Tonkon

Firm Management

Managing Board

  • Darcy M. Norville
    Darcy M. Norville
    503.802.2036 •
    darcy.norville@tonkon.com

    Darcy is the managing partner of Tonkon Torp LLP where she has practiced business law since 1998. Darcy's practice focuses on general business and corporate law.

    She works with clients in the insurance and financial services industry on a wide variety of matters, including regulatory compliance, privacy laws, contract drafting and general corporate matters. She also advises private investment funds regarding investment of assets held by employee benefit plans.

    Darcy's practice also emphasizes executive compensation, ERISA, and employee benefits counsel. Darcy has extensive experience in a wide range of employee benefit plans and executive compensation arrangements. She regularly designs and drafts incentive compensation plans, equity-based compensation plans, nonqualified deferred compensation plans and executive agreements. She provides ongoing legal advice and counsel about the establishment, maintenance, administration and termination of clients' employee benefit plans.

    Among the issues she regularly addresses are concerns and strategies involving tax qualified and non-qualified employee benefit plans, equity based plans, health and welfare plans, and fringe benefit plans.

    Darcy advises investment advisors who work with employee benefit plan clients regarding ERISA compliance in a complex and changing regulatory environment.

    When compensation and benefits matters are triggered during mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and other major business transactions, Darcy guides clients in protecting their interests and ensuring the integrity of transactions.



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  • Robert L. Carey
    Robert L. Carey
    503.802.2032 •
    bob.carey@tonkon.com
    Bob is the chair of Tonkon Torp's Labor & Employment practice group. He represents companies, professionals, and executives in employment litigation and provides counseling on a broad range of employment related issues. He has substantial jury trial experience in Oregon and Washington, defending wrongful discharge, discrimination, sexual harassment, wage and hour, and whistleblower cases. He also has defended ERISA lawsuits, been on both sides of post-termination cases with non-competition, trade secret and related claims, and has defended numerous labor disputes in arbitration.

    Bob has represented companies in labor negotiations, and in election petitions and unfair labor practice charges before the NLRB, and he has negotiated compensation, benefits, and other terms and conditions of employment contracts for companies, professionals, and executives.

    He also serves as a mediator in complex commercial disputes and in employment and ERISA/benefits cases.

    Before joining the firm, Bob was a partner at Barran Liebman (1998-2006), and an associate and partner at Lane Powell (1993-1998). Before entering private practice, Bob served on active duty as a captain in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's Corp, at the U.S. Army Communications and Electronics Command, Fort Monmouth, N.J. and the U.S. Army Defense Appellate Division, Falls Church, V.A. (1987-1993). While stationed at Fort Monmouth, Bob was appointed as a Special Assistant to the U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey.

    Bob has been consistently named as one of the Best Lawyers in America by Woodward/White, as one of Oregon's Super Lawyers in employment litigation by Law and Politics, and as one of "America's Leading Lawyers" for Labor & Employment by Chambers USA, which notes that Bob is "top-notch and quick on his feet, and excellent at building strong relationships with his clients" and "the man to call whenever there is a complicated matter that won't go away."

    Bob is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) by the Human Resources Certification Institute, and is also designated as a Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) by the Society for Human Resource Management.
     

    Representative Cases

    • Washington jury issued defense verdict on wrongful discharge and wage claims against real estate management company. The employer also recovered on counterclaim against plaintiff, and the court awarded attorney fees to our client.
    • Summary judgment granted on perceived disability and contract claims against large paper products company and its union.
    • Obtained defense verdict on wrongful discharge and whistleblower claims before an Oregon jury. Our client also won a counterclaim for breach of fiduciary duty against its former nursing home administrator.
    • Summary judgment granted in state court for large retailer where plaintiff had claims for discrimination, wrongful discharge, intentional infliction of emotional distress and assault.
    • Won summary judgment to enforce noncompete agreement for the benefit of acquiring company where agreement was signed by seller's employees in anticipation of the sale of the business.
    • Court granted directed verdict for employer during jury trial where former accounting clerk brought claim under the Fair Credit Reporting Act.
    • Small local newspaper won jury verdict against employee suing for wrongful discharge and discrimination.
    • Obtained a directed verdict during jury trial of claims for sexual harassment and wrongful discharge. Manufacturing company recovered on counterclaim against former employee.
    • Numerous summary judgments granted in federal court on a variety of claims, including age, gender, disability and sex discrimination, sexual harassment, wrongful discharge, whistleblower, wage and hour, and ERISA.

