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Edward H. Trompke

Practice Areas
  • Banking & Financing Law
  • Business Owners & Executives
  • Charter Schools & Education Law
  • Contracts Law
  • Creditors' Rights & Bankruptcy
  • Estate Planning/Probate/Trusts
  • Business Formation & Business Governance Law
  • Land Use Law
  • Mergers, Acquisitions, & Transactions
  • Municipal & Local Government
  • Real Estate Law
  • Succession Planning
  • Tax Strategies & Dispute Resolution
  • Infrastructure Financing


Ed Trompke has represented businesses and business owners in all aspects of business, from the startup of new companies to hiring and retaining qualified employees, acquiring other companies, and selling the business and distributing the net proceeds to shareholders in liquidation.

Organizing Businesses

Ed has creatively solved the problems of business organizations to suit a variety of business needs. Ed's experience includes two years with the State of Oregon Securities Division, reviewing business plans to approve sale of securities to the public by small and large businesses. Ed has advised clients and prepared documents to start and grow businesses, dealing with such matters as:

  • Equity financing
  • Debt financing
  • Leveraged acquisitions
  • Choosing business entities to suit the unique needs of each business including:
    • Limited liability companies
    • Limited liability partnerships
    • C corporations
    • S corporations
    • Cooperative corporations
    • Professional corporations

Each type of business entity has different liability and tax benefits and burdens. Ed helps business owners choose the best entity to suit their needs, now and for the future.

Acquiring and Retaining Employees

Ed advises his business clients regarding:

  • Incentive stock options
  • Nonqualified stock options and grants
  • Stock appreciation rights (phantom stock)
  • Agreements for employees
  • Independent contractor agreements

Real Estate and Development Law

  • Formation of entities most appropriate for client needs and plans
  • Negotiating and arranging financing for purchase of properties and construction of improvements
  • Structuring 1031 exchange transactions to comply with tax requirements on simple, multiple and development property exchanges
  • Removing clouds on title
  • Creation of easements, including open space easements, access easements, and well and water easements
  • Covenants, conditions, and restrictions for residential and commercial projects
  • Condominium approvals
  • Row house approvals
  • Zoning variances
  • Conditional use approvals
  • Cotenancy agreements
  • Financing property development
  • Commercial and industrial leases
  • Office and commercial development approvals

Government Regulation

Ed serves as a city attorney. Ed's experience with municipal regulatory matters began early in his law career when he was a member of the State of Oregon's Department of Commerce. While with the state, Ed spent much of his time streamlining regulations in the areas of financial fraud, mortgage lender regulation, and investor disclosure. He understands how to work with and through the myriad of rules and regulations that the various levels of government have adopted.


  • Litigation of fraud market claims
  • Litigation of unregistered sales claims
  • Litigation of TIC disclosure and compliance
  • Regulation of issues, Brokers, and Real estate paper generally
  • Private placements of securities
  • Regulatory compliance of TICs

Family Businesses

Ed grew up in a family-owned business and understands the unique concerns of family members who work together. Ed has advised many family-owned businesses to minimize conflicts, maximize productivity, and carry out the intentions of the business owners.

Acquisitions of Businesses

Ed has represented many individuals and entities in the acquisition of other businesses or business assets. He has assisted clients regarding:

  • Negotiating terms
  • Due diligence
  • Financing the acquisition
  • Financing continuing operations
  • Planning for contingent liabilities
  • Retaining key employees

Many transactions can be structured to take advantage of tax benefits. Such transactions involve a cooperative effort between the accountants or other tax advisers and counsel. Ed has worked with companies' tax advisers to structure a variety of tax-advantaged transactions.

Sale of Businesses and Succession Planning

Every business owner needs an exit strategy that will provide for leaving the business, whether through sale or transfer to other owners or employees. Ed has negotiated the terms of sale of a variety of businesses and has preplanned such transactions through the use of buy/sell agreements and other contractual succession mechanisms. In addition, Ed coordinates with estate planning counsel to minimize tax liability upon death of the business owner.

Education & Admissions

  • B.S., Portland State University, 1979
  • J.D., Lewis & Clark College, Northwestern School of Law, 1984
  • Lecturer, Continuing Legal Education and Public Seminars
  • State of Oregon
  • U.S. District Court, District of Oregon
  • Oregon Supreme Court


Memberships & Activities

  • CASA for Children, Court Appointed Special Advocates, Board Member (2021-Present)
  • Westside Economic Alliance, Executive Committee and Board (2007-Present); Government Affairs Committee Chairman; Past President (2007-2008)
  • Oregon State Bar, Sections on Business; Constitutional Law (Executive Committee 2003-Present); Real Estate and Land Use, and Securities Section (former Executive Committee Member)
  • Home Builders Association of Metropolitan Portland (Government Affairs and Legal Action Committee)
  • Metro Technical Advisory Committee
  • Metro Natural Hazards Committee, Former Chair

Awards and Honors




  • "Structuring and Drafting the Acquisition Agreement" April 28, 2014, National Business Institute

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