Oregon State Bar Bulletin — AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2002

Moves

Christopher J. Marshall has been elected as Multnomah County Circuit Court judge (Position 5). Marshall, a partner at Lane Powell Spears Lubersky, has been with the firm for more than eight years, during which time he has represented clients in dispute resolution processes including litigation, arbitration and mediation. He also frequently served as mediator and arbitrator in commercial, employment, real estate and personal injury disputes.

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Mary Williams has been appointed as the solicitor general of Oregon. Williams received her J.D. from the Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College. Williams joined the Department of Justice as an honors attorney and was then appointed to a position in the human services section of the general counsel division, and then returned to the appellate division. She was appointed assistant solicitor general in January 1998.

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Julie Smith has been appointed as an assistant attorney general in the appellate division of the Oregon Department of Justice. Smith received her J.D. from the University of Oregon, where she was executive editor of Oregon Law Review. During law school, Smith was a law clerk at DOJ. After graduation she was a judicial clerk for the Oregon Court of Appeals. Smith joined DOJ as an honors attorney in September 2000.

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Perkins Coie announces the addition of Bethany Graham to its Portland office, as an associate in the litigation practice. Graham was once a summer intern at the firm and was most recently a law clerk to Hon. James R. Browning, 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. Prior to that, she was a clinical intern at the Montana Legal Services Association in Missoula, Mont. Graham completed her J.D. at the University of Montana in 2000.

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Perkins Coie announces the addition of Jeffrey Dobbins to its Portland office as an associate in the commercial and environmental litigation groups. Dobbins recently practiced in Washington, D.C. at the appellate section of the Environment & Natural Resources Division, U.S. Department of Justice. Previously, he served as law clerk to Judge David S. Tatel of the U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit, and then to Justice John Paul Stevens of the U.S. Supreme Court. He earned his J.D. from Duke University in 1994.

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PNGC Power, a Portland-based electric power services company, has promoted Scott Corwin to vice president of marketing and public affairs. Corwin has been with PNGC Power since 1999 as a manager of government affairs. In his new role he will be responsible for leading the company’s public affairs, marketing, government relations and communications functions. Before joining PNGC Power, Corwin was supervisor of government relations for Portland General Electric, worked as legal counsel for former Sen. Mark O. Hatfield, as staff to the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee and as staff to the Oregon Legislature. He holds a law degree from the University of Washington.

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Voters elected Marilyn Litzenberger as Multnomah County judge (Position 38) in the May election. Litzenberger, an attorney and shareholder at Bullivant Houser Bailey, specializes in complex civil litigation. Her term begins next year. Litzenberger presently serves on the OSB Task Force on Future Issues Affecting the Profession, the OSB Uniform Civil Jury Instruction Committee and the Federal Bar Association board of directors. She is president of the Oregon Women Lawyers Foundation and former president of Oregon Women Lawyers. She is adjunct professor at Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College, where she teaches trial practice and coaches the school’s mock trial team.

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The Eugene firm of Slayton, Cox & Seligson announces the addition of Siavash B. Rezvani as an associate to Brian Cox. Following his several years of faithful assistance to the firm, Rezvani received his J.D. from the University of Oregon School of Law in 2001. He will focus his practice on state and federal litigation and real estate matters.

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Jeff S. Pitzer and Kenneth A. Wittenberg announce the opening of their new law firm Wittenberg & Pitzer. Until Dec. 31, 2001, Pitzer was an equity partner at Jenner & Block in Chicago. Pitzer earned his law degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1990 and joined Jenner & Block that same year, becoming an equity partner in 1997. His practice focused on complex commercial litigation, representing clients such as General Electric Capital, Mitsubishi Electric, Tenneco Automotive, and Deloitte & Touche. After graduating from Michigan Law School in 1990, Wittenberg was a law clerk to the Chief Judge of the Western District of Michigan. Wittenberg then joined Jenner & Block in Chicago before moving to Oregon in 1995. Until Dec. 31, 2001, he was a shareholder at Garvey, Schubert & Barer in Portland. Wittenberg & Pitzer will emphasize complex commercial litigation and white collar criminal defense. Contact them at 1900 Fox Tower, 805 S.W. Broadway, Portland, Ore. 97205; phone: (503) 227-1724.

