Oregon State Bar Bulletin — MAY 2003

Moves

Bob Wiggins recently returned to Stoel Rives, practicing in the firm’s technology and intellectual property and corporate practice groups. Wiggins began his legal career at Stoel Rives in 1982 and was a partner in the firm from 1989 through 1995. He left the firm in 1995 to become vice president, corporate development and general counsel, of BLT Technologies, Inc., a Vancouver, Wash. company engaged in the prepaid long-distance phone card business; he later served as its president and chief operating officer. In 1998, Wiggins was chairman and chief executive officer of Legal Anywhere, Inc., a provider of Internet-delivered collaborative tools for the legal profession. He has since been an investor and board member in a number of technology companies, including Learning.com, DealPlanner and SnapNames, and the president of niceunderwear.com, an e-commerce retailer, and boxersforschools.com, a wholesaler and program designer in the school fundraising market.

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Karen E. Jones has joined the Stoel Rives as of counsel in the firm’s energy & telecommunications practice group.She practices energy law with an emphasis on the development, acquisition, sale, finance, construction and operation of energy projects and the structuring and negotiation of energy contracts. Jones brings to the firm a combined 18 years of large firm and in-house transactional experience. Jones previously was assistant general counsel for Enron North America in Portland.

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Miller Nash announces three new partners. Julia A. DeWitt, who joined Miller Nash in 1996, focuses her practice on employee benefits law. She previously was an associate of Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro in San Francisco. DeWitt earned her bachelor of science degree in mathematics and political science at the University of Oregon. Steven F. Hill, who joined Miller Nash in 1993, concentrates his practice in admiralty, environmental, real estate and land use law. Hill worked in the port industry before beginning his legal practice, six years as special projects and environmental affairs manager for the Port of Vancouver, Wash. Hill is a member the Maritime Law Association of the United States and represents the firm as an associate member of the Washington Public Ports Association and the Oregon Public Ports Association. Colleen L. McMullen joined Miller Nash in 1995 and focuses on business and corporate matters, including mergers, acquisitions, lease financings and securities regulation. McMullen has assisted with multimillion-dollar business acquisitions internationally, domestic and international equipment lease financing transactions; divestiture of bank branches, acquisition of timberland and several securities offerings and compliance programs. McMullen is a member of the Aircraft Finance Subcommittee of the ABA and speaks to business groups regarding legal aspects of conducting business in Europe.

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Newcomb, Sabin, Schwartz & Landsverk announces Brian S. Thompson has joined the firm’s business transactions practice. Thompson has represented clients in mergers and acquisitions, real property transactions, securities filings, corporate finance transactions and a variety of other business matters over the past 16 years, both as general counsel of publicly traded Sonus Corp. and as a partner with Miller Nash. A certified public accountant, Thompson was with KPMG before entering law school.

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Paul & Sugerman announces that Richard J. Vangelisti has joined the firm as an associate. The firm continues to represent plaintiffs in all areas of personal injury, civil rights and employment litigation. He was formerly associated with Stoel Rives. He can be reached at 520 S.W. Sixth Ave., Suite 920, Portland, Ore. 97204; phone: (503) 224-6602; fax: (503) 224-2764.

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Elizabeth Schwartz, an attorney with Perkins Coie in Portland, was recently voted partner. Her areas of emphasis include business and commercial litigation. She is the current president of Oregon Women Lawyers.

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Perkins Coie announces that Steve Hedberg has been selected managing partner of the firm’s Portland office. He is a national chair of the firm’s commercial transactions practice group. His practice includes insolvency and bankruptcy matters, workouts, creditors’ rights and related litigation, and troubled mergers and acquisitions. He has been a partner with the firm since 1992 and has served on many firm-wide committees.

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Coughlin, Leuenberger and Moon welcomes Chris Zuercher, who joined the Baker City law firm effective March 3. Zuercher is a former deputy district attorney for Baker County and graduated from University of Akron Law School in 2000. His practice includes criminal and civil litigation.

