Oregon State Bar Bulletin — FEBRUARY/MARCH 2013



Bar Actions



Discipline


Note: More than 14,000 persons are eligible to practice law in Oregon. Some of them share the same name or similar names. All discipline reports should be read carefully for names, addresses and bar numbers.

STEVEN L. DALTON
OSB #015300
Lake Oswego
Form B resignation

On Nov. 21, 2012, the Oregon Supreme Court accepted the Form B resignation of Lake Oswego attorney Steven Dalton. At the time of the resignation, the State Professional Responsibility Board had authorized a formal disciplinary proceeding against Dalton on the following charges: RPC 1.3 (neglect of a legal matter); RPC 1.4(a) (failure to adequately communicate with client); and RPC 8.4(a)(3) (conduct involving dishonesty).

These allegations concerned Dalton’s handling of settlement funds belonging to a personal injury client. After the case settled in 2010, Dalton retained some of the funds to pay the client’s outstanding medical bills. However, the bar alleged that Dalton instead converted the funds to his own personal use.

Dalton’s resignation was effective immediately. In the resignation, he stated that all client files have been returned to clients or their new counsel.

DANIEL W. GOFF
OSB #721018
Eugene
Form B resignation

Effective Dec. 13, 2012, the Oregon Supreme Court accepted the Form B resignation of Eugene lawyer Daniel W. Goff. At the time of resignation, the bar was investigating a complaint against Goff alleging that he failed to provide competent representation, neglected a legal matter, charged or collected a clearly excessive fee and engaged in an improper conflict of interest.

Goff was admitted to practice in 1972. He had been suspended from the practice of law since August 13, 2012, as a result of a prior disciplinary proceeding. His resignation recited that all client files and records have been or will be placed promptly in the custody of Eugene lawyer Larry Gildea.

CHARLES L. LISLE
OSB #860646
McMinnville
Form B resignation

On Dec. 13, 2012, the Oregon Supreme Court accepted the Form B resignation of McMinnville lawyer Charles L. Lisle. At the time of the resignation, Lisle was the subject of a formal disciplinary proceeding and a pending investigation. The proceeding alleged that Lisle failed to file with the Oregon State Bar an annual IOLTA certification for 2011 (RPC 1.15-2(m)) and failed to respond to inquiries from the bar in the IOLTA matter and in three other client matters (RPC 8.1(a)(2)). In a separate investigation, the bar was looking into allegations that in three client matters Lisle may have neglected a legal matter entrusted to him (RPC 1.3), inadequately communicated with his clients (RPC 1.4(a)) and failed to promptly deliver client property (RPC 1.15-1 (d)).

Lisle had been a member of the bar since 1986. In the resignation, the Yamhill County Defender’s Office was named as the entity that took custody of Lisle’s criminal defense client files.

SUSAN C. STEVES
OSB #954282
Bend
One-year suspension

On Dec.13, 2012, the Oregon Supreme Court accepted a stipulation for discipline suspending Bend lawyer Susan C. Steves for one year, effective Dec. 15, 2012, for violating RPC 1.3 (neglect), RPC 1.4(a) (failing to communicate), RPC 1.5(a) (charging and collecting an excessive fee), RPC 1.15-1(d) (failing to promptly account), RPC 8.1(a)(2) (failing to respond to the bar) and RPC 8.4(a)(2) (illegal conduct).

In one matter, Steves represented a family law client. At a hearing, the court granted to the client most of what she had requested and instructed Steves to prepare and submit a proposed order. Steves took some steps to pursue the matter, but never submitted a proposed order to the opposing lawyer or the court.

In a second family law matter, Steves represented a client at trial, and among other things, the court granted custody of a minor child to Steves’ client. The court instructed Steves to prepare and submit a proposed judgment. Steves spent some time preparing a judgment, but took no further action until more than six months later when her client discovered that the court intended to dismiss the matter because no judgment had been submitted. After the client informed Steves about the pending dismissal, Steves submitted a proposed judgment, which the court signed. Steves also failed to respond to the client’s repeated requests for a copy of the judgment and an accounting.

