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Case Studies

Tonkon Helps Tonkin

For many decades, Tonkon Torp has been honored and proud to represent the Tonkin family and its businesses. In fact, the relationship dates back to the post-World War II era whenthe great-grandfather of Adam Tonkin (Ron Tonkin Chevrolet’s current General Manager) relied on his cousin Moe Tonkon, a founding partner of Tonkon Torp, for legal advice in connection with his automobile business. Since then, generations of Tonkon Torp attorneys have assisted generations of Tonkin family members in accomplishing their business, philanthropic, civic, and family objectives. It is a relationship we all treasure.

Tonkon Torp Secures Favorable Ruling for the Heathman Hotel

The Oregon Court of Appeals handed down a major win for Tonkon Torp client, Heathman Hotel Portland, LLC, the previous owner of the Heathman Hotel (“Heathman”), against its former restaurant tenant, McCormick & Schmick's. Tonkon Torp was hired by the Heathman in 2015 with the goal of gaining a swift resolution to a dispute regarding McCormick & Schmick’s lease renewal terms.

Tonkon Torp Obtains First-of-its-Kind Site Certificate for Oregon Wind Facility

Tonkon Torp successfully concluded a complex site certification process for the original owners of local wind developer Wheatridge Wind Energy LLC. The firm began representing Wheatridge upon its formation eight years ago, initially assisting the client to obtain land rights and evaluate title issues for a 500 MW wind energy facility (valued at $750 million) in Morrow and Umatilla Counties, Oregon. Beginning in 2013, Tonkon Torp helped Wheatridge file and process its site certification application with the Oregon Energy Facility Siting Council to construct the project.

Tonkon Torp Wins Appellate Victory in Lake Oswego Access Dispute

Tonkon Torp litigators won a complete victory at the Oregon Court of Appeals in the ongoing high-profile dispute regarding public access to Oswego Lake. The unanimous ruling, issued on May 3, was delivered with a thoughtful 35-page opinion about the complex intersection of laws pertaining to natural resource access and what municipalities can regulate with regard to natural resource access within its borders.

Tonkon Torp Helps Oregon Invest in Oregon

Underneath Tonkon Torp’s Financial Services banner, a specialized Investment Management Practice represents institutional, governmental, and individual investors to advise on investments in funds such as hedge funds, real estate funds, venture capital funds, and private equity funds. For instance, in recent years, the State of Oregon has turned to Tonkon Torp’s expertise to provide legal counsel in connection with its investments. Business attorneys David Forman and Owen Blank, and tax attorney Gwen Griffith each hold an appointment as Special Assistant Attorney General for the state.

Protecting Trademarks in a Global Marketplace

The global marketplace offers tremendous growth opportunities. It also presents new challenges for protecting intellectual property across international borders. To help clients protect the integrity and value of their brand, Tonkon Torp intellectual property attorney Chris Erickson has adopted a global perspective on his trademark practice to help companies register and protect their trademarks and service marks in the U.S. and throughout the world. Tonkon Torp is a full service trademark firm – taking companies through risk assessment to filing and registration, and litigation if necessary.

M&A and Bioscience Expertise Combine for Client Acquisition

The acquisition of Tonkon Torp client TomegaVax by San Francisco-based Vir Bio marks a significant boon for Oregon’s growing role in the bioscience industry. TomegaVax attracted favorable attention from the VC community for its work in developing vaccine therapies and preventions for major infectious diseases including AIDS, malaria, hepatitis, and tuberculosis.

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., which has more than 80,000 employees and more than 63 million customers in 30 countries. EGPNA, based in Massachusetts, retained Tonkon Torp in August 2016 to manage its stock acquisition of Demand Energy Networks (DEN) Inc., a startup based in Liberty Lake, Washington.

Solar Project Sale Shines Light on Tonkon Team

Tonkon Torp represented its long-standing client, Obsidian Renewables, in its recent sale of the Black Cap II solar project to PSEG Solar Source, a New Jersey-based utility. Obsidian develops utility-scale solar projects by matching land, interconnection rights, financing, and building capability with interested buyers.

