Oregon State Bar Bulletin — AUGUST 2003

Moves

Frank C. Gibson has joined Hutchinson, Cox, Coons, DuPriest, Orr & Sherlock as a shareholder. Gibson has had an active practice in the Eugene area for 24 years and will continue to practice with an emphasis on real estate and business matters, civil litigation, divorce and mediation. He can be reached at (541) 686-9160.

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Multnomah County Chair Diane Linn has appointed Agnes Sowle as the county’s lead attorney. Sowle has been acting as interim county attorney since March 1. Sowle earned a J.D. from the University of Idaho in 1982. She joined the county attorney’s office in 1997. She served as a senior assistant county attorney in charge of employment litigation and was promoted to deputy county attorney July 1, 2002. Previously, Sowle practiced business law and general litigation in private practice. Sowle replaces Tom Sponslor, who left the county in February for private practice.

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Paul L. Hathaway III has joined the Office of Washington County Counsel. He was formerly county counsel for Jefferson County, Ore., where he served its board of commissioners, other elected officials and management staff for the past nine years. Hathaway will provide representation to Washington County departments of community development, housing services, health and human services, information services, aging and veteran’s services, juvenile services and the cooperative library.

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Danford E. Lloyd Bickmore has been appointed associate general counsel of DaimlerChrysler Services North America, the captive finance arm of DaimlerChrysler. He and his team of attorneys and paralegals will coordinate the delivery of legal services to the customer service and collections business units for both Mercedes-Benz Credit and Chrysler Financial nationwide. Effective August 1, he has relocated to the headquarters in Michigan and can be contacted at DaimlerChrysler Services North America, 27777 Inkster Road, Farmington Hills, MI 48334; (248) 427-2546; deb44@dcx.com.

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Dunn Carney has hired Samantha Mender as a commercial and insurance litigation associate. Mender, a 2001 graduate of the University of Arizona College of Law in Tucson, is 'looking forward to working with the firm and gaining broader experience in the area of insurance litigation.'

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Geordie Duckler has terminated his partnership in Blake & Duckler as of July 1, and opened a solo civil practice in which he continues to do general personal injury work with a special emphasis in animal law. Duckler represents domestic, exotic, market and assistance animal owners seeking to recover for injuries to their animals and themselves, as well as contractual agreements and disputes, nuisance and behavior problems and other issues relating to the care and conveyance of animals. His new location is in the Water Tower at John’s Landing at 5331 S.W. Macadam Ave., Suite 350, Portland, OR 97239; phone: (503) 546-8052; fax: (503) 241-5553; e-mail: geordied@integraonline.com.

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Steve G. Milla has joined Smith Freed & Eberhard as an associate. Milla attended the University of Maryland, graduating in 1994 with a B.A. in English. He graduated cum laude from the University of Baltimore School of Law in 1997. Milla’s practice focuses on insurance defense.

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The partners of Miller Nash have re-elected Tom Sand as managing partner through 2007. Sand became managing partner of the 140-lawyer firm in October 1999. Since then, he has continued to oversee his litigation practice in addition to performing his management role. His responsibilities include strategic planning, overseeing all the firm’s administrative functions and representing the firm in the community. In addition, Sand has been named as a member of the U.S. Bank of Oregon advisory board.

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Matthew Werner announces the opening of his solo law practice, which will include business, health care regulatory and medical record privacy matters. Prior to opening his practice, Werner worked with the health care group at Ater Wynne. He can be reached at (503) 288-0812 or at matthew.werner@comcast.net.

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Saalfeld Griggs, with offices in Salem and Bend, announces that Wayne A. Kinkade has become a shareholder of the firm. Kinkade obtained his bachelors degree in economics from Oregon State University and obtained his law degree from the University of Oregon School of Law. His practice will continue to focus on business and corporate law.

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Marilyn K. Reynolds has joined Pabst & Holland in Vancouver, Wash. Reynolds concentrates her practice in the areas of estate planning, trusts, probate and trust administration, gift and estate tax planning, charitable giving, non-profit organizations and trust planning for pets. She is licensed in Washington and Oregon.

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Davis Dixon Kirby announces the opening of its Los Angeles office. With existing locations in Portland and Irvine, Calif., the firm has opened its Los Angeles office to provide greater accessibility to clients in the film, music and television industries. The firm was founded in 2002 to represent entertainment and sports clients in the West Coast.

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Former Hood River and Multnomah County deputy district attorney Johnson Dunn announces the opening of his law office in Hood River. His areas of practice will include criminal law, family law and general civil litigation. Dunn, a member of the Oregon Bar since 1992, is a graduate of the University of Georgia School of Law. His office is located at 1416 Taylor Ave., Suite One, Hood River, OR 97031. He can be reached by phone at (541) 386-7878 and by e-mail at Johnson@johnsondunn.com.

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Ater Wynne has named senior litigation attorney James B. Davidson a partner. Davidson joined Ater Wynne in 2001 with more than 25 years of experience in private practice, after prosecuting for the Cook County, Ill., state’s attorney office and founding a successful 22-lawyer firm in Chicago, Davidson, Mandell, Menkes & Surdyk. Davidson’s area of concentration is national commercial, insurance, employment and intellectual property litigation.

