Oregon State Bar Bulletin — DECEMBER 2007

David Crowther is a new patent agent with Marger Johnson & McCollom. He combines technical and engineering expertise with law credentials. Crowther previously worked as an engineer for Tektronix and Thomson Grass Valley, as well as an intern engineer for Micron Technology. His technical experience includes: heterogeneous, embedded, multiprocessing computer systems; semiconductor and digital circuit design and manufacturing; digital storage and networking technologies; broadcast and professional digital video technologies; and computer software, including real-time operating systems, file systems and applications. His practice focuses on patent application preparation and prosecution.

Margaret (Margie) Paris has accepted an offer to serve a full five-year term as dean of the University of Oregon School of Law. Paris joined the law school faculty in 1992 after six years specializing in white-collar criminal law in Chicago for Cotsirilos, Stephenson, Tighe & Streicker. Paris continues to write extensively. Paris served as associate dean for academic affairs at the law school from 2002 to 2005.

Lynne Lloyd, Lisa Evans and Suzannah Newman have become permanent members of the Multnomah County office of Legal Aid Services of Oregon. Lloyd received her J.D. from Lewis & Clark Law School and works as a staff attorney in the pro bono unit. Evans received her J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School. Evans works as a staff attorney with a current emphasis on family law and domestic violence cases. Newman received her J.D. from Lewis & Clark Law School and works as the office administrator.

The law firm of Gleaves, Swearingen, Potter & Scott announces that Ian T. Richardson has returned as a partner after serving for 18 months as in-house counsel and vice president of New World Brands, a Eugene-based telecom technology company. Richardson’s practice has focused on business law, estate planning and administration, corporate governance and tax law since 1997.

Charlie Greeff and the Law Office of Charles M. Greeff have moved to the Kruse-Mercantile Professional Suites at 4248 Galewood St., Lake Oswego, OR 97035. Greeff represents businesses and property owners, including residential and commercial landlords and manufactured and recreational vehicle park owners. He specializes in trial and appellate litigation and transactions.

Tonkon Torp has hired three new associates. Ryan Bledsoe joins Tonkon’s litigation department. He earned his law degree last spring from the University of Arizona, Rogers College of Law, where he served as an articles editor and member of the managing board of the Arizona Law Review. He worked for several years as a research assistant and financial analyst for the Federal Reserve Board. Blerina Kotori joins the firm’s labor and employment practice group. She is a 2007 Lewis & Clark Law School graduate. Kotori is fluent in Albanian, Italian and Spanish. Lake Oswego native Ari Okano will focus on corporate law matters as part of Tonkon Torp’s business department. Okano earned a 2007 degree from University of Washington School of Law, where she was an articles editor for the Shidler Journal of Law, Commerce & Technology and authored Digitized Book Search Engines and Copyright Concerns, 3 Shidler J. L. Com. & Tech. 13 (2007).

Gregory R. Silliman has joined Seifer, Yeats, Mills & Zwierzynski in Portland as an associate. Silliman received a J.D. in 2007, from Willamette University. Previously employed in the construction industry, both before and during law school, Silliman will share the firm’s practice emphasis on construction, contract and procurement law.

Frank Lupo has joined the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers through the chief counsel’s civilian honors program. Lupo is assigned to the New Orleans office, where he will assist in various aspects of the Hurricane Katrina rebuilding effort. Previously, Lupo clerked for Chief Judge Robert Coats of the Alaska Court of Appeals. He is a 2006 graduate of Lewis & Clark School of Law and a member of the Oregon and Washington bars.

William "Bill" Birdwell has joined the Portland office of Davis Wright Tremaine’s intellectual property/patent law practice as a partner. Birdwell has 33 years of experience representing both large and small clients in intellectual property litigation and prosecuting patent, trademark and copyright matters. He also has served as an expert witness on patent law issues, and has been a patent dispute mediator. Previously he practiced with Birdwell & Janke. He is a registered patent attorney, licensed to practice in Oregon, California and Arizona.

On August 1, Holly Somers was appointed presiding administrative law judge of the hearings division of the Oregon Workers’ Compensation Board. Somers is chair-elect of the OSB Workers’ Compensation Section.