Tonkon Torp Wins OR Supreme Court Victory for ACLU of Oregon

Tonkon Torp attorneys Steven Wilker, Sarah Einowski, and Gwen Griffith, working on behalf of the ACLU of Oregon, recently won a big victory in Oregon Supreme Court that strengthens the public’s right to records. The decision, the first in many years by the Oregon Supreme Court regarding Oregon’s Public Records Law, reinforces the strong public interest in disclosure and makes it clear that if the interests in disclosure and non-disclosure are equal, then disclosure is required.

Tonkon Facilitates Sale of Iconic Coronado Theatre

Tonkon Torp represented one of the sellers in the $5.2 million sale of the historic Vintage Village Theatre in the heart of iconic Coronado, California. The transaction included several twists worthy of a Hollywood thriller.

Tonkon Torp Harvests Victory for Oregon Radish Seed Farmers

In June, 2016, Tonkon Torp won a trial before Chief Judge Michael Mosman of the United States District Court for the District of Oregon. Trial lawyers Steve Olson and Paul Conable represented 45 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. The farmers reside in the Willamette Valley.

Tonkon in the Driver’s Seat for Fast Dealership Purchase Ride

Auto dealership sales are generally straightforward affairs that frequently involve both business and real estate assets. In 2015, Tonkon Torp stepped into a purchase transaction that had taken a unique turn when the auto manufacturer exercised its first right of refusal at the eleventh hour of a nearly complete purchase. This change of direction created an opening for Tonkon Torp’s client, a former general manager of a high-end automobile dealership, to achieve his goal of owning a dealership.

Tonkon Torp Stays the Course in the Mississippi Avenue Loft Project

In April 2016, Tonkon Torp concluded a complex six-year real estate transaction for longtime client Jim Winkler. The process to acquire, complete, and sell the Mississippi Avenue Lofts project involved a broad range of legal transactions, including a funding round, multi-party loan and purchasing agreements, litigation, and a final sale.

Tonkon Torp Helps World of Speed Keep Rolling

Tonkon Torp serves as general counsel for The World of Speed, Portland’s newest destination motorsports museum. The World of Speed provides Portland with a space where the community can gather, learn, and preserve the motorsports culture of the Northwest.

Tonkon Torp Helps Columbia Land Trust Establish Sandhill Crane Habitat Preserve

In the fall of 2003, a settlement agreement was reached between the Columbia River Alliance for Nurturing the Environment (CRANE) and the Port of Vancouver, USA related to litigation over potential development of about 1,060 undeveloped acres of Port property near Vancouver Lake.

Yakima Products Acquires New Headquarters Campus with Help from Tonkon Torp

Tonkon Torp’s Real Estate & Land Use practice group completed a time sensitive transaction that enabled the fast-growing Yakima Products, Inc. to acquire its new corporate headquarters in Lake Oswego, Oregon. Yakima is a world leader in vehicle racks and cargo solutions for consumers. The transaction for this long-term client required a balancing act to allow Yakima to acquire and start a remodel on its new headquarters before the lease ran out on its prior corporate headquarters in Beaverton.

Steven Wilker Brings ACLU to Oregon Supreme Court

Steven Wilker recently presented arguments to the Oregon Supreme Court on behalf of the ACLU of Oregon. At issue is the ACLU’s request for the release of public records from the City of Eugene relating to an incident in 2008 in which a Eugene police officer twice "tased" protestor Ian Van Ornum while he was prone on the ground at an anti-pesticide rally.

Tonkon Represents Opus Agency in Equity Investment Transaction

Tonkon Torp’s Mergers & Acquisition practice group represented client Opus Agency in a significant equity transaction with private equity firm Fan Creek Capital, providing substantial additional growth capital to Opus. Opus, a global corporate events and experiential marketing agency headquartered in Beaverton, Oregon, serves Fortune 1000 clients such as Salesforce, Amazon, Intel and Alaska Airlines.

