As Co-Chair of the firm's Litigation Department, Paul has a wide-ranging trial practice, representing both individuals and businesses in contract and investment disputes, government investigations, and environmental matters. Paul also serves on the firm's Managing Board.
Before joining Tonkon Torp, Paul was a judicial clerk for the Honorable Susan P. Graber at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Honorable R. William Riggs at the Oregon Supreme Court and Oregon Court of Appeals.
Featured Representative Matters
Non-Competition & Confidentiality Restrictions
Illegal Homeless Camping
City of Lake Oswego
Billion Dollar Development Fees
Tonkon Torp Wins Appellate Victory in Lake Oswego Access Dispute
Tonkon Torp litigators won a remarkable victory at the Oregon Court of Appeals in the ongoing high-profile dispute regarding public access to Oswego Lake. Here are the details.
Tonkon Torp Harvests Victory for Oregon Radish Seed Farmers
Tonkon Torp represented 45 Northwest farmers in a dispute with an East Coast commercial bank over who should receive the proceeds from the sale of the farmers’ radish seed crop. Find details and more featured cases here.
Tonkon Torp Litigators Win Judgment on Lake Oswego Access Question
A prolonged, high-profile dispute about public access to Oswego Lake was resolved recently when Clackamas County Circuit Court Judge Henry Breithaupt issued an opinion upholding the City of Lake Oswego’s right to control access to the lake from the City’s public park.
Balancing Free Speech and Presidential Security - Wilker Argues at the U.S. Supreme Court on First Amendment Issue
On March 26, 2014, Tonkon Torp litigator Steven Wilker argued at the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of the ACLU of Oregon in Wood v. Moss, a political viewpoint discrimination case. Find details and more featured cases here.
Community Involvement & Activities
Pioneer Courthouse Historical Society
Board of Directors
Legal Aid Domestic Violence Project
Multnomah Bar Association
Oregon State Bar Military Assistance Panel
Oregon Association of Defense Counsel
Past Chair, Commercial section
U.S. District Court
2009–2012, Judicial Selection Committee
Oregon State Bar
Past Chair, Business Litigation Section
Awards & Recognition
The Dramatic Expansion of Oregon's Absolute Litigation Privilege
Best Lawyers in America® Names 51 Tonkon Torp Attorneys to 2019 List
31 Tonkon Torp Attorneys Honored on 2018 Super Lawyers Lists
Chambers USA Names 20 Tonkon Torp Attorneys as Leaders in Their Field
Best Lawyers in America® Names 49 Tonkon Torp Attorneys to 2018 List
28 Tonkon Torp Attorneys Honored on 2017 Super Lawyers Lists
18 Tonkon Torp Attorneys Named Leaders in Their Field by Peers and Clients
Best Lawyers in America® Names 44 Tonkon Torp Attorneys to 2017 List
28 Tonkon Torp Attorneys Honored on 2016 Super Lawyers Lists
Homeless Camping Addressed in Lawsuit Filed Against Portland
Oregon Senate Passes Brownfields Land Bank Bill
Publications & Presentations
"The Dramatic Expansion of Oregon's Absolute Litigation Privilege," OSB Litigation Journal, Spring 2018
“Effective Strategies for Expert Depositions,” Multnomah Bar Association, April 2016
"Real Life Ethics Issues in Business Deals and Litigation," OSB Business Litigation Section, November 2013
"Registered Investment Advisors Update," 33rd Annual Northwest Securities Institute, Portland, OR, May 2013
"California Cap and Trade Program Likely to Face Legal Challenges," Daily Journal of Commerce, January 2012
"Surviving Winter: The Ninth Circuit Reaffirms the 'Serious Questions' Test for Injunctive Relief," Litigation Journal 2011
"Federal Civil Litigation in Oregon," Injunctions and Other Forms of Relief, Oregon State Bar 2009