Mark's practice emphasizes federal, state and local taxation and the relationship and impact those areas of taxation have on both business transactions and personal investments. He also engages in a general business practice, with a particular emphasis on partnerships and limited liability companies. Additionally, Mark represents clients in tax controversies before the Tax Court, IRS and similar state and local courts and agencies.
A partner at Tonkon Torp since 1990, Mark has served as a member of the Managing Board, Chair of the Business Department, Chair of the Tax Practice Group, and in a number of other management positions.
Mark co-authored the Section on Involuntary Conversions for the Bender Federal Tax Service and the chapter on Subchapter S Taxation for Advising Oregon Businesses. He was a featured speaker in the Oregon State Bar sponsored CLE presentation on Oregon's New Revised Partnership Act and he speaks from time to time on various tax topics.
Acquisition of Kennewick, Washington Retail Center — Represented the purchasers in acquiring the Canal Crossing Shopping Center in Kennewick, Washington. The property was required as "replacement property" as part of a Section 1031 exchange. Purchase price $10,800,000.
Acquisition of Registered Investment Advisor Business — Represented a private investment group in an acquisition of advisory assets of a Washington investment advisory business. Acquired assets were then merged into a third party advisor in exchange for a controlling interest in the advisory business.
Acquisition of Scholarship Software Website — Represented EDPlus Holdings, LLC in the acquisition of unigo.com and its affiliated websites and software – a major contributor to the college/student admission process.
Benson Industries — Represented Benson Industries, one of the world's largest designers and manufacturers of the glass and metal curtain walls (building facades), in an eight figure sale to a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway.