Oregon State Bar Bulletin — JULY 2007

The Law Office of Eden Rose Brown welcomes Holly Anne Gibbons as an associate attorney. Her practice will focus on comprehensive, personalized estate planning, with emphasis on pet trusts and stewardship planning for minor children. Prior to joining the firm, Gibbons was an editor for LexisNexis. She received her J.D. from Lewis & Clark Law School, where she was editor-in-chief of the Animal Law Review. She serves as a board member at Lighthouse Farm Sanctuary and is a member of Downtown Salem Rotary.

Bend lawyer Kevin J. McCarty has relocated his offices. He can now be reached at 127 S.W. Allen Road, Bend, OR 97702. He will be discontinuing the post office box associated with his former location. Also, his fax number has changed to (541) 585-1034.

Randy L. Arthur has joined Dunn, Carney, Allen, Higgins & Tongue as of counsel. Arthur will focus on commercial, insurance coverage and professional liability litigation. Prior to joining Dunn Carney, he was a shareholder with Bullivant Houser Bailey and also served as a judicial law clerk for U.S. District Judge Anna J. Brown.

Deanna Ballou Jensen (left) and Margaret H. Leek Leiberan announce the formation of their new firm, Jensen & Leiberan, at 4915 S.W. Griffith Drive, Suite 100, Beaverton, OR 97005; phone: (503) 641-7990; website: www.leiberan-jensen.com. Mindy Stannard will be an associate of the firm, joining Jensen in her focus on family law. Leiberan will continue to focus on appeals in all areas except criminal law. Jensen graduated from Columbus School of Law and practiced family law in New Jersey and Virginia before becoming a member of the Oregon bar in 2001. Leiberan graduated from Harvard Law School in 1976 and returned to her native state of Oregon to practice appellate law in areas that include business law, personal injury, land use issues, domestic relations and insurance policy issues. Stannard graduated from Willamette Law School and was admitted to the Oregon bar in 2004. Although they are excited to be forming their new firm, Jensen and Leiberan wish to express their sadness at the end of the firm of Mason & Associates, which was caused by the lengthy illness of the firm’s owner Beth Mason.

Landye Bennett Blumstein welcomes Michael (Mick) R. Seidl as a partner and Philip J. Nelson as an associate in the law firm’s Oregon litigation group. Seidl and Nelson formerly practiced with Seidl Law Office, which merged with Landye Bennett Blumstein on May 1. Seidl has nearly 25 years of experience as a trial lawyer in the state and federal courts in Oregon and Washington, focusing on commercial and insurance litigation. He often writes and speaks about issues concerning shareholder disputes, contract litigation and business torts for state and national legal publications and conferences. Seidl began his career in 1983 at the Portland office of Bullivant Houser Bailey and was a shareholder of that firm from 1990 until his departure in 1995. While there, he chaired the firm’s commercial litigation and surety and fidelity practice groups. Nelson will continue focusing his practice on personal injury, products liability, employment and commercial litigation. Nelson is a 2001 University of Washington School of Law graduate who spent four years with the Portland office of Stoel Rives prior to his association with the Seidl Law Office.

Kevin T. LeMond has been named a shareholder of Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt. He works in the firm’s Portland office where he focuses on electrical and mechanical patent work. LeMond joined Schwabe in 2006, after practicing law as a member of the San Francisco office of Townsend and Townsend and Crew. Prior to practicing law, LeMond worked as an engineer at Tektronix in Portland, where he designed circuit boards and associated manufacturing processes for the company’s engineering workstation division.

Watkinson, Laird, Rubenstein, Baldwin & Burgess announces the addition of three new associates. Michelle A. Blackwell joined the firm’s litigation practice group in July 2006. A native of South Bend, Indiana, she earned her J.D. from the Valparaiso University School of Law and holds a B.A. in political science from Indiana University. She was admitted to practice in Indiana in 1993, and Oregon in 2000. In addition to her extensive litigation background, she has served as an intern law clerk to the Hon. Loren Smith, Chief Judge of the U. S.Claims Court, Washington, D.C., and as an administrative law judge for the Oregon Employment Department. John J. Christianson joined the firm as an associate in September 2006, after clerking with the firm for two years. His practice focuses on estate planning, probate, tax and business transactions. He earned his B.A. from Georgetown University and his J.D. from the University of Oregon School of Law. He serves on the board of directors of Early Start, a local nonprofit dedicated to supporting artistically and musically talented youth, and on the OSB New Lawyers Division’s Law School Outreach subcommittee. Jaclyn K. Semple joined the firm’s health law and employment law practice groups in March of 2007. Previously her practice focused on employment and general civil litigation. She earned her B.A. at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, and received her J.D. from the University of Oregon School of Law. Semple is co-chair of the LCBA New Lawyers Committee. She is also a member of the OSB New Lawyers Division’s law school outreach subcommittee, and the LCBA Employment Law Committee.

