Oregon State Bar Bulletin — JULY 2010
Bar People


Among Ourselves

Dean E. Aldrich of The Aldrich Law Office has been appointed to the Milne Construction Co. board of directors. The law firm recently celebrated its 10th anniversary.

Maggie Finnerty, executive director and clinical law professor of Lewis & Clark Law School’s Small Business Legal Clinic, has been named the Small Business Administration’s “2010 Women in Business Champion of the Year” for Oregon and the Northwest region. The award recognizes advocates for women entrepreneurs. Under Finnerty’s direction, the clinic has provided transactional legal assistance to small businesses.

The Multnomah Bar Association has selected Garry Kahn as the recipient of its 2010 Professionalism Award, the organization’s highest award. Kahn received the honor at the association’s annual dinner May 11 in Portland. Kahn, who has practiced law for 48 years, emphasizes personal injury, wrongful death, products liability, medical malpractice and professional liability. He is a civil litigator, primarily handling plaintiffs’ cases. In presenting the award, colleagues described him as “honest, stringently ethical, good humored (and) tenacious….” He has served in many bar leadership roles, including president of the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association, president of the Oregon State Bar, fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and as a circuit court judge for two years. He is also active in the Senior Law Project.

Brent Renison, a partner with Parrilli Renison, is the recipient of the 9th Annual Daniel Levy Memorial Award for outstanding achievement in immigration law, to be presented at the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Conference in Washington, D.C., on June 30. The national award recognizes his more than five years of advocacy work to end the “widow penalty” in immigration law. Renison has also been appointed by the association’s president to serve as chair of the National Immigration Reform Committee, beginning this month.

Elizabeth Welch was recently elected vice president of the PTA for the Peninsula School, a kindergarten-8th grade school located in North Portland.

Lane Powell shareholder David Van’t Hof has been selected as a Pivotal Leader for 2010, a new community-nominated and peer-selected network of clean-technology business leaders with ties to the Northwest. Van’t Hof and 31 others were hand-picked from a list of 600 nominees. A member of Lane Powell’s renewable energy, clean tech and sustainability and climate change practice groups, he has worked in sustainability and clean technology throughout his career. As sustainability policy adviser to Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski, he led the state’s participation in the Western Climate Initiative, and he is a frequent author and speaker on renewable energy, sustainability and green-building.

Portland lawyer Carolyn W. Miller has been elected president of the Wayne D. Kuni & Joan E. Kuni Foundation board of advisers. The foundation, established in 2005, awards grants for clinical cancer research and for housing and socialization for educable mentally retarded adults, with particular emphasis on persons 50 or older.

Román Hernández, attorney with Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt in Portland, has been elected to serve a four-year term on the board of directors of the Oregon Community Foundation.

The Federal Bar Association honored several members of the Oregon bar for volunteer mentoring during the association’s annual dinner May 27 in Portland. A sold-out crowd of more than 300 attended the event, held at the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse. The honorees were: Hon. Ann Aiken, Magistrate Judge John V. Acosta, Senior District Court Judge Robert E. Jones, and attorneys Steve Hedberg, Paula Barran, Dave Markowitz and Bill Barton. Two local attorneys were also awarded the Judge James M. Burns Federal Practice Award, bestowed annually on both a civil and a criminal practitioner demonstrating the highest standards of professionalism. This year’s civil practice recipient was Peter Richter, partner and civil litigator at Miller Nash. The award for excellence in criminal practice was given to Steven T. Wax, longtime federal public defender for the District of Oregon.

 


Moves

Rader, Stoddard & Perez, of Ontario, Ore., has opened a second office. Attorneys Susan R. Gerber and Manuel Perez will practice from the new Salem office, located in the Reed Opera House building. The firm will be handling criminal defense, including post-conviction and domestic relations matters. Contact them at 189 Liberty Street, N.E., Suite 210, Salem, OR 97301; phone: (971) 239-4771.

Stahancyk, Kent, Johnson & Hook welcomes a new associate, Andrew W. Newsom,to the Portland office. Newsom attended the University of Oregon and earned his law degree from Boston University School of Law.

Gevurtz Menashe has added Susan G. Hiler as an associate attorney. Her practice will focus on divorce, custody and support. Hiler is admitted to practice law in both Oregon and Idaho. She received her J.D. from Willamette University School of Law.

A new law firm, Zupancic Rathbone Law Group, has been founded in Lake Oswego. The principals include Jim Zupancic, Coni Rathbone and Tim Dozois; associates are Paul Barton and Neil Olsen. Zupancic, Rathbone and Dozois, representing a combined 75 years of large law firm experience, are former partners of Davis Wright Tremaine. The new firm will emphasize real estate, land use, real estate finance and securities, condemnation, public-private partnerships, business formations and operating support, mergers and acquisitions, litigation and alternative dispute resolution, administrative law, government relations and employment and health care. Reach them at 5335 S.W. Meadows Road, Suite 161, Lake Oswego, OR 97035; phone: (503) 968-8200; fax: (503) 968-8017; website: www.ZRLawGroup.com.

