Caroline Harris Crowne

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

PHONE: 503.802.2056
EMAIL: caroline.harris.crowne@tonkon.com
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In her fourteen years at Tonkon Torp, Caroline has taken more than two dozen cases to trial or final hearing and has resolved many more through motions and settlement. Caroline excels at presenting complex concepts in a way that makes sense to judges, juries, arbitrators, and other decision makers. She regularly handles matters in state and federal courts, in private arbitration, and in regulatory proceedings.
 
Caroline's litigation practice focuses on disputes over business transactions and relationships. She is well versed in commercial contracts and accounting concepts. She has a special interest in matters relating to the ownership, governance, and sale of businesses. She has handled numerous cases involving claims for breaches of fiduciary duty, disputes over stock and asset purchase agreements, and indemnification claims. She also regularly represents clients in federal and state administrative proceedings, involving the regulation of utilities, financial institutions, and the practice of accounting.
                                                      
Through the course of her career, Caroline has developed deep expertise in arbitration and mediation procedure. She trained in mediation while a college student in Houston and then volunteered as a mediator during law school in New York, resolving dozens of cases in civil court, in small claims court, and at a neighborhood mediation center. She has published several articles and given presentations on topics of arbitration procedure under federal and state law.
 
Experiences outside of Tonkon Torp gave Caroline an early foundation in practice in both federal and state courts. Following graduation, she clerked for the Honorable Charles S. Haight in the Southern District of New York. After several years as a litigation associate at Tonkon Torp, she served for a month as a special prosecutor in the Multnomah County District Attorney's office, where she handled a heavy misdemeanor trial calendar.

Caroline enjoys spending time with her family, swing and tango dancing, and hiking.


  

In her fourteen years at Tonkon Torp, Caroline has taken more than two dozen cases to trial or final hearing and has resolved many more through motions and settlement. Caroline excels at presenting complex concepts in a way that makes sense to judges, juries, arbitrators, and other decision makers. She regularly handles matters in state and federal courts, in private arbitration, and in regulatory proceedings.
 
Caroline's litigation practice focuses on disputes over business transactions and relationships. She is well versed in commercial contracts and accounting concepts. She has a special interest in matters relating to the ownership, governance, and sale of businesses. She has handled numerous cases involving claims for breaches of fiduciary duty, disputes over stock and asset purchase agreements, and indemnification claims. She also regularly represents clients in federal and state administrative proceedings, involving the regulation of utilities, financial institutions, and the practice of accounting.
                                                      
Through the course of her career, Caroline has developed deep expertise in arbitration and mediation procedure. She trained in mediation while a college student in Houston and then volunteered as a mediator during law school in New York, resolving dozens of cases in civil court, in small claims court, and at a neighborhood mediation center. She has published several articles and given presentations on topics of arbitration procedure under federal and state law.
 
Experiences outside of Tonkon Torp gave Caroline an early foundation in practice in both federal and state courts. Following graduation, she clerked for the Honorable Charles S. Haight in the Southern District of New York. After several years as a litigation associate at Tonkon Torp, she served for a month as a special prosecutor in the Multnomah County District Attorney's office, where she handled a heavy misdemeanor trial calendar.

Caroline enjoys spending time with her family, swing and tango dancing, and hiking.


  

 

"Are Mandatory Mediation Clauses Enforceable?" Litigation Journal, OSB Summer 2010

 

"Arbitration and Federalism: Conflicts in Federal and State Substantive and Procedural Law," Arbitration and Mediation, OSB 2008

 

"Federal Arbitration Act Preempts Oregon Legislature's 2007 Amendment to Oregon Arbitration Act," Litigation Journal, OSB Summer 2008

 

"The Alternative Dispute Resolution Act of 1998: Implementing a New Paradigm of Justice," 76 N.Y.U. L. Rev.1768, 2001

"Forensic Accounting in Litigation," Portland State University, School of Business Administration, February 2012


"Intake and Case Management: The Complaint is Not the Beginning of the Case," Multnomah Bar Association, Young Litigators CLE Series, January 2010, February 2011

"Getting in Front of the Jury" (with Wally Sweek and J. Matthew Donohue), American College of Trial Lawyers Northwest Regional Conference, July 2010

 

"Fewer and Fewer Civil Trials: Why, What Does it Mean, and What Can Be Done?" (with Hon. Janice Wilson and Dan Skerritt), Oregon Association of Defense Counsel Annual Convention, June 2010

 

"Arbitration Clauses in Contracts: Drafting, Enforcing, and Challenging Them" (with Carl Neil and Julia Markley), Multnomah Bar Association, November 2007

Multnomah Bar Association
Court Liaison Committee Member (2015-present)
CLE Committee Member (2009-11), Chair (2011-12)

City Club of Portland
Chair of Research Committee on Partisanship (2005-08)
Advocacy Committee for Report on Partisanship (2009-10)
Chair of Agora Steering Committee (2010-12)
Member of the Year Award for 2010-11
Research Board Member (2013-2016)
Research Award for 2015-16
Board of Governors (2017-present)

Suitetalkers Toastmasters Club
Founder (2010)
President (2010-11)
Treasurer (2011-12)
Member (present)

Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)
Multnomah Monthly Meeting
Nursery Committee (2004-05)
Nursery Clerk (2005-07)
Personnel Clerk (2007-10)
Middle School Friends Committee (2010-12)
Nominating Committee (2014-present)

Legal Aid Domestic Violence Project
Volunteer Attorney (2004-11)

Southeast Legal Clinic
Volunteer Attorney (2003-11)

Portland Business Alliance
Leadership Portland Class of 2009
Program Day Co-Chair for Class of 2010 and Class of 2011

The Lawyer's Campaign for Equal Justice
Associates Committee (2004-07)

Oregon Food Bank
Firm Campaign Chair (2013-present)
Caroline and her husband, Adrian, are parents of a daughter and a son, in elementary and middle school. As a family, they enjoy all kinds of outdoor activities—camping, hiking, skiing, and biking. Caroline and Adrian also enjoy going out dancing. They both started with East Coast Swing, learned how to do the Texas Two Step when they were in college together at Rice University, and then studied the tango in New York. Now, after almost twenty years as dance partners, they don't follow any rules and everything blends together.