|Oregon State Bar Bulletin JANUARY 2011|
Peter O. Watts has been appointed to the Oregon Law Foundation board of directors for a four-year term. Watts is the second youngest shareholder in the history of Jordan Schrader Ramis in Portland. His areas of law concentration include estate planning, debt negotiation, and general business.
Bullivant Houser Bailey announces that Renée Rothauge has been admitted to the American Board of Trial Advocates, a national organi-zation dedicated to civility and professionalism in the practice of law, support of the civil justice system and preservation of the Seventh Amendment Right to a Jury Trial. Rothauge is the chair of Bullivant’s intellectual property group and specializes in complex business disputes.
Max M. Miller jr. of Tonkon Torp has been honored by the OSB Sustainable Future Section with one of two new awards for sustainable leadership. The award recognizes his volunteer leadership in moving the legal profession in developing and nurturing sustainability initiatives within his firm, in Portland’s business, legal and civic communities, and on behalf of clients. He founded and co-chairs Tonkon Torp’s sustainability practice group and was the principal drafter of the firm’s sustainability policy.
Jill Johanson was recently elected to the Washington State Court of Appeals. She was licensed to practice law in 1986 in both Oregon and Washington. She was appointed and then elected to serve as Cowlitz County Superior Court judge in 2002.
At the annual meeting this summer, Judge William M. Horner (Polk County) was elected president of the Oregon Association of Drug Court Professionals (OADCP). Judge Dan Bunch (Klamath County) was elected vice-president. Both will serve on the executive committee as well as Judge Janet Schoenhard Holcomb (Benton County), past president. OADCP is open to all drug court professionals and currently has more than 150 members.
Dean Gisvold of McEwen Gisvold was honored by the nonprofit organiza- tion Central City Concern in Nov- ember for his 24 years of service as board chair. Gis- vold has assisted CCC with numerous real estate trans- actions over the years, most recently helping the social service agency acquire property in downtown Portland for a new behavioral healthcare center.
Northwest Busi- ness for Culture & the Arts (BCA) honored Davis Wright Tremaine partner Sheila Fox Morrison with its Hero to the Arts Award at its annual “Arts Breakfast of Champions,” held Nov. 17 in Portland. Morrison was one of four local individuals honored with BCA’s hero award for contributions to local arts and culture organizations. A board member with Portland Children’s Museum since 2007, she was honored for outstanding board leadership. Morrison’s was also recognized among the top Oregon business donors to the arts among medium companies (100-500 employees).
Attorney Tim Nay, of the Law Offices of Nay & Friedenberg, has recently been appointed to the State Plan for Alzheimer’s Disease Oregon Task Force, which develops public health strategies. Nay is the founding president of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and founding member and past chair of the OSB Elder Law Section.
Portland attorney Phil Schuster will read from his historical novel Sun-Painted Man at 7 p.m., Jan. 28, at Taborspace Coffee House, 5441 S.E. Belmont St., Portland. For more information, go to www.sunpaintedman.com.
In the 2010 edition of Benchmark Litigation, an annual publication described as “the definitive guide to America’s leading litigation firms and attorneys,” Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt received the top ranking of “highly recommended.” Only four other firms in Oregon received the top ranking. Additionally, three Schwabe attorneys were recognized by the publication as local “litigation stars”: William Crow, Nancy Erfle and James Finn.
David Markowitz, a shareholder in Marowitz, Herbold, Glade & Mehlhaf, was inducted into the International Academy of Trial Lawyers at its mid- year meeting in November. A foun- ding partner of the business litigation firm, he shepherded it from its beginning as a two-attorney shop to its present status as one of the leading business litiga- tion firms in the region. Markowitz has received numerous awards and recog-nition for his trial work and for his efforts in mentoring and educating attorneys at all levels.
J. Douglas (Doug) Wells, a patent attorney in private practice counseling businesses, innovators and attorneys in the Portland metropolitan area, is now a SCORE counselor with SCORE’s Portland chapter. SCORE is a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration and offers free counseling services and business resources for entrepreneurs and small businesses. For information about SCORE, see www.scorepdx.org
Steven Prewitt shareholder in Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, was recently appointed to the board of directors for the Oregon Bioscience Association, which supports the bio-science community through networking, educational programs, enterprise support, advocacy and the enhancement of research collaboration. Prewitt serves as the leader of Schwabe’s intellectual property and patent law practice group. He focuses his practice in the preparation/prosecution, commercialization and enfor- cement of utility and design patents.