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Rufus Young, partner in the environmental law practice group of the California firm Burke, Williams & Sorensen, has relocated from the firm’s Los Angeles office to its San Diego office. Young’s practice concentrates on storm water permit compliance and implementation issues, the representation of local governments in solid waste franchising and transportation-related environmental issues. He is a member of the core faculty of the annual ALI-ABA Land Use Institute. He is also webmaster of the firm website, www.bwslaw.com.

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Mary Kim Wood announces the opening of her new office, Mary Kim Wood, P.C. She will continue to concentrate on general litigation for both individuals and businesses, and her appellate practice. Her new office is located at 687 Court St., N.E., Suite 500, Salem, Ore. 97301; phone: (503) 363-4603; fax: (503) 371-4849; e-mail: mkwlaw@open.org.

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MacDaniel E. Reynolds has joined Aitchison & Vick’s Portland office. Reynolds previously worked as a prosecutor with the Multnomah County district attorney’s office. He received his J.D. from Lewis & Clark Law School in 1998. He can be reached at 3021 N.E. Broadway, Portland, Ore. 97232; phone: (503) 282-6160; e-mail: macdaniel@aitchisonvick.com.

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Nicole M. Jergovic has joined Smith, Freed & Eberhard. Jergovic earned a B.A. in English literature from the University of Wisconsin and her J.D. from Marquette University. Before relocating to Portland, she prosecuted felony and misdemeanor offenses as an assistant district attorney in Wisconsin. Jergovic’s practice includes personal injury claims.

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Smith, Freed & Eberhard welcomes David D. Ghazi as an associate. Ghazi earned a B.A. in English from Eastern Kentucky University and received his J.D. from the University of Louisville. Prior to joining the firm, Ghazi worked as a public defender in Portland. Ghazi’s practice includes personal injury and asbestos litigation.

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Smith, Freed & Eberhard welcomes Eileen M. O’Reilly as an associate. O’Reilly earned a B.S. in journalism from the University of Nebraska and a J.D. from Willamette University. Prior to becoming an attorney, O’Reilly was a claims adjuster for eight years. Her practice includes first party property and personal injury.

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Mark A. Jurva has joined Smith, Freed & Eberhard. Jurva received a B.S. in political science from Michigan State University and received his J.D. from Willamette University. He is a contributing author to the Real Estate and Land Use Section Digest. His practice includes construction defect litigation.

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Joshua P. Hayward has joined Smith, Freed & Eberhard. Hayward received his B.A. in history from Oregon State University and his J.D. from Pepperdine University. He has previously worked in a law firm in Salem and at a solicitor’s firm in London, U.K. Hayward’s practice includes personal injury defense and wrongful death claims.

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Smith, Freed & Eberhard welcomes Robert S. May. May received a B.A. in economics from the University of Rochester and a J.D. from Willamette University. Before practicing law in Texas and in Oregon, May served for four years as a claims representative, handling subrogation and first-party property claims. May’s practice includes construction defect litigation.

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Abby Wool Landon has joined the Portland firm of Samuels, Yoelin, Kantor, Seymour & Spinrad as of counsel. Landon will practice in the areas of business and corporate law with a major emphasis in business development and representing emerging growth companies. She’s a graduate of Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College. Landon previously was executive vice president and general counsel for Triple E, Inc. She also practiced at her own Lake Oswego law firm from 1992 to 2000.

