Oregon State Bar Bulletin — JANUARY 2012
Bar People


Among Ourselves

Bill Joseph of Dunn Carney has been elected to a three-year term on the board of directors of the Home Builders Association of Metro Portland. In 2010, Joseph was honored as the organization’s associate of the year and he currently chairs its political action committee. Joseph is a litigation partner at Dunn Carney with a practice that focuses on business and civil disputes, including construction, real estate, products liability, contract, employment and tort cases.

Leaders in the business, banking and legal communities raised a record $180,000 at the sixth annual Taste for Justice in October to support St. Andrew Legal Clinic. More than 200 guests enjoyed a champagne reception, vintage wine, gourmet fare and a silent and live auction. Auctioneers included Matt Levin of Markowitz, Herbold, Glade & Mehlhaf, Albert Menashe of Gevurtz, Menashe, Paul Fortino from Perkins Coie, Chris Hermann from Stoel Rives, Dennis Rawlinson of Miller Nash, and Jay Sickler of Cogence Group. Top bidding law firms included Cosgrave Vergeer Kester ($16,500), Kent & Johnson ($11,125), and Markowitz, Herbold, Glade & Mehlhaf ($7,450).

Anne Talcott, a shareholder at Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, recently received the Richard H. Krochock Award from the Defense Research Institute. Talcott is deeply involved with DRI as a member and has held numerous leadership positions in the organization, most recently as chair of its 2011 annual meeting in Washington, D.C. Talcott was able to secure both President Bill Clinton and Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia as keynote speakers. Talcott, who focuses her practice on complex business and product liability litigation, defends a broad range of clients in business disputes, class actions, mass torts and automotive, pharmaceutical and medical device product liability litigation.

Stoel Rives has been honored with the 2011 Alfred P. Sloan Award for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility, part of the national When Work Works project. It recognizes employers of all sizes and types across the country that provide workplace flexibility, such as flextime, part-time work and compressed work weeks, while continuing to uphold service standards. The only Oregon law firm to receive the award, it will be recognized at an upcoming event hosted by Family Forward Oregon.

Carol Bernick of Davis Wright Tremaine has been inducted as a fellow by the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. Bernick, partner-in-charge at the firm’s Portland office, was inducted into the 2011 class of fellows at a gala dinner held at the Museum of Flight in Seattle. Earlier this year, Bernick was selected as Portland’s “Lawyer of the Year” for labor and employment litigation by U.S. News and Best Lawyers. Bernick is one of just eight Oregon attorneys representing management who are fellows of the college.

Bryan D. Kirkpatrick, partner at the law firm of Stolowitz Ford Cowger, is being inducted into the Council of Outstanding Early Career Engineers at Oregon State University. The awards are presented annually by Oregon State University to outstanding alumni in recognition of their contributions to the engineering profession. Kirkpatrick holds a B.S. in nuclear engineering and represents OSU as a special assistant attorney general in connection with the prosecution of patent applications directed to an advanced nuclear reactor design that was developed by the university’s nuclear engineering department.

Tonkon Torp business attorney Marco Materazzi has been elected to the board of the Peninsula Children’s Center, a provider of affordable childcare, education and family support programs in North and Northeast Portland. His practice covers a range of corporate and business matters, with a focus on corporate acquisitions and securities offerings. Prior to joining Tonkon Torp in 2010, he worked in London and Hong Kong for a large international law firm, where he represented corporate clients and investment banks.

Tonkon Torp business attorney Jackson Lewis has been elected to a three-year term as president of the board of directors of the Broadway Rose Theater Company, a not-for-profit musical theater company in Tigard. Lewis has served on the board since 2004. Lewis is a member of Tonkon Torp’s wealth planning practice group, where he advises high-net-worth clients on estate planning, estate administration and probate litigation. Prior to attending law school, Lewis worked in the film and publishing industries and he maintains a special interest in advising the creative professions.

David Ludwig, chair of Farleigh Wada Witt’s corporate practice group, has been elected to the board of directors for the Metropolitan Youth Symphony. Ludwig’s practice focuses on complex corporate and financing issues, and he brings more than 30 years of legal knowledge and experience to the MYS board.

Farleigh Wada Witt litigator Brad Stanford has been recertified with the National Board of Trial Advocacy. To qualify, lawyers must have extensive experience in their specialty and meet rigorous objective quality standards. Stanford has over 20 years of experience representing clients in general litigation, business litigation, products and premises liability and insurance defense.

