Oregon State Bar Bulletin — APRIL 2010
Bar People


Among Ourselves

Brantley Shumaker, an intellectual property attorney at Kolisch Hartwell, is once again teaching intellectual property licensing at the University of Oregon School of Law during the spring term. Shumaker’s curriculum explores legal and business issues raised in the negotiation and licensing of IP rights and delves into pertinent areas of intellectual property law, contract law and valuation issues. He was first appointed adjunct professor in 2009 when he started teaching the three-credit course, which was previously taught by Kolisch Hartwell attorney John McCormack.

Mark Wadahas joined the legal committee of the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association for a three-year term. Wada has extensive experience representing commercial lenders and equipment lessors in commercial loan and lease documentation, real estate financings, workout negotiations, portfolio acquisitions, collections and bankruptcy matters.

Carmen Calzacorta, a shareholder in Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, recently joined the board of Associated Oregon Industries. Calzacorta focuses her practice in the area of corporate law, with an emphasis on securities law compliance, corporate finance transactions, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and general business advice. She is the practice group leader of the firm’s general business group and co-practice group leader of the firm’s corporate finance and securities group.

Gloria Trainor has been appointed to the board of directors for Direction Services. Trainor is an associate with the law firm Johnson Clifton Larson & Schaller, where she focuses on representing people injured by defective products, medical negligence and motor vehicle collisions.

The Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber has honored Román D. Hernández, a shareholder in Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, with its Outstanding Member Award, recognizing significant contributions to the Hispanic legal community and to civic and community involvement. Hernández, who recently assumed the role of national president of the Hispanic National Bar Association, focuses his practice in labor and employment law and business litigation.

Tate Justesen, an attorney with Stahancyk, Kent, Johnson & Hook, upon hearing of his firm’s plan to have each attorney give away 50 brownies on Valentine’s Day, thought first of the homeless. He gathered together a team and headed to the Blanchet House of Hospitality, a Portland homeless shelter, where he helped prepare lunch. Tate, a family law attorney who specializes in divorce and custody matters, has long felt homelessness to be one of society’s major ills and said he wanted to reach out to those who have the least. Says Tate: “Everyone deserves love, especially on Valentine’s Day.”

Nelson D. Atkin II, a partner at Barran Liebman, has been selected by the College of Labor & Employment Lawyers as an inaugural member of the regional board for the 9th Circuit-North. This new board will conduct regional meetings and act as the liaison between the college and the local law schools. Nelson’s primary area of expertise is traditional labor law representing employers in union organizing, unfair labor practice charges and collective bargaining.

Lane Powell attorney Benjamin Souede has been appointed a member on the Oregon State Board of Nursing. He joins the nine-member board of registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and a nurse practitioner as one of two public members. Souede concentrates his practice in white collar criminal defense, regulatory compliance and special investigations. He also has an active civil law practice, which has included prosecuting and defending against securities law claims and representing medical device manufacturers.

Janice Kim, an associate at the Portland office of Littler Mendelson, was recently elected treasurer of the Oregon Minority Lawyers Association. Kim advises and represents employers in a broad range of employment law related matters arising under federal and state law, including discrimination, sexual harassment, wrongful discharge, wage and hour and labor arbitrations. 


Moves

Blunck & Walhood in West Linn welcomes new partners Matthew H. Mues, John W. Kendall III and Joshua R. Kennedy. They join Lawrence P. Blunck and Kenneth L. Walhood in insurance defense, construction defects, premises liability, personal injury and general civil litigation. They can be reached at West Linn Law Center, 2350 Willamette Falls Drive, West Linn, OR 97068; phone: (503) 656-1654; fax: (503) 650-0603.

Davis Wright Tremaine has named Elleanor H. Chin and J. Riley Lagesen from its Portland office to partnership. Chin’s practice focuses on commercial litigation and alternative dispute resolution with a particular emphasis on electronic discovery. She represents clients in a number of industries, including telecommunications, manufacturing, health care and insurance. Lagesen’s transactional practice focuses on growth and development counseling for business clients, with a niche focus on the restaurant industry. He is a leader of the firm’s national restaurant industry group and represents established and emerging restaurant concepts with respect to their general business, franchising, licensing, intellectual property and financing needs. He received his J.D. from the Lewis & Clark law school.

Robert B. Miller has joined Kilmer, Voorhees & Laurick, where he will have a civil trial practice. He previously was a shareholder with Bullivant Houser, where he served terms as the chair of the firm’s litigation practice and commercial litigation practice. His practice includes advice and trial court advocacy in securities and investment claims, business formation and contract disputes, claims and defenses arising under ERISA pension and welfare benefits plans, claims and defenses arising under individual life and disability insurance policies and general litigation and risk assessment.