    Speaking Engagements

    Bob is a frequent speaker at seminars on labor and employment law and provides training for clients on various issues.


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  • Paul  Conable
    Paul Conable
    503.802.2188 •
    paul.conable@tonkon.com

    As co-chair of the firm's Litigation Department, Paul has a wide-ranging trial practice representing both individuals and businesses in contract and investment disputes, government investigations and environmental matters. 

    Paul's recent and ongoing litigation matters include:
     

    • Prevailing in a trial on behalf of a national financial services company enforcing non-competition and confidentiality restrictions against a departing executive.
    • Prevailing in a federal court trial against an out-of-state bank over ownership of $9 million of agricultural products. (Capital Press article)
    • Successfully representing a coalition of business and community groups challenging the city of Portland's illegal homeless camping policy. (Oregon Live Article)
    • Successfully representing the City of Lake Oswego, Oregon in state and federal lawsuits concerning the city's regulation of Oswego Lake. (Oregon Live article)
    • Winning summary judgment on behalf of a large electric utility in a $500 million class action arising out of the closure of a nuclear power plant.
    • Obtaining a multi-million dollar jury verdict in a state court trial arising out of the client's losses in an investment fund. (Oregon Live Article)
    • Successfully obtained writ of review challenging the City of Portland’s adoption of billion dollar development fees. (Oregon Live article)
    • Prevailing in a jury trial in Boston, Massachusetts concerning ownership of a privately held investment company.
    • Winning a multi-million dollar federal court jury trial arising out of the termination of a distribution agreement.
    • Representing nutritional retailer and manufacturer of nutritional supplements in lawsuit brought by State of Oregon.
    • Representing a member of the Board of Directors of Enron Corporation in litigation across the United States.

     
    Paul also serves on the firm's Managing Board.
     
    Before joining Tonkon Torp, Paul was a judicial clerk for the Honorable Susan P. Graber at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Honorable R. William Riggs at the Oregon Supreme Court and Oregon Court of Appeals.


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  • Sherrill A. Corbett
    Sherrill A. Corbett
    503.802.2049 •
    sherrill.corbett@tonkon.com

    Sherrill is chair of the firm's Mergers & Acquisitions practice group and a member of Tonkon Torp's managing board. She counsels clients on buying and selling businesses and structuring complex joint ventures. Sherrill also co-chairs the firm's Information Privacy & Security practice group, assisting clients in their compliance with state and federal information privacy and security laws and regulations, including breach notification laws. She is also a member of our firm's Corporate Finance practice group and advises clients on bank financings, private placements, and public offerings. Sherrill also represents public companies and advises them on securities compliance and corporate governance matters and follow-on offerings.

    Sherrill’s clients value her ability to provide quality legal counsel with practical business advice and creative solutions and her ability to make "legalese" easy to understand. Sherrill especially enjoys working with women-owned or operated businesses.

    Her recent representative transactions include:

    • Represented Vestas, the world's largest manufacturer of wind turbines, in the $60 million acquisition of UpWind Solutions, Inc., an independent service provider for wind turbines in nine US states.
    • Sale of Portland-based Rejuvenation, Inc. to one of the leading home furnishings companies in the nation.
    • Represented Climax Portable Machining & Welding Systems in its acquisition of Calder Testers, Inc.
    • Represented The Joinery in its 2013 sale to Jon Blumenauer.
    • Represented Delphina's Bakery, a locally owned, woman-owned bakery since 1983, in its sale to a strategic buyer.
    • Representation of The Greenbrier Companies, Inc. (NYSE: GBX) as Oregon counsel in
      • its offering of $230 million of 3.5% Convertible Senior Notes due 2018.
      • its offering of 3,000,000 shares of common stock.
      • its entry into a five-year $245 million revolving line of credit with Bank of America which replaced its existing $100 million credit facility.
      • its negotiation of an agreement with General Electric Railcar Services Corporation ("GER"), a subsidiary of GE Capital, GE's financial services business, to modify GER's new railcar manufacturing contract with Greenbrier.
      • its negotiation of a $75 million strategic investment from WL Ross & Co. LLC.
      • its acquisition of Meridian Rail Holdings Corp. for $230 million in cash.
    • Sale of Market Industries, a privately held provider of third-party logistics services and multimodal transportation capacity solutions, for $197 million to UTi Worldwide.
    • Sale of a woman-owned design-build general contractor Randolph Construction Services, Inc. to LVI Services Inc., the nation's leading provider of facilities and remediation services.

