|Oregon State Bar Bulletin MAY 2011|
Schwabe’s Bill Crow recently was selected as the recipient of the 14th Annual Owen M. Panner Professionalism Award, given by the OSB Litigation Section. Crow focuses his practice in the areas of antitrust, health care and environmental litigation. In addition to trial experience in these fields, he has served as national trial counsel in breast implant and diet drug litigation. Crow also has been identified as one of the Best Lawyers in America in both commercial litigation and product liability for more than 10 years, and since 2006 has been named an Oregon Super Lawyer by Thompson Reuters.
Gretchen E. Buehner was re-elected to the Tigard City Council in November. The council elected her council president in January. Outside of council duties, she continues to practice law in Tigard.
Anthony Burrell, an associate in the Portland office of Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, was recently elected to the board of directors of Pendulum Aerial Arts, a nonprofit organization that promotes the unique form of moving art through live performances. (See www.pendulumaerialarts.org.) Burrell, who focuses his practice in the areas of intellectual property and patent law, graduated from Lewis & Clark Law School in 2008.
Monica Wells, associate at Bullivant Houser, has been recognized as Pro Bono Attorney of the Year by the Small Business Legal Clinic at Lewis & Clark School of Law. The award recognizes pro bono work for individuals engaged in small business. Lewis & Clark Law School’s Small Business Legal Clinic provides business transactional legal advice to new and emerging businesses, primarily those owned by women, minorities and recent immigrants.
Oregon Business magazine has honored Barran Liebman as a 2011 Top Ten Best Company to Work For in Oregon. The magazine’s profile cites the firm’s community involvement and internal celebrations of employee milestones as setting the firm apart from the competition. “It’s really all about providing unparalleled legal services to our clients, and having a good time at the office,” according to managing partner, Ed Harnden. “We work hard, and we like to think that we can couple our dedication to our clients with a healthy dose of fun — who says you can’t have both?”
Lane Powell Shareholder Michael R. Silvey received the Commercial Association of Realtors’ Humanitarian Award at an event March 3 in Portland. The award honors Silvey as one of the commercial real estate industry’s highest achievers in humanitarian work, recognizing him for his involvement in the Clackamas Community Land Trust, the Multnomah Circuit Court Mediation Program and the YMCA of Columbia-Willamette. Silvey focuses his practice on representing developers, investors and businesses in all aspects of commercial real estate, including purchase transactions, loans for acquisition, development and refinancing, construction agreements, leasing and land use approvals.
Former Oregon Supreme Court Justice Susan Leeson and Kelly Zusman, appellate chief for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Oregon, are this year’s James M. Burns Award winners, given by the Oregon chapter of the Federal Bar Association. Leeson currently serves as a staff mediator for the U.S. District Court, and she has been actively involved in promoting and educating the public and lawyers about mediation. Leeson conducted an FBA-sponsored federal court mediators training last year, and she has served on the OSB ADR Section. Leeson has also taught courses at Willamette University and she serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Oregon. Prior to taking on mediation as a full-time career, Leeson also served on the Oregon Court of Appeals and she initiated a settlement conference program for that court. Zusman has been an assistant U.S. attorney since 2004, having previously served as the career law clerk to the Hon. Malcolm F. Marsh from 1989 to 2004. As a past president of the Oregon chapter of the FBA, Zusman has been active in the federal court community for many years, and is a regular contributor to continuing legal education programs about federal court and federal practice. Zusman also teaches appellate advocacy at the Northwestern School of Law at Lewis & Clark College and the National Advocacy Center in Columbia, S.C. She currently serves as the 9th Circuit representative to the U.S. Attorney General’s Appellate Chiefs’ Work Group in Washington, D.C., and has been a 9th Circuit lawyer representative.
Ed Harnden, Barran Liebman’s managing partner, was recently named the 2011 Legal Leader of the Year by the Daily Journal of Commerce. The honor is “designed to recognize outstanding professional efforts by lawyers who have been in practice for at least 10 years.” Harnden was one of 15 Oregon attorneys selected as a finalist for this award, exemplifying community and industry service, mentoring and leadership, and he is the first Portland attorney to be honored with this award.
