply as early as the 2013 plan ye...
Diversity Lottery 2015 is Open!
The U.S. Department of State has opened entries for the Diversity Lottery 2015 (DV-2015). Online registration for the Diversity Lottery will be accepted until Saturday, November 2, 2013, at noon EDT.   The Diversity Lottery allows nationals from countries with historically low rates of immigr...
SEC Proposes CEO Pay Ratio Disclosure Rules
On September 18, 2013, the Securities and Exchange Commission approved proposed rules requiring the disclosure by public companies of the median annual total compensation of all employees of the company, the annual total compensation of the Chief Executive Officer, and the ratio between the two. Com...
Veterans Day Mandatory Holiday for Oregon Employers
With Veterans Day (November 11) looming in the horizon, Oregon employers should plan to give the day off to eligible veterans in their workforce. Earlier this year, Governor Kitzhaber signed into law Senate Bill 1 that requires companies to provide paid or unpaid time off on Veterans Day to employee...
EEOC Focuses on ADA and Sex Bias Lawsuits
Information gleaned from the filings by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC") for its fiscal year 2013, which ended September 30, shows a very decided emphasis on cases arising under the Americans With Disabilities Act ("ADA") and cases alleging sex bias, which inc...
Private Offerings: SEC Proposes Amendments to Form D
This Client Update is the third segment in a three-part series on the new or proposed Securities and Exchange Commission rules governing private placements, mandated under the JOBS Act and the Dodd-Frank Act. This update focuses on the SEC's proposed changes to Form D. Form D is the notice ...
Private Offerings: SEC Imposes "Bad Actor" Limitations on Certain Private Placements
This Client Update is the second segment in a three-part series on the new or proposed Securities and Exchange Commission rules governing private placements, mandated under the JOBS Act and the Dodd-Frank Act. This update focuses on the rules governing offerings that are associated with "bad ac...
Private Offerings SEC Lifts Ban on General Solicitation and Proposes New Requirements
This Client Update is the first segment in a three-part series on the new or proposed Securities and Exchange Commission rules governing private placements, mandated under the JOBS Act and the Dodd-Frank Act. This update, Part 1, focuses on the new rules lifting the ban on general solicitation and g...
U.S. Supreme Court Issues Significant Land Use Decision Benefiting Developers
In a 5-4 decision last month in Koontz v. St. Johns River Water Management District, the U.S. Supreme Court made a new contribution to constitutional land use law that could significantly impact the balance of power between developers and local governments. In 1994, developer Koontz sought permit...
Faster Permitting for Infrastructure Projects May Be On Tap in Pacific Northwest
Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and the states of Oregon and Washington have signed a declaration creating the Pacific Northwest Regional Infrastructure (PNRI) team. The PNRI team will work to streamline the permitting process for infrastructure projects in those states when both state and fe...
ACA Employer Mandate and Reporting Requirements Delayed
On July 2, 2013 President Obama announced that implementation of the employer mandate and health care coverage reporting provisions of the Affordable Care Act will be delayed until January 1, 2015. Originally set to go into effect January 1, 2014, the employer mandate requires that employers of m...
Form I-94s to Go Paperless (If Traveling by Air or Sea)
Today, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) started phasing in a "paperless" Form I-94 Arrival/Departure Record for foreign nationals entering the United States in nonimmigrant status by air or sea. Foreign nationals traveling by land will continue to receive a paper Form I-9...
Portland City Council Passes Mandatory Sick Leave Ordinance
On March 13, 2013, the Portland City Council unanimously approved an ordinance proposed by Portland Commissioner Amanda Fritz, which requires Portland area employers to provide sick leave for their employees. In passing the ordinance, Portland joined Seattle, San Francisco, Milwaukee, Connecticut, a...
Important Changes Affecting Commercial Real Estate in California
Commercial owners and tenants in California should be aware of new requirements with respect to disability access and energy use that take effect in 2013. Disability Access Under existing California law, landowners may voluntarily obtain inspections of property for compliance with state and fede...
FTC Finalizes Amendments to COPPA Rule
By Craig Foster Do you run a website designed for kids? Or do you run a website designed for a general audience that you know collects information from children under the age of 13? Either way, you are likely aware that you must comply with the requirements of the Children's Online Privacy Pr...
New Form I-9 Mandatory After May 7, 2013
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has released a new version of Form I-9 (Employment Eligibility Verification). Employers should begin using the newly revised Form I-9 for all new hires and re-verifications, but may continue to use previous versions of Form I-9 (dated February 2,...
New H-1B Filings -- April 1st Deadline
April 1 through 5, 2013 is the filing deadline for new H-1B petitions to be made under the USCIS H-1B quota (assuming, as in the past, that H-1B quota availability will be immediately exhausted). Employers should therefore determine as soon as possible whether they have any new H-1B petitions to ...
What Employers Can Learn from Petraeus's Downfall
We have all witnessed the instantaneous fall from grace of General David Petraeus, which snowballed from anonymous harassing emails sent to Tampa socialite Jill Kelley to implicating Petraeus's biographer Paula Broadwell to revealing the racy details of the writer's relationship with Petr...
Diversity Lottery 2014 Opens
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Sick Times in Seattle: A New Ordinance Provides Generous Leave for Seattle Employees
Beginning on September 1, 2012, a new law in Seattle will require certain employers to offer paid sick and safe time ("PSST") to employees who work within Seattle city limits. The Seattle Paid Sick and Safe Time Ordinance applies to all companies with employees working in Seattle whethe...
Employers Should Continue Using Current Form I-9 to Verify Employment Eligibility
// The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently announced that employers should continue using the version of Form I-9 currently available on the USCIS website (dated 08/07/09) for purposes of verifying employment eligibility even after the August 31, 2012 expiration da...
IRS Issues Guidance on $2,500 Health Flexible Spending Account Limit
// By Darcy Norville The IRS recently issued helpful guidance in Notice 2012-40 on the $2,500 annual limitation on salary reduction contributions to health flexible spending accounts ("FSAs"), effective beginning in 2013. The Notice clarifies the following: Meas...
JOBS Act Directs SEC to Lift Ban on General Solicitation and General Advertising in Rule 506 Offerings
// By Craig A. Foster   The recently enacted Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS Act) directs the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to adopt rules that remove the existing prohibition against general advertising and general solicitation in private pl...
JOBS Act Amends Exchange Act Registration Thresholds (Part 3 of 3)
// By Marco Materazzi This Client Update is the third part of a three-part series on the new Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act of 2012. This update summarizes the amended thresholds for registration under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and related changes under the JOBS Act. Part ...
IPO Streamlining and Reduced Reporting Requirements for Emerging Growth Companies, and Regulation A+ Offerings (Part 2 of 3)
By Andrea Schmidt This Client Update is the second segment in a three-part series on the new Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act of 2012 (the "JOBS Act"). This update focuses on streamlined initial public offering and reporting requirements for a newly created category of "eme...
JOBS Act Eases Burden on Fundraising for Small Companies (Part 1 of 3)
By Duncan Delano On April 5, 2012, the President signed into law the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act of 2012 (the "JOBS Act"), which is intended to ease capital raising for smaller businesses by relaxing regulatory requirements. This update is the first segment in a three-part ...
SEC Adopts Final Rules on Performance-Based Fees
By Craig A. Foster As discussed in a previous Tonkon Tip, last summer, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") issued an order (the "Order") raising the financial thresholds of Rule 205-3 ("Rule 205-3") under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, which prov...
Transfer on Death Deeds: A Good Tool for Estate Planning in Oregon?
By Jackson Lewis and Kimberlee Stafford Effective January 1, 2012, Oregon law provides for a new form of deed known as a transfer on death (TOD) deed. These deeds allow an owner of real property to designate a beneficiary who will obtain title to that real property when the owner dies, witho...
New H-1B Filings Begin April 2
April 2 through 6, 2012, is the initial filing window for new H-1B petitions to be filed against the USCIS FY2013 H-1B quota if the H-1B quota availability is immediately exhausted. Employers should therefore determine as soon as possible whether they have any new H-1B petitions to be filed under...
Final ERISA Service Provider Fee Disclosure Rules Go Into Effect July 1, 2012
// By Darcy Norville On February 2, 2012, the Department of Labor ("DOL") issued final regulations requiring service providers to ERISA retirement plans to disclose information about the service providers' compensation and potential conflicts of interest. The final ...
Preparing for the 2012 Proxy Season
By Tom Palmer and Andrea Schmidt This Client Update provides an overview of corporate governance and disclosure matters that U.S. public companies should note as they approach the 2012 proxy season. The matters addressed will not apply equally to all companies, and their applicability may vary de...
Washington Tax Nexus: Can You Afford to "Sleep Like a Baby?"
by Michael Millender Mattress World, whose radio ads told listeners "it's not too late to sleep like a baby," recently announced that it owes the State of Washington approximately $1.7 million in uncollected sales taxes and will be shutting down its business. Mattress Worl...
SEC Overhauls Form ADV Part 1A to Conform to New Dodd-Frank Requirements
By Craig Foster As we detailed in previous client alerts, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 ("Dodd-Frank") has significantly changed how investment advisers are regulated. Among other things, Dodd-Frank (a) increased the amount of assets under managem...
New Employment Laws Ring in the New Year
The Oregon legislature enacted a few employment laws this year which go into effect on January 1, 2012. Following is a brief summary of the new legislation: BOLI Can Now Assess Hefty Penalties For Bounced Paychecks: This new law allows BOLI to assess penalties against employers who issue dishonored...
Dodd-Frank Broadly Expands SEC Whistleblower Program (Part 2 of 2)
  // By James K. Hein and Craig A. Foster Introduction As discussed in a previous update, the Securities and Exchange Commission recently issued final rules implementing its new whistleblower program designed to encourage reporting of potential violations of the federal securities la...
Dodd-Frank Broadly Expands SEC Whistleblower Program (Part 1 of 2)
// By James K. Hein and Craig A. Foster The Securities and Exchange Commission recently issued final rules implementing a whistleblower program designed to encourage reporting of potential violations of the federal securities laws to the SEC to enhance its success in enforcem...
Current H-1B Cap Count for Fiscal Year 2012
// As of October 14, 2011, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) reported that only approximately 21,700 of the regular 65,000 H-1B visas for Fiscal Year 2012 remain available. The quota provides for 65,000 H-1B visas and 20,000 additional H-1B visas reserved for individuals ...
Train Supervisors to Recognize Requests for Reasonable Accommodations
"I need some home time."   "My doctor thinks I need some home time."   What's the difference between these two statements? What impact might the difference have on your company's obligation to determine if it can provide a reasonable accommodation to an empl...
Diversity Lottery 2013 Opens
The U.S. Department of State opens entries for the Diversity Lottery 2013 (DV-2013) beginning October 4, 2011 at noon EDT, and ending November 5, 2011, at noon EDT. All entries must be submitted via the Department of State's online system; paper submissions are not accepted. Only one entry may b...
