PORTLAND, Ore. (July 07, 2020) Tonkon Torp partner Kurt Ruttum has been elected Managing Partner of the firm effective July 1, 2020. Ruttum succeeds Darcy Norville, who held the role since 2015.
Ruttum’s practice includes general business and corporate law, with particular emphasis on mergers and acquisitions and finance. He has served on the firm’s Managing Board since 2005. Ruttum began his law career with the firm in 1986 and was a partner in 1996 when he left to join a publicly held manufacturing client as Vice President and General Counsel. Subsequently, he served as Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer, and a member of the Executive Committee at a publicly held software company. Ruttum rejoined Tonkon Torp in 2000.
“Tonkon Torp attorneys are extraordinarily creative and dedicated,” said Ruttum. “They consistently provide efficient and effective counsel and advice to our clients. I am very proud of how quickly our entire staff has adapted to new working conditions in response to COVID-19 so that we can remain focused on helping the business community navigate these unprecedented times. I look forward to helping lead the firm’s continued growth.”
Ruttum is active in Portland’s business community. He currently serves on the board of directors of Parrott Creek Child and Family Services, Inc., a nonprofit organization that assists vulnerable youth and families in Clackamas County.
During Norville’s tenure as Managing Partner, the firm maintained growth through the addition of new partners and lateral hires, and by expanding into new practice areas. Among her accomplishments, she led a process to adopt a new strategic plan and guided Tonkon Torp through a complete rebrand. She also helped the firm move swiftly to remote work as a precaution against COVID-19. Norville will continue her work at Tonkon Torp as a senior business partner in the firm's Financial Services and Employee Benefits practice groups, and as Chair of its Diversity & Inclusion Committee.
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