Ater Wynne’s Frank Langfitt has been re-elected for a second term as chair of the board for the Campaign for Equal Justice. Langfitt focuses his law practice in a variety of litigation and client consultation areas, including business and commercial disputes, business torts, insurance coverage issues, casualty/product liability cases and environmental cases. He has served as Ater Wynne’s administrative partner, on the firm’s management committee and currently serves as litigation department chair. He is listed in Best Lawyers in America for his expertise in commercial litigation and product liability litigation.
Edie Rogoway Van Ness and Douglas Green announce the opening of their new firm, Rogoway Green. Their practice focuses primarily on personal injury and criminal defense. They can be reached at (503) 935-5450, 0324 S.W. Abernethy St., Portland OR 97239, or www.rogowaygreen.com.
Michael (Mickey) Morey announces his transition from the practice of law to working exclusively as a mediator, and the formation of Morey Mediation Services. As a litigator, he worked on both sides of the civil bar as an insurance defense lawyer and plaintiffs’ lawyer. He is a member of the Oregon Mediation Association and the ABA Dispute Resolution Section. He can be reached at (503) 459-8869; website: Moreymediation.com; and by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Christina M. Vaninettihas joined Foster Denman as a new associate. She returns to Southern Oregon after obtaining her B.S. from Santa Clara University in 2007 and her J.D. from the University of Oregon School of Law in 2010. Vaninetti focuses her practice on business law and trust and estate planning.
Matthew A. Rowan has joined Foster Denman as a new associate. He returns to Southern Oregon after serving as a Teach for America corps member in New York City and obtaining his law degree from the University of Oregon School of Law in 2010. While a law student, Rowan clerked for the appellate division of the Oregon Department of Justice. His current practice will focus on business and employment litigation.
Brian N. Lathen has become a partner in the Salem firm Swanson, Lathen, Alexander, McCann & Prestwich. The 2004 graduate of Willamette Law School focuses on personal injury cases with an emphasis on automobile collisions. He is a current board member for the Medical/Legal Committee in Salem and is a mentor to law students at Willamette University.
Saalfeld Griggs announces that Jennifer C. Paul has joined the firm’s business litigation practice group as an associate attorney. She grew up in Salem and has strong ties to the community. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Oregon, Robert D. Clark Honors College, with a B.A. in public relations. She received her law degree from Willamette University College of Law in 2010.
Melissa E. Beyer has joined Farleigh Wada Witt as an associate. She will practice in a variety of areas including business, debtor-creditor, employment, environmental, litigation and real estate, adding depth to many of the firm’s practice areas.
Margot D. Lutzenhiser has joined Farleigh Wada Witt as an associate. She will focus her practice on bankruptcy, bankruptcy litigation and creditors’ rights. Lutzenhiser previously was an associate at Smith Freed and a clerk for Judge Elizabeth L. Perris. She also has financial experience as an economist for a trade association.
Kelly R. Tilden has been appointed chair of Farleigh Wada Witt’s employment practice group. She focuses her practice in the areas of employment law, business, and litigation, and has handled a broad spectrum of employment law matters for the firm’s business and financial clients.
Jack T. Conners has joined Ball Janik as an associate in the firm’s real estate and business and corporate practice areas. Conners has represented private and public clients in a wide variety of real estate transactions, including sales and acquisitions, leasing, property management, development, easements and joint ventures. He also has assisted clients with credit and finance transactions, loan documentation and various commercial contracts. He previously practiced real estate and business law with another Portland area law firm.
Steve Cook, shareholder at Bullivant Houser, has been selected to lead the firm’s business transactions practice group. Cook’s practice focuses on intellectual property, contracting, mergers and acquisitions and overall business law advice as outside general counsel to a variety of businesses and individuals. He will lead a team of 16 lawyers working out of five offices in four states.