New .xxx Domain Names - Opportunity to Safeguard your Trademarks
After many years of debate, the new sponsored top-level domain ("TLD") .xxx has been approved. The .xxx TLD is targeted at the adult entertainment industry. Owners of registered trademarks, who do not wish to be associated with the adult entertainment industry, may, during a limited "...
SEC Finalizes Dodd-Frank Rules Affecting Private Investment Fund Managers
By Greg Powell As we outlined in previous Tonkon Tips, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 ("Dodd-Frank") makes significant changes to the current investment adviser regulatory regime. With respect to private investment fund managers, effectiv...
Federal Incentives for Commercial Buildings to Go Green
Cutting down on energy costs is beneficial for companies long term, but making the upfront investment to cut those costs can be significant. However, some little-known federal incentives may help with the cost of transitioning your building into an energy efficient one. Commercial Buildings Ener...
SEC Raises "Qualified Client" Thresholds
By Craig Foster On July 12, 2011, the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") issued an order (the "Order") raising the financial thresholds under Rule 205-3 under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (the "Advisers Act"), which permits registered investment ...
SEC Extends Deadlines for Compliance with New Investment Adviser Registration Regime under Dodd-Frank
By Craig Foster   As we detailed in a previous Tonkon Tip, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 ("Dodd-Frank") makes significant changes to the current investment adviser regulatory regime.  Effective July 21, 2011, Dodd-Frank will, among other ...
New ERISA Participant-Directed Plan Disclosure Rules
By Darcy Norville New Department of Labor (DOL) rules go into effect in 2012 that will require administrators of participant-directed 401(k) and other ERISA plans to provide each plan participant or beneficiary with certain plan-related and investment-related information, including informat...
From Aesop to the Supreme Court
Why should employers worry about the "cat's paw"? By Blerina Kotori In 1679, La Fontaine memorialized Aesop's famous Cat's Paw fable into verse as a metaphor for princes who do kings' dirty deeds and receive no reward. In the fable, a monkey convinces a cat to ...
BlackBerry Use and Overtime Laws: the Lawsuits Have Started
By Blerina Kotori Thinking about giving a BlackBerry or an iPhone to your employees? Think again. As the lines between business hours and private lives become blurred by always-there-technology, employers are facing new challenges in administering wage and hour laws for hourly employees. A r...
Get Ready Now to Comply with ERISA Service Provider Fee Disclosure Rules
  By Darcy Norville On January 1, 2012[i], new rules go into effect that will require investment advisers, brokers and others who provide services to ERISA plans to disclose to plan fiduciaries information relating to the service provider's compensation. This disclosure is inten...
City and County Income Tax Traps
The Multnomah County Business Income Tax and the Portland Business License Law (the City/County Tax) is a 3.65% combined tax on "business income" apportioned to the city and county under a single sales factor. The City/County Tax is loaded with traps for the unwary. Business owners, inv...
SEC Extends Deadline for Brochure Supplements for Certain RIAs
By Craig A. Foster As discussed in a previous Tonkon Tip, the SEC recently amended the requirements of Form ADV Part 2 to require registered investment advisers to provide clients with a "brochure" under Part 2A of Form ADV and "brochure supplements" under Part 2B o...
Oregon State Taxation of Nonqualified Deferred Compensation Plan Benefits
By Darcy Norville Hypothetical: Oregon executive will begin to receive payments from a nonqualified deferred compensation plan upon retirement. He plans to move to Washington state following retirement. Will the payments be subject to Oregon income tax? The general rule is that Oregon ta...
DOL Proposes Broader Definition of ERISA "Fiduciary" Applicable to Investment Advisers
By Darcy Norville On October 22, 2010, the Department of Labor ("DOL") published proposed regulations that would broaden the definition of when a person is an ERISA "fiduciary" by reason of giving investment advice to an employee benefit plan or a plan's particip...
Tonkon Torp water law expert to address Portland City Club
Janet Neuman, senior counsel on water law at Tonkon Torp, will speak at the Portland City Club on Friday, December 3 at 12:15 p.m. on "The Politics of Water."   Neuman will address the most pressing water issues affecting the region, including the disconnection between land use pla...
SEC Amends Part 2 of Form ADV to Create New Disclosure Regime for RIAs
By Craig Foster The SEC recently amended the requirements for the principal disclosure document that SEC-registered advisers provide to their clients and prospective clients. Under the previous Form ADV Part II, advisers were required to respond to a series of multiple-choice and fill-in-th...
Oregon Election Outlook
November 2, 2010 will go down as an historic Election Day in Oregon. Not only because of an uncommonly close gubernatorial race that made John Kitzhaber Oregon's first three-term Governor, but because voters also approved Ballot Measure 71 which for the first time instructs the Oregon Legislativ...
Dodd-Frank to Change Investment Adviser Registration Requirements
By Craig Foster Are you an investment adviser currently registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC")? If so, you may have to de-register with the SEC and register instead with one or more states, as required by the recently passed Dodd-Frank Wall Street Refor...
Diversity Lottery 2012 Opens; H-1B Cap Update
The U.S. Department of State opened entries for the Diversity Lottery 2012 (DV-2012) beginning October 5, 2010 at noon EDT, and ending November 3, 2010, at noon EDT. Please note that this is a shorter entry period than in previous years. All entries must be submitted via the Department of State'...
Delaying a Difficult Decision...
Deciding whether to pull up stakes and change residency is often a difficult decision for individuals and families. Yet, it is a decision that Oregonians often face when selling stock because of the income tax consequences of remaining an Oregon resident. An installment sale of stock may allow an Or...
Changes to "Accredited Investor" and "Qualified Client" Standards Under Dodd-Frank Act
By Greg Powell On July 21, 2010, President Obama signed into law the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the "Dodd-Frank Act"), which brings into place a broad range of financial regulatory reforms. Title IV of the Dodd-Frank Act, titled Private Fund Investm...
Health Care Reform Update: Model Notices
The Department of Labor ("DOL") has issued model notices that include background information and model language that may be used to satisfy the new notice obligations relating to: (1) the extension of dependent coverage to age 26; (2) the prohibition on lifetime dollar limits ...
Health Care Reform Update
This Tip reports on the interim final regulations issued under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the "Health Care Act") regarding the prohibition on annual and lifetime dollar limits on "essential health benefits" under group health plans.  (Regulations have ...
SEC Provides Custody Rule Relief to Investment Advisers Serving as Co-Trustees
By Craig Foster General Rule: Sole trustees deemed to have "custody" are subject to the surprise exam requirement. Earlier this year, the SEC amended its custody rule, Rule 206(4)-2, to impose new requirements on investment advisers deemed to have "custody" of client ass...
FBAR Regs: Good News and Bad News...
FBAR Regs: Good News and Bad News... The good news is that new regulations have clarified the definition of "U.S. Persons" for FBAR reporting rules. The bad news is that entities are considered "U.S. Persons" (and therefore subject to the reporting rules) even w...
E-Verify Tutorial Alert
Alert: Completion of a new tutorial is required in order to continue using E-verify after a redesign is released on Sunday, June 13, 2010. Explanation: E-Verify, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) electronic employment eligibility verification system, is being redesigned...
COBRA Premium Subsidy Extended Again
COBRA Premium Subsidy Extended Again   Congress has passed, and the President has signed, the Continuing Extension Act of 2010 (the "Continuing Extension"), which again extends the COBRA premium subsidy program created by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA)...
Marijuana Accommodation has Gone to Pot: Oregon Supreme Court Ruling Eliminates Protections
On April 14, 2010, The Oregon Supreme Court held that Oregon's disability discrimination laws do not require an employer to accommodate an employee's use of medical marijuana. Emerald Steel Fabricators, Inc. v. Bureau of Labor and Industries, --- P.3d ---, 2010 WL 1490352 (Or). This decisio...
Oregon Legislature Hears Proposals To Modify The Business Energy Tax Credit
The 2010 special session of the Oregon Legislature began this week, and the House Revenue Committee wasted no time in holding a hearing on proposed revisions to the Business Energy Tax Credit ("BETC") that is available to projects in the conservation and recycling, renewable energy generat...
Stronger Custody Rule Approved for SEC-Registered Investment Advisers
By Craig Foster and Carol Dey Hibbs The SEC amended its custody rule, effective March 12, 2010, to increase the oversight of advisers that are deemed to have custody of client assets. An adviser is deemed to have "custody" in numerous situations, such as when the adviser deducts f...
Change in Law Regarding Employer Mandated Meetings
Effective January 1, 2010, Oregon law gives employees the right to opt out of certain employer mandated meetings and requires employers (regardless of the size) to post a communication in the workplace regarding that right. Employees now have the right to opt out of employer mandated meetings when t...
New and Extensive Massachusetts Data Protection Law
By Craig Foster and Vicki Ballou Do you have clients who are Massachusetts residents? If so, you should know that, beginning March 1, 2010, a new Massachusetts regulation will require that you implement a comprehensive information security program to protect the personal data of such client...
The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA) Took Effect on
GINA prohibits discrimination by employers (and health insurers) on the basis of genetic information."Genetic information" is defined broadly to include, among other things, information about "the manifestation of a disease or disorder in family members of such individual." The l...
Diversity Lottery 2011 Opens
The U.S. Department of State opens entries for the Diversity Lottery 2011 (DV-2011) beginning October 2, 2009 at noon EDT, and ending November 30, 2009, at noon EST. All entries must be submitted via the Department of State's online system; paper submissions are no longer accepted. Only one entr...
Federal Contractors Are Required to Use E-Verify for Many Federal Contracts Awarded On or After September 8, 2009
Companies who receive federal contracts on or after September 8, 2009, must use the government E-Verify system to confirm their employees' eligibility to work in the United States if the federal contract includes the Federal Acquisition Regulation E-Verify Clause. Companies must enroll in the E-...
U.S. Department of Labor Sending Questionnaires to Certain H-1B Workers
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has begun sending detailed questionnaires to H-1B workers who are current or former employees of companies DOL is investigating. Please note that DOL states in the questionnaire that the H-1B worker is not required to respond. We recommend that companies contact im...
Expanded Form U4 Disclosure - All Forms U4 Must Be Amended
By Carol Dey Hibbs By November 14, 2009, registered investment advisers and broker-dealers must amend all of their representatives' Forms U4 to comply with amendments to Form U4 recently approved by the SEC. The amendments significantly expand the disclosures required on the Form and in...
ICE Form I-9 Audit Initiative: Are Employers Prepared?; H-1B Numbers Remain Available
ICE Form I-9 Audit Initiative: Are Employers Prepared? On July 1, 2009, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement ("ICE") issued a news release announcing that it is launching "a bold, new [Form I-9] audit initiative" and has issued 652 Notices of Inspection (NOIs) to employers...
Act Now: Trademark Infringement on Facebook
On Tuesday, June 9, Facebook, Inc., the social networking website company, publicly announced that beginning Saturday, June 13th at 12:01 a.m. U.S. EDT, users of the Facebook website will be allowed for the first time to create personalized URLs for their Facebook pages (facebook.com/yourname). F...
