Justin B. Denton - Tonkon Torp LLP

Justin B. Denton

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2014
Phone: 503-802-2117

Justin practices general business and corporate law. Much of his practice focuses on counseling family-owned and other closely held businesses. He serves as the Chair of the firm's Closely Held Business practice group and is a member of the firm's Mergers & Acquisitions group.

In addition to helping clients with their general business and corporate matters, Justin has significant experience working with clients who are seeking to:

  • Form or reorganize a business entity.
  • Create joint ventures with other businesses.
  • Arrange debt financings.
  • Resolve company ownership disputes before they reach litigation.
  • Buy, sell or lease real estate.
  • Buy or sell businesses.

Justin represents clients in many industries, including seniors housing, advertising and publishing, auto dealership, manufacturing, sports, construction, and medical and dental.

He is a frequent presenter at continuing legal education courses where he teaches other lawyers on his areas of expertise.

Justin enjoys his family, running marathons, backpacking and fishing. He also speaks conversational Tagalog (Filipino).

Representative Matters


  • Structured and negotiated strategic joint venture that develops and operates seniors housing facilities across the U.S.
  • Restructured corporations and LLC's to grant ownership interests to key employees.
  • Represented owners and companies in resolving business ownership disputes.
  • Represented buyers and sellers in purchasing and selling seniors housing facilities, hotels, professional practices, auto dealerships and other businesses.
  • Represented clients in borrowing several hundred million dollars from various types of lending institutions.

Additional Information

Experience Corporate Formation of Online Services Company

Assisted start-up business engaged in providing online services to consumers and retailers in corporate formation, including drafting its articles of incorporation, bylaws, subscription agreement and shareholders agreement.

Joint Venture Between Pharmaceutical Companies

Represented owner of a pharmaceutical company in its joint venture with a second pharmaceutical company.

Refinance of Seatac Holiday Inn Represented the owner of Seatac Holiday Inn in obtaining a $21,700,000 loan from Laddes Capital.
Sale of Apartment Complex Represented seller of an apartment complex.
Sale of Best Western Inn Represented seller of Best Western Inn.
Sale of Store Represened shareholders of a store in a sale of 100% of the company's stock.


Brigham Young UniversityBA 1994Brigham Young University J. Reuben Clark Law SchoolJ.D. 1997
Multnomah Bar Association American 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 Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships) of the Portland-OR Metro Area
Justin B. Denton has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2014!

Practice Areas

Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law