Attorney Andrew D. Barofsky has joined the nanotechnology and microtechnology law practice group of Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt. He will also serve as a member of the firms business and technology practice group. Barofsky specializes in corporate law, intellectual property and patent law for science and technology companies and has recognized expertise in technology transfer and commercialization in a variety of corporate, academic and health-care settings. Barofsky most recently served as an associate at Boston-based Testa, Hurwitz & Thibeault.
The law offices of Walters, Chanti & Zennaché announces that Katherine Chamberlain (pictured) has joined the firm as an associate. Chamberlain graduated from the University of Oregon School of Law in 2004. Her practice will focus on civil rights, discrimination and employment litigation. The firm regrets to announce the retirement of David Dickens and Jacqueline Romm. Walters and Chanti continue to specialize in civil rights and employment law. Zennachés focus is on family law matters.
Stoel Rives has added Dan Grinfas to its 35-lawyer labor and employment group. Grinfas was previously the director of the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries Technical Assistance for Employers program, a position he held since 1998.
Stephen C. Hendricks and Rebecca Whitney-Smith announce the formation of their new partnership, Hendricks & Whitney-Smith. The firm focuses on representation of plaintiffs in professional malpractice and serious injury cases, as well as offering legal services to business and corporate clients. Hendricks is experienced in trial work and medical malpractice cases and has practiced in the Portland area for 25 years. Whitney-Smith joins him from the Klamath Falls area, where she has practiced general law for the past nine years. She developed an interest in professional malpractice during her years spent as a registered nurse working in the area of critical care.
John R. Barhoum has joined Lane Powell Spears Lubersky as an associate in the firms litigation department, where he will focus his practice on products and personal injury litigation. He received his J.D. from Lewis & Clark Law School. He was a recipient of the Deans Fellowship for Excellence Scholarship and the West Group Award for Outstanding Scholastic Achievement. Barhoum is a member of the Journal of Small and Emerging Business Law.
Saalfeld Griggs, with offices in Salem and Bend, announces that Amy K. LeFore has recently joined the firms estate planning practice group in Salem. LeFore obtained her law degree from Willamette University College of Law in 2004. LeFores practice will focus on assisting clients in estate planning and trust administration.
Jeffrey N. Watkins has been named senior regional counsel for international trade law in the Asia Pacific region for Sony Electronics Pte. Ltd., based in Singapore. Watkins has responsibility for legal and government affairs in the areas of regional free trade agreements, customs and valuation issues, and World Trade Organization-related legal and policy issues for the Pan-Asia region. Previously, he was a senior associate at the international law firm of Baker & McKenzie in Taipei, Taiwan. He is joined in Singapore by his wife, Kristen Harris, also an OSB member, and together they comprise two-thirds of the OSB members in Singapore. "It would be nice to have some visitors from Oregon," says Watkins. He can be reached at email@example.com; phone: (65) 6544-7727.
Landye Bennett Blumstein welcomes Michelle K. McClure as a partner in the firms Portland office. She will continue focusing her practice on products liability, construction defects, health care and personal injury litigation. Previously, she worked with Portland law firms Foster Pepper Tooze and Pozzi Wilson Atchison. She also served as deputy district attorney for Marion County. McClure is a member of Search One K-9 Detection, Inc. She and her canine are state-certified in human remains detection, and they assist local law enforcement agencies with missing persons and homicide cases.
The immigration law office of Hecht & Smith announces that Allison Mosher has become an associate at the firm. Mosher is a graduate of the University of Oregon School of Law.
Bend attorney Teresa Hutchens-Collins has accepted a full-time position as family court mediator for Mohave County Superior Court in Kingman, Ariz. She closed her family law practice and family mediation business, Cascade Conflict Solutions, in October and assumed her new position effective Nov. 9. Reach her at 127 East Beale St., P.O. Box 7000, Kingman, AZ 86402; phone: (520) 753-0795.
Brady M. Bustany has joined Lane Powell Spears Lubersky as an associate in the firms litigation department, where he will focus his practice on commercial and health care litigation. Bustany comes to Lane Powell from K&R Law Group in Los Angeles, where as an associate in the litigation practice group, he worked on a variety of matters, including complex contract disputes, general business litigation, managed health care liability, administrative actions and appeals. He received his J.D. from the University of California at Los Angeles, where he was editor-in-chief of the law school periodical, The Docket.
Ater Wynne has opened a new office in Menlo Park, Calif., additing to its current offices in Portland, Seattle and Californias Bay Area. The new office is located at 525 Middlefield Road., Suite 150, Menlo Park, CA 94025.
Erin K. Olson has opened her own law office in downtown Portland. Her practice will continue to emphasize the civil representation of crime victims in Oregon, Washington and federal courts, with a focus on the recovery of compensation for victims of sexual abuse and financial exploitation. The Law Office of Erin Olson is located at 806 S.W. Broadway, Suite 800, Portland, OR 97205; phone: (503) 546-3150; fax: (503) 546-2200; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Preston Gates & Ellis has added Carol Pratt to its growing life sciences practice. Pratt, a former neuroscientist, brings extensive experience in federal and state regulatory issues associated with the development of new medical and health products. Pratts regulatory practice focuses on FDA law, medical research and HIPAA. She provides strategic advice to clients including domestic and foreign manufacturers, distributors and inventors of medical and health products, including pharmaceutical, biotech, medical device, dietary supplement and cosmetic companies.