New LCA System Required by U.S. Department of Labor
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has activated a new online system for the filing and certification of Labor Condition Applications (LCAs). The system is referred to as the "iCert Portal" and will be required as of May 15, 2009. LCAs are a mandatory component of all H-1B specialty occ...
Governor Kulongoski Signs Legislation Modifying Oregon's Mini-COBRA
In previous alerts, we informed you about changes to COBRA affected by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 ("ARRA"). One of these changes is the availability of a federal subsidy toward health care premiums for nine months after certain employees elect continuation coverage....
Court Clarifies ADA Requirements
Last month U.S. District Court Judge Anna Brown made a ruling that adds some clarity to the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) and Oregon Disability Law. In Neal v. Kraft Foods Global, Inc., the court granted summary judgment ...
FY 2010 H-1B Numbers Remain Available
FY2010 H-1B Numbers Remain Available The USCIS has confirmed as of April 9 that approximately 23,000 of the 65,000 H-1B visas from the FY2010 quota remain available following the April 1 opening for filings. Employers should review their recruitment needs given the continuing availability of H-1B...
Recovery Act Model COBRA Notices Now Available
The Department of Labor has now posted model notices and corresponding instructions in their web site. You can access the notices and instructions by visiting http://www.dol.gov/ebsa/COBRAmodelnotice.html. For a more detailed explanation of the notification requirements, visit http://www.dol.gov/ebs...
The IRS and Department of Labor post forms, facts, and clarifications of changes to COBRA as a result of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009
Last week, we notified you of the substantial changes to COBRA resulting from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (the "Recovery Act"). The IRS and the Department of Labor ("DOL") have now posted additional information, relevant forms, posters, and questions and an...
Significant Changes to COBRA Take Effect Immediately Under the New Recovery Act
On February 17, 2009, President Obama signed into law the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 ("Recovery Act"). The Recovery Act radically changes the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 ("COBRA") by temporarily (1) providing a federal government sub...
New H-1B Filings -- April 1 Deadline
April 1, 2009 is the filing deadline for new H-1B petitions to be made under the USCIS H-1B quota (assuming, as in the past, that H-1B quota availability will be immediately exhausted). USCIS may soon announce a longer filing window, as it did last year. Employers should therefore determine as so...
Very Important Update to January 26 Immigration Update
The USCIS announced today that implementation of the new Form I-9 has been delayed for 60 days. The February 2 effective date is now superseded. All U.S. employers should continue to use the current version of Form I-9 until April 3, 2009. This NewsAlert updates the Immigration Update we sent to ...
New Form I-9 Becomes Effective Monday, February 2, 2009
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is issuing a new Form I-9 (Employment Eligibility Verification), which becomes effective on Monday, February 2, 2009. The new Form I-9 makes several changes to the lists of acceptable employment eligibility documentation. One of the chan...
Visa Waiver Travel and TN Status Updates
SEVEN COUNTRIES ADDED TO VISA WAIVER PROGRAM On November 17, 2008, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that seven additional countries have been added to the Visa Waiver Program. The countries include the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia, and South Kor...
Diversity Lottery 2010 Opens
The U.S. Department of State opened entries for the Diversity Lottery 2010 (DV-2010) beginning October 2, 2008 at noon EDT, and ending December 1, 2008, at noon EST. All entries must be submitted via the Department of State's online system; paper submissions are no longer accepted. Only one entr...
Proposed Amendments to the ADA
Last week, the Senate and the House of Representatives passed a bill that significantly expands workplace protections for Americans with disabilities. The bill now goes to the President, who has said that he will sign it. The proposed bill, which would become effective on January 1, 2009, broadens t...
Tonkon Torp Announces New Form I-9 Software
Tonkon Torp LLP is pleased to announce the launch of its new Form I-9 Web-based software application, EarthVisaSM. EarthVisaSM provides employers with a step-by-step guide to completing the Form I-9 and includes explanatory text to help avoid common mistakes. For more information, please contact one...
Supreme Court Decisions Likely to Result in Increased Number of Retaliation Claims
In two decisions issued on the same day at the end of May, the Supreme Court ruled that employees are protected from retaliation when they complain about discrimination in the workplace, adopting a broad interpretation of workers' rights under two separate federal civil rights laws. Those laws m...
USCIS Performs H-1B Lottery Selections for FY2009
Today USCIS performed the random selection process for H-1B petitions to be selected in the FY2009 lottery. USCIS anticipates issuing receipt notices for selected cases by June 2. Cases that are not selected will be returned, along with the government filing fees. USCIS expects that the adjudication...
Department of Homeland Security Responds to SSA No-Match
In October, we told you that the United States District Court for the Northern District of California granted an injunction against the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) new "Safe-Harbor Procedures for Employers Who Receive a No-Match Letter" final rule. The injunction was grante...
When Drug Policies and Employment Privacy Rights Collide
In a case involving the city of Woodburn, the Ninth Circuit held that an employer's policy of requiring pre-employment drug testing was unconstitutional as applied to the particular position the prospective employee applied for. Lanier v. City of Woodburn, 2008 WL 659551 (2008). Employers freque...
Employer's Liability to Excluding Third Parties from Work Premises
In a case involving the University of Oregon, the Oregon Court of Appeals made a favorable ruling for employers who exclude outside persons from their work premises in response to complaints by employees. House v. Hicks, 2008 WL 588590 (2008). It has long been the rule that employers can be liable t...
Revisions and Amendments to the Family and Medical Leave Act
The Department of Labor has released proposed revisions to the Family and Medical Leave Act ("FMLA") regulations. These changes would substantially alter many FMLA procedures if they are adopted. Employers and employees have until April 11, 2008, to comment on the proposed regulations. To ...
Oregon's Domestic Partner Insurance Mandate
On February 5, 2008 the Oregon Insurance Division issued a bulletin mandating that all group health and life insurance policies issued or renewed in Oregon after March 31, 2008 include same-gender domestic partner coverage, if coverage is offered for spouses. (INS 2008-2). This bulletin states that ...
Employment Law Changes in the New Year
The New Year has arrived! This means that all the statutory changes we discussed in our last two issues are now in full effect. In addition to reviewing and familiarizing your business with these changes, it may be a good idea to ensure your payroll system is up to date. Electronic Payment of Wag...
One Week Until U.S. Employers Are Required to Use Revised Form I-9 (Employment Eligibility Verification)
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently announced revisions to Form I-9, and has confirmed that use of the revised Form I-9 must be implemented by employers no later than December 26, 2007. The revised Form I-9 and "Handbook for Employers: Instructions for Completing the ...
More Changes to Oregon's Employment Laws
The countdown has started: 42 days until the New Year! In addition to the statutory revisions we discussed in our last issue, January 1, 2008 will bring the following changes to Oregon's employment relationships. Please be mindful of these modifications as you review and update your policies. ...
Changes in Oregon's Employment Law
The new year marks the start of many important changes in Oregon's employment law. As the end of 2007 draws near, it is important to review your workplace policies and procedures to prepare for these changes and to ensure a smooth transition into the new legislative and regulatory scheme. For yo...
There's a New Domain Name in Town: DotAsia
DotAsia = [yourTM].asia The DotAsia community covers 73 countries in the Asia/Pacific region, including China, Japan, Australia, Philippines, India, Israel, Turkey. "First come, first served" registration for these domain names begins in March 2008. The Sunrise Period, where trade...
Preliminary Injunction Ordered by United States District Court: New DHS "SSA No-Match Safe Harbor" Final Rule Placed on Hold
On October 10, 2007, the United States District Court for the Northern District of California granted a preliminary injunction against the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) new "Safe-Harbor Procedures for Employers Who Receive a No-Match Letter" final rule that was to have taken ...
Recent Developments in Immigration
Diversity Lottery (DV-2009) The Diversity Immigrant Visa Program ("DV Program"), also known as the "Diversity Lottery," is now open. The Department of State ("DOS"), which administers the DV Program, began accepting applications on October 3, 2007. The application pe...
New SEC Rules Require Internet Availability of Proxy Materials: Update of Notice and Access Model
The Securities and Exchange Commission recently adopted amendments to the proxy rules under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. As amended, the rules will require public companies both to furnish proxy materials to shareholders via publicly accessible Internet web sites and to notify shareholders o...
Negligent Hiring and Retention
Employers must be careful about whom they hire and whom they continue to employ, particularly when an employee exhibits violent tendencies. In such cases, employers must act and act fast. Negligent hiring occurs when an employer hires an applicant that the employer knew or should have known was u...
New Rules for Retaliation Lawsuits
Employers frequently face the difficult task of investigating the poor performance of an employee who, coincidentally, has made complaints of discrimination or unlawful conduct....
Follow Up to July 13th Immigration Update
We are pleased to announce that today the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has agreed to accept adjustment of status applications until August 17, 2007 at the pre-July 30 filing fee rates. Please see the USCIS press release at the following link: http://www.uscis.gov/files/pressr...
Recent Developments in Immigration
July 2007 Visa Bulletin In mid-June, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) issued its Visa Bulletin for July 2007, listing all employment-based categories as current. This meant that any beneficiary with a certified PERM or with a pending or approved Immigrant Petition would become eligible to file ...
New Law Adds Conditions to Arbitration Agreements Imposed by Employers
When the Oregon legislature passed new laws on noncompetition and arbitration agreements last month, most employers focused upon the new requirements for enforceability of noncompetition agreements, which we highlighted in a June issue. The legislature also added important new restrictions regarding...
Are Your Employment, Consulting or Separation Pay Arrangements Subject to § 409A Tax Rules?
Action is required! The deadline for amending plans and agreements to comply with the new deferred compensation tax rules is December 31, 2007; companies that have not yet reviewed their arrangements in light of § 409A should do so now. Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code established n...
Supreme Court Allows Superfund Cleanup Cost Recovery
On June 11, 2007, in U.S. v Atlantic Research Corp., the United States Supreme Court solved a portion of the puzzle that has confounded so-called potentially responsible parties (PRPs) since the Court's decision in Cooper Industries, Inc. v Aviall Services, Inc. in 2004. In Coopers v Aviall, ...
Changes Imminent to Oregon Law on Noncompetition Agreements
Employers may soon bid farewell to the days when Oregon's test for enforceability of a noncompetition agreement was as simple as, "did the employee sign the noncompetition agreement upon initial employment or a subsequent bona fide advancement?" Last week, the Oregon legislature took t...
Deadline Extended for Resolution of Certain Measure 37 Claims
On May 10, 2007, Governor Kulongoski signed House Bill 3546, which extends the time period for government entities to decide certain Measure 37 claims from 180 to 540 days. Under Measure 37 as passed by the voters in 2004, any claimant whose claim has not been decided within 180 days of filing the c...