Dunn Carney announces Christopher L. Parnell and Jeffrey S. Perry have joined the firm as of counsel. Parnell’s practice focuses on bankruptcy and creditors’ rights. He has extensive experience representing creditors, trustees and business debtors on a wide range of bankruptcy and insolvency issues. Perry will practice tax and corporate law. He has an LL.M. from the University of Washington School of Law and more than 13 years of experience addressing clients’ business and tax objectives.
The Law Office of Eden Rose Brown announces that Joshua J. Lipps has joined the firm as an associate attorney. During law school, he clerked for the Clackamas County district attorney’s office and was an editor for the Willamette Journal of International Law & Dispute Resolution. Lipps brings prior business experience to the firm, with expertise in the areas of real estate, mortgages, title insurance and finance.
The members of Gardner, Honsowetz, Potter, Budge & Ford have formed a new firm under the name of Gardner, Potter, Budge, Spickard & Cascagnette. The firm is located at 725 Country Club Road, Eugene, OR 97401; phone: (541) 687-9001. Gregory E. Gill and Jennifer Reed Klingensmithhave joined the firm. Gill served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1999 through 2003 and was a hearings officer in the University of Oregon Office of Judicial Affairs during his second and third years of law school. Previously, Gill served as judicial clerk to the Hon. Karsten H. Rasmussen in Lane County Circuit Court and was an associate at the Eugene law firm of Arnold, Gallagher, Percell, Roberts & Potter. His practice focuses on business litigation, family law and criminal law. Reed previously was an associate attorney with the Dorsey & Whitney firm in Seattle, where she advised both public and private companies on general securities and business issues. She is a member of the Oregon and Washington state bars. Her practice focuses on business law and estate planning.
McKinley Irvin has added Annelisa Smith as an associate in the Portland office. Smith has litigation experience in domestic relations, juvenile dependency and paternity issues. Smith received her master’s degree and law degree from the University of Vermont, where she was a dean’s fellow. She is a member of the Multnomah County Bar Association and the OSB Family Law and Juvenile Law sections. She is also a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer program attorney and a member of Oregon Women Lawyers. Additionally, she is a member of the Oregon Academy of Family Law Practitioners and a volunteer legal assistant for Legal Aid Services of Multnomah County.
Perkins Coie announces that Julia Markley has been promoted to partner in the firm’s litigation group. Markley focuses her practice in the areas of complex business litigation, intellectual property litigation and federal and state appellate work. Markley has tried several cases to verdict and has argued numerous appeals and has helped clients resolve disputes involving trademark infringement, franchise, environmental and employment matters. In 2009, she co-founded the Oregon Asian Pacific American Bar Association (OAPABA), the first affiliate of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) in Oregon, and was elected OAPABA’s first president. Markley has served as a board member of OWLS and as a member of the executive committee of the OSB Diversity Section. Markley is also a member of the Lawyers’ Committee of the ACLU of Oregon and regularly handles civil rights and civil liberties litigation and appellate cases for the ACLU of Oregon on a pro bono basis.
Chris Criglow has been promoted to of counsel in Perkins Coie’s real estate and land use group. His practice is focused on real estate transactions and asset transactions involving real estate. He has represented a wide variety of clients in both simple and complex transactions involving the leasing, disposition, acquisition and financing of all types of real estate, including industrial, agricultural, timberlands, commercial/office and retail. He has served on the Public Affairs Committee for NAIOP, a trade association for developers, owners and investors in industrial, office and related commercial real estate.
Chris Garrett has been promoted to of counsel in the Perkins Coie commercial litigation group. Garrett has substantial experience in antitrust, intellectual property and employment law. In addition, he has extensive political law experience, frequently advising elected officials, candidates and organizations on issues relating to constitutional and election law.