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Black Helterline has added six attorneys to its business and tax practices. Remi A. Baptiste, John A. Hirschy, Adam S. Rittenberg, David R. Simon and Kenneth A. Williams joined the firm as partners, and Lewis B. Hampton is of counsel to the firm. Baptiste, Hampton, Hirschy, Rittenberg and Williams were formerly with Hagen, Hirschy & Grein of Portland. Their practices include expertise in tax planning and tax controversy, estate planning, mergers and acquisitions and business law. Simon was formerly a partner with Tooze, Duden, Creamer, Frank & Hutchison. His practice emphasizes business, transactional, estate planning and cooperative law practice. Baptiste’s practice emphasizes corporate and general business, mergers and acquisitions and real estate law. Hirschy’s practice emphasizes estate planning, tax, corporate and general business law. Rittenberg’s practice emphasizes business law, estate planning, real estate law and employee benefits planning. Simon’s practice emphasizes business planning and transactional law, cooperative law and estate planning. Williams’ practice emphasizes real estate, banking and business transactions. Hampton’s practice emphasizes wealth design, estate planning, commercial law and business law.

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Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt announces that Michael A. Cohen and Alicia L. 'Lisa' Lowe have been named shareholders of the firm. Cohen joined the firm as an associate in 1997 after clerking for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. His practice is focused on intellectual property, complex litigation and entertainment law, with a particular emphasis on trademark and copyright litigation and prosecution. Cohen is the co-chair of the firm’s intellectual property practice group and sits on the firm’s technology committee and high-tech investment task force. Lowe joined the firm in 1992 and currently heads the firm’s Vancouver, Wash. office. Lowe represents numerous private businesses and individuals in business and estate planning, business and estate administration, and commercial and real estate transactions. She also represents public agencies and is currently general counsel for the Port of Vancouver. She has been selected by the Clark County Superior Court bench to serve as pro tem court commissioner, arbitrator and guardian ad litem.

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PGP Consulting, a subsidiary of PGP Valuation, has announced the appointment of Barton DeLacy to managing director. DeLacy’s appointment as managing director follows a six month start-up phase with the company. Prior to joining PGP Consulting, DeLacy directed the real estate consulting group at Arthur Andersen, leading the practice in Oregon, Washington and Idaho.

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Attorneys David Noren and Douglas Spencer, owners of the Delta Building at 217 E. Main in Hillsboro, have welcomed a new tenant – Kell, Alterman & Runstein of Portland. The two sole practitioners, who also have offices in the Hillsboro landmark, said the new Kell office occupies the same space as the late David Frost and offers services in many of the same legal disciplines as Frost. The new Kell branch is staffed by Vickie Wolk-Laniewski, Robert E. Kabacy and Lee Kell. They will concentrate on business transactions, estate planning and administration. Noren was once an associate at the Kell firm and has practiced in Hillsboro since 1989. His practice focuses on land use law and municipal matters. Spencer’s practice emphasizes criminal defense, family law and personal injury litigation. He has practiced in Hillsboro since 1976.

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Catherine S. Travis has joined Lane Powell Spears Lubersky as a partner where she will continue to focus her practice in the areas of bankruptcy and creditors’ rights. Travis has extensive experience in all areas of bankruptcy and creditors’ rights law, including representing local and out-of-state financial institutions and business clients in loan workouts, Chapter 11 business reorganizations, bankruptcy, foreclosure and receivership proceedings and commercial litigation. Travis is a frequent speaker before professional and civic groups on bankruptcy-related topics and has also taught debtor-creditor law as an adjunct professor at Northwestern School of Law.

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Nicole M. Jergovic, co-founding member of J&H Law, announces the opening of the office located at 1001 S.W. Fifth Ave., Suite 1100, Portland Ore. 97204; phone: (503) 220-1606. Jergovic’s practice will emphasize criminal defense, civil litigation and family law.

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The Oregon Health & Science University Foundation has named Drew C. Hunsinger Jr. associate director of planned giving. Hunsinger joins a staff of three planned giving officers who raise funds for OHSU and its affiliated pediatric hospital, Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. Before joining the OHSU Foundation, he was an attorney with Eugene-based Hershner, Hunter, Andrews, Neil & Smith, and with David W. Owens & Assoc., and Banks Law Office – both based in Portland.

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Justin Wirth has been appointed assistant attorney general in the natural resources section of the general counsel division with the Oregon Department of Justice. Wirth received his J.D. from the University of Oregon. Before attending law school, Wirth worked as a paralegal in non-profit and private practice in Los Angeles. During law school he clerked in DOJ’s trial division; he joined the department as an honors attorney in the natural resources section after law school graduation.

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Donna Bennett has been appointed assistant attorney general in the labor and employment section of the general counsel division of the Oregon Department of Justice. Bennett received her J.D. from Northwest School of Law of Lewis & Clark College. Bennett worked in human resources for public and private employers and has been in private practice in Portland.

