Oregon State Bar Bulletin — JULY 2006
Moves

Kate Cottrell has been appointed as an assistant attorney general in the commercial, condemnation and environmental litigation section of the trial division with the Oregon Department of Justice. Cottrell received her J.D. from Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College, where she was associate editor of Environmental Law Review. She joined the department in 2001 as a member of the corrections litigation section of the trial division.

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Kathryn Logan has been appointed as a senior assistant attorney general in the labor and employment section of the general counsel division with the Oregon Department of Justice. Logan received her J.D. from Willamette University. She has worked as a hearings officer for the Employment Relations Board, a self-employed arbitrator, a labor relations administrator for the city of Salem and an administrative law judge for the Public Utility Commission.

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Leigh Salmon has been appointed as an assistant attorney general in the labor and employment section of the general counsel division with the Oregon Department of Justice. Salmon received her J.D. from Indiana University, where she was Order of the Coif and managing editor of the Indiana Law Journal. Salmon served as a clerk for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, and worked in private practice in Indianapolis and as a clerk for the Oregon Court of Appeals.

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The Oregon Legislative Counsel’s office announces the promotion of four drafters within the Office of the Legislative Counsel to senior deputy legislative counsels. Dexter Johnson, who has been with the office since 1995, has a specialized knowledge of revenue and taxation, county and municipal finance and public utilities legislation. Chuck Taylor, who began working in the office in 1996, drafts legislation in the subject matters of agriculture and food, contractors and engineers, housing, landlord and tenant, manufactured dwellings, pesticides and fertilizers and self-service gasoline. Charlie Cheek, a drafter with the office since 1998, has drafting expertise in the areas of workers’ compensation, economic development, health occupations and lottery. Doug McKean, hired by the office in 1998, is an experienced drafter in labor and industrial relations, public officers and employees and employment law.

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Daniel J. Wren announces the opening of his new law office located at 494 State St., Suite 440, in Salem. His phone number is (503) 399-2400; fax: (503) 364-0810; and e-mail: dwren_law@yahoo.com. Wren is accepting new clients in the areas of criminal defense, domestic relations, personal injury and general civil matters.

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Helen Tompkins (formerly Helen Tompkins Dziuba) announces the relocation of her law office and her association with her long-time friend and colleague, Robert J. McGaughey. She continues to accept referrals for all types of civil appeals and complex litigation in Oregon and Washington. She can be reached at: 111 S.W. Columbia St., Suite 1000, Portland, OR 97201; phone: (503) 534-5020; fax: (503) 534-8906; and e-mail: htdzi@aol.com.

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Helen Nelson has been appointed as an assistant attorney general in the business transactions section of the General Counsel Division with the Oregon Department of Justice. Nelson received her postgraduate diploma in law and postgraduate diploma in legal practice from the University of the West of England, Bristol. Nelson worked in private practice in Bristol, U.K., and Dublin, Ireland before moving to Oregon.

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Jim Smith has been appointed as a senior assistant attorney general in the torts section of the trial division with the Oregon Department of Justice. Smith received his J.D. from the University of Southern California. Since law school graduation, Smith has had a litigation practice with a Portland firm.

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Dave Thompson has been appointed as a senior assistant attorney general in the appellate division with the Oregon Department of Justice. Thompson received his J.D. from the University of Utah. Thompson has worked in the Utah Attorney General’s office and in private practice in Park City, Utah and in Portland. He joined the Department of Justice in 1995 and left in 1997 to return to private practice.

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After spending 20 years on Wall Street, Brad Gevurtz has returned to Oregon to be head of investment banking at D.A. Davidson & Co., a 70-year-old investment bank with offices in 15 states. He is a member of the firm’s management committee as well as its public equity and private placement commitment committees. Prior to Davidson, Gevurtz headed the technology and telecom investment banking group at KeyBanc/McDonald Investments, where he was responsible for running the group on a national basis. He can be reached at bgevurtz@dadco.com.

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Per A. Ramfjord has been named chair of Stoel Rives’ litigation practice group of 113 litigation attorneys practicing in seven offices across the western United States. He previously served as chair of the litigation group from 2000 to 2005. Ramfjord, a principal in the firm’s Portland office, will draw on his more than 20 years of complex civil and criminal litigation experience to provide strategic and operational leadership to the litigation group. Ramfjord’s practice focuses on business, energy and environmental matters, including antitrust and securities cases and inter- and intra-corporate disputes.

