Oregon State Bar Bulletin — FEBRUARY/MARCH 2007

Lewis Horowitz has been elected as president of Lane Powell, and Chuck Riley has been elected vice president. Horowitz, previously vice president in charge of the firm’s Portland office, focuses his practice on tax planning and controversy. Riley, chair of Lane Powell’s trusts and estates practice group and a member of the firm’s board of directors, focuses his practice exclusively in the trusts and estates area.

Christopher "Chris" Clark and Jason Barker have joined Holland & Knight’s Portland office as associates in the firm’s business section. Barker practices in the areas of corporate law, securities, mergers and acquisitions, venture capital and corporate governance. He is admitted to practice in Florida and Oregon. He earned his law degree in 2004 from the University of Miami. Clark practices in the areas of estate planning and family businesses in the firm’s private wealth services section. He earned his J.D. from Lewis & Clark Law School, where he also received the dean’s scholarship for excellence.

Teunis J. Wyers and Lesley Apple Haskell announce that Lisa Knight Davies (upper photo) will join them as an owner of the firm. Effective Jan. 1, 2007, the new firm name has become Wyers Haskell Davies. Jennifer Bergeron Bisset (lower photo) has become their newest associate. Davies is licensed in Oregon and Washington and will continue to concentrate her practice in land use permitting and development, real estate, business law and environmental regulation, and permitting of development projects. Bisset will continue her mediation, practice as an associate of the firm. She will also concentrate in the areas of wills, trusts, estate administration, real estate and business law. Bisset is currently licensed in Oregon and expects to handle Washington cases soon. They can be reached at: Wyers & Haskell, 216 Columbia Ave., P.O. Box 417, Hood River, OR 97031; http://www.gorgelaw.com; phone: (541) 386-2221.

Oregon lobbyist Jack Isselmann has joined the government relations and public policy practice group at Tonkon Torp. Most recently he was principal of his own public affairs and government relations consulting practice. He also served as a senior advisor to the re-election campaign of Gov. Ted Kulongoski. Isselmann’s experience with state government issues began with his work as deputy director of Oregon’s Office of Economic and Community Development and on the governor’s staff, from 2003 to 2005. Prior to that, he was a corporate lawyer for Silicon Forest technology companies.

Portland father and daughter attorneys Chuck Paulson and Jane Paulson have announced the expansion of their firm to include Portland lawyer John Coletti (pictured). The new firm is Paulson Coletti Trial Attorneys. Coletti earned his law degree from Willamette University College of Law in 1994. He is well-known in Oregon legal circles as a skilled litigator representing individuals who have been harmed by others. Jane Paulson joined her father’s firm in 1995. Both Paulsons are past presidents of the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association. Paulson Coletti will continue to represent consumers in medical malpractice, serious personal injury, product liability and wrongful death cases.

Daniel J. Stotter and Christine M. Irving-Stotter announce their partnership in marriage and in law. Their new firm, Irving & Stotter, opened Jan. 2 at 541 Willamette St., Suite 307 E, Eugene. They will provide legal services in state and federal civil litigation, land use law, civil rights, FOIA/public records access and appellate advocacy. They may be reached at (541) 345-3800, or via e-mail at dstotter@qwest.net.

Tonkon Torp has hired Anil Karia (upper photo), Elizabeth Newell (middle photo) and Jeffrey W. Woodcox (lower photo) as new associates. Karia’s practice emphasizes commercial litigation. He earned his law degree at the University of Oregon School of Law, where he was director of the Minority Law Students Association and an extern for U.S. Magistrate Judge Donald Ashmanskas and Oregon Supreme Court Justice D. Rives Kistler. Newell focuses her practice on corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions. She graduated from Lewis & Clark Law School, where she served as managing editor for the law review. Woodcox will focus on corporate and general business law. He graduated from Lewis & Clark Law School, where he served as notes and comments editor for the law review.

