Oregon State Bar Bulletin — DECEMBER 2006
Moves

Watkinson, Laird, Rubenstein, Baldwin & Burgess announces that Derek D. Simmons has become a shareholder of the firm. Simmons earned a J.D. from the Northwestern School of Law at Lewis & Clark College. He joined the firm in 2002 after a two-year clerkship with the Hon. David V. Brewer on the Oregon Court of Appeals. His practice will continue to focus in the areas of health law, business organizations and transactions, limited liability companies and emerging business.

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Senior intellectual property lawyer Paula Holm Jensen has joined Tonkon Torp to co-chair the firm’s intellectual property practice group with partner Vicki A. Ballou. Holm Jensen’s practice emphasizes license agreements, copyright and trademark activities, and all types of technology transactions. She has been honored in The Best Lawyers in America for information technology law and has served on the entrepreneur services committee of the Oregon Entrepreneurs Forum since 2003.

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Stoel Rives partner Jennifer Martin, an experienced energy attorney, has returned to the firm’s Portland office after spending several years in its Salt Lake City office. Martin’s practice focuses on state and federal energy regulation. As a member of the Stoel Rives energy and telecommunications and independent power practice groups, she has represented a variety of energy industry clients in matters such as regulatory compliance, mergers and acquisitions, and electric industry restructuring.

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Jane Hickman has been named administrator of the Department of Environmental Quality’s Office of Compliance and Enforcement. She replaces Anne Price, who has relocated to California to pursue other interests. Hickman worked in the Office of Compliance and Enforcement as an environmental law specialist for eight years prior to her appointment as administrator.

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Thorp, Purdy, Jewett, Urness & Wilkinson announces the association of Brian J. Millington as an attorney in its Springfield office. Millington attended the University of Oregon School of Law and received a J.D. in 2006. He was admitted to the Oregon State Bar in 2006 and joined the firm in September. His areas of emphasis are civil litigation, personal injury, appellate law and business law. Also joining the Springfield office is Andrew Clark, whose practice will include general municipal law, public contracting, real estate law and land use. Previously, Clark was a senior assistant attorney general in the business transaction section of the general counsel division with the Oregon Department of Justice. Clark received his J.D. from the University of Oregon School of Law in 1988.

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The immigration law office of Hecht & Norman announces the addition of Callie Gautreaux to the firm. Gautreaux is a recent graduate of the University of Oregon School of Law and spent three years in Paraguay with the Peace Corps. Her practice will focus solely on immigration law.

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Jennifer Williamson has been hired as Oregon Department of Education public affairs manager. She will assume many of the duties of communications, legislative affairs, partner/stakeholder relations and community outreach. Previously, she was the government relations associate for Portland State University. She was an attorney with Davis Wright Tremaine in Portland. She has also worked as a public affairs specialist with Intel Corp. and as a legislative research assistant at the office of Sen. Mark O. Hatfield. She completed a summer program in Chinese law at the East China University of Politics and Law in Shanghai, China.

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Sharon Bolesky joins Lane Powell as an associate in the firm’s labor and employment practice group. Previously, she worked as a law clerk at the Oregon Department of Justice and also served as a judicial extern for the Hon. Robert E. Jones. Bolesky received her J.D. from Lewis & Clark Law School.

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Adam C. Clanton, former law clerk to the High Court of American Samoa, has joined the Portland office of Williams, Kastner & Gibbs as an associate. Clanton’s practice focuses on civil litigation, including medical, hospital and professional liability, commercial litigation, product liability and construction defects. He received his J.D. from the University of California’s Hastings College of the Law.

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Jordan Schrader has announced the addition of attorney John J. Hickey to the firm’s "dirt law" practice group as an attorney. The University of Oregon law school graduate is also a licensed civil engineer in Massachusetts. He has previously worked as a project engineer for residential, commercial and public works projects, including Boston’s "Big Dig." OSB member Denise Jarrard brings an academic and legal background to Jordan Schrader’s business law practice group. She will support the firm’s estate planning, probate and business practices in the capacity of paralegal. A member of Oregon and Illinois state bars, Jarrard practiced law in Oregon as a sole practitioner and as an associate in two prominent Chicago law firms.

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The Bend law firm of Hurley, Re & Gruetter announces the addition of attorney Jennifer L. Coughlin. Coughlin attended Lewis & Clark Law School and became the third generation of attorneys in her family. She will practice land use, litigation and employment law.

