The e-mail address for Walter Weiss Jr. was inadvertently left out of the Powers, McCulloch & Bennett announcement in this column for August/September. He can be reached by e-mail at WW@pmblaw.com.
David Slader has relocated his practice to the Jackson Tower at 806 S.W. Broadway in Portland. He will be sharing the fourth floor suite with the law office of Michael Seidl. The phone number (503) 243-6336 and the fax (503) 242-0958 remain the same. Slader will continue his specialty focusing on survivors of incest and sexual abuse.
Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College graduate Allan B. Bakalian has joined the Seattle office of the Marten Brown environmental law firm. He brings 17 years of experience as an environmental lawyer to the firm. Bakalian served perviously as senior corporate counsel with Vopak U.S.A. and Van Waters & Rogers in Kirkland, Wash., the largest chemical distribution company in North America. Earlier he was an assistant regional counsel at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 10 office in Seattle.
Christopher T.L. Brown and Amy E. Bilyeu have joined the Hanna Strader law firm. Brown received his LL.M. in taxation this spring from the University of Washington Law School. He attended Willamette University and graduated from Willamette College of Law in May of 2000. Bilyeu received her J.D. in May 2000 from the University of Oregon and went on to the University of Washington to receive a LL.M. in taxation in June 2001.
Robert Leinwand has joined Stoel Rives as of counsel in the firm's labor and employment group. Leinwand was formerly a partner at Littler Mendelson in San Francisco. He has extensive experience in union-management relations, collective bargaining and handling cases before the National Labor Relations Board. He has also represented employers in numerous employment discrimination, wrongful discharge and harassment suits. He represents and advises clients on all aspects of labor and employment law.
After more than 2 1/2 years prosecuting domestic violence cases in the Klamath County District Attorney's office, Karen Oakes is pleased to announce the opening of her general practice law firm located at 803 Main Street, Suite 204, Klamath Falls, Ore. 97601. Oakes graduated from the University of Idaho College of Law in 1998. During law school, she served as the National Student Director for the ABA's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. Upon graduation, she relocated to Southern Oregon to become the law clerk for the five judges of the 13th Judicial District of Oregon. She next joined the Klamath County District Attorney's office, prosecuting misdemeanors and then felonies. Oakes currently serves as president of the Klamath County Bar Association. She will focus on cases involving domestic relations, probate and bankruptcy.
Nancy Spens (formerly Nancy Howe), has joined the Roseburg firm Dole, Coalwell, Clark, Mountainspring & Mornarich as an associate. Spens, a native Oregonian, graduated from the University of Oregon School of Law in 1988. She joins the office after serving as a prosecutor for the City of Tacoma in Pierce County, Wash. Earlier she worked for 11 years as a staff attorney at the Associated Council for the Accused, in King County, Wash. Her practice with Dole, Coalwell, Clark, Mountainspring & Mornarich emphasizes litigation, focusing on family law.
Lisa T. Murphy is returning to Washington, D.C.'s Miller & Chevalier as a partner after two years as associate counsel with the BlueCross BlueShield Association. She rejoins the firm's litigation group and will focus on health care and employee benefits matters. Murphy, a native Oregonian, graduated from the University of Oregon in 1989 and from Cornell Law School in 1993. In addition to being an associate with Miller & Chevalier prior to joining the association, Murphy was an associate with the Portland office of Garvey, Schubert & Barer from 1997 to 1999.
Bob Atkinson has been appointed supreme court coordinator of the Appellate Division of the Oregon Department of Justice. Atkinson received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Minnesota and his J.D. from Boalt Hall. Atkinson practiced in the private sector and then with the Marion-Polk Legal Aid Service. He has been with the Department of Justice Appellate Division since 1984.
