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Thomas H Tongue

Thomas H Tongue

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Litigation, Health Care, Arbitration, Mediation

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Tom Tongue is a partner at Dunn Carney and has served as the Litigation Group Practice Leader. His practice centers around complex civil litigation and health law. Tom is Past President of the American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL), the most distinguished group of trial lawyers in America and Canada.   Tom was elected a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers in 1993.


Tom was selected by his peers to be included in The Best Lawyers in Americaunder Commercial Litigation, Bet the Company litigation, Securities Litigation and Trusts and Estates Litigation. In 2014-2015, he was named the Portland, OR Bet-the-Company Litigation “Lawyer of the Year.” Only a single lawyer in each practice area, in each community is being honored as a “Lawyer of the Year.”   In 2004-2014, Tom was recognized as a top litigator in Oregon in the Chambers and Partners USA survey of America’s Leading Business Lawyers. According to the survey, “Peers acknowledge that Thomas Tongue is ‘one of the finest: he has all the right attributes you want in a lawyer.’”  In November 2006 the first Oregon Super Lawyer poll selected Tom as an Oregon Super Lawyer. He received the second highest number of “points” (votes by peers) of any lawyer in the state.  He was the featured in the cover story, The Lawyerly Lineage of Thomas H. Tongue, in the 2010 Oregon Super Lawyers publication.  In 2012, Tom was featured in this Portland Business Journal article, Portland Lawyer Leads Eminent Trial Lawyers Group.


Both the Multnomah County Bar Association and the Oregon State Bar Litigation section have awarded Tom their prestigious Professionalism Awards in recognition of his style of practice as an example for others. In 2011, Tom received the Judge Learned Hand Lifetime Achievement Award from the Oregon Area Jewish Committee. Award recipients are people who embody much of what Judge Hand represented: the rights of the individual and the importance of democratic values in an orderly society.  A highly respected fourth generation Oregon attorney, Tom represents the highest level of skill and professionalism in the practice of law.

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1968

  1. Litigation: 50%
  2. Health Care: 30%
  3. Mediation: 10%
  4. Arbitration: 10%

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851 SW 6th Ave Ste 1500
Portland, OR, 97204

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StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
ORActive196808/16/2015

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Awards

Award NameGrantorDate Granted
"Lawyer of the Year" - Bet-the-Company LitigationBest Lawyers in America2015
Securities Litigation and Trusts & Estates LitigationBest Lawyers in America2015
Commercial Litigation and Bet-the-Company LitigationBest Lawyers in America2015
America's Leading Business Lawyers: Top LitigatorChambers & Partners USA Guide2014
Commercial Litigation and Bet-The-Company LitigationBest Lawyers in America2014
Super Lawyer in General LitigationOregon Super Lawyers2014
Commercial LitigationBest Lawyers in America2013
Super Lawyer in General LitigationOregon Super Lawyers2013
America's Leading Business Lawyers: Top LitigatorChambers & Partners USA Guide2013
Commercial LitigationBest Lawyers in America2012
America's Leading Business Lawyers: Top LitigatorChambers & Partners USA Guide2012
Super Lawyer in General LitigationOregon Super Lawyers2012
"Lawyer of the Year" in Trusts & Estates LitigationBest Lawyers in America2012
America's Leading Business Lawyers: Top LitigatorChambers & Partners USA Guide2011
Super Lawyer in General LitigationOregon Super Lawyers2011
Commercial LitigationBest Lawyers in America2011
America's Leading Business Lawyers: Top LitigatorChambers & Partners USA Guide2010
Super Lawyer in General LitigationOregon Super Lawyers2010
Best Lawyer-Commercial Litigation and Bet-the-Company LitigationBest Lawyers in America2010
Super Lawyer in General LitigationOregon Super Lawyers2009
America's Leading Business Lawyers: Top LitigatorChambers & Partners USA2009
Best Lawyer-Commercial Litigation and Bet-the-Company LitigationBest Lawyers in America2009
Oregon Super Lawyer in General LitigationOregon Super Lawyers2008
Top 10 Oregon Super Lawyers ListOregon Super Lawyers2008
Commercial Litigation and Bet-the-Company LitigationBest Lawyers in America2008
America's Leading Business Lawyers: Top LitigatorChambers & Partners USA2008
Commercial Litigation and Bet-the-Company LitigationBest Lawyers in America2007
America's Leading Business Lawyers: Top LitigatorChambers & Partners USA2007
Super LawyerOregon Super Lawyers2007
America's Leading Business Lawyers: Top LitigatorChambers & Partners USA2006
Super LawyerOregon Super Lawyers2006
Commercial Litigation and Bet-the-Company LitigationBest Lawyers in America2006
America's Leading Business Lawyers: Top LitigatorChambers & Partners USA2005
Commercial Litigation and Bet-the-Company LitigationBest Lawyers in America2005
America's Leading Business Lawyers: Top LitigatorChambers & Partners USA2004
Owen M. Panner Professionalism AwardOregon State Litigation Section2002
Exceptional Performance CitationDefense Research Institute1999
Board of Governors President's Membership Service AwardOregon State Bar1992
Professionalism AwardMultnomah County Bar Association1990
FellowAmerican Bar FoundationN/A

Associations

Association NamePosition NameDuration
American College of Trial LawyersPresident2011 - 2012
American College of Trial LawyersPresident-Elect2010 - 2011
American College of Trial LawyersTreasurer2009 - 2010
American College of Trial LawyersSecretary2008 - 2009
American College of Trial LawyersMember, Executive Committee2008 - Present
American College of Trial LawyersRegent, Northwest Region2003 - 2008
U.S. District CourtRecommended U.S. District Court Judge, Merit Selection Panel2003 - 2003
Defense Research InstituteMember, Recipient of Exceptional Performance Citation1999 - 1999
Oregon Supreme CourtCivil Law Advisory Committee to Chief Justice1998 - 1999
U.S. District Court, Merit Selection Panel for Selection of U.S. Magistrate JudgesChair1997 - 1997
Oregon State BarElected Delegate, House of Delegates1996 - Present
Oregon Association of Defense CounselBoard of Directors1993 - 1998
American College of Trial LawyersFellow1993 - Present
U.S. Court of AppealsDelegate, 9th Circuit Judicial Conference1992 - 1994
International Association of Insurance CounselMember1983 - Present
Oregon State BarMember1968 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1968 - Present
Multnomah Bar AssociationMember1968 - Present
American Judicature SocietyMemberN/A
American Bar FoundationFellowN/A

Education

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of WisconsinLawJD - Juris Doctor1968
University of OregonHistoryBS - Bachelor of Science1965

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Professional Liability FundTrial of Complex Professional Liability Issues2005
Oregon State BarHot Litigation Issues affecting Estate Planning2005
Oregon State BarDefending Punitive Damages Cases2002
Professional Liability FundEthics Issues in Settlement of Cases2001
Oregon State BarProtecting and Challenging Attorney Fee Applications2000
Oregon Association of Defense CounselDefense of Complex Cases1999