|Oregon State Bar Bulletin AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2007|
Editor’s note: The first four items below are reprinted from the July 2007 issue of the Bulletin, which because of a production error, depicted the wrong persons with accompanying text. We apologize for the error.
Mark R. Thompson has joined the Public Power Council as staff counsel. Thompson is a member of the Oregon and Idaho bars, and holds a B.S. from Brigham Young University and a J.D. from Lewis & Clark Law School. He most recently practiced law at Richardson & O’Leary in Boise, Idaho, where he specialized in energy issues.
Gevurtz Menashe has added Dylan M. Cernitz as an associate attorney. Cernitz’s practice will focus on divorce, with a particular focus on complex property division and high asset cases. Cernitz is a member of the OSB Family and Business Law sections and the Washington County Bar Association. He received a B.A. in political science from Purdue University, and a J.D. from the Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College.
Perkins Coie announces that Evan Reynolds has returned to the firm as of counsel in its Portland office. Reynolds was with PacifiCorp, where he was responsible for the oversight of corporate finance activities, including securities offerings and financial reporting to the Securities and Exchange Commission. Before joining PacifiCorp, he worked at Perkins Coie, where he advised public and private companies on corporate finance and governance matters, securities law compliance and general business transactions.
Effective July 1, 2007, Eugene lawyer Brian M. Thompson is opening his own office. Reach him at Law Office of Brian M. Thompson, 300 Country Club Road, Suite 248, Eugene, OR 97401; phone: (541) 5050-9293; fax: (866) 305-8811; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
In preparation for his new career, Bend attorney John Hummel has closed The Hummel Law Firm. This summer he will attend the French language immersion program at Middlebury College in Vermont. And starting in September he will matriculate at the School for Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University in Washington, D.C., where he will study for his master’s degree in International Public Policy with an emphasis on Africa studies. After graduation he will seek employment representing businesses from the developed world that are interested in investing in Western Africa.
Nichole DeFever 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. DeFever received her J.D. from University of Colorado at Boulder School of Law. She has been in private law practice in California and Portland.
Miller Nash announces the arrival of two new attorneys to the firm’s Portland office. Both will contribute their experience to the trusts, estates and charitable organizations practice group. Robin Smith-Lonergan will focus her practice on estate planning, charitable giving and advising charitable organizations on all aspects of their operations. She brings more than 10 years of diverse experience to the firm, including private practice and experience working internally for Yale University and the University of Washington School of Law. As assistant director of the graduate program in taxation at the University of Washington School of Law, Smith-Lonergan developed and taught courses on tax-exempt organizations law. Randall P. Olsen focuses his practice on estate planning and advising charitable organizations. He previously served as a judicial extern for the Hon. Ricardo S. Martinez of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington before joining the firm. He is licensed to practice in Oregon and Washington. During law school, he served as associate editor-in-chief of the Washington Law Review.
William B. Joseph has joined Dunn, Carney, Allen, Higgins & Tongue. Joseph will focus on litigating civil disputes, including construction, real estate, products liability, contracts and tort cases. He will be a member of the firm’s construction and design team as well as the business and commercial litigation team. Prior to joining Dunn Carney, Joseph was with Mitchell, Lang and Smith. He was counsel to the Oregon House and Senate Judiciary Committees during the 2003 legislative session, is a registered lobbyist and is using his experience and contacts to remain active in state and local politics.
Jamie Contreras has been appointed as an assistant attorney general in the appellate division with the Oregon Department of Justice. Contreras received her J.D. from Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College. She has spent the last year at a private law firm in Portland and prior to that about a year as assistant attorney general in the general counsel office.
David Tomlinson has joined First Data Corp. as associate counsel. Tomlinson focuses on regulatory compliance issues affecting First Data Resources, the corporation’s domestic card processing organization. Tomlinson can be contacted at (402) 222-6117 or email@example.com.
The national law firm of Hinshaw & Culbertson announces the election of the David J. Elkanich to partnership in the Portland office. Elkanich is an experienced litigator, focusing his practice on attorney disciplinary and legal ethics matters. He also advises lawyers, law firms and corporate legal departments on legal ethics, risk management and professional responsibility topics. In addition, Elkanich defends other professionals as to professional liability matters and represents clients engaged in commercial litigation. The OSB has appointed him to its Uniform Jury Instructions — Civil Committee, which reviews and revises uniform civil jury instructions.
Samuels, Yoelin, Kantor, Seymour & Spinrad announces that Timothy J. Resch has been named a partner at the Portland law firm. Resch has provided counsel to the firm on two separate occasions, from 1998 to 2000 and from 2004 to the present. He spent the intervening four years as a legal officer with the Office of the Prosecutor at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague, The Netherlands. Resch was responsible for conducting in-court direct examinations in international war crimes trials and traveled extensively throughout Bosnia, Croatia and Serbia investigating serious violations of international humanitarian law.
