Robert Koch

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

PHONE: 503.802.2072
EMAIL: robert.koch@tonkon.com
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Bob Koch joined Tonkon Torp's Litigation Department in 2018 as an Of Counsel attorney. Prior to joining the firm, he worked in the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. as part of its Civil Rights Division.
 
Bob spent five years as a Senior Attorney in the Appellate Section of the Division and five years in its Special Litigation Section. While in the Appellate Section, Bob handled numerous civil and criminal cases involving civil rights laws in the U.S. Courts of Appeals. He also drafted memoranda for Department leadership on sensitive and high-profile legal matters. Bob wrote a first draft of the Department's amicus brief advocating for nationwide marriage equality in the Supreme Court case of Obergefell v. Hodges, for which he received the Attorney General's Distinguished Service Award, the Department's second-highest award for employee performance. Bob also wrote the legal analysis behind the Department's challenge to North Carolina's H.B. 2 "bathroom bill," for which he received a Special Commendation Award.
 
Bob's litigation experience with the Department of Justice included serving as lead attorney on case teams enforcing the Americans with Disabilities Act, for which he received Special Commendation and Distinguished Service Awards. Bob led investigations of state mental health systems; negotiated settlement agreements with the states of Oregon, Georgia, and Texas; oversaw implementation of the Georgia settlement by leading parties' meetings and managing relationships with state leadership; drafted case pleadings; argued motions in Federal District Court; and deposed, presented, and cross-examined witnesses.
 
In 2009, Bob worked on a detail to the Office of White House Counsel. In that role, he vetted candidates for Executive Branch and judicial positions, and drafted memoranda to the President analyzing LGBT legal issues.
 
Immediately following his graduation from law school, Bob served as a law clerk for Judge Susan P. Graber of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, in Portland. As a clerk, he wrote bench memoranda, drafted and edited proposed opinions, reviewed petitions for rehearing, and argued cases to an oral screening panel of Ninth Circuit judges.
 
Bob graduated magna cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School in 2006. He served as the Editor in Chief of the Michigan Journal of Law Reform, finished third in the Henry M. Campbell Moot Court Competition, and represented children in abuse and neglect proceedings through the Child Advocacy Law Clinic.
 
In his free time, Bob enjoys tennis, hiking, travel, volleyball, football, softball, and organizing scavenger hunts.
Bob Koch joined Tonkon Torp's Litigation Department in 2018 as an Of Counsel attorney. Prior to joining the firm, he worked in the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. as part of its Civil Rights Division.
 
Bob spent five years as a Senior Attorney in the Appellate Section of the Division and five years in its Special Litigation Section. While in the Appellate Section, Bob handled numerous civil and criminal cases involving civil rights laws in the U.S. Courts of Appeals. He also drafted memoranda for Department leadership on sensitive and high-profile legal matters. Bob wrote a first draft of the Department's amicus brief advocating for nationwide marriage equality in the Supreme Court case of Obergefell v. Hodges, for which he received the Attorney General's Distinguished Service Award, the Department's second-highest award for employee performance. Bob also wrote the legal analysis behind the Department's challenge to North Carolina's H.B. 2 "bathroom bill," for which he received a Special Commendation Award.
 
Bob's litigation experience with the Department of Justice included serving as lead attorney on case teams enforcing the Americans with Disabilities Act, for which he received Special Commendation and Distinguished Service Awards. Bob led investigations of state mental health systems; negotiated settlement agreements with the states of Oregon, Georgia, and Texas; oversaw implementation of the Georgia settlement by leading parties' meetings and managing relationships with state leadership; drafted case pleadings; argued motions in Federal District Court; and deposed, presented, and cross-examined witnesses.
 
In 2009, Bob worked on a detail to the Office of White House Counsel. In that role, he vetted candidates for Executive Branch and judicial positions, and drafted memoranda to the President analyzing LGBT legal issues.
 
Immediately following his graduation from law school, Bob served as a law clerk for Judge Susan P. Graber of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, in Portland. As a clerk, he wrote bench memoranda, drafted and edited proposed opinions, reviewed petitions for rehearing, and argued cases to an oral screening panel of Ninth Circuit judges.
 
Bob graduated magna cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School in 2006. He served as the Editor in Chief of the Michigan Journal of Law Reform, finished third in the Henry M. Campbell Moot Court Competition, and represented children in abuse and neglect proceedings through the Child Advocacy Law Clinic.
 
In his free time, Bob enjoys tennis, hiking, travel, volleyball, football, softball, and organizing scavenger hunts.
DOJ Pride
Vice President, 2017
Secretary, 2015-2016
 
Capital Tennis Association
President, 2013-2014
Social Chair, 2010-2012