Our Firm History
Dunn Carney traces its roots to the Portland firm Maguire, Shields & Morrison, founded in 1930. In the mid-1960s, the firm was renamed Morrison & Bailey, becoming Morrison, Dunn, Cohen, Miller & Carney in the mid-1970s, and Dunn Carney Allen Higgins & Tongue LLP in the mid-1980s. Later, the Oregon State Bar dropped its rule that firm names must exclude the names of deceased partners. In 2017, we became Dunn Carney LLP.
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Thomas H. Tongue
Tom Tongue played an integral role in Dunn Carney since joining the firm in 1968 and until his retirement in December 2018. He served terms as managing partner and leader of the Litigation Team, and as a mentor to many of the firm’s attorneys. His practice centered on complex civil litigation and health law.
A highly respected fourth generation Oregon attorney, Tom represented the highest level of skill and professionalism in the practice of law. He received the Multnomah Bar Association and the Oregon State Bar Litigation Section Owen Panner Professionalism Awards. In 2011-12, he was President of the American College of Trial Lawyers, the most distinguished group of trial lawyers in America and Canada. He was elected a Fellow in the ACTL in 1993. As recipient of the 2011 Judge Learned Hand Award, he was recognized for representing the same values as Judge Hand: upholding the rights of the individual and the importance of democratic values in an orderly society.
Tom’s career was marked with a vast array of honors and awards, underscoring his reputation in the legal community and the example he set for fellow lawyers. His peers were quoted by Chambers and Partners USA, describing Tom as “one of the finest – he has all the right attributes you want in a lawyer.”
Tom has been married to his wife, Dr. Andrea Tongue, since 1971. They have two children who both work in the legal field; his son is a fifth generation lawyer, and his daughter clerked for the U.S. Supreme Court and is now a law professor. In his spare time, Tom enjoys fly fishing, golfing and hiking.
University of Wisconsin, J.D., 1968
University of Oregon, B.S., History, 1965
Past Professional Affiliations
American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow, 1993-Present; President, 2011-2012; President-elect, 2010-2011; Treasurer, 2009-2010; Secretary, 2008-2009; State Chair Committee, 2000-2002; Regent for Northwest Region, 2003-2007
International Association of Defense Counsel, 1983-Present
Oregon Association of Defense Counsel, Board of Directors, 1993-1998; President, 1998
Multnomah County Bar Association, President, 1976; Committee on Judicial Selection, Past Chair
Oregon State Bar, Past Chair, Committee on Function and Organization of Bar; Past Chair, Committee on Disciplinary Rules and Procedures; Past Chair, Committee on Prepaid Legal Insurance; Past Chair, Committee on Professional Responsibility; Past Chair, Joint Committee on New Judgeships
Oregon State Bar House of Delegates, Elected Delegate, 1996-2008
Oregon Supreme Court, Civil Law Advisory Committee to Chief Justice, 1998-1999
U.S. District Court, Merit Selection Panel for Selection of U.S. Magistrate Judges, Chair, 1997; Member, 1993
U.S. Court of Appeals, Delegate, Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference, 1992-1994
Honors & Recognitions
Best Lawyers in America, 2005-2018, Commercial Litigation, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Securities Litigation, and Trusts and Estate Litigation; 2017 “Lawyer of the Year”, Litigation – Trusts and Estates; 2016, 2012 “Lawyer of the Year,” Litigation – Securities”; 2014-15 “Lawyer of the Year” in Bet-the-Company Litigation
Chambers and Partners, USA Survey, 2003-2018; Top Litigator in Oregon, 2004-2017
Oregon Super Lawyers, 2006-2018, Top 10 state-wide since 2006
American Bar Foundation, Life Fellow
Judge Learned Hand Lifetime Achievement Award, Oregon Area Jewish Committee, 2011
U.S. District Court Judge nominee, recommended by Merit Selection Panel, 2003
Owen Panner Professionalism Award, Oregon State Bar, 2002
Defense Research Institute Exceptional Performance Citation, 1999
Multnomah Bar Association Professionalism Award, 1990
Portland Lawyer Leads Eminent Trial Lawyers Group, Portland Business Journal, 2012
The Lawyerly Lineage of Thomas H. Tongue, Oregon Super Lawyers, 2010