If You Are an Employer Requiring Medical Tests of Job Applicants, Order Means Everything
You may be like many employers who require applicants to provide medical information as a part of the hiring process. If so, be careful that your policies and practices adhere to the strict requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). In general, the ADA regulates an employer's rig...
Summer Help Wanted!
Are you thinking about hiring high school age employees for summer jobs? If so, remember that the employment of minors (ages 14-17) is heavily regulated, both under Oregon and federal laws. This is a quick list of things to keep in mind: Employees must be 14 or older. Oregon prohibits employ...
Oregon Expands Employment Discrimination Laws to Protect Sexual Orientation
Last week the Oregon Senate cleared the way for Governor Kulongoski to sign into law the Oregon Equality Act, also known as Senate Bill 2. The Oregon Equality Act expands the Oregon statute on employment discrimination to include "sexual orientation" as a protected status. The new law m...
Beware of Pitfalls in Vetting Applicants for Employment: Background Checks
This week brought good news for the U.S. economy. The unemployment rate is at a five-year low with 180,000 jobs added in the month of March. As employers add new workers, many will struggle with establishing procedures for hiring. For example, when deciding between job candidates, employers may w...
Time for Spring Cleaning
Spring is a great time to conduct an internal review to ensure that your workplace policies and procedures are being properly followed. Periodic reviews of employment policies have two primary functions: To serve as a mini-refresher course to remind management and staff of the company'...
Will Congress Short Circuit an Employer's Right to Union Elections?
The Employee Free Choice Act ("EFCA") was introduced into the U.S. House of Representatives on February 5, 2007. This Act would dramatically change union organizing and collective bargaining over first time labor agreements. If it passes, the EFCA will have an impact on all employers regar...
Supreme Court Eliminates Obstacle to Declaratory Relief in Patent Cases
If you are a party to a patent license agreement, the U.S. Supreme Court just made it easier to go to court to test the validity of the patent or whether a licensed product would actually infringe the patent. Last week, the Court reversed a doctrine adopted by the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals...
Deadline to File Certain Measure 37 Claims is December 2, 2006
Oregon's Ballot Measure 37 (now codified as ORS 197.352) took effect on December 2, 2004. The Measure permits landowners in Oregon to obtain compensation for, or waiver of, land use regulations that negatively affect the value of their property and were enacted after the landowner (or in certain...
Articles
Sourcing of Dogs Revisited; The Clock is Ticking
Mark Cushing has a new blog post at DVM360: You can read the full story here. An excerpt follows below. Many of my DVM360 blogs this past year touched on a looming issue for veterinarians, animal welfare groups and the pet industry: namely, where is the source for humanely-bred dogs to meet ...
Idaho Joins Battle Over Shelter Veterinary Clinics
Mark Cushing has a new blog post at DVM360. You can read the full story here. An excerpt follows below. This blog has raised the issue before about growing concern over the scale and scope of shelter veterinary clinics, with Alabama and South Carolina being two states considering restriction...
The Calm Before the Calm on the High Seas of Animal Policy
Mark Cushing has a new blog post at DVM360: This blogger has been quiet for the past month or so. Not for lack of work or interests, but to wait and see if state legislatures across the country or Congress signaled any appetite to challenge veterinarians or blaze new trails in animal welfa...
Pro Bono Opportunity Change Lives: Helping Juvenile Sex Offenders with Registration Relief
Multnomah Lawyer published the below article, in their June 2014 issue. The article is about the CLiF project and their efforts to recruit more attorney volunteers. Tonkon Torp attorneys Gwen Griffith and Vicki Ballou banded together in 2011 to create the CLiF Project, which stands fo...
Mark Cushing Discusses Fairness to Pet Owners Act on DVM360
Tonkon Torp Animal Policy group attorney Mark Cushing was recently interviewed for the "DVM360 5" about the Fairness to Pet Owners Act, which has recently stalled in the U.S. Congress. Click here to watch the video....
Why Portland's Tonkon Torp Expects to 'Benefit' from New Law Practice Group
Tonkon Torp's new Benefit Company Law practice group was featured in this morning's edition of the Portland Business Journal. The article, by PBJ Digital Managing Editor Andy Giegerich, highlights Tonkon Torp's long term commitment to sustainable principles and features an interview with...
Trial Practice Professor Rick Martson Prepares Students for Court
Tonkon Torp litigator Rick Martson, a Visiting Professor at Willamette University College of Law, was recently profiled in the Spring 2014 issue of the law school's Willamette Lawyer magazine. The article highlights Martson's teaching methods and beliefs, drawn from his own experience trying...
Much Ado About the Legal Status of Pets
Mark Cushing has a new blog post at DVM360: Readers of this blog are aware of my fondness for the Wall Street Journal, so it will come as no surprise that today’s blog is triggered by a Wall Street Journal guest article by author David Grimm: “Should Pets Have the Same Legal...
Are Storm Clouds Rising in Shelter-Veterinarian Relationships?
Mark Cushing has a new blog post at DVM360. You can read the full story here. An excerpt follows below. Most animal shelters and local humane societies enjoy strong working relationships with private veterinarians. Area doctors often volunteer at shelters, veterinary colleges provide externs...
U.S. Demographics Should Put a Smile on the Face of Every Veterinarian
Mark Cushing has a new blog post at DVM360: Last week this blog examined the question of where Americans will find healthy dogs to meet our needs as the human population grows from 310 million people to 420 million people in less than 50 years. The absence of meaningful dialogue about this t...
So Where Do Things Stand With Dog Populations in the U.S.?
Mark Cushing has a new blog post at DVM360. You can read the full story here. An excerpt follows below. It’s been six months since the U.S. Department of Agriculture implemented rules to bring Internet breeders within the scope of its animal welfare standards governing dog breeder...
Analysis Paralysis Shouldn't Hinder Charity
In his March 21 article for the Portland Business Journal's annual "Estate & Charitable Planning Section," Jackson Lewis discusses strategies for charitable donors making substantial gifts. Sometimes donors can feel frustrated because the act of giving is put on hold to perform &qu...
Egg Production, Pet Owner 'Fairness' and State Freedoms
Mark Cushing has a new blog post at DVM360: At about the same time that the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and United Egg Producers (UEP) announced the end of their ill-fated partnership, U.S. Rep. Jim Matheson (D-Utah) introduced H.R. 4023 in Congress to little fanfare. This bil...
An Important Opportunity to Improve Pet Food Safety
Here's the latest blog post from Animal Policy attorney Mark Cushing, which can be read in full here at DVM360: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has requested public comment on a proposed regulation called the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA, for short), intended to s...
Consumer Research Demonstrates Need for Pet Food Label Reform
Mark Cushing has a new blog post at DVM360: Attention, veterinarians: Do your clients read the labels on the food they feed their pets—the list of ingredients, the feeding guide or the “guaranteed analysis”? Do these labels influence how and what they feed? Do they make sen...
Policy Future Looks Bright with New Generation of Veterinary Students
Mark Cushing has a new blog post at DVM News Magazine: More than 65 U.S. veterinary students took two days off from classes this week for a good cause. These representatives of accredited U.S. schools met in Washington, D.C., with AVMA leadership and its Governmental Relations Division ...
Looking Past the 'Big Law' Business Model
In his article for the January 31 issue of the Portland Business Journal, Jeff Cronn encourages law firms to look past "big law" business models. He uses Tonkon Torp as a prime example of a firm adopting an intentionally fluid infrastructure, rather than the more traditional pyramid-shaped...
Alabama's at it Again with Bills Regulating Veterinary Shelters
Mark Cushing has a new blog post at DVM News Magazine: State legislatures are political laboratories in a manner that Congress can never replicate. It’s the genius of our dual system of government, providing for legislative powers in 50 separate states along with the federal government...
Congress Starts Fast Out of the Gate in 2014
Here's the latest blog post from Animal Policy attorney Mark Cushing, which can be read in full here at DVM News Magazine: Veterinarians launched 2014 with a political win, but there’s more to do. The U.S. Senate passed S. 1171, the Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act, which allo...
Steve Olson & Paul Conable Quoted Regarding the City of Lake Oswego Access Dismissal
Congratulations to Steve Olson and Paul Conable on their recent victory regarding Oswego Lake! Clackamas County Circuit Court Judge Henry Breithaupt’s opinion granted summary judgment to our client, the City of Lake Oswego, as well as to the other defendants, Lake Oswego Corporation ...
Oregon’s Failure to Submit an Approvable Coastal Nonpoint Pollution Control Program
Jeanette Schuster authored the below article for ENR Case Notes, Vol. 16, published January 2014 by the Oregon State Bar Environmental and Natural Resources Section. Coastal Nonpoint Pollution Control Program: Intent To Find That Oregon Has Failed To Submit an Approvable Coastal Nonpoint Pollutio...
Hands Off, California! You'll Only Make Things Worse
It's a new year and Mark Cushing has a new post at his DVM360 blog: A recent dvm360 article highlights a major success on the part of both the animal health industry and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), with clear benefits for American food consumers. Years of hard work, negotiati...
Two Lawyers Work to Give Ex-offenders a New Start
The Oregon State Bar Bulletin published the below article, authored by Cliff Collins, in their January 2014 issue. The article is about the CLiF project and its two founding lawyers, Tonkon Torp attorneys Gwen Griffith and Vicki Ballou. Griffith and Ballou banded together in 2011 to create the ...
Justin Denton Quoted in the Medford Mail Tribune
Tonkon Torp client, Rogue Creamery became Oregon's first-recognized Benefit Company last week. Justin Denton did the legal work to maneuver Rogue Creamery into this "first place" slot, and was quoted in a January 3, 2014 article in the Medford Mail Tribune. The Benefit Compan...
Steven Wilker Quoted in the Corvallis Gazette-Times
Steven Wilker was interviewed as a media law expert for a December 29, 2013 article in the Corvallis Gazette-Times. The article was additionally picked up and reported by Oregon Live. The story concerned an Oregon State University student media adviser's request for public records from the unive...
Human-Animal Bond Goes Mainstream in the Wall Street Journal
The final installment of Mark Cushing’s three-part blog on the human-animal bond, is posted here at DVM News Magazine. An excerpt of the blog follows below. This morning’s Wall Street Journal contained a fascinating article on page four: “How dogs might protect kids ag...
Be Alert When Buying a ‘Troubled’ Company
In his "Risky Business" article for the Daily Journal of Commerce, Tim Conway advises buyers on how best to handle the purchase of "troubled" companies and companies that have filed for bankruptcy. Regardless of whether the sale is private or transacted through a bankruptcy court...
Why Doesn't a Growing Bond Lead to Better Pet Healthcare?
Here's the latest blog post from Animal Policy attorney Mark Cushing, which can be read in full here at DVM News Magazine: Perhaps you’ve heard this ancient Chinese curse: “May you live an interesting life.” If this proverb has any merit, then veterinarians in the United Sta...
Texas, Minnesota, North Carolina 'Get' the Human-Animal Bond
Mark Cushing has a new blog post at DVM News Magazine: There’s a wave sweeping across the country that spells good news for animals and people of all stripes, including pet owners and veterinarians. Legislatures, universities and small nonprofits are recognizing the power of the human-anima...
Survey of Young Pet Owners Calls Shelter Marketing Into Question
Here's Mark Cushing's latest blog post for DVM News Magazine: A recent survey, described here in The Columbian of Clark County, Wash., sheds an important and fascinating light on pet owner attitudes toward sources of pet dogs. The study was conducted by Best Friends Animal Society and ...
How to Obtain and Preserve Value When Selling a Business
In his "Risky Business" article for the Daily Journal of Commerce, Jeff Cronn offers advice to business owners on how to obtain the best possible deal when selling their business. As part of selling a business, business owners should: Work with financial advisers to understand the ...
One Size Does Not Fit All: FMLA Leave and Same-Sex Couples
In their "General Counsel" article for the November issue of Portland Human Resource Management Association's News & Views, Krista Hardwick and Bob Carey discuss the Federal Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and how it applies to same-sex couples. Because so many FMLA leave entitlements dep...
U.S. Does Not Have a Veterinarian Glut
In a guest column published in the Oregonian, Mark Cushing argues against opinions that the U.S. has an excess of veterinarians. Over 98 percent of veterinarians are fully employed, meaning there is less than a 2 percent unemployment rate. The number of veterinary school graduates in the United Stat...
Breed Ban Balloon is Starting to Deflate
Mark Cushing has a new post at his blog for DVM News Magazine: On Aug. 1, 1989, the Denver City Council banned pit bulls. Many people predicted that a wave would sweep the country outlawing so-called “dangerous” breeds. It’s 24 years later, and while other municipalities ha...
The Uncertain Status of Communications with Law Firm In-House Counsel
In her article for the Fall 2013 issue of Litigation Journal, Robyn Aoyagi discusses when and to what extent lawyers may obtain confidential legal advice related to a current client. This issue is presently pending before the Oregon Supreme Court in a mandamus proceeding in Crimson Trace Corp. ...
In this Poll, Ohio is Definitely No. 1
The latest entry in Mark Cushing's  weekly blog for DVM News Magazine: On Oct. 1, the Ohio Department of Agriculture rules took effect implementing the high-volume breeders bill passed by the legislature and signed by Gov. John Kasich last December. Senate Bill 130 represents a comprehen...
Kimberlee Stafford Edits Environmental Law Reference Book
Tonkon Torp’s Kimberlee Stafford is co-editor of a new reference book on Environmental Law regulation and permitting. Stafford is a member of the firm’s Environmental & Natural Resources practice group, as well as the Energy and Real Estate practice groups. Published by the Oregon...
Maryland Passes Pet Food Fee (Some Call it a Tax)
Mark Cushing has a weekly blog for DVM News Magazine on policy issues affecting both pet and food production animals, and veterinarians. Here is the latest post: An interesting development in 2013 state legislation was Maryland’s passage of SB 820, which imposes a fee on pet food to fu...
Before Selling a Business, Consider a Buyer’s Perspective
In her "Risky Business" article for the Daily Journal of Commerce, Sherrill Corbett advises business owners on best practices to follow when preparing to sell a company. An owner will want to review the business from a buyer’s perspective and conduct due diligence in key areas to opt...
Large-Scale Food Animal Production Under Microscope
Mark Cushing has started a weekly blog for DVM News Magazine on policy issues affecting both pet and food production animals, and veterinarians. Below is an excerpt of his first blog post. It looks like 2014 is shaping up to be a hot year in the legislative kitchen. Animal welfare and r...
The CLiF Project Needs You!
In their article for the Autumn 2013 issue of Youth, Rights & Justice's Juvenile Law Reader, Gwen Griffith and Vicki Ballou discuss the CLiF (Changing Lives Forever) project and encourage attorneys to get involved. Griffith and Ballou co-founded CLiF in 2011.   Oregon is one of seven ...
Affordable Care Act Retaliation
For their "General Counsel" article for the October issue of Portland Human Resource Management Association's News & Views, Colin Love-Geiger and Bob Carey advise employers on how to recognize and appropriately document employee complaints to avoid claims for Affordable Care Act re...
Catch Up On Recent Changes in Employee Leave Laws
In her "Risky Business" article for the Daily Journal of Commerce, Corbett Gordon reviews recent changes in Oregon employee leave laws. These changes include new requirements for sick leave for Portland workers, as well as changes to leave laws for bereavement, victims of domestic violence...
Stay Engaged in the Bankruptcy Process
Ava Schoen advises bankruptcy creditors on how to best manage their role in the bankruptcy process for an article published in the September-October issue of NACM Oregon's Business Credit Journal. Bankruptcy proceedings are an orderly process by which debtors and their creditors c...
Protecting Confidential Business Information
In their September 2013 "General Counsel" article for the Portland Human Resource Management Association's News & Views, Blerina Kotori and Bob Carey provide an overview of the tools available to an employer to protect valuable confidential information. ...
Entrepreneurs Forge Ahead with ‘Crowdfunding’ Alternatives
Tom Palmer and Andrea Schmidt discuss crowdfunding alternatives for their recent "Risky Business" article, published by the Daily Journal of Commerce. While entrepreneurs wait for JOBS Act crowdfunding rules to be adopted by the Securities and Exchange Commission, a crowdfunding industry h...
Steven Wilker and ACLU Argue for Records in Oregon Court of Appeals
Tonkon Torp litigation attorney Steven Wilker was repeatedly quoted in a recent Associated Press article published in the Register Guard. The article, "Oregon ACLU Seeks Records in Eugene Stun Gun Case," features Steven in his capacity as an attorney for the ACLU of Oregon. Steven argued b...
Legislative Update: OFLA to Provide Leave to Deal with Death of a Family Member
Colin Love-Geiger and Bob Carey discuss the Oregon Family Leave Act (OFLA) for their August 2013 "General Counsel" article, published by the Portland Human Resource Management Association in News & Views. During Oregon's 2013 legislative session, the legislature further expanded OF...
Just Passing More Laws Won't Solve Oregon's Industrial Lands Problem
This article was originally written in late Spring for the Bend Bulletin. None of the 2013 bills identified in this article reached the Governor's desk. By David Petersen It seems like every Legislative session, we hear complaints about the lack of "shovel ready" industrial sites...
State Legislation On Energy Siting Should Uniformly Allow Local Input
Published May 22, 2013 in the LaGrande Observer, while the Oregon Legislature was still in session. Ultimately, both bills referenced here were signed into law without changes. The Oregon House recently passed two bills related to the siting of solar energy facilities and electric transmission li...
Oregon Weighs Potential Conflicts Between Energy Development and Arable Lands
In a new article, David Petersen discusses the friction between state policy and local attitudes about energy development issues in light of two recent bills adopted by the Oregon Legislature. David's article, reviewing House Bills concerning solar facility and transmission line siting...
After Becoming a Bankruptcy Creditor, Stay Engaged in the Process
In her July 11 "Risk Business " article for the Daily Journal of Commerce, Ava Schoen advises bankruptcy creditors on how to best manage their role in the bankruptcy process. Bankruptcy proceedings are an orderly process by which debtors and their creditors can resolve a challenging financ...
The PAGA Problem - The Unsettled State of PAGA Law Isn't Good for Anyone
Robyn Ridler Aoyagi and Christopher Pallanch study California's Private Attorney General Act of 2004 (PAGA) for their July 2013 article in Bender's California Labor & Employment Bulletin....
Politics in the Workplace
Kristin Bremer Moore, Blerina Kotori, and Bob Carey review several laws that regulate political speech in the workplace for their July 2013 "General Counsel" article, published by the Portland Human Resource Management Association in News & Views....
Oregon Changes Siting Rules for Commercial Solar
In his article for Solar Oregon, David Petersen discusses House Bill 2820, recently signed by Governor Kitzhaber. The bill makes important changes to how solar PV facilities are sited in Oregon. David Petersen is a member of the Solar Oregon board of directors. ...
In Pursuit of a Triple Bottom Line
In his June 13 "Risky Business" article for the Daily Journal of Commerce, Duncan Delano discusses the triple bottom line of the "benefit corporation" or "B Corp": profit, environmentalism, and social equity. Whereas directors and officers of a traditional company have ...
Benefit Companies: They're (Almost) Here
Duncan Delano discusses House Bill 2296, which creates a new form of business entity called the "benefit company" in the June 10th edition of Sustainable Business Oregon, published by the Portland Business Journal. Duncan discusses how to become a benefit company as well as the three items...
The Pitfall of the Unpaid Intern
For their June 2013 "General Counsel" article for the Portland Human Resource Management Association's News & Views, Blerina Kotori and Bob Carey outline the legal framework with respect to interns and provide guidance on hiring and paying interns....
REITs, Master Limited Partnerships Could Make Playing Field More Level for Renewables
Duncan Delano and Kimberlee Stafford discuss two new approaches to encourage investment in renewable energy – master limited partnerships (MLPs) and real estate investment trusts (REITs) – in their June 5 article for the Portland Business Journal's Sustainable Business Oregon. With a...
Compliance Corner - HIPAA Omnibus Rule, A Compliance To-Do List
Tatiana Perry discusses the omnibus rule under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) in her June 4 article for Medical Office Northwest. Each HIPAA covered entity generally has until September 23, 2013 to comply with the rule....
Litigation 101 - When Solid Business Plans Go Awry
In his May 16 "Risky Business" article for the Daily Journal of Commerce, Steven Olson offers advice on best practices to follow when being sued or when pursuing legal action against another party. Sometimes litigation is the best or only way to achieve a business objective such as resolvi...
Evaluating the Independent Contractor Designation for Purpose of Wage Claims
In their "General Counsel" article for the May issue of Portland Human Resource Management Association's News & Views, Colin Love-Geiger and Bob Carey review the independent contractor designation. The article offers employers a reminder regarding the tests and facto...
Chapter 11 Filings Are Down, but Not, Unfortunately, Out
Tim Conway discusses Chapter 11 bankruptcy filings in his April 26 article for the Portland Business Journal. Today's business climate, still in transition, presents challenging choices for companies seeking new and restructured debt. When considering filing for bankruptcy, business owners ...
Decker v. NEDC
In an article published by E-Outlook for the Oregon State Bar Environmental & Natural Resources Section, Max Miller studies the March 20, 2013 Supreme Court Opinion in Decker v. Northwest Environmental Defense Center (NEDC). The emphatic 7-1 decision rejected the proposition that trucking logs o...
Class-Action Waivers in Employment Arbitration Agreements After Concepcion
For the 2011 opinion AT&T Mobility LLC v. Concepcion, the U.S. Supreme Court held that class-action waivers in mandatory consumer arbitration agreements are enforceable. In their article for the Spring 2013 edition of Litigation Journal, Robyn Ridler Aoyagi and Molly Hon...
