Oregon State Bar Bulletin MAY 2015
Ater Wynne partner Andrea Bartoloni, who serves as the consul of Italy for Oregon, recently hosted a visit of dignitaries from Italy. Bilateral relations, including political, economic and cultural ties, Expo Milan 2015 and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership between the European Union and the United States, were key issues raised by Ambassador of Italy Claudio Bisogniero on a visit to Oregon in March. The ambassador met with Gov. Kate Brown and Portland Mayor Charlie Hales, and he paid visits to the Nike plant, a met with local Italian community leaders and visited the Portland Art Museum to see the exhibition, “Italian Style: Fashion Since 1945.”
Lane Powell shareholder Parna A. Mehrbani has been appointed to the Oregon Bench and Bar Commission on Professionalism. The Professionalism Commission helps to advance the professionalism, equality and efficiency of Oregon’s judicial branch of government. Selections for the commission are based on reputation, past contributions and diversity. Mehrbani was also recently named a 2015 Orchid Award recipient by the Portland Business Journal. The award recognizes her work ethic as well as her dedication and involvement in several community organizations, including the Oregon Minority Law Association’s Image program, which educates, trains and supports minority attorneys, and the Rock’n Roll Camp for Girls, a nonprofit that builds girls’ self-esteem through music.
Dunn Carney attorney Josh Stadtler is the 2015 recipient of the Multnomah Bar Association’s Michael E. Haglund Pro Bono Award. The award will be presented at the MBA’s annual meeting, dinner and judges reception May 7. Stadtler has devoted many hours to low-income clients through the Domestic Violence Project and the Legal Aid Night Clinic. He has also served on the MBA Young Lawyer Section Pro Bono Committee and on Dunn Carney’s pro bono committee. Stadtler also serves on the board of directors for Portland Homeless Family Solutions.
Harry Wilson, an attorney with Markowitz Herbold in Portland, has been recognized by the Portland Business Journal as one of the top 40 young leaders in the business community, in its annual “Forty Under 40” listing. Recipients are honored for their high level of professional achievement and leadership in the community. Wilson represents clients in complex litigation involving contracts, business torts, securities and employment in multiple forums. He has worked on cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, an international tribunal in Kenya and state courts throughout Oregon. He is the chair-elect of the board of directors of De Paul Treatment Centers and a member of the Oregon Coalition for the Responsible Use of Medications.
Shayda Zaerpoor Le of Barran Lieb-man was recently nominated to the board of directors of Andisheh Center, an organization that focuses on fostering Iranian culture in the Portland metro area through musical, artistic and cultural events. Prior to her recent nomination, she had been an active member of the public relations committee of Andisheh Center.
The Multnomah Bar Foundation elected new officers for 2015. New officers are: Bonnie Richardson, Folawn Alterman & Richardson, president; Amy Angel, Barran Liebman, vice president; Dana Scheele, Cambia Health Solutions, secretary/treasurer; and Timothy Volpert, attorney at law, immediate past president. New directors are: Hon. Cheryl Albrecht, Multnomah County Circuit Court; Tyler Anderson, Oregon Department of Justice; Matthew Donohue, Markowitz Herbold; Susan Marmaduke, Harrang Long Gary Rudnick; and Mary Jo Naples Miller, Stoel Rives.
Stoel Rivespartner Michelle Rudd has been named to Savoy magazine’s 2015 Most Influential Black Lawyers list. The publication issues an annual list of the nation’s elite African American lawyers — either partners at leading national law firms or corporate counsel at Fortune 1000 corporations — who are widely recognized for their professionalism, protection of rights and community service. Rudd focuses her practice on community development issues related to condemnation and eminent domain and land use permitting, and she works with municipal agencies, private utilities and property owners in achieving resolution in a variety of actions.
Mary Chaffin, general counsel of Accion International, was recently honored at the annual awards event organized by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly and New England In-Houseas one of the “Leaders in the Law” for 2015. Accion is a global nonprofit dedicated to building a financially inclusive world with access to economic opportunity for all by giving people the financial tools needed to improve their lives.
Lilian Bier announces the addition of Lindsay Gardner as associate to Bier Family Law, where she will specialize in domestic, custody and family law matters. Gardner holds a master’s degree in conflict and dispute resolution and has worked extensively with victims of domestic violence.