Miller Nash has been honored as one of the Most Admired Professional Services Organizations in Oregon. Additionally, the firm’s managing partner, Don Burns was named the CEO of the Year for professional services organizations. The honors were given at the Portland Business Journal's sixth annual Oregon’s Most Admired Companies luncheon in December. Burns, an employee benefits lawyer, joined Miller Nash in 1973 as a litigator. Burns took over as managing partner in 2007 and leads the firm’s 118 lawyers located in five offices throughout Oregon and Washington. He is a past president and former member of the board of directors of the Portland chapter of the Western Pension & Benefits Conference and for a number of years was a special assistant attorney general to the state of Oregon and an adviser to the Oregon Department of Justice on employee benefits matters. Burns also served as a member of Gov. John Kitzhaber’s Committee on the Oregon Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) and on an Oregon Department of Insurance task force on multiple employer welfare arrangements.
For the second consecutive year, Stoel Rives announces has been named a BTI Client Service 30 law firm by the BTI Consulting Group, a provider of strategic research to law firms and corporate general counsel. BTI praised Stoel Rives for its ability to “combine quality legal skills with the strong value clients are seeking.” The BTI client service survey is based on the evaluation of more than 650 law firms who serve large companies by in-house counsel at Fortune 1000 and other companies.
Cassandra C. SkinnerLopata is a recipient of the Register-Guard’s blue chip 2010 “20 Under 40” Rising Business Stars Award. The award goes to successful leaders, under the age of 40, who are committed to professional excellence and who are making significant contributions to the Eugene/Springfield community. The Register-Guard blue chip recognized SkinnerLopata for her involvement with the Stop Violence Against Women Clinic Project, Head Start of Lane County, Oregon Women Lawyers, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, the Governor’s Council on Domestic Violence and the Oregon State Bar. SkinnerLopata advises clients on family law, domestic partnerships and guardianship/conservatorship matters.
Frank X. Curci has joined Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt as a shareholder in the firm’s intellectual property, bioscience and business groups. Curci represents clients in the bioscience and high technology industries, including biotech research institutions, universities, technology incubators and other private sector companies. Curci has also earned a national reputation representing technology companies in their participation in technology standards initiatives and other multiparty technology collaborations and consortia. Curci comes to the firm from Phoenix, Ariz., where he practiced law for more than five years with Jennings, Strouss & Salmon, where he chaired that firm’s biotechnology/life sciences and intellectual property practices.
Tonkon Torp has added new associates Eric C. Beach, Christopher R. Harding and Marco Materazzi. Beach joins the firm’s litigation department. A 2010 graduate of University of Pennsylvania Law School, Beach recently passed the Oregon State Bar. He was a 2009 summer associate at Tonkon Torp and in summer 2008 was a law school research assistant, performing legal and social science research on various civil procedure legal system issues. Beach earned his Bachelor’s degree from University of Miami. Harding, also newly admitted to the Oregon State Bar, is in the firm’s business department. A UCLA undergraduate, he earned his J.D. this year from University of Virginia School of Law. Harding held summer associate positions with Tonkon Torp, Kirkland & Ellis in San Francisco and Williams Mullen in Richmond, Va. Materazzi also pra- ctices in the business depart-ment. He returns to Portland after spending three years in London at Her-bert Smith, a large international law firm. There he represented corporate clients and investment banks on cross-border security offerings and mergers and acquisitions. He is a 2005 graduate of UCLA School of Law.
Bill Ramey has joined Washington Bank’s Wealth Management & Advisory Services in Portland as a trust officer. He will be advising clients and trust relationships on current estate, tax and financial planning strategies. Ramey counsels customers on appropriate wealth planning strategies to assist them in achieving their financial and estate planning goals, including structuring and funding charitable gifts and the formation of charitable trusts.
