Oregon State Bar Bulletin — OCTOBER 2006
Moves

Shanon Gray announces the opening of his private practice, SG & Associates. For three years he was a deputy district attorney, handling felony drug and property cases. His practice will emphasize identity theft, handling all matters surrounding the issues that arise for victims of ID theft. Additionally, he will be doing contracts, criminal defense and personal injury cases. Gray can be reached at 6650 S.W. Redwood Lane, Suite 330, Portland, OR 97224; phone: (503) 957-9699; e-mail: shanongray@comcast.net.

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Linda (Alix) Wicks has been appointed as an assistant attorney general in the opinions unit of the general counsel division with the Oregon Department of Justice. Wicks received her J.D. from the University of Oregon, where she was executive editor of Oregon Law Review. She was a clerk for the Oregon Court of Appeals and joined the Department of Justice as an honors attorney in 2004.

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Lauren Stoery has been appointed as a senior assistant attorney general in the business transactions section of the general counsel division with the Oregon Department of Justice. Stoery received her J.D. from Loyola University of Chicago School of Law. She has been an assistant state’s attorney in Kane County, Ill., in private practice in Burlington, Vt. and Atlanta, Ga., and held positions as chief legal counsel, chief financial officer and vice president of various national and international corporations.

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Vicki Rees has been appointed as an assistant attorney general in the business transactions section of the general counsel division with the Oregon Department of Justice. Rees received her J.D. from the University of Oregon. Before attending law, school Rees was a therapist and counselor for several health care organizations. After law school graduation she entered private practice in Eugene.

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Mareesa Elmquist has been appointed as an assistant attorney general in the business transactions section of the general counsel division with the Oregon Department of Justice. Elmquist received her J.D. from Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College. She clerked for the Alaska Court of Appeals and has been in private practice in Portland.

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Jeff Dover has been appointed as an assistant attorney general in the business activities section of the general counsel division with the Oregon Department of Justice. Dover received his J.D. from Willamette University. He has worked with the Marion County Association of Defenders and was a deputy district attorney in Umatilla County.

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Tim Sylwester has been appointed as a senior assistant attorney general in the appellate division of the Oregon Department of Justice. Sylwester received his J.D. from the University of Oregon. He was a law clerk for the Oregon Supreme Court and in private practice in Eugene before joining the Department of Justice in 1987. He was a member of the Appellate Division until 2004, when he transferred to the district attorney assistance section of the Criminal Justice Division.

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Jennifer S. Lloyd has been appointed as a senior assistant attorney general in the district attorney assistance section of the criminal justice division of the Oregon Department of Justice. Lloyd received her J.D. from Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College. Following law school graduation, she was a deputy district attorney in Clatsop and Multnomah Counties. She joined the Appellate Division of the Department of Justice in 1998.

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Robert Connell has been appointed as a senior assistant attorney general in the government services and education section of the general counsel division with the Oregon Department of Justice. Connell received his J.D. from Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College. He served as deputy county counsel in Lincoln County and has been in private practice in Newport.

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Mark Schumock has been appointed as an assistant attorney general in the natural resources section of the general counsel division of the Oregon Department of Justice. Schumock received his J.D. from the University of Oregon. Schumock has been in private practice in Tacoma and Lakewood, Wash., and served as an assistant attorney general in the Washington Attorney General’s Office.

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Sharman Meiners has been appointed as a senior assistant attorney general in the business transactions section of the general counsel division with the Oregon Department of Justice. Meiners received her J.D. from the University of Washington. She has been in private practice in Stayton and served as assistant city attorney for the City of Salem.

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Chris Sanders has been appointed as an assistant attorney general in the human services section of the general counsel division of the Oregon Department of Justice. Sanders received his J.D. from Catholic University, where he was a member of the law review. Before moving to Oregon, Sanders was an assistant district attorney in New York City.