Bradley V. Sneed and T. Guy Hallam Jr., along with Idaho lawyer John R. Kormanik, announce the opening of the law offices of Kormanik, Hallam & Sneed, located at 1099 S. Wells St., Suite 120, Meridian, Idaho. The firm offers legal services in the areas of general civil litigation, employment, personal injuries, wrongful death, divorce/custody, condemnations, elder law (including nursing home litigation), water law, land use and real estate. Sneed and Hallam earned their law degrees from Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College and are former judicial clerks to the Idaho Court of Appeals. Sneed is admitted to the practice of law in Oregon and Idaho and was previously a senior associate with the Boise, Idaho, law firm of Givens Pursley. Hallam is admitted to the practice of law in Oregon and Idaho and was previously a shareholder in the Nampa, Idaho, firm of White Peterson. Contact Kormanik, Hallam & Sneed by phone: (208) 288-1888; fax: (866) 821-9543; e-mail: info@khsidaholaw.com; or website: www.khsidaholaw.com.

Former Stoel Rives associate Bradley F. Tellam has returned to Stoel Rives’ Portland office from Barran Liebman, where he was a founding partner. His practice focuses on employment law, complex civil litigation and appeals. In addition, he is a well-known authority on legal ethics and professional responsibility whose practice includes advising attorneys on legal ethics issues and defending attorneys accused of disciplinary rule violations. He is a frequent writer and speaker on these issues as well.

Justin Wirth has joined Jeanne Smith & Associates, where his practice will focus on estate planning, business law, litigation and governmental matters. Wirth was previously an assistant attorney general in the general counsel division (natural resources section) of the Oregon Department of Justice. Most recently he was an associate with Harrang Long Gary Rudnick, Eugene.

The Domestic Violence Clinic of Lane County Legal Aid & Advocacy Center announces the hiring of Pat Vallerand as its new director. Vallerand can be reached at (541) 485-1017, ext 150. In addition to her work at the clinic, she will be continuing her private mediation and ADR practice; for such matters, contact her at: (541) 343-9052; e-mail: pat@ormediate.com; or website: www.ormediate.com.

Perkins Coie announces that four new associates have joined its Portland office. Corinne Sam (upper photo) joins the real estate and land use practice. Sam received her J.D. from Lewis & Clark Law School. She completed a summer law program at the University of Madrid in Spain and an intensive language study course at Nanjing University in Nanjing, China. Prior to joining Perkins Coie, she was an associate at Lindsay, Hart, Neil & Weigler in Portland. Brent Barton (second photo) joins the litigation practice. He received his J.D. from Harvard Law School. Since taking the July bar exam, Barton has been traveling, and last fall he worked on Gov. Kulongoski’s re-election campaign. Nicholle Winters (third photo) also joins the litigation practice. She received her J.D. from Columbia University Law School. Winters completed a clerkship with U.S. District Judge Ancer L. Haggerty and was a 2005 summer associate at Perkins Coie. Edwardeen W. Hilts (lower photo) joins the business practice and will be focusing her practice on corporate governance and transactions. Hilts received her J.D. from the University of Oregon School of Law and was a 2005 summer associate at the firm.

Cox & Associates welcomes the addition of Dean Kaufman of Eugene and Victor Tiscornia of Salem to the Eugene practice. Kaufman joins the firm after 36 years of practice in Eugene, and will continue to focus on real estate, landlord-tenant and small business matters. Tiscornia will join the firm as of counsel and will maintain his existing Salem practice, focusing on estate planning, tax planning, real estate and business. Brian Cox will continue his real estate, landlord-tenant and criminal defense practice. The firm is located at 142 West Eighth, Eugene, OR 97401; phone: (541) 683-7151; e-mail: coxandassociates@scslaw.org.

Gresham Law Group is changing its name to Gresham Family Law. The contact information is unchanged; reach them at 406 NE 4th St., Gresham, OR 97030; phone: (503) 492-1276; fax: (503) 674-9740.

Perkins Coie announces that Sarah J. Crooks (upper photo) has been elected to the firm’s partnership, and Erick J. Haynie (lower photo) has been promoted to of counsel. Crooks is a member of the firm’s litigation group, where she focuses her practice on commercial, business and class action litigation. Haynie is also a member of the firm’s litigation group.

