Oregon State Bar Bulletin — JANUARY 2003

Moves

Kramer & Associates welcomes D. Eric Woodard to the firm. Woodard, a veteran litigator for more than 25 years, is a former Clackamas County deputy district attorney and, more recently, a partner in Woodard & Associates (formerly Woodard & Ligon). Woodard will continue his focus on family law, criminal defense and general civil litigation.

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Wendy J. Baker has joined Gaydos, Churnside & Balthrop as an associate. Baker graduated from the University of Oregon School of Law in May 2002. Prior to practicing law, Baker was a newspaper reporter and editor in Seattle and Eugene. She also volunteered at the Lane County Law and Advocacy Center and in the Lane County District Attorney’s victims services program. She will represent small businesses, non-profits and financial institutions, as well as do estate planning and debtor-creditor law.

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Victoria Garcia has joined the Multnomah County section of the Metropolitan Public Defender. Garcia attended the University of Colorado Law School, graduating in 1999. Garcia was admitted to the OSB in the fall of 2000. Prior to joining the Metropolitan Public Defender, she worked as an Americorps member, serving at the Native American Youth Association. Garcia is a member of the Portland Surrealist Group, the Miracle Theater and the Eugene Professional Writer’s Group.

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Doug Green has joined the Multnomah County section of the Metropolitan Public Defender. Green attended the Indiana University School of Law, graduating in 2001. He was admitted to the OSB in October 2001. Prior to joining the Metropolitan Public Defender, Green worked as an associate with Stewart, Sokol & Gray in Portland.

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Aysia H. Wright and Cheryl M. Faas announce the opening of their new firm, Wright & Faas. The firm emphasizes estate planning and administration; divorce, custody and support; and elder law and disability planning. It is located at 2350 Willamette Falls Drive, Suite 4, West Linn, Ore., 97068; phone: (503) 722-8400.

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Miller Nash welcomes Kathryn Baltes to the firm’s business department, Ky Fullerton to the litigation department and Gena Stone to the labor and employment department. Baltes is licensed to practice in Oregon and is a member of the American, Oregon and Multnomah bar associations. She focuses her practice on general business-law matters and international law. She received her law degree from Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law, where she was a managing editor of Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution. Fullerton was previously a senior tax specialist with KPMG and held various staff positions in the U.S. Senate. He earned his law degree at the University of Oregon where he served as editor-in-chief of the Oregon Law Review. Stone focuses her practice on employee-benefits matters. Stone received her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Walla Walla College and her law degree from Willamette University, where she was the form editor of the Willamette Law Review.

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Kami White has joined the Multnomah County section of the Metropolitan Public Defender. White attended law school at Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College, graduating in 2000, was admitted to the State Bar of California in 2000 and the OSB in October 2001. Prior to joining the Metropolitan Public Defender, White worked as a contract attorney at Rose City Defense Consortium.

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Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt has appointed shareholder Margaret Hoffmann as the firm’s coordinator of Schwabe’s pro bono legal clinic, El Programa Hispano. Hoffmann will organize the law firm’s volunteer attorneys for the clinic, which offers pro bono legal advice and defense services for primarily Hispanic and low-income clients in the Portland metro area. She has been a volunteer herself at the legal clinic since its inception in 1991, providing counsel to clients on legal issues including fair housing and consumer rights. In addition to her role as coordinator of the pro bono clinic, Hoffmann is a shareholder in the firm, a nationally recognized pharmaceutical litigator and a leading attorney in Schwabe’s products liability litigation group.

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Metro Council president-elect David Bragdon announced the nomination of Mark Williams as the interim chief operating officer for Metro. The position, created by Metro Charter amendment approved by voters in 2000, will be the lead administrative position for the regional agency. Williams currently serves as the general manager of Metropolitan Exposition-Recreation Commission (MERC). The position is considered short-term, while the Metro Council conducts a national search for the chief operating officer position. Williams is not a candidate for the permanent job and will return to his post at MERC.

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Amy E. Bilyeu has joined the Portland firm of Samuels, Yoelin, Kantor, Seymour & Spinrad. Bilyeu will practice in the areas of tax, business law, estate administration and estate planning. She is a graduate of University of Oregon School of Law and she received her LL.M. in taxation from the University of Washington in 2001.

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Gordon & Meneghello, a Portland law firm specializing in labor and employment issues, has been acquired by Fisher & Phillips of Atlanta. With the merger, Gordon & Meneghello will now draw upon the resources of more than 170 attorneys in 10 offices throughout the United States. Currently Gordon & Meneghello represents a roster of nationally and internationally recognized firms in the airline, footwear, restaurant and supermarket industries, as well as numerous other local and regional clients.

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Shirley Bass announces the move of her office to 500 River Forum I Bldg., 4380 S.W. Macadam Ave., Portland, Ore. 97239. Her telephone number, fax and e-mail address will remain the same. Her practice will continue to emphasize estate planning, probate and elder law.

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Kristine M. Bingman has joined the research and publications department of TOC Management Services, a non-profit membership employers association. Bingman earned a J.D. from Lewis & Clark Law School in May 2002 and was admitted to the Oregon State Bar in September. She is a 1996 cum laude graduate of Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, Wash., where she majored in biology and minored in chemistry.

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David C. Moon of the Moon Firm has returned from a sabbatical to Central America, where he spent time traveling and enjoying the Mayan culture. Moon will be continuing his practice of law in Eugene, emphasizing water law and water rights. Moon has been involved in water rights issues for 23 years in his practice in Montana and Oregon. He is a member of the Montana, Idaho and Oregon bars and has practiced in Oregon since 1990. His address is P.O. Box 82, Eugene, Ore. 97440; phone: (541) 485-5350; e-mail: moon@efn.org.