    Sherrill is included in The Best Lawyers in America for her work in the practice areas of Corporate Compliance Law, Corporate Governance Law and Securities/Capital Markets Law. She has been named as a leader in her field in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business and was listed as a "Rising Star" in the 2008 and 2009 issues of Oregon Super Lawyers. The Portland Business Journal included her in a profile of Portland’s leading M&A attorneys and awarded her their "Forty Under 40” award. Client Choice Awards, USA & Canada named Sherrill a 2014 Client Choice winner for her work in Mergers & Acquisitions.     
     
    She previously practiced at Heller Ehrman White & McAuliffe LLP’s San Francisco office and at Graham & James LLP, also in California.

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  • Kurt W. Ruttum
    Kurt W. Ruttum
    503.802.2043 •
    kurt.ruttum@tonkon.com

    Kurt's practice emphasizes mergers and acquisitions, private equity, public and private securities offerings and general corporate counseling. He is a member of the firm's Managing Board.

    Kurt has extensive experience representing companies, underwriters, borrowers, lenders, investors, private investment firms, private equity firms and venture capitalists in public offerings, commercial loans and private placements of debt and equity securities. He also represents buyers and sellers of public and private companies, their divisions and their strategic assets. Kurt represents clients in a wide variety of industries, including manufacturing, software development (including SaaS), private equity, venture capital, investment banking, investment advisors and forest products.

    Kurt began his law career with the firm in 1986 and was a partner in 1996 when he left to join a publicly held manufacturing client as Vice President and General Counsel. Subsequently he served as Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and a member of the Executive Committee at a publicly held software company. Kurt rejoined Tonkon Torp in 2000.

    Kurt is admitted to practice law in Oregon and Washington.


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Managing Board Associate/Of Counsel Representative

  • Jessica A. Morgan
    Jessica A. Morgan
    503.802.2165 •
    jessica.morgan@tonkon.com
    Jessica is Of Counsel in the firm’s Financial Services & Investment Management practice group. Her practice focuses on advising investment funds, including private equity funds, financial institutions and investment advisers, compliance audits, closely-held businesses, and family owned businesses, and she has represented clients in a variety of industries.
     
    Jessica's work for investment management clients includes:
    • Advising on regulatory compliance of SEC, and state rules and regulations, compliance policies and procedures, code of ethics, state and federal regulatory requests, state and federal regulatory filings and GLBA privacy.
    • Drafting of merger and acquisitions transaction documents, investment management and advisory agreements, solicitation agreements and disclosure documents.
    • Prepared offering documents for investment funds and fund managers.
     
    Jessica's work for private corporate clients includes:
     
    • Drafting corporate transaction documents and counseling on business matters.
    • Corporate and investment fund formation - LLCs, corporations, LPs.
    • Participation in board meetings, prepare and advise on corporate governance.
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  • Senior Managers

    • Cindy Berry
      Cindy Berry, Director of Information Governance
      503.802.2061 •
      cindy.berry@tonkon.com
      As the firm's Director of Information Governance, Cindy has over 35 years of law firm experience, primarily in Records Management. Her responsibilities include oversight of the firm's New Business Intake Process (conflict analysis, engagement letters, conflict waivers, ethical walls), working closely with the firm's New Business Committee, record retention, and client and attorney transitions. Cindy is also a member of the firm's Internal Information Security Committee.
       
      For over ten years, Cindy has been an active participant in the firm's partnership with De La Salle North Catholic High School, mentoring and supervising several young people in the internship program.
       
      Professional Associations
      ARMA International
      International Legal Technology Association (ILTA)
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    • Loree Devery
      Loree Devery, Director of Marketing
      503.802.2060 •
      loree.devery@tonkon.com
      Loree is the Director of Marketing at Tonkon Torp. She has primary responsibility over all the firm’s business development and marketing efforts. Loree works closely with our practice groups and lawyers to identify opportunities to personally connect with clients, prospective clients and referral sources. She oversees firm events and manages our sponsorships and charitable giving processes. 
       
