UppersChallenging work and early client contact
Dedication to balanced lifestyles
Eight weeks paid parental leave
"Very fun" annual firm retreat
DownersLack of a firm policy on "practically anything"
Not as social as other local firms
Lack of formal training
ABOUT THIS COMPANY:A leading full service firm
Tonkon Torp is a leading Portland-based full-service firm with some interesting clients. Oregon-based Nike Inc. has retained the firm since its IPO in 1980, and in 2003 named Tonkon Partner Peter Koehler Jr. as its regional counsel for the United States and the Americas. Lewis & Clark College in Portland has retained the firm in a number of matters, including the production of a report on a questionable loan made by the college to an oil processing company. The high-risk loan was apparently made without board approval and the report slammed a partner of competing firm Stoel Rives for unethical behavior in the process.
The firm has also innovated in its management structure, and in 2003 was the first Oregon firm to hire a chief executive officer--former American Bar Association President Robert Hirshon--to handle firm management, allowing him to focus on the business and the attorneys to, in the words of then-Management Board Chair Kenneth Stephens, "focu[s] their attention fully on the practice of law."
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