Oregon State Bar Bulletin — JUNE 2003

Moves

Workplace Practices Group announces that Randy Stedman has been appointed to the advisory board of MECHData, Inc., a Des Moines, Iowa company that operates niche, subscriber-based online recruitment sites and performs executive searches for the plumbing, HVACR and electrical industries. Stedman, an OSB member since 1989, formed Workplace Practices Group in 2002 after 12 years as chief human resources officer of two large Portland-based companies. Previously, Stedman practiced employment law with Miller Nash.

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Esco Corp. has hired Kevin S. Thomas, formerly with Stoel Rives, as corporate attorney.

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Sussman Shank welcomes Jeff D. Brecht as an associate in the firm’s business litigation and employment law groups. He represents businesses in state and federal courts in Oregon in the areas of labor and employment law, business litigation and employer liability.

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Bullivant Houser Bailey has elected Chrys A. Martin to serve on its board of directors. Martin, a shareholder in Bullivant’s Portland office, was elected to the board Jan. 1, 2003. She will finish the remainder of current board member Dianne K. Dailey’s term, allowing Dailey to assume her duties as the firms’ new president. Martin’s role on the board includes business development and client relations. Her practice focuses on employment law and employee benefits from the management perspective, representing employers, insurers and third party administrators. Her previous experience included work in human resources.

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The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has announced the reappointment of Steven Wax, federal public defender for the district of Oregon. Wax’s new term begins Jan. 20, 2004. Wax was first appointed a federal public defender in 1983. This will be his sixth term as federal defender for the district of Oregon.

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Doug Nash has joined Bear Creek as vice president and assistant general counsel. He will provide internal advice and counsel on all legal matters such as contracts, real estate, land use, human resources and employee relations issues. His previous positions include being: associate attorney with Ater Wynne in Portland; vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary for DecisionPoint Applications in Beaverton; contract specialist for CNF Transportation in Portland and an attorney with Emory and Associates in Portland. Nash is a member of the Oregon and Washington state bars, the International Bar Association and the Court of International Trade.

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Bowersox Law Firm welcomes Sandi Luna Pellikaan as an associate of the firm. Prior to joining the firm, Pellikaan was a senior staff attorney with Metropolitan Public Defender where she handled major felony trials. She also has five years experience working on asbestos cases with the law firm of Baron & Budd in Dallas, Texas. She is a 1995 graduate of Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College where she was an associate editor of Environmental Law. She volunteers with Oregon Lawyers Against Hunger and served as an auction coordinator for Public Interest Law Project. Her practice will focus on plaintiffs’ personal injury, professional malpractice and commercial litigation.

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Former Portland and Seattle attorney Daniel A. Nye returned to Saudi Arabia recently to take a new position as of counsel to Kadasah Law Firm/Bryan Cave, the Riyadh affiliate of the international law firm Bryan Cave. Bryan Cave has one of the largest practices in the Middle East. The firm’s clients include major US, European and Asian corporations as well as many Middle Eastern clients. For over 10 years Bryan Cave has represented the Government of Kuwait before the United Nations in preparing and prosecuting claims against the State of Iraq for damages done in the 1991 Gulf War. Bryan Cave also represents the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in its claims for environmental damages against Iraq. In addition to the Riyadh offices, Bryan Cave maintains offices in Kuwait City, Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Nye, who has practiced in the Middle East previously for five years, will commute between these offices in his capacity as resident senior international commercial transactions lawyer with Bryan Cave’s Middle East practice group. He can be reached at danye@bryancave.com and welcomes inquiries and greetings from friends in the Pacific Northwest.

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William F. Paulus was recently hired as the executive director of the Oregon Water Trust. OWT improves fish habitat and water quality by acquiring consumptive water rights from willing holders and converting them to instream water rights. He can be reached at Oregon Water Trust, 522 S.W. Fifth Ave., Suite 825, Portland, Ore. 97204; phone: (503) 227-4464; e-mail: fritz@owt.org.

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Steven Powers has been appointed as an assistant attorney general in the Appellate Division of the Oregon Department of Justice. Powers received a bachelor of arts degree from Western State College of Colorado and his J.D. degree from Willamette University. During law school, Powers was a public honors clerk/extern for Justice Leeson of the Oregon Supreme Court, and following graduation he was a petitions clerk for the Oregon Supreme Court. Powers joined DOJ in the Appellate Division in a limited-duration position in February 2002.