Tonkon Torp Completes Successful Arbitration for Owners of Closely Held Business

In December 2015, Tonkon Torp closed a swift and successful arbitration to enforce payment owed to its clients, family members who founded and grew a successful business in the Northwest. In 2012, the clients had worked with Tonkon Torp to sell the company to a large, billion-dollar national entity.

Tonkon Torp Represents Vestas in Acquisition of UpWind Solutions

Tonkon Torp represented its client Vestas, the world's largest manufacturer of wind turbines, in the acquisition of UpWind Solutions, Inc., an independent service provider for wind power plants in nine US states. The $60 million acquisition furthers Vestas's strategic objectives for its North America service business.

Tonkon Torp Helps Human Solutions Secure New Family Shelter Site

Tonkon Torp helped Human Solutions to navigate a complex financing project to transform a shuttered commercial property into an emergency 24/7 family housing shelter. Human Solutions is a Portland-based nonprofit providing services and shelter to low-income and homeless families and individuals in Multnomah County.

Tonkon Concludes Multi-State, Multi-Party M&A Transaction

Tonkon Torp represented a national financial services provider in a multi-step M&A transaction that repositioned payment stream portfolios and resulted in the acquisition of operating offices. This detailed and linear sequence was completed in six weeks with negotiations involving multiple parties.

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.

Tonkon Torp Secures Regulatory Closure of a Clean-Up Site

When an organization encounters an unexpected environmental problem, the cost of resolving it can be significant, sometimes even threatening the future viability of the organization. Tonkon Torp recently helped a small, Northwest nonprofit organization, Columbia Dance Center, resolve such an issue.

Tonkon Torp Wins Complicated Civil Trial for Con-way

In arguably one of the biggest and most complicated civil trials in Portland in 2014, Tonkon Torp recently secured a complete jury trial victory for Con-way, a $5.5 billion American multinational freight transportation company with roots that began in Portland in 1929. At issue was the question of responsibility for some portion of defense and indemnity costs associated with three Superfund sites, including the Portland Harbor, and over 1500 asbestos lawsuits.

Historic U.S. Bank Block Sale

Tonkon Torp real estate and tax lawyers were instrumental in the complex, $40 million sale of the historic U.S. Bank Block in downtown Portland to real estate investment firm ScanlanKemperBard. Representing the seller, attorneys Jeff Keeney, Kimberlee Stafford and Mark LeRoux provided counsel and negotiated and handled the transactions for the sale of three interconnected buildings and a parking garage, comprising an entire city block, and their client’s subsequent purchase of six properties – four of which are historic buildings – in a 1031 exchange.

Fashion House Dooney & Bourke Wins with Tonkon Torp

Tonkon Torp trial attorneys Scott Seidman and Colin Geiger were victorious in defending the firm’s client, Dooney & Bourke, Inc., in a recent trial in the U. S. District Court in Portland. Their litigation team defended the high-end, Connecticut-based handbag manufacturer against wage claims made by a former independent sales representative.

Tonkon Torp Wins Intellectual Property Judgment for AXTS and Rainier Arms

Jon Stride, lead trial lawyer for Tonkon Torp's Intellectual Property Practice Group, successfully pursued trademark infringement and counterfeiting claims on behalf of AXTS (Salem, OR) and Rainier Arms. AXTS manufactures high-quality after-market firearm parts. It co-brands the RAPTOR charging handle part for AR 15 rifles with Rainier Arms (Auburn, WA) which is sold throughout the United States

United States Bakery

Attorney Ron Greenman leads Tonkon Torp's relationship with United States Bakery (USB), best known for its Franz Family Bakery brands, whom we have represented for more than 40 years. The largest independent baking company in the Northwest, USB has grown steadily over time from its Portland roots and today has nine bakeries in five states that deliver fresh baked goods daily to customers.

Diverse Team Aids Greenbrier in Joint Venture

Tonkon Torp acted as Oregon corporate counsel for its long-term client The Greenbrier Companies, Inc. in finalizing a 50/50 joint venture with Watco Companies, L.L.C. The venture combines the two companies’ railcar repair, refurbishment and maintenance businesses into a new organization, GBW Railcar Services, LLC.

