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J.D., cum laude, Willamette University College of Law, 2019
B.A., Government, magna cum laude, New Mexico State University, 2012
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Mick is an associate in Tonkon Torp’s Business Department. He graduated cum laude from Willamette University College of Law in 2019, where he was editor-in-chief of Willamette Law Review, a member of the Moot Court Board, President of the Willamette University Public Interest Law Project, President of the American Constitution Society, and source-and-cite editor of the Willamette Journal of International Law and Dispute Resolution. 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.
Mick is a magna cum laude graduate of New Mexico State University, where he earned his B.A. in government. Before entering law school, he 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.
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.
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.
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
Multnomah Bar Association
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.
Tonkon Torp welcomes associate Mick Harris to the firm’s Business Department, where he will focus on business law. “Tonkon Torp has a sterling reputation in the community and the chance to practice law alongside my new colleagues is a remarkable opportunity,” said Harris.
As society reckons with the enormous danger of climate change, there is no question that corporations must take responsibility for their contributions to rampant global warming, while working to reduce their emissions. For public companies or those planning to go public, this may manifest through increased pressure to provide formalized disclosures regarding climate change efforts.
In an effort to expand investment opportunities in private companies, on August 26, 2020, the Securities and Exchange Commission adopted on August 26, 2020, amendments to the definition of an “accredited investor.” The amendments expand the definition as it applies in the exemption from registration for private offerings set forth in Regulation D under the Securities Act.
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act of 2020 (“CARES Act”) was enacted on March 27, providing a suite of protections and relief for everyday Americans and the economy at large. While most coverage has focused on other provisions that grant direct payments to American taxpayers, offer forgivable loans to businesses to cover payroll, and expand unemployment insurance benefits by $250 billion, the bill also included a significant expansion to the Small Business Reorganization Act of 2019 (the “SBRA”).
In December 2019, the Securities and Exchange Commission proposed amending the definition of “accredited investor” under Regulation D of the Securities Act of 1933. Currently, there are eight different categories by which a natural person is deemed an accredited investor, including individuals whose net worth exceeds $1 million and those with income in excess of $200,000 in each of the two most recent years.
Ear to the Ground Blog
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.
By Mick Harris – Downtown Portland’s vacancy rate stood at approximately 26% in the second quarter of 2022, up from 13% during the same period in pre-pandemic 2019.
By Mick Harris – In June 2022, according to a Redfin report, Portland home prices were up 7.6% compared to last year, selling for a median price of $570,000. On average, homes in Portland sell after six days on the market. One would expect such a brisk market to lead to a building boom
By Mick Harris – Tonkon Torp real estate attorney Mick Harris reviews the circumstances when an Oregon landlord can issue a no cause eviction.
By Mick Harris – On May 4, after a two-day policy meeting, U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell announced the first of what is likely to be several interest-rate increases in 2022. The first, a 50-basis-point increase, is the single highest hike in 22 years—and it is only the beginning.
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.
“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
“Efforts Continue to Address Toxic PFAS in the Pacific Northwest,” Ear to the Ground Blog, 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