A member of the firm's Corporate Finance & Transactions and Mergers & Acquisitions 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.
2012 was a year of full-scale retreat for most renewable energy developers, both in Oregon and nationwide. Key tax credits and other incentives had expired or were expiring, and low natural gas prices kept demand for renewables low. This did not deter local developer Obsidian Renewables.
Multnomah Bar Association
Awards & Recognitions
The Best Lawyers in America
2013–2018, Corporate Law
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
Best Lawyers in America® Names 44 Tonkon Torp Attorneys to 2017 List
28 Tonkon Torp Attorneys Honored on 2016 Super Lawyers Lists
45 Tonkon Torp Attorneys Named Best Lawyers in America® 2016
2015 Super Lawyers Honors 23 Tonkon Torp Attorneys
Tonkon Torp Establishes CENTRL Office Location
Tonkon Torp Holds Free Legal Clinic to Entrepreneurs
Tonkon Torp Entrepreneurial Group Hosts Panel Seminar
Best Lawyers in America® 2015 Names 49 Tonkon Torp Attorneys to Prestigious List
2014 Super Lawyers Honors 23 Tonkon Torp Attorneys
Second “Show Me the Money” Event Attracts Entrepreneurs
Tonkon Torp Sponsors, Leon Simson Speaks at NW Bankruptcy Institute
Tonkon Torp Sponsors OEN's Angel Oregon Spring Showcase
Tonkon Torp Offers “Show Me the Money” Series for New Business Founders
50 Tonkon Torp Attorneys Named to Best Lawyers in America® 2014
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