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Herbert Harry 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. Harry received a B.A.from the University of Hawaii, his J.D. from the University of Oregon, his master of law degree from the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s School and a military leadership degree from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. Harry has held a variety of positions with the Army, most recently as supervising attorney/deputy staff judge advocate at Fort Carson, Colorado.

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Lore Bensel has been appointed as an assistant attorney general in the natural resources section of the General Counsel Division of the Oregon Department of Justice. Bensel received a B.S. degree from Eastern Oregon State and received her J.D. from Willamette University. Previously she worked for the Office of the Idaho Attorney General as the lead air quality attorney. Bensel was in private practice in Idaho and Oregon and served as a staff attorney for the Western Environmental Law Center before rejoining DOJ in 1998 as an AAG in the Trial Division. Bensel transferred to the Appellate Division in 2000.

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Cram, Harder, Wells & Baron announces the addition of Mark A. Manning as an associate attorney. Manning graduated from Colorado State University with a bachelor’s degree in political science in 1993. He is a 2000 graduate of the University of Oregon School of Law, where he served as articles editor for the Journal of Environmental Law and Litigation. Following law school, he clerked for the Hon. Karsten Rasmussen in the Lane County Circuit Court. During the past two years, Manning has been a Social Security law clerk in the District of Oregon for the federal judges seated in Eugene and Medford. His practice will focus primarily on Social Security Disability benefits.

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Scott M. Hutchinson of Hutchinson Legal Services has moved his office to the Everest building at 819 S.E. Morrison Street, Suite 160, Portland, Ore. 97214. He continues to specialize in debtors’ bankruptcy law. Scott moved to the new office in February 2003 and welcomes bankruptcy referrals. His contact information is: telephone: (503) 231-9333; fax: (503) 595-0465; website: www.hutchinson-law.com.

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John Gilroy and Jeff Napoli announce the opening of the Gilroy & Napoli law office. They have spent the last four years as deputy district attorneys in Washington County. They have a general practice, with emphasis on personal injury cases, employment discrimination, criminal defense and estate planning. Gilroy has prior experience as a legislative aide to Sen. Bob Packwood in Washington, D.C., and received his J.D. from the University of Oregon in 1998. Napoli graduated from the Gonzaga University School of Law in 1998 and has prior experience as a claims adjuster for State Farm Insurance. They can be reached at 5335 S.W .Meadows Road, Suite 261, Lake Oswego, Ore., 97035; phone: (503) 620-9887.

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Mark John Holady announces the move of his civil practice to downtown Beaverton from its current location in south Beaverton. As of June 1, Holady will be sharing space with fellow attorneys Kelly Ford and Herbert Gray. Holady warns fellow practitioners that the portability fee charged on their telephone bills does not mean their current telephone number will be portable anytime within the near future. Therefore all of Holady’s numbers changed. The new data are as follows: address: 4800 S.W. Griffith Drive, Suite 320, Beaverton, Ore. 97005; telephone: (503) 646-5454; and facsimile: (503) 641-8757.

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Preston Gates & Ellis announces that it has named Brendan McDonnell as a partner in its Portland office. McDonnell’s practice emphasizes corporate and securities laws, mergers and acquisitions and public and private financings, including venture capital transactions. He specializes in the legal and business issues affecting public and private growth companies, both in the technology and non-technology sectors. During the last five years, McDonnell has handled 10 major acquisitions with an aggregate transaction value exceeding $250 million and handled 11 venture investments totaling $170 million. McDonnell also counsels companies on a variety of everyday business issues including securities and corporate laws, and general corporate contracts.

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Bend attorney Teresa Hutchens announces she will be returning to the traditional practice of family law after a four-year sabbatical. During her time away from litigation, Hutchens enjoyed spending time with her three children while they were young, but also studied mediation with various trainers and worked part-time as a family mediator, both privately and for two central Oregon counties. In addition to once again representing domestic relations clients in litigation, she will continue to provide family mediation services through her existing mediation business, Cascade Conflict Solutions. Her new office is located at: 1735 S.W. Chandler, Suite 3, Bend, Ore. 97702; phone: (541) 389-2212, fax: (541) 389-2213; e-mail: Ccstjhc@aol.com.

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David Brabender, Lee Lashway and Katherine Moyer (formerly Katherine Fritchman) announce the formation of Endeavor Law Group. The firm is located at 295 West Broadway, in Eugene, and their telephone number is (541) 338-9300. Brabender and Moyer were formerly with the Harrang Long firm in Eugene where Brabender was a shareholder/director and past-chair of the business department, and Moyer was of counsel and leader of the securities law practice. Lashway was formerly a shareholder in the Eugene firm of Watkinson, Laird, Rubenstein, Lashway & Baldwin, where his practice emphasized securities and general corporate law. Endeavor Law Group limits its practice to business law, including closely held business representation, start-ups and emerging businesses, securities law and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, tax, executive compensation, franchise law and commercial transactions.

