Oregon State Bar Bulletin — APRIL 2006

Moves

Bateman, Seidel, Miner, Blomgren, Chellis & Gram welcomes two associates to the firm. Travis Hall joins the litigation practice group, focusing on commercial/business litigation and appellate advocacy. He served in the Army JAG Corps for six years. His most recent assignment was as the senior defense trial counsel for his region. He also served several years as an international law judge advocate and Arab linguist, which included a deployment to Iraq in 2003. Prior to the JAG Corps, Hall was a judicial clerk for the Hon. William Keys. He is an adjunct professor at his law school alma mater, Northwestern School of Law. Kevin Vaillancourt joins the affordable housing practice group, focusing on the financing and development of multi-family residential housing utilizing the low income housing tax credit. Previously he served a tour as a foreign service officer with the U.S. Department of State. Earlier, Vaillancourt was an associate in the Portland office of Preston, Gates & Ellis. He received his J.D. from Willamette University College of Law in 2001.

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McNeil Law Office announces the hiring of associate attorney Shawna R. Meyer, formerly in-house counsel for Merchant Processing in Aloha. Meyer obtained her J.D. from the Willamette College of Law in 2000, and holds three undergraduate degrees from Oregon State University. She specializes in representing small- and medium-size businesses with litigation, employment and regulatory matters. She can be reached at McNeil Law Office, 1323 N.E. Orenco Station Pkwy., Suite 310, Hillsboro, OR 97124; (503) 615-8336; or Shawna@mcneillawoffice.com.

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Ater Wynne has named business attorney Doug Morris partner and welcomes new associate Amie Jamieson to the firm’s Portland office. Morris, a member of the firm’s business department, focuses on mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings and general corporate representation of technology and high-growth companies. His experience includes working with buyers and sellers to negotiate and document mergers and acquisitions, and working with investors and companies to negotiate and close equity and debt financings. He also advises clients regarding antitrust and trade regulation issues. Jamieson is an associate in the regulated industries and business departments. She works with various types of utilities in Oregon and Alaska on regulatory compliance and with tribal enterprises on utility-related matters. She also advises businesses on entity formation and financing. She is a 2005 graduate of the Lewis & Clark Law School where she served as managing editor of the Environmental Law Review.

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On Feb. 8, Stahancyk, Kent, Johnson & Hook celebrated the eighth anniversary of the firm’s central Oregon office. The office is managed by Joel Kent and practices family law and estate planning. Firm partner Ron Johnson is now living in Prineville and has been promoted to managing partner in Prineville. The Prineville office will practice family law, divorce, child custody, wills and trusts, as well as providing assistance with real estate transactions.

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David W. Smiley announces the opening of his new law office. Smiley, a 1995 graduate of the University of Oregon School of Law, continues to concentrate his practice on business, corporate, tax, elder law and complex estate planning. He is also a California certified public accountant. He can be contacted at (541) 318-1288 or david@dwsmiley.com.

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Patent attorney Geoffrey K. Cooper, formerly of Birdwell Janke in Portland, has joined Schwegman, Lundberg, Woessner & Kluth of Minneapolis as an associate, specializing in the prosecution of patents in the pharmaceutical, chemical and biotech fields. Cooper received both his J.D. and Ph.D. degree in chemistry from the University of Oregon.

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Perkins Coie announces that Christopher W. Rich has joined the firm as of counsel in the environmental and natural resources group in the Portland office. Rich was a senior attorney/partner in the environmental law practice at Rycewicz & Chenoweth in Portland. His areas of emphasis include clean-up of contaminated properties, government enforcement matters, water quality issues and general environmental compliance and litigation. He chairs the environment and economic development committee for the Oregon Business Association, sits on the board of directors of the Oregon Environmental Council and participates in various advisory committees of the state Department of Environmental Quality.