Danielle R. Beauvais announces the opening of her new office, Beauvais Law Firm. Her practice focuses on new defective motor vehicles, lemon law and breach-of-warranty cases throughout Oregon and Washington. The firm is located at 5635 N.E. Elam Young Parkway, Suite 300, Hillsboro, OR 97124. Phone: (503) 681-2008; e-mail: Danielle@GoLemonLaw.com; website: www.GoLemonLaw.com.

Jeremy T. Vermilyea has formed Vermilyea Law Group, serving construction contractors, developers and closely held businesses in the areas of construction, business and employment law and business succession planning. He is a former shareholder with Jordan Schrader and was the chair of that firm’s construction practice group. He is active in several construction industry trade associations, and in 2008-2009 will serve as counsel to the board of directors of the Oregon-Columbia Chapter of the Associated General Contractors.

Nancy S. Tauman is now of counsel to Jordan Schrader Ramis. After nearly 30 years of practice, her current area of focus is exclusively arbitration and mediation.

Saalfeld Griggs announces the addition of three new attorneys in the firm. Steve Hitchcockis a member of the corporate practice group. His practice will focus on business formation and maintenance, business sales and business acquisitions. Hitchcock earned his law degree from Willamette University College of Law. Maria Schmidlkofer is a member of the estate planning practice group. She earned her law degree from Willamette University College of Law. Nate Boderman has joined the real estate land use practice group. Boderman earned his law degree from Willamette University College of Law.

Noah Horst joined the Metropolitan Public Defender Oct. 15, and will be working in the Multnomah County office. Horst received his law degree from Lewis & Clark Law School in 2007.

Charles A. "Chark" Sinsel has joined the business department of Steptoe & Johnson and will practice in the firm’s Clarksburg office. He will focus on health care, corporate law, business transactions, contracting and employment law. The Willamette University College of Law graduate earned the 2001 New Lawyers Division Volunteer of the Year Award and served as treasurer (2005) and chair (2007) of the OSB Health Law Section.

Emil R. Berg has become of counsel to Greener Burke Shoemaker in Boise, Idaho, where his practice will emphasize appeals, civil motions and insurance coverage issues in the state and federal courts of Oregon and Idaho. During his 32-year career, Berg has handled more than 150 appellate matters. He may be reached at (208) 319-2600 and eberg@greenerlaw.com.

Lane Powell announces the addition of two new associates. Alan S. Dale joins the firm’s taxation practice group. Before, Dale worked as an associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. He received his J.D. from Yale Law School and his Ph.D. from Princeton University. Annie Robertson joins the firm’s business law practice group. Previously, Robertson worked as a law clerk in the civil enforcement division at the Oregon Department of Justice. She received her J.D. from Willamette University College of Law.

The James Law Group announces the addition of Paul Galm as its senior litigation associate. Galm brings six years of commercial litigation experience to the business law firm, previously serving as a deputy district attorney with the Multnomah County District Attorney’s office and with Perkins Coie. Galm is a New York University School of Law graduate.

The Portland office of Fisher & Phillips has added Sean Driscoll as an associate. Previously, Driscoll practiced labor and employment litigation law with a Salem firm. His practice will include the defense of claims involving discrimination and harassment, wage and hour laws, and disability and leave laws. Driscoll will also assist employers with the enforcement of noncompetition agreements and prosecuting Trade Secrets Act violations. Driscoll received his law degree with a certificate in business law from Lewis & Clark Law School.

Dunn Carney announces the addition of four attorneys to the firm. Antony (Tony) Sayess joins as a corporate and business attorney with five years of experience. Sayess worked for an international law firm in New York City for three years and for a regional law firm in Vancouver, Wash., for two years. He received his J.D. from University of Virginia in 2002, an LL.M. in taxation from New York University in 2007, and his M.A. in Int’l Affairs from George Washington University in 1997. Laura Althouse joins the firm’s litigation group. She received her J. D. from the University of Oregon Law School in 2007. John T. Miller joins the firm’s business group. He received his J. D. from Willamette University School of Law in 2007. Kim Allen joins the firm’s real estate group. She received her J.D. from the University of Minnesota School of Law in 2007.

