Oregon State Bar Bulletin — NOVEMBER 2006
Moves

Harrang Long Gary Rudnick announces that Jason M. Ayres has joined the firm in the Portland office. Ayres is an associate with the firm’s financial services group, where his practice focuses on creditors’ rights, bankruptcy and commercial litigation. He received his J.D. from Lewis & Clark College, Northwestern School of Law.

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The law firm of Evashevski, Elliott, Cihak & Hediger announces the addition of Laurie J. Hart as an associate attorney. Hart specializes in family law and employment law. She graduated from Willamette University in 2005 and previously worked at the law firm of Macpherson, Gintner, Gordon & Diaz in Newport.

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Veteran employment law litigator Robert L. Carey has joined Tonkon Torp as head of the firm’s labor and employment practice group. Carey represents businesses and executives on a variety of employment law issues and in complex commercial litigation and focuses his practice on litigation involving discrimination and wrongful discharge complaints, enforcement of non-competition agreements and departing employee disputes. He served as a trial and appellate attorney in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps from 1987 to 1993. He was a litigation partner at Lane Powell until 1998, when he became a founding partner of the employment law firm of Barran Liebman.

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The Oregon Public Defense Services Commission announces the appointment of Ingrid Swenson as the executive director of the Office of Public Defense Services. She succeeds Peter Ozanne, who resigned to accept a position in Arizona. Swenson has devoted her career to public defense in California and Oregon. Swenson was employed as a staff attorney with Metropolitan Public Defender Services for 18 years. She was counsel to the state Senate Judiciary Committee and was lobbyist for the Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association on substantive criminal law issues for eight years. She has served as general counsel for the Office of Public Defense Services since October 2003.

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Karen S. Hock, registered patent attorney, announces the opening of her law firm, the Stadele-Hock Law Firm, located at 1596 Liberty St. S.E., Suite 100, Salem, OR 97302. The firm specializes in business and intellectual property law, including patent, trademark, copyright and Internet law. Visit the firm’s website at www.iplaworegon.com or call (503) 585-4455.

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Jeff Miholer has relocated his entertainment law practice to 1001 S.W. Fifth Ave., Suite 1100, Portland, OR 97204. He will continue to represent clients with business interests in the development, production and exploitation of film, television and music. He also intends to continue to work with low-income victims of stalking and domestic abuse. Miholer can be reached at jeff@miholer.com and (503) 221-5199.

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Marger Johnson & McCollom welcomes two new associates. Abby Michels joins the firm after working at The DuBoff Law Group as an associate litigation attorney, where her practice emphasized the representation of small businesses and individuals in tort, contract and intellectual property disputes in federal court. She serves clients in a wide range of industries, from wineries and artists to restaurants and architectural firms. She earned her J.D. from Willamette University College of Law. Shuqian Yan focuses primarily on patent prosecution, with clients that create a variety of computer and Internet-work technologies. Her technical experience ranges from telecommunication systems and Internet routing protocols to electrical devices, electronics and software. She is a graduate of the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.

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Metropolitan Public Defender Services has hired two new staff attorneys. Jessica Kampfe will be working in the Washington County Office of the Metropolitan Public Defender. She graduated from Lewis & Clark Law School in 2006. Jessica Minifie will be working in the Multnomah County Office. Originally from Newport, R.I., Minifie graduated from Lewis & Clark Law School in 2006. She clerked at the Federal Public Defender and worked as a certified law student at the Metropolitan Public Defender in the fall of 2005.

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The Aldrich Law Office has hired two new attorneys. During the past five years, Kevin A. Eike was an insurance defense litigator, defending contractors, engineers, architects, attorneys and other professionals. Earlier, he was deputized as a Landcaster County District Attorney in his final year of law school through the clinical practice program at the University of Nebraska. After hours he is an avid snowboarder who competed in the United States National Championships for Boarder Cross in 2005. Prior to joining Aldrich, Adele J. Ridenour worked as an associate at Shumsky & Backman, a subrogation practice firm in Vancouver, Wash., where she specialized in construction defect and product liability claims. Previously, she served a one-year clerkship with the Hon. Gerald Schroeder, chief justice of the Idaho Supreme Court. Ridenour attended the University of Oregon, graduating in 2004.

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Child Centered Solutions, a new non-profit based in Portland, has hired Leslie Abraham as executive director and program attorney. Abraham will represent children caught in the middle of high-conflict divorce cases. Multnomah County family law judges will appoint Abraham to represent the children during cases where neither parent has legal representation. She represents children by drawing together parents with medical and mental health professionals to craft the best child-centered solution.

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Stoel Rives recently added three lawyers to its labor and employment group. Jennifer Owen was previously a lawyer at the National Labor Relations Board in Washington, D.C. She has also practiced as an associate with Prince Yeates in Salt Lake City, where she handled employment and commercial litigation. Robin Bowerfind focuses on employment-related litigation and recently defended a major employer in a race discrimination class action. She also demonstrates a strong commitment to community service, currently volunteering as an attorney with the Oregon Advocacy Center. Before joining Stoel Rives, Bowerfind was with Venable LLP, a labor and employment firm in Baltimore, for 10 years. Susan Dussault was senior litigation attorney for MediaOne Group, now known as Comcast. Dussault has also worked with several prominent law firms on specific projects.

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Garrett W. Crawshaw has joined Lane Powell as an associate in the firm’s real estate and land use practice group. Prior to joining Lane Powell he worked at the Oregon Department of Justice in the special litigation unit and also as an associate with the energy consulting firm McCullough Research. He received his J.D. from the University of Oregon School of Law.

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The Law Office of Eden Rose Brown welcomes attorney Rachel E. Chriss as its newest associate. Chriss earned a J.D. from Louisiana State University and a master of laws degree in tax from the University of Houston. Chriss is licensed to practice law in Texas and Oregon, and will focus her practice on advanced estate and tax planning strategies.

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Kelly J. Martin and Sarah A. Badten from Willamette University College of Law and Sindy M. Maher from Lewis & Clark Law School joined Dunn, Carney, Allen, Higgins & Tongue in September as associates. Martin will practice business and commercial law. Badten will practice commercial and civil litigation. Maher will practice real estate law. All three were Dunn Carney summer associates in 2005.


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