Six Tonkon Torp Attorneys Named Portland Lawyers of the Year

Six attorneys from Tonkon Torp have been named by Best Lawyers in America 2017 as Portland Lawyer of the Year in their specialties. In each community, only one lawyer in each specialty is honored as the Lawyer of the Year by the peer review survey.

Named Portland’s Lawyer of the Year 2017 for their practice areas are:


  • Bruce G. Berning, Banking and Finance Law
  • Sherrill A. Corbett, Corporate Compliance Law
  • Mark F. LeRoux, Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
  • Thomas P. Palmer, Corporate Governance Law
  • Jon P. Stride, Litigation – Intellectual Property
  • Steven M. Wilker, Litigation – First Amendment

“Portland’s legal community is held in high regard, so I am especially gratified that our peers acknowledged six of our attorneys as Lawyer of the Year in their respective fields,” said Darcy Norville, managing partner. “This honor for Bruce, Sherrill, Mark, Tom, Jon, and Steve is a fine expression of Tonkon Torp’s focus on excellence in complex corporate and business law specialties.”


Bruce Berning has been a business and corporate lawyer for more than three decades. In addition to handling hundreds of complex financing transactions, he has served as general counsel for a variety of client companies in numerous industries. 

Sherrill Corbett is a member of Tonkon Torp’s managing board. She chairs the firm’s Mergers & Acquisitions practice group and co-chairs the Information Privacy & Security practice group. Within her practice, Sherrill represents public companies and advises them on securities compliance and corporate governance matters and follow-on offerings. 

Mark LeRoux is a partner in Tonkon Torp’s Taxation practice group. His practice emphasizes federal, state, and local tax impacts on business transactions, including taxation of corporations, partnerships, and LLCs as well as personal investments.

Tom Palmer, who chairs the firm’s Corporate Finance practice group, specializes in securities and general corporate matters including public offerings, private placements, corporate governance, and mergers and acquisitions.

Jon Stride is a member of Tonkon’s Intellectual Property practice group. He specializes in resolving disputes for businesses and individuals involving commercial matters and intellectual property issues such as patent rights, trademarks, trade secrets, and copyrights.

Steven Wilker’s broad-based commercial litigation practice focuses on intellectual property, information privacy and security, and financial services. He also advises and represents newspaper and television clients on issues involving newsgathering and reporting.

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