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Samuels, Yoelin, Kantor, Seymour & Spinrad announces that Irina S. Batrakova has joined the Portland firm. Batrakova is a native of Russia. While in high school, she was selected to participate in the Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State as part of the Freedom Support Act of 1992. The act supports activities that contribute to economic and democratic reform and development in the countries of the former Soviet Union. She was one of 1,200 talented and motivated students who spent the 1994 academic year in the United States with a goal to enhance an understanding and dialogue between the people of the U.S. and Russia. She earned her J.D. from Lewis & Clark Law School. Batrakova served as an associate attorney at Brislawn Lofton Gregorek before joining the firm.

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Kyra Hazilla has joined Metropolitan Public Defender Services as a staff attorney and will be working in the Washington County office. Hazilla attended the University of Michigan Law School (and School of Social Work), graduating in 2006.

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Samuels, Yoelin, Kantor, Seymour & Spinrad announces that Jeffrey M. Cheyne has joined the Portland firm as of counsel. Cheyne represents individuals and businesses in the areas of estate, tax, business and real estate planning. He practices in Oregon and Washington. He previously served as an attorney at Brislawn Lofton Gregorek. He holds a J.D. and a master’s of laws in taxation from the University of San Diego. He is also licensed to practice before the U.S. Tax Court and has represented numerous clients in administrative appeals before the Internal Revenue Service. He has written several articles for bar publications, including the family and juvenile justice, taxation and elder law newsletters.

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Samuels, Yoelin, Kantor, Seymour & Spinrad announces that Eric J. Wieland has joined the Portland firm. Wieland will assist individuals and businesses in the areas of estate, tax, business and trust law. He is a member of both the Oregon and Missouri bars. Wieland earned his M.A.in teaching from the University of Portland. He obtained his J.D. with a certificate in dispute resolution from the University of Missouri-Columbia and his LL.M. in taxation from the University of Washington School of Law.

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Bend attorney Liz Fancher welcomes Kristen G. Williams to her law office as an associate attorney who will practice land use law. Williams is a 2005 graduate of Willamette University College of Law. A clerkship with the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals gave Williams a strong interest in land use law. She began the practice of law at Karnopp Petersen in Bend.

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J. Matthew Donohue has joined Markowitz, Herbold, Glade & Mehlhaf as an associate. His practice will focus on complex commercial litigation, with an emphasis on entertainment and sports law. Previously, Donohue was an associate with the New York litigation firm Boies, Schiller & Flexner, where he handled a wide array of litigation, including antitrust, securities, class actions, civil RICO, intellectual property, civil rights and contract disputes.

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Cathy Steele Tappel (formerly known as Catherine Tappel) announces the opening of her private practice as a sole practitioner. She will continue to limit her practice to family law, with an emphasis on high-conflict custody cases and parenting issues. She is sharing space with the family law firm of Yates Matthews and is located at One S.W. Columbia St., Suite 1800, Portland, OR 97258; phone: (503) 222-2312; fax: (503) 224-8080.

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Richard Thelin recently retired after more than 20 years on active duty as a judge advocate in the U.S. Marine Corps. A veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, he is continuing his work with the Marine Corps in a civilian capacity as an environmental law attorney with the Western Area Counsel Office at Camp Pendleton, Calif.

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Linda Weimar announces the opening of Weimar Law Offices. She opened her office in May 2006. For the past 10 years she was a senior associate with D’Amore & Associates, handling personal injury and wrongful death cases. Her practice continues to emphasize personal injury and wrongful death cases, plus diminished value cases. In addition, she has expanded her practice to include family law, including but not limited to divorce, support modifications and stepparent adoptions. Contact her at 9900 S.W. Wilshire, Suite 100, Portland, OR 97224; phone: (503) 542-4420; e-mail: linda@weimarlaw.com; website: www.weimarlaw.com.

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Saalfeld Griggs announces that David M. Briggs has joined the firm’s employment and litigation practice group. Briggs obtained his law degree from the University of Oregon School of Law. His practice will focus on employment and business litigation.

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James von Hippel has joined Southwestern Oregon Public Defenders as a staff attorney. In 1988, he earned his J.D. from Willamette University College of Law. Following that, he was in private practice in Eugene for 13 years. While in private practice, he was the treasurer of the executive committee of the OSB’s sole and small firm practitioners’ section.


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