Tonya Alexander has relocated her family law practice, Alexander Law Office, to 1865 N.W. 169th Place, Suite 201, Beaverton, OR 97006. Alexander will continue to focus on cooperative and collaborative family law cases in the tri-county area and can be reached at (503) 531-9109 or tonya@alexanderore gonlaw.com.

The Eugene law firm of Hershner Hunter welcomes three new associates. Tanya C. O’Neil graduated from Willamette University College of Law in May 2004. She will specialize in business and commercial litigation. Mario D. Conte graduated from the University of Oregon School of Law in 2007. His primary focus will be in the litigation, creditors’ rights and employment law practice groups. Pablo J. Valentine graduated from the University of Oregon School of Law in 2007. His primary focus will be in the business transactions, business organization and land use and real estate practice groups.

Portland attorney Douglas Stringer has rejoined the Office of the Prosecutor as a senior trial attorney at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague, Netherlands. He worked there as a trial attorney from 1997-2002.

The U.S. Bank Private Client Group in Portland has hired Don Smith as a personal trust relationship manager. He is the initial point of contact for clients and serves as a liaison between the U.S. Bank Private Client Group portfolio managers and bankers. Smith works at the U.S. Bank office located at 111 S.W. Fifth Ave. in Portland. He earned a J.D. from the University of South Carolina School of Law.

Conor Huseby joined the Metropolitan Public Defender Oct. 29, and will be working in the Washington County office. Huseby attended the University of California Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco, graduating in 2005. Previously, Huseby worked as an attorney for the Intermountain Public Defender in Pendleton.

Gevurtz Menashe has added Chris Burnett and Colin C. McKean as associate attorneys. Burnett received his J.D. from Willamette University College of Law and is a member of the family law section of the OSB, the Multnomah Bar Association and the Washington County Bar Association. McKean’s memberships include the family law sections of the ABA and the OSB, and the Young Lawyers Section of the Multnomah Bar Association. He received his J.D. from the Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College.

Four attorneys have joined Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt’s Portland office as associates. Previously, Tim Crippen worked for an intellectual property firm in Houston, for Columbia Legal Services in Wenatchee, Wash., and for Catholic Charities Immigration Services in Portland. Crippen holds a J.D. from the University of Washington School of Law. His practice will focus in the area of condemnation and land use. Mami Fujii has taught in race and ethnicity education and directed social science research projects. She is a member of the Oregon Minority Lawyers Association and the Multnomah Bar Association, and graduated from Lewis & Clark Law School. Her practice will focus on tax and estate planning. Connie Kong will focus her practice on intellectual property. She has worked for the Embassy of Japan’s Culture Center in Washington, D.C., and earned her J.D. from Lewis & Clark Law School. Rebecca Lindemann is a recent graduate of the University of Oregon School of Law. Her practice will focus on product liability.

The law office of Harris, Wyatt & Amala announces that Randall W. Snow has joined the firm as an associate attorney. Snow received his J.D. from Willamette University College of Law in 2007. Snow will be assisting in the firm’s practice areas of personal injury, wrongful death, insurance law and criminal defense.

Harrang Long Gary Rudnick announces that Marjorie A. Berger has joined its Portland office. Berger is an associate with the firm’s business and litigation practices. In 2006, Berger was awarded the American Bankruptcy Institute Medal of Excellence. She received her J.D. from Lewis & Clark Law School, where she was the legislative review editor of the Animal Law Review.

The law firm of Gleaves, Swearingen, Potter & Scott announces that Valeri L. Love, Laurie A. Nelson and Joshua K. Smith have joined the firm as associate attorneys. Love joins the firm’s litigation practice. Her recent extensive experience as an assistant district attorney for Lane County particularly equips her to handle a broad spectrum of trial issues and courtroom challenges. She is a graduate of Willamette University College of Law. Nelson joins the firm’s estate planning practice. She is fluent in Spanish and has many years of experience helping Spanish-speaking clients to understand legal documents and processes. She received her J.D., from Willamette University College of Law, where she served as a writer for Willamette Law Online and as editor of the Oregon Courts News Service. Smith joins the firm’s litigation practice and will focus on business litigation and commercial law litigation. He earned his J.D. from the University of Oregon School of Law.

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