In a third family law matter, Steves represented a client at a hearing where the opposing party agreed to a counseling and reunification plan between Steves’ client and one of his children. As part of the reunification plan, the client was to have parenting time with his child during the upcoming holiday season. The court instructed Steves to prepare and submit a proposed judgment. Steves prepared a proposed order, but otherwise failed to pursue the matter and the client did not have parenting time with his child during the holiday season. Steves also charged and collected from the client twice for the same legal services.

In a fourth matter, for the years 2004 through 2007, Steves failed to timely file her federal income tax returns and failed to pay the federal income tax due. Steves also knowingly failed to respond to the bar.

C. WILLIAM REHM
OSB #793541
Seattle, Wash.
Reprimand

By order dated Dec. 27, 2012, the Oregon Supreme Court publicly reprimanded C. William Rehm in a reciprocal discipline matter that arose after Rehm was disciplined by a Washington State Bar Disciplinary Board review committee.

Rehm represented the personal representative (PR) of a decedent’s estate. In April 2010, Rehm deposited $10,000 into trust to pay the PR’s fee and his own legal fees for closing the estate. However, Rehm took no further action until October 2011, when he transferred the funds to another lawyer to complete the probate. During that 17-month period, Rehm failed to respond to his client’s requests for information, to take steps to complete the probate and to account to his client for the funds. In reciprocal discipline matters, the court analyzes the attorney’s conduct under Oregon’s rules and statutes. The bar submitted that Rehm’s conduct constituted neglect of a legal matter (RPC 1.3), failure to comply with a client’s reasonable request for information (RPC 1.4(a)) and failure to promptly deliver funds the client is entitled to receive and promptly render an accounting upon request (RPC 1.15-1(d)).

KAREN E. READ
OSB #953900
Portland
Disbarred

Effective Jan. 5, 2013, the disciplinary board disbarred Portland lawyer Karen E. Read.

Read was found to have committed ethical misconduct in 10 different matters. In addition to a pattern of failing to respond to disciplinary inquiries, in violation of RPC 8.1(a)(2), she was found to have violated, in one or more matters the following: RPC 1.1 (lack of competence); RPC 1.3 (neglect of a legal matter); RPC 1.4(a) (failure to communicate with a client); RPC 1.15-1(d) (failure to account for or deliver property of another); RPC 1.16(a)(2) (failure to withdraw when required to do so by physical or mental impairment); RPC 1.16(c) (failure to properly withdraw from representation); RPC 1.16(d) (failure to take reasonable steps to protect client upon termination of representation); RPC 3.3(a)(1) (false statement to a tribunal); RPC 8.4(a)(3) (dishonesty or misrepresentation); and RPC 8.4(a)(4) (conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice). Read had no prior disciplinary history.



Applications


The following have applied for admission under the reciprocity, house counsel or law teacher rules. The Board of Bar Examiners requests that members examine this list and bring to the board’s attention in a signed letter any information that might influence the board in considering the moral character of any applicant for admission. Send correspondence to Admissions Director, Oregon State Board of Bar Examiners, P.O. Box 231935, Tigard, OR 97281.

Reciprocity: Joseph Casey Allison; Yvette M. Alex-Assensoh; Brian A Caufield; Bryan Patrick Coluccio; Noelle Elyce Dwarzski; Tiffiny Collette Evans; Kenan Larry Farrell; John Scott Gleason; Gabriel L. Goddard; Lauren Davidson Humphreys; Robert Howard Klonoff; Robin Danean Korte; Brian Joseph Meenaghan; Daniel Joseph Oates; Christine Louise Olson; Kalah Anne Paisley; Lindsey E. Malone Pfugrath; Angela Rene Ramos; Rachel Tallon Reynolds; Jason David Specht; Ryan Max Springer; James Clive Strong; Scott Woodard Stevenson; Bonner Charles Walsh; Michael John Wietecki; and Amy Kathryn Wymore.

In-House Counsel: Hilary Karen Krane.