Metropolitan Public Defender Services announces the hiring of two new staff attorneys. Graham Fisher joined the Metropolitan Public Defender in November and will be working in the Multnomah County office. Fisher received his law degree from Lewis and Clark Law School, graduating in 2006, and was admitted to the Oregon State Bar in 2006. Prior to joining the Metropolitan Public Defender as a staff attorney, he worked for the Law Office of Michael Levine in Portland. Stephanie Pollan joined the Metropolitan Public Defender in January and will be working in the Washington County office. Pollan received her law degree from the University of Buffalo Law School in 2006.

Garvey Schubert Barer announces that attorneys Stephen J. Connolly, Christine P. Brown and Eric A. Lindenauer have been elected to serve on the 2007 management committee of the firm’s Portland office, with Connolly serving as managing director of the office. Brown and attorney Larry J. Brant have been elected to serve on the firm-wide executive committee. Robert C. Weaver will continue to serve as chair of the firm’s Portland litigation group. Brant will maintain his position as chair of the firm’s Portland business group. Connolly’s practice focuses on business, mergers and acquisitions, and real estate. Brown’s practice focuses on estate planning and probate. Lindenauer’s practice is in litigation, healthcare and employment. Brant’s practice focuses on taxation, business, and mergers and acquisitions. Weaver’s practice centers on business litigation and white-collar criminal defense.

Stoel Rives is pleased to announce the promotion of two new principals in the firm’s Portland office, effective Jan. 1, 2007. Jennie Bricker practices natural resources law, with a focus on water law and waterways. She assists clients with: real estate transactions; gas, oil and mining transactions; and the administration and interpretation of utility mortgage indentures. Recognized as one of the state’s experts on navigability for title, Bricker advises riparian property owners about their rights to submerged and submersible lands on Oregon waterways. She continues to guide several clients through the administrative process of establishing their water rights in the complex Klamath Basin adjudication. In 2001, Bricker received the Burton Award for legal achievement. She is a 1997 graduate of the Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College. Beverly Pearman is a trial attorney who focuses on complex business litigation and environmental and natural resources litigation. She also has experience with tribal law matters. She has represented individuals, corporate clients and a tribal government in state and federal court, administrative proceedings and arbitration. Her commercial litigation experience has primarily encompassed complex business disputes involving business torts, securities claims, noncompetition agreements and shareholder disputes. In addition, Pearman has experience with environmental contamination cases as well as citizen suits and related claims under the National Environmental Policy Act, the Clean Water Act and the Clean Air Act. She is a 1999 graduate of the University of North Carolina School of Law.

Kevin E. Barton joined the Washington County District Attorney’s Office as a deputy district attorney. Previously he was an associate attorney at Bullivant, Houser, Bailey in Portland. Barton is a graduate of Notre Dame Law School and Gonzaga University.

Mark M. Williams has joined Hutchinson, Cox, Coons, DuPriest, Orr & Sherlock in Eugene. Williams graduated from the Notre Dame Law School in 1981. He is a fifth-generation Oregonian who has been practicing in elder law and estate planning for over 20 years and whose expertise in this area is recognized statewide. Williams can be reached at (541) 686-9160.

William Patton (upper photo) was recently named a shareholder at Lane Powell. He focuses his practice in the areas of ERISA litigation, general commercial litigation and intellectual property litigation. He received his A.B. from Occidental College in Los Angeles and his J.D. from The George Washington University Law School. Julie M. Engbloom (lower photo) joins Lane Powell as an associate in the firm’s litigation practice group, where she concentrates on securities-related litigation and regulatory compliance. Previously, she worked with the Minneapolis firm Winthrop & Weinstine. She received her J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School.

Steve Wolf has been appointed as assistant attorney in charge of the government services and education section of the general counsel division with the Oregon Department of Justice. Wolf received his B.A. from the University of Oregon and his J.D. from Willamette University. After law school graduation, Wolf clerked for the Oregon Supreme Court, practiced litigation with a private firm in Portland and served as a staff attorney for SAIF. He has been a member of the government services and education section since joining DOJ in 1998.

