A joint-degree graduate of Vanderbilt University Law School and the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University, Claire was a Dean’s Scholar and was inducted into the Beta Gamma Sigma honors society. At Vanderbilt, she served as an officer of several clubs and was active in venture capital and startup activities. Claire also volunteered with the Nashville Entrepreneur Center, a nonprofit incubator and accelerator for early-stage companies. During her last year of graduate school, she spent a semester as a full-time intern with the Securities and Exchange Commission's Division of Enforcement in New York City.
Prior to starting her JD/MBA program, Claire was a financial intern for Obsidian Finance Group in Portland and a volunteer for a nonprofit in Tanzania. While a law student, she completed various legal internships, including with Mentor Graphics in Portland and as a summer associate at Tonkon Torp.
A Portland native, Claire enjoys cooking, scuba diving, hiking, and living back in her hometown.
Featured Representative Matters
Sale of Pendleton Whisky Brands for Hood River Distillers
Sale of Key Technology
Newberg Christian Church Combinations
Sale of Multiple Dealerships
Sale of Specialty Pharmacy Company
Acquisition of Nonprofit Religious Corporation
Tonkon Torp Leads Sale of Pendleton Whisky Brands for Hood River Distillers
In early 2018, Tonkon Torp concluded the $205 million sale of the Pendleton Whisky brands by its client Hood River Distillers, Inc. (HRD) to Proximo Spirits, whose international portfolio of spirits includes Jose Cuervo tequila. HRD was Oregon’s first distillery, and one of Tonkon's original clients.
Solar Project Sale Shines Light on Tonkon Team
Tonkon Torp represented our long-standing client, Obsidian Renewables, in sale of the Black Cap Solar II project to PSEG Solar Source, a New Jersey-based utility. Find details and more featured cases here.
Tonkon Represents Opus Agency in Equity Investment Transaction
Tonkon Torp’s Mergers & Acquisition practice group represented client Opus Agency in a significant equity transaction with private equity firm Fan Creek Capital, providing substantial additional growth capital to Opus. Opus, a global corporate events and experiential marketing agency headquartered in Beaverton, Oregon, serves Fortune 1000 clients such as Salesforce, Amazon, Intel and Alaska Airlines.
Diverse Team Aids Greenbrier in Joint Venture
Tonkon Torp acted as Oregon corporate counsel for its long-term client The Greenbrier Companies, Inc. in finalizing a 50/50 joint venture with Watco Companies, L.L.C. The venture combines the two companies’ railcar repair, refurbishment and maintenance businesses into a new organization, GBW Railcar Services, LLC.
Community Involvement & Activities
Board of Directors
Multnomah Bar Association
Oregon Women Lawyers
Awards & Recognition
Tonkon Talk Reviews Funding Options for Startups
Tonkon Torp Supports Youth Progress Golf Event
Drea Schmidt and Claire Brown Discuss "Shaking the Fundraising Tree" at Tonkon Talk
Corbett Gordon and Claire Brown Assist OWLS Book Drive
Claire Brown Joins Marathon Scholars Board of Directors as Secretary
Tonkon Torp Sponsors Marathon Scholars' Winter Gold Event
Schmidt and Brown Provide Insight on New SEC Crowdfunding Rules
Logan, Brown and Tinker Cover Legal Realities for Cannabis Entrepreneurs
Schmidt and Brown Cover Fundraising Strategies for Start-ups
Tonkon Torp Supports Youth Progress Event
Effect of Canada's Anti-Spam Legislation on U.S. Businesses
Proposed Regulation Crowdfunding: Who Wants to Be a Crowdfunding Platform? Part II
Proposed Regulation Crowdfunding: Few Surprises and Possibly a Step Forward - Part I
SEC Proposes CEO Pay Ratio Disclosure Rules
Private Offerings: SEC Proposes Amendments to Form D
Private Offerings: SEC Imposes "Bad Actor" Limitations on Certain Private Placements
Private Offerings SEC Lifts Ban on General Solicitation and Proposes New Requirements
Publications & Presentations
"Crowdfunding Update and Capital-Raising Strategies for 2017," June 2017
"Shaking the Fundraising Tree," May 2016
"Legal Realities for Cannabis Entrepreneurs,” December 2015
"Fundraising Strategies for Startups," October 2015
"New Rules Permitting Crowdfunding in Oregon," Oregon State Bar Business Law Section, June 2015
"Oregon's New Crowdfunding Rule," Oregon State Bar Securities Regulation Section, February 2015
"Oregon Crowdfunding Rules," TiE (The Indus Entrepreneurs), February 2015
"Intrastate Crowdfunding," Oregon State Bar Securities Regulation Section, September 2014
"Securities Law Exemptions for Oregon Solar Energy Cooperatives," Obsidian Renewables and Sustainable Northwest, August 2014
"Careers in the Law," Portland State University, May 2014
"Crowdfunding for Small Oregon Businesses – Proposed New Rules," The Long View, Oregon State Bar Sustainable Future Section, Winter 2014
"Crowdfunding and General Solicitation Rules," University of Oregon Executive M.B.A. Program – Portland Branch, February 2014
"Crowdfunding and General Solicitation: New Money, New Problems," December 2013