Oregon State Bar Bulletin — APRIL 2003

Moves

Four lawyers have joined Smith Freed & Eberhard as associates. Rachel C. Carey graduated from the Gonzaga University School of Law in 1996. Carey concentrates on professional liability defense focusing on construction defect. Erich T. Walz received his J.D. from the University if Oregon in 1999. His practice emphasizes insurance defense in the southwest Washington area. Kimber B. Baumgartner earned his J.D. from Boston College in 2002. His practice includes the defense of personal injury claims. Ryan J. McLellan received his J.D. from the University of Oregon in 2002. His practice includes insurance defense litigation.

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Tonkon Torp announces that Bruce G. Berning and Steven M. Wilker have been elected to the law firm’s managing board for three-year terms. Kenneth D. Stephens was re-elected managing board chair. Berning has a broad business and corporate law practice, including mergers and acquisitions, commercial law and contract drafting. He represents lenders and borrowers in a variety of financing transactions. Wilker’s practice emphasizes complex commercial litigation and media and communications law. He has represented local, regional and national clients in disputes in Oregon and all across the country. Stephens is a founding partner of Tonkon Torp. He specializes in corporate and securities matters, including the financial services industry. He also serves as a senior adviser to management of several of the firm’s major clients.

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Clark, Lindauer, Fetherston, Edmonds & Lippold welcomes Ryan W. Collier as a partner in the firm as of Jan. 1, 2003. Collier’s practice continues to emphasize contested probate and trust administration and estate planning in both Washington and Oregon. He also has experience in business litigation, business and real estate matters. He received his J.D. from Willamette University College of Law in 1997.

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Garvey Schubert Barer has announced the leadership roles for its Portland office in 2003. Larry J. Brant, Stephen J. Connolly and Robert C. Weaver Jr. have been re-elected as the management team of the Portland office for 2003. Connolly and Keith Dubanevich will serve on the firm’s executive committee. Weaver will lead the Portland office’s litigation group, and Brant will lead the Portland office’s business group.

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Saalfeld Griggs, with offices in Salem and Bend, announces that Sean M. Driscoll has recently joined the firm’s litigation practice group. Driscoll obtained his law degree from the Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College with a certificate in business law in 2002. His practice will focus on assisting employers to avoid employment disputes and representing clients in commercial litigation.

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Phil Brockett announces the opening of his law practice, which will include business, technology, government and litigation matters. Prior to moving to Oregon, Brockett served as legal counsel to Texas Instruments Inc., and Raytheon Co. He may be contacted at 388 S.W. Bluff Drive, Bend, Ore., 97702; phone (541) 317-9000; website: www.bendlegal.com; e-mail: philbrockett@bendlegal.com.

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John DiLorenzo and Aaron Stuckey have joined Davis Wright Tremaine’s Portland office, as partner and of counsel, respectively. DiLorenzo’s practice will focus on government relations and litigation. He will represent and advise clients on such matters as lobbying for state and federal legislation, campaign finance, government ethics, initiatives and referenda, insurance recovery actions, response to environmental claims, appellate cases and a variety of litigation matters. Prior to joining the firm, he spent nine years as partner at Hagen, Hirschy, DiLorenzo & Grein. Stuckey’s practice will continue to focus on business litigation and real estate litigation. He will represent and advise clients in business disputes, commercial real estate matters, insurance recovery actions and government relations. Prior to joining the firm, he spent more than seven years as an attorney at Hagen, Hirschy, DiLorenzo & Grein.

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Lois Huffman and Karin McKercher have joined forces to create Idea Advocates Law Group. The firm focuses on serving idea-centric start-up and emerging businesses with intellectual property and business transaction services. Huffman will direct the firm’s intellectual property services, including patent prosecution, while McKercher will direct the firm’s business transaction services. The firm’s offices are located at 322 N.W. 5th Ave., Suite 310, Portland, Ore. 97209; phone: (503) 274-7787; e-mail: lois@ideaadvocates.com or karin@ideaadvocates.com; website www.ideaadvocates.com.

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Jennifer Lloyd has been appointed assistant solicitor general of the appellate division with the Oregon Department of Justice. Lloyd earned her J.D. from Lewis & Clark Law School. She worked as a deputy district attorney in Clatsop and Multnomah Counties before joining the DOJ’s appellate division as assistant attorney general in 1998.

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Erik Wasmann has been appointed attorney in charge of the district attorney assistance section of the criminal justice division of the Oregon Department of Justice. Wasmann received his J.D. from Willamette University. After law school, Wasmann was a deputy district attorney and district attorney for Lincoln County. He joined the department in 1986 as publications editor in the district attorney section.

