Oregon State Bar Bulletin — JULY 2005

Moves

Ater Wynne has named Frank Langfitt as chair of its litigation department. Langfitt’s litigation expertise includes insurance coverage issues, business and commercial cases and environmental claims. He also provides a wide range of risk consulting services and general advice to the firm’s business clients. He is a partner of the firm and served as administrative partner from 1993 to 1996.

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Harrang Long Gary Rudnick announces three additions to the firm. Nicole Commissiong is an associate whose practice focuses on litigation, insurance defense and public body tort defense. She has worked with both large and small companies, as well as individuals, to resolve issues concerning bodily injury, asbestos litigation and products liability. Commissiong earned her J.D. from the University of Oregon School of Law in 2001. While studying for her law degree, she was assistant to the Faculty Athletic Representative, working on issues of compliance with NCAA regulations for fellow student athletes. She was a double medalist in the 200- and 400-meter events at the 1996 Canadian Olympic Track & Field Trials. She is currently training to compete in the 800-meter event for the 2008 Olympics. She is fluent in French. JoLynn M. Brown is an associate whose practice focuses on insurance law. Brown has significant past medical experience with critical care and emergency care, giving her insight into medical malpractice, personal injury and estate planning matters. She is admitted to the state bars of Oregon, Kansas and Colorado, and is a member of the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association and the Association of Trial Lawyers of America. She received her J.D. from Washburn School of Law in 1998. Justin Wirth is an associate whose practice focuses on government law. Wirth served as an assistant attorney general in the natural resources section of the Oregon Department of Justice, where he was a member of the department’s honors attorney program. He received his J.D. from the University of Oregon School of Law. He also has a certificate in environmental and natural resources law and a pro bono certificate as well.

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Mark Stermitz has joined Bullivant Houser Bailey’s Portland office. Stermitz, former assistant general counsel for the Port of Portland, will continue his environmental and natural resource litigation practice as a member of the business, regulatory and development strategy team at Bullivant. His areas of expertise include wetland, fill and discharge permits under the Clean Water Act and Rivers and Harbor Act, Endangered Species Act compliance and the national Environmental Policy Act.

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Susan J. Baird has joined Lane Powell as an associate in the firm’s real estate and land use practice group. Baird comes to Lane Powell from Allen, Matkins, Leck, Gamble & Mallory in San Diego, Calif., where she practiced in the areas of land use, real estate, water, environmental and administrative law. She received her J.D. from the University of California at Los Angeles.

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Dennis Koho has opened his own private practice in Keizer. A 2004 graduate of Willamette University College of Law, Koho served as mayor of Keizer from 1993 to 1999 and worked in various levels of state government for 15 years. His practice will emphasize helping clients with government issues. He was previously an associate with Wallace W. Lien. He may be contacted at 142 Glynbrook N., Suite 210, Keizer, OR 97303; phone: (503) 390-3506; email: dk@koholaw.com; web: www.denniskoho.com.

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Richard J. Vangelisti has moved his personal injury practice to Peterkort Centre II, near St. Vincent’s Hospital. He can be reached at 9755 S.W. Barnes Road, Suite 450, Portland, OR 97225. All other contact information remains the same.

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The firm of Mallon & Lamborn, located in Burns, announces that Robert S. Raschio has been named a shareholder in the firm. Raschio will continue his general practice with an emphasis in criminal defense. He received his J.D. from the University of Oregon in 2001. The firm’s name has changed to Mallon, Lamborn & Raschio. Raschio can be reached at (541) 573-2066.

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Paul Blaylock, M.D., J.D., has been named medical director for Providence Medical Group at Tanasbourne Immediate Care Center. He recently retired from his 30-year emergency medicine practice. Blaylock continues his private law practice on a limited basis, mostly representing doctors in the Portland area. He has been nominated for University of Tennessee Medical School outstanding alumnus for 2005. He serves on the UT Alumni Medical Board of Governors as of 2004.

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Carol Smoots has joined Perkins Coie’s Washington, D.C. office. She serves as vice chair of the ABA renewable energy committee and is a frequent speaker on renewable energy issues. She is a member of the D.C. bar, the ABA, the Energy Bar Association (officer and board member, 1991-2000) and the International Bar Association. She can be reached at 607 14 St. N.W., Washington, D. C. 20005. Phone: main number (202) 628-6600; personal line: (202) 434-1633; fax: (202) 654-9133; e-mail: csmoots@perkinscoie.com.

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Jacob Heth, former director of legal affairs for Hollywood Entertainment Corp., has joined Davis Wright Tremaine’s Portland office. His practice will focus on corporate matters, including securities, corporate finance, business transactions and providing general business counsel to clients. He is a member of the Oregon and California state bars and a member of the OSB’s sections on securities law and business law, and also serves on the executive committee for the corporate counsel section.

