Metropolitan Public Defender Services announces the hiring of a new staff attorney, Heather Jones. Jones joined the Multnomah County section of the Metropolitan Public Defender April 19, 2004. Jones attended Kenyon College in Ohio and the Ohio State University College of Law, graduating in 2000. She was admitted to the Oregon State Bar in 2003. Prior to joining the Metropolitan Public Defender Jones worked as a staff attorney at Multnomah Defenders. She also worked for the Metropolitan Public Defender as a research student in 2000.
Kate Cottrell has been appointed as an assistant attorney general in the corrections litigation section of the Trial Division with the Oregon Department of Justice. Cottrell received a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Washington and her J.D. from Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College. Cottrell clerked for the Multnomah County Circuit Court and was a deputy district attorney in Multnomah County. She joins the department as an assistant attorney general in the corrections litigation section assigned to post-conviction cases in 2001.
Jonathan Diehl has been appointed as an assistant attorney general in the torts section of the Trial Division with the Oregon Department of Justice. Diehl received a B.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara, a master of science degree from Oregon State University and his J.D. from Arizona State University. Before attending law school, he was a biological aide and an agriculture extension assistant in Arizona. After law school graduation, he clerked for the Arizona Court of Appeals and the Marion County Circuit Court.
Lucille Salmony has been appointed as an assistant attorney general in the corrections section of the Trial Division with the Oregon Department of Justice. Salmony received her B.A., M.A. and J.D. degrees from the University of Oregon. She was associate editor of the law review and Order of the Coif. She has been a mediator and, most recently, staff attorney to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Micronesia.
Brian R. Talcott was admitted to the partnership of Dunn Carney Allen Higgins & Tongue effective Jan. 1, 2004. His practice focuses on appellate law, insurance coverage and general civil litigation. Talcott earned his B.A. from the University of California in 1991, and his J.D. from the University of Oregon School of Law in 1996. He served as the managing editor of the Oregon Law Review, 1995-96.
Mary Chaffin has been named the legal counsel of Mercy Corps, an international humanitarian and relief organization with headquarters in Portland, Scotland and Washington, D.C. Chaffin is responsible for advising the organization on the legal issues facing Mercy Corps in its operations world-wide. After studying Russian history at Brown and then Columbia University, she spent nine months as a temporary Foreign Service staff officer in the Soviet Union. She then earned her law degree from the University of Georgia, where she was a member of the Georgia Law Review and the academic honor society. Chaffin has over nine years in private practice as well as 10 years as senior corporate counsel at U.S. Bancorp. Before joining Mercy Corps, she was the regional trust manager at U.S. Bancorp.
Matthew W. McClellan has joined Elliott, Ostrander & Preston as a shareholder after merging his practice with the firm. McClellan will continue to focus on U.S. immigration and nationality law. Jennifer L. Rollins, formerly of Miller Nash, has joined the firm as an associate. Her practice includes business, real estate and finance law. Elliott, Ostrander & Preston offers business and litigation services in the areas of business and tax law, intellectual property and entertainment law, employment, real estate and finance, estate and wealth transfer planning and immigration and nationality law.
Sarah S. Conley has joined with Adam W. Rosen, Eric J. Feig and Frank M. Lunn to form Rosen Feig Conley & Lunn, a boutique law firm focusing in the areas of entertainment, intellectual property, business transactions, fine art and new media. Rosen Feig Conley & Lunn is located at 247 S. Beverly Drive, Suite 100, Beverly Hills, CA 90212; phone: (310) 275-0562; fax: (310) 275-0563; website: www.rfcllaw.com.
Edwin A. Skoch has been promoted to vice president of Mutual Marine Office (NYSE: NYM; www.mmo.com), and will continue to underwrite patent insurance and professional liability errors & omissions insurance, including IP lawyers coverage.
Sean E. ODay has joined the City of Salem as an assistant city attorney. ODay will serve as general counsel to the citys Urban Renewal Agency, and the citys community services, community development and finance departments.
Dunn Carney partners have elected Jonathan A. Bennett and George J. "Jack" Cooper to the executive committee to serve three-year terms. They join Robert L. Allen, Marsha Murray-Lusby, and Kenneth S. Antell on the committee. Bennett is head of the real estate group and specializes in real estate and construction. Cooper is head of the business and estate planning group at the firm. Cooper is a specialist in employment and antitrust law.
Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt shareholder Nancy Erfle was appointed to serve on the law firms board of directors. Erfle chairs Schwabes business and products liability litigation group and has been recognized as one of the most accomplished and influential young executives in Portland by The Business Journals "Forty Under 40." Erfle specializes in the defense of pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers, automotive manufacturers and agricultural chemical manufacturers. She is past president of the Multnomah Bar Associations Young Lawyers Section and a past member of the Oregon Board of Bar Examiners.