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Sorensen-Jolink, Trubo, Williams & Williams announce the following changes, effective Oct. 1: Sharon A. Williams is withdrawing as a partner to incorporate mediation into her practice. The firm will miss her but looks forward to doing business with her in the future. Robert T. Scherzer is moving from of counsel to partner of the firm. Trina J. Strom, formerly a partner at Borg, Strom & Greenlick, will join the firm as partner. The firm name will change to Sorensen-Jolink, Trubo, Williams, Scherzer and Strom. The firm will continue to limit its practice to family law, including mediation, arbitration and traditional client representation. They can still be reached at: 1020 S.W. Taylor St., Suite 880, Portland, OR 97205; phone: (503) 224-0900; fax: (503) 295-0814; e-mail: Scott Sorensen-Jolink, scott@s-jt.com; Robert T. Scherzer, robert@s-jt.com; Herbert A. Trubo, herb@s-jt.com; Trina J. Strom, trina@s-jt.com; and Susan H. Williams, susan@s-jt.com.

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Sharon A. Williams has relocated her family law practice and now also offers mediation services in family law matters as well. Her new office is located at: Union Bank of California Tower, 707 S.W. Washington St., Suite 1400; Portland, OR 97205; phone: (503) 224-5775; fax: (503) 221-4267. Mediators Carol Westendorf and John Lewis, Washington County senior judge, will be offering their services as mediators from Williams’ new office. Williams thanks her former law partners at Sorensen-Jolink, Trubo, Williams, Scherzer & Strom for a great 17 year association and for their support and encouragement in her new endeavor.

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Eric R. Friedman has moved his office to Crown Plaza, Suite 1015, 1500 S.W. First Ave., Portland, OR 97201. He will continue to focus on real estate, family law, probate, guardianships and conservatorships. His phone number remains (503) 736-1086; his new fax number is (503) 221-1675.

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M. Caroline Cantrell & Associates welcomes Kathryn E. Eaton to the firm. Previously Eaton was an associate with George Hoselton and earlier worked with Susan Ford Burns. Eaton received her law degree from Willamette University in 2003. Prior to attending law school, she worked in the mortgage banking industry for 18 years. Eaton’s practice will focus on consumer and small business bankruptcy, tax settlements and compromise and elder law.

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Rick Menchaca has been appointed as an assistant attorney general in the criminal and civil rights litigation section of the trial division with the Oregon Department of Justice. Menchaca received his J.D. from Thomas Cooley Law School. He formerly practiced with a private firm and with Metropolitan Public Defender in Portland.

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Margaret J. Wilson announces that she has expanded her office and changed the name of her practice from Margaret J. Wilson, P.C. to the Wilson Law Office. Wilson welcomed the addition of Jaclyn K. Semple as an associate attorney in January 2006. The firm will continue to practice in the areas of litigation, employment law and estate planning. It remains in Eugene at 101 E. Broadway, Suite 220, 97401; phone: (541) 344-6870.

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Oregon Mutual Insurance Co. welcomes Steven L. Patterson as vice president/general counsel. In this position, Patterson will be sharing his legal expertise and implementing "best practices" in the legal area with all corporate OMI divisions in California, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. Patterson has worked recently as Texas counsel for State Farm Insurance. He received his J.D. from Willamette University College of Law and was admitted to the OSB in 1989.

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Jackson Lewis, a national law firm representing management exclusively in workplace law, announces the opening of their new Portland office at One World Trade Center, 121 S.W. Salmon St., 11th Floor, Portland, OR 97204; phone: (503) 229-0404; fax: (503) 229-0405. Scott Oborne, an employment attorney formerly with Jackson Lewis’ San Francisco office, has relocated to Portland and will lead the new office. Barry Alan Johnsrud, John M. Cowden and Michael A. Griffin will assist in servicing the firm’s clients in Oregon. Johnsrud is a partner in the firm’s Seattle office; Cowden, is currently of counsel in the firm’s San Francisco office and Griffin is currently an associate in the firm’s Seattle office.

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Jamie Van Nostrand has returned from Stoel Rives to Perkins Coie’s Portland office as a partner in its energy industry group. He brings more than 25 years of experience in utilities regulation and is focusing his practice on electricity and gas regulation, utility mergers and acquisitions, telecommunications and administrative law. He previously worked in Perkins Coie’s Bellevue, Wash., office.