Stoel Rives partner Richard (Dick) E. Alexander recently received a 2011 SIR Award from the Associated General Contractors, Oregon-Columbia chapter. The SIR Award — standing for fulfillment of the AGC’s three tenets of skill, integrity and responsibility — is the construction industry’s highest and most prestigious recognition. Recipients of the SIR Award are recognized for their contributions to the strength of the construction industry. Alexander was honored at the AGC’s annual gala dinner on November 12. Alexander represents many types of construction clients and has served as a lawyer in many significant, complex arbitrations and mediations, and as a mediator or arbitrator in a wide range of complex construction and design disputes, including highway and road projects, technology facilities, condominiums, other residential projects, power plants and commercial projects.

Arden J. Olson, partner at Harrang Long Gary Rudnick in Eugene, has been elected to the American Law Institute. Established in 1923, the institute promotes clarification and improvement of American common law.

Penny Harrison is the editor of a new collection of essays entitled Open Spaces: Voices from the Northwest. The collection includes Richard Benner, senior attorney for Metro, on land use law, Diarmuid F. O’Scannlain, federal appeals judge with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, on judicial activism, and Charles Wilkinson, distinguished professor of law, on water law. Copies are available at all major bookstores and online at Amazon in paperback and Kindle formats.

Lane Powell’s newly elected shareholder Jill R. Long was recently appointed to the board of directors for the Citizens’ Crime Commission, a nonprofit citizen organization associated with the Portland Business Alliance. She will join fellow board members in the complex fight against the root causes of crime by working with businesses, citizens, government officials, criminal justice professionals and lawmakers to make Oregon’s state and local agencies more successful and accountable. Long is a member of Lane Powell’s real estate and land use practice group.

Attorney Garvin Reiter, of the Law Offices of Nay & Friedenberg, has been recognized as a certified elder law attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation, the only organization approved by the American Bar Association to offer certification in the area of elder law. Reiter is the only attorney in Oregon to hold such a distinction. Reiter focuses his practice on estate planning, special needs and Medicaid planning, guardianships/conservatorships and probate. He presently serves on the boards of Parkinson’s Resources of Oregon and Metropolitan Senior Network.

Tonkon Torp energy and land use attorney David Petersen has been elected to a three-year term on the board of Solar Oregon, a nonprofit organization that encourages Oregonians to choose solar energy. Peterson co-chairs Tonkon Torp’s interdisciplinary energy practice group, which provides counsel to both renewable and traditional energy companies, government entities, manufacturers and operators. His practice is focused on renewable energy development, land use and local government law.

Stoel Rives partner Amy Edwards and associate P.K. Runkles-Pearson were honored at the Daily Journal of Commerce’s Up & Coming Lawyer awards ceremony in November, chosen by a panel as rising stars in the legal community. Edwards serves as co-chair for the Campaign for Equal Justice and board president of Emerge Oregon. She also has deep roots in the state’s political system, having served on U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley’s Judicial Selection Committee. Runkles-Pearson, an appellate lawyer, also represents managers and supervisors from businesses in employment disputes. She is a board member and cooperating attorney with the ACLU and serves on the ACLU’s Lawyers’ Committee. She also provides pro bono work for clients including a homeless shelter, a group working to oppose domestic violence, Planned Parenthood of the Columbia/Willamette, Basic Rights Oregon and the Portland Children’s Museum.

Liani Reeves and Peggy Nagae received national recognition for their contributions to Asian Pacific American attorneys at the recent convention of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association in Atlanta. Nagae received the 2011 Trailblazer Award, and Reeves was selected as one of the organization’s “Best Under 40.” Nagae, an attorney and independent consultant, served as the assistant dean for academic affairs at the University of Oregon School of Law and the affirmative action director at Northwestern School of Law at Lewis & Clark College. She helped found and served as president of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association and is the current co-chair of its leadership advisory council and diversity task force. Liani Reeves, chief legal adviser to Gov. John Kitzhaber, most recently served as deputy chief trial counsel for the Oregon Department of Justice. She also was staff attorney for the National Crime Victim Law Institute at Lewis & Clark Law School.

Greene & Markley partner Heather E. Harriman has been elected to the board of directors of the Portland Tax Forum, a nonprofit corporation that provides educational programs to attorneys, certified public accountants and other tax professionals. Harriman, who heads up the tax controversy group at Greene & Markley, focuses her practice on federal, state and local tax controversies, including tax litigation, tax audits and tax collection. She also handles general commercial matters involving bankruptcy, debtor-creditor issues, collection, business litigation and commercial real estate.

Miller Nash attorneys Kieran Curley and Valerie Sasaki were recognized as 2011 Oregon Up & Coming Lawyers by the Daily Journal of Commerce at a dinner honoring nominees in November. In recognizing the two attorneys, the newspaper called special attention to Curley’s litigation record, namely, his insurance recovery work for the Archdiocese of Portland, and Sasaki’s resume of client work and leadership in the area of tax.

Lane Powell ranked 26th among the top 50 law firms in marketing and business development, according to a nationwide survey conducted by ALM Media and published in Marketing the Law Firm newsletter. Firms across the country with more than 100 attorneys were judged on achievements in several key marketing and business development areas, including staffing, advertising, client service, communications/public relations and use of innovative technology.

Portland lawyer Chuck Tauman, who divides his practice between trial advocacy, political consulting and lobbying, has been elected to a three-year term on the Multnomah Bar Foundation board. He also serves the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland. For the last 13 years, his passion has been anti-tobacco advocacy, both in the courtroom as attorney for plaintiffs in suits against Philip Morris, and as president of the national Tobacco Trial Lawyers Association. He has worked with this group and as president of the Tobacco-Free Coalition of Oregon to change laws and public opinion toward tobacco use.

Gov. John Kitzhaber has appointed Peter Bragdon, senior vice president of legal and corporate affairs and general counsel for Columbia Sportswear Co., to a second four-year term on the Port of Portland Commission. Among other things, the commission oversees management of the Portland Airport, Hillsboro Airport, marine shipping terminals and industrial properties in the region.

Stoel Rives has been named one of the top 35 law firms in the nation for client service by the BTI Consulting Group, a provider of strategic research to law firms and corporate general counsel. The survey is based on evaluations performed by in-house counsel at Fortune 1000 and other companies of more than 650 law firms that serve large companies, ranking them on such attributes as high-level legal skills, client focus, anticipating client needs, providing value, dealing with unexpected changes, innovative approach, providing a breadth of legal services and understanding the client’s business. Stoel Rives ranked among the top five percent of all firms measured this year, receiving recognition as a member of BTI’s Client Service A-Team for the fourth consecutive year.

Oregon lawyers Bryan Churchill and Jamie Daigle, along with patent attorney John McCormack, have launched a small startup company, DC Mobile Design, using the services of Kickstarter.com to promote their invention of an iPad accessory called “The Clutch.” It functions as an ergonomic handle for holding the iPad during courtroom or other presentations and also is a universal iPad stand, good for typing, viewing documents and media, as well as video conferencing with remote clients and other lawyers. Kickstarter.com is a web-based company designed to assist entrepreneurs needing seed capital for launching creative projects. The Clutch product can be found at www.kickstarter.com/projects/revolve/clutch-ipad-case-system.

Moves

Michael J. Licurse has joined Wyse Kadish as of counsel. Licurse was previously with Powers, McCulloch & Bennett in Portland and worked in the financial services industry in New York for seven years prior to law school. He will continue to represent businesses and individuals in transactions and litigation in the areas of business law, real estate and trusts and estates. He received his J.D. from Willamette University School of Law in 2003.

Duncan B. Delano has joined Tonkon Torp as a new associate in the business department. His focus will be on natural resource and environmental issues. Delano earned his law degree from Lewis & Clark Law School, where he was symposium editor of the Environmental Law Review, a recipient of the Natural Resources Law Scholarship and a research assistant on the International Environmental Law Project, where he conducted research and compiled information for a forthcoming textbook on climate change law. Following his graduation from law school in 2010, Delano and his wife served as volunteers in a children’s nursery in Ecuador. Delano returned to the U.S. last spring for a clerkship with Judge Rebecca Duncan at the Oregon Court of Appeals.

Martin, Bischoff, Templeton, Langslet & Hoffman announces that Stephen P. Yoshida has become a partner in the firm. Yoshida is a 2004 graduate of the University of Oregon Law School. He will continue to concentrate his practice in the areas of civil litigation, product liability and insurance defense.