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Jordan Schrader has announced the addition of Janice L. Hirsch as a shareholder in the firm. Hirsch joins attorneys Charles R. Schrader, Thomas B. Erickson, Christine Meadows and Linda Waugh in the firm’s employment, labor and employee benefits practice. Hirsch brings to the firm more than 10 years of experience representing businesses and advising pubic and private sector employers on compliance with federal and state employment laws, including compliance with due process requirements. She also conducts investigations and represents employers in disputes with the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the U.S. Department of Labor.

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Former state public defender David E. Groom has opened a private practice in Portland. His address is P.O. Box 19829, Portland, OR 97280. His phone number is (503) 977-0506, and his e-mail is groom50@comcast.net. His practice will emphasize criminal appeals, including death penalty appeals and consultation in death penalty cases.

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Koch & Deering has moved to new offices at 1500 N.E. Irving, Suite 370, Portland, OR 97232; the phone number remains the same at: (503) 222-9350; fax: (503) 229-0614.

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The Office of the General Counsel, United States Department of Agriculture, announces the retirement of regional attorney Arno Reifenberg after more than 54 years of service to USDA (and two years of military service). Reifenberg graduated from University of California at Berkeley and received his doctor of jurisprudence from Boalt Hall in 1949. He joined the USDA in Portland in 1949 and was promoted to regional attorney in 1973, a position he has held since then. An open house was held Sept. 3, and a dinner on Sept. 13. (Contact Linda Shurtleff at (503) 326-7836 or linda.shurtleff@usda.gov for further information.)

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Bullivant Houser Bailey has added estate planning expert Martin W. Rohrer to its Portland office. With more than 25 years in banking trust departments and private practice, Rohrer is experienced in the areas of estate planning and trust, probate and conservatorship advising and administration and taxation. He also has extensive experience in advising clients in fiduciary disputes. In addition to litigation, his practice will include serving as an arbitrator or mediator in fiduciary matters.

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Wendy Baker has joined the Eugene office of Harrang Long Gary Rudnick, where she focuses her practice on labor and employment law. Baker previously worked as an associate attorney with another Eugene law firm, where she specialized in real estate law, foreclosures, bankruptcy and landlord-tenant law. She worked as a news reporter for the Register-Guard and the Seattle Times prior to attending law school. Baker graduated from the University of Oregon School of Law in 2002.

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Dennis N. Balske announces the opening of his private law practice emphasizing federal criminal trials, appeals and habeas corpus litigation. He can be reached at 222 S.W. Columbia, Suite 1600, Portland, OR 97201; phone: (503) 242-3831; fax: (503) 222-7288; e-mail: balske@earthlink.net. The 1974 Ohio State law graduate taught criminal defense at Ohio State and then defended capital murder cases at the Southern Poverty Law Center. He founded the Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and served on the board of directors of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, chairing its death penalty committee and later co-chairing its Amicus committee. He received NACDL’s highest award in 1986. In 1992, he joined the Oregon Federal Defender Office, where he specialized in federal trial, appellate and habeas corpus litigation. He is the recipient of the Award of Merit from the Alabama State Bar and the Multnomah Bar Association. He served as president of the Owen M. Panner American Inn of Court. In December 2003, he will argue the federal habeas corpus case of Baldwin v. Reese in the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Holland & Hart, a Boise law firm, announces that John Eustermann has joined the corporate finance practice group. Eustermann is licensed to practice law in Washington, Oregon, California and Idaho, and has extensive experience representing clients in intellectual property, venture finance and mergers and acquisitions. He has represented a significant number of manufacturing companies in addition to design clients and high-tech companies in the multimedia and software arena. Eustermann currently sits on the board of directors for Vantage Surgical Incorporated, World MultiCast, Inc., RedcellX, Inc. and the Family Advocate Program of Idaho.

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David Copley Forman has joined Tonkon Torp as of counsel. Forman has become a member of the corporate finance practice group and will emphasize corporate and business matters in his practice. He will also represent emerging companies and mid-market private companies in general corporate and transactional matters. Previously a member of the Stoel Rives law firm, Forman is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School. He is a member of the Oregon and New York State bars.

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Misti Johnson announces the opening of her new office in Salem. Her practice will continue to concentrate on land use and real estate. She can be reached at 475 Cottage St. NE, Suite 120, Salem, OR 97301; phone: (503) 399-0099; fax: (503) 399-0959; email mistij@comcast.net.

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Speer, Hoyt, Jones, Poppe, Wolf & Griffith announces that Howard F. Feinman has joined the firm as a shareholder. His practice will continue to emphasize business law, estate planning, probate and real estate matters. The firm also announces that Ellen D. Adler, who has been with the firm since 2001, has become a shareholder. Her practice will continue to emphasize estate planning, probate and trust administration and real estate matters. The firm will now be known as Speer, Hoyt, Jones, Feinman, Poppe, Wolf & Griffith.

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Douglas S. Sedwick has joined Fidelity National Title Company of Oregon as assistant vice president and associate counsel. He will assist the general counsel in claims, underwriting and state regulatory matters. Sedwick received his J.D. from Northwestern School of Law, Lewis & Clark College in 2002 and his MBA from Portland State University in 1997.


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