      Loree started at the firm in 1980 as a part-time Docket Clerk when she was a student at Reed College. After graduating from Reed, she worked full time as a paralegal until she left in 1985 to go to law school. Loree worked as a lawyer at the firm from 1988 through 1998, practicing primarily in the areas of Bankruptcy and Commercial Litigation. From 2000 until 2004, Loree served as the Executive Director of Oregon Women Lawyers. She returned to Tonkon Torp in 2004 as the Manager of Recruiting & Professional Development. She became the firm’s Director of Marketing in 2009.
       
      Education
      J.D., Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley (1988)
      B.A., Political Science, Reed College (1984)
       
      Professional Associations
      American Bar Association
      Multnomah Bar Association
      Oregon Women Lawyers
      Legal Marketing Association
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    • Daniel Enroth
      Daniel Enroth, Chief Information Officer
      503.802.5689 •
      daniel.enroth@tonkon.com
      Daniel joined Tonkon Torp in 2005 as Chief Information Officer, bringing twenty years of experience in Information Technology management.  His experience includes project leadership, systems architecture, network management, business continuity/recovery, and security.
       
      He previously worked at several Portland technology companies and traveled extensively providing security and productivity solutions and improvements to clients and customers.
       
      His accomplishments include:
       
      • Led development of vertical market financial and job-costing software system from concept to gold release.
      • Stabilized 25,000-user directory service for a large university, averting pending disaster.
      • Managed successful server and network upgrades for a multi-branch regional credit union.
       
       
      Education
       
      Masters of Information Technology, American Intercontinental University, 2005
      B.S., Management, Marylhurst University, 1987
       
      Professional Associations
       
      International Legal Technology Association (ILTA);
      Association of Legal Administrators (ALA)
      ILTA Regional Member Liaison
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    • Brower Hannah
      Brower Hannah, Facility Services Manager
      503.802.2093 •
      brower.hannah@tonkon.com
      Brower Hannah is the Facility Services Manager at Tonkon Torp LLP. He was born in Guam and, after living in Germany for 25 years, came to the United States. Brower started with the firm in 2004 as a Facility Services Clerk, and was promoted to his current position in January of 2013. As the Facility Services Manager, Brower is responsible for all aspects of hospitality, and facilities maintenance repair and operations, including project management, budgeting, purchasing and vendor management.
       
      His accomplishments include:
      • Implementing sustainable practices.
      • Assessing and implementing new ergonomic standards.
      • Tracking spending and completing projects under budget.
      • Negotiating and administering vendor contracts.
      Education
      Associates Degree in Interior Design; Berlin, Germany
       
      Professional Associations
      International Facility Management Association (IFMA)
      Member
      Treasurer, Oregon & SW Washington Chapter.
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    • Allan MacLaine
      Allan MacLaine, Chief Financial Officer
      503.802.2198 •
      allan.maclaine@tonkon.com
      Allan MacLaine is our Chief Financial Officer responsible for all financial aspects of the firm including financial reporting, cash management, retirement plans and tax compliance. Allan joined the firm in September of 2006. Prior to Tonkon Torp, he was Controller with the national law firm Lang Michener LLP located in Vancouver, British Columbia. Allan is a Canadian CPA, CMA and a graduate of the British Columbia Institute of Technology. He is also member of the Oregon and national Association of Legal Administrators.
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    • Laura Petch
      Laura Petch, Director of Human Resources
      503.802.5714 •
      laura.petch@tonkon.com
      Laura started her legal career as an independent court reporter. She came to Tonkon Torp in 2011 after spending 16 years in Human Resources and law firm management at other local firms. As Director of Human Resources at Tonkon, Laura manages staff recruiting, benefits and compensation and provides consultation to the Managing Board on strategic staffing plans and performance management. 
       
      On the weekends you can usually find Laura playing bass and singing with her R&B band at a local club.
       
      Education
      Graduate College of Legal Arts – Court Reporter Professional Associations
      Member of the Association of Legal Administrators (ALA)
       
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