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Thorp, Purdy, Jewett, Urness & Wilkinson announces the association of Heather A. Young as an attorney in the Springfield office. Young received attended the University of Oregon School of Law and received a J.D. in 1996. She worked as a judicial clerk for the Hon. Robert J. Morgan in Clackamas County until 1998 when she went into private practice with the law firm of Kennedy, Watts, Arellano and Ricks in Portland. Young was admitted to the Washington State Bar in 2000. Her practice focuses on estate planning, guardianships and conservatorships, probate, domestic relations and litigation.

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Rick VanCleave joined Barran Liebman as a partner on June 3. VanCleave represents management in certification campaigns, collective bargaining, labor negotiations, mediations and strike response planning. He brings 22 years of experience in employment litigation to the firm. He was previously a partner at Davis Wright Tremaine. He earned his J.D. from Willamette University School of Law.

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Tom MacNair joined the Washington County section of the Metropolitan Public Defender July 1. MacNair attended the University of California at Berkeley and Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College, graduating in 1995. MacNair was admitted to the OSB in May 1996. Prior to joining the Metropolitan Public Defender, MacNair worked as a member of the private bar.

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Lisa C. Brown joined Barran Liebman as a partner on June 24 and will represent employers in employment litigation, general employment dispute resolution and commercial litigation. Prior to joining the firm, she was counsel to Miller Nash. Brown earned her J.D. from George Washington University.

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Brenda K. Baumgart joined Barran Liebman as an associate on June 24, to represent employers in litigation. She was previously an associate with Dunn, Carney, Allen, Higgins & Tongue. Baumgart earned her J.D. from Willamette University School of Law.

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Jill Tanner is the new presiding magistrate of the Oregon Tax Court’s Magistrate Division, effective July 1. Tanner has been with the court since September 1997, when the division began hearing tax appeals. Previosuly, Tanner, who is both a lawyer and certified public accountant, worked for several companies in Oregon in federal and state tax areas. She is a graduate of Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College and has a Master of Taxation from Portland State University. The change in presiding magistrate is the first in what is anticipated to be a series of rotations in which individuals who have served as magistrates will, for a time, serve as presiding magistrate for the court. Scot Sideras, the first presiding magistrate of the court, will continue service as a magistrate.

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Miller Nash welcomes Tamara Russell to the firm’s litigation department as an employment litigator. Russell previously worked in the office of U.S. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy and as an associate at Bogle & Gates, and Druckman & Associates. She received her bachelor’s degree in international relations and communications from Simmons College in Boston, Mass., and her law degree with honors in litigation and dispute resolution, from Boston University School of Law. During law school, she served as an editor of The American Journal of Law and Medicine.

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Portland attorney Samuel W. Asbury is the operations officer for a local Naval Reserve Unit and was recently selected for promotion to the rank of commander.

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Bullivant Houser Bailey announced several leadership changes effective July 1. James Hibbard, who has held concurrent positions as managing partner for all Bullivant offices and Portland shareholder-in-charge, will now focus his responsibilities as chairman and president (formerly referred to as managing partner). The leadership change will allow Hibbard to concentrate on firmwide strategic issues. David Ernst has been named shareholder-in-charge of the Portland office. In addition, Kimball Ferris, shareholder and former chair of the business practice group, was elected to the firm’s board of directors. Joseph West, shareholder, was named as chair of the firm’s business practice group. At Bullivant’s Vancouver, Wash. office, Dick Matson will be shareholder-in-charge. Matson is also a member of the firm’s board of directors.

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Stoel Rives partner Katherine McDowell recently was appointed as chair of the firm’s energy practice group. She has extensive experience in regulatory law and litigation, as well as deep knowledge of the energy industry. She is recognized for her expertise in public utility law in the most recent edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

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Jordan Schrader has added two attorneys to the firm’s business practice group. Robert F. Dwyer III will focus his practice on taxation, commercial transactions and estate planning. He brings to the firm many years of private sector experience, including seven years as chief operating officer of a regional distribution corporation. Linda L. Waugh will focus her practice on employment law and the disputes arising from the employment relationship. She counsels employers regarding issues such as family leave laws, the ADA, wage and hour issues, drug testing policies, non-competition agreements and buy-sell agreements.

