Services & Industries
J.D., Willamette University College of Law, 2009
B.A., Linfield College, 2002
Bar & Court Admissions
Oregon State Bar
State Bar of Idaho, Business and Corporate Law Sections
Rocky is a partner in the firm’s Government Relations & Public Policy Practice Group. His practice includes strategic counsel and direct advocacy for corporate and nonprofit clients engaging Oregon’s legislative and executive branches. Rocky is particularly active in the areas of tax policy, life sciences, and natural resources.
Before joining Tonkon Torp, Rocky worked for nearly five years as in-house counsel at a large, public manufacturing company. There, he advised business clients on general corporate matters, labor and employment law, and mergers and acquisitions. Rocky has also served as a legislative director, campaign manager, and outreach director for organizations in Oregon and Idaho.
While earning his undergraduate degree at Linfield College (where he was Student Body President), Rocky was a radio host, reporter and sportscaster for KSLC 90.3 FM. Today, his pastimes include rooting for his favorite sports teams – the Portland Trailblazers, OSU Beavers and Linfield Wildcats – and honing his BBQ skills.
Advising and managing the closing of Boise Inc.'s $125 million acquisition of Hexacomb Corporation and its foreign subsidiaries in 2011.
Ginther v. Boise Cascade Corp.
Successfully defending unemployment benefits appeal to Idaho Supreme Court in 2010. (Ginther v. Boise Cascade Corp., 244 P.3d 1229 (Idaho 2010)
Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission
Leading livestock industry’s legislative efforts to affirm Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission’s decision to remove the gray wolf from state list of endangered species.
Development of strategy and advocacy for update and extension to Oregon’s law governing communication to patient and physicians about biological products and their corresponding "biosimilars."
Representation of satellite industry interests during 2015 legislative overhaul of Oregon’s assessment and taxation of telecommunications assets.
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
Oregon State Bar
Agricultural Law Section Executive Committee, Member
Antitrust & Trade Regulation Section Executive Committee, Member
Oregon Business & Industry
Board of Directors
Oregon Student Foundation
Board of Directors
Multnomah Bar Association
State Law Resources
The Best Lawyers in America
2023-2024, Government Relations Practice
Forty-nine Tonkon Torp lawyers representing 36 practice areas have been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2024. All of the attorneys have been previously named to the peer-review list, and most have been listed for more than 10 years.
Fifty-three Tonkon Torp lawyers representing 37 practice areas have been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2023. Nearly all the attorneys have been previously named to the peer-review list, and most have been listed for more than 10 years.
On July 14, Tonkon Torp partner Rocky Dallum was a featured speaker at the Agriculture Law Seminar leading a session called, “The Policies, Politics and People Influencing Agricultural law in 2022.”
Tonkon Torp partner Rocky Dallum has been elected to the National Board of Trustees for the ALS Association. The ALS Association leads the fight to treat and cure ALS through global research and nationwide advocacy.
Tonkon Torp partner Rocky Dallum was a featured speaker at Bio on the Rocks, a networking and educational event hosted by the Oregon Bioscience Association. Rocky provided a legislative overview of the 2022 Oregon legislative session, and shared outcomes from Oregon Bio’s advocacy work specific to the biotech sector.
The past year brought plenty of surprises with the pandemic, civil unrest, and wildfires all leaving a stamp on public policy in Oregon. Throughout 2020, lobbyists and lawyers alike worked hard to keep up with the ever-changing landscape of executive orders, special sessions, and temporary rules.
Publications & Presentations
“Oregon’s Political Landscape Overview and State Election Strategy,” Oregon Bioscience, September 2022″
“Oregon Legislative Recap and Look Ahead for 2023,” Annual Agriculture Law Seminar, The Seminar Group, July 2022
“2022 Oregon Legislative Update,” Oregon Bio, April 2022
“Oregon Legislative Recap and Look Ahead for 2021,” Tonkon Torp Legal Update, January 2021
“2019 Oregon Legislative Update,” Annual Agriculture Law Seminar, The Seminar Group, June 2019
“2019 Legislative Preview,” Strategic Economic Development Corporation (SEDCOR) Forum, January 2019
“Oregon Tax Policy and Economic Development: Legislative Update,” OEDA Annual Conference, Oregon Economic Development Association, October 2018
“2018 Oregon Agricultural Law Legislative Update,” The Seminar Group, July 2018
“2017 Oregon Legislative Update,” Association of Corporate Counsel – Oregon Chapter, July 2017
“Overview of Oregon Candidates and Ballot Measures,” Lake Oswego, OR, October 2014
“The Oracle That Wasn’t; Why Financial Ties Have Remained the Standard for Assessing the Independence of Corporate Directors,” 46 Willamette Law Review, 99, 2009