Tonkon Talk Helps Founders Avoid Common Mistakes

During the May 3 Tonkon Talk, business attorney Leon Simson and guest Jim Huston, co-managing director of Portland Seed Fund, shared a blueprint to help founders build a healthy startup while avoiding common mistakes. A key takeaway of the…
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Tonkon Talk Charts Due Diligence Road Map

On April 5, business attorney Brenda Meltebeke and guest Eric Boothe, of Elevate Capital Fund and Elevate Inclusive Fund, shared a detailed due diligence road map with entrepreneurs. With Brenda bringing a seasoned legal approach and Eric providing…
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Independent Contractors are Focus of March Tonkon Talk

On March 1, Labor & Employment attorney Kristin Bremer Moore gave a Tonkon Talk focused on independent contractors and non-competition agreements to an audience of entrepreneurs and startups. Kristin provided guidance on crafting enforceable non…
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Tonkon Torp Sponsors 2017 Oregon Angel Fund

Tonkon Torp made a sponsorship contribution to the 2017 Oregon Angel Fund (OAF). Brenda Meltebeke, OAF's Legal Counsel, coordinated the sponsorship on behalf of the firm's Entrepreneurial Service Group. OAF is a venture capital fund that brings…
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Beach and Forman Speak at PSU Business Accelerator

Tonkon Torp attorneys Eric Beach and David Forman recently participated in a panel discussion at the Portland State University Business Accelerator. They spoke to an audience of entrepreneurs representing various industries on legal issues facing…
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Tonkon Torp Focuses on Business Immigration at February Tonkon Talk

At the February 1 Tonkon Talk, attorneys from the firm's Business Immigration practice group spoke about business immigration issues that impact entrepreneurs and startups. Turid Owren, Alan Perkins, Melany Savitt, and Melina LaMorticella covered…
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Michael Millender Reviews Incentive Compensation at January Tonkon Talk

At the January 4 Tonkon Talk, attorney Michael Millender spoke to startup companies about incentive compensation plans. He covered stock option and phantom stock plans, restricted stock awards, and factors a company should consider in choosing an…
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Tonkon Torp Attorneys Speak to Startups at TiE Bootcamp

Attorneys from Tonkon Torp’s Entrepreneurial Services and Labor & Employment practice groups spoke to Oregon startups at the TiE Oregon Bootcamp on November 28. TiE Oregon is the local chapter of a global entrepreneurial organization that seeks to…
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Leon Simson and David Forman Demystify the Cap Table at Tonkon Talk

Business attorneys Leon Simson and David Forman dove into the mysteries of cap tables during the November 2 Tonkon Talk. They broke down a cap table, which outlines who owns what securities of a company, and they shared several ways the cap table…
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Brenda Meltebeke Cruises through Convertible Notes at Tonkon Talk

At the December 7 Tonkon Talk, attorney Brenda Meltebeke took attendees on a trip through the pleasures and pitfalls of a convertible promissory note. During the presentation, Brenda navigated startup companies through a typical term sheet for a…
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Tonkon Attorneys Speak at PSU Business Outreach Program Learn+Network

David Forman and Eric Beach participated in a November 16 panel on legal issues facing startups at a business accelerator program put on by PSU's Business Outreach Program (BOP). The BOP at Portland State University provides technical assistance and…
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Tonkon Torp Sponsors 2016 OEN Tom Holce Dinner

On October 22, Tonkon Torp's Entrepreneurial Services Group was a Table sponsor and a Program sponsor at the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network's (OEN) annual Tom Holce Entrepreneurship Awards Dinner. Brenda Meltebeke, David Forman, Claire Brown, and David…
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October Tonkon Talk Explores Commercial and Cyber Insurance

At the October Tonkon Talk, litigation attorney Frank Weiss and intellectual property attorney Eric Beach discussed the role that commercial and cyber insurance play in a business's risk mitigation strategy. The presentation explored the different…
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Back to Business Contracts with September Tonkon Talk

During the September Tonkon Talk, business attorney David Myers and litigator Michael Willes continued their conversation about business contracts in a session called, "Contracts 102." The presentation focused on providing insight and tips on the…
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Noted Business Attorney Brenda Meltebeke Joins Tonkon Torp

Brenda Meltebeke, an experienced securities and startup attorney has joined the Business Department of Tonkon Torp as a partner. Meltebeke has practiced law in Portland for more than 20 years. She comes to Tonkon Torp from Ater Wynne LLP, where she…
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Tonkon Talk Covers Employment Law Ground

On August 3, Tonkon Torp Labor & Employment attorneys Clay Creps and Haley Morrison hosted a fast-paced Q&A that covered employment law policies and best practices. The audience was invited to ask their most burning employment law questions, and the…
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Makers Meet to Talk Business Law Basics

Tonkon Torp business lawyer Lauren Wallace led a Tonkon Talk on June 1 covering Business Law basics for innovators and entrepreneurs involved in Maker culture in Oregon. Lauren discussed the legal realities of making and selling with special guest…
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Drea Schmidt and Claire Brown Discuss "Shaking the Fundraising Tree" at Tonkon Talk

At the May 4 Tonkon Talk, business attorneys Drea Schmidt and Claire Brown provided a practical summary of the legal issues related to certain types of fundraising. They compared new types of fundraising, including "Regulation Crowdfunding," to…
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Tonkon Torp Sponsors OEN Angel Oregon Showcase

Tonkon's Entrepreneurial Services practice group was a sponsor at the Oregon Entrepreneurial Network (OEN) Angel Oregon Showcase on April 13. The Showcase brings together over 300 investors, entrepreneurs, and business leaders to get a sneak peek at…
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Tonkon Talk Navigates Website Law

Tonkon Torp intellectual property attorneys Chris Erickson and Eric Beach led a "Tonkon Talk" on April 6 on the basics of website law for start-ups. Their presentation covered how intellectual property impacts website creation and maintenance…
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