Services & Industries
J.D., summa cum laude, Lewis & Clark Law School, 2011
B.A., magna cum laude,
Tulane University, 2007
Bar and Court Admissions
Oregon State Bar
Washington State Bar Association
U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon
Adam works closely with business owners and their management teams as they maneuver through business transitions. He assists clients at every stage of their business life cycle, from corporate formation to raising capital to sales of assets and equity interests.
Adam’s practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance, with a particular emphasis on construction and permanent loans for senior living facilities. He also provides substantial counsel to professional firms and others in structuring owner relationships and facilitating exits.
Adam takes pride in framing transactions that clients understand. He strives to order and manage overwhelming and confusing processes, agreements, and information so that his clients understand where they are and where they are going.
Adam is an outdoor enthusiast who spends his free time with his wife and daughters exploring the wonders of the Pacific Northwest. Adam enjoys starting the day with coffee from one of Portland’s great roasters and ending the day with a beer from one of its great breweries.
When Adam Adkin moved to Portland 10 years ago for law school, he made a self-care commitment to balance the long hours of school with time spent outdoors. Today, as an attorney, Adam remains an outdoor enthusiast who takes any chance he can to explore the wonders of the Pacific Northwest with his wife and young daughters. Adam’s elder daughter has enjoyed vistas from all around the region from the top of Black Butte, to Beacon Point, and multiple peaks in between. The next milestone for Adam’s family is to conquer camping and backpacking with a toddler! Like many of us, Adam is hopeful that the many scenic trails along the Columbia Gorge will renew and flourish after the devastating fires of 2017.
Acquisition of Bare Land for Subdivision Development
Represented client in the acquisition of bare land in Gresham, Oregon for development of a 250 lot subdivision, including negotiation of a secured purchase money loan and take-down agreements to sell the future lots to a residential homebuilder.
Helped a majority member of an LLC wrest back control of a large recycling outfit after a minority member took illegitimate steps to lock the majority member out of the business. We helped by finalizing an unfinished business transaction and cleaning up corporate record-keeping prior to arbitration.
Assisted a custom sailboat
Assisted a custom sailboat manufacturer with operations based on the West Coast in acquiring its primary East Coast competitors with SBA-backed financing.
Assisted a natural resource
Assisted a natural resource consulting firm in expanding its regional presence by acquiring a competitor.
Represented client in negotiating
Represented client in negotiating acquisition of real property and receipt of substantial tax incentives in exchange for agreement to construct and operate a significant manufacturing facility.
Represented clients in buying,
Represented clients in buying, selling, and financing professional firms and other businesses.
Represented clients in structuring
Represented clients in structuring and implementing cash-out mergers to remove uncooperative business partners.
Restructured joint venture and
Restructured joint venture and split up assets worth more than $300 million.
Community Involvement & Activities
Oregon State Bar Business Law Section
New Business Lawyers Subcommittee, Member
Continuing Legal Education Subcommittee, Member
Oregon State Bar MCLE Committee
Bend Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals Network
Multnomah Bar Association
Deschutes County Bar Association
Tonkon Torp has launched a new practice group, Shareholder Disputes & Governance.
Tonkon Torp LLP has elected Adam Adkin, Karen Hobson, Christopher Morehead, and Ava Schoen to its partnership, effective January 1, 2022.
Thirteen Tonkon Torp lawyers representing 13 practice groups have been selected to appear in Best Lawyers’ 2022 Ones to Watch directory.
Tonkon Torp is proud to celebrate with long term community partner Albina Head Start (AHS) on achieving a significant milestone – fulfilling New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) financing obligations on five learning centers. This means that as of May 25, 2021, AHS owns the McCormack Matthews, Owen Blank, Avel Gordly, Carolyn Young–Traci Rose and Charlotte Lewis–McKinley Burt centers with no debt encumbering the properties.
On October 26, Tonkon Torp attorney Adam Adkin participated in a virtual panel hosted by the Business Law Society at the Willamette University College of Law. The “Day in the Life” event gave current law students the opportunity to unpack the daily activities of four attorneys who practice law in various settings.
Publications & Presentations
Panelist, “Business Law Career Options,” Business Law Society, Willamette University College of Law, October 2020
“Entity Formation for New Lawyers,” Advising Oregon Business Series, MBA New Lawyers Section, September 2020
“Corporate and Business Law Fundamentals for Startups,” TiE Oregon Bootcamp, March 2019
“Representations and Warranties Insurance: Go On, Take the Money and Run,” Oregon Business Lawyer, December 2018
“Private Businesses Benefiting the Public: Oregon’s Benefit Company,” OSB Nonprofit Organizations Law Section Newsletter, Spring 2018
“Oregon Benefit Companies – Greenwashing or a Real Change?” March 2018
“2016 Employment Law Update,” June 1, 2016
“Mental Health in the Workplace: The Legal Perspective,” February, 2016
“2015 Employment Law Update… And Oregon’s New Sick Leave Law,” December, 2015