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Brendan McCarthy has joined Portland General Electric as a state government affairs specialist, based in Portland and Salem. He will be the company’s lead in-house contact with state legislators. McCarthy previously served for six years as deputy legislative counsel for the Oregon Legislative Assembly, where he focused on natural resources and environmental issues. He has also worked for individual federal, state and local elected officials and political candidates, including service as fundraiser for U.S. Rep. Darlene Hooley’s 1998 congressional campaign. McCarthy received his J.D., with a certificate in natural resources and environmental law, in 1996 from the Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College.

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Jordan Schrader has announced the addition of three new attorneys. Ronald G. Guerra joins the firm’s labor and employment law practice group. He previously served as city attorney for the city of Glendale, Ore. and risk and labor relations manager for Douglas County. He has also appeared as a special assistant county counsel in litigation matters for Douglas County. Prior to his public sector practice, Guerra was a partner in the law firm of Walton, Nilsen, Johnson and Guerra of Roseburg. He is fluent in Spanish. Guerra earned his J.D. from Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Lansing, Mich. Cynthia L. Phillips joins the firm’s municipal law practice group. Phillips brings more than 20 years of experience in the field of municipal law to Jordan Schrader. Previously, Phillips served as assistant county counsel in Douglas County and county counsel for Clackamas and Lane counties, and assistant city attorney for the city of Lake Oswego. She also served as deputy district attorney for Clatsop County. Phillips earned her J.D. from Northwestern School of Law, Lewis & Clark College. Noah D. Ernst joins the firm as a litigation attorney. He has represented clients in complex business and real property litigation in state and federal courts. His prior experience includes assisting in one of the largest commercial disputes in Oregon in recent years involving cases in state, federal and bankruptcy courts. Ernst also brings to the firm personal experience as a small business owner. He earned his law degree from the University of Oregon.

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Willamette University College of Law’s office of career services welcomes Norma Freitas to the position of assistant director of career services. Freitas worked at the Oregon State Bar from 1996 to 2001, where she planned and produced continuing legal education seminars. She also practiced family law with St. Andrew Legal Clinic and Legal Aid Services of Oregon. Freitas earned a J.D. from Boston College Law School. She currently serves as president of Oregon Women Lawyers.

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Williams, Zografos & Peck announces that Brad A. Macomber has joined the firm as an associate. Macomber, formerly of Hunt & Associates, will continue to represent employers in labor and employment matters, including general employment discrimination and harassment, wrongful discharge, wage and hour and preventive labor relations. He received his J.D. from Willamette University College of Law, and was admitted to the Oregon and California State Bars in 2003.

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Steenson, Schumann, Tewksbury, Creighton and Rose announce that, effective Aug. 1, 2006, William N. "Barney" Later has left his position as of counsel to the firm and opened the Law Offices of William N. Later, located at 815 S.W. Second Ave., Suite 500, Portland, OR 97204. Those at Steenson, Schumann, Tewksbury, Creighton and Rose wish Barney the best in his new venture.

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Peter Ozanne, currently executive director of the Public Defense Services Commission and the Office of Public Defense Services, and formerly chief counsel to the U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon, shareholder at Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt and associate professor of law at the University of Oregon, is moving to Phoenix, Ariz. to become Maricopa County’s first assistant county manager for criminal justice. As part of its plan to become a national model for integrated justice services and strategic regional planning, the county hired Ozanne to lead its efforts to develop new and aggressive data-driven approaches to crime prevention, innovative and streamlined management and administrative processes and evidence-based treatment programs and rehabilitative services, all of which must be designed to produce measurable reductions in crime and costs to taxpayers. He can be reached over the next few months at (503) 957-9660 and paozanne@comcast.net.

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Ater Wynne has added James Stewart and Karin McKercher as of counsel attorneys in the firm’s Portland office. Stewart is a member of the firm’s business department. He advises clients on domestic and international patent, trademark and copyright applications, and provides counsel on searches, filings, licensing and litigation to help protect intellectual property. His experience includes working with clients in the electronics, medical, forestry and creative services industries, among others. He has been registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office since 1986 and is an active member of the Oregon Patent Lawyers Association and the Oregon Bioscience Association. McKercher is also a member of the firm’s business department. She counsels clients in the emerging business and intellectual property practice groups with intellectual property and corporate transactions. She is an active member of the Oregon Entrepreneurs Forum and Oregon Software Association.

