Robert C. Muth has joined Bullivant House Bailey in its Portland office as a member of the firm's general litigation and life, health and disability practice groups. He has extensive experience in commercial litigation matters in state and federal courts, including Oregon, California, Texas, North Carolina, South Carolina and Maryland

John M. Volkman has joined Stoel Rives as a partner in the firm's natural resources practice group. Before joining the firm, Volkman was a senior policy adviser for the National Marine Fisheries Service, habitat conservation division, which regulates activities affecting Pacific Northwest salmon listed under the Endangered Species Act. In 1996, he authored a study of water issues for the congressionally mandated Western Water Policy Review Advisory Commission. He was formerly general counsel for the Northwest Power Planning Council, where he worked on fish, water and energy issues for 14 years, and an attorney at Stoel Rives in the early 1980s.

David R. Allen has moved his law practice to downtown Portland, where he focuses on trust and estate planning, trust and estate administration and related asset transactions. He was previously a partner in Thompson & Allen in Beaverton. He is a member of the boards of directors of the Beaverton Area Chamber of Commerce and the Washington County Public Affairs Forum.

John Powers has relocated his law practice to the Commonwealth Building at 421 S.W. Sixth Avenue, Suite 1111, Portland, Ore. 97204; the telephone number and fax number remain the same.

Merrill O'Sullivan announces that Julie L. Gregory has joined the firm as an associate after being admitted to the Oregon State Bar in May. Gregory graduated from the University of Florida in 1983 and from Washington & Lee Law School in Lexington, Va. in 1986. She held the position of assistant United States trustee for the Western District of Virginia in Roanoke. Her areas of practice include civil litigation, creditors' rights and bankruptcy.

Stoel Rives welcomes William L. Clydesdale to its Portland office. He joins the corporate group from Baker & McKenzie, where he worked as an associate for seven years. He has experience in private and public securities offerings, representing both underwriting firms and domestic and international issuers. His practice also emphasizes asset and private stock acquisitions and mergers and the representation of non-U.S. companies in their transactions in the United States.

Daniel Hoarfrost has relocated his office to 9600 S.W. Barnes Road, Suite 325, Portland, Ore. 97225; phone: (503) 296-6777; fax: (503) 297-9500. He will be sharing space with the firm of DeBast, McFarland & Richardson. Hoarfrost will continue with his general civil trial practice emphasizing personal injury, commercial litigation and bankruptcy cases.

Thorp, Purdy, Jewett, Urness & Wilkinson announces the association of two attorneys in the Springfield office. Lance A. LeFever was admitted to the Oregon State Bar in 1999. His primary practice area is civil litigation. K.C. Huffman was admitted to the Oregon State Bar in 2000. He has a general civil practice including property, business transactions and litigation.

Frank de la Puente has relocated his office to the Pioneer Trust Bank Building at 117 Commercial St. N.E., Suite 310, Salem, Ore. 97301-3406; phone: (503) 851-1877; fax: (503) 370-6365; e-mail:

Cory B. Zion has joined Foster, Pepper & Shefelman, practicing in the firm's Seattle office. Zion, who is an associate in the litigation practice group, concentrates her practice in commercial and complex civil litigation. She has additional experience with medical and dental malpractice defense and personal injury defense. Previously, Zion was an associate at Bullivant Houser Bailey.

Dick Springer, Portland lawyer and former state legislator, has joined the Oregon and Southwest Washington Fair Contracting Foundation (FCF) as executive director, effective May 16. The Portland-based nonprofit organization was established in 1989 to encourage compliance with federal and state prevailing wage laws. FCF serves members from Oregon and southwest Washington, and works closely with both states' labor and industries offices, as well as workers' compensation divisions and contractor licensing agencies. Springer served 16 years in the Oregon House and Senate from 1981 to 1996.

At the recent meeting of the shareholders and directors of Metro One Telecommunications, William D. Rutherford was reelected chairman of the board. Metro One, ranked one of the fastest growing companies in the United States, with a market capitalization approaching $1 billion, was recently named to the S&P small cap 600 index and added to the Russell 2000 index. Rutherford has been a director since 1995.

Powers, McCulloch & Bennett is pleased to announce that Arthur E. Coyne and Walter Weiss Jr. have joined the firm as associates. They can be reached at 1300 S.W. Fifth Ave., Suite 3000, Portland, Ore. 97201; telephone: (503) 228-8588; fax: (503) 228-0057; e-mail: or.

After 21 years at Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, Guy C. Stephenson has joined the law department at Weyerhaeuser Company as senior legal counsel, where his assignments include litigation management, insurance coverage and admiralty matters. He can be reached by e-mail at:

The phone number in the 2001 Membership Directory for Robert D. Lowry should be (541) 687-7592.

Pat Vallerand, mediator, arbitrator and pro-tem juvenile judge in Lane County, along with Jerry Casby, mediator, arbitrator and former Oregon assistant attorney general, and Cheryl Buckley, mediator and facilitator, have joined The Resolution Consortium. TRC provides a range of ADR services in western and central Oregon, helping parties to determine and implement the most effective ADR choice for their particular needs. In addition to Vallerand, Casby and Buckley, TRC consists of other ADR professionals with a wide range of business and educational experience. They can be reached at (541) 689-7311 or at P.O. Box 51332, Eugene, Ore. 97405.