The city of Wilsonville welcomes Barbara Jacobson as assistant city attorney. Prior to joining the city, she was a partner at K&L Gates (formerly Preston, Gates & Ellis) and senior assistant general counsel for the Port of Portland. Her legal practice has focused on complex commercial real estate and business transactions, government law, aviation law and labor and employment. Jacobson is admitted to practice in Oregon and Washington.
Kennedy Luvai has joined Zarian, Midgley & Johnson as an associate. Luvai has significant experience in matters involving Internet law, patents, trademarks and defamation. His practice will focus primarily on intellectual property litigation and commercial litigation. Luvai is a registered patent attorney who is also licensed to practice law in Oregon and Washington. Luvai previously was associated with Lindsay, Hart, Neil & Weigler.
Ambyr O’Donnell is now general counsel and corporate secretary of Tripwire Inc., a software company headquartered in Portland. She joined Tripwire in 2010 as director of legal affairs. O’Donnell entered the high-tech industry upon graduating from Lewis & Clark Law School, first serving as in-house counsel at Mentor Graphics, and later as in-house counsel to Coverity Inc., a software start-up headquartered in San Francisco. O’Donnell serves on Lewis & Clark Law School’s Board of Visitors and the OSB Corporate Counsel, Intellectual Property and Business Law sections’ executive committees.
Arnold, Gallagher, Percell, Roberts & Potter announces that Howard F. Feinman has joined the firm. Feinman has practiced in the Eugene community for more than 30 years. His practice will continue to emphasize estate planning and administration, all aspects of business law and real estate matters.
Experienced trial lawyer Renée Rothauge has joined Markowitz, Herbold, Glade & Mehlhaf in Portland as a shareholder. Rothauge will continue practicing intellectual property and business litigation. In addition, Chad Colton, a business litigator, joined the firm in March as an associate. Both Rothauge and Colton were formerly with Bullivant Houser Bailey. Rothauge is a well known and respected trial attorney with more than 20 years of experience in business and intellectual property disputes. Her cases include trademark, patent and copyright infringement, partnership and breach of contract disputes, unfair competition and noncompetition agreements. Colton is a commercial litigator who represents businesses and individuals in complex disputes. These include breach of contract, shareholder and partnership disputes, breach of fiduciary duty and other business cases. Colton also has experience in professional liability disputes involving corporate directors and officers, architects, engineers, accountants and attorneys.
Davis Wright Tremaine has added prominent employment lawyer Chrys Martin to its Portland office. She joins the firm as a partner and will focus on counseling and litigation in employment, labor and benefits issues for employers. Martin arrives from Bullivant Houser Bailey, where she spent the last 29 years advising and defending employers of all sizes. Her primary experience is managing complex litigation matters and daily advice and counseling for employers. In addition to an extensive record obtaining favorable verdicts and summary judgments, Martin led the litigation team in the then-largest investment manager fraud case in U.S. history. In addition to maintaining an active practice, Martin is involved in several professional and civic organizations. She is a current member and past general counsel of the Portland Human Resources Management Association, a fellow of the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel and a member of the International Foundation of Employee Benefits. She also serves as vice chair of the board of directors for Portland Center Stage.
Retired Clackamas County Circuit Court Judge Alan Jack of West Linn died Sept. 30, 2010. He was 77.
Alan R. Jack was born in Portland and grew up in West Linn. After graduating from West Linn High School in 1951, he attended Stanford University for two years before enlisting in the U.S. Army. He served from 1951 to 1955 as part of the occupied force in Germany and on the European Ski Patrol at Garmisch, Germany. Then he returned to Oregon and attended Willamette University, where he earned both his B.A. in political science and his law degree thereafter. In 1960, he joined his father, Glenn R Jack, at the law firm of Jack, Goodwin & Santos.
In 1981, he was appointed municipal court judge by the Oregon City Commission. Then in 1987 he was appointed district court judge for Clackamas County. In 1993, he became a circuit court judge, where he sat until his retirement in 2003.
