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Tonkon Torp Forms Sustainability Practice Group

July 12, 2007
Tonkon Torp has launched a sustainability practice group leveraging the firm's experience in energy, forestry, green building and advising emerging companies.

The interdisciplinary group is made up of 12 seasoned attorneys who focus on issues ranging from renewable energy, real estate and environmental law to corporate finance and governance, intellectual property and lobbying. The new practice group is co-chaired by Tonkon partners Max M. Miller, Jr. and David Copley Forman.

Miller, whose practice focuses on environmental and natural resource issues, is named as a leading environmental lawyer in Chambers USA America's Leading Lawyers for Business. Miller also chairs Tonkon Torp's internal committee to develop and monitor sustainable business practices within the firm.

Forman's law practice includes corporate finance and assisting emerging companies to develop sustainable products and services. In 2004, Forman was recognized by The Portland Business Journal as one of the 40 most influential community and business leaders under the age of 40.

"Many of our clients are at the forefront of sustainability," said Miller. "This new practice group allows us to support these clients and others as they address new opportunities and challenges inherent in this rapidly emerging business environment."

Among the services offered by the Tonkon Torp practice group are:
  • Assistance in siting, acquisition, financing, and permitting of biofuel and renewable energy facilities

  • Help with acquisition, management and growth of sustainable forests and forest products

  • Strategic counsel for clients launching or expanding businesses that create or sell sustainable products and services

  • Helping develop green buildings

  • Advocacy and lobbying for clients on a variety of sustainability issues
"We are personally committed to helping clients structure and operate in a manner that creates a sustainable future for their organizations, the community and the environment," said Forman.