Tyler is actively engaged in Portland’s startup community and works with business owners and entrepreneurs in structuring their businesses, protecting their assets, and best positioning themselves to explore fundraising and investment opportunities – all while tackling any legal challenges that may come up in their routine business operations.
Tyler received his J.D. from the University of Oregon School of Law, where he graduated first in his class, Order of the Coif, and was awarded a number of merit-based fellowships and scholarships, including the Oregon State Bar Business Law Section's Outstanding Corporate Law Student Scholarship and the Oregon State Bar Securities Section Scholarship.
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Tonkon Torp Leads Sale of Pendleton Whisky Brands for Hood River Distillers
In early 2018, Tonkon Torp concluded the $205 million sale of the Pendleton Whisky brands by its client Hood River Distillers, Inc. (HRD) to Proximo Spirits, whose international portfolio of spirits includes Jose Cuervo tequila. HRD was Oregon’s first distillery, and one of Tonkon's original clients.
Tonkon Torp Guides Pacific Foods through Oregon’s Largest Acquisition of 2017
Tonkon Torp led Oregon's largest M&A transaction in 2017, the $700 million acquisition of Tualatin-based Pacific Foods of Oregon LLC by Campbell Investment Company. Pacific Foods is an iconic, nationally distributed organic food brand founded in 1987.
Tonkon Torp Brings Attorney Power to Renewable Energy Transaction
Tonkon Torp client Enel Green Power North America (EGPNA) is the North American subsidiary of one of the largest corporations in the world, the Italian electricity company Enel S.p.A. Here's how we helped EGPNA in a renewable energy acquisition.
Community Involvement & Activities
Community Services, Inc.
Board of Trustees
Portland Business Alliance
Leadership Portland Class of 2021
Oregon Entrepreneurs Network
Past Secretary, Board of Directors
Multnomah Bar Association
Best Lawyers in America® Names 13 Tonkon Torp Attorneys to 2022 Ones to Watch List
Tyler Harkness Breaks Down Nuts and Bolts of Term Sheets for Oregon Angel Food
Tonkon Torp Attorneys Share Expertise with Entrepreneurs at TiE XL Boot Camp
Tyler Harkness Leads Session on Strategic Planning and Leadership for OSU Family Business 360
Tyler Harkness Accepted into Leadership Portland
Tonkon Torp Attorneys Speak to Startups at December TiE XL Boot Camp
Nine Rising Tonkon Torp Attorneys Included on 2021 “Ones to Watch” List
Tonkon Torp Attorneys Speak to Startups at Virtual TiE XL Bootcamp Session
Oh Baby! Briar Baby Puts Baby Bonnets on Hold to Produce High-Quality Face Masks
Tyler Harkness Is Keynote Speaker at LAUNCH Mid-Valley Startup Bootcamp
Publications & Presentations
“Term Sheets,” Oregon AF, Oregon Entrepreneurs Network, July 2021
“Corporate and Business Law Primer for Startups,” TiE XL Oregon Bootcamp, April 2021
"Leadership Transitions, Strategic Planning and Corporate Governance During a Pandemic," Family Business 360, Oregon State University, February 2021
"Corporate and Business Law Primer for Startups," TiE XL Oregon Bootcamp, December 2020
"Corporate and Business Law Fundamentals," TiE XL Oregon Bootcamp, June 2020
"Startup Business Law," Launch Mid-Valley Startup Bootcamp, March 2020
Panelist, "Unlocking Blockchain for Business Leaders," Portland State University, April 2019
"Evolution of Initial Coin Offerings," Portland State University, April 2019
Panelist, "Blockchain Beyond Cryptocurrency" and Moderator, "Should Startups Consider ICOs as Funding Tools?" TechFest NW, April 2019
"Corporate and Business Law Fundamentals," TiE Oregon Bootcamp, October 2018
"Cryptocurrencies," Greater Portland Compliance Association, September 2018
"Cryptocurrency, Blockchain, and the Law," June 2018
"Initial Coin Offerings – Entrepreneurs vs. the SEC," April 2018
"Choosing Your Business Entity," September 2017
"Department of Labor Fiduciary Rule Overview," Greater Portland Compliance Association, September 2016