Oregon State Bar Bulletin JUNE 2002


Kevin D. McMurdo has joined Perkins Coie as director of client relations. He has a broad background in professional services marketing, both in-house at Northwest law and accounting firms and as the principal in McMurdo Consulting, which he established in 1998. In 1992 he served as president of the National Law Firm Marketing Association. McMurdo holds a law degree from Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College.

Tami S.P. Carroll is now practicing as Tami S.P. Carroll, Attorney at Law, as of May 1. She continues to practice estate planning, probate, business formation, planning and transactions, and real property transactions. Carroll is also available to share her expertise with other attorneys on a contract basis. Her practice is located in the Hult Executive Suites, 399 E. 10th Ave., Suite 208, Eugene, Ore. 97401. She can be reached by telephone: (541) 338-8352; facsimile: (541) 338-8458; e-mail: tspcarroll@qwest.net.

Black Helterline announces that James Baumgartner has been elected managing partner of the firm. Mike Merchant has been appointed chair of the litigation practice group. John McGuigan has been reappointed chair of the business practice group. Paul Hribernick has been reappointed chair of the immigration practice group and Stark Ackerman has been reappointed chair of the real estate land use construction practice group.

Donald L. Krahmer Jr. has joined Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt. Krahmer will become a shareholder in the regional law firm's business and corporate practice group. Krahmer has been a partner at Black Helterline for the past 10 years. Prior to practicing law he held management positions at PacifiCorp, PacifiCorp Financial Services and U.S. Bancorp.

Kittee Custer announces the opening of the Custer Law Office, in Pendleton. After almost two years in the public defender's office, she will continue practicing criminal defense in addition to as branching out into domestic relations. Custer received her B.A. in 1994 from Portland State University and her J.D. in 1999 from Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College. She thankfully acknowledges the long-term support of her many friends in Portland (you know who you are), especially those at Stoel Rives. She can be reached at 125 S.E. Court Ave., Suite 5-C, Pendleton, Ore. 97801; phone: (541) 276-7139; cell.: (541) 310-9531; fax: (541) 278-7167; e-mail: custerlaw@oregontrail.net.

Stoel Rives LLP has appointed Wally Van Valkenburg and Joel Mullin as members of its eight person firm management committee which governs the 375 lawyer firm. Van Valkenburg practices in the areas of intellectual property, antitrust and general business law and is chair of the firm's intellectual property and technology group. He currently serves on the boards of directors of the Portland Oregon Sports Authority and Legal Aid Services of Oregon. Mullin is a member and past-chair of the firm's litigation group. He concentrates his practice in commercial business and securities litigation. Prior to joining Stoel Rives, Mullin was a trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice. He is a past president of the Portland Jewish Academy.

Richard Rizk announces the opening of his private practice from his office in Washington County at 18330 S.W. Alexander St. Rizk is a veteran of The Nationwide Insurance Enterprise where he worked as a trial attorney (Beaverton) and environmental claim counsel (Chicago) during the 1990s. He is a 1988 graduate of Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College and has represented plaintiffs as well as defendants in conjunction with his past and present associations with Portland civil litigation firms. Rizk continues as an advocate of businesses, individuals and insurers in insurance coverage and related contests. He can be reached at richrizk@aol.com or by calling (503) 642-2114.

Stoel Rives partner Stephen E. Babson joined Endeavour Capital as a principal at the end of April 2002. Endeavour Capital is a leading Northwest private equity firm focused on acquisitions, recapitalizations and management buyouts of middle market companies, with $165 million of committed capital under management. Babson has served as chairman of Stoel Rives, and has had a long-term focus on business mergers and acquisitions as a member of the firm's corporate, securities and finance practice. He earned law and business graduate degrees from Stanford University. Stoel Rives has served Endeavour since its formation and acts as legal counsel to several of Endeavour's portfolio companies.

Davis Wright Tremaine has elected Ben Wolff to the firmwide executive committee. The committee advises the firm's managing partner on major issues and sets policy with respect to firm values, strategic direction and objectives, firm productivity and profitability. Wolff has been a partner at DWT for the past four years. He co-chairs DWT's corporate finance and business transaction department and has served on the management committee for the Portland office for the past four years. His practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, securities, private equity and venture finance and strategic partnering transactions. In addition, Wolff serves as outside general counsel to public and private companies throughout the Northwest.

Peggy Maguire has been promoted to assistant vice president and senior associate general counsel in the legal division of Regence BlueCross BlueShield. Maguire has been with The Regence Group, with which Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon is affiliated, since May 1997 as an associate general counsel. She has managed lawsuits filed against the company, acting as coordinator of all incoming litigation against the company. Previously, Maguire was an associate at the law firm of Garvey, Schubert & Barer.

Tarlow Naito & Summers announces the addition of attorney Shea Gumusoglu, who emphasizes land use, environmental, real estate and zoning law. Gumusoglu has extensive experience working in land use planning and the land development industry. Before becoming an attorney, Gumusoglu worked as a planner and project manager at Otak Inc., where she advised clients on land acquisition, processed approvals, conducted environmental evaluations, ensured regulatory compliance and managed on and off-site improvement negotiations. Before earning her J.D. at Lewis & Clark's Northwestern School of Law in 2001, Gumusoglu earned her Master of Urban and Regional Planning at Portland State University, and studied Public Administration and International Studies at Tel Aviv University in Israel and Bosphorus University in Istanbul, Turkey.

The legal services community has named Spencer (Mike) Neal manager of the state support unit. Neal has more than 20 years experience as a federal civil rights lawyer. He graduated from the University of Washington School of Law, Order of the Coif, in 1977. He began his legal career in the Hillsboro office of legal aid under a Reginald Heber Smith Law Fellowship. He spent five years as a staff attorney at Legal Aid and then went into private practice.

