Services & Industries
J.D., Northwestern University School of Law, 2018
B.A., magna cum laude, University of Oregon Clark Honors College, 2011, Phi Beta Kappa
Bar & Court Admissions
Oregon State Bar
Washington State Bar Association
Sadie is an associate in Tonkon Torp’s Litigation Department. She has represented entities and individuals in various complex commercial litigation matters, including trade secret and contract disputes. She has experience in state and federal court—having tried both bench and jury trials—as well as in arbitration proceedings. Sadie enjoys learning about her clients’ goals and developing strategies to support those goals over the course of litigation.
Sadie has a strong commitment to community involvement, and is a member of Tonkon Torp’s Hiring, Pro Bono, and Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion committees. Previously, she was a member of the Service to the Public Committee for the Multnomah Bar Association Young Lawyers Section and the Associates Committee for the Campaign for Equal Justice. Sadie is dedicated to pro bono work, and has been an active contributor to many of Tonkon Torp’s pro bono efforts, including the CLiF Project and Ramos Project, and to the U.S. District Court’s Pro Bono Program.
Sadie attended Northwestern University School of Law, where she engaged in post-dispositional advocacy for clients with juvenile adjudications through the Children and Family Justice Center; she also worked as a summer associate at Tonkon Torp and Sidley Austin. Prior to law school, Sadie was a project manager at a children’s services organization, an adoption event manager for an animal rescue, and a legal assistant to an immigration attorney. In her free time, Sadie enjoys spending time with her many pets and performing as a violist with a local symphony orchestra.
Product Liability Defense
Defended a product manufacturer, its parent company, and a national online retailer against product liability claims of approximately $100 million, with parties and witnesses spanning 10 U.S. jurisdictions and three countries. Ultimately resolved the matter for a small fraction of claimed damages.
Trade Secrets – Software as a Service
Three-week federal jury trial of a nine-figure dispute over claimed trade secrets in software as a service platforms.
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.
It’s often the case that business attorneys shy away from justice-related pro bono work that requires appearing in court. Yet tax attorney Gwen Griffith has learned that stepping out of her lane returns value beyond measure.
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
Multnomah Bar Association Young Lawyers Section
2018-2020, Service to the Public Committee
Campaign for Equal Justice
2019, Associates Committee
Multnomah Bar Association
Oregon Women Lawyers
Oregon State Bar
2019, New Lawyers Division Pro Bono Challenge Award
Thousands of volunteers from the community have stepped up to help in the historic effort to immunize Oregonians against COVID-19. Included in these ranks are attorneys Sadie Concepción, David Forman, Bob Koch, and Christopher Morehead.
Tonkon Torp litigators have contributed their expertise to a new treatise on civil litigation practice, Oregon Civil Pleading and Litigation.
Attorneys Bob Koch and Sadie Concepción were featured panelists on a June 24 webinar hosted by the Multnomah Bar Association. The program, moderated by US District Magistrate Judge Stacie F. Beckerman, offered a variety of perspectives and options for civil litigators to contribute to the community through pro bono work.
Tonkon Torp attorney Sadie Concepción has won the Oregon State Bar’s 2019 New Lawyers Division Pro Bono Challenge Award. Sadie logged an impressive 277 hours of direct legal services last year, including work with The CLiF Project, the District of Oregon’s Pro Bono Program, the ACLU of Oregon, and Legal Aid Roseburg.
Tonkon Torp has added two associates to the firm – Sadie Concepción in the Litigation Department, and Rebecca Ok in the Labor & Employment Practice Group.
Publications & Presentations
“Individual Parties and Representative Capacity,” Chapter, Oregon Civil Pleading and Litigation (2020 Edition), Oregon State Bar
Panelist, “Sharpening Your Skills Through Pro Bono Practice,” Multnomah Bar Association, June 2020