Steven Briggs has been appointed as an assistant attorney general in the organized crime section of the Criminal Justice Division of the Oregon Department of Justice. Briggs received his B.A. from Dartmouth College and his J.D from the University of Oregon where he was order of coif and associate editor of the Journal of Environmental Law and Litigation. Briggs' experience includes clerking for the Oregon Supreme Court and serving as a trial attorney for the Immigration and Naturalization Service and the Washington County District Attorney's office. Briggs joined the Criminal Justice Division in the district attorney assistance section in 1998.
Rob Gebhardt has been appointed as an assistant attorney general in the business transactions section of the General Counsel Division of the Oregon Department of Justice. Gebhardt received a B.A. from Montana State University and his J.D. from the University of Oregon where he was a member of the order of coif. Gebhardt has extensive practice experience with a private firm in Eugene and as corporate counsel for U.S. Bank in Portland.
Raul Ramirez has been appointed as an assistant attorney general in the business activities section of the General Counsel Division of the Oregon Department of Justice. Ramirez received his undergraduate degree from Eastern Oregon State College and his J.D. from the University of Oregon. After law school he joined DOJ as an assistant attorney general in the Family Law Section of the Civil Enforcement Division. In 1998, he transferred to the corrections litigation section of the Trial Division.
Audrey Hirsch has been appointed as an assistant attorney general in the family law section of the Civil Enforcement Division of the Oregon Department of Justice. Hirsch received her bachelor's degree from the University of Oregon and her J.D. from Willamette University. During law school, she earned a certificate of alternative dispute resolution. After law school she worked at Marion-Polk Legal Aid Service where her practice included family law litigation and advising senior clients.
Charles Ferrari has been appointed as an assistant attorney general in the regulated utility & business section of the General Counsel Division of the Oregon Department of Justice. Ferrari received a B.A. from California State University at Northridge, and his J.D. from the University of California Davis School of Law. He was in private practice with firms in Los Angeles and Sacramento and with SMC Corporation before joining the Trial Division of DOJ in March 2000.
Susan Gerber has been appointed as an assistant attorney general in the corrections litigation section of the Trial Division of the Oregon Department of Justice. Gerber received a Bachelor of Science degree from Illinois State University and her J.D. from Creighton University School of Law. Gerber has been an assistant state's attorney and worked in private practice in Illinois. Most recently, she volunteered for the ABA as a criminal law liaison trainer in Tirana, Albania.
Susan Howe has been appointed as an assistant attorney general in the corrections litigation section of the Trial Division of the Oregon Department of Justice. She received her undergraduate degree from The College of William and Mary and her J.D. from the University of Michigan. She worked in private practice in Portland and has served as a deputy district attorney in Multnomah County since 1990.
Tim Nord has been appointed as an assistant attorney general in the labor and employment section of the General Counsel Division of the Oregon Department of Justice. Nord received his B.A. from the University of California, Davis and his J.D. from the University of Oregon where he was a member of the order of coif. After law school graduation, he was in private practice in Eugene before joining the civil recovery section with the Department of Justice in 1994.
Joanna Jenkins has been appointed as an assistant attorney general in the Appellate Division of the Oregon Department of Justice. Jenkins received a B.A. from Lewis and Clark College and her J.D. from the University of Oregon, where she was order of the coif and a member of Oregon Law Review. During law school, Jenkins interned for the Lane County District Attorney and clerked for the United States Attorney's office in Eugene. Since law school graduation, she has been a petitions clerk at the Oregon Supreme Court and a deputy district attorney in Multnomah County.
Bradley Schrock has joined Jeanne Smith & Associates in Corvallis as an associate. He spent the last six years in Japan working for a Toyota Group company doing international licensing, technology development matters, international contracts and intellectual property dispute resolution. Prior to Toyota, he had worked as the Portland resident attorney for the Seattle law firm of Karr Tuttle Campbell where his primary practice areas were business litigation, contracts and construction law. He will continue to focus on intellectual property licensing, technology development matters and business litigation. Additionally he will emphasize a Japan practice, applying his Japanese language skills and first-hand knowledge of business culture to assist clients with cross-cultural business matters and negotiations.