Nargess Shadbeh has been named director of the Oregon Law Center's farm worker program. Shadbeh has been a legal aid attorney for 17 years. She was a member of the Judicial Task Force for Racial Justice and Ethnic Issues and was awarded the Hon. Mercedes Diaz Award by Oregon Women Lawyers. She graduated from Lewis and Clark Law School in 1985.

Ed Johnson is a new statewide support unit attorney of Legal Aid Services of Oregon. A staff attorney in the Multnomah County office of Legal Aid for five years, Johnson previously was a litigation associate in New York City. He is a 1993 graduate of Columbia University Law School.

Charles D. Ruttan announces the formation of Ruttan & Associates at 185 Madison Avenue, Eighth Floor, New York (212) 447-9353; e mail: cruttan@ ruttanlaw.com. Ruttan graduated from Willamette University and was a partner at Dunn Carney Allen Higgins & Tongue focusing on corporate and real estate matters until 1993 when he left to become CEO of a golf equipment manufacturer in Texas. In 2000 he became a member of the New York bar and opened his first office in July 2000. For a in-depth look at Ruttan & Associates visit its web site at www.ruttanlaw.com.

Nancy K. Dahl has joined ActivX Biosciences, Inc. as vice president and general counsel. The biotechnology company focuses on activity-based proteomics. Most recently, she served as vice president and general counsel of Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Previously, Dahl was in private practice with Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison and also Lyon & Lyon. She received her J.D. from the University of Oregon.

Paul Hurd has been named general counsel of Freightliner.

Patrick L. Kubin recently moved his law practice to 1717 Olympia Way, Suite 206, Longview, Wash. 98632. The telephone number remains (360) 423-3077 and new fax number is (360) 423-4531. His wife Jill Johanson has joined his practice. She is the prosecuting attorney for the City of Kelso and is also doing appellate work. Kubin continues a general law practice with emphasis on family law, personal injury and criminal defense, both in Oregon and Washington.

Jacy F. Arnold announces the opening of Arnold Law Office. She has a full-service civil practice, including civil litigation, domestic relations, personal injuries, wills, probate and small business law. Arnold Law Office is located at 142 West Eighth Ave., Eugene, Ore. 97401. Phone: (541) 338-9111; fax: (541) 485-7742; e-mail: Arnold@JacyArnold.com; web site: www.JacyArnold.com.

Les Swanson has relocated to University Center Bldg., Room 308G, 527 S.W. Hall St., Portland, Ore. 97201; new fax: (503) 725-9174; new e-mail: lswanson@pdx.edu.

As of May 1, 2002 The Espell Law Offices has relocated to larger offices at Grant Avenue Plaza, 875 N.W. Grant Avenue, Corvallis, Ore. The voice and fax telephone numbers will remain unchanged. The Espell Law Offices will continue to represent clients in the fields of intellectual property, business law and estate planning and administration. For more information please contact Kenneth Espell at (541) 752-7550.

Michelle Teed has been appointed as an assistant attorney general in the financial fraud/consumer protection section of the Civil Enforcement Division of the Oregon Department of Justice. Teed received a Bachelor of Science degree from the Oregon Institute of Technology and her J.D. from Willamette University. After law school graduation, Teed was a compliance officer for the Oregon Division of Finance and Corporate Securities. In May 2000, she joined DOJ as an assistant attorney general in the tax and finance section of the General Counsel Division.

David Hart has been appointed as an assistant attorney general in the financial fraud/consumer protection section of the Civil Enforcement Division of the Oregon Department of Justice. Hart received a B.A. from Oberlin College, a B.S. from New York University and his J.D. from Northwestern School of Law of Lewis and Clark College. Before law school, Hart was a physical therapist in New York and Oregon. He later joined DOJ as an honors attorney in the financial fraud/consumer protection section.

Ryan Kahn has been appointed as an assistant attorney general in the business activities section of the General Counsel Division of the Oregon Department of Justice. Kahn received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Oregon. After law school graduation, he joined DOJ as an honors attorney in the Appellate Division.

The Law Office of Gale M. Rieder in Salem announces the addition of J. Sara Dean Cromwell as an associate. Cromwell received her J.D. from Willamette University College of Law. Her practice will concentrate on criminal post-conviction relief and appellate law.

Judson M. Carusone announces he is entering private practice as CarusoneLaw, P.C. His general practice office will concentrate in Indian, environmental, family, juvenile, education and bankruptcy law. He is available for contract work in these practice areas as well as in general civil litigation. He can be reached at 259 E. Fifth Ave., Suite 200, Eugene, OR 97401; telephone: (541) 343-4141; fax: (541) 686-2137; e-mail: carusonelaw@ earthlink.net. Prior to starting this endeavor, Carusone worked in legal service programs in Oregon and Idaho.

Davis Wright Tremaine has named Julie Weston as the new chair of the firm's Portland hiring committee. She replaces Thomas Hillier, who has served as chair since 1993. Weston became a partner at DWT in 2002. She counsels clients with regard to complex transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, strategic joint ventures and private equity placements. In addition, she acts as outside general counsel for privately held companies in Oregon.

Wendell Kusnerus has joined Davis Wright Tremaine's Portland office, where his practice will focus on bankruptcies and workouts, commercial transactions, and civil litigation. Prior to joining the firm, Kusnerus spent 17 years in the legal department at U.S. Bancorp in Portland, Ore. He received his juris doctor from the University of Oregon School of Law, and a master of science and a bachelor of science in mathematics from Michigan State University.

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