Max M. Miller , Jr. - Tonkon Torp LLP

Max M. Miller , Jr.

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2009

Max is a member of the firm's Environmental & Natural Resources practice group. His experience includes both transactional counsel and litigation representation. Using his extensive knowledge in environmental, natural resources, energy and land-use law, he helps businesses resolve disputes regarding federal, state and local regulations. His clients’ industries include manufacturing, renewable energy, real estate development, forestry, and forest products.

Max regularly works with regulatory agencies in several states to address complex hazardous waste and air and water pollution matters. His practice background includes: 

  • Purchase, sale, remediation, and repurposing of environmentally impacted industrial properties.
  • Environmental agency claims, agency enforced remedial and removal actions under Superfund and RCRA and voluntary clean ups.
  • Private cost recovery lawsuits and citizen suits.
  • Environmental permits.
  • Sustainability advice.

Pitzer CollegeBA 1979 Lewis & Clark Law SchoolJ.D. 1983
American Bar AssociationMultnomah Bar AssociationThe Right Brain Initiative Regional Arts and Culture Council Board

Case History

Acquisition of 540 Acres, Subject to Conservation Easement — Represented the Columbia Land Trust in the acquisition of 540 acres from the Port of Vancouver, USA in the Vancouver Lake Bottomlands, subject to a conservation easement requiring that the land be actively managed to provide a feeding and nesting area for the costal flock of the Pacific Flyway population of Sandhill cranes.
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.
Agricultural Property Redevelopment — Oversaw the investigation and remediation of arsenic in soil for the conversion of former agricultural property to residential use.

Office Location

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

Practice Areas

Environmental Law (Administrative/Regulatory, Land Use and Zoning)
Land Use and Zoning Law