Alex M. Tinker

Tonkon Torp LLP
1600 Pioneer Tower
888 SW Fifth Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97204

PHONE: 503.802-5734
EMAIL: alex.tinker@tonkon.com
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Alex helps his clients resolve business disputes in and out of court. He represents individuals and companies on a variety of claims, including contract disputes, business owner disputes, and business torts. He has helped Tonkon clients win on motions to dismiss, on summary judgment, and at trial. Representative matters include:
 
  • Shareholder dispute – After a 50% owner of a start-up company caught her co-owner embezzling, Alex brought claims for breach of fiduciary duty and conversion. He obtained a judgment that removed the defendant from the board and required him to relinquish his company shares.
  • Breach of contract – Obtained summary judgment in favor of an investor and lender against a defendant who had misused funds in violation of the parties' agreement.
  • Shareholder dispute – When majority owners tried to squeeze Tonkon's client out of the company by forcing sale of the land where the company operated, Alex brought counterclaims for shareholder oppression and negotiated a deal where our client obtained all of the majority's interest in the company and the land in exchange for a release of counterclaims.
  • Creditor priority – When an East Coast commercial bank sued 45 Oregon farmers asserting a security interest in crops the farmers still hadn't been paid for growing, attempting to take possession of crops valued at over $7 million, Alex worked with other Tonkon trial lawyers to defeat most of the bank's case on summary judgment and then obtain a verdict at trial finding that the bank had no security interest at all.
  • Shareholder dispute – After long-time friends and business partners had a falling out, the minority owner sued our client for breach of fiduciary duty. Alex worked on this case which resolved favorably for the client. The settlement resulted in a buy-out arrangement, keeping our client's family business intact.
  • Civil rights – Helped obtain trial judgment and award on behalf of pro bono client, an inmate, based on state's infringement of his First Amendment rights.
  • Specific Performance – Helped defeat an effort force the sale of multiple timber properties and the liquidation of multiple family businesses, based on an alleged settlement agreement that was never finalized, on a motion to dismiss.
  • Breach of Contract – Secured settlement of full damages plus attorney fees and interest for environmental services provider.
  • Malicious Prosecution – Defeated frivolous claims with special motion to strike complaint and secured order barring plaintiff from filing future lawsuits.

Alex was named an Oregon "Rising Star" in business litigation by Super Lawyers in 2016 and 2017.
 
In addition to his litigation work, Alex is co-chair of our cannabis industry practice group. He represents individuals and companies doing business in the cannabis industry, and advises clients on cannabis laws and regulations and other cannabis-specific legal issues.

Alex joined Tonkon Torp after graduating summa cum laude from Lewis & Clark Law School. As a student, Alex was inducted into the Cornelius Honor Society by the faculty, was named Outstanding Clinical Advocate, and won the first year Best Brief award in legal writing. He also received the John & Susan Bates Family Endowed Scholarship in Business Law, the Milt Smith & James Richardson Business Law Scholarship, and the Dean’s Scholarship for Excellence.

Alex worked as a summer associate for Tonkon Torp and as a Judicial Extern for Honorable Ancer L. Haggerty, U.S. District Judge, during law school. Prior to law school, Alex worked primarily on policy advocacy in the nonprofit and public sectors, holding positions including civic engagement director and aide to an Oregon State Representative. He continues his involvement in the Portland community, serving as a cooperating attorney for the Oregon ACLU and as a board member for the Resource Innovation Institute.
 
 
Alex helps his clients resolve business disputes in and out of court. He represents individuals and companies on a variety of claims, including contract disputes, business owner disputes, and business torts. He has helped Tonkon clients win on motions to dismiss, on summary judgment, and at trial. Representative matters include:
 
  • Shareholder dispute – After a 50% owner of a start-up company caught her co-owner embezzling, Alex brought claims for breach of fiduciary duty and conversion. He obtained a judgment that removed the defendant from the board and required him to relinquish his company shares.
  • Breach of contract – Obtained summary judgment in favor of an investor and lender against a defendant who had misused funds in violation of the parties' agreement.
  • Shareholder dispute – When majority owners tried to squeeze Tonkon's client out of the company by forcing sale of the land where the company operated, Alex brought counterclaims for shareholder oppression and negotiated a deal where our client obtained all of the majority's interest in the company and the land in exchange for a release of counterclaims.
  • Creditor priority – When an East Coast commercial bank sued 45 Oregon farmers asserting a security interest in crops the farmers still hadn't been paid for growing, attempting to take possession of crops valued at over $7 million, Alex worked with other Tonkon trial lawyers to defeat most of the bank's case on summary judgment and then obtain a verdict at trial finding that the bank had no security interest at all.
  • Shareholder dispute – After long-time friends and business partners had a falling out, the minority owner sued our client for breach of fiduciary duty. Alex worked on this case which resolved favorably for the client. The settlement resulted in a buy-out arrangement, keeping our client's family business intact.
  • Civil rights – Helped obtain trial judgment and award on behalf of pro bono client, an inmate, based on state's infringement of his First Amendment rights.
  • Specific Performance – Helped defeat an effort force the sale of multiple timber properties and the liquidation of multiple family businesses, based on an alleged settlement agreement that was never finalized, on a motion to dismiss.
  • Breach of Contract – Secured settlement of full damages plus attorney fees and interest for environmental services provider.
  • Malicious Prosecution – Defeated frivolous claims with special motion to strike complaint and secured order barring plaintiff from filing future lawsuits.

Alex was named an Oregon "Rising Star" in business litigation by Super Lawyers in 2016 and 2017.
 
In addition to his litigation work, Alex is co-chair of our cannabis industry practice group. He represents individuals and companies doing business in the cannabis industry, and advises clients on cannabis laws and regulations and other cannabis-specific legal issues.

Alex joined Tonkon Torp after graduating summa cum laude from Lewis & Clark Law School. As a student, Alex was inducted into the Cornelius Honor Society by the faculty, was named Outstanding Clinical Advocate, and won the first year Best Brief award in legal writing. He also received the John & Susan Bates Family Endowed Scholarship in Business Law, the Milt Smith & James Richardson Business Law Scholarship, and the Dean’s Scholarship for Excellence.

Alex worked as a summer associate for Tonkon Torp and as a Judicial Extern for Honorable Ancer L. Haggerty, U.S. District Judge, during law school. Prior to law school, Alex worked primarily on policy advocacy in the nonprofit and public sectors, holding positions including civic engagement director and aide to an Oregon State Representative. He continues his involvement in the Portland community, serving as a cooperating attorney for the Oregon ACLU and as a board member for the Resource Innovation Institute.
 
 
ACLU Foundation of Oregon
Cooperating Attorney (2015-present)

Bonnie Jeanne Tinker Memorial Fund
Board Member (2010-present)
Treasurer (2010-present)

Multnomah County
Elected Precinct Committee Person (2009-2016)

Resource Innovation Institute
Board Member, (2016-present)

Lewis & Clark Public Interest Law Project
Stipend Board Member (2015)

Portland City Club
Bike Advocacy Committee Member (2013-2015)
Alex and his wife Laura are raising a 7th generation Oregonian, their son Clark. In their leisure time they tend crops and chickens in an extensive garden, and enjoy exploring new ways to enjoy its bounty. A love of travel has led Alex and his family to Central America, Southeast Asia and Europe. Closer to home, they often visit the Oregon coast and the Cascades. To celebrate their second anniversary, Alex and Laura summited South Sister.

Alex serves as a board member and treasurer of the Bonnie Jeanne Tinker Memorial Fund, founded in honor of his mother, a political activist who headed the Portland, Oregon organization Love Makes a Family.