Play or Pay: Crunching the Numbers on Affordable Care Act Penalties
For their April 2013 "General Counsel" article for the Portland Human Resource Management Association's News & Views, Colin Love-Geiger and Bob Carey study the Affordable Care Act and guide employers through the cost-benefit analysis of the decision whether to offer health car...
Farm Bill Inaction Threatens Rural Solar Program
In his March 2013 article for Solar Industry magazine David Petersen discusses the USDA's Rural Energy for America Program (REAP), a lesser-known federal renewable energy initiative which helps finance solar installations. ...
Sick Times in Portland: What You Should Know about Portland’s Sick Leave Ordinance
In their March 2013 "General Counsel" article for the Portland Human Resource Management Association's News & Views newsletter, Blerina Kotori and Bob Carey discuss a proposed city ordinance that would require Portland employers to provide sick leave to their employees. ...
Look Before You Leap Into Strategic Alliances, Joint Ventures
In his February 15 article for the Daily Journal of Commerce, Marco Materazzi offers businesses a list of best practices to consider when setting up a strategic alliance or joint venture. Strategic alliances and joint ventures offer potential opportunities to businesses of all sizes, but with the po...
Tax Credit May Give Wind Energy a Gust
In his January 28 article for the Daily Journal of Commerce, Max Miller discusses the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 and the new language it incorporates concerning wind energy tax credits. The new language change provides a longer period of financial certainty for wind developers and should b...
Protecting Your Company's Competitive Advantage Through Employment Agreements
In a "General Counsel" article for the February issue of the Portland Human Resource Management Association's News and Views, Bob Carey advises Oregon employers on how to prevent employees from competing against the company or otherwise disrupting the business after their employme...
Protecting the Crown Jewels of the Business
In his January 8 "Risky Business" article for the Daily Journal of Commerce, David Aman advises businesses on how best to protect access to customer lists, product details, and other proprietary data when an employee leaves. Ultimately, the best way to protect trade secrets is to establish...
Creative Deal Structure Brings Solar to Tigard's Rolling Hills Community Church
In a recent news article for Solar Oregon, David Petersen outlines the deal structure that allowed Tigard's Rolling Hills Community Church to install a solar energy system on its rooftop. In collaboration with Lake Oswego's NW Photon Energy, the church took advantage of Oregon's successf...
Butter Creek Development Still in Litigation
In her December 19 "Plugged In" article for the Daily Journal of Commerce, Jeanne Chamberlain details the continuing legal saga of Ralls Corp.'s Butter Creek wind farm development in Morrow County, Oregon. As David Petersen discussed in a previous "Plugged In" article, Presid...
Warranties and Indemnifications
In his December 11 "Risky Business" article for the Daily Journal of Commerce, Steven Wilker discusses warranties and indemnifications and advises business to do their homework before buying or selling a product or service. Tweet ...
What Will Drive the Water Conservation of the Future?
Jan Neuman had an editorial, "What Will Drive the Water Conservation of the Future?", published in the Fall 2012 issue of freshwater magazine. In the article, Neuman discusses current wasteful water doctrines, the use of inefficient irrigation systems, and the efforts being made to improve...
Whose Idea Was It?
In his November 13 "Risky Business" article for the Daily Journal of Commerce, Jon Stride advises companies on how to deal with idea submissions from sources outside the payroll. Company leaders who aren't careful about how they accept ideas from such sources may be accused of stealing...
Obama Blocks Chinese Wind Farms in Oregon
In his November 14 "Plugged In" article for the Daily Journal of Commerce, David Petersen discusses President Obama's recent invocation of the Defense Production Act to require a Chinese corporation to divest itself of wind farms purchased in Morrow County, Oregon. This is the first...
When Two Worlds Collide: Hybrid Fossil Fuel/Renewable Power Plants
// In her October 17 "Plugged In" article for the Daily Journal of Commerce, Jeanette Schuster studies the emerging trend of hybrid fossil fuel/renewable power plants. Hybrid energy systems are likely to make renewable power facilities competitive enough with fossil fuel power pla...
Copyright Ownership: Buyer Beware
// In her October 9 "Risky Business" article for the Daily Journal of Commerce, Vicki Ballou discusses copyright and the importance of establishing ownership interest and rights up front, in writing.  Tweet ...
Protocols for Data Breaches Can Reduce Litigation Exposure
// Tatiana Perry and Ari Okano Lee co-authored an article on data breaches for the September 21 edition of the Portland Business Journal. Any business that maintains, stores or processes a consumer's personally identifiable information must take measures to protect against the loss o...
Encouraging Energy Efficiency Improvements in Multnomah County
// In his September 19 "Plugged In" article for the Daily Journal of Commerce, David Forman discusses efforts by Multnomah County leaders to encourage energy efficiency upgrades to homes and commercial buildings. One key proposal involves the PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy)...
Manage Insurance Coverage Like Risks
// In his September 11 "Risky Business" article for the Daily Journal of Commerce, Frank Weiss discusses the importance of insurance policy management. By observing a few simple guidelines, owners can help ensure that their companies receive the full benefit of coverage they ha...
Corn Ethanol in the Hot Seat
// In his August 15th "Plugged In" article for the Daily Journal of Commerce, Duncan Delano argues against recent efforts by members of Congress to waive the ethanol production requirement in the Renewable Fuel Standard. Waiving the production requirement will have little affect o...
Independent Contractors Bring Benefits When Properly Classified
// In her August 7 "Risky Business" article for the Daily Journal of Commerce, Kristin Bremer discusses the benefits and risks of hiring independent contractors. Independent contractors can provide flexibility and the potential for greater productivity without an increase in ov...
Clean Diesel Outlook Optimistic Despite WHO Classification of Diesel Exhaust
// In her July 18 "Plugged In" article for the Daily Journal of Commerce, Andrea Schmidt discusses the future of diesel in light of the World Health Organization classifying it as carcinogenic. The ubiquity and economic value of diesel means it will stick around, but the new class...
E-security Issues Drive Growing Legal Practice Specialty
Ari Okano Lee and Tatiana Perry were featured in a July 19 article published in the Daily Journal of Commerce's BrieflyLegalpdx. The article discusses the growing importance of e-security and highlights Tonkon Torp's new Information Privacy & Security practice group. ...
Don't Be Careless With a Brand
// In his July 10 "Risky Business" article for the Daily Journal of Commerce, Chris Erickson advises companies on how to choose and protect their trademark. Tweet ...
Not Quite a FIT: Inside Oregon's VIR Program
// In an article for the July issue of Solar Industry Magazine, David Petersen discusses the challenge of balancing supply and demand facing the solar incentive program in Oregon. Tweet ...
Portland Attorney's Pro Bono Service Helps Balance Social, Economic Inequities
// Tonkon Torp litigator Ned Perry was profiled in a June 14 article in the Daily Journal of Commerce's "BrieflyLegalPDX." The article highlights Perry's pro bono service for organizations such as Albina Head Start, Portland YouthBuilders, and Human Solutions Inc. ...
Spring Wind and Rain: Too Much of a Good Thing?
// In his June 20 "Plugged In" article for the Daily Journal of Commerce, Jeff Cronn discusses the problem of excess energy supply facing Bonneville Power Administration. As a result of a wet winter and heavy spring runoff sent through Snake and Columbia River Dams, more power was...
Protecting the Board of Directors
// In his June 12 "Risky Business" article for the Daily Journal of Commerce, Jeff Cronn discusses the importance of understanding directors' obligations, and of having the right tools in place to protect them. When a company becomes ready to raise outside capital, it is often...
Sustainability: What Law Firms Have at Stake
// Max Miller, chair of Tonkon Torp's Environmental and Natural Resources Practice Group, is quoted in an article on sustainability in the May issue of Of Counsel. Miller discusses Tonkon Torp's own efforts towards sustainability in the article, which highlights the advantages to em...
Tonkon Torp Litigation Attorneys Write Material for OSB Guide to Pleading and Practice
Attorneys from Tonkon Torp's Litigation practice group contributed to the Oregon State Bar's newly published Oregon Civil Pleading and Practice, 6th edition.   Steve Olson wrote a chapter concerning "Venue," Steven Wilker authored material on "Representative Capaci...
Financing Renewable Energy Projects is Tricky, but Not Impossible
// In his May 16 "Plugged In" article for the Daily Journal of Commerce, David Petersen reviews the current financing possibilities and difficulties facing the renewable energy industry. As a result of the slow-growing economy and low natural gas prices, financing renewables can b...
Issuing Equity to Employees
// In their May 8 "Risky Business" article for the Daily Journal of Commerce, Darcy Norville and Michael Millender discuss the merits and drawbacks of issuing equity to employees. Offering an ownership stake in the company can be an appealing way for companies to attract and re...
Unleash the Power of Thor: Why Aren't More People Talking About Thorium?
// In his April 18 "Plugged In" article for the Daily Journal of Commerce, Duncan Delano details the energy potential of the element thorium. An untapped source of nuclear energy, thorium reactors can be safer, greener, and more energy-efficient than uranium reactors. ...
Raising Capital for Early-Stage Companies
// Jeffrey Woodcox discusses the capital raising options available to early-stage companies in his April 10 "Risky Business" article for the Daily Journal of Commerce. While this is an exciting stage of development for fledgling businesses, it also can be tricky. When taking ot...
Does ORCP 82 Really Require Security for Every Preliminary Injunction?
// In his Spring 2012 Litigation Journal article, Steven Wilker studies the 1985 Oregon Supreme Court decision that a preliminary injunction issued without requiring security is void. As a result, the injunction order could be disobeyed without consequence. The Supreme Court made an error, ...
Oregon Can't Afford Not to Invest in Renewables
// In her "Plugged In" article for the Daily Journal of Commerce, Kimberlee Stafford discusses recent efforts by Oregon and Washington legislators to water down their respective state renewable portfolio standards (RPS). While Oregon's HB 4073 withered on the vine, Oregonians ...
Carefully Structure LLCs to Avoid Unintended Consequences
// In an article for the Daily Journal of Commerce, Justin Denton warns business owners to look closely at default rules when structuring LLCs. These default rules are almost never what owners would choose if they had been aware of them. The best defense is for owners to work with their ...
Defense Department Leads the Way for Solar on Federal Lands
// In his February 15 "Plugged In" article for the Daily Journal of Commerce, David Petersen discusses the results of a new Department of Defense study on the potential for solar energy development on federal lands. The report evaluates the solar energy potential of nine military...
Supervisors Must Recognize Requests for Accommodations
In a February 3 article for the Portland Business Journal, Clay Creps discusses front-line supervisors' obligation to recognize what constitutes a reasonable request for accommodation by an employee. Properly training supervisors to recognize these requests can...
A Portland Partnership Shines, with Growth During Recession, A Collegial Culture, and an Ability to Win Major Matters
Tonkon Torp Managing Partner Michael M. Morgan was recently interviewed in the January Of Counsel article, "A Portland Partnership Shines, with Growth During Recession, a Collegial Culture, and an Ability to Win Major Matters." The article touches on the firm's history and the ...
