Oregon State Bar Bulletin — DECEMBER 2005

Moves

Correction: Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt recently hired Johnathan Mansfield as a shareholder of the Portland office (not as an associate, as previously reported).

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Linda J. Kessel has joined Hershner Hunter’s employment law practice group. She graduated first in her class from the University of Oregon Law School in 1990, clerked with the Oregon Court of Appeals until 1992 and then practiced employment law in Eugene until 2003. She worked as senior assistant attorney general for the state of Oregon in the general counsel labor and employment section. Katherine C. Fisher has become an associate with Hershner Hunter. She graduated from the University of Montana in 1996 and from the University of Oregon Law School in 2005, where she was first in her class. Fisher primarily will be working in the firm’s litigation section.

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The Gordon & Rees Portland office has expanded with the addition of senior litigator Stuart Brown, formerly of Preston, Gates & Ellis, and senior counsel, Mark Pihl, who was in-house counsel for a national trucking firm. Brown and Pihl will continue their practices in commercial, employment and product liability litigation.

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Erin K. Olson has relocated her practice. The Law Office of Erin Olson is now located at 2905 N.E. Broadway St., Portland, OR 97232; phone: (503) 546-3150; fax: (503) 548-4435; e-mail: eolson@ erinolsonlaw.com.

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Tonkon Torp announces that Bruce Berning has been elected as chair of the firm’s managing board. In addition, Darcy Norville has been elected to the managing board for a three-year term. Berning, a partner in the business department, has served on the managing board since 2003 and is recognized as a leader in banking law by the directory Best Lawyers in America. He earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1977. Norville is a partner in the firm’s business department and is the chair of Tonkon Torp’s diversity task force. Her practice encompasses general business and corporate law, with an emphasis on executive compensation and employee benefits. She earned her J.D. from Boalt Hall School of Law in 1984. Other managing board members include Mark LeRoux, Joe Voboril and Steven Wilker.

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Saalfeld Griggs, with offices in Salem and Bend, announces that Jeff Moore has become a shareholder in the firm. Moore obtained both his undergraduate and law degrees from Brigham Young University. His practice focuses on estate planning, estate and trust administration, business succession planning and charitable planning.

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Eric Smith and Tim Hering have joined Dunn, Carney, Allen, Higgins & Tongue’s business and litigation practice. Smith, an attorney with six years of experience, joins the firm as an associate and will focus on business and commercial law, specifically for closely held businesses. Hering also joins the firm as an associate and will focus on litigation. Smith received his law degree from the University of Oregon in 1998. Prior to joining Dunn Carney, he worked for Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt for six years. Hering received his J.D. from the University of Oregon in 2005.

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Jordan Schrader announces the addition of Angela M. Johnson as a paralegal with the firm. She worked as an attorney previously. Johnson brings several years of legal experience in municipal law to the municipal, local government and natural resources practice groups at Jordan Schrader. Johnson received her law degree from Willamette University College of Law. She most recently worked with the Marion County Circuit Court.

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Erin K. MacDonald has recently established her own office for the practice of law in Portland, providing professional legal services on a contract basis to lawyers and law firms, including legal research and writing, drafting pleadings, document review, pretrial preparation and trial support. Most recently, MacDonald worked as an associate in the Law Offices of Jeffrey B. Wihtol, in Portland, where she represented plaintiffs in medical negligence and product liability cases.

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Kell, Alterman & Runstein has announced that Garry Schnell has joined the firm. His practice will focus on taxation, corporate matters, securities and estate planning. Schnell previously headed a Portland boutique technology firm, which he founded and later sold. Earlier, he was with the San Francisco office of Sidley, Austin, Brown & Wood. His background also includes stints at two of the Big Four accounting firms.

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Marger, Johnson & McCollom has hired four new associates. Bryan Kirkpatrick joins the firm after nearly 10 years as a project engineer for a local manufacturer of industrial lift trucks, NACCO Materials Handling Group, where he most recently served as patent and technical intellectual property manager. His technical experience includes computer aided drafting, software programming and development, networks, materials handling and component strategy development projects. His legal practice focuses on patent prosecution and I.P. contract review. He earned his J.D. from Lewis & Clark Law School and a B.S. in nuclear engineering from Oregon State University. Derek Meeker’s technical expertise ranges from high-speed telecommunications to long-distance optical communication links. He joins the firm after working as an electrical engineer for Rockwell Science Center and Broadwing Corp. (formerly known as Corvis Corp.), a telecommunications service provider and developer of advanced optical networking equipment. Meeker earned his J.D. from Wake Forest University School of Law and his B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois. Michael Cofield was a registered and practicing patent agent prior to joining the firm. His technical experience includes electrical engineering and technologies, computer architecture, microprocessor technologies, Internet networking technologies, and semiconductors. His practice focuses on patent and trademark prosecution, policing and licensing. He earned his law degree from Lewis & Clark Law School and his B.S. in electrical engineering from Santa Clara University. Gregg Palmer’s technical expertise ranges from computer architecture, electrical engineering and technologies to gaming systems processing and entertainment technologies. He joins the firm after working at International Game Technology (IGT) as a member of the game design team. Palmer’s practice focuses mostly on semiconductors, gaming systems processing and entertainment technologies. He earned his J.D.from Lewis & Clark Law School and B.S. degrees in electrical engineering and mechanical engineering from University of Nevada, Reno.