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Steve Briggs has been appointed attorney in charge of the organized crime section of the criminal justice division of the Oregon Department of Justice. Briggs received his J.D. from the University of Oregon. After law school, Briggs was a law clerk for Oregon Supreme Court Justice Edwin Peterson, an assistant U.S. attorney and deputy district attorney for Washington County. Briggs joined the district attorney assistance section of the Criminal Justice Division of DOJ in 1998; he moved to the organized crime section in 2001.

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Kevin Shuba has been appointed a senior assistant attorney general with the commercial and environmental section of the trial division with the Oregon Department of Justice. Shuba received his J.D. from Willamette University. After law school, he joined the DOJ where he has served as an assistant attorney general in the business activities section and the natural resources section of the general counsel division.

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Marilyn Odell has been appointed a senior assistant attorney general with the commercial and environmental section of the trial division of the Oregon Department of Justice. Odell received her J.D. from the University of Oregon. Odell was a staff attorney for the Lane County Public Defender and had her own private practice. She also served as an administrative law judge and counsel to the Oregon Judiciary Committee.

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Karnopp Petersen recently added two new associates, David Brown and Jon Napier. Brown, who specializes in Indian law and litigation, joined the firm Nov. 1, 2002. He is a graduate of the University of Oregon School of Law. While at UO, he served as outreach coordinator of the Oregon Law Students Public Interest Fund. Napier, who specializes in business and corporate law, is a graduate of the Willamette University College of Law. Previously he practiced in the business department at Miller Nash in Portland, emphasizing general business transactions, affordable housing development, real estate and construction law.

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Tamara MacLeod was recently made partner at Karnopp Petersen. She has been with the firm for seven years and practices primarily in civil and commercial litigation and land-use law. MacLeod will continue her practice and also oversee Karnopp Petersen’s associate training program. MacLeod is currently president of the Deschutes County Bar Association and serves on the board of directors for Deschutes United Way.

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Tricia Coreson has been appointed assistant attorney general in the business transactions section of the general counsel division of the Oregon Department of Justice. Coreson received her J.D. from Willamette University. Immediately after law school, Coreson was in private practice in Portland. Most recently, she was general counsel and corporate secretary for a Portland corporation.

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Jack McDonald has been appointed assistant attorney general in the business transactions section of the general counsel division of the Oregon Department of Justice. McDonald received his J.D. from Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College, where he received an environmental and natural resources certificate and was a member of law review. After college, McDonald was a software engineer and project manager. After law school graduation, McDonald was assistant director and fellow of the Northwest Water Law and Policy Project at Northwestern School of Law at Lewis & Clark College.

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Anne Morrison has set up a law office in La Grande. She will continue to handle general legal matters with a focus on criminal defense and appellate law. Morrison moved to La Grande in June 2000, where she has worked for the Ricker and Roberson law firm since that time. Previously, she was a deputy public defender at the State Public Defender in Salem, handling criminal appeals. She also worked as a staff attorney for Legal Aid Services of Lane County. She can be reached at 115 Elm St., #23, La Grande, Ore. 97850; phone: (541) 663-8053.

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Clif Cannon has joined Modo, Inc. as director of OEM Sales. Prior to joining Modo, Cannon was director of business development for Ziba Design, and he was an attorney with the Portland firm of Black Helterline. Cannon will work closely with Modo clients and direct Modo’s business development team. He can be reached at (503) 690-1412.

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Jay Chock has been selected to head the litigation practice group at Dunn, Carney, Allen, Higgins & Tongue. Chock is an experienced trial attorney with more than 125 jury trials during his 19-year career. He will lead the Dunn Carney litigation practice group of 15 attorneys in commercial, insurance and construction litigation, as well as bankruptcy. Prior to joining Dunn Carney, he was a partner at Smith, Freed, Chock & Eberhard. Chock joined Dunn Carney in 2001 and succeeds Thomas H. Tongue as litigation practice group leader.

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Attorney Matthew D. Kaplan has left Squires & Lopez and has established his own firm, Matthew D. Kaplan, L.L.C., located at 1906 S.W. Madison St., Portland, Ore. 97205; phone: (503) 250-0654; fax: (503) 221-1908. His practice will focus on personal injury law and criminal defense.

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Karnopp Petersen announces a new managing partner, Michael Dillard, effective Jan. 1, 2003. Dillard earned a J.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law in 1973. Dillard was admitted to the California bar in 1973 and the Oregon bar in 1986. Immediately before joining Karnopp Petersen in Feb. 2000, Dillard served four years as managing partner of Weintraub, Genshlea & Sproul in Sacramento, Calif., where he was a senior litigation partner for 15 years.