Guiding a Software Company Through a Successful Equity Sale

Tonkon Torp’s Corporate/M&A practice group facilitated the successful equity sale of ShiftWise, a Portland software company that provides web-based healthcare workforce solutions, to AMN Healthcare Services, Inc., a publicly traded strategic buyer (NYSE: AHS). As special M&A counsel, Tonkon handled all legal aspects of the transaction in coordination with the client’s General Counsel.

Robyn Aoyagi Weighs in on Supreme Court Issue

When the Oregon Supreme Court issued a writ of mandamus last year in a case involving the application of attorney-client privilege to law firm in-house counsel, appellate litigator Robyn Ridler Aoyagi filed an amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) brief on behalf of seven Oregon law firms, including five of the seven largest law firms in Oregon (by number of Oregon lawyers). The issue presented to the Oregon Supreme Court was one that has received significant national attention in recent years.

Tonkon Torp Client Named New Earth Advantage Builder of the Year

Tonkon Torp client Advantage Services Construction, Inc. has earned a Green Home Builder of the Year award from Earth Advantage, a nonprofit whose mission is to move the building industry towards more sustainable practices. Advantage Services Construction was named New Earth Advantage Builder of the Year for 2014 for a custom designed, modern hillside home that earned platinum certification.

Tonkon Torp's Appellate Expertise Produces Oregon Supreme Court Win

Appellate lawyer Robyn Ridler Aoyagi has delivered a remarkable victory to Tonkon Torp client Sea River Properties in a real property dispute that has been simmering for decades and actively litigated for over eight years. On August 14, 2014, the Oregon Supreme Court overturned the decisions of the Tillamook County trial court and the Oregon Court of Appeals, based on Aoyagi's arguments, vindicating Sea River and its predecessors' claims of ownership to the property.

Tonkon Torp Helps Albina Head Start Stabilize Finances for Enhanced Programming

Albina Head Start, Inc. (AHS), which serves more than 1,000 low-income children and their families in North, Northeast and Southeast Portland, today faces the future in a stronger financial position thanks to a significant pro bono effort by Tonkon Torp over the past ten months. A team led by business lawyer Owen Blank and including Kimberlee Stafford, Kristin Bremer Moore and Sherrill Corbett represented AHS in a series of complex transactions that helped the organization to retire a seven figure debt on its centers and create a seven figure reserve.

Tonkon Torp Leads Oregon Grocery Chain Out of Bankruptcy

In one of the quickest and most successful conclusions of a grocery chain bankruptcy proceeding, Tonkon Torp secured court approval of a reorganization plan for client C&K Market, Inc. to emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy just seven months after filing. Headquartered in Brookings, Oregon, C&K Market is an independently owned retailer with more than 60 stores located primarily in small communities in southern and central Oregon and northern California.

Tonkon Torp Helps Commercial Real Estate Owner With Critical Sale Hurdle Through Defeasance

Tonkon Torp’s timely and experienced loan defeasance work recently permitted a shopping center owner to realize the profitable sale of that real estate in a transaction that initially appeared to be financially infeasible. Led by Sherrill Corbett, Jeff Woodcox and Vicki Ballou, Tonkon Torp represented CLIMAX Portable Machining and Welding Systems last year in its acquisition of Calder Testers. A case study about the CLIMAX deal has been posted here at tonkon.com, and has been added as a featured deal on the Tonkon homepage.

Tonkon Torp Helps CLIMAX Strengthen Worldwide Market Position

Tonkon Torp represented Newberg, Oregon-based CLIMAX Portable Machining and Welding Systems, in its acquisition in 2013 of Houston-based Calder Testers. Founded in 1966, CLIMAX is the world’s largest supplier of portable machine tools for the power generation, shipbuilding, heavy construction and mining, petrochemical and engineering industries.

