Jeff‘s real estate practice includes acquisitions and sales, financing, commercial leasing, and land use permitting. He represents local, regional, and national property owners and developers in a wide range of transactional matters and assists clients in land use proceedings before local governments.
Jeff ‘s real estate experience includes structuring, negotiating, and closing sensitive, high-value transactions for clients seeking to lease, acquire, sell, or finance office, retail, and industrial real estate.
Clients appreciate Jeff’s timely, efficient, and straightforward approach to their real estate needs. Jeff joined Tonkon Torp immediately following his graduation from Lewis & Clark Law School in 1983. He has specialized in real estate throughout his tenure with the firm.
Sale of Historic Building
Represented the owner of an entire block of downtown Portland in the sale of the block as part of a 1031 tax-deferred exchange, thereby facilitating two other purchase transactions in Portland and Salem for the client.
Herb Pharm, LLC
Represented four private equity funds in the formation of Herb Pharm, LLC to acquire the assets of a manufacturer of liquid extracts, compounds, tonics and tinctures for $20 million.
Expansion of Veterinary Clinic
Ongoing representation of a national veterinary clinic in negotiating shopping center leases in connection with their expansion into new markets around the country.
Portland Office Lease
Represented a financial services firm in connection with the negotiation of a full-floor office lease and the subleases with respect to their former space.
Salem Shopping Center
Represented a landowner in connection with the negotiation of a development agreement, financing, construction contracts and leases in connection with the redevelopment of a shopping center in Salem, Oregon.
Represented an investor in connection with the acquisition, financing and upgrades of a single-tenant Vancouver, Washington industrial/manufacturing facility.
Relocation of Headquarters
Represented Banfield Pet Hospital in the negation of a long-term lease and development agreement in connection with the relocation of Banfield's corporate headquarters to Vancouver, Washington. The transaction involved the construction of a new 206,000 square foot office building and related amenities.
Acura of Reno
Led negotiations for Acura of Reno, an affiliate of the Ron Tonkin family of automobile dealerships, for a long-term ground lease and financing for a new Acura dealership on land owned by the Reno Sparks Indian Colony in Reno, Nevada. This transaction involved the negotiation of multiple levels of agreements and resolution of complex title matters due to the tribal ownership of the underlying land.
Costco Wholesale Corporation
Represented Costco in the acquisition and development of all of Costco's Oregon membership warehouses, including its recent acquisition of a 22 acre parcel of real property in Washington County, Oregon. In connection with such acquisitions, Jeff has represented Costco in complex land-use hearings before local governments.
Medical Management International, Inc.
Represents Banfield Pet Hospital in the negotiation of all of Banfield's "stand-alone" pet hospitals in the United States.
United States Bakery/Springfield Facility
Represented United States Bakery in its acquisition of approximately 20 acres of real property in Springfield, Oregon and construction of a 160,000 square foot manufacturing and distribution facility. This complex tax-deferred transaction involved an IRS Section 1033 exchange and negotiation of numerous rail-access agreements.
Westgate Shopping Center LLC / Salem Center
Guided Westgate in all aspects of the complete redevelopment of their shopping center in Salem. Counsel included negotiation of major tenant leases with Walgreen's and Panda Express and obtaining both construction and permanent financing.
Acquisition of 540 Acres, Subject to Conservation Easement
Represented the Columbia Land Trust in the acquisition of 540 acres from the Port of Vancouver, USA in the Vancouver Lake Bottomlands, subject to a conservation easement requiring that the land be actively managed to provide a feeding and nesting area for the costal flock of the Pacific Flyway population of Sandhill cranes.
When Costco Wholesale Corporation was looking to expand its Portland Metro area operations, it turned to Tonkon Torp for help in securing enough appropriately zoned land to site a 145,000 square foot membership warehouse. The solution: Costco’s first integrated shopping center location in the Portland area.
Attorneys from Tonkon Torp’s real estate and land use, and environmental and natural resources teams represented the Columbia Land Trust in negotiating and completing the transfer of property for a habitat preserve. Find details and more featured cases here.
For decades, Tonkon Torp has been honored and proud to represent the Tonkin family and its businesses. In fact, the relationship dates back to the post-World War II era.
Community Involvement & Activities
The LaSalle Foundation
Former Board Member
Peninsula Children’s Center
Former Volunteer Lawyer
The Wetlands Conservancy
Former Board Member
Oregon State Bar
Executive Committee of Real Estate and Land Use Section
Multnomah Bar Association
American Bar Association
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.
Fifty-three Tonkon Torp lawyers representing 39 practice areas have been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2022
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.
Forty-eight Tonkon Torp lawyers representing 39 practice areas have been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2020. A majority of attorneys have been named to the list in past years, and most have been recognized for more than five years.
Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business has recognized 23 Tonkon Torp attorneys in seven practice areas in its 2019 USA Guide.
On June 11, 2007, in U.S. v Atlantic Research Corp., the United States Supreme Court solved a portion of the puzzle that has confounded so-called potentially responsible parties (PRPs) since the Court’s decision in Cooper Industries, Inc. v Aviall Services, Inc. in 2004.
Ear to the Ground Blog
For a community that has not seen a great deal of change in recent years, there are a lot of new developments happening in Mt. Hood’s mountain village. When Collins Lake Resort and the nearby Grand Lodges were built in the early 2000s, it appeared Government Camp was poised to take off and realize its full potential as a destination mountain town. Sadly, the Great Recession of the late 2000s brought development to a grinding halt.
Publications & Presentations
A frequent speaker on real estate issues, Jeff is the original author of the Oregon State Bar’s Model Earnest Money Agreement form, “Documentation of Real Estate Transactions.”