David advises emerging, small, and mid-market private companies with respect to their general corporate, financing, and transactional matters, and uses growth-oriented legal strategies to help founders, managers, and investors recognize and achieve their strategic goals. David’s practice emphasizes food and beverage, consumer products, and bioscience companies. He is counsel and advisor to the Oregon Bioscience Incubator, and represents participant companies. He also works with businesses selected to participate in the renowned Y Combinator and Tech Stars incubator programs as well as similar programs.
Areas of his legal experience include corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, and business counseling. David is an active civic volunteer who participates in numerous community-related events and forums.
M&A and Bioscience Expertise Combine for Client Acquisition
The acquisition of Tonkon Torp client TomegaVax by San Francisco-based Vir Biotechnology marks a significant boom for Oregon’s growing role in the bioscience industry. Find details and more featured cases here.
Tonkon Torp Stays the Course in the Mississippi Avenue Lofts Project
The process to acquire, complete and sell the Mississippi Avenue Lofts involved a broad range of legal transactions from Tonkon Torp, including a funding round, multi-party loan and purchasing agreements, litigation and a final sale. Find the 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.
Tonkon Torp Facilitates Hood River Distillers Acquisition
Tonkon Torp attorneys Morris Galen and David Forman represented Hood River Distillers in its recent acquisition of Portland, Oregon-based Clear Creek Distillery. Hood River Distillers is the Pacific Northwest’s largest and oldest importer, producer, bottler and marketer of distilled spirits.
Community Involvement & Activities
Angel Food (Oregon Entrepreneurs Network)
Oregon Jewish Community Foundation
The Street Trust, formerly the Bicycle Transportation Alliance
Parna Mehrbani Speaks About IP for Food Industry Startups
David Forman Discusses Mergers & Acquisitions for Thought Leader Forum
Tonkon Torp Donates to Oregon Jewish Community Foundation
Tonkon Torp Sponsors Street Trusts 2018 Alice Awards
Best Lawyers in America® Names 51 Tonkon Torp Attorneys to 2019 List
Tonkon Torp Donates to Jewish Federation of Greater Portland
Tonkon Torp Sponsors Business For A Better Portland Social
David Forman and Adam Adkin Discuss Benefit Companies for OSB Nonprofit Newsletter
Tonkon Attorneys Attend 2018 Oregon Technology Awards
Tonkon Torp Gives 2018 Donation to Oregon Jewish Community Foundation
JOBS Act Directs SEC to Lift Ban on General Solicitation and General Advertising in Rule 506 Offerings
SEC Adopts Final Rules on Performance-Based Fees
Final ERISA Service Provider Fee Disclosure Rules Go Into Effect July 1, 2012
SEC Overhauls Form ADV Part 1A to Conform to New Dodd-Frank Requirements
SEC Extends Deadlines for Compliance with New Investment Adviser Registration Regime under Dodd-Frank
New ERISA Participant-Directed Plan Disclosure Rules
Get Ready Now to Comply with ERISA Service Provider Fee Disclosure Rules
SEC Extends Deadline for Brochure Supplements for Certain RIAs
DOL Proposes Broader Definition of ERISA "Fiduciary" Applicable to Investment Advisers
SEC Amends Part 2 of Form ADV to Create New Disclosure Regime for RIAs
Publications & Presentations
“Thought Leader Forum: Mergers & Acquisitions,” Portland Business Journal, April 2019
"Private Businesses Benefiting the Public: Oregon’s Benefit Company," OSB Nonprofit Organizations Law Section Newsletter, Spring 2018
"Legal Issues Facing Startups," PSU Business Outreach Program Learn+Network, November 2016
"Demystifying the Cap Table,” November 2016
"Protecting Yourself and Others," INVENT seminar series, Oregon Health & Science University January 2015
Moderator, "Dealing with Various Investment Situations," Angel Capital Association, June 2014
"Stepping Up the Pace – Encouraging Energy Efficiency Improvements in Our County," Daily Journal of Commerce, September 2012
"Paying Extra to Plug In," Daily Journal of Commerce, June 2011