Darin D. Honn

Partner, Real Estate Group Chair

1000 SW Broadway, Suite 1400
Portland, Oregon 97205

503.227.1111 Main
503.243.1629 Direct

Assistant: Carrie Q. Myers: 503.243.1661 x 251

Practice Areas
Overview
Darin's practice includes representation of high-tech, construction, development, manufacturing and retail companies, as well as homeowners' associations, professionals and shopping centers. Darin's experience and knowledge in the corporate and real estate areas have been beneficial to his clients in structuring creative financing and in resolving major disputes. His practice emphasizes transactional and litigation matters related to:
  • Business
  • Construction Law
  • Corporate Finance
  • Estate Planning
  • Intellectual Property
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Probate/Trust Administration & Dispute Resolution
  • Real Estate/Land Use
  • Securities
Education
J.D., (with distinction), University of Nebraska School of Law
      Moot Court Board, Vice-Chairman
      Order of the Barristers
B.S., Economics, Nebraska Wesleyan University
      Blue Key
      Omicron Delta Epsilon
Admitted to Practice
Oregon State Bar
      U.S. District Court, Oregon
Washington State Bar
      U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington
Representative Cases
Real Estate Dispute
Sussman Shank LLP recently represented an aged individual against the estate of the incapacitated woman's son, who had held a power of attorney for his mother. The son, while acting at times in his fiduciary capacity, had converted and obtained transfers of certain real estate and cash from his incapacitated mother. Sussman Shank LLP prosecuted the case, and through mediation obtained substantial repayment of assets from the deceased son's estate to conservatorship for the benefit of his mother.
Professional Liability
Sussman Shank defended a real estate brokerage firm and its broker against a claim of breach of the brokerage firm's and the professional's duty of care in representing its client. Cross claims were filed by the seller, the buyer, the broker and the brokerage firm. The arbitrator determined in a summary determination before arbitration, that based upon the proof submitted by the brokerage firm and the broker by Sussman Shank LLP, that the plaintiff could not meet the burden of proof to prove its claims, and dismissed the broker and the brokerage firm from arbitration.
Securities Fraud
One of Sussman Shank LLP's clients, who is the owner of a very successful real estate firm, was contacted by a quasi-competitor to determine if a merger was appropriate. After negotiation and diligence, it was determined that Sussman Shank LLP's client and the competitor would merge. Immediately after the merger occurred, it was determined that the competitor had been approached by the Securities Exchange Commission regarding a securities fraud violation, and had failed to disclose that obviously material concern. Sussman Shank, on behalf of this client, demanded recision based upon the securities fraud. Within one week Sussman Shank LLP's clients had received back all the interest in its corporation and the transaction was rescinded.
Land Use Appeal
We successfully represented a commercial retail client in a bitterly contested appeal of a land use application to expand the retailer's site.  The successful appeal quelled the commercial neighbor's attempt to completely close down our client's business.
Municipal Bond Counsel
We represented a Port District in issuing $50 million in revenue bonds, sold to an institutional investor, in exchange for a very flexible and cost-effective line of credit to fund Port construction projects.
Employment Defense
Sussman Shank defended an employer against a terminated employee which was seeking substantial damages for loss of commission.  Darin and his team obtained a summary dismissal of the $141M claim against Sussman Shank's client in the arbitration. 
Honors
2013 -2014 Oregon Super Lawyers®
Professional Organizations
National Association of Bond Lawyers
Civic Organizations
Home Builders Foundation - Past President
Rotary Club of Portland - Past President
First United Methodist Church, Board of Trustees
Metropolitan Portland Home Builders Association - Past Executive Committee Member

Darin has also been on the Board of Directors of the Multnomah Bar Association, is a past president of the Multnomah Bar Association Young Lawyers Section, a past chair for Community Law Week, formerly on the Executive Board of the Cascade Pacific Council of the Boy Scouts of America and a past Member of the Rotary Club of Portland Charitable Trust Board of Directors.