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Swanson, Lathen, Alexander & McCann announces that Brian N. Lathen has become an associate of the Salem law firm. His practice will focus on personal injury and criminal defense.

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Scott E. Baldwin is now an associate at James A. Arneson, P.C., located at 318 S.E. Jackson, Roseburg, OR 97470; phone: (541) 673-0696. He handles criminal defense cases as well as juvenile delinquency matters. Baldwin was admitted to the OSB in 1996 and has previously practice in Portland and Newport.

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Luis A. Martinez and Westly A. Warner announce that they have recently consolidated their sole practices and are now Martinez & Warner, located in downtown Salem. Martinez is a graduate of Willamette University College of Law and focuses on personal injury, employment matters and general civil litigation. Warner is a graduate of the University of Oregon School of Law and focuses on criminal defense, family law, business law and general civil litigation. Both are members of the Marion County Association of Defenders.

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Alyssa D. Slater has recently joined the Enterprise law firm of Kirby Johnson & Slater as a partner. Slater obtained her law degree from Boston University School of Law in 2002, clerked for the Massachusetts Probate & Family Court and worked with a real estate and probate attorney before returning to Oregon in 2004. Prior to joining the firm, Slater was a domestic violence and child victimization prosecutor with the Wallowa County district attorney’s office. She emphasizes probate, family, real estate and municipal law. She can be reached at Hwy. 82 Crossroads, Suite 3, P.O. Box E, Enterprise, OR 97828; phone: (541) 426-5920.

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Williams, Love, O’Leary, Craine & Powers has moved offices to 9755 S.W. Barnes Road, Suite 450, Portland, OR 97225. The phone and fax numbers remain the same.

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Tom Cowan has been appointed as a senior assistant attorney general in the business activities section of the general counsel division with the Oregon Department of Justice. Cowan received his J.D. with honors from Willamette University. During law school, he clerked for the trial and appellate divisions of DOJ. After law school graduation, he practiced with a private firm in Portland. Cowan was appointed an assistant attorney general in the business activities section of the general counsel division in 1993, moved to the labor & employment section in 2001, and to the trial division in 2003.

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Jay Nusbaum has accepted a position as an attorney in Integra Telecom’s regulatory affairs department. He will represent the telecommunications company in regulatory proceedings in Oregon and the four other states in which it provides service. Nusbaum was formerly an associate at Perkins Coie in Portland. He received his J.D. from the University of Oregon School of Law.

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Todd Trierweiler & Associates welcomes the addition of Eric Marshack and Michelle Freed as associates of the firm. The firm practice is limited to consumer and small business bankruptcy. They can be reached at (503) 253-7777; www.bankrputcylawctr.com.

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After two years as an associate attorney with Martin J. McKeown, PC, Jehan Y. El-Jourbagy is moving back to Georgia where she will serve as a clerk for the Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit. Jehan graduated from the University of Georgia School of Law in 2003, and served as an Oregon claimants’ attorney in workers’ compensation, Social Security and unemployment insurance matters. She served on the board of directors of the Eugene Symphonic Band and played tenor saxophone with the group. She can now be reached at 6125 Peake Road, Macon, GA 31220; phone: (541) 556-3610.

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Grenley, Rotenberg, Evans, Bragg & Bodie announces the addition of David L. Shawcross to its business group. Shawcross graduated in May 2004 from Northwestern School of Law at Lewis & Clark College.

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Stephen Hendricks and Rebecca Whitney-Smith of Hendricks & Whitney-Smith announce the opening of their Southern Oregon office at 635 Main St. in Klamath Falls. Specializing in professional negligence, personal injury and family law, they can reached in Klamath Falls at (541) 885-9669 or in Portland at (503) 241-5629.

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Patrick D. Gilroy, circuit court judge in Clackamas County, has retired. He is now engaged in private mediation as: Gilroy Mediation, P.O. Box 1772, Oregon City, OR 97045; phone: (503) 708-8140; fax: (503) 631-7246; e-mail: www.gilroymediation.com.

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A former senior assistant attorney general for natural resources for the State of Oregon has joined the Port of Portland legal team. Ian Whitlock, who advised the Oregon Department of Forestry and Oregon Forest Resources Institute, will work on environmental legal issues for the port, such as the Columbia River channel deepening project. Prior to joining the attorney general’s office, Whitlock was a partner at Lane Powell Spears Lubersky in Portland.

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Katherine VanZanten has joined Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt as an associate in the firm’s Portland office. Previously, VanZanten was an associate in the Portland office of Sussman Shank. She is active on the executive committee of the OSB tax section. She previously served on the joint committee of the OSB and the Oregon Society of CPAs. VanZanten is also a member of the Washington State Bar Association. VanZanten is actively involved in the community and currently serves on the executive committee of the Girl Scouts Columbia River Council.


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