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, litigator Steven Wilker argued at the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of the ACLU of Oregon in a political viewpoint discrimination case. The matter of Wood v. Moss poses the question of whether Secret Service agents can be sued for moving peaceful protesters out of sight and sound of the President because of the viewpoint of their speech.

Tonkon Torp Finds Solution to Property Purchase Dilemma

Tonkon Torp attorneys Owen Blank and Max Miller represented the buyer in a recent purchase of Portland area property that was previously the site of a gas station and had contaminated soil that presented potential liability and development risk issues.

Tonkon Torp Facilitates Hood River Distillers Acquisition

Tonkon Torp attorneys Morris Galen and David Forman represented Hood River Distillers in its recent acquisition of Portland, Oregon-based Clear Creek Distillery. Hood River Distillers is the Pacific Northwest’s largest and oldest importer, producer, bottler and marketer of distilled spirits.

"Burn To Learn" Training Clears the Way for Residential Development

Attorneys David Petersen, Ted Herzog, and Duncan Delano recently provided the legal horsepower for a new, seven-lot rural residential development to be known as Trillium Estates on Chehalem Mountain. The property originally included one structure, which was slated for removal prior to development of the new parcels. Rather than the mundane bulldozing of the house, the client allowed the Newberg Fire Department to burn it down in a “burn to learn” training exercise.

Court of Appeals Victory Clarifies Employment Status of PCSO Musicians

Tonkon Torp’s successful pro bono representation of the Portland Columbia Symphony Orchestra (PCSO) led to an Oregon Court of Appeals victory that is music to the ears of nonprofit arts organizations.

Tonkon Torp Helps Create Oregon Benefit Companies

Tonkon Torp client, Rogue Creamery, became the first Oregon enterprise to become a Benefit Company on January 1, 2014, the date Oregon’s new law went into effect. Justin Denton, who chairs the firm’s Closely Held Business practice group, and Duncan Delano did the legal work for Rogue Creamery’s registration. Benefit Companies allow business owners to include in their company’s governing documents a commitment to provide a positive impact on society and the environment as primary business purposes.

Tonkon Torp Facilitates Greenbrier Subsidiary Divestiture

Earlier this year, Tonkon Torp represented Meridian Rail Acquisitions Corp., a subsidiary of the firm’s long-standing client The Greenbrier Companies, in the sale of substantially all of the equipment utilized in Greenbrier's reconditioned wheelset roller bearing operations in Elizabethtown, Kentucky. The purchaser was The Timken Companies, a global manufacturer of mechanical components and high-performance steel, including bearings.

Ninth Circuit Victory Assures Electricity Rate Stability

Representing Portland General Electric Company, Tonkon Torp appellate lawyers Scott Seidman and Robyn Ridler Aoyagi successfully argued for the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals to uphold a settlement by the Bonneville Power Administration regarding a cost component of certain power rates for investor-owned and consumer-owned utilities.

Tonkon Torp Represents Avid Health in Sale to Church & Dwight

Tonkon Torp was counsel to privately held Avid Health, Inc. in its cash sale to Church & Dwight Co Inc., a Princeton, New Jersey based, publicly traded consumer products company with a portfolio of personal care and household product brands.

Tonkon Torp and Law Firm Alliance Partner Facilitate Key Technology Merger

Tonkon Torp represented Key Technology in its acquisition of Belgium-based Visys N.V. The deal, valued at approximately $21 million, created a single, complete source of high-performance digital sorting technologies for food processing and other industrial markets.

Tonkon Torp Facilitates $188 Million Sale of Lloyd Center Mall

Tonkon Torp real estate lawyer Joe Voboril represented the owners of Lloyd Center Mall in their recent $188 million sale of the regional shopping complex.

Who Decides Question of Lake Access?

Representing the City of Lake Oswego, Tonkon Torp trial lawyers Paul Conable and Steve Olson successfully obtained dismissal of a federal district court lawsuit challenging a City ordinance prohibiting access to Oswego Lake from city property. Oswego Lake has been maintained for decades by a nonprofit corporation of homeowners.