John Haroldson was appointed by Gov. Ted Kulongowski as district attorney for Benton County, making him the first Mexican-American district attorney in Oregon. Prior to his appointment, Haroldson served as chief deputy in Benton County and before that, as a prosecutor in Linn County. He is a 1989 graduate of the University of Oregon School of Law.

Christian Stringer has been elevated to chief deputy district attorney for Benton County. He will focus on homicide and drug trafficking cases. Stringer served as a deputy district attorney in Benton County and before that, as a prosecutor in Malheur County. He is a 2000 graduate of the University of Oregon School of Law.

Christina Thacker has joined Barran Liebman. She comes from Miller Nash in Portland. There she handled general commercial litigation, which included employment-related litigation, as well as complex commercial litigation. She has helped employers resolve issues related to claims of gender, race, national origin, disability and injured worker discrimination, wrongful discharge and sexual harassment.

Fisher & Phillips announces that Clarence Belnavis has been appointed managing partner in the firm’s Portland office. He is admitted to the bars of Oregon and Washington. He has served as the president of both the Oregon chapter of the National Bar Association and the Association of Oregon Black Lawyers. He is a member of the Owen M. Panner Chapter of the American Inns of Court and a former coach of Portland’s Jefferson High School mock trial team. He began his legal career serving as a law clerk in the Office of the General Counsel for the Department of the Navy, and he served as a judicial intern for Judge A. Burnett, Superior Court, Washington, D.C. Belnavis follows Corbett Gordon, the founding partner of the Fisher & Phillips Portland office. Gordon has transitioned to senior counsel. In that position, she continues to provide counsel to a wide array of clients, and she is a frequent speaker on labor, employment and human relations topics.

Hershner Hunter has announced that Travis W. Misfeldt has joined the firm after several years as a shareholder at a prominent central Washington firm. Misfeldt has been practicing since 1999, with an emphasis on estate and business planning, as well as trust and probate administration. He joins the firm’s estate and business planning practice group.

Marten Law Group, Seattle’s largest environmental law firm, is expanding to Oregon. The firm has opened a Portland office with the addition of Aaron Courtney, formerly of Perkins Coie. Courtney has practiced for 14 years in the areas of natural resources and water quality regulation, energy and the Endangered Species Act. He has also worked extensively on environmental cleanups, air quality matters, agricultural issues and corporate acquisitions and divestitures. He serves as a vice chair of the marine resources subcommittee of the ABA’s environmental law section. The Portland office is located at 1200 N.W. Naito Parkway, Suite 500, Portland, OR 97209; phone: (503) 243-2200; e-mail: acourtney@martenlaw.com.

David B. Avison has been appointed executive director of Portland’s Metro Family YMCA. Avison will oversee the Metro YMCA’s last three years of operation, as it was recently sold. Avison practiced estate planning and administration and the representation of non-profit organizations. He is chair of the OSB’s Legal Heritage Interest Group.

Portland attorneys Kathleen O’Brien and John Wittrock have opened new offices. O’Brien is at the Ford Building, 2505 SE 11th Ave., Suite 316, Portland, OR 97202. Her new telephone/fax number is (503) 234-8801. Wittrock is at the Weatherly Building, 516 S.E. Morrison St, Suite 1010, Portland, OR 97214, and his phone number is (503) 253-8801.

Myers & Knapp announces that, after nearly 20 enjoyable years of practicing law together, Steven Myers and Michael Knapp have dissolved their partnership, effective May 31. Myers’ new firm name is the Myers Law Firm, located at 7307 S.W. Capitol Hwy., Portland, OR 97219. His contact numbers and e-mail remain the same. Knapp has relocated to 621 S.W. Morrison St., Suite 900, Portland, OR 97205. His new contact information is: (503) 222-6508 (phone) and (503) 222-6518 (fax). His e-mail remains the same.

Mark P. Amberg has joined Harrang Long Gary Rudnick’s labor and employment and litigation practices. Amberg specializes in providing labor and employment law advice, counseling and litigation services to local governments and other employers. His practice also emphasizes general municipal and public entity law and civil rights, tort defense and general litigation. Amberg is a member of the Oregon Association of Defense Counsel and serves on the board of directors for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Oregon.

Sussman Shank is pleased to welcome Patrick G. Rowe to the firm as an attorney in the litigation department. Rowe will focus his practice on complex litigation with an emphasis on environmental and toxic tort. Rowe practiced law for eight years in Phoenix, Ariz. He is admitted to practice in Oregon, Arizona and Washington.

Sarita Glassburner has been appointed as an assistant attorney general in the human services section of the general counsel division with the Oregon Department of Justice. Glassburner received her B.A. from Mills College and her J.D. from New York University. After law school graduation, Glassburner was a judicial clerk for the Oregon Supreme Court. She later served as a prosecutor in the Curry County and Jackson County district attorneys’ offices.

