Services & Industries
J.D., University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, 2020
B.A., Pomona College, 2012
Bar & Court Admissions
Oregon State Bar
U.S. District Court, District of Oregon
Paul is an associate in Tonkon Torp’s Litigation Department. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law in 2020, where he was the Senior Articles Editor of Ecology Law Quarterly and Treasurer of the Election Law Society, as well as a volunteer with the Tenants’ Rights Workshop at the East Bay Community Law Center.
While a law student, Paul worked at Tonkon Torp as a Summer Associate. He also worked as a judicial extern for the Honorable Kathleen Banke at the California Court of Appeal and the Honorable Trina Thompson at the Alameda County Superior Court.
Prior to law school, Paul worked for several years in the Washington, D.C. office of Congressman Earl Blumenauer, focusing on transportation and urban livability policy.
A product of Portland Public Schools, Paul graduated from Pomona College, where he double-majored in Politics and Middle East Studies and was captain of his NCAA Division III cross country and track teams. Paul is a competitive marathoner and enjoys spending time outside in the Pacific Northwest with his wife and dog and working in the garden.
Product Liability Defense
Defended a national wearable device manufacturer against claims that one of its products was dangerously defective. Following an arbitration, we received a complete defense victory.
In 2021, Tonkon Torp defended its client Sprinklr, Inc. in one of the largest Oregon-based commercial lawsuits to be filed in recent years. The complex case between Sprinklr and plaintiff Opal Labs began in 2017 and involved the high-end technology of two sophisticated companies offering services in content marketing.
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.
Tonkon Torp’s Government Solutions Practice Group is celebrating a successful effort on behalf of the Oregon Farm Bureau seeking changes to an Attorney General’s ballot title, caption and summary.
Community Involvement & Activities
Multnomah Bar Association
Attorney Paul Balmer has joined Tonkon Torp LLP as an associate in its Litigation Department. Balmer works with regional and national businesses and individuals to resolve challenges in and out of court, including contract disputes and administrative charges.
Publications & Presentations
“Major Changes Coming to Cannabis Industry – Most of Them Are Good,” Tonkon Torp Legal Update, August 2021
“Colluding to Save the World: How Antitrust Laws Discourage Corporations from Taking Action on Climate Change,” 47 Ecology Law Currents 219, 2020
“Martin’s Beach Litigation and Eroding Public Access Rights to the California Coast,” 45 Ecology Law Quarterly 427, 2018