Mick Harris

Mick Harris





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

Washington State Bar Association

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.

Representative Matters

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

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.

The Ramos Project

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
Board Member

Community Services, Inc.
Board of Trustees, Member

College Possible Oregon
Ambassador Board, Member

Oregon Consular Corps

Willamette University Alumni Board
Board Member

Campaign for Equal Justice
Associates Committee, Former Member

Professional Memberships

Multnomah Bar Association

Super Lawyers

2023, Oregon Rising Star – Business/Corporate

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39 Tonkon Torp Attorneys Honored on 2023 Super Lawyers Lists

Thirty-nine Tonkon Torp attorneys in 12 practice areas have been included in the 2023 Oregon Super Lawyers or Rising Stars lists.

Mick Harris Appointed to the Oregon Consular Corps as an Associate Member

Tonkon Torp business attorney Mick Harris has been appointed to the Oregon Consular Corps (OCC) as an Associate Member.

Mick Harris Joins Boards for Community Services, Inc. and College Possible Oregon

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.

Mick Harris Joins Willamette University Alumni Board

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.

Mick Harris Moderates Judicial Candidate Forum for American Constitution Society

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.

All News Items

New Legislation Addresses Oregon Housing Crisis

By Mick Harris – Last week, the Oregon Legislature took a significant step to address Oregon’s ongoing housing crisis, as Governor Tina Kotek signed a robust legislative housing package into law. Two pivotal measures, Senate Bill 1537 and Senate Bill 1530, topped the Governor’s priority list in the 2024 legislative session and garnered bipartisan support in both chambers prior to heading to the Governor’s desk for signature. These bills, coupled with House Bill 4134, are aimed at significantly alleviating the housing crunch.

Exploring Oregon HB 2001: Changes to Residential Nonpayment Evictions

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.

The Latest on Inflation and Rent Increases

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.

1031 Exchange Deadlines Extended for Disaster Relief

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.

Despite Dip in Residential Real Estate Market, Cost of Buying Remains High

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.

All Ear to the Ground Blog Items

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