Ryan M. Bledsoe

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

PHONE: 503.802.2120
EMAIL: ryan.bledsoe@tonkon.com
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Ryan Bledsoe is a results-driven litigation attorney who represents individuals and companies of all sizes. Bledsoe focuses on understanding your dispute, legal rights, and goals as early as possible in the litigation process. With a full understanding, Bledsoe tenaciously pursues a resolution that is favorable to you or your company. Bledsoe enjoys his job most when he is in the courtroom, but he is determined to get you the best result attainable as cost-effectively as possible. Bledsoe's experience includes handling numerous cases in both federal and state courts involving a broad range of issues including shareholder oppression, trusts and estates, antitrust, securities, breach of fiduciary duties, and contract law.

Representative experiences include the following:

Commercial Litigation: Bledsoe handles the broad scope of Tonkon Torp’s clients' business disputes.
 
  • Grove City Veterinary Service, LLC et al. v. Charter Practices International, LLC, U.S. District Court, District of Oregon: Bledsoe worked as part of a team to defend a client against multiple claims with alleged damages of approximately $20 million. Bledsoe's efforts focused on the experts in the case, including deposing all of the plaintiffs' purported experts. In a deposition, Bledsoe got the plaintiffs' "financial expert" to testify that he could do nothing more than basic math. The federal court dismissed many of plaintiffs' claims because they failed to offer any admissible evidence of damages. The federal court also agreed with Bledsoe that the plaintiffs’ medical expert should be barred from testifying at trial. See the court's opinion here. Without financial or medical experts, plaintiffs’ lawsuit came to an end.  
  • Automotive Industries Pension Trust Fund et al. v. Barber Auto Sales, Inc. et al., U.S. District Court, District of Northern California: Bledsoe successfully represented approximately 15 companies and a former owner of numerous auto dealerships in an ERISA withdrawal liability action.

Shareholder Oppression Litigation: Bledsoe has handled numerous matters involving shareholder, partnership, and LLC member disputes. Bledsoe both defends and prosecutes company ownership disputes. Bledsoe has received multi-million dollar payments for oppressed shareholders and helped remove minority shareholders.

Trust and Estate Litigation: Bledsoe has handled numerous matters involving trust and estate litigation, including trust contests, fiduciary duty disputes, and elder abuse claims. Bledsoe's trust and estate litigation experience includes multiple, successful bench trials.
 
  • In re Doris M. Young Revocable Living Trust, Clackamas County Circuit Court: After Ms. Young amended her trust, many of her family members claimed that she was improperly influenced to do so. The family agreed to appoint a neutral, successor trustee, and Bledsoe represented the successor trustee. Bledsoe and the successor trustee determined that Ms. Young intended to amend her trust and that the amendment should be enforced. After a bench trial, the court agreed. See the court's opinion here.

Insurance Coverage Litigation: Frequently, insurers do not pay for covered losses. When this happens, Bledsoe advocates for his clients to receive the insurance benefits that they are entitled to.
 
  • Swickard Corp v. 21st Century Pacific Insurance Company, Clackamas County Circuit Court: The insurer interpreted the insurance policy to benefit its interests, but Bledsoe determined that there was another interpretation that benefitted his client. The court agreed that the insurance policy could be construed multiple ways and construed it in Tonkon Torp's client's favor. See the court's opinion here. At trial, the court awarded the client full coverage for its losses, including prejudgment interest. See the court's opinion here. After trial, the court awarded the client attorney fees and costs and multiplied the attorney fee award by 150 percent. See the court's opinion here.
 
Bledsoe is recognized for excellence by both the Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers in America publications. The Super Lawyers award Bledsoe received is limited to 2.5 percent of Oregon lawyers. The Best Lawyers in America award Bledsoe received is based on peer review.

Bledsoe earned his law degree from the University of Arizona, where he served as an articles editor and a member of the Managing Board of the Arizona Law Review. Bledsoe graduated summa cum laude and Order of the Coif.

Prior to entering law school, Bledsoe worked as a financial analyst for the Federal Reserve Board of Governors in Washington, D.C. As an undergraduate, Bledsoe was selected to the GTE Academic All-America First Team for his accomplishments both on and off the soccer field.

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Ryan Bledsoe is a results-driven litigation attorney who represents individuals and companies of all sizes. Bledsoe focuses on understanding your dispute, legal rights, and goals as early as possible in the litigation process. With a full understanding, Bledsoe tenaciously pursues a resolution that is favorable to you or your company. Bledsoe enjoys his job most when he is in the courtroom, but he is determined to get you the best result attainable as cost-effectively as possible. Bledsoe's experience includes handling numerous cases in both federal and state courts involving a broad range of issues including shareholder oppression, trusts and estates, antitrust, securities, breach of fiduciary duties, and contract law.

