Anna Sortun

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

PHONE: 503.802.2107
EMAIL: anna.sortun@tonkon.com
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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 experienced trial lawyer who relishes opportunities to advocate for her clients in court. In the course of her time at Tonkon Torp, Anna has represented businesses and individuals in a wide variety of disputes, including matters with contract, tort, securities, antitrust, intellectual property, and constitutional law components.

Representative experiences include:
  • Securing a large judgment on behalf of a group of investors in a fraud and breach of fiduciary duties case, leading to eventual federal criminal charges against the defendant.
  • Prevailing in a jury trial involving breach of contract and statutory claims brought on behalf of a financial company, securing a multi-million-dollar judgment for her client.
  • Prevailing in a motion to dismiss breach of fiduciary duty and fraud claims against her clients, leading to an immediate dismissal of the lawsuit and an award of attorney fees and costs to her clients.
  • Prevailing in an appeal before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals involving Fair Credit Billing Act and Unlawful Debt Collection Practices Act claims.
  • Successfully defending a food-and-beverage business in a jury trial involving breach of contract and fraud claims, resulting in an award of attorney fees to her client.
  • Winning summary judgment, in both state and federal court, on behalf of a large regional health care provider, leading to dismissal of the case.

In addition to her extensive trial experience, Anna has handled a broad range of litigation matters short of trial. Her clients have retained her to defend depositions, handle particular motions, represent them before administrative agencies, and draft amicus curiae briefs to both the Oregon Supreme Court and the United States Supreme Court.

Anna's litigation practice has benefited from experience outside of Tonkon Torp. Her jury trial experience includes completing several jury and bench trials as a special prosecutor in the Multnomah County District Attorney's office in March 2012. In 2007, Anna taught first-year torts as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Oregon. Prior to joining the firm, Anna was a law clerk for The Honorable Alfred T. Goodwin, on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Outside of her business litigation practice, Anna takes time to provide pro bono legal services. She is part of a team of lawyers that was awarded the Multnomah Bar Association Pro Bono Award of Merit in 2007 for federal litigation on behalf of the Oregon Law Center and Legal Aid Services of Oregon. She also regularly represents clients of the Southeast Legal Clinic and volunteers her services to multiple arts-related nonprofits in Portland.

In 2012, Anna was recognized as an "Up & Coming Lawyer" by the Daily Journal of Commerce (Portland, Oregon). She was named as a "Rising Star" in business litigation by Super Lawyers in 2013, 2014, and 2015.


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 experienced trial lawyer who relishes opportunities to advocate for her clients in court. In the course of her time at Tonkon Torp, Anna has represented businesses and individuals in a wide variety of disputes, including matters with contract, tort, securities, antitrust, intellectual property, and constitutional law components.

Representative experiences include:
  • Securing a large judgment on behalf of a group of investors in a fraud and breach of fiduciary duties case, leading to eventual federal criminal charges against the defendant.
  • Prevailing in a jury trial involving breach of contract and statutory claims brought on behalf of a financial company, securing a multi-million-dollar judgment for her client.
  • Prevailing in a motion to dismiss breach of fiduciary duty and fraud claims against her clients, leading to an immediate dismissal of the lawsuit and an award of attorney fees and costs to her clients.
  • Prevailing in an appeal before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals involving Fair Credit Billing Act and Unlawful Debt Collection Practices Act claims.
  • Successfully defending a food-and-beverage business in a jury trial involving breach of contract and fraud claims, resulting in an award of attorney fees to her client.
  • Winning summary judgment, in both state and federal court, on behalf of a large regional health care provider, leading to dismissal of the case.

In addition to her extensive trial experience, Anna has handled a broad range of litigation matters short of trial. Her clients have retained her to defend depositions, handle particular motions, represent them before administrative agencies, and draft amicus curiae briefs to both the Oregon Supreme Court and the United States Supreme Court.

Anna's litigation practice has benefited from experience outside of Tonkon Torp. Her jury trial experience includes completing several jury and bench trials as a special prosecutor in the Multnomah County District Attorney's office in March 2012. In 2007, Anna taught first-year torts as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Oregon. Prior to joining the firm, Anna was a law clerk for The Honorable Alfred T. Goodwin, on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Outside of her business litigation practice, Anna takes time to provide pro bono legal services. She is part of a team of lawyers that was awarded the Multnomah Bar Association Pro Bono Award of Merit in 2007 for federal litigation on behalf of the Oregon Law Center and Legal Aid Services of Oregon. She also regularly represents clients of the Southeast Legal Clinic and volunteers her services to multiple arts-related nonprofits in Portland.

In 2012, Anna was recognized as an "Up & Coming Lawyer" by the Daily Journal of Commerce (Portland, Oregon). She was named as a "Rising Star" in business litigation by Super Lawyers in 2013, 2014, and 2015.


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Advisory Board Member

Emerge Oregon
Board Member

Oregon State Bar Committee on Federal Practice & Procedure
Past Chair of the Pro Bono Subcommittee and Member

Oregon Law Center and Legal Aid Services of Oregon
Pro Bono Volunteer

Victim Rights Law Center
Pro Bono Volunteer

Business for Culture and the Arts
Art of Leadership Program 2011

Northwest Dance Project
Past Board Member
An avid traveler, Anna loves to spend time in foreign places and immerse herself in the culture. Studying Chinese in college gave her the opportunity to spend her junior year in China. Later, when she and her husband took a year away from work for travel, China was again on the itinerary along with India and other exotic locales. They sampled street food wherever they went, including wild fare in Asia's night markets. Now they take advantage of Portland’s food cart scene to introduce their two small children to the adventures of dining – though Anna admits her 4-year-old currently eats nothing but PBJs.