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.

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.

Our services include:
  • 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

Government Litigation

Our firm regularly assists clients in disputes with the government. Several of our lawyers have formerly worked for the government, providing us with the insight and judgment to handle administrative proceedings, investigations, and preemption matters for our clients. When disputes with the government require litigation, our team has experience including:

Administrative Disputes: We seek favorable rulemakings from federal and state administrative agencies and respond to or challenge new rules on behalf of our clients. We regularly represent clients before the:
  • Bonneville Power Administration
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Federal Communications Commission
  • Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
  • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
  • Federal Reserve Board
  • Federal Trade Commission
  • Financial Industry Regulatory Authority
  • Office of the Comptroller of the Currency
  • Oregon Department of Justice
  • Oregon Division of Finance and Corporate Securities
  • Oregon Public Utility Commission
  • Securities and Exchange Commission
  • U. S. Department of Justice
  • Washington Public Utility Commission
Enforcement Actions: We handle complicated matters involving securities law and corporate governance and often represent officers and directors in SEC and state enforcement actions.

Federal Preemption: We represent companies seeking federal preemption of unfavorable state and local statutes and regulations. 

Government Investigations: We help individuals and companies respond to government investigative demands, subpoenas, and search warrants, as well as in facing ongoing investigations by a variety of state and federal agencies.

Government Overreach: We help our clients when faced with unreasonable applications of existing laws and regulations.

Tax: We represent clients in tax controversies, including audits and litigation before the Internal Revenue Service, state and local taxing authorities, the U.S. Tax Court, the Oregon Tax Court, and more.


Will  Gent

Will Gent




Katy  McDowell

Katy McDowell

Operations Director of Government Relations

Kramer v. City of Lake Oswego

Tonkon Torp represents the City of Lake Oswego, Oregon in a lawsuit concerning ownership of and access to Oswego Lake. After Tonkon's lawyers were successful in moving to have the case dismissed in federal court, the lawsuit is now pending in Oregon state court.


Successfully pursued Oregon Health & Science University’s right to recover a proportionate share of approximately $25 million, including interest, received by the state from the 1999 demutualization of Standard Insurance Company. (Marion County Circuit Court/Oregon Court of Appeals)

Port of Arlington v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Tonkon Torp represents the Port of Arlington, Oregon in ongoing federal court litigation arising out of the Corps' revocation of the Port's permit to build a dock facility in the Columbia River.

Successfully Navigated DOJ Antitrust Concerns for NORPAC Foods Bankruptcy

Tonkon represents NORPAC Foods, Inc. and its affiliates as debtors-in-possession in their chapter 11 bankruptcy cases. The case has included two major asset sales, the first of which caused the United States Department of Justice Antitrust Division to withhold approval and investigate potential anticompetitive impacts and other antitrust violations. Tonkon worked with the DOJ through its investigation by submitting voluntary document productions, offering key witnesses for interviews, and submitting white papers on various legal issues. The DOJ eventually closed its investigation without taking any action and the sale proceeded without incident.

Victory for Eastern Oregon City in Strategic Investment Program Agreement Payment Dispute

Tonkon Torp represented a city in Eastern Oregon in a dispute with its county over payments from a major data center developer who developed several data centers in both the City and the County. The developer, the City, and the County are parties to a Strategic Investment Program Agreement, sponsored by the State of Oregon, which required the developer to make annual payments in lieu of property taxes. Tonkon helped the City resolve that dispute in a pre-litigation settlement with the County that will give the City at least $5 million more over the term of the Agreement than the County was previously willing to provide. 

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

The 2021 legislative session is underway, and it’s already shaping up to be one of the most dynamic in a string of dynamic sessions. Before I give you a rundown of the key bills I’m watching for the commercial real estate industry,
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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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Danica Hibpshman Joins Oregon Cannabis Association Board

Tonkon Torp attorney Danica Hibpshman has been elected to the board of the Oregon Cannabis Association.
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Pride Q&A – An Interview with Robert Koch

In honor of Pride month, Jeff Block and Jeremy Tiedeman sat down with Bob Koch and talked about his work for equality and how he stays connected to the community.
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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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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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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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Anna Sortun Joins Oregon Humanities Board of Directors

Tonkon Torp litigation partner Anna Sortun has been elected to the Board of Directors of Oregon Humanities. Oregon Humanities was established in 1971 and works to connect Oregonians to ideas that change lives and transform communities through…
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Tonkon Torp Litigators Share Expertise in Oregon Civil Pleading and Litigation Publication

Tonkon Torp litigators have contributed their expertise to a new treatise on civil litigation practice, Oregon Civil Pleading and Litigation.
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Anna Sortun Appointed to Executive Committee of OSB Litigation Section

Tonkon Torp litigation Partner Anna Sortun has been appointed to the Executive Committee of the Oregon State Bar (OSB) Litigation Section. Her term begins January 1, 2021.
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Drew  Hagedorn
Practice Area Co-Chair

Drew Hagedorn


Paul  Conable
Practice Area Co-Chair

Paul Conable