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Shawn M. Dickey announces the opening of her law office at 4000 S.W. Kruse Way Place, Bldg. 2 Suite 340, Lake Oswego, OR 97035. Her contact information: phone: (503) 675-1767; fax: (503) 697-1497 and e-mail: shawndickeyattorney@ teleport.com.

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Schnitzer Steel Industries Inc. announces the hiring of Richard C. Josephson as vice president and general counsel. Josephson had practiced for 32 years in the Portland office of Stoel Rives, which continues to represent Schnitzer on a variety of matters.

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Misti Johnson has joined Dunn, Carney, Allen, Higgins & Tongue as an associate in the real estate and land use group. She will focus on real estate and land use issues, including commercial leases, real estate sales and management. Johnson practiced law in Salem where she focused primarily on real estate transactions and land use applications and appeals. During law school she was a judicial intern for the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals and served as editor-in-chief for the Oregon Review of International Law.

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Buckley LeChevallier announces that Michelle E. Lentzner has joined the firm as an associate. Lentzner received her J.D. from the Hastings College of Law at the University of California. Her practice emphasizes employment law, business litigation, privacy rights and protection of intellectual property.

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Kelly Struhs and Joshua Ross have joined Stoll, Stoll, Berne, Lokting & Shlachter as associates of the firm. Struhs joins the firm as a business and real estate lawyer, representing clients in the development, acquisition, leasing and financing of a variety of commercial office, industrial, restaurant and residential properties. Her practice has a special emphasis in condominiums and condominium law. She also represents a variety of developers and homeowners’ associations. She graduated from St. Louis University School of Law. Struhs chairs the Multnomah Bar Association Young Lawyers Section pro bono committee. Ross concentrates on complex business and securities litigation for the firm. Previously he clerked for the Hon. Rick Haselton of the Oregon Court of Appeals. He is a graduate of the Lewis & Clark Law School and has an honors degree in Middle Eastern Studies and Hebrew from the University of Texas at Austin.

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Gary C. Young has opened his own law office in Gresham, specializing in personal injury and business law, at: 1217 N.E. Burnside Road, Suite 201, Gresham, OR 97030; phone: (503) 667-4800.

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Joe McKeever has been appointed as a senior assistant attorney general in the human services section of the general counsel division with the Oregon Department of Justice. McKeever received his J.D. from Ohio State University. Before attending law school, McKeever was a Peace Corps volunteer and teacher. Later McKeever was an attorney with Lane County Legal Aid and in private practice. He joined DOJ in 1987 as a member of the education section of the general counsel division.

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Herb Harry has been appointed as a senior assistant attorney general in the human services section of the general counsel division with the Oregon Department of Justice. Harry received his J.D. from the University of Oregon. He served in the U.S. Army in the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate before joining DOJ in May 2003, as a member of the labor and employment section of the general counsel division.

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Camilla Johnston has been appointed as an assistant attorney general in the human services section of the general counsel division with the Oregon Department of Justice. Johnston received her J.D. from the University of Oregon. Johnston was a trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice. She joined the commercial and environmental section of the trial division of DOJ in 2004.

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Mark Lay has been appointed as an assistant attorney general in the torts section of the trial division with the Oregon Department of Justice. Lay received his J.D. from Willamette University. Lay has been in private practice in Portland and Hillsboro.

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Hilary Jacobson has been appointed as an assistant attorney general in the family law section of the civil enforcement division with the Oregon Department of Justice. Jacobson received her J.D. from Seattle University School of Law. Before law school Jacobson was a social worker.

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Legal Aid Services of Oregon has named Kristy Barrett as the director of its Native American Program. NAPOLS serves Native American tribes and individuals throughout Oregon, including representation of tribal members in juvenile court. Barrett has been with Legal Aid since 1998 and prior to that was a deputy district attorney in Clackamas County and a volunteer with the Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence.

