Darian Stanford

Darian Stanford

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J.D., Stanford Law School, 1999

M.A., University of Notre Dame, 1996

B.A., magna cum laude, Baylor University, 1994

Bar & Court Admissions

Oregon State Bar
Washington State Bar Association
Ft. McDermitt Paiute and Shoshone Tribal Court

Darian Stanford joined Tonkon Torp’s Litigation Department in 2018. He is first and foremost a trial attorney, who loves taking cases before a judge or jury. Prior to joining Tonkon Torp, Darian was a named partner at Slinde Nelson Stanford LLC, where he managed a commercial litigation and administrative practice, and functioned as in-house counsel for a U.S. Department of Defense contractor.

Darian began his legal career in the General Litigation Practice Group at Stoel Rives LLP, representing clients in contract, construction, employment law, and government affairs, among other areas. In 2005, he transitioned to a position as a Deputy District Attorney for Multnomah County, where he prosecuted a range of crimes including gang violence and major felonies. In 2007, Darian also served as Counsel for the Oregon House and Senate Judiciary Committee.

Darian has worked as in-house litigation counsel for an international Fortune 500 company, managing its litigation in the U.S. and Europe, and devising pre-litigation solutions to global business problems. Additionally, he has served as an Adjunct Professor at Lewis & Clark Law School, teaching Criminal Procedure, and at Willamette University College of Law, teaching Sports Law.

Outside of the office and courtroom, Darian enjoys international travel and college football. Prior to law school he worked as a Park Ranger for several seasons at both Yellowstone National Park and Mt. Rushmore National Memorial.

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Community Involvement & Activities

Domestic Violence Safe Dialogue Program
Board of Directors

Professional Memberships

Multnomah Bar Association

The Best Lawyers in America

2021-2024, Commercial Litigation

Super Lawyers

2015–2018, Oregon Super Lawyer – General Litigation

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Best Lawyers in America® Includes 53 Tonkon Torp Attorneys on 2023 List

Fifty-three Tonkon Torp lawyers representing 37 practice areas have been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2023. Nearly all the attorneys have been previously named to the peer-review list, and most have been listed for more than 10 years.

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

Best Lawyers in America® Includes 53 Tonkon Torp Attorneys on 2022 List

Fifty-three Tonkon Torp lawyers representing 39 practice areas have been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2022

Best Lawyers in America® Includes 49 Tonkon Torp Attorneys on 2021 List

Forty-nine Tonkon Torp lawyers representing 36 practice areas have been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2021. A majority of attorneys have been named to the peer-review list in past years, and most have been recognized for more than five years.

Darian Stanford Talks Lotteries at Global Gaming Expo

Tonkon Torp attorney Darian Stanford was a featured panelist at the Global Gaming Expo (G2E) held in Las Vegas. The panel, International Masters of Gaming Law Masterclass on Lotteries, discussed the latest developments in lotteries around the world. Darian spoke about the legality of sales of U.S. lottery tickets to international customers, and the potential cooperation between lotteries in different nations to increase sales.

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Publications & Presentations

Panelist, “International Masters of Gaming Law Masterclass on Lotteries,” Global Gaming Expo, October 2018