Michael M. Morgan - Tonkon Torp LLP

Michael M. Morgan

Listed in Best Lawyers since 1991

Mike recently served as managing partner of Tonkon Torp and is now an of counsel member of the firm’s Energy and Regulated Industries Practice Group. He has represented traditional and alternative energy companies and has appeared before the Oregon Public Utility Commission, the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission, and the Bonneville Power Administration.

Mike is an experienced business counsel, representing public and private companies in mergers, acquisitions and financings. He combines his general business experience with his energy experience to represent companies in business transactions in the traditional and alternative energy fields.

He is recognized as a leader in energy law and has been included in The Best Lawyers in America® for the last 16 consecutive years.

Mike has served three terms as the managing partner of Tonkon Torp, most recently for the nine-year period from 2006 to 2015. Selected Electric Energy Experience:

  • Represented Portland General Electric in obtaining regulatory approval of the merger of Portland General Corporation and Enron Corp.
  • Represented Enron Corp. in seeking regulatory approvals for the sale of Portland General Electric Company to Sierra Pacific Industries, Northwest Natural Gas Company and Texas Pacific Group, and for the distribution of Portland General
  • Electric common stock to creditors as part of Enron's bankruptcy plan.
  • Utility ratemaking, including representation of Portland General Electric in its 2001 and 2007 general rate cases.
  • Integrated resource planning; preparation and analysis of RFPs.
  • Bonneville Power Administration proceedings, including wholesale power rate cases, transmission rate cases, subscription agreements and power and transmission agreements.
Selected Wind Energy Experience:
  • Negotiation of power purchase agreements for wind energy developments.
  • Acquisition and sale of wind energy developments.
  • Formation and financing of wind energy projects.
  • Development and sale of PURPA projects.
Selected Solar Energy Experience:
  • Formation, tax credit financing and power purchase agreements for an ODOT/ PGE/US Bank solar project.
  • Formation, tax credit financing and power purchase agreements for a Prologis/PGE/US Bank solar project.
  • Solar power purchase agreement for a major governmental entity.
Select Business Experience:
  • Purchase, sale and financing of hospitals.
  • Purchase, sale and financing of assisted living facilities and Alzheimer's facilities.
  • Reorganization of construction company with worldwide operations.
  • Purchase and financing of $130 million of credit card receivables.

Additional Information

Court Admissions — U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon
U.S. Tax Court
Occidental CollegeBA 1969University of Chicago Law SchoolJ.D. 1972
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 Energy Law of the Portland-OR Metro Area2012 Lawyer of the Year in Administrative / Regulatory Law of the Portland-OR Metro Area
Michael M. Morgan has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2014!Michael M. Morgan has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2012!

Practice Areas

Administrative / Regulatory Law (Regulatory)
Energy Law