Leveraged Buyout Borrowers Face a Refinancing 'Cliff'
// Tonkon Torp business attorney Michael Fletcher is quoted at length in a January 27th article in the Portland Business Journal. The article discusses the impending refinancing 'cliff' tied to billions of dollars in loans and bonds from the leveraged buyout boom in the mid-2000s. ...
Generational Business Transition is a Process, Not an Event
// In her January 27 article for the Daily Journal of Commerce, Vicki Ballou offers tips and techniques in handling the process of generational business transition in the professional services industry. She highlights the importance of mentoring, exposure, flexibility, compensation, and ...
California Cap and Trade Program Likely to Face Legal Challenges
In his January 18, 2012 "Plugged In" article for the Daily Journal of Commerce, Paul Conable discusses challenges California's recently adopted "cap and trade program" is likely to face, and what that may mean for other states if they attempt to impose a similar program....
Law Firm Centers its Energy on the Portland Market
// The Portland Business Journal awarded Tonkon Torp 5th place in the Professional Services Category at the December 7th, "Oregon's Most Admired Companies" Luncheon. The Portland Business Journal also published a profile of the firm in the December 9th "Most Admired"...
Preserving Bull Run: Looking Deeper into Portland's Water Variance
// In an editorial for the Oregonian, Tonkon Water Law expert Janet Neuman celebrates Portland's recent victory in obtaining a variance from the Environmental Protection Agency's treatment standards for Bull Run water. Neuman stresses that the underlying significance of this vict...
Binding Arbitration - Oregon Dealers Cannot Require Binding Arbitration of Warranty Claims
Steven Wilker discusses recent Court decisions on binding arbitration for the November 2011 edition of the Oregon Automobile Dealers Association Newsletter....
Don't Tinker With Washington's Renewable Portfolio Standard
In his November 16, 2011 "Plugged In" article for the Daily Journal of Commerce, David Petersen advocates for the preservation of Washington's initiative I-937, which requires large utilities in the state to acquire 15 percent of their electricity from new renewable resources by 2020....
Surviving Winter - The Ninth Circuit Reaffirms the "Serious Questions" Test for Injunctive Relief
// In an article published in the Fall 2011 issue of Litigation Journal, Paul Conable and Frank Weiss discuss the recent opinion authored by Judge William A. Fletcher - Alliance for the Wild Rockies v. Cottrell. In the opinion, the Ninth Circuit held that one aspect of its "sliding sca...
Are Electric Vehicles Green or Brown?
// In his October 19, 2011 "Plugged In" article for the Daily Journal of Commerce, David White discusses the green merits of electric vehicles (EVs). While many are concerned that EVs may use energy derived from coal plants, recent studies show that they can also be a great aid...
Encouraging Lawyers To Adopt Sustainability Goals
// Max Miller, Jr., chair of Tonkon Torp's Environmental and Natural Resources Practice Group, and co-chair of the Sustainability Practice Group, had an editorial published in the October 2011 issue of Sustainability: The Journal of Record. Miller also serves on the Editorial Advisor...
Weak Job Market Kills Stricter Ozone Standards
by Jeanette Schuster On Sept. 2, President Obama announced that he had asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to withdraw its draft Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard until at least 2013, the next regularly scheduled review. ...
Detrimental Reliance Not Required To Get Actual Damages Under FCBA
Reproduced with permission from The United States Law Week, 80 U.S.L.W. 302 (Sep. 13, 2011).  Copyright 2011 by The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. (800-372-1033) www.bna.com   Tonkon Torp attorney Anna Sortun achieved a victory before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Ci...
Wind Energy Facilities: Real or Personal Property?
Wind energy is becoming a big business in Oregon, with thousands of acres of land either housing wind farms or being planned for such use. Developers who purchase or lease the many parcels of land typically required for a wind project know that obtaining title insurance is crucial to protect their i...
Renewable Portfolio Standards Face Constitutional Challenges
In a "Plugged In" column for the Daily Journal of Commerce, Jeanne Chamberlain discusses how renewable energy has become mainstream, with more than half of this nation's states now possessing mandatory renewable energy portfolio standards.  As pressures increase for states to m...
New UK Bribery Act Raises the Standard for Anti-Corruption Compliance for US Companies
By Marco Materazzi Against the backdrop of increasingly aggressive enforcement activity under the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (the "FCPA"), the new UK Bribery Act 2010 (the "UK Bribery Act"), with its broad scope and jurisdictional reach, should sharpen the re...
Lawsuits Likely from BPA Wind Power Shut Down
The Bonneville Power Administration's recent response to a short-term oversupply of energy - requiring wind farms to power down without compensation for lost revenue - reflects the agency's failure to adapt to the evolving Northwest power marketplace. Significant changes to how the BPA ma...
Paying Extra to Plug In
In his "Plugged In" article for the Daily Journal of Commerce, David Forman studies the proposed per mile fee for drivers of electric-vehicles. Oregon wants to charge electric-vehicle owners a fee for driving on state roads. The current proposal is $0.143 per mile, to be imposed beginni...
Oregon watches California's RPS saga with great interest
On April 12, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a renewable energy bill - SBX1 2 - that requires public and private utilities in the state to obtain at least 33 percent of their electricity from renewable sources, including solar, wind, geothermal and small hydro, by 2020. Tweet ...
An Underused Defense Tool? Special Motions to Strike
In an article for the Litigation Journal, Anna Sortun discusses the "special motion to strike" or anti-SLAPP motion. The article describes the basic anti-SLAPP framework in Oregon, the expansion of anti-SLAPP litigation in California, and the possible underuse of the statute in Oregon. ...
Despite new law, don't delay
It took its time, but Congress finally has spoken on the issue of gift and estate taxes in the form of the 2010 Tax Relief Act, which President Obama signed into law on Dec. 27, 2010.  Tweet ...
Encouraging Renewable Energy: Smart Policy
In a "Plugged In" column for the Daily Journal of Commerce, David Petersen analyzes the energy return on investment ("EROI") of fossil fuels versus the EROI of renewable energy. By considering the future rise and fall of the EROI for each type of energy, the long-term value an...
Tonkon Tax Attorney Recommends Reforms to City/County Tax
In a recent Opinion piece in the Portland Business Journal, Mark LeRoux outlines problems with the current City/County Tax system. He makes the argument that the Multnomah County business income tax and the Portland business license law (the city/county tax) is poorly conceived, poorly enforced a...
Firms busy with mergers, acquisitions
After a dormant two years, Portland law firms are again bustling with renewed merger and acquisition work. Among Portland's eight largest firms that advise companies on mergers and acquisitions, six report that business is up significantly - in some cases, triple what it was a year ago. Tweet ...
Sage grouse: the next spotted owl?
Developers should take into account that birds can influence fates of wind and solar energy proposals. Tweet // ...
Miller Honored With Sustainable Leadership Award
Tonkon Torp's Max M. Miller, Jr., has been honored by the Oregon State Bar with one of two new awards for sustainable leadership. Miller earned the award in recognition of his volunteer leadership in moving the legal profession to embrace sustainability. The Sustainable Future Section congrat...
Influencing public policy to support Oregon's life sciences business cluster
The health of Oregon's biotech industry depends in part on the ability of companies to efficiently bring new products and drugs to market. The Oregon Bioscience Association recently interviewed its lobbyist, Tonkon Torp partner Jack Isselmann, about Oregon's MedTAP program and how to infl...
Scaled-back BETC is fading into the sunset
In 2010, Oregon policymakers' renewable energy dreams yielded to fiscal and political realities as the Legislature pared down and set a termination date for the Business Energy Tax Credit. Now that the Oregon Department of Energy has adopted final BETC regulations, lawmakers must turn to the mor...
Take steps now for managing estate taxes
Guest article written by Shouka Rezvani and Jackson Lewis, published in the Portland Business Journal on October 1, 2010....
Renewable energy raises questions
Difficult decisions remain to be made because of issues concerning reliability and cost, in particular....
The DJC honors Caroline Harris Crowne as an Up and Coming Lawyer
The Daily Journal of Commerce features Caroline Harris Crowne as one of their 2010 Up and Coming Lawyers honorees. ...
Future can include wind and coal
A look at how coal-fired power plants can work in conjunction with alternative energy sources....
Bankruptcy Lawyers Cash In
While the struggling economy has led to hiring freezes and dwindling client bases for many firms, those specializing in bankruptcy and finance report robust practices and overflowing workloads. In their September 2010 article, the Oregon Business magazine highlights firms thriving in the curren...
New solar energy pilot program offers alternative to tax credit incentives
Attorneys with clients interested in building projects that generate solar energy will want to pay close attention to a new pilot program that takes effect July 1. The Oregon Public Utility Commission (OPUC) recently issued final rules for the program that offers a promising alternative to more-trad...
Are Mandatory Mediation Clauses Enforceable?
Caroline Harris Crowne discusses the enforceability of mandatory mediation clauses in her article for the Spring 2010 issue of the Oregon State Bar's Litigation Journal. In recent years, courts across the nation have become increasingly willing to enforce agreements to mediate, and the effect is...
Offers of Judgment in Oregon State Court
In his article for the Winter 2010 issue of the Oregon State Bar's Litigation Journal, Steven Wilker discusses the use and effectiveness of Offers of Judgment in Oregon, in ligth of several siginificant rulings made by the Oregon Supreme Court....
Oregon Legislature Hears Proposals To Modify The Business Energy Tax Credit
The 2010 special session of the Oregon Legislature began this week, and the House Revenue Committee wasted no time in holding a hearing on proposed revisions to the Business Energy Tax Credit (BETC) that is available to projects in the conservation and recycling, renewable energy generation, and ren...
Nonprofit Governance in Challenging Times: Making Wise Decisions
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In today's unpredictable economy, nonprofit boards must learn to adjust to meet the changing needs of their organizations and communities. Nonprofit governance provides the linkage between nonprofit leaders and organizational change....
Tonkon Torp Lawyer the Busiest He's Ever Been
To call him a bankruptcy attorney misses the point. Al Kennedy, a 25-year partner at Tonkon Torp LLP, does a whole lot more....
The Business Energy Tax Credit Delivers for Oregon
Last Sunday's Oregonian included an article co-authored by Mike Morgan questioning the state's Business Energy Tax Credit (BETC) program in light of the current economic climate. Some might put the tax credit on their list to cut, but that would be a mistake....
Arbitration and Federalism - Conflicts in Federal and State Substantive and Procedural Law
Caroline Harris Crowne discusses "Arbitration and Federalism: Conflicts in Federal and State Substantive and Procedural Law" for her contribution to the Oregon State Bar book, Arbitration and Mediation....
College Track
In a time as bleak as a moonscape in March, there is still Ruth Zagorodny. As it's become inescapable that we've blown the last six years on bad decisions and worse behavior, that we're leaving the next generations a legacy of trillions in debt, a mountain of receipts for the party an...
Federal Arbitration Act Preempts Oregon Legislature's 2007 Amendment to Oregon Arbitration Act
Caroline Harris Crowne co-authored an article on the Federal Arbiitration Act for the Summer 2008 issue of the Oregon State Bar's Litigation Journal....
Second Oregon Home Achieves Platinum LEED Certification
Our client, Teeny Development, LLC, has achieved Platinum LEED certification on its first of 18 townhomes under construction in Lincoln City. The townhome, located in the Villages at Cascade Head residential project, is the 2nd home in the entire state of Oregon and the 56th in the nation certified ...
Jeff Cronn Named to Forty Under 40
Tonkon Torp partner Jeff Cronn was a 2008 recipient of the Portland Business Journal's Forty Under 40 Award....
Some Biz Lawyers Worry Over Sustainability Effort
As Oregon's economic climate grows ever greener, some say certain strategies designed to cater to sustainability-minded businesses could actually repel companies from incorporating here....
Key Word Advertising Using Trademarked Terms - Fair or Foul?
Steven Wilker discusses the use of trademarked terms as key word triggers in internet advertising for the Spring 2008 edition of the Oregon Intellectual Property Newsletter....
Risks From Global Warming -- Should Investors Know?
Partner Jeffrey Cronn is interviewed by the Portland Business Journal....
Partner Terry Baker Featured on OregonLive.com
Tonkon Torp partner Terry Baker was featured on OregonLive.com December 2, 2007. Click here to read the accompanying article....
Electronic Devices Strain Firms' Security Measures
Click here to read the full text of the article....
Tonkon Torp Hosts Meet and Greets With Political Leaders
On October 8, 2007, the firm's Government Relations and Public Policy Group hosted the fourth event in its series of Meet and Greets with Oregon political leaders. Congresswoman Darlene Hooley and Clackamas County Chair Martha Schrader joined 30 firm guests for a breakfast discussion of federal,...
Current Commentary: Keeping High Standards
Tonkon Torp Co-Hosts Wave Energy Conference...
Think Twice Before Accepting an Assignment of Insurance Rights - Anti-Assignment Provisions may be Enforced in Oregon
The Oregon Supreme Court recently found in Holloway v. Republic Indemnity Company of America that a standard anti-assignment provision in a liability insurance policy barred an insured from assigning policy rights after a loss.  This decision is a departure from the law in many other states, an...
Nonprofit Executive Compensation
Nonprofit executive compensation has made headlines in Oregon and nationwide. Am I correct in believing that this has become a hot button issue with regulators? I work with and serve as a board member of a nonprofit that would like to establish a compensation policy that keeps it off the front page....
NIKE, Inc. Selects Tonkon Torp as a Go-To Law Firm
NIKE, Inc., Oregon's only Fortune 500 Company, selected Tonkon Torp as a Go-To-Law Firm in the recent ALM Directory of Go-To Law Firms. Tonkon Torp was selected by NIKE as a primary law firm in the areas of corporate transactions, litigation, and labor and employment. American Lawyer Media, the ...
U.S. Supreme Court Broadens Employer Liability for Retaliation
The Supreme Court has now spoken on what kind of conduct an employer must engage in and how harmful that conduct must be for the employer to be liable for retaliation under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. And the answer expands potential liability for employers in a way that is sure to in...
Medical Marijuana Victory in Oregon Supreme Court
Let's say you are an employer with an employee whose sleep is disturbed each night by leg spasms. The employee smokes medical marijuana every night before he goes to bed. Click Download Client Update to read the full story....
H-1B Numbers Dwindle
H-1B numbers will soon be depleted according to figures recently released by the government. Once depleted, H-1B numbers will not become available until October 1, 2007. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that as of May 16, 2006, 39,445 H-1B petitions have either been approved o...
When Should a Board Appoint a Special Committee?
The proper use and operation of a special committee can protect decisions of public and private companies from challenge and insulate individual directors from personal liability....
Reefer Madness at the Court of Appeals
Among the challenging issues for Oregon courts in the last decade is the question of whether, and to what extent, employers must accommodate employees who are legally using marijuana for disabling medical conditions such as cancer, glaucoma, AIDS or chronic pain. Earlier this year, in Washburn v. Co...
U.S. Supreme Court Clarifies Pay Issues Regarding Special Safety Gear
A recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling has clarified the definition of a compensable work day for employees required to wear special safety gear....
Marion County Court Invalidates Measure 37
Oregon's Measure 37 has been at the center of controversy since being passed by voters in 2004. Recently, Measure 37 was ruled unconstitutional by the Marion County Circuit Court. This article provides a brief update regarding these developments....
Annual Report Review and Tune-Up
With the approach of proxy season, now is a good time to reexamine the disclosure requirements applicable to the Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations (MD&A) section of each public company's Annual Report on Form 10-K. While it is not ne...
Chinese Premerger Notification Requirements
While the People's Republic of China continues its halting steps toward robust merger control legislation, many foreign investors and companies are not aware that current PRC premerger notification regulations may require notification of and approval for offshore transactions not involving Chine...
Protecting and Leveraging Your Intellectual Property
For both growing and established companies, ensuring that crucial intellectual property assets are built on a solid foundation is just as important as generating capital or seeking investors. Regular examinations of intellectual property assets can help keep business running smoothly and prevent maj...
Collision of Medical Marijuana and Oregon Disability Laws Leaves Employers in Limbo
Among the challenging human resource issues for Oregon employers in the last decade is the question of how to handle employees who are legally using marijuana for disabling medical conditions such as cancer, glaucoma, AIDS or chronic pain. If an individual qualifies for a medical marijuana card u...
Buyer and Lender Beware: Financing Measure 37 Property
Eight months after taking effect, Measure 37 still triggers more questions than answers. Perhaps the most significant unresolved question is whether waivers of land use regulations granted to the current owner of property may be transferred to a subsequent owner. Measure 37 property owners, develope...
Are Your Employees Putting You At Risk When They Drive While Gabbing?
Potential liability continues to grow for employers. Some have recently been found liable for car accidents caused, at least in part, by an employee's use of a cell phone to conduct business while driving. Generally, employers are liable for the negligence of their employees, but only if the emp...
H-1B Cap Reached for Fiscal Year 2006
On August 12, 2005, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that the annual quota (cap) of H-1B numbers available for Fiscal Year 2006 (FY2006) has been reached. USCIS has determined that the final receipt date is August 10, 2005. Any petitions received on that date ...
Supreme Court Opens Door to More Age Discrimination Lawsuits
In April 2005, the Supreme Court opened the door to more age discrimination lawsuits with its decision in Smith v. City Of Jackson. The Court ruled that an employee age 40 or over can sue an employer over a policy or action that had an unintentional adverse impact on the employee because of age. The...
H-1B Numbers Dwindle
H-1B numbers will soon be depleted according to figures recently released by the government. Once depleted, H-1B numbers will not become available until October 1, 2006. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that 49,040 H-1B petitions have either been approved or are in line to be ...
Pro Bono Takes Center Stage at Prominent Local Firm Retreat
Pro bono service is a central tenet of Tonkon Torp's philosophy and values. In fact, the firm elected to make discussion of the firm's history of and commitment to pro bono service a cornerstone of its annual retreat....
U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Government's Ability to Condemn Private Property For Economic Redevelopment
On June 23, 2005, the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Kelo v. City of New London upheld the condemnation of private property in furtherance of an economic redevelopment plan. The City of New London, Connecticut, sought to condemn 115 private parcels of land as part of a economic revitalization of th...
New Treasury Regulations Governing Tax Advice
New Treasury Regulations Governing Tax Advice...
Biometric Exit Pilot in Seattle; ICE Arrests 9 Working on Visa Waiver
USVISIT Biometric Exit Pilot Begins at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport The Department of Homeland Security announced today that nonimmigrants departing from SEA-TAC Airport will be required to follow checkout procedures involving fingerscans and digital photos. This new exit procedure is in ad...
20,000 New H-1B Visas
The USCIS has issued guidance regarding the 20,000 additional FY 2005 H-1B numbers. The USCIS has retracted its earlier position that the numbers would be available to any qualified H-1B applicant. The USCIS has announced that it will reopen the filing period for FY 2005 on May 12, 2005 and make ava...
Passports to be Required for Canada/Mexico Travel
The Department of State and the Department of Homeland Security have announced a Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (Initiative) that will eventually require citizens of the United States, Canada, Mexico and Bermuda to carry passports for travel between the United States, Canada, Mexico, and the C...
H-1B Temporary Worker Shortage Looms
As of April 1, employers became eligible to file H-1B Petitions for foreign nationals not already employed pursuant to H-1B status, for the USCIS 2006 fiscal year with a start date of October 1, 2005. Based on past demand, and the early depletion of numbers in the 2005 fiscal year, there is a chance...
Corporate Governance Concerns Spill into Nonprofit World
Later this year, Congress is expected to consider legislation spelling out heightened corporate governance requirements for nonprofit organizations. With the potential additional regulation looming, many nonprofit boards are already taking steps to ensure better oversight of their operations and tra...
Additional H-1B Numbers Not Limited to Master's Degree Holders
According to the USCIS press release on March 8, 2005, the 20,000 additional H-1B numbers that are authorized as of March 8, 2005 will NOT be limited to individuals holding a master's degree or higher from a U.S. institution. This means that, upon issuance of guidance in the Federal Register (fo...
Annual Report of American Bar Association Intellectual Property Law Section
David co-authored the annual report in 2005-2006 and 2006-2007 while serving on the Trade Secrets and Interference With Contracts Subcommittee....
H-1B Cap Reached for Fiscal Year 2005
This morning we received news from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) that the annual quota (cap) of H-1B numbers available for Fiscal Year 2005 (FY2005) has been reached. Click the Download Client Update link above to view the USCIS press release dated October 1, 2004. ...
How to Record Departure from the United States After the Fact
Turning in an I-94 card provides a record of timely departure from the United States. If a record of timely departure does not exist, the nonimmigrant traveler risks delays, status issues and possibly deportation. Note, however, that if an I-94 card is not turned in upon departure, there is a way to...
Alternative Dispute Resolution Act of 1998 - Implementing a New Paradigm of Justice
Caroline Harris Crowne contributes to the New York Law Review in her 2001 article "The Alternative Dispute Resolution Act of 1998: Implementing a New Paradigm of Justice."...
Personal Jurisdiction In A Foreign Forum: Where Will Your Website Take You?
Co-Author of "Personal Jurisdiction In A Foreign Forum: Where Will Your Website Take You?"  Litigation Journal, 2001....
Antitrust Law, State Antitrust Practices and Statutes
Co-Author of Oregon Chapter in ABA Section of Antitrust Law, State Antitrust Practices and Statutes, 2d ed, 1999....
Who Gets the Last Word? The Evolving Role of Judge and Jury in Punitive Damages Cases
"Who Gets the Last Word? The Evolving Role of Judge and Jury in Punitive Damages Cases," Litigation Journal, 1998....