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Linda Kessel has been appointed assistant attorney general in the labor and employment section of the general counsel division of the Oregon Department of Justice. Kessel received her J.D. from the University of Oregon. Kessel was a member of Order of the Coif and honor roll. Kessel has been in private practice in Eugene, handling labor and employment matters.

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Bullivant Houser Bailey has added attorney Thomas A. Gerber to the Portland office. Gerber has practiced law for 28 years and brings a broad range of legal experience to both the firm’s business and litigation groups. Prior to joining Bullivant, he was a partner with Dunn, Carney, Allen, Higgins & Tongue. His practice will further enhance the firm’s transactional and trial expertise in the areas of financial services, real estate and business transactions.

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Robert M. Tobiassen has been named chief counsel of the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, U.S. Treasury Department. The bureau was established under the Homeland Security Act of 2002 as part of the split-up of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

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Elizabeth Grant has been appointed assistant attorney general in the charitable activities section of the civil enforcement division with the Oregon Department of Justice. Grant received her J.D. from Northwestern College of Law of Lewis & Clark College. After law school graduation, Grant joined the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Consumer Protection.

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David Kramer has been appointed as attorney in charge of the torts section of the trial division of the Oregon Department of Justice. Kramer received his J.D. from Willamette University. Kramer has served as a judge advocate in the U.S. Air Force and as a deputy district attorney in Marion County. His previous assignments at DOJ include the former collections section of the general counsel division, corrections section of the trial division, and the financial fraud section of the civil enforcement division.

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K. Patrick Neill has become the managing partner of the firm of Hershner, Hunter, Andrews, Neill & Smith. He has been a part of Hershner Hunter since 1975 after graduating from the University of Southern California School of Law in 1971. Neill will continue his practice in civil litigation.

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Elizabeth Knight and Sheila Fox Morrison have joined Davis Wright Tremaine’s Portland office as associate attorneys. Knight’s practice will focus on employment litigation and general litigation. Prior to joining the firm, she spent three years at Dunn, Carney, Allen, Higgins & Tongue. Knight received her J.D. from the University of Oregon School of Law. Morrison’s practice will focus on intellectual property. Prior to joining the firm, she spent more than four years as an associate at the Palo Alto, Calif., firm of Carr & Ferrell. Morrison received her J.D. from the University of San Francisco School of Law.

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The law offices of Wm. Bruce Shepley have moved to downtown Oregon City. He can now be reached at 615 Main St., Suite 202, Oregon City, Ore. 97045. His telephone number remains (503) 657-4436, but he has a new fax number: (503) 650-5978.

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Preston, Gates & Ellis announces that Ann L. Sherman has brought her public finance practice to the firm. Sherman joins the firm as a partner in the Portland office, where she will lead the firm’s bond lawyers jointly with Harvey Rogers. She brings with her associate lawyer Heather Tourville, two bond professionals and support staff. A former vice chair of the ABA’s Public Finance Committee of the Urban, State and Local Government Law Section, Sherman brings broad experience in public finance, including state and federal tax and securities law.

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Marger, Johnson & McCollom announces that Elmer Galbi has joined the firm as an of counsel attorney. Galbi previously was in private practice, handling patent matters for companies such as Atcomm Corporation, Digimarc Corporation, iMove Corporation and various Seiko subsidiaries. Additionally, he has served as senior counsel for IBM Corp., director of intellectual property for Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) and vice president and patent counsel for Seiko Communication Systems. Galbi is a member of the New York, California and Washington, D.C. bar associations and has been admitted to practice before the U.S. Patent Office.

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After 19 years as house counsel in the insurance industry and a well-deserved, self-imposed sabbatical, Edd Olson has returned to the general practice of law and is available for arbitration, consultation, contract work and association. Currently, Olson may be reached at his home office at 33575 S.W. Ladd Hill Road, Wilsonville, Ore. 97070; phone: (503) 625-1839; e-mail: EdwardOlson@juno.com.

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Public finance attorneys Doug Goe and Townsend Hyatt have joined Orrick’s Pacific Northwest team as partners based in Portland. They were previously associated with Ater Wynne, where they presided over the bond counsel practice and a nationally recognized Indian tribe finance practice. Goe chaired the Public Finance Group at Ater Wynne and has served as underwriter’s counsel on financings for one of the nation’s largest municipally owned generators of hydroelectric power. Hyatt has a Indian-tribe finance practice and is recognized as one of the principal authorities in the field. He represents more than two dozen tribal governments across the country and is widely published on the subject of Indian tribe finance.

