David is a member of the firm’s Entrepreneurial Services, Corporate Finance & Transactions, and Mergers & Acquisitions practice groups. He advises emerging, small and mid-market private companies with an emphasis on food and beverage, consumer products, and bioscience in 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 also works with founders, managers, and investors who use their resources to promote the development and implementations of Benefit Company policies and practices.
Areas of his legal experience include corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, and business counseling. David is an active civic volunteer that participates in numerous community-related events and forums.
Tonkon Torp Helps Oregon Invest in Oregon
Underneath Tonkon Torp’s Financial Services banner, a specialized Investment Management Practice represents institutional, governmental, and individual investors to advise on investments in funds such as hedge funds, real estate funds, venture capital funds, and private equity funds. For instance, in recent years, the State of Oregon has turned to Tonkon Torp’s expertise to provide legal counsel in connection with its investments. Business attorneys David Forman and Owen Blank, and tax attorney Gwen Griffith each hold an appointment as Special Assistant Attorney General for the state.
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.
Tonkon Torp Helps Tidewater Holdings, Inc. Secure New Equity Investor
Tonkon Torp has been a trusted advisor to Vancouver, Washington-headquartered Tidewater Holdings for almost a decade. So, when the region’s premier inland transportation and terminal company sought a new equity investment partner, Tidewater relied on the expertise of Tonkon Torp’s corporate finance team to bring a deal to fruition.
Tonkon Torp Team Delivers Fast, Efficient Counsel in Rejuvenation Sale
The successful sale of Portland-based Rejuvenation to a major, national home furnishings company was facilitated by an interdisciplinary team of Tonkon Torp business lawyers.
A Thriving Renewable Northwest Energy Economy
Element Power is a global renewable energy company that develops, acquires, builds and operates utility-scale solar and wind power projects. Backed by some of the biggest names in global renewable energy development, it currently has wind and solar projects throughout Europe and a large development pipeline in Europe and Latin America.
Community Involvement & Activities
The Street Trust, formerly the Bicycle Transportation Alliance
Oregon Jewish Community Foundation
David Forman and Adam Adkin Discuss Benefit Companies for OSB Nonprofit Newsletter
M&A Attorneys Share Expertise at TAO Leadership Exchange
Best Lawyers in America® Names 49 Tonkon Torp Attorneys to 2018 List
Beach and Forman Speak at PSU Business Accelerator
Leon Simson and David Forman Demystify the Cap Table at Tonkon Talk
Tonkon Attorneys Speak at PSU Business Outreach Program Learn+Network
Tonkon Torp Sponsors Jewish Federation of Greater Portland
Tonkon Torp Sponsors BTA's 2016 Alice Awards
Best Lawyers in America® Names 44 Tonkon Torp Attorneys to 2017 List
45 Tonkon Torp Attorneys Named Best Lawyers in America® 2016
Chambers USA 2015 Guide Honors 7 Tonkon Torp Practices and 19 Lawyers
Tonkon Torp Attorneys Attend BTA Anniversary Event
Tonkon Torp Holds Free Legal Clinic to Entrepreneurs
David Forman Shares Insight on Protecting Yourself in New Bioscience Business Ventures
Best Lawyers in America® 2015 Names 49 Tonkon Torp Attorneys to Prestigious List
Publications & Presentations
"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