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Happy to return to the Pacific Northwest, Kristina Silja Bennard has joined the Seattle office of Davis Wright Tremaine as an appellate litigation practice associate. Previously, Bennard was an associate in the Washington, D.C. office of Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw and as clerk for the Hon. Diarmuid F. O’Scannlain on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. The 2001 Harvard Law School graduate served as co-editor in chief of the Harvard Women’s Law Journal.

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Shawn M. Lindsay has joined Markowitz, Herbold, Glade & Mehlhaf as an associate. For the past four years, Lindsay was an associate with Portland metropolitan-based Harris Berne Christensen, where he represented clients in complex commercial and intellectual property litigation. During law school, he worked as an interpreter for the U.S. Federal District Court and was a law clerk extern to U.S. District Court Judge Sam A. Crow. He obtained his J.D. from Washburn University School of Law in Topeka, Kan. Lindsay’s practice will include commercial and IP litigation, and domestic and international IP transactions.

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Lisa M. Umscheid has joined Ball Janik’s employment department as special counsel. Previously she served as a senior attorney at Metro after having a private practice in Portland. She is a 1992 graduate of Willamette University College of Law where she was the executive editor of the Willamette Law Review. She serves on the OSB Leadership College Advisory Board, the government law section executive committee and is the current chair of the MBA Equality Committee.

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Gary Carl has been appointed by Gov. Ted Kulongoski to serve as Oakridge justice of the peace. Carl received his his J.D. from the University of Oregon School of Law. In 2005, Carl retired from private practice in Eugene. He will replace Charles Navarro, who resigned in September 2005.

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Thorp, Purdy, Jewett, Urness & Wilkinson announces that Lance A. LeFever has become a shareholder with the firm. LeFever’s practice concentration is in civil litigation. He joined the law firm in October 2000.

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Parr Lumber Co. welcomes Jeffrey F. Nudelman as general counsel. Nudelman was a partner with Garvey Schubert Barer, practiced law for almost 20 years and served on the executive committee of the OSB Business Law Section. The University of Oregon graduate earned his J.D. at Northwestern School of Law at Lewis & Clark College.

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Landye Bennett Blumstein welcomes Jennifer L. Gates as an associate with the firm. Gates comes from a law practice in Washington D.C. She focuses on environmental litigation, personal injury, products liability and business litigation. She obtained her B.A., an M.A. in urban and regional planning, as well as her law degree from the University of Iowa. She is a member of the Oregon, Virginia and the District of Columbia bars.

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Arlene A. Platt is changing her practice effective April 6 from the former partnership of Platt & Weinstein to a sole proprietorship. She will continue her family law practice with the same contact information at: 777 High St. Suite 260, Eugene, OR 97401; phone: (541) 683-0808; fax: (541) 687-0985 and e-mail: aplattatty@aol.com.

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Patrick A. Lynd has joined the litigation group at the Eugene firm Hershner Hunter as an associate. Lynd is a 1995 graduate of the University of Oregon School of Journalism and a 1998 graduate of the University of Oregon School of Law. He spent five years as a civil litigator in Eugene and is a board member of the Lane County Bar Association.

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Portland law firm Bullard Smith Jernstedt Wilson introduces the firm’s new partner, Adam S. Collier, who practices management labor and employment law.

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Brenna Tanzosh has joined Gevurtz Menashe as an associate attorney. Her practice will focus on contempt, third-party custody, parenting time, divorce, grandparent rights, domestic violence, abuse and neglect issues and juvenile matters. She serves as co-chair of the Oregon Trial Lawyers’ family law section, and is on the membership committee of the group’s Young Lawyers division.

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Richard Maizels has moved his office three floors down to room 1025 of the American Bank Building, 621 S.W. Morrison St. His phone number: (503) 223 2126 and e-mail address: RMAIZELS@ comcast.net remain the same, but his new fax number is (503) 274 8575. He will continue to offer his arbitration and mediation services.

