Business Law
Many of our clients see their Tonkon Torp business lawyer as an outside business partner. We've built relationships that have endured for decades, acting as an outside general counsel, strategic business advisor, and one-stop legal resource. Our 40 years of experience with clients of all sizes and in a variety of industries means you receive informed judgment on day-to-day problems, foresight on potential areas of conflict, and strategies for preventing litigation. 

To us, the fundamental measure of a good client relationship is how little you worry about legal matters and how much you can focus on taking your business to the next level. For large public and private clients, as well as small private and closely-held family companies, our business lawyers act as a primary contact, handling day-to-day legal matters and referring clients to other Tonkon Torp lawyers with skills in particular disciplines as needed. 

Our general business lawyers give advice on a variety of issues including:
  • Corporate ownership, control and management issues such as entity formation, tax planning, and executive compensation.
  • Negotiation and documentation of private and public capital solutions for start-up, ongoing operations and business expansion.
  • Agreements governing relationships in production, supply, marketing and distribution.
  • Development of internal company policies covering employment matters.
  • Development of regulatory compliance strategies for tax audits, antitrust and trade regulation, and intellectual property.
  • Real estate matters such as acquisitions, land use approvals and compliance, environmental clean-up, and leasing of office, warehousing, manufacturing and sales facilities.

Attorneys

Kate  Roth

Kate Roth

Associate

503.802.2189
kate.roth@tonkon.com
Kurt  Ruttum

Kurt Ruttum

Managing Partner

Paralegals

Brenda  Alvey

Brenda Alvey

Business Paralegal

AnDee  Compton

AnDee Compton

Estate Planning Paralegal

Samantha  Holly

Samantha Holly

Business Paralegal

503.802.2118
sam.holly@tonkon.com
Laura  Lindberg

Laura Lindberg

Business and Bankruptcy Paralegal

Nicolle  Pratt

Nicolle Pratt

Business Paralegal

Laney  Quigley

Laney Quigley

Business Paralegal

Tonkon Torp Leads Moda Health Through Corporate Restructure and $155 Million Sale

Tonkon Torp led client Moda Health through its high-profile corporate restructure and $155 million stock sale to Delta Dental of California.

Tonkon Torp Leads Sale of Pendleton Whisky Brands for Hood River Distillers

In early 2018, Tonkon Torp concluded the $205 million sale of the Pendleton Whisky brands by its client Hood River Distillers, Inc. (HRD) to Proximo Spirits, whose international portfolio of spirits includes Jose Cuervo tequila. HRD was Oregon’s first distillery, and one of Tonkon's original clients.

Tonkon Helps Tonkin

For decades, Tonkon Torp has been honored and proud to represent the Tonkin family and its businesses. In fact, the relationship dates back to the post-World War II era.

Tonkon Facilitates Sale of Iconic Coronado Theatre

Tonkon Torp represented one of the sellers in the $5.2 million sale of the historic Vintage Village Theatre in Coronado, California. Find details and more featured cases here.

Tonkon in the Driver’s Seat for Fast Dealership Purchase Ride

Auto dealership sales are generally straightforward affairs that frequently involve both business and real estate assets. In 2015, Tonkon Torp got involved in a purchase transaction that took a unique turn. Find details and more featured cases here.

Tonkon Torp Stays the Course in the Mississippi Avenue Lofts Project

The process to acquire, complete and sell the Mississippi Avenue Lofts involved a broad range of legal transactions from Tonkon Torp, including a funding round, multi-party loan and purchasing agreements, litigation and a final sale. Find the details and more featured cases here.

Tonkon Represents Opus Agency in Equity Investment Transaction

Tonkon Torp’s Mergers & Acquisition practice group represented client Opus Agency in a significant equity transaction with private equity firm Fan Creek Capital, providing substantial additional growth capital to Opus. Opus, a global corporate events and experiential marketing agency headquartered in Beaverton, Oregon, serves Fortune 1000 clients such as Salesforce, Amazon, Intel and Alaska Airlines.

Tonkon Torp Represents Vestas in Acquisition of UpWind Solutions

Tonkon Torp represented its client Vestas, the world's largest manufacturer of wind turbines, in the acquisition of UpWind Solutions, Inc., an independent service provider for wind power plants in nine US states. The $60 million acquisition furthers Vestas's strategic objectives for its North America service business.

Tonkon Torp Helps Human Solutions Secure New Family Shelter Site

Tonkon Torp is proud to have helped Human Solutions navigate a complex financing project to transform a shuttered commercial property into an emergency 24/7 family housing shelter. Find details and more featured cases here.

Tonkon Torp Completes Complex Asset Sale for Privately Held Business

In late 2014, Tonkon Torp represented a privately held heavy industrial equipment manufacturer in a complex transaction that included selling business assets and real property, and leasing other related business property. The selling company is a long-term client of the firm.

Acquisition of Shopping Center during COVID Crisis

Represented client in the acquisition of a Willamette Valley shopping center in completion of a 1031 exchange. The coronavirus crisis hit during the due diligence period, resulting in a massive drop-off in tenants' businesses and thereby drastically affecting the transaction pro forma. Assisted buyer to implement creative solutions with the seller to save the transaction by sharing the risk of reduced landlord revenues in the short term after closing.

Development of Massachusetts Senior Living Facilities

Represented seniors housing client in the formation of a joint venture with a Massachusetts developer to acquire a partial interest in a real estate sale agreement, and the acquisition of a portion of the property for the development of two assisted living facilities. The real estate transaction involved the subdivision of the property, creation of easements and other rights to the lots not acquired by the client, and the imposition of historical preservation and affordable housing covenants on the property as a condition of development. Also assisted the joint venture to obtain construction financing.

Is Selling a Viable Option with an Unresolved PPP Loan on the Books?

When the second round of PPP funding became available in January 2021, our firm saw a significant drop off in the number of clients seeking a second PPP loan. I view this is a positive indication that the first round did its job, and that we are in a…
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The Impact of PPP Loans, One Year Later

When the federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) was announced in March 2020, we worked with many of our business clients to secure a PPP loan in the first, fastest, and most competitive round of lending by the Small Business Association (SBA…
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Public Company Disclosures in a Climate-Change Focused World

As society reckons with the enormous danger of climate change, there is no question that corporations must take responsibility for their contributions to rampant global warming, while working to reduce their emissions. For public companies or those…
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Business Transition Planning in a Pandemic

It is an open secret that many business owners, no matter how organized, regularly neglect an important task—developing their exit strategy.
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PPP Round 2: Who Is Eligible, What Expenses Can Be Paid, And What Is the Tax Treatment?

Shortly before the end of the bizarre and painful 2020 calendar year, the Consolidated Appropriations Act for 2021 (the Act) was signed into law, providing an additional $284 billion appropriation for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).
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Corporate Transparency Act’s Efforts to Combat Crime May Impact Small Businesses

The National Defense Authorization Act, passed by the U.S. House and Senate at the end of 2020, contained a piece of legislation intended to increase transparency into shell companies to combat money laundering and criminal behavior: the Corporate…
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Was My PPP Loan Necessary (In Hindsight)? SBA Seeks Additional Information from PPP Borrowers with Loans of $2 Million or More

On the roller coaster ride that is the interpretation of the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) by the U.S. Small Business Administration (“SBA”), on October 26, the SBA issued a notice to the Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”) seeking approval…
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Cleaning Up Your Contracts – Property Owners Could Be Liable for Janitors’ Unpaid Wages

Due to recent changes in Oregon law, if a janitorial service provider fails to pay its employees, the owner or manager of the property being cleaned could be liable for the unpaid wages (and additional penalties) unless the property owner or manager…
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SBA Issues New Guidance Regarding Changes of Ownership for PPP Borrowers

On October 2, 2020, the Small Business Administration (“SBA”) published new guidance outlining the procedures that PPP borrowers and lenders must follow in the event that a PPP borrower undergoes a “change of ownership.”
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What Does the Trump Order on Tax Deferrals Mean for Employers?

On August 8, 2020, President Trump issued an Executive Order directing Treasury Secretary Mnuchin to allow employers a temporary deferral on withholding, collecting, and remitting certain employment taxes. This is not a tax forgiveness, at least at…
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PPP Update: EZ Forgiveness Application and New Guidance

On June 30, Tonkon Torp attorneys Drea Schmidt, Ferdie Ruplin, and Betsy Judd will host a roundtable discussion and Q&A on the SBA's new EZ Forgiveness Application for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) borrowers. They will also cover changes to the…
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PPP Loan Forgiveness: What Do We Do Now?