Leah B. Cronn has joined Lane Powell Spears Lubersky as an associate in the firms litigation department, where she will focus her practice in the area of white collar criminal defense and government enforcement, representing business entities and individuals who are facing regulatory enforcement issues, government investigations and criminal prosecutions. Cronn comes to Lane Powell from Markowitz, Herbold, Glade & Mehlhaf, where she worked as a litigation associate on a variety of matters, including product liability, class actions, contract and employment disputes.
Forrest (Joe) Rieke announces the relocation of the offices of Forrest Rieke & Associates. Since June 2004, the main office is at 39120 Proctor Blvd, Suite 5, Sandy, OR 97055. The branch office is at 522 S.W. 5th Ave., Suite 917, Portland, OR 97204; phone: (503) 668-5454. He has been an active community volunteer, serving on the Portland School Board for 15 years and the United Way Board; he is currently on the Mount Hood Museum and Cultural Center board.
Christopher Clayhold joined Forrest Rieke & Associates in January 2004. Clayhold brings a strong investigative background along with trial experience to the practice. Their practice will primarily involve criminal defense and related work. They welcome referrals from other lawyers, including those who wish to retain their clients for all other legal matters and desire to play a role in the criminal case.
David Novick has been appointed associate vice president for academic affairs of the University of Texas at El Paso. He had served as chair of the department of computer science since 1999. He continues to serve as SBC Professor of Computer Science. In his new role, he is focusing on promoting interdisciplinary research and coordinating UTEPs research centers.
Fred Ruby has been appointed as the attorney in charge of the civil recovery section of the civil enforcement division with the Oregon Department of Justice. Ruby received his J.D. from the University of Oregon. Ruby worked for a number of years in private practice in Portland before joining DOJ in 2002 as a senior assistant attorney general in the civil recovery section of the civil enforcement division.
Susan Howe has been appointed as a senior assistant attorney general in the appellate division with the Oregon Department of Justice. Howe received her J.D. from the University of Michigan. After law school graduation, Howe was in private practice in Portland and worked as a deputy district attorney in Multnomah County. She joined the trial division of DOJ in 2001.
Erin Lagesen has been appointed as an assistant attorney general in the appellate division with the Oregon Department of Justice. Lagesen received her J.D. from Willamette University, where she was editor-in-chief of the Law Review. Lagesen clerked for DOJ during law school. Following law school graduation she clerked for the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and practiced with a private Portland firm.
Wallace W. Lien, P.C., welcomes Dennis Koho to the firm as an associate attorney. Koho is a recent graduate of Willamette University College of Law where he was awarded the schools first certificate in law and government. Koho will focus his practice in the areas of land use, municipal and administrative law. He has extensive experience in public service management and community affairs, serving three terms as mayor of Keizer and almost 12 years as a director of Salem Electric. He currently is a director and past-president of Salem Keizer Transit.
Hinshaw & Culbertson announces the addition of René C. Holmes to the Portland office. Holmes focuses her practice in the area of professional liability, with an emphasis on defending lawyers in legal malpractice matters. Previously, she was a Marion County deputy district attorney for six years in Salem. She was also she was a law clerk for the Department of Justice, family law section. Holmes as served as an adjunct professor at Western Oregon University, where she taught criminal procedure and evidence in the courtroom.
Edward Hong joined the office of general counsel for the FBI in November 2004. He obtained his J.D. from the Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College in 2001. He was formerly a trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice through the Attorney Generals Honors Program in Washington, D.C.
The DuBoff Law Group announces that William H. Dolan has become an associate with the firms litigation group. Dolan graduated cum laude from Lewis & Clark Law School in 2004, where he received a certificate in general business law. He has been published in the Journal of Law and Education, the Journal of Small and Emerging Business Law, the ABAs Entertainment and Sports Law newsletter and the Oregon Intellectual Property nwsletter. His practice will include complex business and intellectual property litigation.
Diment & Walker announce that Morgan D. Diment has become an associate with the firm. He is a 2004 graduate of the University of Oregon School of Law. His practice will emphasize domestic relations, general civil litigation and criminal law. He can be reached at 767 Willamette St., Suite 208, Eugene, OR 97401; phone: (541) 484-2422; fax: (541) 484-9395; e-mail: email@example.com.
Robin P. Church announces the opening of her solo law practice, with offices in Springfield and Oakridge, specializing in debtor representation in bankruptcy. Church received her bachelors degree in literature and philosophy from Reed College in Portland and her J.D. from the University of Washington School of Law. She can be reached at 500 Main St., Suite C., Springfield, OR 97477; phone: (541) 741-2428; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The partners of Sussman Shank welcome John A. Schwimmer as special counsel of the firm. Prior to joining Sussman Shank, Schwimmer practiced law for 21 years, all with Alschuler, Grossman, Stein & Kahan in Los Angeles, where he was a partner. His practice focuses on complex business litigation in the areas of securities, contracts, corporate governance, class action defense, "business divorce," real estate, insurance and intellectual property.
Deirdre Farley has joined the legal department of Weight Watchers International as senior corporate counsel. Farley was previously with Quebecor World USA Inc., a multinational printing company. Prior to that, she was in-house counsel, including senior counsel, employment, for 10 years at BASF Corporation, a multinational chemical company.