Many of James's clients are family-owned and other closely held businesses. They span a variety of industries, including distribution, retail, manufacturing, and services.
Having begun his career as a trial lawyer, James has resolved hundreds of business disputes, representing clients in trials, arbitration proceedings, and settlement negotiations. This litigation background gives James a unique perspective when advising his business clients. James's clients value his ability to identify practical solutions to complicated problems.
James regularly represents pro bono clients referred by Legal Aid Services of Oregon, and he chairs the firm's pro bono committee. In 2006, he helped form the Portland chapter of Minds Matter, a national nonprofit dedicated to educating, mentoring, and securing college acceptances for highly motivated high-school students with limited financial means. In law school, he was an extern for the Honorable R. William Riggs, Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court.
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Featured Representative Matters
Sale of Big Data Focused Software Company
Acquisition of Eastern Oregon-Based Beverage Distributor
Legal Aid Services of Oregon
Legal Aid Services of Oregon is a statewide nonprofit organization providing high-quality legal representation and advocacy to vulnerable and low-income communities throughout Oregon. Partner James Hein, current Chair of Tonkon Torp’s Pro Bono Committee, was instrumental in launching the firm’s partnership with Legal Aid Roseburg.
The Ramos Project
In April 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down non-unanimous jury convictions in criminal cases in Ramos v. Louisiana. A shameful carryover from the Jim Crow era, Louisiana and Oregon were the last two states that allowed non-unanimous criminal convictions when as many as two jurors believed a defendant was innocent. Overnight, more than 260 cases in Oregon became eligible to seek post-conviction relief for unconstitutional non-unanimous convictions. Housed in the Criminal Justice Reform Clinic (CJRC) at Lewis & Clark Law School, the Ramos Project is a statewide pro-bono initiative providing legal assistance to those seeking redress.
Tonkon Torp Guides SnappyData through Equity Sale
Tonkon Torp helped client SnappyData, Inc. to negotiate and complete an equity sale to TIBCO Software. SnappyData is a software company based in Portland that operates in the open-source big data space.
Tonkon Torp Helps Columbia Distributing Continue Expansion
Tonkon Torp partners Ron Greenman and James Hein assisted the firm’s long-term client, Columbia Distributing, in its acquisition of Graybeal Distributing. The transaction adds new beverage brands to Columbia’s portfolio and expands its territory into Eastern Oregon.
Community Involvement & Activities
Board of Directors, Governance Committee Chair
Minds Matter of Portland
Board of Directors
Montessori Children’s House
Board of Directors, Chair
OSB Business Law Section
Lewis & Clark Small Business Legal Clinic
Pro Bono Volunteer
Legal Aid Services of Oregon, Roseburg Office
Virtual Clinic Coordinator and Pro Bono Volunteer
Portland Business Alliance Public Service Training
Class of 2020, Member
Best Lawyers in America® Includes 53 Tonkon Torp Attorneys on 2022 List
James Hein Listed in Portland Business Journal’s 2021 Forty Under 40
James Hein Honored with MBA Pro Bono Award of Merit
Best Lawyers in America® Includes 49 Tonkon Torp Attorneys on 2021 List
James Hein Looks Ahead to 2020 in Thought Leader Forum
31 Tonkon Torp Attorneys Honored on 2019 Super Lawyers Lists
Tonkon Torp Colleagues Together Through the Long Haul
James Hein Joins Transition Projects Board of Directors
James Hein Joins Board of Directors for Montessori Children's House
31 Tonkon Torp Attorneys Honored on 2018 Super Lawyers Lists
Dodd-Frank Broadly Expands SEC Whistleblower Program (Part 2 of 2)
Dodd-Frank Broadly Expands SEC Whistleblower Program (Part 1 of 2)
Publications & Presentations
Panelist, "Outlook 2020 Thought Leader Forum," Portland Business Journal, December 2019
"Structuring and Drafting the Acquisition Agreement," Handling the Sale of a Business, National Business Institute, April 2016
"Business Entities," SuperSaturday CLE, Oregon State Bar New Lawyers Division, October 2014
"Key Considerations Impacting Choice of Business Form," LLC Workshop: Choose, Draft and Maintain, National Business Institute, August 2014
"Ambush—Waiver of Privilege at Trial," OADC Journal, Fall 2007
"The 'Sound Science' Amendment to the Endangered Species Act: Why It Fails to Resolve the Klamath Basin Conflict," 32 B.C. Envtl. Aff. L. Rev. 207, 2005