Paulson Investment Company/Methes Energies International Ltd. IPO

Tonkon Torp represented Paulson Investment Company, Inc., a national leader in public offerings of small and emerging growth companies, in the Methes Energies International Ltd. IPO that closed October 29, 2012 – the only 2012 IPO with Oregon-based counsel.

Tonkon Torp Helps Tidewater Holdings, Inc. Secure New Equity Investor

Tonkon Torp has been a trusted advisor to Vancouver, Washington-headquartered Tidewater Holdings for almost a decade. So, when the region’s premier inland transportation and terminal company sought a new equity investment partner, Tidewater relied on the expertise of Tonkon Torp’s corporate finance team to bring a deal to fruition.

Oregon Jury Says Investors’ Interests Must Come First

When a registered investment advisor leaves an investment firm, the two parties often negotiate who retains the advisor’s clients and management of the associated investment assets. While such horse trading is a common industry practice, it clouds the issue of fiduciary duty owed to the investor. Who is responsible for acting in the client's best interests? What information must the investment firm share with the investor?

2Morrow Energy

Spanish wind energy manufacturer Gamesa and local wind developer Ella Wind LLC joined forces to propose the 2Morrow Wind Energy Project, a 104 megawatt wind farm in Morrow County, Oregon.

Obsidian Renewables

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.

EDF Renewable Energy

EDF Renewable Energy, formerly enXco, engaged Tonkon Torp to provide real estate and environmental due diligence support in connection with two renewable energy projects in California (the Catalina Solar and Pacific Wind Projects) and one in Kansas (the Spearville 3 Wind Energy Project).

City Center Parking Acquired by Canada-based Impark

Represented the General Partner in the sale of Portland's largest local parking management and services company to an international firm. The company operated approximately 200 lots, mostly in the core of the City. Transaction also included contractual arrangements for 28 lots owned by affiliates of the company's owners.

Tonkon Torp Team Secures Client's Victory in Complex, Multi-Million Dollar Case Alleging Fraud

A recent dispute between a Tonkon Torp client and a Los Angeles-based finance company was the very definition of "complex commercial litigation." The case involved a structured finance transaction documented through multiple agreements among multiple parties. Untangling the deal gave Tonkon Torp's litigators an opportunity to demonstrate their value.

Tonkon Torp Team Delivers Fast, Efficient Counsel in Rejuvenation Sale

The successful sale of Portland-based Rejuvenation to a major, national home furnishings company was facilitated by an interdisciplinary team of Tonkon Torp business lawyers.

Tonkon Torp Helps Advance 700-Megawatt Solar Project in San Joaquin Valley

Tonkon Torp's energy lawyers helped Fresno-based real estate client Maricopa Sun LLC secure development of a significant solar project in central California.

"Local Firm Snags Megadeal: Case Doesn't Faze Midsize Law Office"

Tonkon Torp is featured in an article in the April 2011 issue of the ABA Journal. The firm's work on the Sunwest bankruptcy case is the topic of the story, which discusses our representation of Clyde Hamstreet, the Chief Restructuring Officer for the case. The Sunwest bankruptcy concluded with a $1.2 billion deal, which was the culmination of one of the biggest and most complex bankruptcy cases of its kind ever filed in Oregon.

Tonkon Torp Attorney Honored for Pro Bono Work

Edwin (Ned) C. Perry, chair of Tonkon Torp's Litigation Department, recently was honored by the Gresham Area Chamber of Commerce for his pro bono work with Human Solutions, Inc.

Compelling Arguments About River Plan Produce Positive Results for Business

Thanks to the work of Tonkon Torp lawyers and others, industrial businesses affected by the City of Portland's River Plan/North Reach saw their concerns validated by a January 21 ruling of the state Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA). LUBA sent the River Plan, which would significantly restrict development in the "industrial sanctuary" along a 12-mile stretch of the Willamette River, back to the Portland City Council for additional work.

