Services & Industries
J.D., cum laude, Willamette University College of Law, 2019
B.A., Government, magna cum laude, New Mexico State University, 2012
Bar & Court Admissions
Oregon State Bar
Mick is an associate in Tonkon Torp’s Business Department with a broad practice focused on corporate governance, general business law, and real estate. Mick counsels startups, emerging growth companies, and large-scale businesses on venture capital and angel financings, mergers and acquisitions, commercial agreements, and nuts-and-bolts business matters. His experience includes helping clients select the appropriate form of entity, forming and dissolving entities, corporate governance issues, and negotiating and documenting contractual arrangements such as shareholder rights and debt and equity financings. He is also experienced in the nonprofit sector in matters of entity formation, governance, and compliance.
In his real estate work, Mick assists clients in a wide range of title, finance, transactional, leasing, and regulatory matters. He specializes in matters related to land use and residential landlord-tenant matters, negotiating leases, navigating terminations, and providing compliance support to bolster successful, residential landlord-tenant relationships.
Mick graduated cum laude from Willamette University College of Law, where he was Editor-in-Chief of Willamette Law Review and President of the Willamette University Public Interest Law Project. While a law student, Mick worked as a summer associate at Tonkon Torp and served as a summer law clerk for Mercy Corps in Portland, where he drafted complex contracts for global use, and provided guidance on a wide range of humanitarian projects. He also gained experience as a judicial extern for the Hon. Robyn Ridler Aoyagi at the Oregon Court of Appeals.
Before entering law school, Mick worked as a political consultant, helping clients pass meaningful legislation and developing winning campaign strategies for candidates on the state and local level. Mick currently serves on the board of the Oregon Lawyers Chapter of the American Constitution Society.
Mick’s interests outside of work include writing, reading, podcasts, comedy, sailing, horology, fighting global warming, and reveling in Portland’s excellent restaurant scene.
Financing for SaaS Company Focused on Clean Energy for Supply Chains
Assisted SaaS client with the offer, issuance, and sale of Series Seed Financing.
Legal Aid Services of Oregon is a statewide nonprofit organization providing high-quality legal representation and advocacy to vulnerable and low-income communities throughout Oregon. Partner James Hein, current Chair of Tonkon Torp’s Pro Bono Committee, was instrumental in launching the firm’s partnership with Legal Aid Roseburg.
In April 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down non-unanimous jury convictions in criminal cases in Ramos v. Louisiana. A shameful carryover from the Jim Crow era, Louisiana and Oregon were the last two states that allowed non-unanimous criminal convictions when as many as two jurors believed a defendant was innocent. Overnight, more than 260 cases in Oregon became eligible to seek post-conviction relief for unconstitutional non-unanimous convictions. Housed in the Criminal Justice Reform Clinic (CJRC) at Lewis & Clark Law School, the Ramos Project is a statewide pro-bono initiative providing legal assistance to those seeking redress.
Community Involvement & Activities
American Constitution Society, Oregon Lawyers Chapter
Community Services, Inc.
Board of Trustees, Member
College Possible Oregon
Ambassador Board, Member
Oregon Consular Corps
Willamette University Alumni Board
Campaign for Equal Justice
Associates Committee, Former Member
Multnomah Bar Association
Thirty-nine Tonkon Torp attorneys in 12 practice areas have been included in the 2023 Oregon Super Lawyers or Rising Stars lists.
Tonkon Torp business attorney Mick Harris has been appointed to the Oregon Consular Corps (OCC) as an Associate Member.
Tonkon Torp business attorney Mick Harris has been appointed to the College Possible Oregon’s Ambassador Board and the Board of Trustees for Community Services Inc. College Possible Oregon’s Ambassador Board is a group of young professionals under the age of 40 who raise support and awareness for College Possible, which helps students in Oregon achieve their college goals.
Tonkon Torp attorney Mick Harris has been appointed to the Willamette University Alumni Board. The Board works to foster alumni relations by hosting events, organizing networking opportunities, and providing career resources. “Willamette University provided me a life-changing scholarship and an opportunity to pursue a meaningful legal career,” shared Harris.
Tonkon Torp attorney Mick Harris moderated a virtual forum for the five candidates running for a rare open bench on the Multnomah County Circuit Court. The forum was hosted by the Oregon Lawyers Chapter of the American Constitution Society.
By Mick Harris – On March 29, 2023, Governor Kotek signed HB 2001 into law. This legislation contained changes to the residential eviction process in nonpayment cases. It is important for landlords and tenants alike to understand these developments.
By Mick Harris – In April, the U.S. consumer price index (CPI) rose 4.9%, down from 5% in March. This data was widely reported as the first time that CPI inflation was under 5% since June 2021. As demonstrated by this reduction, it appears that the Federal Reserve’s efforts to fight inflation may be working.
By MIck Harris – For the unfamiliar, a 1031 Tax Deferred Exchange is a key mechanism for taxpayers to maximize the sale of business and investment properties. For any current or aspiring real estate investor, this tool—found in Section 1031 of the Internal Revenue Code—is worth learning about.
By MIck Harris – The residential real estate market across the United States has slowed and the Oregon market is no exception. However, as always—location, location, location—plays a significant factor in determining the impact of a cooling market.
By MIck Harris – Between a red-hot housing market and rising interest rates, prospects are looking bleak for would-be homeowners in our region. For the most part, however, Oregon buyers have avoided one significant obstacle that has plagued other markets—competition with corporate investors for limited residential housing.
Publications & Presentations
Mick is a regular contributor to Tonkon Torp’s Ear to the Ground blog, which provides timely commentary on issues affecting the commercial real estate and development communities in the Pacific Northwest.
“Residential Real Estate Slowdown Expected to Continue in 2023,” Best Lawyers, February 2023
Co-Author, “Changing with the Climate: Environmental Concerns to Affect Public-Company Disclosures,” Legal Practice Tips, OSB Bulletin, November 2021
“Public Company Disclosures in a Climate-Change Focused World,” Tonkon Torp Legal Update, March 2021
“SEC Expands Definition of Accredited Investor,” Tonkon Torp Legal Update, September 2020
Moderator, “Judicial Candidate Forum,” American Constitution Society Oregon Lawyers Chapter, May 2020
“The CARES Act Provides Small Businesses Additional Bankruptcy Relief,” Tonkon Torp Legal Update, April 2020
“SEC Proposes Limited Expansion of ‘Accredited Investor’ Definition,” Tonkon Torp Legal Update, February 2020