Henry C. Breithaupt, a partner in the taxation practice group of Stoel Rives, has been appointed to the Oregon Tax Court, succeeding the Hon. Carl N. Byers, who retired April 30. At Stoel Rives, Breithaupt divided his practice among taxation matters, business transactions and estate planning. He did substantial work in areas involving state and local taxation of interstate businesses, exempt organizations and health-care providers and regularly represented taxpayers before the Oregon Department of Revenue and the Oregon Tax Court. He was a member of Stoel Rives' family and closely held business group and also worked in the area of estate planning for business owners. He serves as a board member of DePaul Treatment Centers, Oregon Tax Research and Lutheran Family Services. He is an adjunct professor at Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College and is coach of its National Tax Moot Court Team.

Alafair Burke, previously a Multnomah County deputy district attorney, has accepted an appointment as an associate professor at Hofstra University School of Law in Hempstead, N.Y. Since moving from Portland in 1999, Burke has been practicing in Buffalo.

Leah C. Lively has joined Lane Powell Spears Lubersky in the Portland office as an associate in the firm's litigation department. Her areas of focus will be general commercial and employment litigation. Prior to joining the firm, Lively was an associate at Miller Nash and also served as a deputy district attorney for Multnomah County. Lively is a member of the Oregon and California State Bars.

Miller Nash announces that Lou Henry, formerly a partner of the firm and recently senior corporate counsel and vice president of U.S. Bancorp, has returned as a partner. U.S. Bancorp is a long-standing client of Miller Nash. Henry joined Miller Nash in 1981 after graduating from Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College. Henry was a partner from 1988 until leaving in 1999 to go to U.S. Bancorp. His practice focuses on commercial lending, secured financing, commercial loan workouts and restructurings and corporate bankruptcy matters.

Jonathan E. Cohen has joined Bullivant Houser Bailey's Portland office as a member of the firm's business practice group. His practice focuses on commercial and business transactions, creditors' rights and bankruptcy. Cohen is a member of the Oregon and Washington State bars and is currently the chair of the OSB Debtor-Creditor section.

Also joining Bullivant Houser Bailey's Portland office is Robert C. Kline Jr. Kline is a member of the firm's commercial litigation practice group. He received his J.D. from the University of Oregon School of Law in 1998.

Gideon D. Caron is pleased to announce that after 12 years of practice with the Vancouver firm of Morse & Bratt, he has opened his own practice. He will continue to emphasize civil litigation and is designated of counsel to Morse & Bratt. He can be reached by phone at (360) 699-3001 or (503) 222-0275; or by e-mail at

OSB member Matthew Lay has been named senior technician reviewer in Branch 2 of the passthroughs and special industries division of the Office of Chief Counsel of the Internal Revenue Service. He will continue to work primarily on regulations and rulings relating to the federal income taxation of partnerships, S corporations and trusts.

Paul A. Kanter has joined Smith, Freed, Chock & Eberhard as a member of the firm's construction defect team. Kanter previously practiced construction defect litigation in the San Francisco area. He received his J.D. from Wake Forest University in 1997.

Ellen Adler has joined Speer, Hoyt, Jones, Poppe, Wolf & Griffith. Her practice will continue to emphasize estate planning, real estate and business law. She may be reached at 975 Oak St., Suite 700, Eugene, Ore. 97401; phone: (541) 485-5151; fax: (541) 485-5168; website:

Adam Arms has joined the Multnomah County section of the Metropolitan Public Defender Services in June as a staff attorney. He attended the University of California, Hastings, where he received his J.D. in 1999. Arms is a member of the California State Bar and was admitted to the Oregon State Bar in March 2001. Previously, he worked as a staff attorney for the Coalition on Homelessness in San Francisco.

Charles J. 'Chuck' Pruitt, a partner at Lane Powell Spears Lubersky, has successfully completed the Oregon Executive MBA (OEMBA) program and has been awarded a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Oregon. Pruitt will continue to provide legal counsel to clients in Oregon and Washington on general business, corporate, real estate and litigation matters.

Stephen C. Hall has joined the Portland office of Enron North America as senior counsel. Hall provides legal advice to Enron's energy traders on issues of wholesale power trading in California and the West, and assists with structured-power transactions and negotiates power trading contracts. Hall is a former associate with the energy and telecommunications practice group of Stoel Rives.

Russell S. Abrams has opened his new office at 8 N. State St., Suite 301, Lake Oswego, Ore. 97035. His phone number is (503) 635-3546, and his fax number is (503) 636-8512. You may also reach him via e-mail at

Tom Cowan has been appointed assistant attorney general in the labor and employment section of the General Counsel Division of the Oregon Department of Justice. During law school, Cowan clerked for the Trial and Appellate Divisions of the Department of Justice. After graduating from law school at Willamette University, he was in private practice with a Portland firm before joining the department in 1993.

Richard Wasserman has been appointed as chief civil attorney of the appellate division of the Oregon Department of Justice. Wasserman received his his J.D. from the University of Utah College of Law, where he was law review editor and Order of the Coif. He clerked for the Oregon Court of Appeals for over two years before joining the Department of Justice in 1980. He transferred to the general counsel division as opinion coordinator, amicus coordinator and public records coordinator from 1987 until 1991.

Portland business attorney William C. Campbell has been elected chair of Ater Wynne. Thomas A. Balmer has been re-elected managing partner. Both will continue to serve on the firm's management committee. Campbell chairs the firm's emerging business group. He serves as general counsel for both public and private emerging growth companies in the fields of Internet and telecommunications, software, integrated circuit design, test and measurement hardware and biotechnology. Balmer's practice emphasizes antitrust, civil litigation and public law. He rejoined Ater Wynne in 1997 after serving for four years as deputy attorney general for the state of Oregon. He has also served with the antitrust division of the U.S. Department of Justice and has been an adjunct professor at Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College. +

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