Tonkon Torp Welcomes Estate Planning Attorney Michele Wasson

PORTLAND, Ore. (February 2, 2023) Tonkon Torp LLP welcomes attorney Michele Wasson to its Business Department, where she will practice in the Estate Planning & Advocacy and Nonprofit practice groups. Wasson joins Tonkon Torp from Riverview Trust Company, where she served as Chief Fiduciary Officer, and oversaw the trust and charitable services. Prior to that, she worked for over a decade as an attorney at Stoel Rives.

“I’m thrilled to join Tonkon Torp and have the opportunity to work with these talented attorneys,” said Wasson. “They are committed to excellence in estate planning and nonprofit law, and they are wonderful colleagues as well. This is an exceptional firm to join at this point in my career and I am looking forward to being able to provide clients with comprehensive legal counsel.”

Wasson has represented high net worth individuals and families in estate planning, wealth transfer, probate and trust administration, business succession, and philanthropic matters. She has also assisted clients from a wide range of tax-exempt entities to navigate complex laws and regulations in all aspects of governance, compliance, and tax-related matters.

“We are very happy to welcome Michele to our team and look forward to helping her build her practice here,” shared John Rosenfeld, Chair of Tonkon Torp’s Estate Planning & Advocacy Practice Group. “Her depth of experience and forward-looking perspective are valuable additions for our work helping clients plan for and manage their legacy and charitable goals within a complex legal and taxation landscape.”

Wasson is Board Vice Chair for the Estate Planning Counsel of Portland and is an Adjunct Professor at Lewis & Clark Law School. She has a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley and earned her J.D. from Lewis & Clark Law School.

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

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