A member of the firm's Corporate Finance & Transactions and Mergers & Acquisitions practice groups, Leon is an experienced corporate and business restructuring attorney. He represents corporate clients in a wide range of business matters, including finance, license agreements, customer and supplier issues, equipment purchasing and financing, acquisitions and divestitures, and shareholder and director issues.
Leon has represented the purchasers in several transactions in which businesses were purchased from various debtors. The purchased businesses included four steel foundries, an electric power plant, a pulp mill, an RV manufacturer, a cab company, and two printing companies.
Leon's extensive experience also includes advising clients in complex, court-supervised bankruptcy cases as well as out-of-court restructurings and workouts.
From 1975-76 he served as a law clerk to the Oregon Supreme Court. Leon has been listed in Best Lawyers in America since 1987.
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 Torp Completes Complex Asset Sale for Privately Held Business
In late 2014, Tonkon Torp represented a privately held heavy industrial equipment manufacturer in a complex transaction that included selling business assets and real property, and leasing other related business property. The selling company is a long-term client of the firm.
Multnomah Bar Association
Awards & Recognition
The Best Lawyers in America
2013–2019, Corporate Law
31 Tonkon Torp Attorneys Honored on 2019 Super Lawyers Lists
Best Lawyers in America® Names 51 Tonkon Torp Attorneys to 2019 List
31 Tonkon Torp Attorneys Honored on 2018 Super Lawyers Lists
Tonkon Torp Attorneys Present at May 2018 TiE Bootcamps
Tonkon Torp Attorneys Lead Legal Session at TiE Startup Bootcamp
Best Lawyers in America® Names 49 Tonkon Torp Attorneys to 2018 List
28 Tonkon Torp Attorneys Honored on 2017 Super Lawyers Lists
Tonkon Talk Helps Founders Avoid Common Mistakes
Tonkon Torp Attorneys Speak to Startups at TiE Bootcamp
Leon Simson and David Forman Demystify the Cap Table at Tonkon Talk
Publications & Presentations
"Formation Issues Faced by Startups," TiE Oregon Bootcamp, October 2017
"Building a Healthy Startup: Avoiding Common Founder's Mistakes," May 2017
"When Do You NEED to Talk to a Lawyer," TiE Oregon Bootcamp, November 2016
"Demystifying the Cap Table," November 2016
"Hot Topics in 363 Sales," 27th Annual Northwest Bankruptcy Institute, Oregon and Washington State Bar, April 2014