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Tonkon Torp attorneys frequently represent owners of closely held Oregon companies in disputes over the control and management of their businesses and in disputes with co-owners or former owners concerning their obligations to each other. These disputes are often hard fought.  We have the tenacity, resources, depth of experience, and legal sophistication to successfully pursue or defend these cases. We draw on the expertise of our business lawyers in corporate governance and in various types of business entities, including corporations, limited liability companies and partnerships. When we get involved early, we can advise clients on steps to avoid litigation or to lay the groundwork for a successful result in litigation.

The legal claims involved in disputes among business owners can take many forms.  Here are a few examples of the types of claims we have handled:
  • Breach of fiduciary duty by corporate directors and officers, managers and members of limited liability companies, and partners.
  • Minority shareholder oppression.
  • Dissolution of the business.
  • Enforcement of LLC membership rights.
  • Breach of contracts relating to compensation of current and former owners of the business.
  • Accounting for money wrongfully taken from the company.

Since well before Sarbanes-Oxley was enacted in 2002, Tonkon Torp attorneys have advised directors and officers of public companies on all types of corporate governance matters, from fiduciary obligations of directors and public disclosure obligations to internal investigations and securities litigation. In the current environment, public companies, directors and officers are facing heightened levels of scrutiny and new responsibilities, demanding experienced counsel with the common sense necessary to separate cost-effective compliance measures from useless formalities.

Investigations and Litigation

When investigations are launched internally or externally, Tonkon Torp advises special committees, boards of directors, individual directors and officers. We conduct internal investigations and prepare confidential reports. We help structure investigations to uncover fraud and protect our clients' interests, and defend clients in administrative and court proceedings brought by the SEC and DOJ. In addition, we defend clients in shareholder lawsuits.

Our investigation and litigation experience includes:
  • Internal investigations and special committee reports
  • SEC, DOJ and legislative investigations
  • Shareholder disputes including securities class actions, derivative suits and professional liability actions
  • Criminal and civil white collar defense arising from securities fraud