Blake Underwood has been appointed as assistant attorney in charge of the business transactions section of the general counsel division with the Oregon Department of Justice. Underwood received his B.A. from Texas Tech University and his J.D. from Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College. He was in private practice in Portland before joining DOJ as a member of the business transactions section in 2000.

Credence (Fogo) Sol has opened her own practice, the Sol Law Firm. Her practice, based in Beverly Hills, focuses on general civil litigation on behalf of businesses. She has represented corporations, directors and officers, individuals, and non-profit clients in the state and federal courts, as well as all the major arbitral tribunals. Prior to opening the firm, Credence was an associate at Liner Yankelevitz Sunshine & Regenstreif and also Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom, both in Los Angeles. Credence also was law clerk to Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Robert R. Beezer, as well as Oregon Court of Appeals Judge Jack Landau and (now-Chief) Judge David Brewer from 1998-2000. She can be reached at credence.sol@sol-law.com.

Maria Coloma has been appointed as an assistant attorney general in the family law section of the civil enforcement division with the Oregon Department of Justice. Coloma received her B.A. from College of St. Benedict and her J.D. from William Mitchell College of Law. She has practiced with private firms in the Portland area for the last 3 1/2 years.

Leonard Williamson has been appointed as assistant attorney in charge of both the torts and criminal & civil rights sections of the trial division with the Oregon Department of Justice. Williamson received his B.A. from Willamette University and his J.D. from the University of Oregon. He has served as a deputy district attorney in Tillamook County and as legal services coordinator for the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training. He joined the criminal & civil rights section of DOJ in 2001.

Bullivant Houser Bailey has announced that Andy Lauersdorf has been named shareholder of the firm. Lauersdorf serves as the leader of the firm’s Insurance SIU practice team, which counsels insurance carriers and claims personnel in the investigation and litigation of insurance claims involving arson, material misrepresentation, fraud, fabricated or staged losses, and racketeering and organized fraudulent claims activity. He is admitted to practice in Oregon and Washington and is a member of the Oregon Chapter of the International Association of Arson Investigators. Lauersdorf earned his law degree from the Northwestern School of Law, Lewis & Clark College, and his B.A. from the University of Wisconsin.

Davis Wright Tremaine partner Milton R. Stewart has been engaged as special counsel to Stasia Kelly, executive vice president and general counsel of New York-based AIG Corporation. Stewart will head up a major project for AIG, which was ranked by Forbes magazine as the fourth largest corporation in the world. He will take a one-year leave of absence from DWT. Stewart has been with the firm since 1986, serving for the past five years as its business development and client relations partner. His legal practice, which he has actively maintained for more than 35 years, has focused on corporate finance transactions.

Michelle A. Neumann is the newest attorney to be added to Jordan Schrader’s real estate and land use practice group. Neumann practiced real estate law in Houston for more than six years, primarily at Baker Botts, before her family relocated to Portland. She has considerable experience in commercial real estate including office and retail leasing, the purchase and sale of commercial office projects, and real estate finance. She is licensed to practice law in Texas and Oregon. Neumann earned her J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center.

Bradley V. Timmons announces the opening of his new law office in The Dalles. He has practiced in The Dalles for 16 years. Timmons will continue to serve clients in the mid-Columbia area with an emphasis on business law, real estate transactions, estate planning and general civil litigation.

Davis Wright Tremaine has added Amelia E. Heath as an associate in its Portland office. Heath will specialize in estate planning, business succession planning and tax exempt organizations. Previously, Heath was an associate at Holland & Knight in Portland and a judicial clerk for the Hon. Thomas A. Balmer of the Oregon Supreme Court. She received her J.D. from Willamette University College of Law and served as an articles editor for Willamette Law Review.

