Tonkon Torp Elects Three Attorneys to Partnership

PORTLAND, Ore. (December 6, 2023) Tonkon Torp LLP has elected attorneys Lauren Bernton, Will Gent, and Ferdinand Ruplin to its partnership, effective January 1, 2024.

“Lauren, Will, and Ferdie are truly top-notch lawyers,” said Kurt Ruttum, Tonkon Torp Managing Partner. “They are each smart, insightful, and talented attorneys. It’s been a pleasure to watch them grow their practices, develop their industry expertise, and flourish as firm leaders. We are lucky to have Lauren, Will, and Ferdie join the Tonkon Torp partnership. They bring key assets to our work providing premium client service.”

Lauren Bernton joined Tonkon Torp’s Litigation Department in 2020. Her practice is focused on all types of commercial disputes, with an emphasis on complex real estate litigation. She advocates for multinational companies, regional companies, and local businesses to help them achieve their goals in state and federal courts. She attended the University of Oregon School of Law where she graduated Order of the Coif.

Will Gent joined Tonkon Torp’s Litigation Department in 2016, after working for the firm as a summer associate. He represents businesses and individuals in a variety of complex civil matters, with a particular emphasis on real estate and construction litigation. In addition to his active real estate litigation practice, Gent routinely appears in state and federal courts in matters concerning commercial contracts, corporate governance, fiduciary duty, and shareholder disputes, as well as on a variety of pro bono matters. An Oregon native, he is a graduate of the University of Oregon School of Law (Order of the Coif) and the University of Puget Sound.

Ferdinand “Ferdie” Ruplin joined Tonkon Torp’s Business Department in 2019. He regularly advises private and nonprofit entities with respect to mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, securities and financings, and other general corporate matters. Ruplin has significant experience working in highly regulated sectors, with a focus on the cannabis and financial services industries. He serves as Chair of Tonkon Torp’s Cannabis Group and frequently advises OLCC and ODA regulated cannabis producers, processors, and retailers. Ruplin graduated cum laude from Fordham University School of Law.

Bernton, Gent, and Ruplin are each recognized as “Ones to Watch” by The Best Lawyers in America and as Oregon Rising Stars (by Super Lawyers) for their professional excellence in their respective practices.

About Tonkon Torp

Tonkon Torp LLP is a leading business and litigation law firm serving public companies, substantial private enterprises, entrepreneurial businesses, and individuals throughout the Northwest. For more information, visit

Posted in
Filed under ,