The law office of David Sugerman has moved. The practice is now located at 707 S.W. Washington St., Suite 600, Portland OR 97205. The other contact information is unchanged. Phone: (503) 228- 6474; fax: (503) 228-2556; email: contact@davidsugerman.com; website: www. davidsugerman.com.

Troy G. Sexton has joined Motschenbacher & Blattner as an associate. Sexton earned his J.D. from Lewis & Clark Law School and is a recent admittee to the Oregon State Bar. His practice areas include business transactions, litigation and bankruptcy.

Lane Powell announces that three attorneys in its Portland office have been elected to shareholder, effective Jan. 1. Julie M. Engbloom has an active litigation practice focusing on complex civil and corporate matters. She concentrates on regulatory compliance and securities and banking-related litigation. Engbloom received her J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School. Jill R. Long focuses her practice on land use and real estate, with a focus on obtaining land use entitlements for retailers, developers and property owners. She has successfully obtained entitlements for a broad range of clients, from national retailers to local family-owned shopping center developers. Long received her J.D. from Lewis and Clark Law School. Parna A. Mehrbani practices all aspects of intellectual property law, including managing the firm’s trademark clearance, registration and enforcement practice, copyright, right of publicity, trade secret, licensing, Internet and e-commerce, all manner of intellectual property contracting, and litigation. Mehrbani received her J.D. from Lewis & Clark Law School.

Jennifer Middleton has joined the litigation team at Johnson, Johnson, Larson & Schaller. She is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Yale University, and a former civil rights litigator at the ACLU national headquarters in New York. Since 2004, she has represented individuals and organizations in employment matters involving wrongful terminations, disability rights, sexual harassment and civil rights. She can be reached at 975 Oak St., Suite 1050, Eugene, OR 97401; phone: (541) 484-2434; or email: jmiddleton@jjlslaw.com.

Kelly D. Morgan has joined Hershner Hunter in Eugene. After working for the Washington State Department of Revenue, she attended the University of Oregon School of Law, where she was active in the Center for Law and Entrepreneurship. Her primary focus will be in the creditors’ rights practice group.

Ater Wynne has added two new associates in the Portland office. Jeff Peterson is a new associate in the litigation group. He will focus his practice on business litigation and will assist clients regarding employment defense. Peterson graduated from Stanford Law School, where he received the John Hart Ely Prize for his outstanding performance in the course of family law. Vivian W. Chen is an associate in the business department on a range of client business goals including entity structure and formation, securities law compliance, strategic partnering, mergers and acquisitions, venture capital and other equity financing. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley (Boalt Hall) School of Law and is fluent in Mandarin.

Sussman Shank welcomes Petar M. Klaetsch to the firm as an associate. Klaetsch was a summer associate at Sussman Shank in 2010, gaining experience on cases involving business litigation, business formation, and creditor and debtor rights. To his background in intellectual property and organizational consulting he adds previous professional experience in operations and project management. He earned his J.D. from the University of Oregon School of Law.

Lydia M. Godfrey announces that the name of her solo firm has changed from Godfrey Law to Oregon Pet Lawyer, effective Nov. 1. The new name reflects Godfrey’s shift from a general practice to an estate planning/probate practice emphasizing pet trusts. Her office telephone number remains (503) 246-1516. Her new fax number is (503) 790-9000; new mailing address is 9220 S.W. Barbur Blvd., Suite 119-304, Portland, OR 97219; new email address is Lydia@oregonpetlawyer.com; and new website is oregonpetlawyer.com.

Senior Assistant Attorney General Lucille Salmony recently transferred to the Oregon Department of Justice’s financial fraud/consumer protection unit. A 1990 graduate of the University of Oregon School of Law, Salmony served as a staff attorney to the Oregon Court of Appeals before joining the Oregon Department of Justice in 2004. Her prior caseload in the trial division (criminal and collateral remedies/post-conviction relief litigation unit) has been assumed by Assistant Attorney General Laura Cadiz.

Cosgrave Vergeer Kester has relocated to Pioneer Tower at 888 SW Fifth Avenue in Portland. The move follows a period of growth as the firm has continued to diversify its law practice. “As we expanded the scope of our practice to better serve clients, we simply outgrew our old office space,” says Managing Partner Jill Laney. The firm leased additional square footage in its previous building, but had to split up its personnel on noncontiguous floors. The move reunites the firm’s 36 attorneys and other staff. Also, the firm has redesigned its logo and will launch a new website, www.cosgravelaw.com.