Kenneth M. Elliott has been promoted to director of real estate law, of Albertson's, headquartered in Boise, Idaho. Elliott will continue as project attorney for the new store development team in Oregon and Southwest Washington and has assumed management of new store transactions in Arizona and New Mexico. Prior to joining the Albertson's legal department in 1993, he was a partner at the O'Donnell Ramis law firm in Portland.
Raquel Hecht and Philip Smith are pleased to announce the addition of attorney Teuta Norman to the Hecht & Smith firm. Norman,formerly of HR Central Corporation, is a native of Albania and a graduate of Willamette University School of Law. She will practice immigration law.
Preston Gates & Ellis announces that Kevin A. Vaillancourt has joined its Portland office as a first-year associate. Vaillancourt's practice will focus on civil litigation matters involving public bodies, insurance matters and contracts/torts claims. He received his J.D. from Willamette University College of Law.
Stoel Rives announced its merger with San Francisco-based Washburn, Briscoe & McCarthy, which has four California offices. The merged firm will have 10 offices in five states throughout the western United States and in the District of Columbia. The firm will have approximately 370 attorneys and more than 500 support staff, making it one of the 100 largest U.S. law firms. The merger enables Stoel Rives to expand its reach into the competitive California market with a well-established and respected firm. The combined practices of the firms' energy and environmental work create one of the largest practices of this kind in the western U.S.
Judd S. Conway announces the relocation of his law office to 13765 N.E. Cornell Rd., Suite 250, Portland, Ore. 97229, where he practices elder law, employment law, administrative law (especially professional licensing) and criminal law. He also handles contract research and writing assignments. He earned his J.D. in 1977 from the University of New Mexico School of Law. He is a member of the bar in Oregon and is inactive in New Mexico and Texas. In 1987 he was elected to the board of directors of the New Mexico Bar Association section on employment and labor law. His past experience includes: 3 1/2 years as an assistant district attorney in Albuquerque, New Mexico; 2 years as an assistant attorney general, representing the state of New Mexico in employment and labor law matters; and 1 1/2 years as County Attorney for Doña Ana County in New Mexico.
Blake & Duckler is pleased to announce Eric K. Helmy has joined the firm as a new associate. Helmy is a 2001 graduate of Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College.
Russell S. Collins has relocated to Omaha, Neb. and joined the firm of Berens & Tate as an associate attorney. A member of the Oregon State Bar since 1997 and a former associate with Corbett Gordon & Associates in Portland, Collins will continue to emphasize management side labor and employment law. He may be reached at 10050 Regency Circle, Suite 400, Omaha, Neb. 68114; (402) 551-0196; or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Miller Nash announces the addition of two new associates. Andrew P. Cook, who joins the business department, earned a bachelor's degree in English with a minor in Spanish at Brigham Young University. He earned his law degree at Georgetown University, where he served as a member of The Tax Lawyer law journal staff. Cook's practice focuses on general business and corporate law. Alyssa Eve Thirsk Tormala joins the labor department in the Portland office. She received her bachelor's degree in news-editorial journalism and English from the University of Utah and her J.D. from Stanford University. Tormala focuses her practice primarily on labor and employment law, as well as on litigation, arbitration and mediation.
Michael L. Doss has gone into private practice, opening Mount Tabor Legal Services, 4506 S.E. Belmont, Suite A, Portland, Ore. 97215; phone: (503) 236-1603; fax: (503) 296-2410; e-mail: email@example.com. His areas of practice include business transactions and advice, estate planning and probate, real estate, adoption and general civil litigation.
The DuBoff Law Group is pleased to announce that Abby R. Michels of the Willamette University School of Law Class of 2001, has joined the firm's litigation team. Michels, who has authored an article discussing jurisdiction on the World Wide Web which is being published in the Oregon Law Journal, as well as in England's Entertainment Law Review, will focus on business litigation, intellectual property and related areas of practice.