Paul Balmer Appointed to Raphael House Board of Directors

PORTLAND, Ore. (December 8, 2023) Tonkon Torp attorney Paul Balmer has been appointed to the board of directors of Raphael House of Portland, a multi-faceted agency dedicated to ending domestic violence through advocacy, education, community outreach, and by providing a safe haven. They offer emergency shelter, a 24-hour in-house crisis line, transitional housing, and advocacy programs.

Raphael House has been working for more than 45 years to help domestic violence survivors and their families find safety, hope, and independence. The agency serves over 5,250 people each year and is responsible for 24% of the emergency domestic violence shelter space in Multnomah County.

Balmer is a passionate proponent of community engagement and enjoys an active pro bono practice. He has helped clients vacate unconstitutional convictions and expunge past criminal records and is a volunteer coach with Classroom Law Project. “I’m so pleased to join the Raphael House of Portland’s board and directly support their mission,” commented Balmer. “Their work is absolutely essential to our community.”

Balmer is an associate in Tonkon Torp’s Litigation Department where he represents businesses and individuals in a wide variety of complex civil matters, from residential real estate disputes to multi-million dollar trade secret claims and civil rights litigation.

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