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J. Riley Lagesen has recently joined Davis Wright Tremaine’s Portland office, where his practice will focus on representing hospitality industry clients on a variety of issues, including franchising, intellectual property protection, entity formation, securities and finance. Lagesen previously was an associate with Bullivant Houser Bailey, and before practicing law was an owner and manager of multi-unit restaurant operations in Los Angeles. His clients include national and regional franchisors, regional and local restaurants and restaurant chains, food and beverage manufacturers and retailers and a wide variety of other businesses.

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Katherine McDowell announces the opening of her new law firm, McDowell & Associates. Joining her in her practice is attorney Sarah Adams Lien. Both McDowell and Adams Lien most recently practiced law with Stoel Rives in its energy practice group. McDowell & Associates will focus on energy law, administrative law and litigation. The office is in the Cascade Building, 520 S.W. Sixth Ave., Suite 830, Portland.

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Steven M. Cyr and Michael D. McNichols have merged their practices and are now known as Cyr & McNichols. Their emphasis will be to continue to have fun while focusing on business, estate planning, tax and civil litigation.

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Scott T. Cliff, formerly a shareholder in Amburgey & Rubin, announces the opening of his new law office. He will continue to focus his practice on litigation and arbitration of employment-related disputes and is now offering mediation and harassment investigation services. He may be reached at 5550 S.W. Macadam Ave., Suite 220, Portland, OR 97239; phone: (503) 922-2071; fax: (503) 419-6307; e-mail: scott_cliff@verizon.net.

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Jonathan (Jon) M. Norling has joined Lane Powell as shareholder in the firm’s real estate and land use practice group. Norling was a partner at the Portland firm of Lovinger Norling Kaufman, where he focused his practice on regulatory and transactional matters involving both electric and telecommunications utilities. Norling has broad experience in all aspects of the electric utility industry and has represented clients in all aspects of project finance.

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Miller Nash announces the arrival of Liz Thomson Denecke. She brings more than 10 years of experience to the firm, where she will focus on education law. Denecke represented the Oregon University system institutions at the Oregon Department of Justice, assisting the University of Oregon, Portland State University and Southern Oregon University with their general legal needs, including risk management, contract development, regulatory compliance and dispute resolution.

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Edwin A. Skoch has been promoted to senior vice president of Mutual Marine Office and head of the professional liability/errors and omissions underwriting department.

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Portland arts and entertainment attorney Peter Vaughan Shaver has opened his own practice: Sound Advice, LLC. It focuses on non-patent, intellectual property law, including copyrights, trademarks, contracts, computer law and licensing, with particular emphasis on music business issues. He works extensively with artists, performers and creative businesses of all types and is a frequent presenter of lectures and workshops on intellectual property topics. Sound Advice is located at 3939 N.E. Hancock St., Suite 308, Portland, OR 97212. Shaver may be reached at (503) 473-8252 or pvshaver@hotmail.com.

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Joel K. Curelo has joined Southwestern Oregon Public Defenders as a staff attorney. In 2005, he earned his J.D. from the Roger Williams University School of Law in Bristol, R.I. He earned a B.S. in history from Portland State University in 1997.

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Harris & Bowker announces that Deanna L. Franco has joined the firm as an associate. Previously, she was an associate with the Portland law firm of Smith & Davis and earlier worked as a law clerk with the support enforcement division of the Marion County district attorney’s office. Franco’s practice will focus on business transactions, entity choice and formation, estate planning, probate administration and real estate transactions.

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Miller Nash announces the addition of Jeneé Gifford to the firm. As an associate in the business department, Gifford’s practice will encompass general business, real estate, tax-exempt organizations and tax law. Previously Gifford worked as a law clerk at Gruber & Associates. She received her law degree with a certificate in general business law from Lewis & Clark Law School. 

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Daniel L. Duyck has been chosen to lead the Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt multi-disciplinary construction practice group in Portland. Duyck participates in various industry organizations, including Associated General Contractors (AGC), Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), the OSB construction law and agricultural law sections and the ABA’s litigation section, torts and insurance practice sections and construction law committee.