Erika Soublet recently accepted an appointment as chief deputy district attorney for Coos County. Previously she was a senior deputy prosecuting attorney in Clallam County, Wash. She got her start as a prosecutor in the Multnomah County district attorney’s office and, after moving to Washington, worked for the Skagit and Yakima county prosecuting attorney offices. Reach her at the Coos County District Attorney’s Office, 250 N. Baxter, Coquille, OR 97423; phone: (541) 396-3121.
Baxter & Baxter welcomes Kirsten Baxter to the firm. Her practice specializes in consumer protection litigation and bankruptcy. She holds a B.A. in engineering from Northwestern University, and J.D. from the Willamette School of Law. In addition to her practice in the firm’s Portland office, she will be opening and managing the new office in Hillsboro, located at 5635 N.E. Elam Young Parkway, Suite 300, Hillsboro, OR 97124; phone: (503) 681-9752.
Arnerich Massena, a Portland-based independent investment advisory firm, announces the hiring of Karl E. Hausafus as general counsel and chief compliance officer. Hausafus previously served as general counsel (and prior to that, associate general counsel) and chief compliance officer of Compass Holdings and its affiliated companies. Prior to that, he was a senior associate attorney with Preston Gates & Ellis (now K&L Gates), where he advised both public and private companies on general securities and business issues.
Susan J. Baird has opened the Baird Law Office in Dundee. With more than nine years experience in Oregon and California, Baird specializes in transactional real estate law, general contract drafting and negotiation, corporate law, land use law and winery and vineyard law. She can be reached by phone at (971) 832-9044 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
Lane Powell announces the election of one attorney to shareholder and the appointment of another as counsel to the firm in the Portland office. New shareholder Peter Hawkes has represented clients at both the trial court and appellate levels, and has experience in a wide range of commercial litigation matters, including securities cases, contract disputes, business torts, unlawful trade practices, insurance coverage disputes and real estate disputes. Hawkes also has significant experience in First Amendment litigation, white-collar criminal defense and representation of long term care providers. As counsel to the firm, Shawn Lindsay will act as general counsel to international software consortia negotiating, draft- ing and overseeing enforcement of do- mestic and inter- national software licenses and managing IP litigation. As a member of the Firm’s emerging company and venture investment group, Lindsay works with start-up ventures and mature companies in corporate formation/structuring, secu-ring intellectual property rights and finan- cing. Lindsay was recently elected state representative for House District 30.
Mary Treiber has moved to Barrow, Alaska, where she is the magistrate, one of two judicial officers serving the North Slope Borough.
Shelby L. Rihala has joined the government law practice of Harrang Long Gary Rudnick. She previously served as chief of staff for Senate Majority Leader Richard Devlin, and as a government affairs associate with Washington County, where she advocated for the county’s policy interests before the legislature and administrative agencies. She is a 2009 graduate of Lewis & Clark Law School.
Jennifer L. Mora has recently accepted the position of national labor counsel for MV Transportation, based in Fairfield, Calif., where she will focus her attention on the company’s traditional labor and wage and hour needs. She graduated from Seattle University School of Law in 2001 and has devoted her entire career to representing and advising management in employment, wage and hour and traditional labor matters.
Lane Powell and Roberts Kaplan announce that 17 lawyers from Roberts Kaplan will be joining Lane Powell, effective Jan. 1. Leaders of both firms cited shared similar cultures and commitment to client service as reasons for the move, and both firms share strong Pacific Northwest roots. Lane Powell will expand into the Roberts Kaplan office in the ODS Tower, where Lane Powell currently occupies three floors.
Tonkon Torp has elected Kristin Bremer and Gwendolyn Griffith to the partnership, effective Jan. 1. An experienced litigator, Bremer joined the firm’s Labor & Employment practice’s taxation and wealth planning practice groups. Her practice includes business formations, reorganizations and dissolutions, and crafting complex wealth transition structures and governance systems. She joined Tonkon Torp in 2008 after nine years as a partner at Speer Hoyt in Eugene. In addition to practicing law for more than two decades, Griffith has taught tax subjects at various law schools including Willamette University and the University of Oregon. She is the author of several books on taxation and, most recently, on transitioning family wealth.