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Perkins Coie announces the addition of two new associates to the Portland office. Stephanie Hines (left) is an associate in the litigation group. She earned a B.A. from the University of Sioux Falls in 1999 and received her J.D. from Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College in May of last year. Also, Adrienne Whitworth has joined the firm as an associate in the litigation and labor and employment groups. She earned a B.A. from Willamette University in 1998 and received her J.D. from the University of Oregon School of Law in May of last year. Both Hines and Whitworth were summer associates in Perkins Coie’s Portland office in 2001.

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Thomas Sponsler, a former Multnomah County attorney and Gresham city attorney, has joined Beery & Elsner. Sponsler provides legal services to local governments on a wide range of topics including charters and statutes, public meeting law, public ethics law, elections and ballot measures and library and privacy issues.

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Kirsten C. Meneghello has joined the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon Foundation as planned giving coordinator. Meneghello was formerly an associate director of planned giving for the OHSU and Doernbecher foundations. She left her former position in 2001 to stay home with her baby daughter. Between 2001 and 2003, she remained active in the planned giving community through consulting with Charitable Estate Planning Northwest and activities with the NW Planned Giving Roundtable. Meneghello can be reached at (503) 906-1146 or kmeneghello@ssmo.org.

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Keith Tichenor and Daniel Dziuba announce that John Coletti, formerly of Baisch and Coletti Trial Lawyers, has joined them as a partner. The firm will now be Tichenor, Dziuba & Coletti. Coletti will continue to represent persons injured by negligence and defective products.

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H. Scott Raivio, Andrew M. Kohlmetz, and James R. Gregory announce the formation of their law firm, Raivio, Kohlmetz & Gregory. The firm’s practice areas include criminal defense and civil plaintiffs’ trial work in all state and federal courts in Oregon. The firm is seeking to develop a Washington state practice in the near future. Raivio received his J.D. from the John Marshall Law School in 1975. He is licensed in both Illinois and Oregon and brings more than 28 years of trial experience to the firm. Kohlmetz received his J.D. from the University of Oregon School of Law in 1995. Gregory received his J.D. from Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College in 1996. Both Kohlmetz and Gregory have seven or more years of trial experience throughout Oregon. All three were formerly associated with Rieke & Savage, where their practices emphasized serious felony criminal defense including homicide.

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Watkinson, Laird, Rubenstein, Baldwin & Burgess announces that B. Kevin Burgess has been named managing shareholder of the firm. Burgess became a shareholder of the firm in 1995. His practice continues to emphasize health law and all aspects of employment law. He is a frequent speaker on employment and benefit issues. He is a current member of the Lane County Bar and the OSB, a past secretary of the Oregon New Lawyers Division of the OSB and a current member of the OSB Local Professional Responsibility Committee. He also has served on numerous committees of the Lane County Bar the past 14 years.

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Watkinson, Laird, Rubenstein, Baldwin & Burgess welcomes Abigail A. Klinect, who has joined the firm as an associate attorney. Klinect earned a J.D. from the University of Oregon School of Law and is active in the OSB Oregon New Lawyers Division, Law School Outreach subcommittee. She is also a member of the Lane County Bar Association, Lane County Bar New Lawyers Committee and Law School Mentoring subcommittee. Her practice emphasizes general litigation and includes real property issues.

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Carrie A. Richter joined Garvey Schubert Barer as an associate on April 1 in the firm’s Portland office. Richter joins the business group with an emphasis on land use matters working on municipal, land use, water law, energy law and environmental law issues. She received her J.D. from Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College in 2000. Previously, she was an associate attorney at Hutchison, Hammond & Walsh in West Linn.

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Tonkon Torp announces that Caroline Harris Crowne has joined the litigation department as an associate. Harris Crowne previously clerked for the Hon. Charles S. Haight in the Southern District of New York. While attending New York University School of Law, she mediated disputes in civil court, in small claims court and at the Manhattan Mediation Center. She also served as an articles editor on the NYU Law Review.

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Andrea J. Anderly has been named manager of the East Portland office of Gevurtz, Menashe, Larson & Howe. Anderly joined the firm as an associate attorney in 1999. She received her J.D. from Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College. Anderly is active in the Multnomah and Clackamas County bar associations, Oregon Women Lawyers (board member), Oregon Family Institute (advisory board member), Clackamas County Family Court Services, Oregon Academy of Family Law Practitioners and Clackamas County Bar Association family law group (co-chair).


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