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Haley Bjerk and Drea Schmidt Join Art of Leadership Program

Haley Bjerk and Drea Schmidt were selected to participate in the 2013-2014 Art of Leadership program put on by Business for Culture and the Arts (BCA). To promote dynamic leadership in the arts community, BCA works with business professionals to…
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Seven Tonkon Torp Attorneys Earn Distinction as Portland Lawyers of the Year

Best Lawyers in America 2014 has named seven attorneys from Tonkon Torp LLP as Portland Lawyer of the Year for their particular specialties. Only a single lawyer in each specialty in each community is honored as the Lawyer of the Year by the peer…
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Entrepreneurs Forge Ahead with ‘Crowdfunding’ Alternatives

Tom Palmer and Andrea Schmidt discuss crowdfunding alternatives for their recent "Risky Business" article, published by the Daily Journal of Commerce. While entrepreneurs wait for JOBS Act crowdfunding rules to be adopted by the Securities and…
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Steven Wilker and ACLU Argue for Records in Oregon Court of Appeals

Tonkon Torp litigation attorney Steven Wilker was repeatedly quoted in a recent Associated Press article published in the Register Guard. The article, "Oregon ACLU Seeks Records in Eugene Stun Gun Case," features Steven in his capacity as an attorney…
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50 Tonkon Torp Attorneys Named to Best Lawyers in America® 2014

Fifty Tonkon Torp lawyers representing 42 practice areas were selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2014. “We are honored to have more than half of the firm’s partners recognized by the larger legal community for their legal talent…
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2013 Environmental & Natural Resources Party

The Environmental & Natural Resources attorneys of Tonkon Torp are pleased to host a party on September 18, 2013 for local environmental and natural resources lawyers.
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Legislative Update: OFLA to Provide Leave to Deal with Death of a Family Member

Colin Love-Geiger and Bob Carey discuss the Oregon Family Leave Act (OFLA) for their August 2013 "General Counsel" article, published by the Portland Human Resource Management Association in News & Views. During Oregon's 2013 legislative session, the…
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Just Passing More Laws Won't Solve Oregon's Industrial Lands Problem

In a recent editorial, David Petersen discusses efforts by the Oregon legislature to stimulate industrial development in Oregon. David argues that Oregon already has sufficient laws to promote development. What is needed is to better promote these…
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State Legislation On Energy Siting Should Uniformly Allow Local Input

In a recent editorial, David Petersen surveys two bills recently passed by the Oregon House. The bills are part of a multi-year effort to harmonize agricultural and energy uses of rural lands. However, one of the bills fails to bring crucial local…
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Oregon Weighs Potential Conflicts Between Energy Development and Arable Lands

In a new article, David Petersen discusses the friction between state policy and local attitudes about energy development issues in light of two recent bills adopted by the Oregon Legislature. David's article, reviewing House Bills concerning solar…
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2013 Super Lawyers Honors 20 Tonkon Torp Attorneys

Twenty Tonkon Torp attorneys have been named to the national 2013 Super Lawyers or Rising Stars lists, including two senior partners who are recognized on the Oregon Top 50 list, lawyers rated most highly by their peers statewide.
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Wilker Elected Vice Chair of Metropolitan Family Services Board

Steven Wilker has been elected Vice Chairman of the board of Metropolitan Family Service (MFS). Through social innovation and a focus on prevention, MFS delivers proven programs to help people succeed at home, in school and in the community.
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After Becoming a Bankruptcy Creditor, Stay Engaged in the Process

In her July 11 "Risk Business " article for the Daily Journal of Commerce, Ava Schoen advises bankruptcy creditors on how to best manage their role in the bankruptcy process.
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Tonkon Torp Hosts "Freedom to Marry" CLE

Tonkon Torp hosted the ACLU of Oregon and Basic Rights Oregon for a CLE presentation on "Freedom to Marry in Oregon Post Windsor-Perry." The CLE reflected on recent Supreme Court rulings on the historic marriage cases - Windsor v. United States and…
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The PAGA Problem - The Unsettled State of PAGA Law Isn't Good for Anyone

Robyn Ridler Aoyagi and Christopher Pallanch study California's Private Attorney General Act of 2004 (PAGA) for their July 2013 article in Bender's California Labor & Employment Bulletin.
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Politics in the Workplace

Kristin Bremer Moore, Blerina Kotori, and Bob Carey discuss several laws that regulate political speech in the workplace for their July 2013 "General Counsel" articlepublished by the Portland Human Resource Management Association in News & Views…
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Oregon Changes Siting Rules for Commercial Solar

In his article for Solar Oregon, David Petersen discusses House Bill 2820, recently signed by Governor Kitzhaber. The bill makes important changes to how solar PV facilities are sited in Oregon.
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Environmental & Natural Resources Practice Group Hosts Annual Tryon Creek Ivy Pull

On June 29, Tonkon Torp's Environmental & Natural Resources Practice Group hosted their fourth annual invasive ivy pull at Tryon Creek State Park. Max Miller led the event and hosted a post-pull lunch for his fellow volunteers, which included several…
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Tonkon Torp Contributes Expertise to Benefit Company Legislation

When Governor John Kitzhaber signed House Bill 2296 into law last week, Tonkon Torp attorneys Jeffrey Cronn and Marco Materazzi were on hand for the ceremony. The two business lawyers played an active role in crafting the Oregon legislation which…
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Dan Skerritt Chairs American College of Trial Lawyers Jury Committee

Tonkon Torp litigator Daniel H. Skerritt has been appointed to chair the Jury Committee of the American College of Trial Lawyers. A highly respected litigator with more than three decades of experience, Skerritt represents plaintiffs and defendants…
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