Oregon State Bar Bulletin — OCTOBER 2011
Bar People


Among Ourselves

Kathryn Smith Root has been named vice chair of the International Law Committee of the ABA Section of Family Law for the year 2011-2012, starting Aug. 1. Root is the partner in charge at the Portland office of McKinley Irvin.

Peter Heuser, a shareholder in the Portland office of Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, recently joined the board of directors of Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette, a nonprofit family planning and reproductive rights organization in Oregon and southwest Washington. Heuser focuses his practice in the areas of patent prosecution and litigation of patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret and cybersquatting matters.

Miller Nash partner Chris Helmer was recently elected chair of the board of trustees for the Oregon College of Art and Craft, which recently concluded a capital campaign that resulted in a new building for classes as well as student thesis studios. Helmer leads her firm’s international team in transactional and dispute resolution work involving foreign country businesses and individuals, and acts as the firm’s recruiting partner.

Marc D. Brown, a deputy public defender with the Office of Public Defense Services, is the author of a recently published article, “Building an Alternative: People’s Food Cooperative in Southeast Portland,” published in the Fall 2011issue of Oregon Historical Quarterly. The article traces the history of a southeast Portland neighborhood and the countercultural movement of 1970s Portland through the history of People’s Food Cooperative.

Portland lawyer Rich Rogers, partner in the Portland firm of Rogers & Black, was honored this summer with the Dan Cullan Memorial Award from the Birth Trauma Litigation Group of the American Association for Justice (AAJ). The award is presented each year to a plaintiff’s attorney recognizing his advocacy for children who have suffered traumatic injuries at birth. Rogers has successfully represented numerous children and their families in birth trauma cases involving catastrophic neurologic injury and cerebral palsy. Rogers has been a member of the national Birth Trauma Litigation Group since it was formed in 1991. He is a former co-chair and served in the group with the late Dan Cullan, a nationally known physician and trial advocate for children injured by medical negligence and dangerous products.

Bradley Maier, seniorcounsel in Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt’s Portland office, recently joined the board of trustees of Oregon Ballet Theatre. Maier focuses his practice in the area of immigration and customs law compliance and has more than 15 years of experience in the field. He is a recent graduate of the Art Leadership Program, hosted by Oregon’s Business for Culture and the Arts.

Jill R. Long, counsel to the firm at Lane Powell, was recently named a board member of the Third Rail Repertory Theatre, a permanent ensemble active in Portland since 2003. Long is actively involved in Portland’s arts community, including currently serving on the executive committee of Oregon Children’s Theatre, and as former chair of the board of directors. Long is a member of Lane Powell’s real estate and land use practice group, where she focuses her practice on obtaining land use entitlements for retailers, developers and property owners.

Lane Powell Attorney Masa Yamaguchi was recently elected to the Japan-America Society of Oregon’s board of directors. Yamaguchi is also an active member of the Oregon Asian Pacific American Bar Association and Oregon’s Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce. JASO is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting business, education and cultural exchange. Its mission is to enhance a mutual understanding among the people of Japan, Oregon and Southwest Washington.

David Slader, who retired from the law to “follow his dream (fantasy?)” to be a painter, will be the featured artist in November at Gallery903 in Portland. An artist’s reception is planned on Nov. 2 (the eve of “First Thursday”) from 6 to 9 p.m. First Thursday is the next day, but the walls “will probably be bare by then,” Slader predicts. Friends, colleagues and adversaries are invited to see his work and hear him gloat about the pleasures of retirement. Ten percent of the show’s proceeds will support the Children’s Healing Art Project (CHAP), which provides opportunities for children in Portland hospitals to express themselves through art. Slader says even if you have no use for him or couldn’t care less about his paintings, at least come to see the exhibit of the children’s work. “You can then write CHAP a nice big check and go home feeling good about yourself.” The gallery is located at 903 N.W. Davis St. in Portland’s Pearl District. View his work online at davidslader.com.

Bullivant Houser Bailey shareholder Laura Caldera Taylor has been elected to a two-year term on the board of directors for the National Conference of Women’s Bar Associations, an organization of women’s bar associations representing approximately 35,000 women lawyers. Taylor served as president of Oregon Women Lawyers, an NCWBA member organization, in 2008-09. She had previously served in various leadership roles with OWLs, including serving as a board member (2005-09), president of the OWLs Foundation (2004-05) as a foundation board member (2000-05).

