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 renewable energy, land use and development, and local government law, and chairs the firm's Energy Practice Group. He has significant experience resolving complex real estate, title, regulatory, financing and permitting matters on utility scale wind and solar energy projects in the Pacific Northwest, California and across the nation. He regularly represents clients in sophisticated real estate purchase, financing, and leasing transactions. Clients value his counsel to resolve disputes such as encroachments, easements, water rights and other land-related matters.

 

David's land use experience extends beyond energy facilities. He has helped bring a wide range of development projects to fruition such as large-scale residential subdivisions, big box retailers, educational and office campuses, and industrial expansion and redevelopment. He has successfully represented his clients before numerous permitting bodies including the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals, the Oregon Energy Facilities Siting Council, and many Oregon and California cities and counties.

 

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 renewable energy, land use and development, and local government law, and chairs the firm's Energy Practice Group. He has significant experience resolving complex real estate, title, regulatory, financing and permitting matters on utility scale wind and solar energy projects in the Pacific Northwest, California and across the nation. He regularly represents clients in sophisticated real estate purchase, financing, and leasing transactions. Clients value his counsel to resolve disputes such as encroachments, easements, water rights and other land-related matters.

 

David's land use experience extends beyond energy facilities. He has helped bring a wide range of development projects to fruition such as large-scale residential subdivisions, big box retailers, educational and office campuses, and industrial expansion and redevelopment. He has successfully represented his clients before numerous permitting bodies including the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals, the Oregon Energy Facilities Siting Council, and many Oregon and California cities and counties.

 

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.  


Solar Oregon
Board of Directors


Southwest Portland Little League

Board of Directors


Community Services, Inc.

Board of Trustees

Berry Botanic Garden
Board of Directors (2008-2012)
 

Oregon State Bar
Pro Bono Committee Member (2007-2009)
Pro Bono Committee Chairperson (2009)

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.