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TOC Management Services of Tigard has named Joseph Brislin, director of special services, as general counsel, and Karen Davis, staff attorney, as manager of research and publications. Brislin has been with TOC, an employers association providing employment advice and assistance, for more than 26 years. He focuses on multi-employer health and pension trusts, training programs and industrial relations, and is the author of many articles and books on these topics. He currently serves on the board of directors of the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans. Davis joined TOC in 1992 as a law clerk and earned her J.D. from Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College. She then continued with TOC as a staff attorney in research and publications. Davis currently chairs the Northwest Industry Liaison Group, which fosters communication on affirmative action issues between federal contractors and the federal government.

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Debbe Stein has relocated to 161 High St., Suite 220, Salem, Ore. 97301, effective Aug. 1. Appointments in Dallas/Polk County are available upon request. She can be reached by telephone: (503) 362-5660 or fax: (503) 391-6757.

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Andrew M. Cole announces the formation of Andrew M. Cole & Associates at 1919 Willamette Falls Dr., West Linn, Ore. 97068; phone (503) 650-1731. Cole has assumed the practice of A. Gregory McKenzie, who has retired from the practice of law. Cole also announces that Amanda L. Mayhew will work as an associate of the firm. The firm will practice in the areas of personal injury, real property, small business formation, probate and estate planning and will continue to represent municipalities.

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Watkinson, Laird, Rubenstein, Lashway & Baldwin announces that Derek D. Simmons has joined the firm as an associate attorney. Simmons earned a J.D. from the Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College, where he was editor in chief of Journal of Small and Emerging Business Law. He joined the firm after completing a two-year clerkship with Judge David Brewer of the Oregon Court of Appeals. He practices in the areas of business law, health law and litigation. He is admitted to practice before the federal district court in Oregon.

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Ian T. Brown has joined The VanderMay Law Firm of Salem. He will be primarily handling cases in the areas of domestic relations and criminal defense. During law school, he participated in the Public Interest Law Project and earned several scholarships before graduating 10th in his class of 128. Joining the bar in October 2001, he worked on a contract basis for several attorneys before accepting an associate position with the firm.

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Randall J. Wolfe has moved his offices to 4500 S.W. Kruse Way, Suite 270, Lake Oswego, Ore. 97035; phone: (503) 675-5100; fax: (503) 675-5155; website: www.attorneywolfe.com. The practice continues to emphasize personal injury matters including vehicle collisions, catastrophic injury claims, medical negligence, premises liability and civil sexual abuse.

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Leslie Kay has been appointed regional director for the Multnomah County office of Legal Aid Services of Oregon. Kay was with the law firm of Linda Friedman Ramirez for 10 years, representing the Spanish-speaking community, before joining LASO last year. She has a long history with federal legal services programs in California, Massachusetts and Oregon.

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The Multnomah County office of Legal Aid Services of Oregon has added two attorneys. Pam Haan, a 1999 graduate of Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College, emphasizes representation in family law matters. Haan started out as an Americorps attorney volunteer in the office, gaining expertise in domestic violence issues. Julia Greenfield, a 1998 graduate of Yale Law School, emphasizes administrative law matters in her practice. Greenfield previously worked for the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights in San Francisco.

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Landye Bennett Blumstein welcomes Jodee K. Kelly as a partner. Kelly previously was a shareholder in the Portland firm Scarborough, McNeese, O’Brien & Kilkenny. She will continue to focus her practice on business and real estate transactions, including mergers, acquisitions and dispositions. Kelly obtained her law degree from the Willamette University College of Law in 1995. She is a member of the Oregon and Idaho state bars.

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Robert J. Yanity has joined Meyers, Radler as an associate. Yanity, most recently of Miller Nash, will continue to represent employers and insurers in workers compensation matters.