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James C. Chaney and Jaqua & Wheatley announce that after nine rewarding years with the firm, effective Jan. 1, 2003, Chaney has withdrawn as a shareholder of Jaqua & Wheatley, and has opened a new practice at The Chaney Law Firm, 777 High St., Suite 350, Eugene, Ore. 97401; phone: 683-3800; e-mail: jchaney@thechaneyfirm.com; website: www.thechaneyfirm.com. Chaney will continue his emphasis on civil trial work, primarily in the defense of tort liability matters and business litigation. William G. Wheatley, Maureen A. DeFrank, Nathan G. Steele, Patrick A. Lynd, Brandon J. Baxter and Debra E. Pilcher will continue Jaqua & Wheatley’s litigation practice at 825 East Park St., Eugene, Ore., 97401; phone: (541) 686-8485.

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Steven B. Ungar has joined Lane Powell Spears Lubersky, as a partner, in the firm’s complex litigation group. His practice will continue to emphasize white-collar criminal defense, regulatory compliance and professional licensing. Ungar defends business entities and individuals facing governmental investigations and criminal prosecutions, including alleged health-care fraud, money laundering, bank and bankruptcy fraud, narcotics offenses, computer crime, obstruction of justice and perjury.

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Louisiana-Pacific Corporation announces that Mark A. Fuchs has been named the company’s general counsel. Fuchs joined L-P in 2001 as senior counsel after working for Bullivant Houser, defending companies on claims involving product liability, commercial transactions and other areas.

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Gilion C. Dumas has relocated to San Francisco, where she continues to practice commercial litigation on a contract basis. She was admitted to the OSB in 1992 and is currently a member of the California, Oregon and Washington bars. Dumas is available for contract work in commercial cases, including business and real estate disputes, professional liability and employment matters. She can be reached at 2857 Union St., San Francisco, Calif. 94123; phone: (415) 885-2762; e-mail: giliondumas@sbcglobal. net.

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Marvin, Chorzempa & Associates announces that effective immediately its new name is Marvin, Chorzempa & Larson. The firm will continue to provide litigation and general business legal services, with a particular emphasis on construction matters as well as legal services for the general public.

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Williams Zografos & Peck welcomes Chandra Hatfield to the firm as an associate. Hatfield earned her J.D. from Willamette University College of Law in 2002 and is admitted to practice in Oregon.

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Kevin O’Scannlain was recently appointed to be counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary. He will be working on civil justice reform issues, such as medical liability, asbestos and class action reform. He can be reached at the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary, 224 Dirksen Senate Office Bldg., Washington D.C. 20510; phone: (202) 224-5225; fax: (202) 224-9102; Kevin_O’Scannlain@Judiciary.senate.gov.

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Trial attorney Daniel H. Skerritt has joined the 30-lawyer litigation group of Tonkon Torp as a partner. Skerritt has practiced law in Portland for 30 years. He has been a senior partner at Ater Wynne, where he chaired the litigation department from 1990 until 2001. Skerritt was named one of Oregon’s top 10 trial lawyers by the National Law Journal (April 3, 2000). Skerritt specializes in complex commercial litigation, representing both plaintiffs and defendants in securities, antitrust, energy, employment and general business litigation. He was a member of the team of lawyers representing the state of Oregon in the historic tobacco litigation resulting in a $2.25 billion settlement for the state.

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Caroline Forell has been named interim director of the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics, an independent center housed at the University of Oregon School of Law. Forell, a longtime law professor and UO faculty leader, is known for her groundbreaking book, A Law of Her Own, in which she and co-author Donna Matthews advocate for a 'reasonable woman' standard in legal cases involving rape, domestic violence and sexual harassment. She succeeds Margaret Hallock, who recently joined Gov. Ted Kulongoski’s senior policy team.

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Garvey Schubert Barer announces three lawyers have joined the firm’s Portland office as of Feb. 1, 2003. Michael M. Ratoza joined as an owner in the litigation department. He specializes in intellectual property law, emphasizing copyright, trademark, domain name, Internet business and trade secret law, including registration prosecutions and oppositions, I.P. licensing, rights protection and anti-piracy. He has represented both large and small merchandisers, rights owners, publishers, authors, musicians, film owners and many other I.P. owners and creative developers. Michael Dell Long joins as of counsel in the business department. His practice emphasizes transactions and advice relating to copyrights, trademarks and unfair competition. Previously, he was a shareholder at Ratoza Long. Laura Caldera Taylor joins as an associate in the litigation department. Her practice focuses on intellectual property litigation, with an emphasis on copyright, trademark and trade secret disputes. Previously, she was an associate at Ratoza Long.

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Bob Buchanan has started his own practice, specializing in business and tax law for small- to medium-sized clients in the San Francisco Bay area. He is licensed in Oregon, Washington and California. He previously practiced at Hanna, Kerns & Strader in Portland, then practiced with Landerholm, Memovich, Lansverk & Whitesides in Vancouver, Wash., before leaving the Pacific Northwest to join Hewlett-Packard in Palo Alto, Calif. He can be reached by e-mail through his website at www.buchananlawgroup.com.

