Don Marmaduke, one of Tonkon Torp's founding partners, died at home with his family on October 17. With his passing, the firm mourns the loss of a friend, leader, mentor, and highly respected attorney who helped establish and nurture Tonkon Torp's commitment to excellence in client service, professionalism, integrity, and service to the community.
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Tonkon Torp partner Dan Skerritt is widely recognized for his trial excellence. Throughout his 35 years of practice, he has received accolades from the Oregon and national legal community for his litigation practice. With the publication of Farm Boy: Growing up Progressive in Rural America, Dan now adds author to his credentials.Read More
Woven throughout the book are examples of how Dan’s progressive views were shaped by his family’s active civic participation. In particular, his parents’ collaborative approach to big community issues such as the rise of the far-right John Birch Society, and the battle to bring electricity and telephones to Northeast Montana, made a lasting impression.
“The need to work together and not assume you need to do everything alone was the best lesson,” Dan recalls. “I admire my parents for their ability to engage others with respect and dignity, even when the debate involved issues people had strong feelings about.”
From early childhood, Dan learned to stand up for personal values and not fear speaking out with opposing views. These lessons have served him well in his personal life and career.
“My parents were progressives and worked for their causes, but many friends on the opposite side on the issues of the day adored them,” he said. “I remind young lawyers that the saying ‘cross-examination’ doesn't mean you need to be ‘cross.’ It sounds naïve, but it's amazing how much you can do for your side when you learn how to disagree without being disagreeable. Everyone deserves to be treated with dignity.”
Dan’s memoir is available at danskerritt.com, where you can also find reviews and more.
Tonkon Torp is proud to be an active supporter of Girls Inc. of the Pacific Northwest. The firm has championed Girls Inc. for a decade, supporting the…Read More