Stahancyk, Kent & Hook has three new shareholders: Arthur K. Saito, Ken C. Goodin, and Michelle L. Prosser, who join Jody L. Stahancyk, Joel J. Kent, Laurel P. Hook and Brad F. Miller as shareholders at Stahancyk, Kent & Hook, a family law and estate planning firm founded in 1986.
Wyse Kadish announces that Michael J. Licurse became a partner with the firm as of Jan. 1. Licurse practices in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, corporate law and real estate, and serves as general counsel to several closely held businesses. Reach him at (503) 228-8448.
Matt Mertens has joined Sussman Shank in the firm’s business, litigation, and business and restructuring practice groups. Mertens previously clerked for the Hon. Elizabeth L. Perris in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Oregon, where he aided the court in a variety of matters implicating state and federal bankruptcy law.
Saalfeld Griggs welcomes six associates and members of the Oregon State Bar to its practice. Therese Adams joins the employment law and litigation group. She advises employers with regard to employment law compliance, prepares employment policies and agreements, and defends employers in litigation and administrative disputes involving current and former employees. She also assists in the litigation of a variety of business disputes. Adams worked in human resources and represented employers in workers’ compensation defense matters prior to joining the firm. Stephanie Schuyler joins the real estate and land use practice group. She works with clients on real property transactions (leases, sale agreements, easements, development agreements, CC&Rs) and a variety of land use matters before local jurisdictions, the Land Use Board of Appeals and the Oregon Court of Appeals. Eric Tweed joined the business law and taxation group. He assists business clients with entity selection and formation, mergers and acquisitions, restructuring and reorganization of corporate and partnership enterprises, contract negotiation and drafting, and matters involving intellectual property. Catherine Trottman joined the employee benefits and executive compensation group. She assists public and private sector employers establish and operate qualified retirement plans, including 401(k) plans, 403(b) plans, traditional defined benefit plans and cash balance plans. Prior to law school she served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ghana. Stephanie Schilling has joined the litigation and creditors’ rights and bankruptcy practice. She represents businesses, individuals and financial institutions in creditors’ rights matters ranging from foreclosure of both real and personal property interests to bankruptcy and enforcement of liens. Betsy Cantrell has joined the business law and taxation group and collaborates with other firm practice groups to deliver integrated solutions to business owners. She assists clients with entity selection and formation, mergers and acquisitions, succession planning and business transition, and intellectual property and licensing.
Clayton Tullos has joined Leahy, Van Vactor, Cox & Melendy as an associate. After law school, Tullos opened a sole practice focusing primarily on criminal defense in state and local courts. He will assist with the firm’s general practice of law including family law as well as its prosecution clients, the cities of Springfield, Eugene, Junction City and Oakridge, as well as indigent defense clients in Sutherlin.
Miller Nash Graham & Dunn welcomes Kristine Bingman to the firm’s employee benefits and employment practice teams. Bingman brings more than 12 years of experience advising employers on health and welfare plans and employment law matters, including wage and hour, leaves of absence, state and federal disability laws, harassment and discrimination, and responding to complaints filed with the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries. Bingman previously worked as associate general counsel of United Employers Association.
Kasia Mlynski has joined the Domestic Violence Clinic at the University of Oregon School of Law. As a staff attorney with the clinic, she will focus on representing University of Oregon students and community members who have experienced sexual assault, domestic violence and stalking in civil legal matters. Mlynski has had considerable experience working with survivors of domestic violence during law school. After graduating from the University of Oregon School of Law in 2013, she clerked for the Hon. Charles Zennaché at the Lane County Circuit Court.
K&L Gates recently elected 50 lawyers to the firm’s partnership, effective March 1. Among them is Shiau Yen Chin-Dennis, a new partner in the firm’s Portland office, where she counsels on international corporate transactions including global market entry, operations and exit, mergers and acquisitions, post-acquisition integration, joint ventures, restructurings and corporate governance.
Duane Wm. Schultz has joined Watkinson, Laird, Rubenstein & Burgess as of counsel in its Grants Pass office. Schultz, a long-time southern Oregon attorney, will continue his board-based civil law practice with a focus on real estate law, land use, business law and estate planning. In addition to 30 years in private practice, Schultz served as circuit court judge pro tem for 15 years, was a member of the Oregon State Bar Region 3 Disciplinary Board, served as a court-appointed arbitrator and mediator, and as a city and county land use hearings officer. He was the first full-time Josephine County legal counsel.