He was active in the ABA and also chaired the Clackamas County Bar Association. In 2010, when the OSB honored him for his 50 years of service to the profession, he wrote that his career began in a small firm of good lawyers in a relatively small community. He remembered the bar association as “a cohesive unit of lawyers having mutual respect and great camaraderie, a quality the profession seems to have lost over the years…We had great judges and practicing law was not only a real privilege, but an extremely enjoyable experience. The integrity among the lawyers was an added bonus.”
His colleagues remember him not only for his honesty and fairness, but equally for his strength and determination. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Laurie, and their three children and one grandson.
Long-time Forest Grove lawyer and civic leader Bill Young died Jan. 21, 2011. He was 80.
James William Young was born Feb. 3, 1930, in Portland, and attended schools in Eugene, Oswego (now Lake Oswego) and Portland.
Upon graduation from Lincoln High School in 1948, he enrolled in the University of Oregon. Young was a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity and a ROTC student. He met Beverly Ostrum in his freshman year and shortly after graduating in 1952 they were married in Portland. In 1956, they moved to Forest Grove, which remained his home for more than 44 years.
While on active duty as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army, Young was assigned to the Judge Advocate’s Office of the Port of New Orleans, La., where he earned his military occupational specialty as a marine casualty investigating officer. That specialty later brought him to assignments in Sasebo, Japan, and the Pusan Major Port in Korea, which he left in 1954 for return to the U.S. upon the completion of his tour of duty.
Young entered the University of Oregon School of Law, graduating in 1956. He became a member of the Oregon State Bar in 1956 and began his law practice in Forest Grove, which he continued until his retirement in 1995. During his career, he also served as Forest Grove’s first municipal judge, a part-time post he held from 1960 to 1977. He became counsel to and a board member of the Forest Grove Community Hospital until its sale. Later, he was a member of the board of directors of Tuality Community Hospital and on the board and chair of the Tuality Community Hospital Foundation.
Young was a former member of the Forest Grove Kiwanis Club, served on the Forest Grove School Board for some years, was instrumental in building the Forest Grove Aquatic Center and was active in The Theatre in the Grove from its inception.
Young was preceded in death by his wife, Beverly C. Young, in 2003, after more than 51 years of marriage.
His constant companion since, Claire Enloe, provided care throughout his last illness and together they enjoyed many years of square dancing, being members of the Sunset Promenaders in Hillsboro and the Eager Beavers in Beaverton, which he also served as the group’s newsletter editor and as an active recruiter for the two groups. They also enjoyed travel, puzzle solving and card games. Young also enjoyed bicycling and woodworking.
Survivors include his two daughters, a son, two grandchildren and his companion, Claire.
John Schwabe, a World War II veteran and retired senior partner of Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, died Jan. 29, 2011, in Tucson, Ariz. He was 91.
John Leonard Schwabe was born Feb. 14, 1919, in Nowata, Okla. After graduating from Oklahoma State University as a Sigma Chi in pre-law, Schwabe enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps, completed Marine officer training and was commissioned as a second lieutenant. He married Jean Cooley and was sent into active duty in the South Pacific theater. There, Schwabe endured beach landings and the battles of Guadalcanal, Tarawa and Saipan. For his service, he was awarded a Silver Star, five Bronze Stars and a Presidential Citation for Valor.
Following his military service, Schwabe attended law school at Ohio State University, and in 1952 moved to Oregon, where he joined the firm that later became Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, one of Oregon’s largest law firms. Over the course of his career, he represented lumber, construction, manufacturing and insurance companies, banks, municipalities and individuals. Friends and colleagues remember him for his great generosity of spirit, earnest dedication to family and immense personal integrity.
Schwabe spent the last few years in the comfort of his Arizona home, enjoying time with his wife, children and grandchildren. He died peacefully at home, surrounded by his family.
He is survived by his wife, Jean, a sister, two daughters, a son, 10 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by another son, John Leonard Schwabe Jr. (To read more about Schwabe, photographs or post tributes, see www.johnlschwabe.com.)