Don Corson (upper photo) and Lara Johnson (lower photo) have started the new year with a new name, the Corson & Johnson Law Firm. Together they have successfully handled major product liability and personal injury cases, and the new name better reflects the teamwork for which they are well known. Among their cases are wrongful death, spinal and brain injuries, severe orthopedic injuries, trucking liability, defective products, prescription errors and medical negligence. Johnson’s focus is primarily on civil litigation, with a special emphasis on personal injury and nursing home cases. Johnson has written and lectured on nursing home neglect and abuse, and has also published on claims against government entities. Corson is a past president of the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association and was recently named as an Oregon Super Lawyer along with other designations, including Best Lawyers in America, American Board of Trial Advocates and the highest attorney rating from Martindale-Hubbell.

Gleaves Swearingen Potter & Scott announces that Walter W. Miller has joined as a partner in the firm’s employee benefits practice in Eugene. Miller focuses on a variety of employee benefits matters, including pension and 401(k) plans, ERISA and 125 cafeteria plans, VEBAs, COBRA and HIPAA privacy rules and other benefits-related issues. He is the author of numerous books and articles on employee benefits issues, and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America for employee benefits and also in the November 2006 issue of Oregon Super Lawyers magazine as an Oregon Super Lawyer for employee benefits. He is a member of several legal and professional organizations, including the Western Pension & Benefits Conference for which he is currently serving on the national board as president-elect. Miller is a member of the Oregon and Illinois state bars.

Standard Insurance Company has promoted Justin Delaney to vice president, assistant general counsel and assistant corporate secretary. He will continue to oversee the company’s corporate legal and public affairs departments, which includes government and public relations and charitable giving. Throughout his tenure since 1997, he has held various positions, serving most recently as assistant vice president, assistant general counsel and assistant corporate secretary. Delaney earned his J.D. at Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College. He serves on the board of directors for the Oregon Business Alliance, Associated Oregon Industries and The Standard Charitable Foundation. He is also a member of the Oregon State Insurance Division Advisory Committee.

David C. Baca has been elected firm-wide managing partner for Davis Wright Tremaine and will take office at the firm’s next annual meeting scheduled for early April. In this chief executive officer role, Baca will provide leadership in strategic planning, growth and practice development, financial oversight and client service and development. Baca, a Harvard Law School graduate, is the first managing partner from the firm’s Portland office. He has practiced for over 24 years, serving as lead counsel in public and private securities placements, mergers and acquisitions and as general counsel to small- and medium-sized businesses. Baca has been named as one of "America’s Leading Business Lawyers" by Chambers USA for three consecutive years, as well as an Oregon Super Lawyer by Law & Politics in 2006.

Miller Nash announces the promotion of Steven Christensen and Paul Havel (next page) as partners. Christensen, in the Portland office, joined Miller Nash in 1997 and has built a practice concentrated on taxation and business transactions. Recently, Christensen has represented various charitable foundations in connection with their investments in private equities. Before beginning his legal practice, he worked as a certified public accountant, complementing his legal practice with expertise in the business field. Christensen is admitted to practice in Oregon, Washington and before the U.S. Tax Court. Based out of both the Portland and Seattle offices, Havel practices in the areas of domestic and international intellectual property counseling, licensing, dispute resolution and prosecution. In the technology area, Havel negotiates, drafts and provides advice concerning software licensing, software and website development and other technology and Internet-based agreements. Havel is admitted to practice in Oregon and Washington. He also serves on the executive committee of the Intellectual Property Section of the Oregon State Bar.

Michele Bo Victor announces the relocation of her office to 96 East Broadway, Suite 3, Eugene, OR 97401. The phone number will remain (541) 393-0175; the new fax number is (541) 687-8606. The new downtown area office shares space with Michael Lewis and Robert Tozer, who practice in the areas of real estate, personal injury, wills and estate planning.

Keith Dozier has relocated his office to the Lake View Village in downtown Lake Oswego. His practice will continue to focus on personal injury claims. Dozier’s new contact information is: Wm. Keith Dozier Jr., Attorney at Law, 385 First Street, Suite 215, Lake Oswego, OR 97034. Phone: (503) 594-0333; fax: (503) 697-0841.

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