William W. Davis has joined Douglas M. Bomarito P.C., following a successful career as a corporate legal executive. Most recently, Davis served as the senior vice president, general counsel and secretary of Flir Systems in Wilsonville. He previously served as deputy general counsel of Brunswick Corp., and in various capacities with General Dynamics Corp.
Ragna TenEyck recently joined the business group at Kell, Alterman & Runstein as an associate attorney. She has a master’s degree in taxation and specializes in assisting clients with tax options to maximize wealth retention for succession planning. A complimentary area of expertise includes assisting clients with formation of nonprofit corporations and private foundations. Other primary practice areas include business/corporate law and aviation law. Previously, she was academic administrator for a private college, where she oversaw the general education and legal studies program.
Brian Posewitz has joined WaterWatch of Oregon as a staff attorney. A former business litigation partner at Tonkon Torp, Posewitz has also worked as a sole practitioner. He has handled a number of water law-related cases for WaterWatch and private clients. He also is a former WaterWatch board member.
Black Helterline has added two associates to the firm. Brian N. Dirks focuses his practice on estate planning, federal and state taxation, and general business law. He earned his J.D. from University of Oregon School of Law and his LL.M. from Georgetown University Law Center. Philip J. Wuest focuses his practice on real estate transactions, land use and environmental permitting, real estate litigation and construction contracting. He earned his J.D. from Lewis & Clark Law School.
Portland attorney Mark Maher has joined the Law Offices of Nay & Friedenberg. He will focus his practice on estate planning, elder law and special needs planning. Contact him at (503) 245-0894 or by email at email@example.com .
Portland attorney Cathy Meyer has joined the Law Offices of Nay & Friedenberg. She will focus her practice on estate planning, elder law, and special needs planning. Contact her at (503) 245-0894 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Landerholm P.S. in Vancouver, Wash., has elected Bradley W. Andersen as shareholder. Andersen is trial attorney and litigator representing clients in matters of construction, real estate, government wrongdoing, land use and personal injury. He can be reached at (360) 816-2528 or email@example.com .
Timothy C. Calder-bank has been elected shareholder with Landerholm P.S. Calderbank maintains an active construction, real estate and business practice providing advice and transactional and litigation services. He can be reached at (360) 816-2542 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
Marshall K. Stagg has been elected shareholder with Landerholm P.S. His practice focuses on taxation, estate planning and administration and business law. He has an advanced law degree in taxation and is a licensed CPA. He can be reached at (360) 816-2471 or email@example.com .
Laura Nelson has joined Landerholm P.S. as an associate. Nelson’s practice focuses on estate planning, probate and trust administration, and guardianships. She can be reached at (360) 816-2467 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
Harold S. (Hal) Neth has joined Matthew D. Longtin LLC as an associate attorney. His practice will focus on family law and related matters. The firm has moved to 777 High St., Suite 260, Eugene, OR 97401. The telephone number of (541) 344-5209 and fax number of (541) 344-5881 are unchanged.
Bullard Law welcomes Kara Backus as a new associate attorney. She was formerly with Lane Powell. Her practice focuses exclusively in the areas of employee benefits and executive compensation. She has experience with qualified and nonqualified retirement plans, health and welfare benefit plans, and executive compensation issues.
Miller Nash Graham & Dunn has announced the election new partners, effective Jan. 1. The new partners, their locations and their respective practice areas are: Alicia Bell, Portland, intellectual property, business; Alix Dyke, Portland, intellectual property, business; Merril Keane, Portland, business, tax, international; Daniel Oates, Seattle, litigation; William Rasmussen, Portland, land use, real estate; and Meghan Williams, Vancouver, business, mergers and acquisitions, real estate.
Lea Schneider has joined Cosgrave Vergeer Kester in the firm’s complex litigation practice group. Schneider previously practiced law for eight years in Milwaukee, Wis., where she represented clients in a wide variety of personal injury matters.
The Portland firm of Maloney Lauersdorf Reiner is the new owner and tenant of the landmark Burnside Rocket building in Southeast Portland. The building, located just off of East Burnside Street, was constructed in 2007 and is one of the first LEED Platinum commercial buildings in the world. The four-story building is easily recognizable with its operable art-as-window shades and rooftop garden. The building is home to award-winning local restaurant, Noble Rot, which uses produce from the rooftop garden, and winemaker Pacific Rim Wineries. The firm will occupy the third floor of the building. The law firm specializes in insurance coverage litigation.
