Shouka D. Rezvani

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

PHONE: 503.802.2047
EMAIL: shouka.rezvani@tonkon.com
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Shouka is the Chair of the firm's Nonprofit & Tax-Exempt Entities practice group. She has served as outside counsel to both operating and non-operating private foundations, as well as public charities and other tax-exempt entities. She counsels nonprofits on all facets of their operations, governance, and compliance with the laws regulating the independent sector, from formation to dissolution.
 
She has advised nonprofit boards regarding their fiduciary duties, and has assisted with strategic planning to evaluate joint ventures, mergers, chapters, and other models for collaboration to expand mission.
 
Shouka has interfaced with in-house counsel and marketing staff at national and international corporations to assist with building employee relief funds and foundations that further corporate community involvement and align with charitable intent.

Shouka has experience working with educators and other community groups to establish charter schools in the Portland area. She has worked with clients to explain and meet state charter school legal requirements, submit charter school applications, and develop and implement the pre and post-operational steps necessary for opening a charter school.

Shouka also is a member of the firm's Estate Planning practice group. Her practice includes wealth planning to effectuate personal and financial goals, through the drafting and implementation of trusts, wills, and other planning documents, and the administration of both probate and non-probate estates. She also specializes in the preparation of specialty trusts including life insurance trusts, charitable remainder trusts, generation-skipping trusts, Crummey trusts, and title-holding trusts.
 
She has been named as a Best Lawyer by The Best Lawyers in America® in the Nonprofit/Charities and Trusts & Estates practice areas since 2011. She also was the recipient of a Martindale-Hubbell Client Distinction Award in 2012.


Shouka is the Chair of the firm's Nonprofit & Tax-Exempt Entities practice group. She has served as outside counsel to both operating and non-operating private foundations, as well as public charities and other tax-exempt entities. She counsels nonprofits on all facets of their operations, governance, and compliance with the laws regulating the independent sector, from formation to dissolution.
 
She has advised nonprofit boards regarding their fiduciary duties, and has assisted with strategic planning to evaluate joint ventures, mergers, chapters, and other models for collaboration to expand mission.
 
Shouka has interfaced with in-house counsel and marketing staff at national and international corporations to assist with building employee relief funds and foundations that further corporate community involvement and align with charitable intent.

Shouka has experience working with educators and other community groups to establish charter schools in the Portland area. She has worked with clients to explain and meet state charter school legal requirements, submit charter school applications, and develop and implement the pre and post-operational steps necessary for opening a charter school.

Shouka also is a member of the firm's Estate Planning practice group. Her practice includes wealth planning to effectuate personal and financial goals, through the drafting and implementation of trusts, wills, and other planning documents, and the administration of both probate and non-probate estates. She also specializes in the preparation of specialty trusts including life insurance trusts, charitable remainder trusts, generation-skipping trusts, Crummey trusts, and title-holding trusts.
 
She has been named as a Best Lawyer by The Best Lawyers in America® in the Nonprofit/Charities and Trusts & Estates practice areas since 2011. She also was the recipient of a Martindale-Hubbell Client Distinction Award in 2012.


Marathon Scholars
Former Chair, Founding Partner and Trustee

The Oregon Community Foundation
Metropolitan Portland Leadership Council Member

Keller Foundation
Board Member

Oregon Foundation for Reproductive Health Advisory Council
Former Council Member

Le Monde Immersion, operating as Le Monde French Immersion Public Charter School
Board President

Young Audiences of Oregon
Former Board Member

Reed College Alumni Board
Former Board Member

Open Door Counseling Center
Former Board Member
Drawn to the global perspectives inherent in immersion education, Shouka  became involved with Portland’s only public French grade school, Le Monde French Immersion Public Charter School, before it even opened. She joined the nonprofit's board in 2012 and provided pro bono legal support to help it draft governance documents, establish tax-exempt status, and obtain a charter contract with the Portland Public School District. A self-professed Francophile, Shouka is fulfilling her desire to create equitable access to exceptional educational opportunities in public education by working as Le Monde’s Executive Director.