Oregon State Bar Bulletin — FEBRUARY/MARCH 2004


Among Ourselves

Valerie T. Auerbach, the president and managing shareholder of Farleigh, Wada & Witt, has been appointed as an adjunct professor at Lewis & Clark Law School. Auerbach will be teaching a course in the spring semester on commercial real estate.

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OSB member Paul Blaylock, M.D., an emergency physician at Southwest Washington Medical Center and Portland attorney, was honored by the University of Tennessee during its 2003 homecoming weekend with the U.T. Outstanding Alumni Award. Dr. Blaylock has practiced emergency medicine for more than 28 years in Portland area hospitals and has had a private law practice for 19 years. He was the triage doctor at the United Airlines crash in 1978 in Portland and received a FAA citation of merit award for his disaster work. He also was a medical volunteer in New York City after the 9/11 tragedy.

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Thomas V. Dulcich, partner at Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, became a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers at its annual meeting Oct. 30. Dulcich has gone to trial in more than 150 cases related to employment law, business and securities litigation, as well as products liability and defense of injury claims. He is a member of the litigation and debtor/creditor sections of the Oregon and Washington bars.

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The Law Office of Martin Lax just observed its 10th anniversary. The law office represents individual, partnership and corporate clients in business and real estate disputes, as well as employment and elder abuse matters. Lax can be contacted at The Law Office of Martin Lax, 42-580 Caroline Ct., Suite A, Palm Desert, CA 92211; phone: (760) 346-8583; fax: (760) 773-9597; e-mail: laxlaw@hotmail.com.

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Thomas H. Tongue of Dunn, Carney, Allen, Higgins & Tongue has been elected as a regent for the American College of Trial Lawyers. Tongue will be regent for the Northwest region (Oregon, Alaska, Washington, Montana, Idaho and the western provinces of Canada, British Columbia and Alberta). The last regent to be elected from Oregon was U.S. District Judge Garr M. King. Tongue was selected to be a fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers in 1993.

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OSB member Kenneth Fox has received a J. William Fulbright foreign scholarship grant to teach mediation and conflict theory at the Riga Graduate School of Law in Riga, Latvia. Fox is listed as a Fulbright senior specialist in the area of law/peace and conflict resolution studies. He is an associate professor and director of conflict studies at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minn. and a senior fellow of Hamline University School of Law’s Dispute Resolution Institute.

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Donald L. Krahmer Jr., shareholder at Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, was elected 2004 president of Arlington Club at its 136th Annual Meeting in December.

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Carl Kiss just received the amicus award from the American Diabetes Association for his successful amicus brief submitted by the association in the recent 9th Circuit case of Fraser v. Goodale. In Fraser, the appeals court reversed a ruling that Ms. Fraser, a person with insulin-dependent diabetes, did not qualify for protection as a disabled person under the Americans with Disabilities Act. As a result, Fraser’s claims of disability discrimination on the job and in her termination will proceed to trial.

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Portland City Commissioner Erik Sten has appointed three attorneys — Jeff Bachrach of Ramis, Crew, Corrigan & Bachrach, Robert S. Ball of Ball Janik and Doug Blomgren of Preston, Gates & Ellis — to the Regional Blue Ribbon Committee on Housing Resource Development. The committee’s charge is to develop strategies for long-term funding to meet affordable housing needs in the Portland metro area.

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Peter M. Appleton, formerly a lawyer in Los Angeles, has relocated his practice to Salem. His practice emphasizes civil litigation, construction law and employment law. He can be reached at 1775 32nd Pl., N.E., Salem, OR 97303; phone: (503) 585-0105.

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Portland lawyer Timothy E. Miller has been named 2003-2004 president of the Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association (LPBA). Miller will lead LPBA’s executive committee, chair two extensive CLE programs and host two association conventions. Miller has headed the Portland firm Miller & Associates since 1996. He specializes in aviation accident litigation, FAA enforcement matters, products liability, general insurance defense and insurance coverage. He is admitted to practice in Oregon, Washington and Alaska. He holds a private pilot certificate, airplane single engine land and sea, is instrument rated and flies an A36 Bonanza.

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Christopher C.S. Blattner has joined Complementary Healthcare Plans’ board of directors. CHP is a regional leader in providing complementary and alternative health care services. Blattner is a partner in Portland’s Motschenbacher & Blattner. His law emphasis includes business and commercial litigation, business transactions and intellectual property compliance and enforcement.

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George A. Riemer, OSB general counsel, was invited to moderate a panel discussion on the federalization of lawyer regulations at the mid-year meeting of the National Conference of Bar Presidents on Feb. 7, 2004 in San Antonio, Texas.

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For the second year in a row, Perkins Coie has been named one of Fortune magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For. It is one of only three law firms nationwide to make the list. The full story was published in the Jan. 12, 2004 issue.

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Portland lawyer Lori E. Deveny has been elected president of the National Conference of Women’s Bar Associations. The NCWBA is an affiliate of the ABA with a seat in the House of Delegates.

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The American Board of Certification announced that Brent G. Summers, an attorney practicing at the Portland firm Tarlow, Naito & Summers, has successfully completed the requirements for recertification in business bankruptcy. Summers was initially certified in 1994.

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Portland attorney Mark M. Williams of the Elder Law Firm, Davis Pagnano & Williams, was elected vice-chair of the University of Portland National Alumni Board at its annual meeting.

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Clackamas County Bar Association officers for 2004 are: sports commissioner: Kristen David, Bowerman & Boutin, Oregon City; treasurer: Sean Lyell, Sean A. Lyell, P.C., Oregon City; secretary: Ronald L. Gray, Oregon City; vice president and president-elect: Tom Kranovitch, Milwaukie; and Brent Summers, Tarlow, Naito & Summers, Portland.

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Oregon Narcotics Enforcement Association (ONEA) awarded Prosecutor of the Year for Oregon to Wade McLeod for his dedicated service in the area of narcotics prosecutions in 2003. Wade McLeod is a deputy district attorney IV for Umatilla County.

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Jesse D. Lyon, an associate in the Portland office of Davis Wright Tremaine, was recently promoted to chair of Lex Mundi’s agribusiness practice group.

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Lake Oswego attorney Scott Snyder released his debut CD 'Water, Rock and Sand' at the end of 2003, a 12-song album which he wrote, performed and produced while maintaining his full-time personal injury and business litigation practice. Snyder will donate a portion of the proceeds to a special the Child Development Resource Center of OHSU. 'Water, Rock and Sand' is available at www.cdbaby.com or by contacting Scott Snyder at ssnyder@attorney.com.

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Milton Jones, of counsel in the Portland office of Perkins Coie, has been appointed by the director of the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services to serve on the state’s advisory committee on regulatory streamlining. This committee advises the governor and legislature on business regulation.

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Richard Walsh, with Walsh & Associates, has been awarded the 2004 Gwen VanDenBosch Regional Leadership award by the Mid Willamette Valley Council of Governments. The award is given every year to an elected official who demonstrates outstanding leadership in support of regional, intergovernmental cooperation. Walsh has been serving as a Keizer city councilor since 2001 and has been working to bring about cooperation with multiple jurisdictions on common issues concerning the Willamette River


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