David J. Petersen

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

PHONE: 503.802.2054
EMAIL: david.petersen@tonkon.com
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David focuses his practice on land use and local government law. He has helped bring a wide range of development projects to fruition, including large-scale residential developments, big-box retail stores, educational and office campuses, and other industrial and commercial facilities. He has successfully represented clients before a wide range of permitting bodies including the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals and many Oregon and California cities and counties.
 
David has a subspecialty focusing on renewable energy development, having worked with many clients to bring utility-scale wind and solar facilities online in Oregon, California and elsewhere. David serves as a hearings officer for the Oregon Energy Facility Siting Council. He is chair of the firm's Energy Practice Group and often speaks and writes on land use topics as they relate to renewable energy. 
 

David's clients repeatedly praise his direct advice, quickness to grasp key issues, and efficiency in completing work on time and under budget. Clients and decision-makers alike compliment his clear, concise and forthright explanation of complicated issues and presentation of legal arguments. David is listed in The Best Lawyers in America for his real estate, land use and energy practices.

 

David graduated magna cum laude from Syracuse University in 1991 with a B.A. in history, and was admitted to the Order of the Coif upon graduating from law school at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1998. Prior to joining Tonkon Torp, David worked as a criminal investigator for the U.S. Department of Agriculture and, after law school, practiced real estate and land use law in the San Francisco area.  


David focuses his practice on land use and local government law. He has helped bring a wide range of development projects to fruition, including large-scale residential developments, big-box retail stores, educational and office campuses, and other industrial and commercial facilities. He has successfully represented clients before a wide range of permitting bodies including the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals and many Oregon and California cities and counties.
 
David has a subspecialty focusing on renewable energy development, having worked with many clients to bring utility-scale wind and solar facilities online in Oregon, California and elsewhere. David serves as a hearings officer for the Oregon Energy Facility Siting Council. He is chair of the firm's Energy Practice Group and often speaks and writes on land use topics as they relate to renewable energy. 
 

David's clients repeatedly praise his direct advice, quickness to grasp key issues, and efficiency in completing work on time and under budget. Clients and decision-makers alike compliment his clear, concise and forthright explanation of complicated issues and presentation of legal arguments. David is listed in The Best Lawyers in America for his real estate, land use and energy practices.

 

David graduated magna cum laude from Syracuse University in 1991 with a B.A. in history, and was admitted to the Order of the Coif upon graduating from law school at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1998. Prior to joining Tonkon Torp, David worked as a criminal investigator for the U.S. Department of Agriculture and, after law school, practiced real estate and land use law in the San Francisco area.  


Southwest Portland Little League

Board of Directors


Community Services, Inc.

Board of Trustees
 

David is on the Board of Directors of Southwest Portland Little League, and cherishes his opportunity to manage his son's youth baseball team each spring. In addition to demonstrating the finer points on the road to a .300 average, David has provided pro bono legal services to the League that have helped revitalize the program. David currently is working on the League's long-term effort to improve the quality of its available fields. The League provides baseball and softball opportunities to over 500 players in SW Portland each year. David likes gardening, backpacking, and driving his restored 1959 Austin Healey Bugeye Sprite. The thing he misses most about his hometown of Buffalo, New York are thunderstorms, fireflies, and truly authentic, extra-spicy chicken wings.