Balyeat & Gregory in Bend announces with a mixture of sadness and excitement that Julie L. Gregory is leaving the private practice of law for a wonderful opportunity with the Oregon Community Foundation. She will be joining the foundation’s Bend office as a charitable gift planner. As a result of her departure, the name of the law firm is now Balyeat & Eager.

Jeff Payne has been appointed as an assistant attorney general in the appellate division with the Oregon Department of Justice. Payne received his bachelor of music degree from Boston University, his master of music degree from New England Conservatory and his J.D. from Lewis & Clark Law School. He has spent the last year at a private law firm in Portland.

Davis Wright Tremaine has added Ken Mitchell-Phillips as an associate in its Portland office. His business and corporate practice will focus on securities, mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, and emerging business and technology. Mitchell-Phillips comes to the firm following law clerk positions with Adidas America Inc., the Bonneville Power Administration and the Oregon state office of the governor. His diverse career includes positions as an account manager at Infinity Broadcast, a regional recruiting manager for State Farm Insurance, the executive director for "Give Us This Day, Inc." and as a broadcast producer for the US Air Force. Mitchell-Phillips obtained a J.D. from Lewis & Clark Law School and an M.S. in Business Management from Troy State University.

Donna Maddux has been appointed as the attorney in charge of the organized crime section of the criminal justice division with the Oregon Department of Justice. Maddux received her B.A. from West Chester University, her M.A. degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and her J.D. from Lewis & Clark Law School. After law school graduation, she joined DOJ as an honors attorney. She then became a regular assistant attorney assigned to the criminal justice division’s tobacco compliance task force.

As of July 2, Ronald Shellan has become executive vice president and general counsel of Guardian Management, a Portland-based real estate investment and management firm specializing in multifamily housing investment opportunities and property management services. He has also become a principal in the company. Shellan has represented Guardian as its corporate attorney for seven years while a partner at Miller Nash. In addition to assisting with business strategy development and management of the company, Shellan will manage and service Guardian’s legal matters. Shellan has practiced law since 1975 and is also a certified public accountant.

Martin L. Alvey, P.C. announces the relocation of the firm. As of July 2, the new address is 8555 S.W. Apple Way, Suite 130, Portland, OR 97225. The telephone numbers and e-mail addresses will remain the same.

Mark R. Thompson has joined the Public Power Council as staff counsel. Thompson is a member of the Oregon and Idaho bars, and holds a B.S. from Brigham Young University and a J.D. from Lewis & Clark Law School. He most recently practiced law at Richardson & O’Leary in Boise, Idaho, where he specialized in energy issues.

Gevurtz Menashe has added Dylan M. Cernitz as an associate attorney. Cernitz’s practice will focus on divorce, with a particular focus on complex property division and high asset cases. Cernitz is a member of the OSB Family and Business Law sections and the Washington County Bar Association. He received a B.A. in political science from Purdue University, and a juris doctorate from the Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College.

Shelley L. Fuller and Associates welcomes Sara D. Couch to the firm as an associate attorney. Shewas previously employed at Helzer & Cromar. Couch will be assisting Shelley Fuller and John Guinn with their growing family law practice and expanding the firm’s areas of practice to include estate planning and probate matters.

Perkins Coie announces that Evan Reynolds has returned to the firm as of counsel in its Portland office. Reynolds, who was with PacifiCorp, is one of seven attorneys to join Perkins Coie’s Portland business practice in the past several months. While at PacifiCorp Reynolds was responsible for the oversight of corporate finance activities, including securities offerings and financial reporting to the Securities and Exchange Commission. Before joining PacifiCorp, he worked at Perkins Coie, where he advised public and private companies on corporate finance and governance matters, securities law compliance and general business transactions.

Effective July 1, 2007, Eugene lawyer Brian M. Thompson is opening his own office. Reach him at Law Office of Brian M. Thompson, 300 Country Club Road, Suite 248, Eugene, OR 97401; phone: (541) 5050-9293; Fax: (866) 305-8811; e-mail: bmt4tax@comcast.net.

Landye Bennett Blumstein welcomes Lisa T. Hunt (see picture next page) as an associate with the law firm. She will focus her practice on general civil litigation and appellate law. Hunt served as an Oregon Supreme Court judicial law clerk for Justice R. William Riggs for two years until his retirement in 2006. She continued clerking with the governor’s next appointment to the court, Justice Martha L. Walters, until joining Landye Bennett Blumstein. Before law school, Hunt was a college instructor, teaching communications, media and theater-related classes. She received her J.D. from Lewis & Clark Law School in 2002.

The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges announces that Katheryn Yetter has been promoted to senior attorney with the family violence department. NCJFCJ, located in Reno, Nevada, now celebrates its 70th year improving courts and systems practices to better serve children and families.

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