David J. Petersen - Tonkon Torp LLP

David J. Petersen

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2013

David chairs Tonkon Torp's Real Estate & Land Use practice group, focusing his practice on land use and local government law. He has helped bring a wide range of development projects to fruition, including large-scale residential developments, big-box retail stores, educational and office campuses, mixed-use developments and master planned communities, and other industrial and commercial facilities. He has successfully represented clients before a wide range of permitting bodies including the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals and many Oregon and California cities and counties.
David has a subspecialty focusing on renewable energy development, having worked with many clients to bring utility-scale wind and solar facilities online in Oregon, California and elsewhere. David has represented clients before and serves as a hearings officer for the Oregon Energy Facility Siting Council. He is a member of the firm's Energy practice group and often speaks and writes on land use topics as they relate to renewable energy.

David's clients repeatedly praise his direct advice, quickness to grasp key issues, and efficiency in completing work on time and under budget. Clients and decision-makers alike compliment his clear, concise and forthright explanation of complicated issues and presentation of legal arguments. David is listed in The Best Lawyers in America for his real estate, land use and energy practices.

David graduated magna cum laude from Syracuse University in 1991 with a B.A. in history, and was admitted to the Order of the Coif upon graduating from law school at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1998. Prior to joining Tonkon Torp, David worked as a criminal investigator for the U.S. Department of Agriculture and, after law school, practiced real estate and land use law in the San Francisco area. 

Additional Information

Court Admissions — U.S. District Courts, Central, Eastern and Northern Districts of California
U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
Syracuse UniversityBA 1991Boalt Hall School of Law - University of California, BerkeleyJ.D. 1998
Multnomah Bar Association Community Services, Inc. Southwest Portland Little League

Case History

Acquisition of U.S. Solar Energy Development Portfolio — Represented the purchaser in the recent acquisition of  a rival developer's U.S. solar energy development portfolio. Purchaser acquired 14 large-scale solar projects in the late stages of development in California and New Mexico, along with numerous early-stage projects scattered across the nation
Acquisitions of Operating Assets — Represented The Greenbrier Companies, Inc. in connection with acquisitions of operating assets of Rail Car America, Inc. (RCA), its American Hydraulics division, and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Brandon Corp., for $34 million.
Biofuels Joint Venture — Negotiated agreement for series of joint ventures to maximize the refinement stream for raw biofuel materials, resulting in joint production of both ethanol and cellulosic sugar-based fuels.
California Development Lending — Ongoing representation of Canada-based lender in series of development loans for residential and mixed use commercial development in Southern California.

Office Location

Pioneer Tower, Suite 1600
888 Southwest Fifth Avenue
Portland, OR 97204
United States

Practice Areas

Energy Law
Land Use and Zoning Law
Real Estate Law