Robert E. Maloney, shareholder and litigation practice group member at Lane Powell, was recently appointed by the Oregon Association of Defense Counsel to serve as the judicial liaison for Oregon to the Defense Research Institute (DRI) National Judicial Task Force. Task force representatives throughout the country provide recommendations on how DRI can assist in maintaining an independent judicial system.

Portland attorney Rob Kline of Kline Law Offices has been elected to the board of governors of the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association. Kline’s practice emphasizes plaintiffs’ personal injury law.

Loren Podwill, a shareholder in the Portland office of Bullivant Houser Bailey, been elected to a three-year term on the ABA Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section Council. Podwill’s service will continue until 2014. He has served on several ABA committees and councils, including: vice chair of Business Litigation Committee; past chair and current member of the Law in Public Service Committee; and as a member on Strategic Alliance Committee.

The Washington County Bar Association awarded its 2011 Professionalism Award to Aloha lawyer Pamela E. Yee at its recent year-end meeting. All members of the 350-member local bar may make nominations, and the board makes the final selection.

Suzanne Rowe, director of the Legal Research and Writing Program and the James L. and Irene R. Hershner Professor at the University of Oregon School of Law, has been named the 2012 recipient of the Thomas F. Blackwell Memorial Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Legal Writing. The award was made jointly by the Association of Legal Writing Directors and the Legal Writing Institute. The Thomas Blackwell Award recognizes a person who has made an outstanding contribution to the field of legal writing by demonstrating an ability to nurture and motivate students, an ability to create and integrate new teaching ideas, and a willingness to help other legal writing educators improve their programs. Rowe is the author of five books on legal research, and she is the editor of the Legal Research Series published by Carolina Academic Press. Rowe writes a monthly column, “The Legal Writer,” in the Bulletin, which takes a fresh look at writing problems. Rowe has held major positions in the most prestigious legal writing organizations. She has served on the board of directors of both the Association of Legal Writing Directors (2001-2004) and the Legal Writing Institute (2006-2010). She is a past-chair of the Association of American Law Schools Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning and Research, and she just completed a term as chair of the ABA’s Communication Skills Committee.

Joshua Kadish, partner at Wyse Kadish, is the 2011 recipient of the Sidney Lezak Award for Excellence in Alternative Dispute Resolution. The award, given by the Oregon State Bar’s ADR Section, recognizes his role in developing the field of mediation in Oregon over the past 30 years. Kadish began mediating as part of his family and estate planning practice in 1983, has written the OSB’s standard reference articles on family mediation, prenuptial agreements and marital settlement agreements, and has taught mediation and negotiation at Northwestern School of Law as an adjunct professor for more than 20 years. He is a past director of the Oregon Mediation Association, former chair of the OSB ADR section, and has been instrumental in developing the Multnomah County Circuit Court probate mediation program.

The Deschutes Co- unty Bar Association has elected officers for 2011-12: Andrea Malone, president; Peter Christoff, vice pre-sident; Danielle Lor- di, secretary; Meg- han Warning (pictured), treasurer; and Ken Goodin (pictured), immediate past president. Malone is a staff attorney for Legal Aid in the Central Oregon office. Christoff is an associate attorney with Bryant, Lovlien & Jarvis in Bend. Lordi is a staff attorney for Legal Aid in the Central Oregon office. Warning and Goodin are associate attorneys with Stahancyk, Kent & Hook in Bend. Visit www.deschutesbar.org for additional information the Deschutes bar’s upcoming CLE and other events.

Moves

Karen E. Hobson has joined Williams Kastner as an associate in the Portland office. Her practice will focus on business transactions, estate planning and tax planning. She has experience with pre-formation planning, entity formation, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions and contractual interpretation issues. In addition, she also advises on ERISA and employment issues. She previously was an associate at Bullivant Houser Bailey.

Former deputy executive director and general counsel of the Oregon State Bar George A. Riemer has been appointed executive director of the Arizona Commission on Judicial Conduct. In conjunction with his duties on behalf of the commission, Riemer also serves as staff director of the Arizona Supreme Court’s Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee.

Blair Townsend has joined Michael Wise & Associates as an associate. Townsend is admitted in both Oregon and Texas. She is a member of the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association, Multnomah Bar Association, Oregon Women Lawyers and Friends of the Columbia Gorge. You can reach her at 806 S.W. Broadway, Suite 800, Portland, OR 97205; phone: (503) 224-8422; fax: (503) 546-2200; email: btownsend@wiseattorneys.com.

