New law firm opens up shop in Newberg
A new law office opened its doors Aug. 31 in a space that formerly held Pogy's Sub shop on Hayes Street.
Tonna K. Farrar, owner of TKF Law LLC, has been practicing law for more than 20 years and decided to bring her experience to Newberg and surrounding communities. Her practice is specific to a few areas of the law.
"My focus is on business law and I help with corporate formation, contracts and liability, prevention and any sort of transitional work or if someone is buying or selling a business," Farrar said. "The other prong of the practice is in the wine industry. I represent companies who are buying or selling and growing and any types of licensing issues. The third prong is in insurance in a specialty with water or fire loss and if the insurance company does not provide enough in benefits to be able to restore the company to pre-loss conditions. We step in to represent the homeowner or property owner and works on commercial claims to ensure that the insurance companies give them what they need."
Farr is licensed in four states: Kansas, Missouri, California and Oregon. In Newberg, she worked remotely for a Phoenix, Ariz.-based law firm from her home, traveling the country litigating in class action lawsuits for insurance and the elderly.
"I really enjoyed that work in helping people, but class actions are becoming more and more difficult," Farrar said. "I decided that I can take my years of experience and come home with a local practice. I've been so grateful, there has been a lot of other business owners in the community and they have been really encouraging and supportive."
She also maintains an office in Southern Califoria and Phoenix and travels back and forth to represent insured individuals and small business owners in the other states.
"With over two decades of experience in primarily the insurance and financial industries, (I have been) representing individuals who had been improperly receded from their health care insurance," Farrar said. "I traveled the country meeting with elders who had been duped into investing their life savings into annuities that were so unsuitable for them to where they couldn't pull their money out and they were targeting 70 and 80 year olds and putting them into financial products that didn't mature for 30 years. If they tried to take their money out early they were hit with huge financial penalties."
It took her about a year to locate the right office space in Newberg before she found the space at 2855 Hayes St. this summer. She added it was perfect space that allowed her to build an office that suits their needs. It took a few months remodeling to fill the space with bright-colored accents and wall paintings. She installed walls, a new ceiling, flooring and lighting as well.
"I wanted to create a space that doesn't have the feeling of a law office, which at sometimes can feel dark and intimidating," Farrar said. "I've been practicing for two decades and the customers come in usually at a time of stress and I wanted to have something that was welcoming and light and a little fun too."