Publications
Darin is a frequent speaker on areas of his practice including corporate finance, construction law and wealth transfer.
Articles
Speaking Engagements
2010 Construction Law Issues: Sussman Shank LLP, AKT, LLP and BW Insurance Company
Legal Solutions for the Business Owner, Credit Manager & Professional
Oregon and Washington Construction Lien and Bond Law
Oregon Construction Law Seminar: Lorman Education Services (2002)
Planning with Life Insurance Trusts and Other Types of Irrevocable Trusts Presentation: UBS PaineWebber and Sussman Shank LLP (2003)
Tax & Financial Planning Issues of Domestic Partnerships - (2005): Federal Tax Workshops, Inc.
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Practice Areas
Education
J.D., (with distinction), University of Nebraska School of Law
      Moot Court Board, Vice-Chairman
      Order of the Barristers
B.S., Economics, Nebraska Wesleyan University
      Blue Key
      Omicron Delta Epsilon
Admitted to Practice
Oregon State Bar
      U.S. District Court, Oregon
Washington State Bar
      U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington
Honors
2013 -2014 Oregon Super Lawyers®

Darin D. Honn

Partner, Real Estate Group Chair


1000 SW Broadway, Suite 1400
Portland, Oregon 97205

503.227.1111 Main
503.243.1629 Direct

Assistant: Carrie Q. Myers: 503.243.1661 x 251
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Darin's practice includes representation of high-tech, construction, development, manufacturing and retail companies, as well as homeowners' associations, professionals and shopping centers. Darin's experience and knowledge in the corporate and real estate areas have been beneficial to his clients in structuring creative financing and in resolving major disputes. His practice emphasizes transactional and litigation matters related to:
  • Business
  • Construction Law
  • Corporate Finance
  • Estate Planning
  • Intellectual Property
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Probate/Trust Administration & Dispute Resolution
  • Real Estate/Land Use
  • Securities
Publications
Darin is a frequent speaker on areas of his practice including corporate finance, construction law and wealth transfer.
Articles
Representative Cases
Real Estate Dispute
Sussman Shank LLP recently represented an aged individual against the estate of the incapacitated woman's son, who had held a power of attorney for his mother. The son, while acting at times in his fiduciary capacity, had converted and obtained transfers of certain real estate and cash from his incapacitated mother. Sussman Shank LLP prosecuted the case, and through mediation obtained substantial repayment of assets from the deceased son's estate to conservatorship for the benefit of his mother.
Professional Liability
Sussman Shank defended a real estate brokerage firm and its broker against a claim of breach of the brokerage firm's and the professional's duty of care in representing its client. Cross claims were filed by the seller, the buyer, the broker and the brokerage firm. The arbitrator determined in a summary determination before arbitration, that based upon the proof submitted by the brokerage firm and the broker by Sussman Shank LLP, that the plaintiff could not meet the burden of proof to prove its claims, and dismissed the broker and the brokerage firm from arbitration.
Securities Fraud
One of Sussman Shank LLP's clients, who is the owner of a very successful real estate firm, was contacted by a quasi-competitor to determine if a merger was appropriate. After negotiation and diligence, it was determined that Sussman Shank LLP's client and the competitor would merge. Immediately after the merger occurred, it was determined that the competitor had been approached by the Securities Exchange Commission regarding a securities fraud violation, and had failed to disclose that obviously material concern. Sussman Shank, on behalf of this client, demanded recision based upon the securities fraud. Within one week Sussman Shank LLP's clients had received back all the interest in its corporation and the transaction was rescinded.
Land Use Appeal
We successfully represented a commercial retail client in a bitterly contested appeal of a land use application to expand the retailer's site.  The successful appeal quelled the commercial neighbor's attempt to completely close down our client's business.
Municipal Bond Counsel
We represented a Port District in issuing $50 million in revenue bonds, sold to an institutional investor, in exchange for a very flexible and cost-effective line of credit to fund Port construction projects.
Employment Defense
Sussman Shank defended an employer against a terminated employee which was seeking substantial damages for loss of commission.  Darin and his team obtained a summary dismissal of the $141M claim against Sussman Shank's client in the arbitration. 
Speaking Engagements
2010 Construction Law Issues: Sussman Shank LLP, AKT, LLP and BW Insurance Company
Legal Solutions for the Business Owner, Credit Manager & Professional
Oregon and Washington Construction Lien and Bond Law
Oregon Construction Law Seminar: Lorman Education Services (2002)
Planning with Life Insurance Trusts and Other Types of Irrevocable Trusts Presentation: UBS PaineWebber and Sussman Shank LLP (2003)
Tax & Financial Planning Issues of Domestic Partnerships - (2005): Federal Tax Workshops, Inc.
Professional Organizations
National Association of Bond Lawyers
Civic Organizations
Home Builders Foundation - Past President
Rotary Club of Portland - Past President
First United Methodist Church, Board of Trustees
Metropolitan Portland Home Builders Association - Past Executive Committee Member

Darin has also been on the Board of Directors of the Multnomah Bar Association, is a past president of the Multnomah Bar Association Young Lawyers Section, a past chair for Community Law Week, formerly on the Executive Board of the Cascade Pacific Council of the Boy Scouts of America and a past Member of the Rotary Club of Portland Charitable Trust Board of Directors.