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Michael D. O’Neil announces his retirement from his Oregon legal practice of 42 years. Pamela Pariani will assume his King City practice. Pariani graduated from Lewis & Clark School of Law and associated with O’Neil earlier this year. She will continue to emphasize wills, trust, probate services and estate planning. The office contact information remains the same: 11815 S.W. King James Place, Suite 40, King City, OR 97224 and office number (503) 639-6176.

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Ryan J. Hagemann has been appointed associate deputy chancellor for legal affairs for the Oregon University System and a special assistant attorney general. In addition to retaining his responsibilities as secretary to the state Board of Higher Education, Hagemann will provide in-house representation to Oregon’s regional campuses, including Southern Oregon University and Eastern Oregon University, in addition to the Oregon Institute of Technology. Hagemann is based on the Portland State University campus and may be reached at ryan_hagemann@ous.edu.

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The Metropolitan Public Defender Services announces the hiring of three new staff attorneys. Gabriel Bickle-Eldridge joined the Metropolitan Public Defender Sept. 5, and will be working in the Washington County Office. Bickle-Eldridge attended the University of Oregon Law School, graduating in 2005. He was admitted to the Oregon State Bar in 2005. Prior to joining the Metropolitan Public Defender, Bickle-Eldridge worked as an attorney in private practice. Aminah Saunders joined the Metropolitan Public Defender Sept. 5, and will be working in the Multnomah County office. Saunders attended law school at Georgia State University graduating in 2004. She was admitted to the Oregon State Bar in 2005. Previously, Saunders worked as a criminal defense attorney with Garland Law Office in Hillsboro. Kristen West joined the Metropolitan Public Defender Sept. 5, and will be working in the Multnomah County office. West attended Lewis & Clark Law School. She graduated and was admitted to the Oregon State Bar in 2005. Prior to joining the Metropolitan Public Defender, West worked as an attorney at Multnomah Defenders.

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Van Ness Feldman announces that Sarah Dennison-Leonard of Portland has joined the law firm’s Pacific Northwest Seattle office in an of counsel capacity. Dennison-Leonard will work regularly out of the firm’s Seattle office and will maintain her clients and legal practice in Portland. Dennison-Leonard earned her law degree with distinction from Stanford Law School in 1994. She has more than a decade of experience in providing legal counsel to utility companies and to regional energy organizations. In recent years, her practice has focused on electric transmission, related business transactions and risk management for utilities.

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Demetrius H. Tsohantaridis has joined Van Voorhees & Krider as an associate attorney. He was previously a judicial clerk for the Hon. Gregory G. Foote in the Lane County Circuit Court. In 2005, he earned his J.D. from the University Of Oregon School Of Law.

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Michele L. Kohler has relocated her office to 4380 S.W. Macadam Ave., Suite 500, Portland, OR 97239. Her phone number remains unchanged (503) 219-9300. Her new fax number is (503) 294-6051.

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Kathleen Cegla has been appointed as attorney in charge of the collateral remedies and capital appeals unit of the appellate division with the Oregon Department of Justice. Cegla received her J.D. from Willamette University. She joined the Department’s Trial Division in 1989 and worked for the ensuing 10 years in the division’s trial level post-conviction practice, including collateral challenges to aggravated murder convictions and death sentences. In 1999, she joined the Appellate Division where she has been assigned a wide range of civil and criminal appeals, including several complex and high-profile direct and post-conviction appeals in capital cases. Cegla received the 2004 Appellate Advocacy Award of the Association of Government Attorneys in Capital Litigation.

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Claudia Groberg has been appointed as an assistant attorney general in the family law section of the civil enforcement division with the Oregon Department of Justice. Groberg received her J.D. from the University of Oregon. After graduation from law school she was a clerk for the Lane County Circuit Court and a staff attorney for the Workers’ Compensation Board.

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Margaret Sjostrom has been appointed as an assistant attorney general in the family law section of the civil enforcement division with the Oregon Department of Justice. Sjostrom received her J.D. from the University of Idaho, where she was a member of Idaho Law Review. After graduation from law school, she was a clerk for the Lane County Circuit Court and in private practice in Eugene.


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