On Friday, May 22, Tonkon Torp partners Jeffrey Cronn and Drea Schmidt will review the new guidance released by the SBA last Friday on PPP loan forgiveness.
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Investor Perspectives on Raising Capital in Uncertain Times

Raising capital can be a tough process to navigate for emerging companies even in the best of times; with the ongoing pandemic, many ventures are left with more questions than answers. Join us on May 5 at 12:00 PM for a first-hand investor report…
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Managing Investment Adviser Compliance in the Global Pandemic

WEBINAR: Impact of COVID-19 on investment advisers and private fund managers.
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WEBINAR: Preparing to Thrive in the Recovery: Cash Flow, PPP Loans, and Alternative Capital

Speculation on how long the COVID-19 crisis will continue, and what its financial impact will be, fills our inboxes and newsfeeds. We are living in unprecedented, uncertain times. But we know this crisis will someday pass – how are you working…
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Start with Courage - Women's Business Event

Tuesday, November 12 | 4:00 to 6:00 PM at the Multnomah Athletic Club. Tonkon Torp invites you to join us for a women's business event
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Jarell Hunt Elected to the Brian Grant Foundation Board of Directors

Tonkon Torp business attorney Jarell Hunt has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Brian Grant Foundation. The Foundation strives to improve the quality of life for those living with Parkinson’s disease through exercise and nutrition…
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Josh Smith Talks Technology Licensing and Transfers for OBI

Tonkon Torp partner Josh Smith was a featured speaker at a recent educational program hosted by Oregon Bioscience Incubator (OBI). The program focused on technology licensing and transfers from educational and other institutions.
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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.
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Tyler Harkness Leads Session on Strategic Planning and Leadership for OSU Family Business 360

Tonkon Torp attorney Tyler Harkness led a session on leadership transitions, strategic planning, and corporate governance at the February 17 Family Business 360 program, hosted by the College of Business at Oregon State University.
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Claire Brown Joins Oregon Entrepreneurs Network Board of Directors

Tonkon Torp partner Claire Brown has joined the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network (OEN) Board of Directors as its Secretary. Tonkon Torp is an active advocate for Oregon’s startup community, and has had an attorney serving on the OEN board since the early…
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Tonkon Torp Attorneys Share What's in Store for Oregon Cannabis M&A

Attorneys from Tonkon Torp’s Cannabis Industry and Mergers & Acquisitions practice groups co-hosted a webinar on M&A trends for Oregon’s cannabis industry with representatives from MGO, a CPA and accounting consulting firm with a substantial cannabis…
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Tonkon Torp Attorneys Speak to Startups at December TiE XL Boot Camp

On December 9, Tonkon Torp attorneys Tyler Harkness, Parna Mehrbani, and Clay Creps were instructors for the virtual TIE XL Boot Camp. The boot camp provides opportunities for a cohort of entrepreneurs to connect with experts in the startup community…
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Adam Adkin Shares a “Day in the Life” with WUCL Students

On October 26, Tonkon Torp attorney Adam Adkin participated in a virtual panel hosted by the Business Law Society at the Willamette University College of Law. The “Day in the Life” event gave current law students the opportunity to unpack the daily…
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Danica Hibpshman Helps Guide OLCC Regulatory Framework Updates

In July 2020, Tonkon Torp attorney Danica Hibpshman was appointed to a newly convened OLCC Regulatory/Legislative Advisory Committee for the cannabis industry. The committee was created to review existing cannabis regulations and formulate policy…
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To Sell or Not To Sell: M&A Prospects in Late 2020 and Beyond

Partners from Tonkon Torp’s Business and Bankruptcy Departments hosted a webinar on October 15 to look at M&A prospects and strategies for late 2020 and beyond. The panel was moderated by Sherrill Corbett and featured Claire Brown, Tim Conway, and…
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Michael  Millender
Practice Area Co-Chair

Michael Millender

Partner

Jeffrey  Cronn
Practice Area Co-Chair

Jeffrey Cronn

Partner

503.802.2048
jeff.cronn@tonkon.com