Adam Adkin

Adam Adkin





Services & Industries


J.D., summa cum laude, Lewis & Clark Law School, 2011

B.A., magna cum laude,
Tulane University, 2007

Bar & Court Admissions

Oregon State Bar
Washington State Bar
U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon

Adam is Co-Chair of Tonkon Torp’s Mergers and Acquisitions Practice Group and Chair of its Corporate Finance Practice Group, working closely with business owners and their management teams as they traverse business transitions. His practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance, with a particular emphasis on buying, selling, and obtaining construction and permanent financing for senior living communities. He also acts as outside general counsel to a diverse set of clients and provides substantial counsel to professional firms and others in structuring owner relationships and facilitating exits.

Adam measures his success on whether his clients feel comfortable with and confident in the transaction.  He take pride in framing transactions that clients can easily understand, bringing order and clarity to overwhelming and confusing processes, agreements, and information so that his clients understand where they are and where they are going.

When Adam launched his law career, he made a self-care commitment to balance his hard work for clients with time spent outdoors. Today, 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 children have enjoyed vistas from all around the region, including Black Butte, Beacon Point, the Wallowas, and multiple peaks in between.

Representative Matters

Recent Mergers & Acquisitions Work Highlights

Assisted a custom sailboat manufacturer with operations based on the West Coast in acquiring its primary East Coast competitors with SBA-backed financing.

Restructured joint venture and split up assets worth more than $300 million.

Assisted European public company in acquiring an Oregon-based manufacturing company with worldwide brand recognition.

Facilitated the acquisition of a growing medical practice by a leading national group.

Guided a natural resource consulting firm in expanding its regional presence by acquiring a competitor.

Represented clients in buying, selling, and financing professional firms and other businesses.

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.

Recent Governance and Owner Disputes

Guided business owner through high-stakes negotiation to acquire sole ownership of business ventures from her uncooperative partners.

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.

Represented clients in structuring and implementing corporate transactions to remove antagonistic business partners.

Venture Debt Financings

Guided growth-stage companies in obtaining credit facilities to provide material financing for operational expansion.

Tonkon Torp Helps Starting Line Sailing Chart Course for Global Growth

Tonkon Torp celebrates the successful acquisition of an exclusive licensing arrangement for its client Starting Line Sailing, a custom sailboat manufacturer with operations and distribution channels throughout the world.

Community Involvement & Activities

Oregon State Bar Business Law Section
New Business Lawyers Subcommittee, Member
Continuing Legal Education Subcommittee, Member

Oregon State Bar MCLE Committee
Former Chair

Bend Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals Network
Former Chair

Professional Memberships

Multnomah Bar Association
Deschutes County Bar Association

The Best Lawyers in America

2021-2024, Ones to Watch – Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
2021-2024, Ones to Watch – Mergers and Acquisitions Law

Best Lawyers in America® Names 17 Tonkon Torp Attorneys to 2024 Ones to Watch List

Seventeen Tonkon Torp lawyers representing 18 practice groups have been named to The Best Lawyers in America 2024 Ones to Watch directory. Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch is a peer-review honor that acknowledges the professional excellence of attorneys who have been in private practice for less than 10 years.

Tonkon Torp Names Adam Adkin Co-Chair of Business Transitions Practice Group

Tonkon Torp LLP has appointed partner Adam Adkin as Co-Chair of its Business Transitions Practice Group, along with partner Jeffrey Woodcox.

Best Lawyers in America® Names 16 Tonkon Torp Attorneys to 2023 Ones to Watch List

Sixteen Tonkon Torp lawyers representing 16 practice groups have been named to The Best Lawyers in America 2023 Ones to Watch directory.

Tonkon Torp Unveils Shareholder Disputes & Governance Practice Group

Tonkon Torp has launched a new practice group, Shareholder Disputes & Governance.

Four Attorneys Elected to Tonkon Torp Partnership

Tonkon Torp LLP has elected Adam Adkin, Karen Hobson, Christopher Morehead, and Ava Schoen to its partnership, effective January 1, 2022.

All News Items

Lawsuits Don’t Often Make Your Dreams Come True

By Adam Adkin and Sam Klausen – The recent legal clash between Daryl Hall and John Oates highlights key lessons about partnership dynamics and the necessity for a well-crafted partnership agreement. Their conflict, while centered on assets derived from their creative collaborations, mirrors challenges that business partners often face when their relationship deteriorates.

Before Selling a Business, Consider a Buyer’s Perspective

By Sherrill Corbett and Adam Adkin – Several situations can prompt the sale of a Company. The owners may need to fund their retirement or succession from sale proceeds. A tempting, unsolicited offer may materialize. Or the owners may simply be ready to sell the business: to facilitate the company’s progression to the next growth stage, because the market timing seems right, or because the owners are ready to move on to something more attractive.

Publications & Presentations

“Lawsuits Don’t Often Make Your Dreams Come True,” December 2023

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