Notice of Reinstatement Application
The following attorneys have filed an application for reinstatement as an active member of the Oregon State Bar pursuant to Rule of Procedure (BR) 8.1:

Mark L. Runnels of Klamath Falls, #803666. Mark Runnels seeks reinstatement following administrative and disciplinary suspensions occurring in 2008. See, In re Runnels, 22 DB Rptr 254 (2008). From 2007 through 2012, Runnels worked as a financial adviser. He intends to establish a law practice focusing on estate planning in Klamath County after reinstatement.

The Rules of Procedure require the Board of Governors to conduct an investigation of BR 8.1 reinstatement applications to determine whether applicants possess the good moral character and general fitness to practice law and whether the resumption of the practice of law in this state by the applicants will not be detrimental to the administration of justice or the public interest. Any person with information relevant to these applications is asked to contact promptly the OSB Regulatory Services Division, P.O. Box 231935, Tigard, OR 97281; phone: (503) 620-0222, or toll-free in Oregon, (800) 452-8260), ext. 343.


Applicants for February 2013 bar exam
The following applied to sit for the February 2013 Oregon bar examination.

Emmitt Michael Adair
Juhi Sangal Aggarwal
Andrew Berges Allen
Sara Althoff
Sarah Elizabeth Ames
Nicholas Charles Anderson
Matthew Star Austin
Ryan Christopher Bailey
Marie Charlotte Ballon
Samantha Christie Balmes
Lauren McKenzie Barnhart
Amanda Ruth Benjamin
Samantha Marie Benton
Charles Scott Beshears
Erin Nicole Biencourt
Katrina Mallari Bondoc
Jacob Eric Book
Isaiah Matthew Boyer
Bryan Alexander Brady
Kristen Carrie Bramble
Blake Gregory Brewster
Derek Ryan Budzik
Marie Nadine Burcham
Samuel Robert Burton
Kristopher Aaron Cahoon
Catherine Elizabeth Cambridge
Erin Nicole Campbell
Brienne Rebecca Carpenter
David Robert Carrasco
William Manson Carroll
Nicholas Aaron Castellano
Kristen Ann Chambers
Thomas Gray Chandler
Jay Yoo Choi
Jennifer Curtin Collins
Alison Jane Colvin
Sean Kelly Conner
Meredith Maeve Click Connolly
Tracy Elizabeth Connor
Suzanne Ruby Cook
Christopher Thomas Cooney
Matthew Kevin Cooper
Kristin Sarah Cornuelle
Nicholas Paul Costa
Kinnari Cowell-Shah
Patrick Michael Crawley
Luis Guillermo (Billy) Dalto
Jennifer Lynn Daniel
Sarah Elizabeth Davenport
Michael Seth Davis
Jack Gabriel-Huebner Dekovich
Ross Cooper Denison
Andrew Charles DeWeese
Joshua Paul Dilger
Hayley Biar Dixon
Zachary Roy Duffly
Lucy Elizabeth Durst
Lisa Michelle Easler
Sims Ely
Matthew William Evans
Lisa Marie Farrell
Amie Fender
Brooke Leslie Ferris
Samantha Ann Fix
Megan Diane Flager
Rebecca Sirius Fritch Flanagan
Allison Rae Folks
Sara Fatemeh Foroshani
Michael Christopher Freese
Mark Alan Fretta
Richard Paul Freud
Christopher Ryan Funk
Loren Glenn Gaukroger
Jason Harris Gershenson
Aaron Benjamin Girata
Vannia Glasinovic-Hindery
Brady Holthus Godbout
Jennifer Rachel Goldman
Daniel Grey Gonzales
Rebecca Gouge
Danielle Fest Grabiel
Kamron Lee Graham
Kent Nolan Graham
Joni Lynn Gray
Ralph Edward Gzik
