William F. Martson , Jr. - Tonkon Torp LLP

William F. Martson , Jr.

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2005

Rick has a broad range of commercial litigation experience, including securities, shareholders rights, natural resources-based and environmental litigation. He has tried over 200 cases and more than 75 injunctive proceedings to conclusion. He also has substantial experience in business work for private timber companies as well as owners of timberlands.

In 2006 Rick taught at Tyumen State University in Siberia under the auspices of the Center for International Legal Studies in Salzburg, Austria.  For the past 10 years he has been invited to participate as a faculty member for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA) and teaches at their Annual Southern California Deposition Seminar.  Presently, Rick is a Visiting Professor at Willamette University College of Law teaching Trial Practice (Spring 2012) and Deposition Skills (Fall 2012).

Additional Information

Court Admissions — Oregon Circuit Court
U.S. District Court, District of Oregon
U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
U.S. Tax Court
U.S. Court of Federal Claims
U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court
Washington and Jefferson CollegeBA 1969University of Michigan Law SchoolJ.D. 1972

Case History

BPA v. WPPSS, 956 F2d 1497 (9th Cir) — Represented Portland General Electric Company in litigation concerning the allocation of costs among twinned nuclear power plants.
Breach of Fiduciary Duty Claims — Successfully defended and resolved claims of breach of ficuciary duty against founder of family business.
City of Albany v. SVC Manufacturing Inc. — Defended SVC, a subsidiary of PepsiCo Americas Beverages, in a $105,000,000 breach of contract action filed by the City of Albany after SVC terminated a development agreement pursuant to which SVC was to build a Gatorade plant in Albany.
Columbia Management Co. v. Wyss — (765 P2d 207, 94 Or App 195, 1988) - Obtained a multimillion-dollar recovery in this dissenting shareholder case. This is the seminal case in Oregon on dissenter's rights.

Client Comments

"Mr. Martson is highly professional, competent and knowledgeable. He meets a challenge with the integrity and passion that I believe an outstanding lawyer should possess. His composure, analytical ability and articulate communicative skills contribute to his unparalleled success not only in dealing with his clients or peers but also in the courtroom. "

Office Location

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

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2015 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - Banking and Finance of the Portland-OR Metro Area2014 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) of the Portland-OR Metro Area2012 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - Banking and Finance of the Portland-OR Metro Area
William F. Martson, Jr. has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2015!William F. Martson, Jr. has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2014!William F. Martson, Jr. has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2012!

Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation
Litigation - Banking and Finance
Litigation - Environmental
Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)
Litigation - Securities

Other Information

Gender: Male