Government Relations
Our government relations team offers clients decades of experience. We have a deep knowledge of public policy, the political process, campaigns, and communications. We achieve positive results and provide technical and strategic guidance for clients in a tumultuous political and regulatory environment.

Our attorneys provide clients unique access to political infrastructure and various policy-making bodies. Clients benefit from our credible reputation, the relationships we have built over the years, and the new relationships we continually cultivate.

Tonkon Torp government relations clients include:
  • Corporations
  • Small businesses
  • Trade and professional associations
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Public institutions (universities, transit providers and economic development agencies)

Our Services

We advocate zealously on behalf of our clients while maintaining the highest degree of professionalism. No matter the size or complexity of a project, we provide all aspects of government relations services, including:
  • Direct advocacy and lobbying at all levels of government
  • Strategic advice and counsel
  • Grassroots organizing and coalition building
  • Strategic communications and messaging
  • Campaign consulting
  • Procurement and appropriations
  • Executive branch regulation and rules
  • PAC creation, fundraising and management
As part of one of Oregon's most respected law firms, our practice also provides our clients with immediate access to lawyers with expertise in real estate sales, leasing, financing and development, energy, environmental, natural resource, land use, taxation, immigration, intellectual property, and labor and employment issues.

Beyond our legislative and regulatory work, we fully participate in the political process. We support our clients' interests throughout the campaign cycle through contributions from Tonkon Torp's state political action committee.

Government Solutions

Tonkon Torp has extensive experience guiding clients through the political process and through disputes with government agencies, including while in the investigative stage. Our team is comprised of experienced lawyers with political experience and the proven ability to navigate complex administrative and regulatory issues through lobbying, litigation, and counseling. Visit our Government Solutions page for more informaiton.



Katy  McDowell

Katy McDowell

Operations Director of Government Relations

2021 Oregon Legislative Forecast Is Hazy with a High Chance of Storms

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What the 2021 Oregon Legislature Has in Store for Employment Law

The Oregon Legislature has now begun to meet for the 2021 Regular Session. We want to make you aware of a number of interesting bills which could impact the employment arena.
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Oregon Legislative Recap and Look Ahead for 2021

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…
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Tonkon Torp Welcomes Four Attorneys

Tonkon Torp LLP has welcomed four new attorneys to practice groups throughout the firm.
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Maureen McGee Joins Tonkon Torp from Oregon Office of Legislative Counsel

Tonkon Torp LLP welcomes attorney Maureen McGee to its Government Relations & Public Policy and Government Solutions practice groups.
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Best Lawyers in America® Includes 53 Tonkon Torp Attorneys on 2022 List

Fifty-three Tonkon Torp lawyers representing 39 practice areas have been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2022
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Rocky Dallum Provides Update on Oregon Legislative Session

On April 14, Tonkon Torp partner Rocky Dallum gave an update on Oregon’s 2021 legislative session to the Washington Area State Relations Group, one of the nation’s largest organizations dedicated to serving state government relations professionals…
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Drew Hagedorn Gives Post-Election Political Forecast to NAIOP

On January 26, Tonkon Torp partner Drew Hagedorn provided a political forecast for NAOIP Oregon, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association.
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U.S. News "Best Law Firms" Publication Ranks 37 Tonkon Torp Practice Areas for 2021

U.S. News – Best Lawyers® has released its 2021 edition of "Best Law Firms." Tonkon Torp is once again ranked among the nation's best for five business law categories and is top-ranked in the metropolitan Portland market in 37 practice areas.
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Four Tonkon Torp Attorneys Earn Portland Lawyer of the Year Honor

Four Tonkon Torp partners have been named Portland Lawyer of the Year in their specialties by Best Lawyers in America 2021. In each community, only one lawyer per specialty is honored as Lawyer of the Year by the peer-review survey.
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Best Lawyers in America® Includes 49 Tonkon Torp Attorneys on 2021 List

Forty-nine Tonkon Torp lawyers representing 36 practice areas have been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2021. A majority of attorneys have been named to the peer-review list in past years, and most have been recognized for more…
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Drew Hagedorn Joins OBA Panel for an Executive Development Program Session

Tonkon Torp partner Drew Hagedorn was a featured panelist during the July 14 session of the Executive Development Program, hosted by the Oregon Bankers Association.
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Tonkon Torp Practice Areas Ranked in 2020 U.S. News "Best Law Firms" Publication

U.S. News – Best Lawyers® has released its 2020 edition of "Best Law Firms." Tonkon Torp is once again ranked among the nation's best for six business law service categories including Land Use & Zoning Law, Securities Regulation, Commercial…
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Drew  Hagedorn
Practice Area Chair

Drew Hagedorn