Kimberly Purdy Schultz has joined Arnold Law Office as an associate. Purdy served as judicial clerk to the Hon. Charles M. Zennaché of Lane County Circuit Court. She earned her J.D. and a master’s degree in alternative dispute resolution from the University of Oregon. As a student, Purdy took first place in a national writing competition for her paper, “Race, Blood and Politics.” She was active in the Native American Student Association, the domestic violence, prosecution and defense clinics, and was a quarter-finalist at NYU’s National Moot Court competition. She will focus on family law, civil litigation and criminal defense, and can be reached at (541) 338-9111 or www.Ar noldLawFirm.com.

Saif Corp. trial counsel Debra Ehrman is retiring June 30. Ehrman was with the insurer’s legal division for 20 years. Prior to that, she was with Lane County Public Defender Services. Ehrman also served two terms on the Eugene City Council from 1984 to 1992.

Bullivant Houser Bailey welcomes four attorneys to the Portland office. Matthew Hedbergjoins the firm’s insurance industry services practice group. He previously practiced in Boise and Portland. Hedberg is a graduate of the University of Washington School of Law. Elizabeth Wright joins the firm as a member of the insurance industry services practice group. She previously practiced in Chicago and Boise. Wright is a graduate of University of Iowa, College of Law. Evelyn English joins the firm in the commercial litigation practice group. English is a graduate of Lewis & Clark Law School, where she was the submissions editor for the Lewis & Clark Law Review. Erik Swanson joins as a member of the corporate, finance, securities and international transactions practice group. Swanson is a graduate of American University, Washington College of Law.

Masa Yamaguchi has joined Lane Powell as an associate in the firm’s intellectual property and technology practice group. Yamaguchi previously worked as a legal intern at Pacific Corp’s general counsel’s office, as commodity broker for Okachi Inc., and as a paralegal for Lane Powell. He has assisted with discovery and trial preparation, research and other litigation support in antitrust, insurance, environmental, financial and employment, white collar criminal, professional malpractice and regulatory cases. Yamaguchi earned his B.A. from Dokkya University and his J.D. from Lewis & Clark School of Law.

McNamer and Company announces the addition of Spencer I. Trowbridge as an associate at the firm’s Portland office. Trowbridge’s practice will focus on the areas of intellectual property, media, sports, entertainment and technology. Trowbridge was previously an associate at Swider Medeiros Haver, where his practice included areas such as licensing, content distribution, litigation and new media. He also served as corporate counsel at CD Baby, a digital distributor of sound recordings, where he supervised various domestic and international licensing transactions involving the distribution of the company’s catalog through emerging business models and platforms.

Tifani Parrilli and Brent Renison of the immigration law firm Parrilli Renison moved their offices from Lake Oswego to Portland’s Pearl District in June. Their new space is located in the General Automotive Building, renovated to LEED Gold standards, at the north end of the Park Blocks. They are now within walking distance of the current and future locations of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. The new address is 411 NW Park Avenue, Suite 201, Portland, OR 97209; website: www.entrylaw.com.

Jessica L. West has received an appointment from the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law, as a full-time visiting assistant professor of law. West has been a practicing attorney since 1993 and has focused on complex trial and appellate litigation, including death penalty defense. Prior to her appointment, West taught, testified, lectured and wrote on issues including appellate practice, criminal defense representation standards, death penalty procedures, and DNA and other scientific evidence. She teaches evidence, appellate courts, administrative law and criminal procedure.

Wally Miller has joined the ERISA and employment law practice of Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt as a shareholder. Miller, previously with Gleaves, Swearingen, Potter & Scott, advises employers, including publicly held and private employers and municipalities, in all aspects of employee benefits, including retirement plans, health and welfare plans, nonqualified deferred compensation plans and ERISA compliance. Miller is a fellow of the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel.

Eugene attorney Cindy Danforth has relocated her office to 245 E. Fourth Ave., Eugene, OR 97401, sharing space with the Middleton & Lee law firm. Danforth continues to represent employees in discrimination and civil rights cases. Her telephone number remains (541) 431-0500; her new fax number is (541) 683-3149. She can also be contacted via her website, http://www.cindydanforthlaw.com, or by e-mail, cindy@cindydanforthlaw.com.

Peter E. Heuser has joined the intellectual property practice of Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt as a shareholder. With more than 30 years of intellectual property experience, Heuser will continue to focus his practice in intellectual property, with an emphasis on patent litigation and prosecution. Heuser has spent most of his career as a strategic litigator, representing both plaintiffs and defendants in jury trials, and has received positive jury verdicts for clients in the areas of patent, trademark, copyright, trade secrets and cyber-squatting matters. He is often called as an expert witness in other intellectual property cases. He has taught intellectual property related courses at the University of Oregon Law School. Heuser is a mechanical engineer by training. He is past president of the City Club of Portland and a two-term past president of the Oregon Patent Law Association. He is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and has served the U.S. District Court of Oregon as a special master. Heuser is also a member of the California, Idaho, Illinois, Oregon and Wisconsin state bars.