Representative experiences include the following:

Commercial Litigation: Bledsoe handles the broad scope of Tonkon Torp’s clients' business disputes.
 
  • Grove City Veterinary Service, LLC et al. v. Charter Practices International, LLC, U.S. District Court, District of Oregon: Bledsoe worked as part of a team to defend a client against multiple claims with alleged damages of approximately $20 million. Bledsoe's efforts focused on the experts in the case, including deposing all of the plaintiffs' purported experts. In a deposition, Bledsoe got the plaintiffs' "financial expert" to testify that he could do nothing more than basic math. The federal court dismissed many of plaintiffs' claims because they failed to offer any admissible evidence of damages. The federal court also agreed with Bledsoe that the plaintiffs’ medical expert should be barred from testifying at trial. See the court's opinion here. Without financial or medical experts, plaintiffs’ lawsuit came to an end.  
  • Automotive Industries Pension Trust Fund et al. v. Barber Auto Sales, Inc. et al., U.S. District Court, District of Northern California: Bledsoe successfully represented approximately 15 companies and a former owner of numerous auto dealerships in an ERISA withdrawal liability action.

Shareholder Oppression Litigation: Bledsoe has handled numerous matters involving shareholder, partnership, and LLC member disputes. Bledsoe both defends and prosecutes company ownership disputes. Bledsoe has received multi-million dollar payments for oppressed shareholders and helped remove minority shareholders.

Trust and Estate Litigation: Bledsoe has handled numerous matters involving trust and estate litigation, including trust contests, fiduciary duty disputes, and elder abuse claims. Bledsoe's trust and estate litigation experience includes multiple, successful bench trials.
 
  • In re Doris M. Young Revocable Living Trust, Clackamas County Circuit Court: After Ms. Young amended her trust, many of her family members claimed that she was improperly influenced to do so. The family agreed to appoint a neutral, successor trustee, and Bledsoe represented the successor trustee. Bledsoe and the successor trustee determined that Ms. Young intended to amend her trust and that the amendment should be enforced. After a bench trial, the court agreed. See the court's opinion here.

Insurance Coverage Litigation: Frequently, insurers do not pay for covered losses. When this happens, Bledsoe advocates for his clients to receive the insurance benefits that they are entitled to.
 
  • Swickard Corp v. 21st Century Pacific Insurance Company, Clackamas County Circuit Court: The insurer interpreted the insurance policy to benefit its interests, but Bledsoe determined that there was another interpretation that benefitted his client. The court agreed that the insurance policy could be construed multiple ways and construed it in Tonkon Torp's client's favor. See the court's opinion here. At trial, the court awarded the client full coverage for its losses, including prejudgment interest. See the court's opinion here. After trial, the court awarded the client attorney fees and costs and multiplied the attorney fee award by 150 percent. See the court's opinion here.
 
Bledsoe is recognized for excellence by both the Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers in America publications. The Super Lawyers award Bledsoe received is limited to 2.5 percent of Oregon lawyers. The Best Lawyers in America award Bledsoe received is based on peer review.

Bledsoe earned his law degree from the University of Arizona, where he served as an articles editor and a member of the Managing Board of the Arizona Law Review. Bledsoe graduated summa cum laude and Order of the Coif.

Prior to entering law school, Bledsoe worked as a financial analyst for the Federal Reserve Board of Governors in Washington, D.C. As an undergraduate, Bledsoe was selected to the GTE Academic All-America First Team for his accomplishments both on and off the soccer field.

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Forest Park Conservancy

Bledsoe has donated his time, energy and professional expertise to the Forest Park Conservancy, the organization which supports responsible stewardship of Portland's much-admired Forest Park through trail maintenance, habitat restoration, education and advocacy. One of the country's largest urban forest reserves, Forest Park includes 5,157 acres of land that have been preserved for more than a century by Oregonians.
 

Oregon State Parks Foundation

Tonkon Torp founding partner Brian Booth played a key role in the 1995 establishment of the Oregon State Parks Foundation (formerly the Oregon State Parks Trust), which raises funds and builds partnerships to restore and create new facilities and sites in the Oregon state park system. Bledsoe serves on the organization's Board of Trustees.
 

Oregon State Bar Antitrust and Trade Regulation Section

Bledsoe is a Past-Chair of the Executive Committee of the Oregon State Bar Antitrust and Trade Regulation Section. The Section provides bar members interested in antitrust law with opportunities to develop and improve related skills. The Section hosts CLEs, monitors legislation, and keeps members apprised of recent developments in the law.
 

Personal Interests

Bledsoe has enjoyed hiking and backpacking in national parks in the United States, Canada, Argentina, and Chile. Closer to home, Bledsoe enjoys hiking on the Wildwood Trail, especially with his wife and sons.