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Perkins Coie announces that Jeff Hunter, a partner in the firm’s national environment and natural resources practice, is relocating from its Denver office to Portland. Hunter’s practice focuses primarily on environmental compliance and civil and criminal enforcement defense, natural resources development, real estate development and insurance litigation. He is currently licensed in Colorado and Oregon and is a member of the natural resources, energy, and environment law section of the ABA.

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Homestead Capital, an equity investor in multi-family affordable housing, has added two OSB members to its staff: Rick Fernandez, vice president for acquisitions, oversees acquisition and development of affordable housing properties. Currently co-vice chair of the Housing Authority of Portland, Fernandez previously managed acquisition and development for Guardian Management and oversaw affordable housing investments in eight Western states as vice president with U.S. Bancorp Community Development Corporation. Previously he was a real estate attorney with Ball Janik. Monica Makin, director for asset management, is responsible for maintaining the long-term asset quality of the properties in which Homestead Capital invests by ensuring that the properties comply with federal Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) regulations. An attorney and certified credit compliance professional, Makin most recently provided technical, asset management and compliance advice on LIHTC and HUD Section 8 projects to clients including the Portland Development Commission and Homestead Capital.

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Timothy C. Chiang-Lin has joined the Metropolitan Public Defender’s Multnomah County office. He received his B.S. from New York University and graduated from the University of Washington Law School. He worked as a law clerk for the Tulalip Tribal Court and as bail intern at the Alaska Public Defender Agency.

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Rachel M. Philips has joined the Metropolitan Public Defender and will be working in the Multnomah County office. She received her law degree from Lewis & Clark Law School. She worked as an associate attorney with Brindle, McCaslin & Lee in Hillsboro.

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Beverly J. Woodward has moved her office to One S.W. Columbia, Suite 1850, Portland, OR 97258, where she will continue to emphasize domestic relations, wills and probate. She welcomes referrals. Her phone number remains (503) 241-4925.

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Arnold, Gallagher, Saydack, Percell, Roberts & Potter announces the addition of Micheal M. Reeder as an associate attorney. Reeder received his J.D. in 2003 from the University of Oregon School of Law, where he clerked with the state Land Use Board of Appeals. Prior to joining the firm he was an assistant city attorney for the city of Ashland. His principal areas of practice will be land use, real estate and municipal law.

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Legislative leaders have named state Department of Justice attorney Ann Boss as the Oregon Legislature’s top legal adviser, making her the first woman legislative counsel in Oregon. She will manage a staff that translates lawmakers’ ideas for new laws into formal bills and writes Oregon statutes. Boss also will provide legal opinions to the legislature and individual lawmakers, as requested. Boss has worked for eight years as a Department of Justice labor and employment specialist. Boss previously practiced for 13 years for private firms in Portland and Houston, in business, employment and banking law.

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Catherine D. Susman has joined the law firm of Speer, Hoyt, Jones, Feinman, Poppe, Wolf & Griffith. Her practice will continue to emphasize business and real estate transactions, tax and intellectual property.

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Anton H. Labrentz announces the recent opening of his office for the practice of law, availing his professional services to lawyers, law firms and the public. He is a 2005 Golden Gate University School of Law graduate, where he was a member of the moot court board. His office is located at: 311 B Ave., Suite D, Lake Oswego, OR 97034. He can be reached by phone: (503) 635-3510; fax: (503) 635-7130; or email: LabrentzEsq@aol.com.

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Jennifer K. Neth has joined Meyer & Wyse as an associate, focusing her practice on estate planning, probate and litigation. Neth recently completed clerkships with Judge Henry Kantor and Judge Eric Bergstrom. She received her J.D. from the University of Wisconsin and B.A. from the University of Washington.

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Jeffrey A. Johnson, a former partner with Cosgrave Vergeer Kester, has accepted the position of executive vice president and general counsel with Wilson Construction Co., a high-voltage electrical construction company based in Canby, with offices in Sacramento, San Diego and Phoenix (www.wilsonconst.com). He can be reached at: (503) 263-6882 or: jjohnson@ wilsonconst.com.


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