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Joe Hobson and Tim Bernasek announce the opening of their new firm, Hobson & Bernasek. Their main office is located at 4004 S.W. Kruse Way Place, Suite 230, Lake Oswego, Ore. 97035. The firm’s Salem office is at 3415 Commercial St. S.E., Suite 106, Salem, Ore. 97302. The firm emphasizes business, real estate, natural resources and agricultural labor law.

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Sarah J. Wolf has started her own practice in which she will continue to specialize in probate, estate planning, trust administration, guardianships and conservatorships and real property, following four years as an associate with Richard E. Parsons. She is sharing an office with attorney Gregory J. Hazarabedian in the Pacific Building in Roseburg: 727 S.E. Cass Ave., Suite 422, Roseburg, Ore. 97470; phone: (541) 672-4600; e-mail: sarahwolf@rio.com.

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Gregory J. Hazarabedian has relocated his office after almost nine years of renting space from his good friend Roseburg attorney David G. Terry. Hazarabedian has moved into an office share with attorney Sarah Wolf at 727 S.E. Cass Ave., Suite 422, Roseburg, Ore. 97470; phone: (541) 672-4600; e-mail: defender@rio.com.

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Matthew Johnson has accepted the position of counsel to the Palau Public Lands Authority in the Republic of Palau in the equatorial Pacific Ocean. He shut down his private practice on July 31, but he may still be contacted at P.O. Box 23033, Eugene, Ore. 97402. Attorney Mustafa Kasubhai will have access to his archived files. Kasubhai can be reached at (541) 345-9588. Johnson also announces that Meredith Allen, his new wife and currently deputy public defender with the state Public Defender Services office in Salem, has accepted the position of chief public defender, for the Republic of Palau. They headed to their new life in late August.

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Patrick A. Reagan announces the move of his offices to the Oregon Telco Building at 2125 S.W. Fourth Ave., Suite 600, Portland, Ore. 97201; phone: (503) 282-1595. He continues his practice concentrating in the areas of estate administration, wills, trusts, personal injury, real property and domestic relations.

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Tonkon Torp announces that Paul J. Kaufman has joined the firm’s energy, telecommunications and regulated industries law group. Kaufman, who will be of counsel to the firm, practices public utility law with an emphasis on electricity and natural gas. He is a frequent speaker at seminars on energy regulation. He was previosly vice president for government affairs at Enron in Portland, serving as the company’s lead representative in legislative and regulatory matters in the eleven western states.

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Preston Gates & Ellis has named Stephen M. Seidel a partner in its Portland office. Seidel represents lending institutions, syndication companies, investors, government agencies and developers in the financing and development of multi-family residential housing, with a special emphasis in the area of affordable housing development. Seidel previously was risk management officer for PNC Bank’s Affordable Housing Segment and senior vice president of the bank’s wholly owned subsidiary, Columbia Housing.

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The Oregon Law Center announces that Mark J. Wilk is the managing attorney of the center’s new Farmworker Office in Woodburn. Wilk has worked in the legal services community for more than 20 years in Woodburn and Ontario and was previously regional director of the Legal Aid Services of Oregon, Woodburn Farmworker Program Office. He was recently awarded the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Award 'honoring work and dedication toward the ideals of equal civil and human rights' by Willamette University College of Law. The new Oregon Law Center Farmworker Office is located at 230 West Hayes St., Woodburn, Ore. 97071; phone: (503) 981-0336; fax: (503) 981-0373.

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Liane I. Richardson has been hired as the city prosecutor for the city of Eugene. Richardson was previously chief deputy district attorney for Benton County. The city prosecutor’s office is located at 915 Oak Street, Suite 310, Eugene, Ore. 97401; phone: (541) 682-8401.

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On Sept. 1, Michael W. Meltzer moved his office to 4225 SW Huber St., Suite 410, Portland Ore. 97219; phone: (503) 892-6615; e-mail: mmeltzer@firstam.com; website: www.immigrationcases.com. Meltzer continues to emphasize immigration matters and welcomes referrals.


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