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Eileen G. Eakins, formerly a shareholder at Jordan Schrader, announces the opening of the Law Offices of Eileen Eakins, 1672 S.W. Willamette Falls Drive., West Linn, OR 97068. Her practice will continue to focus primarily on local government law. Reach her at (503) 607-0517 or by e-mail: eileen@eakinslaw.com.

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Sue Unfred-Hays has been appointed as an assistant attorney general in the human services section of the general counsel division of the Oregon Department of Justice. Unfred-Hays received her J.D. from Georgetown University. She joined DOJ as a paralegal in 1997 and was appointed an assistant attorney general in the family law section of the Civil Enforcement Division in 1998.

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John Anderson has been appointed as an assistant attorney general in the human services section of the general counsel division with the Oregon Department of Justice. Anderson received his J.D. from Ohio State University. Before attending law school, Anderson served in the Army as a missile launch officer and acquisition officer. After law school he was in private practice in Hillsboro and worked for Multnomah Defenders and the Juvenile Rights Project.

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Dana Forman has been appointed as an assistant attorney general in the human services section of the general counsel division with the Oregon Department of Justice. Forman received her J.D. from Northeastern University. Forman served as a staff attorney for Multnomah Defenders, worked in private practice and rejoined Multnomah Defenders.

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Kyle Martin has been appointed as the attorney in charge of the business activities section of the general counsel division with the Oregon Department of Justice. Martin received his J.D. from Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College. He served as a securities enforcement attorney for the Hawaii Securities Enforcement Unit and as a securities compliance officer for the Oregon Division of Finance and Corporate Securities before joining the Department of Justice in 1999. He has been a member of the business activities section since that time.

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Youlee You has been appointed as a senior assistant attorney general in the appellate division with the Oregon Department of Justice. You received her J.D. from the University of Washington. You worked in DOJ’s Appellate Division early in her career. She moved to New York where she was deputy bureau chief of the Kings County district attorney’s office and then to Los Angeles where she was a capital case staff attorney for the U.S. District Court. In February 2004, You returned to the Department of Justice as a senior assistant attorney general in the corrections litigation section of the trial division.

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Deena Ryerson has been appointed as a senior assistant attorney general in the Criminal Justice Division with the Oregon Department of Justice. Ryerson received her J.D. from the University of Oregon, where she was a member of the law review. Ryerson has worked in private practice with Portland firms and has served as a deputy district attorney for Washington County.

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Dorothy S. Cofield has moved Cofield Law Office to the Beaverton Round, located at 12725 S.W. Millikan Way, Suite 300, Beaverton, OR 97005 on the Max Beaverton Central Station. Her telephone number remains (503) 675-4320. Cofield will continue to focus her practice on all aspects of land use law, including rural and urban development permits, zoning issues, Measure 37 claims, representation at local hearings and appeals. Cofield served as co-counsel for the prevailing party in the U.S. Supreme Court case, Dolan v. City of Tigard. She is a contributing author to several OSB Continuing Legal Education publications and a frequent speaker at land use seminars. Cofield is an active member of the real estate and land use section and works on land use law improvement legislation. She recently served as an appointee for the Metro Measure 37 task force.

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Effective July 22, the firm of Breathouwer & Gilman is relocating to 1120 KOIN Center, 222 S.W. Columbia St., Portland, OR 97201. Phone: (503)·450-9331; and fax: (503) 525-5680 remain the same.

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Tonkon Torp has launched a new government relations and public policy practice, led by former Portlander Mark L. Cushing, who is returning to the firm after more than a decade on the East Coast. The new government relations practice emphasizes high level strategic counsel and advocacy on federal, state and local government issues affecting private and public companies. In addition to working with clients on legislative and regulatory matters, Cushing will provide strategic counsel to organizations who seek to sell their goods or services in the government marketplace. Cushing returns to Tonkon Torp as a partner based in Portland. He will continue to maintain an active Washington, D.C. practice, allowing the firm to expand its presence in that region. Most recently, Cushing was a partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal, where he represented Oregon companies as well as government and private clients in Canada and the eastern United States.


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