Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
Tonkon Torp’s attorneys litigate complex issues of constitutional law on behalf of businesses and individuals. Many of our litigators also handle pro bono civil rights and civil liberties litigation as cooperating attorneys for the ACLU Foundation of Oregon, Inc. and the CLiF Project.

Our constitutional law and civil rights work includes:
  • Challenges to state and local regulation under the Commerce Clause of the United States Constitution
  • Challenges to local, state and federal regulations under the Due Process Clauses of the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution
  • Claims for compensation under the Takings Clause of the Fifth Amendment and the Oregon Constitution
  • Claims and defenses based on federal preemption of state and local law under the Supremacy Clause of the United States Constitution
  • Employment and contractor claims arising under the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, the Oregon Constitution and federal and state civil rights statutes
  • Claims for violations of individuals’ rights under the First, Fourth, Fifth, and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution

Tonkon Torp Obtains Oregon Supreme Court Victory for ACLU

Tonkon Torp attorneys Steven Wilker, Sarah Einowski and Gwen Griffith, working on behalf of the ACLU of Oregon, won a large victory in the Oregon Supreme Court that strengthens the public's right to records. Find details and more featured cases here.

Steven Wilker Brings ACLU Case to Oregon Supreme Court

Steven Wilker recently presented arguments to the Oregon Supreme Court on behalf of the ACLU of Oregon. At issue is the ACLU’s request for the release of public records from the City of Eugene relating to an incident in 2008 in which a Eugene police officer twice "tased" protestor Ian Van Ornum while he was prone on the ground at an anti-pesticide rally.

Balancing Free Speech and Presidential Security - Wilker Argues at the U.S. Supreme Court on First Amendment Issue

On March 26, 2014, Tonkon Torp litigator Steven Wilker argued at the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of the ACLU of Oregon in Wood v. Moss, a political viewpoint discrimination case. Find details and more featured cases here.