Jeffrey S. Cronn - Tonkon Torp LLP

Jeffrey S. Cronn

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2013

Jeff's practice emphasizes mergers and acquisitions, and a range of corporate and business matters. He regularly counsels public, private, and nonprofit entities with respect to mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, securities and financings, and other general corporate matters. He also regularly advises clients with regard to equity ownership disputes.

Jeff is known for his ability to combine technical skills, practical problem solving and strategic business advice.

He has significant experience in the footwear, financial services, energy, professional services, technology, manufacturing and nonprofit industries.

Representative clients include NIKE, RVK, Inc., Opus Agency, Renaissance Custom Homes, ECO Northwest, Air-Weigh, James Beard Public Market, M Financial Group, and MotoSport.

Recent and other significant representative engagements include:

  • Representation of Opus Agency in connection with significant growth capital investment.
  • Representation of shareholder in multi-million dollar settlement of shareholder dispute.
  • Counsel to Board of Directors in corporate control dispute with respect to $500 million business.
  • Representation of Wayzata Investment Partners in $31.15 million purchase of Pope & Talbot's Halsey pulp mill.
  • Representation of NIKE in $200 million sale of NIKE Bauer Hockey to Kohlberg & Co.
  • Representation of NIKE in $60 million sale of Official Starter to Iconix Brands Group.
  • Representation of the buyer in its acquisition of the controlling interest in a Portland restaurant.
  • Oregon counsel for Kronos in its $1.8 billion going private transaction.
  • Oregon counsel for Kronos in its $150 million acquisition of Unicru.
  • Oregon corporate counsel to Enron Corp. during its reorganization.
  • Representation of companies and owners in resolution of corporate, limited liability company and other business entity ownership disputes.
  • Representation of technology and other growth companies in seed and venture funding transactions.
Jeff is Co-Chair of the firm’s Business Department, and is also an active member of the firm’s Corporate Finance and Nonprofit Practice Groups. He is also the co-author of the financing chapter for Advising Oregon Businesses. He is a frequent speaker before industry and professional groups on M&A, finance and corporate governance issues.

Jeff’s interest in nonprofit organizations includes his service as a director and treasurer of Oregon Humanities and his leadership of and continued involvement with Marathon Education Partners. He is a founding member of Marathon which provides higher education scholarship opportunities to low-income students. He also serves on the Board of Oregon Humanities and assists the James Beard Public Market, Friends of William Stafford, and a number of other nonprofits in the Portland area.

Additional Information

Experience Acquisition of Unicru, Inc. Represented Kronos as Oregon counsel in the acquisition of Unicru, Inc. for $150 million.
Confidential (Multnomah County Circuit Court) - Successfully assert claims for breach of judicial dissolution, breach of fiduciary duty and breach of shareholder agreement seeking damages of $6.0 million.  
Government Contracting Debarment Threat Assisted client in researching and analyzing alleged threats of debarment or suspension as a government contractor under the Federal Acquisition Regulations and assisted client with general corporate governance matters.
Kronos Buyout Represented Kronos as Oregon counsel in the $1.8 billion buyout of Kronos by a private equity fund.
McLean v. Saltchuk, King County Superior Court Represents three brothers who sold their family trucking business in several proceedings in both court and arbitration. The claims involve indemnity and other issues under a Stock Purchase Agreement, real estate matters, professional malpractice and taxation.
Nike Acquisition of Converse, Inc. Represented Nike, Inc. in connection with the acquisition of Converse, Inc. stock for $305 million.
Nike Acquisition of Hurley Represented Nike, Inc. in connection with the acquisition of Hurley.
Nike Acquisition of Starter Represented Nike, Inc. in connection with the acquisition of Starter for $43 million.
University of California, BerkeleyBA 1991 University of Michigan Law SchoolJ.D. 1994
American Bar AssociationMultnomah Bar Association

Office Location

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

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2014 Lawyer of the Year in Corporate Compliance Law of the Portland-OR Metro Area
Jeffrey S. Cronn has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2014!

Practice Areas

Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law
Corporate Compliance Law