Nate Funk has joined Cosgrave Vergeer Kester’s business practice group. His practice focuses on general business representation, including entity formation, contract drafting and review, website terms and conditions and general counsel services. Funk was previously chief legal officer of a Portland-based online auto auction marketplace. He has also worked for two other Portland law firms, where his practice focused on a mix of litigation and transaction work.
Jesse Cowell, Tyler Pepple and Joshua Weber have been named shareholders of Davison Van Cleve. Cowell regularly handles a variety of matters before state utility commissions, including rate adjustments, rulemakings and accounting issues. He litigates in state courts on behalf of both individuals and industrial corporations. Pepple represents clients in administrative proceedings and appellate litigation related to energy and environmental issues. He also represents business interests in legislative matters and provides counsel to cooperative utilities. Pepple has experience in environmental litigation under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act, as well as state and federal water pollution control violations. Weber practices transactional and administrative law on behalf of cooperative utilities and industrial concerns, regularly representing clients before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the Bonneville Power Administration and state utility commissions. Weber assists clients in the negotiation of a wide range of complex commercial transactions.
After an unsuccessful race for a circuit court position, Timothy MB Farrell has moved from Hood River to Washington, D.C. He reports that he was able to find legal work within two short weeks. His practice concentrates on government relations and general litigation. He is available for consultation and can be reached at email@example.com or (541) 490-4525.
Lauren Wallacehas joined Tonkon Torp’s business department, where she focuses on start-up companies, privacy, technology and intellectual property law. Wallace holds the designation of certified information privacy professional for the United States. The rigorous course and examination for CIPP/US certification is considered the global standard in the fast evolving area of privacy and data protection. Prior to joining Tonkon Torp, Wallace was a legal adviser for early and growth-stage tech companies specializing in data privacy, intellectual property protection, fundraising and scalability strategy.
David J. Petersen is the new chair of the real estate and land use practice group at Tonkon Torp. Petersen’s practice focuses on land use and government law. He has worked on behalf of developers and owners to bring a wide range of development projects to fruition and regularly represents clients before the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals and other regulatory bodies in Oregon and California. Petersen also has a subspecialty working with renewable energy developers on real property, title and land use matters throughout the country.
Kareem Walcott has joined The Reynolds Law Firm as an associate attorney. Previously he worked as a bankruptcy, domestic relations, estate planning and business attorney at Caldwell Law in Salem. He also volunteered at the district attorney’s office in Benton County and worked as a law clerk in Salem. His areas of practice include family law, business law and estate planning. He can be reached at (541) 738-1800.
Wendy M. Kent has become a partner with Bodyfelt Mount. Kent brings more than 25 years of trial experience handling civil claims in Oregon, Utah and Washington. She has successfully defended claims alleging employment discrimination, wrongful termination, professional malpractice, construction site injuries, premises liability and product liability. She also has defended numerous personal injury and wrongful death claims arising out of automobile and trucking accidents. For nearly a decade, Kent served as the managing attorney and lead trial attorney for Zurich North America Insurance Co. in Portland.
Jerold Lee Billings died at his Southeast Portland home on Feb. 18, 2015.
Born in Falls City, Neb., on Sept. 4, 1926, he moved with his family to Portland in 1942. He attended Portland’s Washington High School but dropped out to join the U.S. Army to fight in World War II. He was sent to the Pacific Theater, where he took part in the Battle of Okinawa, earning a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart. He was the only member of his platoon to survive the battle.
In 1962, he graduated from Northwestern School of Law and embarked on a legal career as a solo practitioner thatlasted more than 30 years. He was perhaps best known as one of the founders of the Oregon chapter of American Atheists, later re-named the Center for Rational Thought and eventually U.S. Atheists. He was the voice of “Dial an Atheist” for more than 20 years and was host of the local-access cable television program, “Bunk Busters,” from 1995-2011. He was inspired to found the local chapter of American Atheists after serving as Madalyn Murray O’Hair’s local counsel in the 1970s. His other passion was the collection and cataloging of antique tools. He was a past president of the Pacific Northwest Tool Collectors Association.
Billings is survived by his wife of more than 65 years, Lorelei, three daughters, three grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.