Sustainability Law
Headquartered in Portland since our founding, Tonkon Torp is at the epicenter of sustainability, providing our clients the tools to navigate this expanding, vital area. We work with businesses and individuals to meet their present needs without jeopardizing the ability of future generations to do the same.

At Tonkon Torp, our knowledge of sustainability comes from practical experience as well as our commitment to sustainability as a firm. When assisting clients, our interdisciplinary approach to sustainability draws from the firm’s expertise in:
  • Real estate and land use
  • Environmental and natural resource practices
  • Business and corporate finance
  • Intellectual property
  • Government relations and public policy
  • Regulatory matters, including our energy, telecommunications and regulated industries practices
  • Tax, including incentives and credits
Tonkon Torp sustainability attorneys provide counsel in the following areas:
  • Assisting clients in the siting, acquisition, permitting and financing of renewable energy facilities
  • Helping clients acquire, manage and grow sustainable forests
  • Providing strategic counsel for clients launching or expanding businesses that produce or sell sustainable products, services and buildings
  • Providing advocacy and lobbying on sustainability issues for clients
  • Helping clients register for Benefit Company status and advising them on their expanded fiduciary duty and documentation requirements
Representative sustainability matters include:
  • Negotiation and consummation of long-term ground leases for construction of an ethanol production and distribution facility for a renewable fuels producer and marketer
  • Negotiation and execution of eight wind energy leases for over 62,500 acres in Wyoming
  • Sale of a major wind energy project including all land-related aspects of the transaction from title work and amendment to assignment of land rights to over 20 different landowners
  • Sale of Olympic Peninsula timberland to the Nature Conservancy
  • Purchase of timberland in Western Oregon for conservation-based sustainable management
  • Strategic counsel, including financings, trademark protection, general business advice for organic, health and wellness and fair trade products

Public School Solar Rooftops

Represented public utility in the negotiation of license agreements for the installation of solar facilities on several Portland area school buildings. 

Tonkon Torp Earns Gold Certification for Sustainability Efforts

Thanks to the leadership efforts of Tonkon Torp’s Sustainability Committee, the firm achieved Sustainability at Work’s gold certification. The certification recognizes the firm’s commitment to helping make Portland one of the cleanest, most…
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Tonkon Torp Sponsors SCRAP Rumble

Tonkon Torp's Sustainability Committee sponsored SCRAP's Rebel Craft Rumble event on October 15. Elizabeth Goodman, a SCRAP board member, managed Tonkon's involvement with the event. SCRAP is a donation-based creative reuse store and donation center…
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Tonkon Torp Earns Designation as Oregon State Bar "Partner in Sustainability"

The Oregon State Bar Sustainable Future Section has recognized Tonkon Torp as a “Partner in Sustainability.” The Section created the “Partners in Sustainability Program” in 2012 in order to encourage law firms of all sizes to adopt sustainable office…
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Delano & Brown Explain Securities Law Exemptions for Oregon Solar Energy Cooperatives

Duncan Delano and Claire Brown were speakers at an August 1st event to help solar energy stakeholders understand Oregon's new securities registration exemption for renewable energy cooperatives. The exemption was passed in March of this year, but…
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Max Miller Continues to Lead Sustainability Initiatives within the Legal Profession

Tonkon Torp environmental lawyer Max M. Miller, Jr. has been appointed to serve on the Executive Committee of the Oregon State Bar’s Sustainable Future Section. The Section supports sustainability within the Oregon legal profession through…
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Max Miller Honored by Oregon State Bar for Sustainability Accomplishments

Environmental lawyer Max M. Miller, Jr. has been awarded the President’s Sustainability Award by the Oregon State Bar. The award recognizes members who have made “significant contributions to the goal of sustainability in the legal profession in…
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Tonkon Torp Purchases Renewable Energy Certificates

In its continued commitment to create and demonstrate sustainability and social responsibility values in its law practice, Tonkon Torp has purchased Renewable Energy Certificates known as "green tags" to offset its 2011 carbon emissions from…
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Tonkon Torp cited as one of 100 best green companies in Oregon

Tonkon Torp earned a place on Oregon Business magazine's 2010 list of "100 Best Green Companies to Work For" and was recently honored at a luncheon hosted by the magazine. The designation is based on results from a portion of the annual Oregon…
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Tonkon Torp Wins PUC Ruling on Behalf of Third Party Solar-Electric Projects

The Oregon Public Utility Commission's ruling regarding third party financing of solar energy projects, was precedent setting for the region, says Tonkon Torp attorney David F. White.
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Twelve Tonkon Torp Attorneys Again Earn National Recognition for Excellence in Business Law

Twelve partners of Tonkon Torp LLP have been selected for the 2008 edition of Chambers USA America's Leading Lawyers for Business.
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Max M. Miller Jr.
Practice Area Chair

Max M. Miller Jr.