Dunn Carney announces that Timothy J. Bernasek and William R. Joseph became partners in the firm, effective Jan. 1. Bernasek leads the firm’s government affairs team and is an active member of the agriculture/natural resources and real estate and land use teams as well. His practice focuses on a variety of legal matters including real estate, agriculture and natural resources, employment, water and business law. He also assists nonprofits and nongovernmental organizations with a variety of legal issues. Joseph has extensive experience litigating and trying various types of civil disputes, including construction, real estate, lien, products liability, contract and tort cases. He is active in the Associated General Contractors, on the board for the Homebuilders Association of Metropolitan Portland and on the development committee of the Oregon Entrepreneurs network.

Robert W. Donaldson has completed a four-year tenure as managing partner of Black Helterline. Donaldson maintains an active practice in business and corporate law, including business formation, business-related immigrations issues, acquisitions, reorganization and strategic planning. He is succeeded by Remi A. Baptiste, whose practice areas include business, real estate, intellectual property and franchises.

Jill D. Laney has been named managing partner of Cosgrave Vergeer Kester, effective Jan. 1. She follows Thom Brown, who held that position since 1994. In addition to her new role, Laney will continue with her real estate practice.

Chenoweth Law Group has added three lawyers over the past year. Toby Borstjoined the firm of counsel to assist clients with corporate counsel services, real estate transactions and estate planning services. Borst received an MBA in finance from the University of Denver and his J.D. from Lewis & Clark’s law school. Ken Dobson joined the firm of counsel and brings seasoned trial advocacy in environmental, business and real estate cases, with a special emphasis in contaminated sites, indoor air quality, landlord-tenant and construction defect litigation. Dobson received his JD from Vermont Law School. Megan Cook joined the firm as an associate. She received a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies and economics from Whitman College in 2005 and her J.D. from the Lewis & Clark law school in 2009. During law school, she served as an associate editor of the Environmental Law Review and earned a certificate in environmental and natural resources law.

Scott Lucas has been appointed by the Eugene City Council to the board of the Lane Regional Air Protection Agency. Lucas is a shareholder with Johnson, Clifton, Larson & Schaller, where he focuses on representing people injured by defective products, medical negligence and in motor vehicle collisions.

Carl A. Clyde has become an associate attorney with Davis, Adams, Freudenberg, Day & Galli in Grants Pass. Clyde, a Grants Pass native and graduate of the University of Oregon School of Law, spent his final year of legal instruction in Europe with the University of Pepperdine Law Consortium. His primary areas of practice include bankruptcy, estate planning, adoption and foreclosure

Martin, Bischoff, Templeton, Langslet & Hoffman announces that Philip A. Rush has been elected managing partner. He will continue to concentrate his practice on product liability, aviation and other tort claims. He is a member of the Oregon, Washington and Alaska bars.

Raymond D. Crutchley recently joined Nelson & Nelson as an associate attorney. He is a graduate of the Lewis & Clark law school and member of the Cornelius Honor Society. Crutchley previously clerked for the Hon. Raymond R. Bagley Jr., in Clackamas County. He was the managing partner for Hartfield & Crutchley, Portland, and president of The Legal Crutch. He can be reached at Nelson & Nelson, 1 S.W. Columbia, Suite 1620, Umpqua Bank Bldg., Portland, OR 97258; phone: (503) 222-1079; e-mail: ray@roscoecnelson.com.

Sanam “Sam” Dowlatdad, Edie Rogoway Van Ness and Douglas Green announce the opening of their new law firm, Dowlatdad Rogoway Green. The firm represents clients throughout Oregon and Washington, focusing its practice on the areas of personal injury, criminal defense and victims’ rights. Contact them at www.drglawyers.com.

After more than 21 years as shareholder with Buckley LeChevallier, William T. Buckley has retired as shareholder. He will continue as of counsel to the firm, continuing to serve his clients in corporate and business law, real estate and land use law. Reach Buckley or the firm at (503) 620-8900 or www.buckley-law.com.

Tonkon Torp has hired Vanessa Lee and Andrea Schmidt as new associates in the business department. Lee earned her law degree from Lewis & Clark law school in 2009 and completed a judicial externship for the Hon. Robert E. Jones at the U.S. District Court in Oregon. Prior to joining the firm, she volunteered at the Lewis & Clark Small Business Legal Clinic, where she served as interim operations manager and provided pro bono legal work. For eight years before law school, she was a biologist, wetland scientist and project manager for environmental consulting and civil engineering firms. Schmidt, a Portland State University graduate, earned her law degree from Indiana University School of Law in 2009. She was a judicial intern for Chief Judge Larry J. McKinney of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. She also was executive symposium editor for the Indiana International & Comparative Law Review and has authored a paper on trade policy. Schmidt participated in her law school’s immigration clinic, where she represented clients before the Chicago Asylum Office and the Chicago Immigration Court. Prior to attending law school, she studied Spanish and the economic impacts of NAFTA in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Joyce Wan was recently hired as an associate in the Portland office of Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt. Wan focuses her practice in labor and employment law and business litigation. Previously, Wan was a contract attorney for Martin, Bischoff, Templeton, Langslet & Hoffman. Wan graduated from the University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law.

