A member of the firm's Corporate Finance and Mergers & Acquisitions groups, Leon is an experienced corporate and business restructuring attorney. He represents corporate clients in a wide range of business matters, including finance, license agreements, customer and supplier issues, equipment purchasing and financing, acquisitions and divestitures and shareholder and director issues.
Leon has represented the purchasers in several transactions in which businesses were purchased from various debtors. The purchased businesses included four steel foundries, an electric power plant, a pulp mill, an RV manufacturer, a cab company, and two printing companies.
Leon's extensive experience also includes advising clients in complex, court-supervised bankruptcy cases as well as out-of-court restructurings and workouts.
Court Admissions — U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Construction Arbitration — Successful five-day arbitration to recover damages for defective road construction.
Founding Shareholder Representation — Represented founding shareholders regarding the sale of computer software to a national company.
In re Columbia Aircraft Manufacturing Corporation — (Bankr. D. Or.) - Columbia Aircraft Manufacturing Corporation designed and manufactured single-engine, composite airplanes that were rated as the world's fastest production model piston aircraft. Tonkon represented Columbia Aircraft Manufacturing in its Chapter 11 bankruptcy case that resulted in the sale of the company to Cessna Aircraft and subsequent confirmation of the company's Plan of Reorganization.
In re Lumber Products, Inc. — (Bankr. D. Or.) - Lumber Products was a manufacturer and distributor of building products. Tonkon represented the company in its Chapter 11 case. The company was sold through a 363 sale and a plan was confirmed within six months of the petition date.
In re Pope & Talbot, Inc. — (Bankr. S.D.N.Y.) - After this venerable Portland-based forest products company filed its bankruptcy case in the Southern District of New York in late 2007, Tonkon represented the buyers in two different acquisitions. Al Kennedy orchestrated the acquisition of Pope & Talbot's operations in South Dakota and Wyoming by a strategic buyer. Leon Simson represented a private equity fund in the acquisition of Pope & Talbot's Oregon pulp mill.