Paul W. Conable

Paul W. Conable

Tonkon Torp LLP

Recognized since 2011

Portland, Oregon

Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation

Litigation - Environmental

Litigation - Securities

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As co-chair of the firm's Litigation Department, Paul has a wide-ranging trial practice representing both individuals and businesses in contract and investment disputes, government investigations and environmental matters.

Paul's recent and ongoing litigation matters include:

  • Prevailing in a federal court trial against an out-of-state bank over ownership of $9 million of agricultural products. (Northwest Bank v. McKee Family Farms, Case No. 3:15-CV-001576).
  • Representing a coalition of business and community groups challenging the city of Portland's failure to address issues of homelessness.
  • Successfully representing the City of Lake Oswego, Oregon in state and federal lawsuits concerning the city's regulation of Oswego Lake.
  • Winning summary judgment on behalf of a large electric utility in a $500 million class action arising out of the closure of a nuclear power plant. (Dreyer v. PGE, Case No. 03C10640).
  • Obtaining a multi-million dollar jury verdict in a state court trial arising out of the client's losses in an investment fund (Beal v. Kerr-Cruickshank Inc., Case No. 1106-07241).
  • Prevailing in a jury trial in Boston, Massachusetts concerning ownership of a privately held investment company (Triebes v. IncTank, Superior Court Civ. Act. 10-1488).
  • Winning a multi-million dollar federal court jury trial arising out of the termination of a distribution agreement (Tinn v. Emm Labs, Inc., Case No. USDC CV07-963).

    Paul also serves on the firm's Managing Board.

    Before joining Tonkon Torp, Paul was a judicial clerk for the Honorable Susan P. Graber at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Honorable R. William Riggs at the Oregon Supreme Court and Oregon Court of Appeals.


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

Bar Admissions

  • Washington, Washington State Bar
  • Oregon, Oregon State Bar


  • Multnomah Bar Association - Member
  • Pioneer Courthouse Historical Society - Board of Directors

Tonkon Torp LLP
Headquarters: Portland, Oregon

53 The Best Lawyers in America® awards

16 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America awards

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Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2023 for work in:

  • Litigation - Environmental
  • Litigation - Securities
  • Commercial Litigation


  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers 2016 - Litigation: General Commercial Law
  • Super Lawyers 2014-2016 Oregon Super Lawyer - Business Litigation

Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon


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 Helicopters v. Boeing Represented Columbia Helicopters in a dispute over Boeing’s refusal to sell Boeing helicopter parts to Oregon-based Columbia Helicopters, to allow Columbia to fulfill its contracts to repair Boeing-manufactured military CH-47 Chinook helicopters. To resolve threatened antitrust litigation, Boeing ultimately agreed to recognize Columbia Helicopters as an independent service organization provide Columbia with Boeing parts to perform CH-47 repair services. Constitutional Law Defended attacks by the American Trucking Associations against Oregon's heavy truck tax system. The Oregon Supreme Court held that the tax did not violate the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution. (Oregon Court of Appeals, Oregon Supreme Court, U.S. Supreme Court)

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