Tonkon Team Delivers Fast Track BCS Championship Project

Tonkon Torp lawyers demonstrate speed like the Oregon Ducks to help SportsOne create the Bud Light Fiesta entertainment village at the BCS National Championship.

Multi-discipline team delivers results in Critical Path Software sale to eBay

An interdisciplinary team of Tonkon Torp lawyers helped our client, Portland-based Critical Path Software, strike an optimal deal for acquisition by eBay.

Untangling the Sunwest Bankruptcy

In August 2010, Blackstone Real Estate Advisors closed a $1.2 billion deal to acquire 134 senior living properties from bankrupt Oregon-based Sunwest Management, formerly the country's fourth largest (and largest privately-held) senior living operator. Tonkon Torp represented the Chief Restructuring Officer of Sunwest in this deal, which was the culmination of one of the biggest and most complex bankruptcy cases of its kind ever filed in Oregon.

Comprehensive Business Counsel Helps Take Monsoon to the Next Level

Oregon-based Monsoon, Inc.’s announcement that it was merging with online media marketplace leader Alibris, Inc. was the culmination of a business strategy developed and executed over seven years with the help of Tonkon Torp attorneys.

Tonkon Torp Facilitates Sale for Nike

Tonkon Torp attorneys represented Nike in the recent sale of United Soccer Leagues.

A Thriving Renewable Northwest Energy Economy

Element Power is a global renewable energy company that develops, acquires, builds and operates utility-scale solar and wind power projects. Backed by some of the biggest names in global renewable energy development, it currently has wind and solar projects throughout Europe and a large development pipeline in Europe and Latin America.

Helping Nike Manage Its Brand Portfolio

NIKE Inc.’s portfolio of subsidiary brands contributes over $2 billion in annual revenues to the company’s bottom line and the opportunity for substantial future growth. When this sportswear giant decided to sell its Nike Bauer Hockey subsidiary, it turned to Tonkon Torp to help guide the sale to a successful conclusion.

Giving Infants and Toddlers an Early Head Start

When Albina Head Start, Inc. received a significant grant award to expand the agency's services, its management called on Tonkon Torp to help address many legal and business issues.

Helping Children Get Ahead

The National Head Start Association was facing a crisis. Although the program is credited with helping over a million at-risk children achieve pre-school readiness, the federal government was attempting to make serious overhauls in the program's structure that program leaders feared would dismantle it.

M Financial: A Unique Financial Services Company

M Financial Group is one of the nation's premier financial services distribution companies serving ultra-affluent individuals and Fortune 1000 companies. M Financial looks to Tonkon Torp for major restructuring transactions as well as day-to-day advice on a host of issues.

Making Strides Towards Healthier Children

As younger and younger children are diagnosed with diabetes, heart disease, and other weight-related conditions typically seen in adults, the effort to restore physical education to schools has become more urgent.

Serving Customers with VALOR

VALOR Telecom turned to Tonkon Torp to help comply with regulations while offering a competitively priced product to its consumers.

Nike, Inc.: Giving a Marketing Legend its Wings

From selling imported shoes from the back of a car at track meets to becoming the world's leading designer, marketer and distributor of athletic footwear and accessories, Nike's 30 year legacy has been one of innovation, optimism and savvy business sense. Tonkon Torp has been involved since the 1980 IPO.

Helping IKEA Break Ground in Portland

When home furnishings giant IKEA needed to secure land and obtain necessary approvals for a new location in the Portland Metropolitan area, they turned to Tonkon Torp for help. Tonkon's real estate attorneys successfully navigated our client through the complex two-year process.

Temco Metal Products: Winning the Exceptional Case

Tonkon Torp helped our client, Temco Metal, triumph over its main competitor in a patent battle over a new fuel tank valve.

A Successful Resolution to a Messy 'Divorce'

When a 20-year employee of a closely held company filed a minority shareholder oppression lawsuit a year after leaving, our client called on Tonkon Torp for help. Tonkon Torp helped our longtime client deal with the fallout of a messy corporate 'divorce'.