OSB member Jeff Davis has been named general counsel for the Re/Max Equity Group. Previously, he practiced law at Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, where he focused on real estate transactions, including buying, selling, developing and operating properties. Davis is a member of the OSB Real Estate and Land Use Section.

Amanda Bolliger has joined Lane Powell as an associate in the firm’s labor and employment practice group. Prior to joining the firm, Bolliger worked as an associate at Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker in Los Angeles, where she represented and advised employers in all aspects of employment law, including wage and hour, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful discharge and unfair competition. She was also a clerk and judicial extern for Judge Ancer L. Haggerty of the U.S. District Court of Oregon. Bolliger has litigated cases in both state and federal court, as well as in administrative proceedings before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and California Department of Fair Employment and Housing.



In Memoriam

Retired government lawyer and bar volunteer John Reuling died April 30, 2010 of complications of lung cancer. He was 80.

John Adam Reuling was born Sept. 12, 1929 in South Africa, the son of missionary educators. He and his three siblings were raised at Adams Mission Station, later Adams College, in Natal. They spent their time climbing trees, building dams in a creek, taking music lessons, bicycling around the Mission Station, and taking trips to the nearby Indian Ocean.

After 1941 and entry of the U.S. into the war, the family was forced to leave South Africa. The family located in Michigan and Wisconsin before settling in Massachusetts, where he attended and graduated from high school. He earned a bachelor’s degree in government in 1950 from Boston University and joined the U.S. Air Force, serving four years during the Korean War. He attended the Air Weather School and stayed on as an instructor. He was later a senior weather observer, and was discharged as staff sergeant in December 1954.

In 1957, he received his law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School, where he served as a teaching assistant in legal writing, member and editor of the Wisconsin Law Review, and member of Phi Kappa Phi and Order of the Coif honorary societies.

His legal career began in 1957 as associate with the Portland law firm Hart, Spencer, McCulloch, Rockwood & Davies, predecessor firm to Stoel Rives. During this time, he met Marjorie Knapp, whom he married in 1959.

In 1961, he became assistant general attorney, later general attorney, in the Portland legal offices of Union Pacific Railroad. In 1967, he accepted a position as associate professor of law at Willamette University College of Law. During the summers of 1968 and 1969, he served as circuit judge pro tem in Lane and Multnomah counties. In 1970, he accepted a position as assistant attorney general, responsible for editing and drafting the opinions of the attorney general. He continued in that position under various titles, until he became special counsel to Attorney General David Frohnmayer. He later joined the appellate division of the Department of Justice for the last several years of his legal career.

Reuling was a member of several OSB committees, including Legal Ethics, Local Government, Public Service and Information, Lawyer Placement and Law Revision. He was a church trustee, scoutmaster and district scout chairman, a member of the Orchard Heights Water Board, and a member of local school advisory committees as his children progressed through the grades. He played flute in the Portland Civic Band and in several other musical groups. After retirement he volunteered with the Salem police department and served in several volunteer capacities for South Salem Seniors. He renewed his interest in music as a member of the Salem Madrigal Singers and the Salem Community Chorus. He also took up a new interest in the stage and had roles in 14 plays in Albany, Dallas, Salem and Silverton community theaters.

Reuling is survived by his wife of 50 years, Marjorie (Knapp), a son, two daughters, two sisters and four grandchildren.

Retired Medford lawyer and civic leader Dick Cottle died at his home in Ashland on May 23, 2010 at the age of 83.

Richard Curtis Cottle was born Nov. 22, 1926 in Dorrance, Kan. In high school he played various sports and was class president for three years. He played trumpet in the dance band, Kelly and his Rhythm Knights. In 1944, he enlisted in the Navy Air Corps, where he was a radio/gunner. He also served as a second lieutenant in the Air Force Reserves.

Cottle married Elizabeth Anne Morgan on Nov. 17, 1946. He graduated from Washburn University in Topeka in 1953 with a bachelor of science, bachelor of law and doctorate of law degrees. During law school, he was dean of Washburn University Law School fraternity and served as a law clerk for the Kansas insurance commissioner in 1951 and law clerk for the Kansas Supreme Court in 1952.

His professional activities included: Kansas State Bar Association (1953); law clerk in the federal district court in Wichita (1953-1955); Oregon State Bar (1955); past president of Jackson County Bar Association; Governor’s Council on Crime and Detention (1967); OSB Professional Responsibility Board and Client’s Protection Fund Committee; and Oregon School Attorneys Association. He had an active law practice in Ashland from 1955 to 1997, and was a business law professor at Southern Oregon College from 1974 to 1996.

Among his community activities, Cottle was: member of the Ashland City Council; Ashland municipal judge; founder of the Ashland juvenile court system; chair of Ashland Downtown Development and Economic Development commissions; vice president and member of the board of directors of Oregon Shakespearean Festival Association; president of Ashland Junior Chamber of Commerce; Ashland Chamber of Commerce Man of the Year Award in 1968; president of the Ashland Rotary Club; president of the Mount Ashland Corp.; member of Ashland Firehouse Five; and member of Easy Valley Eight Band.

He was preceded in death by his wife. Surviving are two sons and nine grandchildren.

 


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