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Stoel Rives Appoints New Partners in Portland Office

Posted on January 08, 2018

PORTLAND, Ore. (January 2018) – Stoel Rives LLP, an Am Law 200 law firm, is pleased to announce that two attorneys from the firm’s Portland office, Todd Friedman and Brant Norquist, have been named partner. They are among four Stoel Rives attorneys who became new partners of the firm effective Jan. 1, 2018. Located in three of the firm’s offices nationwide, the new partners are focused on client value, diversity and innovation, which are keystones of Stoel Rives’ corporate culture and commitment to excellence.

“I am pleased to welcome this talented group of diverse and dedicated lawyers to partnership,” said Firm Managing Partner James E. Torgerson. “Our new partners will help us continue to implement our strategic plan moving into 2018. Their depth of experience, commitment to business success, and focus on client service will be invaluable in the leadership of the firm as we continue to work to modernize Stoel Rives and lay the foundation for an even stronger future.”

Friedman practices business law, focusing on advising entrepreneurial, emerging, growing and established companies with respect to business formation and structuring, commercial contracting, debt and equity financing, mergers and acquisitions, and real property matters. He primarily serves the food and beverage, technology, and creative industries, with a particular emphasis on wine, beer and spirits clients, and served as primary legal counsel on the recent acquisitions of WillaKenzie Estate, Hawks View Cellars, Witness Tree Vineyards and Little Big Burger.

“I work with companies to organize, fund and grow their businesses,” said Friedman of his practice. “As a former corporate manager who relied on outside legal counsel, I know what it is like to be the client. I use that experience to offer Stoel Rives' clients effective and efficient legal counsel that always keeps business goals in mind. As a partner at Stoel Rives, my focus will remain on helping best-in-class emerging and growing businesses achieve their operational, financial and growth objectives.”

Prior to joining Stoel Rives, Friedman had a career in corporate management, technology, international supply chain operations and venture capital. He is admitted to practice law in Oregon and California. He holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Pennsylvania State University and a doctor of philosophy degree in inorganic chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley. He earned a juris doctorate from Lewis & Clark Law School.

About Stoel Rives LLP
Stoel Rives is a leading U.S. corporate and litigation law firm. One of the largest national firms focused on energy, natural resources, climate change and the environment, Stoel Rives also serves the agribusiness, food and beverage, health care, life sciences, and technology industries. With more than 350 attorneys operating out of 10 offices in seven states and the District of Columbia, Stoel Rives is a leader in regulatory and compliance matters, and business, labor and employment, intellectual property, land use, and real estate development and construction law.

Region: Oregon
Job Function: Cellarmaster/Production, New Partners

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