Timothy Wright

Timothy Wright

Associate

503.802.2052
timothy.wright@tonkon.com

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Education

J.D., University of Oregon School of Law, 2017

B.A., Philosophy, University of West Georgia, 2009

Bar & Court Admissions

Oregon State Bar
U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon

Tim is an associate in Tonkon Torp’s Litigation Department. Prior to joining the firm, he served as a judicial law clerk for the Hon. Erika L. Hadlock, former Chief Judge at the Oregon Court of Appeals. During his two-year clerkship, Tim worked on a number of civil, administrative, and criminal appeals, dealing with issues as varied as free speech, home rule, and discrimination.

Tim graduated from University of Oregon School of Law in 2017, where he was Editor in Chief of the Journal of Environmental Law and Litigation, a Wayne Morse Law Fellow, and Secretary of the American Constitutional Society. During law school, he served as a judicial extern with the Hon. Michael J. McShane at the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon. Tim also worked as a law clerk for both Gleaves Swearingen, LLP and the Oregon Department of Justice. In the Civil Litigation Section of ODOJ’s Trial Division, he authored memorandums and motions on cases dealing with constitutional law, employment discrimination, and multi-party state contracts.

Prior to starting law school, Tim served in the U.S. Army as a Tactical Unmanned Air Systems Repairer. He is a graduate of the University of West Georgia Honors College, where he earned his B.A. in philosophy. In his free time, Tim enjoys getting outdoors to run or hike, reading, and listening to music.

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


Professional Memberships

Multnomah Bar Association
Oregon Women Lawyers

Timothy Wright Joins Minds Matter Board of Directors

Tonkon Torp attorney Timothy Wright has joined the Board of Directors for Minds Matter of Portland. Minds Matter is an academic mentoring program that empowers young people from low-income families to achieve college readiness and success. The Portland chapter of Minds Matter was founded in 2006.

Tonkon Torp Welcomes Litigation Associate Timothy Wright

Timothy Wright has joined Tonkon Torp as an associate in the firm’s Litigation Department. His practice will focus on resolving commercial disputes.

Publications & Presentations

“History in Oregon Constitutional Interpretation – Why We Should Not Do It That Way,” Oregon Appellate Almanac, November 2019

“Putting Some Over the Hill:  The Disparate Impact of Drought in California,” 2017