Gov. Ted Kulongoski has appointed Lynn Nakamoto to the Oregon Court of Appeals. Nakamoto fills the vacancy created when Judge Jack Landau becomes a justice of the Oregon Supreme Court in January. Nakamoto is the managing shareholder at Markowitz, Herbold, Glade & Mehlhaf. While most recently specializing in employment and business related litigation, Nakamoto has previously practiced with Marion-Polk Legal Aid and had been a staff attorney with Bronx Legal Services in New York. Nakamoto received her J.D., from New York University School of Law and her bachelor’s degree from Wellesley College. She has practiced in Oregon since 1988.
Kevin W. Bons has been named a shareholder in Beckley Law Firm, which changes its name to Beckley & Bons, effective Jan. 1. Bons’ practice areas are business law, civil litigation, appellate representation and state and federal criminal defense.
Katelyn Skinner announces the opening of her law office in Sherwood. The 2010 Willamette graduate will have a general practice with a focus on personal injury, business law and estate planning. During law school she was a pro bono honors award recipient, moot court member and participated in an exchange program to Tokyo, where she worked for the Japanese Ministry of Justice as an English adviser assisting with the translation of Japanese laws and regulations. Reach her at Law Office of Katelyn D. Skinner, 22566 S.W. Washington St., Suite 203, Sherwood, OR 97140; phone: (503) 562-9030.
James R. Cartwright, Matthew Whitman and Sibylle Baer are pleased to announce the formation of Cartwright Whitman Baer, effective Jan. 1. Joining them will be associate Michelle Johansson. The three will continue to provide legal services for individuals and professionals in the areas of: estate, trust and elder financial abuse litigation; estate and trust administration; protective proceedings; and appeals.
Award-winning law professor and noted legal scholar and writer Bill Schantz died April 14, 2010, in Portland. He was 75.
William Thomas Schantz was born Dec. 31, 1934, in Bismarck, N.D., and later moved to Oregon with his family where he attended Salem High School. While there, he won first prize in the Salem Board of Realtors essay contest on “What the Bill of Rights Means to Me.” He attended both the University of Oregon and Willamette University, graduating from college in three years, receiving a bachelor of science in political science from the University of Oregon in 1955. In 1960, he graduated with a J.D., summa cum laude from Willamette University College of Law, where he was one of the founding members and editors of the Willamette Law Journal and a member of the Order of the Purple.
After joining the Oregon State Bar in 1960, he was awarded a Ford Foundation Teachers’ Fellowship for graduate study; he received an LL.M. degree in taxation from New York University in 1961. Schantz was a member of the Oregon state and federal bars and was admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States. He practiced tax law with Davidson, Duffy & Stout and wrote many winning briefs, but soon turned his focus to teaching.
After 31 years of teaching, he retired in January 1994 as a professor emeritus in the School of Business Administration at Portland State University. He had taught business law, legal environment, accounting, tax, the CPA Law Review and other undergraduate and graduate business courses, after becoming a full professor in 1974.
In March 2010, he was honored by the Oregon State Bar for valuable and meritorious service to the community, state and nation as a member of the Oregon bar for 50 years. He received numerous teaching awards, including the Mosser Merit Award for Teaching and the Nicolas Salgo Noren Foundation Award for Teaching Excellence.
He authored and co-authored more than 12 books, many of them for West Publishing Co. Several he co-authored with Janice Jackson, who became his wife in 1983 (fittingly on May 1, Law Day). His books, including The American Legal Environment (first and second editions), Commercial Law for Business and Accounting Students (A Complete Business Law Text and CPA Law Review) and Business Law (2nd Edition), were used in universities across the country. He also co-authored a high school text, Essentials of Business Law, as well as numerous scholarly articles in legal and business journals. He was a valued guest speaker, and, as a member of the Academy of Legal Studies in Business, made scholarly presentations at academic conferences throughout the country.
Schantz was also active in service to the university, serving on many committees and task forces, and, as chair of the School of Business Faculty and Staff Association, coordinated all business school social events for 10 years. His silent movie, “Jaws Meets Jowls, the Pie-Eyed Piper of Portland State University,” was a resounding hit, as were his many slide shows, plays (adapted from “Bye Bye Birdie,” “HMS Pinafore” and others) and other entertainment extravaganzas.
