George C. Spencer

George C. Spencer

Retired Partner/Inactive

503.802.2014
george.spencer@tonkon.com

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Services & Industries

Education

LL.B., University of Oregon School of Law, 1966, Phi Delta Phi

B.S., University of Oregon, Accounting, 1963

Bar & Court Admissions

Oregon State Bar (Inactive)

Before his retirement in 2018, George represented individuals and businesses on a wide range of issues in their personal, commercial, and corporate activities.

Representative Matters

Business Sales

Managing and participating in significant purchases and sales of businesses.

Cemetery Reorganization

Reorganizing (for purposes of continuing in operation as a tax exempt organization) one of Oregon's historical cemeteries.

Families & Businesses

Counselor to families and their businesses in a variety of matters, including operations decision-making, formalizing corporate governance, management and ownership succession and business acquisitions, and dispositions.

Family Foundations

Counseling family foundations and other non-profits in the conduct of their charitable activities.

Proxy Matters

Actively involved in hostile tender offer and proxy matters seeking control for utility, bioclinical, and financial business clients.

Special Counsel

Special Counsel to the Lewis & Clark College Board of Trustees. This matter involved investigation and issuance of a report to the Board and the Oregon Attorney General concerning the College's failed loan.

Exploring Lewis and Clark College’s Perfect Storm

When the President of Lewis & Clark College made an unauthorized $10.5 million loan to an oil company that eventually defaulted on the loan, Tonkon Torp was asked to investigate.

Stimson Lumber’s Own Private Idaho

Stimson Lumber Company shifted its strategic focus to the inland Northwest with its initial expansion into Montana in 1993, drawing on longtime counsel Tonkon Torp’s expertise to handle the deal. Since then, Stimson has been adding to its inland operations in Eastern Washington, Idaho and Montana.

Community Involvement & Activities

Oregon Symphony Foundation
Past Board Member and Secretary
Past Pro Bono Legal Services

Multnomah Athletic Club
Past President and Board Member

Multnomah Athletic Foundation
Founder and Director Emeritus

The ESCO Foundation
Past Board Member and Secretary

The Stimson-Miller Foundation
Past Secretary

University of Oregon Foundation
Past Trustee


Professional Memberships

Multnomah Bar Association

The Best Lawyers in America

1995-2019, Corporate Law

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University of Oregon Alumni Spotlight Award for the Portland Area

Community Service

Best Lawyers in America® Names 51 Tonkon Torp Attorneys to 2019 List

Fifty-one Tonkon Torp lawyers representing 41 practice areas have been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2019. Nearly all attorneys have been named to the list in past years, and have been recognized for more than five years

Best Lawyers in America® Names 49 Tonkon Torp Attorneys to 2018 List

Forty-nine Tonkon Torp lawyers representing 39 practice areas have been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2018. Nearly all attorneys have been named to the list in past years, and have been recognized for more than five years. Five attorneys are newly named to the 2018 list: Ryan M. Bledsoe, Michael W. Fletcher, Colin M. Geiger, Jackson Lewis, and Alan C. Perkins.

Best Lawyers in America® Names 44 Tonkon Torp Attorneys to 2017 List

Forty-four Tonkon Torp lawyers representing 38 practice areas have been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2017. Each attorney has been named to the list in past years, and nearly all have been recognized for more than five years.

Tonkon Torp Sponsors Multnomah Athletic Club Anniversary

Tonkon Torp made a sponsorship payment to the Multnomah Athletic Club (MAC) in support of their 125th anniversary agenda. Formed in 1891, MAC is a private, not-for-profit athletic and social club in southwest Portland.

45 Tonkon Torp Attorneys Named Best Lawyers in America® 2016

Forty-five Tonkon Torp lawyers representing 39 practice areas have been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2016. All of them have been named to the list at least once before, and many of them have been recognized for a number of years.

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Publications & Presentations

Oregon Law Review
Lewis & Clark College Report