Brenda L. Meltebeke

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

PHONE: 503.802.2088
EMAIL: brenda.meltebeke@tonkon.com
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Brenda joined Tonkon Torp in 2016 as a partner in the firm’s business department. Her practice focuses on securities law, including venture capital financings, mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, public and private offerings of securities, and state and federal regulation of securities. Brenda has represented both privately and publicly-owned businesses in industries including technology, life sciences, manufacturing, food and beverage, and healthcare.

Brenda is Co-Chair of the firm's Entrepreneurial Services practice group and has substantial experience in business counseling and general corporate law representing startups and emerging growth companies. She works with clients on a variety of matters, including selecting the appropriate form of entity, forming and dissolving corporations, advising on corporate governance issues, and negotiating and documenting such contractual arrangements as shareholder, investor rights, and voting agreements. Her experience includes representation of venture capital and angel funds regarding their organization and investments.

Brenda has been named an Oregon Super Lawyer and is recognized in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business as a leader in her field in Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions. She was included in The Best Lawyers in America 2018 for her work in the practice areas of business organizations (including LLCs and partnerships), corporate law, mergers & acquisitions law and securities/capital markets law. In 2012, Brenda was chosen as an Orchid Award Winner by the Portland Business Journal – one of 25 women recognized by the Journal for her business and civic contributions. She was also named Oregon Entrepreneur Network's 2014 Volunteer of the Year for her outstanding involvement with the organization.

A graduate of Boston University School of Law, Brenda returned to Portland in 1994, joining the firm Ater Wynne LLP. While there, she chaired the firm's Business Department from 2001-2009, chaired its Emerging Business practice group from 2009-2016, and served as the Firm Chair from 2011-2016.

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Brenda joined Tonkon Torp in 2016 as a partner in the firm’s business department. Her practice focuses on securities law, including venture capital financings, mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, public and private offerings of securities, and state and federal regulation of securities. Brenda has represented both privately and publicly-owned businesses in industries including technology, life sciences, manufacturing, food and beverage, and healthcare.

Brenda is Co-Chair of the firm's Entrepreneurial Services practice group and has substantial experience in business counseling and general corporate law representing startups and emerging growth companies. She works with clients on a variety of matters, including selecting the appropriate form of entity, forming and dissolving corporations, advising on corporate governance issues, and negotiating and documenting such contractual arrangements as shareholder, investor rights, and voting agreements. Her experience includes representation of venture capital and angel funds regarding their organization and investments.

Brenda has been named an Oregon Super Lawyer and is recognized in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business as a leader in her field in Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions. She was included in The Best Lawyers in America 2018 for her work in the practice areas of business organizations (including LLCs and partnerships), corporate law, mergers & acquisitions law and securities/capital markets law. In 2012, Brenda was chosen as an Orchid Award Winner by the Portland Business Journal – one of 25 women recognized by the Journal for her business and civic contributions. She was also named Oregon Entrepreneur Network's 2014 Volunteer of the Year for her outstanding involvement with the organization.

A graduate of Boston University School of Law, Brenda returned to Portland in 1994, joining the firm Ater Wynne LLP. While there, she chaired the firm's Business Department from 2001-2009, chaired its Emerging Business practice group from 2009-2016, and served as the Firm Chair from 2011-2016.

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Oregon State Bar Business Law Section
Member
Secretary (2004-2005)
Treasurer (2006)
Executive Committee Member (2004-2006)

Oregon State Bar Securities Regulation Section
Member

Regional Arts & Culture Council
Board Member (2015-2017)

Marylhurst University
Chair, Advancement Committee (2017-present)
Executive Committee Member (2017-present)
Board of Trustees (2015-present)

Portland State University Center for Enterpreneurship
Advisory Committee Member (2015-present)

Oregon Entrepreneurs Network
Board Member (2012-2013)
Chair of Annual Fund Campaign (2012-2013)
Startup Services Committee, Member (2004-2010)

Literary Arts, Inc.
Board Chair (2006-2008)
Vice Chair (2005-2006)
Board Member (2002-2008)

Friends of the Performing Arts Center
Board Member (2005-2008)

Women’s Investment Network
Member, Steering Committee (2005-2009)

The Link for Women
Member, Advisory Board (2005-2009)

Software Association of Oregon
Board Member (1997-2001)
Board Emeritus (2001-2012)