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Three Stoel Rives attorneys from the Portland office have been named partners. David E. Filippi is a member of the firm’s environmental and natural resources group, concentrating his practice on water rights, fish and wildlife law. A graduate of Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College, Filippi joined Stoel Rives as an associate in 1996. Timothy L. McMahan is a member of the firm’s land use group, concentrating his practice on land use, real estate development, environmental and municipal law. He is a 1986 graduate of Willamette University College of Law and practices in the firm’s Vancouver, Wash. office. Jeremy D. Sacks is s member of the firm’s trial group, focusing his practice on complex business, securities, class actions and intellectual property litigation. He is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center. Prior to joining Stoel Rives in 1996, Sacks was an associate in the Washington, D.C. office of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson.

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Garvey Schubert Barer announces that Alec J. Shebiel has become an owner in the firm’s Portland office. Shebiel is a member of both the business and litigation departments with an emphasis on serving business clients on e-commerce, Internet and emerging technologies issues and litigating commercial disputes. Previously, he was an associate with Lindsay Hart Neil & Weigler.

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R. Glenn Mittermann has taken a senior position with UNAIDS in Geneva, Switzerland, where he will be responsible for planning and performance monitoring. UNAIDS is a worldwide advocate for action against HIV/AIDS. Since leaving the practice of law in Eugene in 1985, Mittermann has been a staff member of the United Nations dealing with a range of issues including international environmental law and technical assistance to countries in drug control planning and legislation.

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The Gresham firm of Smith & Fjelstad has relocated. Attorneys Kerry M.L. Smith and Eric J. Fjelstad can now be reached at 722 N. Main Ave., Gresham, Ore. 97030; phone: (503) 669-2242.

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Harold, Lehy & Kieran announces that Tim D. Nord joined the firm as an associate Feb. 1, 2003. Nord is a 1988 UO Law School graduate and was formerly at the Oregon Department of Justice, where he was a senior assistant attorney general in the civil enforcement division (1994-2001) and in the labor and employment law section (2001-03). He worked at Doyle, Gartland, Nelson and McCleery from 1988 until 1994. His areas of practice will be business law, employment law, bankruptcy and civil litigation.

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Bullivant Houser Bailey announces Dianne K. Dailey (left) as its new president, succeeding James D. Hibbard, effective Jan. 1, 2003. A new president is elected by Bullivant’s board every three years. Hibbard served as president for two terms and has now resumed his full-time law practice at the firm, focusing on commercial litigation, including resolution of product liability claims and alternative dispute resolution. She joined Bullivant in 1982 and became a shareholder in 1988. In October 2001, she was elected to the board of directors. Dailey’s practice focuses on complex litigation with expertise in environmental damage and construction defect cases in Oregon and Washington.

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Tonkon Torp announces that partner Peter H. Koehler Jr. has withdrawn from the private practice of law to join the firm’s client Nike, Inc. as regional counsel for USA and the Americas. Prior to joining Tonkon Torp in 1982, Koehler practiced general civil litigation in Seattle. He is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley’s Boalt Hall School of Law and Stanford University.

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Bradley W. Andersen has joined Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt as a shareholder in the firm. Andersen is a recognized expert in timber, trial and land-use issues and on the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area Act. His practice is based in Schwabe’s Vancouver, Wash. office. He will soon open a Schwabe office in Stevenson, Wash.. Prior to joining Schwabe, Andersen had served as Skamania County’s prosecuting attorney since 1994, representing the county in a broad range of legal matters, including landmark cases involving the Columbia River Gorge Commission.

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Public finance attorneys Doug Goe and Townsend Hyatt have joined Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe’s Pacific Northwest team as partners. Based in Portland, Goe and Hyatt joined Orrick from Ater Wynne, where they presided over the firm’s bond counsel practice in Oregon and an Indian tribe finance practice. Goe serves as bond counsel for many of the largest and most frequent issuers in the region. Before joining Orrick, Goe chaired the public finance group at Ater Wynne. Hyatt has built a national Indian tribe finance practice and is recognized as one of the principal authorities in the field. He represents more than two dozen tribal governments across the country.

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Portland attorney Mark C. Rutzick has been appointed senior adviser to the general counsel, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce in Washington, D.C. as of Feb. 3. He can be reached at (202) 482-4080.

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Greg Zerzan has been appointed deputy assistant secretary of the U.S. Treasury. Zerzan formerly served as chief counsel to the Committee on Agriculture of the U.S. House of Representatives, and senior counsel to the House Committee on Banking and Financial Services. Prior to these positions he worked as an associate for the firm of Kell, Alterman and Runstein. As deputy assistant secretary for financial institutions policy, Zerzan will be responsible for helping to create and implement financial services policy for the United States. Zerzan is a graduate of Willamette University College of Law (1996). He can be reached at (202) 622-0430.


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