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Terry Meehan has been appointed assistant attorney in charge of the business transactions section of the general counsel division with the Oregon Department of Justice. Meehan received his J.D. from the University of Oregon. Before attending law school, he taught high school mathematics and computer science. After law school graduation, he was in private practice in Springfield. Meehan joined the department in 1995.

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Dunn Carney announces the appointment of Katherine Dreyfus as the firm’s newest attorney. Dreyfus specializes in environmental litigation, environmental compliance and land use. Dreyfus earned a master of forest science degree in 1982 from Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, New Haven, Conn, and in 1992 a J.D. from Stanford Law School. Prior to Dunn Carney, Dreyfus worked was an assistant attorney general with the Oregon Department of Justice in Salem. Dreyfus is admitted to practice law in both Oregon and Alaska state and federal courts. She can be reached at kad@dunn-carney.com.

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Peter A. Ozanne is the new executive director of the state Office of Public Defense Services. Ozanne is known in Oregon and nationally for his work on criminal justice issues. Ozanne’s career includes many years as a professor at the University of Oregon Law School, executive director of the Multnomah County Public Safety Coordinating Council, chief counsel to the U.S. attorney in Portland, and executive director and chair of the Governor’s Task Force on Corrections Planning. He was a member and vice-chair of the Oregon Investment Council for nine years and a partner/shareholder with Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt from 1989 to 1998. Ozanne most recently was a consultant to public officials, government agencies, non-profit and community organizations nationally and in Europe regarding public policy development, investment strategies and project management.

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The firm O’Donnell & Clark bids farewell to associate Ross Day as he leaves to take a position as director of legal affairs at Oregonians In Action, the property rights group.

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Richard H. Muller, after 42 years of private practice in Oregon along with some time as a judge advocate general in the U.S. Marine Corps., is retiring on Jan. 1 from private practice .He will continue as corporate counsel for the U.S. Judo Federation, a national sports organization,and its member regional organizations.

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Attorney Beijing Wang has left Luvaas, Cobb, Richards and Fraser, and established his own firm, Benjamin Beijing Wang, located at 1672 Willamette St., Eugene, Ore. 97401; phone: (541) 484-1811; fax: (541) 431-3740; website: www.bwanglaw.com. Wang focuses his practice in the area of immigration law.

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Lawrence M. Vergun LLC announces the opening of its new office at Lincoln Center Tower, 10260 S.W. Greenburg Road, Suite 400, Portland, Ore. 97223; phone: (503) 293-8464; fax: (503) 293-8499; e-mail: vergun-law@ix.netcom. com. Vergun will continue his practice in business and real estate transactions, estate planning, probate & trust administration, conservatorships and guardianships, and civil litigation.

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Gary S. Kerwood has relocated to Honolulu, Hawaii, where he has joined Case, Bigelow & Lombardi as counsel. Kerwood’s practice will continue to emphasize transactional real estate and business matters. Kerwood previously was in private practice with the Kerwood Law Firm and Miller Nash, and held in-house positions with Louisiana-Pacific Corp. and the Port of Portland. His Oregon practice has been transferred to the Beaverton firm of Myatt, Bell & Cheyne. Kerwood can be reached at Case, Bigelow & Lombardi, Pacific Guardian Center, Mauka Tower, 737 Bishop St., Suite 2600, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813; phone: (808) 547-5400; fax: (808) 523-1888; e-mail: gkerwood@casebigelow.com.

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Allyson S. Krueger will join the Barran Liebman partnership in January 2003. Krueger worked at Schwabe, Williamson and Wyatt in the litigation group before joining Barran Liebman in April 1999 as an associate. Her practice is focused on representing employers in litigation, employment discrimination and employment dispute resolution. She earned her J.D. in 1996 from the University of Oregon School of Law. She is a past president and founding member of Oregon Lawyers Against Hunger, an organization dedicated to raising funds for the Oregon Food Bank.

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Amy K. Brenner joins Barran Liebman as an associate. She earned her B.A. in history from Holy Cross College in Worcester, Mass., and her J.D., from Willamette University College of Law, where she was executive editor of the Willamette Law Review.

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Joe Dawley has been appointed general counsel of the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection. Previously, he practiced construction law at Allen, Yazbeck, O’Halloran & Hanson in Portland and environmental law at Spilman, Thomas and Battle in Charleston, W. Va. Dawley graduated from Northwestern School of Law at Lewis & Clark College in 1997.

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Ganz Law P.C., an intellectual property law firm, announces the opening of its new office location in the Pearl District at 239 NW 13th Ave., Suite 207, Portland, Ore. 97209; phone: (503) 224-2713.

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Steven C. Burke has moved to a new office in the John’s Landing area. The new location is at 5550 S.W. Macadam Ave., Suite 220, Portland, Ore. 97239. His new numbers are (503) 445-4488, and fax (503) 445-4489. Burke opened his own practice in November 2001, and continues his business litigation practice while specializing in construction and employment matters. He is admitted in Oregon and Washington.

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Following 15 years of service to the state of Oregon, Weisha Mize has left her position as an administrative law judge. She now works "In Service to Gaia," giving her loving attention to her alternative healing practice, helping clients using energy medicine and hypnotherapy, and to "Domestic Goddess," offering personal chef and chemical-free home care services in the greater Willamette Valley. Mize can be reached at (503) 999-9551, or through her website at http://www.pcnchef.com/ domesticgoddess/.


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