Troutman Sanders has expanded its Portland office. Jasmine C. Hites has joined the firm’s energy practice group as an associate. She is a 2010 University of Oregon Law School graduate. Scott M. Rickard has joined the firm’s energy practice group as of counsel. He has a bachelor’s degree in geology from Lawrence University, and a J.D., with a certificate in business law, from Willamette University, where he was the managing editor of Willamette Law Review. Kimberly A. Medford has joined the project development & finance, energy and securities & corporate practice groups as of counsel. The Willamette University law graduate is admitted to practice in Oregon and Washington.

Hinshaw & Culbertson has promoted associate Dayna E. Underhill to partnership, effective July 1. Underhill advises lawyers, law firms and corporate in-house lawyers on legal ethics, risk management and professional responsibility topics. She also handles commercial litigation and labor and employment law matters. In 2010, the Washington State Bar Board of Governors appointed Underhill for a two-year term on the Disciplinary Advisory Roundtable, the only respondents’ counsel to be appointed. She is a member of the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers, Multnomah Bar Association, the OSB Securities and Labor and Employment Law Sections and Oregon Women Lawyers. She is also admitted to the Washington bar.

Energy attorney Justin Boose has joined Troutman Sanders in New York City. His practice focuses on renewable energy project finance and development matters on behalf of financial institutions, regulated utilities and project developers. He formerly worked at Stoel Rives in Portland and King & Spalding and Axiom Legal in New York.

Dunn, Carney, Allen, Higgins & Tongue announces the formation of an environmental law team, led by partner Elizabeth E. Howard (pictured). She has been working on environmental matters for the past 10 years, helping clients through real estate and business transactions and with state and federal regulatory actions. Brian R. Talcott, Jack D. Hoffman and Kate L. Moore were also named to the team. Talcott focuses on insurance coverage matters related to environmental claims, Hoffman is a litigator with expertise in cost recovery. Moore advises clients on matters regarding environmental compliance, environmental liabilities in property transactions, environmental cleanup and cost recovery.

The Eugene firm of Johnson, Clifton, Larson & Schaller is changing its name to Johnson, Johnson, Larson & Schaller. Jay Clifton, a shareholder since 1982, has elected to become of counsel to the firm; Derek Johnson’s name has been added. Shareholders in the firm remain Art Johnson, Derek Johnson, Rick Larson, Doug Schaller, Jay Clifton, Michele Smith and Scott Lucas. Associate attorneys in the firm are Gloria Trainor and Keith Semple. The firm represents clients in cases involving wrongful death, bodily injury, violation of civil rights, economic and property loss and workers’ compensation. Larson and Clifton continue to specialize in business, real estate, tax and estate planning matters.

Frank C. Gibson, shareholder in the law firm of Hutch- inson, Cox, Coons, DuPriest, Orr & Sherlock, has been elected president and managing shareholder of the firm. Gibson, a past president of the Lane County Bar Association, will continue his law practice focusing on business and real estate matters, civil litigation and mediation for divorce and business related matters. He can be reached at (541) 686-9160.

Stoll Berne has added Andrew Davis to its team of attorneys in the firm’s real estate practice. Davis, who previously worked for more than a decade at Stoel Rives, advises clients on a variety of real estate-related transactions, including purchase and sale, development, investment, leasing, financing, management and ownership of commercial properties. Davis spent six years before law school in the real estate brokerage and development industry.

Knowledge Universe-United States welcomes Marc Alifanz, associate counsel, employment, to the legal team at the company’s national support center in Portland. Alifanz will manage employment litigation and provide legal advice to other departments and managers on employment law issues. Alifanz previously worked in the labor and employment group at Stoel Rives in Portland, representing a variety of clients in employment litigation and advised clients on employment best practices. He also presented seminars on employment law topics to the human resources community.

Miller Nash announces the addition of attorney Elizabeth Tedesco Milesnick to the firm’s Portland office. Milesnick previously was with Stoll Berne, and before that with Kolisch Hartwell. Milesnick’s nine-year legal career has emphasized intellectual property litigation, particularly patent and trademark infringement. Recognizing her knowledge and skill in the area, the University of Oregon School of Law appointed Milesnick in 2008 as an adjunct instructor to teach patent law and policy.

Jordan Ramis announced that attorneys Russell Garrett and John Bachofner have joined the firm, effective Aug. 16. They were previously with Bullivant Houser Bailey in Vancouver. Garrett is a bankruptcy lawyer with more than 23 years of experience handling bankruptcy and creditors’ rights, commercial litigation, real estate and general business. He was formerly the shareholder-in-charge of Bullivant Houser Bailey’s Vancouver office; he joins Jordan Ramis as a shareholder. Bachofner’s practice focuses on insurance coverage and litigation, products liability, business, creditors’ rights and bankruptcy. He joins Jordan Ramis as a shareholder. He has been practicing since 1988 and has an AV rating by Martindale-Hubbell.