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Walter J. Ledesma has joined the firm of Klein, Hand & Ledesma as a partner. The law firm is located at 970 N. Cascade Drive, P.O. Box 377, Woodburn, OR 97071; phone: (503) 981-0101; fax: (503) 981-7810; website: www.kleinhand.com. Ledesma is a former deputy public defender for the Office of Public Defense Services in Salem, where he practiced appellate law. In private practice he is focusing on criminal defense, personal injury, appeals of all kinds and intellectual property law. Phil Hand continues with his general business practice, emphasizing probate, wills and trusts.

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Powers, McCulloch & Bennett announces that Keith R. Shepherd has joined the firm as an associate. He can be reached at 1300 S.W. Fifth Ave., Suite 300, Portland, OR 97201; phone: (503) 228-8588; fax: (503) 228-0057; e-mail: ks@pmblaw.com.

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Arnold, Gallagher, Saydack, Percell, Roberts & Potter announces the addition of Aaron J. Noteboom as associate attorney. Noteboom is a 1995 graduate of Oregon State University. He received his J.D. in 2003 from the University of Oregon School of Law, where he was the operations editor for the Oregon Law Review. His practice will emphasize business law.

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Southern Oregon native Jesse A. Visser, has joined the Ashland firm of Davis, Hearn, Saladoff & Smith as an associate attorney. Visser earned his J.D. in 2003 at University of Southern California, after graduating cum laude from Harvard in 2000 with a degree in government. His practice will focus on estate planning, probates, conservatorships and guardianships. He can be reached at jvisser@ davishearn.com.

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Vincent, Victor & Evans announces that John S. Woodworth has joined the firm as an associate. Woodworth received his J.D. from the University of Oregon School of Law in 1996. His practice will continue in the areas of criminal defense and civil litigation, including domestic relations, real property, business, landlord/tenant, consumer protection and contract disputes.

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Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt has hired eight new attorneys in its Portland office. Genny AuYeung worked as a legal intern for InFocus Corp. prior to joining Schwabe. She has a J.D. degree from Santa Clara University School of Law and a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Oregon. Hamilton Emery IV graduated from Willamette University College of Law, where he served as a law clerk for the Oregon Department of Justice. He also holds a B.S. degree from Eastern Mennonite University. Sara Kobak graduated magna cum laude from the Northwestern School at Law of Lewis & Clark College, where she served as a research fellow. She previously served three years as a judicial law clerk to Oregon Supreme Court Chief Justice Wallace P. Carson Jr. Kobak holds a B.A. degree from Beloit College. Samantha Lebeda graduated from the University of San Diego School of Law, where she served as a volunteer legal assistant for the San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program’s AIDS Clinic. She holds a bachelor of arts degree from Arizona State University. Peter Ricoy most recently worked with Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon as a supervisor of health economics. He also worked for KPMG for three years as an adviser in the United States and in the Ukraine and previously served as an analyst for the U.S. Congressional Budget Office. He holds a J.D. from the Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College, a master of public policy degree and a B.A. from the University of Michigan. Angela Sagalewicz was a summer associate with Schwabe before joining the firm. Previously, she worked for LSI Logic as a process engineer. Sagalewicz holds a J.D.from the University of Oregon School of Law and a B.S. from the University of Texas. Yvonne Schindler graduated from Willamette University College of Law, where she served as an executive editor for the Willamette Law Review. She earned a B.A. from Seattle Pacific University. Anna Smith graduated from the University of Notre Dame Law School, where she served as an executive articles editor of the Notre Dame Journal of Legislation Executive Articles. She also worked as an assistant public affairs counsel for lobbyist Mark Nelson. She earned a J.D. from the University of Notre Dame and a B.A.from Willamette University.

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Tonkon Torp welcomes three associates to the firm’s litigation and business departments. James Hein is an associate in the firm’s litigation department. He earned his J.D. in 2005 from Boston College Law School, where he was the editor-in-chief of the Boston College Environmental Affairs Law Review. Prior to joining Tonkon Torp, Hein completed a judicial internship with the Hon. R. William Riggs of the Oregon Supreme Court in the summer of 2003. Anna Sortun is an associate in the firm’s litigation department with an emphasis on labor and employment law. She earned her J.D. from the University of Oregon School of Law in 2004, and was the editor-in-chief of the Oregon Law Review. After graduating from law school, Sortun completed a year-long clerkship with the Hon. Alfred T. Goodwin, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. In the summer of 2002, She clerked for the U. S. Attorney’s office in Eugene. Kimberlee Stafford is an associate in the firm’s business department with emphasis on real estate and land use law. She earned her J.D. in 2005 from Lewis & Clark Law School. Prior to attending law school, Stafford worked as a research associate at a small biotechnology firm, performing drug discovery research for neurological diseases.


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