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Jay L. Skiles has relocated to Washington, D.C. to accept a position as a contracts specialist with the U.S. General Services Administration, Public Buildings Service, at The White House. Skiles received his J.D. from Willamette University College of Law in 1992 and a master of public administration degree from Portland State University in 1993. Since completing his graduate education, Skiles worked for the Oregon Division of Finance and Corporate Securities as a compliance officer, as a management consultant for his own firm and most recently as a contracts administrator for the Oregon Department of Transportation.

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Perkins Coie announces the addition of Christopher L. Garrett to its Portland office, where he is an associate in the litigation group. Garrett recently completed a clerkship for Judge Dennis Jacobs of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Previously, he was an associate in the litigation department at Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett in New York. Garrett was a summer associate in Perkins Coie’s Portland office in 1999. He earned a B.A. from Reed College and his J.D., with honors, from the University of Chicago Law School in 2000.

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Jonah H. Paisner has relocated to Lake Oswego, where he continues to practice criminal defense and personal injury law. He was admitted to the OSB in 1999 and is currently a member of Oregon state and federal bars. He can be reached at 4040 Douglas Way, Lake Oswego, Ore.; Phone: (504) 635-9393; email: jonahp@easystreet.com

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Scott E. Schickli joined Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe as of counsel in Orrick’s Pacific Northwest office. Schickli’s practice focuses on federal income tax law of public finance, low-income housing, exempt organizations and general business transactions. With more than 22 years of public finance tax law experience, he is the most experienced public finance tax lawyer in the Northwest.

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Robert E. Hutchings announces the opening of his law office. Hutchings has practiced in Salem since 2000. His areas of practice include criminal and juvenile law. He also serves on the executive committee to the Oregon Association of Drug Court Professionals. His office is located in the historic Boon’s Treasury Building. Contact him at: 875 High St. N.E., Box 1005, Salem, Ore. 97305; phone: (503) 363 2040; fax: (503) 363-6579; website: www.attorneyhutchings.com.

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Michael E. Schrader, of counsel to Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe’s Pacific Northwest office, is a member of the public finance department in Portland. Schrader’s practice focuses on public and corporate finance matters. He regularly works with state and local governments and agencies, public utilities, tribal enterprises and for-profit and not-for-profit borrowers in structuring, negotiating and documenting bond issues, loans, leases and other financing arrangements.

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Courtney C. Muraski, associate in Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe’s Pacific Northwest office, is a member of the public finance department in Portland. She regularly works on a broad range of state, local, and Indian tribal government financings. She has experience with healthcare, housing, industrial development and utility and transportation financings.

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Melissa Masat Robertson, associate in Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe’s Pacific Northwest office, is a member of the public finance department in Portland. Robertson’s practice focuses on public finance and Indian law matters, with special emphasis on project finance and commercial transactions in Indian country.

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Joel Corcoran has joined GRS Solutions, Inc., a consulting firm in Falls Church, Va., near Washington, D.C. GRS Solutions provides creative solutions for government and industry in various fields, including disaster management and hazard mitigation. Corcoran has joined the company as a technical analyst, with special emphasis on science and technology policy analysis and support.

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Stephen M. Cooney and K. Joseph Trudeau announce that they have merged their law practices. The newly formed Cooney & Trudeau law firm is located at 180 West Sixth Ave. in Junction City, Ore. Cooney & Trudeau will provide a variety of legal services for families and businesses in the areas of real estate, business, construction, family law, wills & trusts, probate, landlord & tenant, contracts, criminal defense and civil litigation. Cooney has practiced law in Junction City for the last three years. Prior to that he was associated with Harold, Leahy, Trudeau & Kieran in Springfield. Trudeau has practiced law in Eugene and Springfield for more than 10 years. He is a former assistant city attorney and general counsel for the City of Springfield, the Springfield Utility Board and Lane Community College. Trudeau is a 1992 graduate of the University of Oregon School of Law.

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Kurt C. Peterson has joined Smith Freed & Eberhard as an associate. He attended the University of Oregon, graduating in 1994 with a B.A. in psychology. He continued at the University of Oregon School of Law and received his J.D. in 1997. Peterson specializes in construction disputes.


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