Government RelationsOur government relations team offers clients decades of experience at the local, state, and federal level. 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 LitigationOur 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
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.
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.
PEBB v. OHSU
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.
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.
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.