Landerholm, Memovich, Lansverk & Whitesides has announced its new name: Landerholm. The Vancouver firm recently enhanced its website with a new look; see www.landerholm.com. In August, Irwin C. Landerholm, retired founding member, celebrated his 60th anniversary with the firm, surrounded by his work friends and family. The firm was founded in 1948.

Gevurtz, Menashe, Larson & Howe has added Robert Demary as a shareholder. Demary returns to the firm after spending the past 17 years as a sole practitioner in Lake Oswego. He will continue his family law practice handling divorce, custody and support cases.

The Zupancic Rathbone Law Group of Lake Oswego has signed a new lease that will triple its current space. The new 7,000 square-foot space will be located nearby in the Kruse Way corridor at 4949 S.W. Meadows Road.

Gevurtz, Menashe, Larson & Howe has added Tiffany J. Jensen as an associate. Jensen will handle family law matters in Oregon, Washington and Idaho. She received her J.D. from the University of Idaho School of Law.

Erin Hauck has joined the Law Offices of Nay & Friedenberg as an associate. Previously she clerked for the Hon. Thomas J. Rastetter of the Clackamas County Circuit Court. Her practice will focus on guardianships, conservatorships and probate matters.

Gloria Roy has been appointed county counsel by the Marion County Board of Commissioners. She has been an assistant legal counsel at Marion County since 1995 and was an assistant legal counsel in Josephine County for five years prior to joining Marion County. Roy will serve as the county’s chief legal adviser and will oversee the office responsible for all civil litigation, administrative proceedings and enforcement actions.

Garvey Schubert Barer announces that litigators Gary I. Grenley and Paul H. Trinchero have joined the Portland office. Grenley joins as an owner, following 35 years in private practice. Trinchero is a senior-level associate who has practiced with Grenley for more than a decade. Grenley focuses on the prevention, resolution, arbitration and litigation of business and commercial disputes, with special emphasis on securities, real estate, antitrust, financing, trade regulation and other complex business-related matters. Grenley has chaired the OSB Antitrust and Trade Regulation Section and served on a number of other section executive committees. He also chaired the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee of the Oregon chapter of the Federal Bar Association and the Business Litigation Section of the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association. Trinchero represents clients in litigation related to securities laws, real estate disputes, legal and accounting malpractice and intellectual property and other commercial disputes in federal and state court and in private arbitrations. Trinchero is chair of the OSB Securities Regulations Section and co-chair of OTLA’s Business Litigation Section.


In Memoriam

Roger Todd died May 19, 2011, in North Bend of age-related causes. He was 85.

Roger B. Todd was born May 21, 1925, in Bowdle, S.D. His family moved to Dayton when Roger was 9. He graduated from Dayton High School in 1943, and immediately joined the U.S. Army. He served in the infantry in the European Theater. His squad was captured by the German army in 1944. The camp was overrun by the Russian army and the prisoners were liberated in 1945.

After his discharge from the service in 1945, he enrolled in Willamette University in Salem. He married Joan Lawrence in 1947. When he finished law school in 1950, they came to North Bend and he practiced law with Ben Flaxel for 35 years, retiring in 1986.

Todd enjoyed many outdoor sports and taught his sons to enjoy them also. Together they hunted, fished and attended many trap shoots.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Joan, a son, three sisters and three grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and another son.

 

Robert (Bob) Flug died in a Portland hospice July 7, 2011. He was 66.

Robert Kenneth Flug was born May 19, 1945, in Brooklyn, N.Y. He was a graduate of Tufts University and Lewis & Clark Law School. He served in the Peace Corps in Costa Rica and later worked for presidential candidate Robert Kennedy. His favorite job was running knitting machines at a mill in New Jersey. Flug helped develop two cable access stations: Bridgeton Vision in New Jersey and TVAP in Portland. He worked for OPB television while attending law school. His love for Camp Wigwam in Maine, where he spent his childhood summers, was well known.

Flug worked for Legal Aid Services of Oregon, serving farm workers as a staff attorney in Hillsboro, and filling in when needed in Pendleton, Albany, McMinnville and Portland. He was instrumental in launching the Legal Aid website. For the past 10 years, he worked as a volunteer to promote safer cook stoves, serving on a standards panel for ANSI. For more information about Flug, and a planned memorial, see www.rkfgathering.com.

He is survived by his longtime close friend, Leslea Smith, and many nieces, nephews.

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