Schantz was well traveled and politically active. At the age of 15, he sailed to Europe with his parents aboard the Queen Mary for an extended European tour. In 1954, he traveled to Europe on a student tour led by then-Dean Mark O. Hatfield of Willamette University, who remained a lifelong friend.
Schantz served as the Washington County chairperson for the Mark Hatfield for Governor campaign in 1962, and for the Mark Hatfield for U.S. Senator Campaign in 1966 and again in 1972. In 1968, he served as Washington County chair of the Nixon presidential campaign. In January 2010, Schantz celebrated his 75th birthday with more than 250 friends in two parties held in his honor at the Crystal Ballroom in Portland. People came from all over the country to celebrate his birthday — past students who remained lifelong friends, former classmates, attorneys, judges, family members, fishing and hunting companions — people from all walks of life.
Friends remember Schantz as the best teacher they ever had, the mentor they needed, a best friend, a father figure and an important influence on their lives. Blessed with a formidable IQ, he was an unparalleled writer and a man of considerable talents, including singing, painting, gardening, fishing, hunting (friends often referred to him as “Dr. Duck,” for his duck-calling skills), cooking, telling jokes and hosting legendary social gatherings.
He and his wife, Janice, would have celebrated their 27th anniversary May 1, 2010. They were seldom apart. As Schantz put it, “We fit together walking.” In addition to his wife, Schantz is survived by a sister, a son and three daughters, 13 grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends, including his first wife, Donna (Buchanan) Schantz Jensen.
Roger Dick, a lifelong resident and long-time lawyer in The Dalles, died Oct. 26, 2010, after a brief illness. He was 88.
Roger Louis Dick was born Aug. 4, 1922, in The Dalles, one of four boys born to Frank and Louise Dick. Dick was a graduate of The Dalles High School (1940), the University of Oregon, and the University of Oregon Law School. He was an avid supporter of the Oregon Ducks. He practiced law in The Dalles with his two brothers, Edgar and William Dick, and most recently with his nephew, William Dick II. He served in active duty with the U.S. Army from 1941 to 1946 in World War II, as a tank unit commander with an armored division in France and Germany. He also served from 1950 to 1955 during the Korean conflict.
Dick married Sylvia Branden Schilling in 1968, and became the stepfather to four children, who survive him. Other survivors include five grandchildren, two greatgrandchildren, a brother and many nieces and nephews. His wife predeceased him.
Al Sobel, an OSB member who devoted his career to promoting justice in many forms and facets, died Nov. 23, 2010, in Lewisburg, Pa. He was 63.
Allan D. Sobel was born March 1, 1947, in Detroit, Mich. He graduated magnum cum laude from Lewis & Clark College’s Northwestern School of Law in 1977. After graduation from law school, he served as a law clerk for U.S. District Magistrate Judge George E. Juba and then practiced law from 1977-1997 in Oregon and Michigan, primarily representing defendants in criminal proceedings and parties in professional malpractice actions.
From 1997 to 2000, Sobel served as executive director and general counsel of the Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission, an organization responsible for enforcement of the Code of Judicial Conduct in Michigan. In his tenure there, Sobel set a record for filing misconduct complaints and secured disciplines against judges who failed to meet their ethical responsibilities.
From 2000 to 2006, Sobel held the position of executive director of the American Judicature Society, an independent, national, nonpartisan organization of judges, lawyers and other members of the public who seek to improve the justice system. He was responsible for all AJS operations at its office in Chicago and then facilitated the move of the AJS headquarters to Des Moines in 2003 where he and his wife lived until 2006. After six years with AJS, Sobel and his wife moved to central Pennsylvania, where Sobel served as the first fulltime director of the Arlin M. Adams Center for Law and Society at Susquehanna University.
He married Elayne Weiss on Nov. 25, 1977. In their 33 years together, the Sobels lived in five states and found lifelong friends in each of those communities. He is survived by his wife, Elayne, two daughters, his mother and two grandsons.