David Baum, Brent H. Smith and Brandon J. Eyre have formed the law firm Baum, Smith & Eyre in La Grande. The firm offer legal services in eastern Oregon in civil litigation, business, agricultural and grazing law, personal injury, estate planning, employment law, criminal defense, real estate, land use and water rights, municipal law and school law. Baum, Smith & Eyre were formally with Mautz, Baum & O’Hanlon, which had offices in Pendleton and La Grande. Baum currently serves as board chair of the Oregon Trail Electrical Cooperative and has held many other community and civic leadership positions. He has 35 years of litigation experience with a focus on real estate disputes, estate disputes, insurance defense and personal injury. Eyre’s practice focuses on employment law, business and personal injury litigation, real property issues and municipal law. He represents many eastern Oregon cities, counties and school districts. Smith’s practice consists of civil litigation, criminal defense, real estate disputes, personal injury, business litigation, employment litigation and agriculture and grazing disputes.

Daniel T. Goldstein has joined Ball Janik as special counsel in the firm’s Portland office. His practice focuses on construction law and commercial litigation. Goldstein previously was an associate at another Portland-area firm, where his practice focused on all aspects of construction law. He was also an in-house staff attorney for an insurance defense firm in Portland, where he defended contractors and subcontractors, as well as various entities and individuals in general liability cases.

Tonkon Torp has named Ted Herzog to lead the firm’s real estate and land use practice group. Herzog joined Tonkon Torp in 1989 and became a partner in 1996. Herzog’s practice focuses on commercial real estate acquisitions, sales, leasing and financing. An active civic volunteer, Herzog is past chair of the Oregon State Parks Trust.

Bob Horvat has joined Buckley LeChevallier as part of the real estate and business practice group, effective Feb. 1. He has an extensive transactional practice in real estate and financing law, including acquisitions and sales, retail, office and industrial leasing, condominium formations, master planned communities, construction and real estate development. He has written and lectured on several of these topics. He is a member of the Tigard Chamber of Commerce and the International Council of Shopping Centers.

Jennifer Middleton and Rosalind Lee have formed Middleton & Lee, Eugene, a successor firm to Chanti & Middleton. Suzanne Chanti was recently appointed a Lane County Circuit Court judge. Middleton, a shareholder in Chanti & Middleton for the last two years, is a 1995 graduate of Harvard Law School and previously worked as a staff attorney for the ACLU national office in New York City and as a senior staff attorney for Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund. Lee is a 1996 graduate of Howard University School of Law. She previously had a solo criminal defense practice in San Francisco and has been an associate with McCrea P.C. in Eugene for the last three years. The firm will continue its employment and civil rights practice, and Lee will also continue her criminal defense practice. The firm will remains at 245 E. Fourth Ave., Eugene; phone: (541) 683-2506.

Elizabeth Tedesco Milesnick has joined Stoll Berne as an associate. With eight years of experience in intellectual property litigation, she will continue to emphasize intellectual property, as well as business dispute resolution and litigation and securities litigation.

Stoll Berne welcomes Steven C. Berman back to the firm after a two-year professional sabbatical during which he provided advice and counsel to nonprofit organizations and political campaigns on elections law. Berman has 13 years of litigation experience and emphasizes complex business litigation and elections law.


In Memoriam

Retired trial lawyer and arbitrator Norm Lindstedt died Dec. 13, 2009. He was 78.

Norman Lowell Lindstedt was born Nov. 12, 1931, in Portland. He attended Beach Grade School and graduated from Jefferson High School in 1949, University of Oregon in 1953 and Northwestern College of Law at Lewis & Clark in 1958. He married Merrinell Merrigan on Nov. 24, 1951.

Lindstedt worked in law for 50 years as a trial attorney, judge pro tem (Multnomah County Circuit Court) and as an arbitrator. He had his own law firm and practiced arbitration and mediation until retirement.

He is survived by his wife, two sons, four daughters, 10 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and two brothers.


Gresham attorney Bill Scalf died Jan. 9, 2010, at age 70. He had been battling cancer for the third time.

William Dale Scalf was born April 28, 1939. He graduated from Northwestern School of Law after working his way through law school as a road deputy for the Multnomah County sheriff’s office. Scalf practiced law in East Multnomah County for 43 years, heading up the firm of Scalf & O’Halloran for 31 years, with a practice emphasizing criminal defense, personal injury and business law. He worked with the same law partners and legal assistant for more than 30 years. He was a long-time member of the Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association.

The first thing Scalf told every client that sat down with him in his office was “everybody calls me Bill.” His clients usually became his friends. His friends treasured his compassion, wisdom and sense of humor, and his colleagues described him as the ultimate defense attorney who fought for his clients with passion and skill.

Prior to his death, he lost his first wife, Carol Lee Scalf, and a daughter, Teri Ann Scalf, to cancer. Scalf is survived by his wife, Carol Ann Scalf, a son, stepson, stepdaughter, four grandchildren, a brother, two sisters, nieces and nephews, as well as his faithful yellow lab, Mack the Wonder Dog, and his professional family.


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