Maureen is an attorney in Tonkon Torp’s Government Relations & Public Policy Practice Group, and she has an extensive background in Oregon legislative-level matters. In her nine years serving Oregon lawmakers, most recently as a Senior Deputy Legislative Counsel, she provided nonpartisan, policy-neutral legal advice and legislative drafting services to the 90 members of the Oregon Legislative Assembly.
For example, she was the lead nonpartisan legislative counsel attorney on all carbon pricing legislation in Oregon from 2015-2020. She has also been involved in many other issues involving everything from air toxics to product stewardship and broadband accessibility.
Oregon Capitol Insider called Maureen “…among the most influential Capitol insiders whom most Oregonians have never heard of.”
Through her work, Maureen has developed the ability to see two steps ahead in legislative matters and has an exceptional eye for detail, which provides her clients with unique strategic insight when navigating legally and politically complex legislative discussions.
She advises a wide variety of clients, including trade associations throughout Oregon and the Pacific Northwest. She often provides her input in early discussions between stakeholders before they become too tied to language that may not fit within Oregon’s statutory drafting conventions—helping them avoid last-minute surprises that could jeopardize efforts.
Some of the specific ways Maureen serves clients in private practice include:
- Drafting legislative text, including translating the terms of a negotiated agreement into legally compliant legislative text
- Analyzing legislative text
- Providing written analysis of legislative text for use in legislative discussions
- Oregon state and local government initiative drafting, ordinance challenges and ballot title challenges
- Election law
- Oregon Constitutional and Statutory interpretation
- Advice and counsel on state and local political or governmental processes
- Select appellate matters regarding Oregon and local policymaking, politics, and election law
- Legislative and administrative government relations advocacy (traditional lobbying)
- Oregon administrative law and litigation
Maureen lives in Salem with her husband, son, and three cats. She is an avid organic gardener who enjoys slowly transforming her urban property into a permaculture paradise. She was also recently elected to the Board of Directors for the Mission Street Parks Conservancy, a nonprofit helping her hometown preserve the iconic public landmarks on or near Mission Street.
Successful Ballot Challenge at Oregon Supreme Court
Represented Associated General Contractors in a ballot challenge for Initiative Petition 41 (IP 41). Following successful modifications requested in a comment letter submitted to the Attorney General (AG) for draft ballot title for IP 41, Tonkon Torp petitioned the Oregon Supreme Court for further refinement. The Court was persuaded by Tonkon Torp’s arguments and referred the ballot title back to the AG’s office, which made the required modifications.
Tonkon Torp’s Government Solutions Practice Group is celebrating the release of an Oregon Supreme Court opinion in favor of its client, Associated General Contractors.
Community Involvement & Activities
Mission Street Parks Conservancy
Board of Directors
Oregon State Bar House of Delegates
Willamette Valley American Inn of Court
Oregon State Bar New Lawyer Mentoring Program
American Bar Association
Multnomah Bar Association
Oregon Women Lawyers
Tonkon Torp attorney Maureen McGee has been elected to the Board of Directors for the Mission Street Parks Conservancy (MSPC). MSPC helps the City of Salem preserve and celebrate the iconic public landscapes on and near Mission Street, with a current focus on Bush Pasture Park.
Tonkon Torp LLP has welcomed four new attorneys to practice groups throughout the firm.
Tonkon Torp LLP welcomes attorney Maureen McGee to its Government Relations & Public Policy and Government Solutions practice groups.
By Danica Foster and Maureen McGee – The 2022 Oregon Legislative Session closed on March 4 and with adjournment came a host of new laws applicable to the cannabis industry. We reviewed two of the most high profile pieces of legislation, HB 4016 (marijuana licensing moratoria) and SB1564 (local hemp grower licensing moratoria), in our previous article. For this piece we will get more into the weeds to discuss pending changes to farmworker overtime, and new requirements for recordkeeping, reporting, testing, and more.
By Danica Foster and Maureen McGee – It’s official: the moratorium on new cannabis licenses is back on. During their February 2022 session, the Oregon legislature passed HB 4016, which prohibits the issuance of new cannabis licenses of all types (except labs) until March 31, 2024. The Bill is also retroactive – any applications submitted after January 1, 2022 will be inactivated by the Oregon Liquor and Cannabis Commission (OLCC).
Publications & Presentations
“As 2022 Legislative Session Ends, More Changes Coming to the Oregon Cannabis Industry,” CannaBiz Update, March 2022
“New Cannabis Laws Coming, License Moratorium Is Back,” CannaBiz Update, March 2022