Julie Gregory joins the Oregon Community Foundation as a charitable gift planner for central and eastern Oregon. She has spent the last seven years as a private practice attorney in Bend. Prior to moving to Bend, Gregory was an assistant U.S. trustee for the Western District of Virginia, where she started her law career. In Bend she has been active on various non-profit boards.
Lane County Counsel’s Office announces the addition of two assistant county counsels to the office. Liane Richardson joins as the primary litigator for the county. She most recently served as assistant dean at the University of Oregon School of Law, and previously served as Eugene city prosecutor as well as chief deputy district attorney in Benton County and assistant district attorney in Lane County. Richardson is a member of the Active 20-30 Club and recently won that organization’s national speech competition. H. Andrew Clark joins the office as general counsel. He comes from the firm of Thorp, Purdy, Jewett, Urness & Wilkinson, and previously served as senior assistant attorney general for the Oregon Department of Justice, assistant legal counsel for Clackamas County and Linn County, and an attorney with the Gleaves, Swearingen, Potter & Scott firm in Eugene.
Elizabeth C. Knight has joined Dunn, Carney, Allen, Higgins & Tongue as of counsel. Knight will focus on commercial litigation and legal malpractice litigation. Previously Knight was a litigator with Davis Wright Tremaine. She received her J.D. from the University of Oregon in 1999. She received her B.A. in English from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1992.
Amrit Sidhu announces the opening of her law practice. For several years she worked for the federal government in the field of disability benefits. Sidhu’s practice will focus on Social Security disability and veterans’ benefits appeals. Contact her at (541) 878-4100 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt recently announced the addition of attorney Richard S. Bailey to the firm’s Portland office. Bailey made the move from Davis Wright Tremaine, where he served in an of counsel position. Bailey also worked as general counsel and vice president of operations at Hestia Community Development, a Michigan-based residential developer and building company. At Schwabe, Bailey will be in involved in the firm’s real estate practice group, specializing in advising on real estate development and finance transactions.
Allyson R. Keo joins Lane Powell as an associate in the firm’s intellectual property practice group. Prior to joining Lane Powell, Keo worked as a contract attorney at IdeaLegal and Kettle Foods. She received her J.D. from Willamette University.
Jonathan Ater, senior partner of Ater Wynne and chair of the firm’s health law group, has been elected chair of the firm. Ater has more than 40 years of experience as a strategic legal adviser to business and non-profit enterprises. He is a leading advisor to health care professionals and institutions, such as the Medical Society of Metropolitan Portland, the Oregon Clinic, the OHSU Medical Group and CareOregon. He serves as vice chair of the Oregon Health Policy Commission and was co-chair of the Governor’s 2004 Mental Health Task Force. He has chaired Ater Wynne’s Health Law Group since 1990.
Steven R. Powers has been appointed by Gov. Ted Kulongoski as chairperson of the Board of Parole and Post-Prison Supervision. He previously served as an assistant attorney general in the appellate division of the Department of Justice. A graduate of Western State College of Colorado and Willamette University College of Law, Powers was an articles editor of the Willamette Law Review and briefly served as a petitions clerk for the Oregon Supreme Court.
Michael W. Shackelford has been re-elected managing partner of Ater Wynne. Shackelford has served as managing partner since 2001. His practice focuses on general corporate law and corporate finance transactions, including venture capital financings and mergers and acquisitions, as well as estate planning and administration. Also re-elected in July to Ater Wynne’s management committee were: Greg Struxness, partner in the business department and chair of the corporate finance group, and Kirk Gibson, partner in the regulated industries department and chair of the energy group. Continuing their terms on the management committee are Sam Sandmire, partner in the litigation department; David Connell, partner in the business department and Amie Jamieson, associate in the regulated industries department.
Saalfeld Griggs announces that Tyler Friesen has joined the firm’s business and acquisitions practice group. Friesen received his law degree from Willamette University School of Law and his LL.M. in taxation from the New York University School of Law. Friesen’s practice will focus on business formations, contract negotiation and drafting, business sales and acquisitions, and representing taxpayers with state and federal tax issues.
Randall J. Wolfe announces the relocation of his personal injury practice to the law office of Randall J. Wolfe, 15573 Bangy Road, Suite 250, Lake Oswego, OR 97035; phone: (503) 598-3500; fax: (503) 598-3501; website: www.attorneywolfe.com.
Standard Insurance Co. (The Standard) announces that George Williams has joined the litigation team in the insurance services group legal department. Williams obtained his law degree from the University of Oregon in 1990. Previously, Williams was an Oregon administrative law judge.
Jacinta Wang announces the opening of her new solo practice in Lake Oswego. Wang’s practice specializes in domestic relations law and estate planning, including adoption, divorce, custody, support issues, restraining orders, premarital agreements, wills and advance health directives. She is welcoming new clients in her offices at 4040 Douglas Way, Lake Oswego, OR 97035. Contact her by phone at (503) 635-9393; fax: (503) 635-1526; e-mail: email@example.com; or website: www.jacintawang.com.