Christopher J. Pallanch

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

PHONE: 503.802.2104
EMAIL: christopher.pallanch@tonkon.com
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Chris's practice focuses on resolving complex business disputes, whether through trial, arbitration, mediation, or settlement. He represents both plaintiffs and defendants in federal and state court in a variety of matters, including contract claims, financing arrangement disputes, and business torts.
 
Representative matters include the following:
 
  • Breach of contract – When a Los Angeles-based finance company sued a client in California for a business venture that fell through, Chris helped to get the California action dismissed and filed suit against the foreign company in Oregon. Chris assisted in obtaining a preliminary injunction against the defendant and later second chaired the trial of the matter, which resulted in both the dismissal of a $20 million claim against the client and a judgment of almost $2 million in favor of the client. 
  • Defamation – After an employee voluntarily quit a company, the employee had difficulty obtaining a new job. Believing that his former employer was spreading rumors about him, the employee sued for defamation. Chris helped mount a vigorous defense of the claim and ultimately succeeded in obtaining a ruling in his client's favor on a motion for summary judgment.
  • Trust dispute – When a beneficiary of a family trust challenged the provisions of that trust, Chris represented the professional trustee and co-chaired a four-day bench trial, which resulted in a judgment upholding the trust.
  • Construction defect – In a construction defect case of a proposed high-end condominium project, Chris helped represent the owner, which recovered a substantial settlement through mediation.
  • Joint venture – In an action where an out-of-state client was sued in Oregon for a joint venture gone awry, Chris took the lead in defending the case, which was ultimately dismissed.
  • Breach of commercial lease – Chris assisted in representing the landlord when a commercial tenant sought to terminate its lease, helping the client to settle favorably with its lender and obtaining a substantial payment from its tenant.
  • Breach of contract – When a national chain sued a family-owned company for breach of a service contract, Chris represented the family-owned company, eventually helping to settle the case favorably for the client.
  • Employment – When a former employee sued a client for age discrimination under Washington and Federal law, Chris managed the defense of the case, leading discovery and drafting and arguing a motion for summary judgment in federal court that led to a decision in the client's favor.
 
Chris was named an Oregon "Rising Star" in business litigation by Super Lawyers in 2014 and 2015. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Oregon Chapter of the Federal Bar Association. He joined Tonkon Torp in 2009, following a two-year clerkship with U.S. District Judge Edward C. Reed, Jr., in Nevada. Prior to law school, Chris worked as a staff analyst for the Federal Reserve Bank and as a financial analyst at a regional credit union.


      

Chris's practice focuses on resolving complex business disputes, whether through trial, arbitration, mediation, or settlement. He represents both plaintiffs and defendants in federal and state court in a variety of matters, including contract claims, financing arrangement disputes, and business torts.
 
Representative matters include the following:
 
  • Breach of contract – When a Los Angeles-based finance company sued a client in California for a business venture that fell through, Chris helped to get the California action dismissed and filed suit against the foreign company in Oregon. Chris assisted in obtaining a preliminary injunction against the defendant and later second chaired the trial of the matter, which resulted in both the dismissal of a $20 million claim against the client and a judgment of almost $2 million in favor of the client. 
  • Defamation – After an employee voluntarily quit a company, the employee had difficulty obtaining a new job. Believing that his former employer was spreading rumors about him, the employee sued for defamation. Chris helped mount a vigorous defense of the claim and ultimately succeeded in obtaining a ruling in his client's favor on a motion for summary judgment.
  • Trust dispute – When a beneficiary of a family trust challenged the provisions of that trust, Chris represented the professional trustee and co-chaired a four-day bench trial, which resulted in a judgment upholding the trust.
  • Construction defect – In a construction defect case of a proposed high-end condominium project, Chris helped represent the owner, which recovered a substantial settlement through mediation.
  • Joint venture – In an action where an out-of-state client was sued in Oregon for a joint venture gone awry, Chris took the lead in defending the case, which was ultimately dismissed.
  • Breach of commercial lease – Chris assisted in representing the landlord when a commercial tenant sought to terminate its lease, helping the client to settle favorably with its lender and obtaining a substantial payment from its tenant.
  • Breach of contract – When a national chain sued a family-owned company for breach of a service contract, Chris represented the family-owned company, eventually helping to settle the case favorably for the client.
  • Employment – When a former employee sued a client for age discrimination under Washington and Federal law, Chris managed the defense of the case, leading discovery and drafting and arguing a motion for summary judgment in federal court that led to a decision in the client's favor.
 
Chris was named an Oregon "Rising Star" in business litigation by Super Lawyers in 2014 and 2015. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Oregon Chapter of the Federal Bar Association. He joined Tonkon Torp in 2009, following a two-year clerkship with U.S. District Judge Edward C. Reed, Jr., in Nevada. Prior to law school, Chris worked as a staff analyst for the Federal Reserve Bank and as a financial analyst at a regional credit union.


      

Federal Bar Association
Board of Directors, Oregon Chapter

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