Lawson Fite has joined Markowitz, Herbold, Glade & Mehlhaf as an associate. His practice will focus on business litigation. Fite previously was a trial attorney for the wildlife and marine resources section of the U.S. Department of Justice, Environmental and Natural Resources Division, in Washington, D.C. While at the Department of Justice, he represented the United States in federal civil litigation on wildlife and fisheries laws. Fite has represented a wide range of federal agencies, from the Navy to the Small Business Administration, and litigated protection issues over species from cave bugs to ice seals.

Jon Norling has joined Vestas, supplier of high-tech wind power systems, in its legal and contracting department as corporate counsel. He has served as vice president and general counsel of Columbia Energy Partners, shareholder and chair of the energy practice group of Lane Powell and partner in Lovinger Norling Kaufmann. He also has taught climate change and renewable energy law at Lewis & Clark Law School.

Deborah M. Butler has joined Armstrong Bankruptcy Law Offices as an associate. Butler is a recent graduate of the University of Oregon School of Law, and is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute and the Oregon Minority Lawyers Association. She previously worked as a member of the firm’s support and research staff. Her practice will focus on consumer bankruptcy and debtor issues, and she will assist clients in the firm’s Eugene, Corvallis and Roseburg offices. She can be reached at (541) 683-6652 or dmb@armstrongbankruptcy.com.

After almost 28 years with the Professional Liability Fund, Bill Kwitman is retiring at the end of January. He is proud to have been part of the PLF, serving both the bar and the public, and to have watched the PLF and its programs grow. Since he does not golf, Kwitman plans to stay busy as co-president of his synagogue, Havurah Shalom, and with his newfound spare time plans to be a volunteer lawyer with the Senior Law Project and do lots of hands-on grand parenting. Of course, he will continue to travel the world in search of new adventures.

Tonkon Torp has elected Drew Hagedorn and Michael Millender to the partnership, effective Jan 1. Hagedorn is a member of the firm’s government relations and public policy practice group. A long-time public affairs professional, he offers comprehensive government affairs services for Tonkon Torp clients at the state, local and regulatory levels. Hagedorn represents multiple Fortune 500 companies and key industry sectors ranging from commercial construction to hospitals, Oregon’s public universities, broadcast and telecommunications companies, automakers and various nonprofit industry associations. Millender’s practice focuses on tax and employee benefits matters. A member of the firm’s taxation practice group, he represents corporations, partnerships and limited liability corporations in federal, state and local tax matters and the structuring of business transactions. Millender is also a member of the firm’s executive compensation and employee benefits practice group, where he counsels clients on retirement, fringe benefit and equity-based plans, and represents clients in tax and benefits disputes with the IRS and other authorities.


In Memoriam

Seattle lawyer Ted Preg died Oct. 22, 2011 from metastatic pancreatic cancer. He was 66.

Theodore L. Preg was born July 21, 1945 in Buffalo, N.Y., and grew up in the farming community of Clarence Center, N.Y. He graduated from Dartmouth College 1967 with a degree in economics and served as a line officer in the Navy during the Vietnam War. That service brought him to Seattle, where he met his wife, Nancy, on a blind date. They were married 1971 and lived in northeast Seattle for the most of his life.

After graduating from the University of Oregon School of Law in 1974, he spent two years in Washington D.C., as a trial attorney for the U.S. Justice Department, after which he moved into private practice. He started in the Seattle legal community in 1976 with Oles, Morrison & Rinker, where he was a partner until 1996. He then became a founding member of Preg, O’Donnell & Gillett. His legal practice focused primarily on defense of liability matters. He was chosen for several years by his peers as a “Super Lawyer,” and was awarded the highest possible ranking by Martindale. He mentored many lawyers, developed a very wide circle of professional friends, and was known to be a true gentlemen in the legal community.

He loved watching birds, ducks and seals, kayaking, biking and taking his dogs for walks. Most of all, he loved to play golf, testing his skills in Scotland, Ireland and at many courses across the United States with his buddies from law school. He loved watching sports, English Premier soccer, golf and college football, in particular. He loved having fun with Husky fans by rooting for his favorite Ducks.

Survivors include his wife, Nancy, a son and a daughter and two brothers.

 

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