Mary Frances Hannan
Robert Milan Hanson
Sandy Kae Hanson
Sean Michael Harvey
Brianne Michelle Henninger
Ryan Alan Henry
Tomas Hernandez
Christine Kaye Herrman
Elizabeth Bodwell Hilliard
Victoria Martha Hines
Ashly Laura Hinmon
Jared Earl Hoffer
William Robinson Hofmann
John Phillip Holden
Shanelle Akiko Honda
Megan June Horner
Robin Lynn Howard
Erika Anne Huebschman
Elizabeth Anne Humphrey
Colin Harris Hunter
Brent Danielson Huntley
Kali Ann Jensen
Lori Lynette Jensen
Emily Anne Johnson
Jessica Lee Johnson
Allison Marie Jordan
Amit Kapoor
Amir Rezah Karimzadeh
Robert Gregg Karmin
Toni Georganne Kelich
Larry Curtiss Kelley
Adaikala Mary Kennedy
Grant David Kennon
Shawn Michaela Kerns
Farrah Pradip Khatri
Desmond John Kidney II
Nicholas John Kiewik
Douglas Junior Kim
Derrick Duane Kitts
Jenna Renee Krichbaum
Maiya Elaine LaMar
Adam Seth Lane
Mary Kathleen LeClair
Jaclyn Leeds
Jessica Marie Lewicki
Jesse Lev London
Che Lopardo
Kanitra Nicole Lopez
Chelsea Vuarnet Lotz
May Yuen Low
Kelly Renee Lusk
Tam Mai Ma
Mark Gregory Manske
Kellen Rae Marlow
Monica Donaji Martinez
Jessica Elizabeth May
Melissa Anne Ray May
Diana Lynn McDougle
Niki Lin Mendoza
Mark David Millard
Faisel Bashir Minhas
Colin Wiliam Morrow
Wade Scott Murff
Richard Britt Myers
Mai-Anh Tran Nako
Theresa Avonne Neibert
Kathryn Suzanne Nelson
Melissa Kenney Ngaruri
Chloe V Nichol
Autumn Nicole Nigro
Victoria Leigh Norris
Hussein Ali Nouredine
Alexander Sollars Ogurek
Zachary Taylor Padgett
Kelci Fumiko Paiva
Michell Lee Paresi
Esther Hana Parness
James William Pasterczyk
Tyler Case Pepple
Joseph James Perotti Jr
Ian John Pisarcik
Joshlene Ann Pollock
Bianca Pyko
Katherine Blanck Radsan
Howard Joseph Ramagli III
Sarah Elena Ramig
Denise Alayne Reisner
Irina Carmen Ribeiro
Maura Beth Richardson
Walter Bruce Robb
Crystal Renee Roberts
Yeun Roh
Ann Margaret Roley
Amy Elizabeth Rose
Paul David Ruprecht
Priya Sagar
Jessica Angelique Santiago
Daniel Matthew Schmidt
David Andrew Schor
Norman Andrew Sfeir
Duke Kiesel Shanaman
Adam Lindsay Shaw
Robb Stuart Shecter
Stephanie Ann Shimp-Taylor
Katherine Susana Silva
Ashley Rae Simpson
Surinder Pal Singh
Emily MacLaren Siskin
Larissa Lee Small
Amy Lorraine Smith
Andreanna Christine Smith
Jessica Aurora Smith
Shannon Kelly Smith
Margaret Eileen Snow
Rena Kimberly Snow
Marla Elizabeth Soileau
Nathaniel Sal Sosa
Joshua David Stadtler
Jennifer Lynne Stallkamp
Trasa Pauline Stalnaker
David Frederick Stearns
Joel Douglas Steward
Heather Lindsay Stewart
Jodi Marie Stringer
Damian Perelson Stutz
Kate Suisman
Wayne Kenneth Swier
Ryan Deuel Talbott
Neil Fraser Taylor
Peter Jacob Taylor
Megan Elizabeth Telleria
Eric Anthony Teti
Christina Samir Tubb
Jaimy Caitlin Urbach
Colin William Van Dyke
George Steven Vanni
Ruth Hannah White
Justin Karl Lytle Whitesides
Jessica Loretta Wilburn
Mary Beth Williams
Mickey Scott Williams
Charlotte Elizabeth Winkler
Carrie Dawn Wipplinger
Dylan Campbell Woodbury
Jessica Mei Hua Yeh
Julia Sachiko Yoshimoto
Matthew Edward Zekala
Zachary James Zerzan
Peter Alexander Zochowski

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