Bringing Affordable Housing to Low-Income Families

When a non-profit group needed help obtaining special building permits to create low-income housing, it turned to Tonkon Torp for help. With the pro-bono assistance of our attorneys nine low-income families in Ashland, Oregon now have a home of their own.

World Headquarters for Banfield, the Pet Hospital®

As one of the world's largest veterinary hospital chains, Banfield Pet Hospital relies on the trusted counsel of Tonkon Torp. When Banfield was looking to build a new world headquarters, it once again turned to Tonkon Torp to handle all the legal matters.

Exploring Lewis and Clark College's Perfect Storm

When the President of Lewis & Clark College made an unauthorized $10.5 million loan to an oil company that eventually defaulted on the loan, Tonkon Torp was asked to investigate.

The Portland Art Museum: Framing a Masterpiece

The Portland Art Museum's $34 million renovation of the North Building, a 141,000 square foot landmark built as a Masonic temple in 1925, has added new modern and contemporary art galleries, two large ballrooms, as well as meeting rooms and administrative offices for the Museum. Tonkon Torp assisted the Museum with permitting, approvals, architect and construction contracts.

Helping a Public Company Complete an Audit

When our client, the audit committee of a regional financial institution, learned that the company's auditors would not provide an opinion required for the filing of its Form 10-K without an independent investigation of an accounting dispute, it turned to Tonkon Torp for assistance.

TASER International: An Electrifying IPO

The TASER name has become synonymous with non-lethal self-defense devices. Since its inception little more than ten years ago, TASER's products have revolutionized law enforcement and may revolutionize personal safety. When it launched its successful initial public offering in 2001, TASER called on Tonkon Torp to assist.

Greenbrier MA: Mexican Wheeling and Dealing

When Oregon-based The Greenbrier Companies, Inc. decided to buy out its joint venture partner's interest in the Greenbrier-Concarril venture in Mexico, it turned to longtime counsel Tonkon Torp to assist in structuring the transaction.

Amberhill Wins Real Estate Financing Dispute

When friends encouraged our client to invest in an environmentally progressive mixed-use residential and retail development in the city of Fairview, east of Portland, no one anticipated any problems. But when the deal went sour, Amberhill turned to Tonkon Torp for help.

Costco Expands With Wilsonville Location

When Costco Wholesale Corporation was looking to expand its Portland Metro area operations, it turned to Tonkon Torp for help in securing enough appropriately zoned land to site a 145,000 square foot membership warehouse. The solution: Costco's first integrated shopping center location in the Portland area.

AAA Protects Oregon Consumers From Added Taxes

Oregon is one of the few states that uses a weight-mile tax rather than a diesel fuel tax on heavy trucking to help support and maintain its 86,000 miles of paved road. When trucking interests tried to shift the tax burden to everyday drivers, AAA Oregon/Idaho turned to Tonkon Torp to help in the fight.

Defending a Former Director in Enron Fallout

Enron's $63 billion bankruptcy in 2001 sent shockwaves through the financial community, triggering the collapse of one of the world's largest accounting firms and setting in motion corporate governance changes that would alter the face of corporate America.

Stimson Lumber's Own Private Idaho

Stimson Lumber Company shifted its strategic focus to the inland Northwest with its initial expansion into Montana in 1993, drawing on longtime counsel Tonkon Torp's expertise to handle the deal. Since then, Stimson has been adding to its inland operations in Eastern Washington, Idaho and Montana.

Stimson's Strategic Forestry: Redwood Conservation

Through much of family-owned Stimson Lumber's 150-year history, it actively expanded its holdings throughout the Northwest, acquiring prime forestlands in Washington, Oregon and California. When Stimson's strategic focus shifted to Oregon and inland states, it decided to sell its 25,000 acres in the Smith River watershed in Northern California.

Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Portland Bankruptcy

The Archdiocese of Portland made national headlines when it became the first Archdiocese to seek bankruptcy protection, triggered by several hundred claims for damages stemming from allegations of abuse at the hands of clergy. Tonkon Torp is playing a central role.