Oregon State Bar Bulletin — JUNE 2007

Clay McCaslin has joined Michael Wise & Associates as an associate attorney. He is a member of the Oregon, Texas and Louisiana bars and focuses on personal injury, products liability, business and general litigation. He can be reached at 806 S.W. Broadway, Suite 800, Portland, OR 97205; phone: (503) 224-8422; fax: (503) 546-2200.

Littler Mendelson, the nation’s largest employment and labor law firm, has announced a merger with Portland-based Amburgey & Rubin. With the merger, Littler continues its growth to encompass more than 600 attorneys in 42 offices across the country, encompassing offices in Sacramento, San Francisco, San Jose and Seattle. Amburgey & Rubin’s five attorneys and its staff will reside in its current Portland office.

M Financial Group announces that Shannon Hartwell has been hired as chief compliance officer for M Fund and M Financial Investment Advisers, where she reviews, develops, implements and enforces the compliance policies and procedures and provides counsel to members of the funds’ board of directors. Hartwell was previously a corporate attorney at the Portland office of Perkins Coie, where she worked extensively in the areas of securities compliance, corporate transactions, mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance.

Saif Corp. has hired five trial attorneys in its legal services division. Holly O’Dellreceived her J.D. from Lewis and Clark Law School. Previously, she worked as a legal intern at Saif and as a registered nurse. Chad Kosierackireceived his J.D. from the University of Oregon School of Law. Previously, he worked as a legal intern at Saif. Holly Ansarireceived her J.D. from Whittier College School of Law. Previously, she worked as a trial attorney for Hames Anderson Whitlow and as a special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Leah Siderasreceived her J.D. from Willamette University. Previously she worked as a trial attorney with Saif; Roberts, Reinisch & Klor; Wallace, Klor, & Mann; and Liberty Northwest. Kimberly Shubinreceived her J.D. from Gonzaga University School of Law. Previously, she worked for Evergreen Legal Services; Pond, Roesch, Rahn & Nelson; and the Linerud Law Firm.

Dorothy S. Cofieldhas moved Cofield Law Office to the Peterkort Centre off of Hwy. 217 and Hwy. 26 with service via Max at the Sunset Transit Station. The firm’s new address is 9755 S.W. Barnes Road, Suite 450, Portland, OR 97225. The fax number has changed to (503) 595-4149. The phone number, (503) 675-4320, and e-mail, cofield@hevanet.com, remain the same. Cofield will continue to focus her practice on all aspects of land use law including rural and urban development permits, Measure 37 claims and development, and all levels of appeals.

Standard Insurance Co. announces that Jessica Carpenterhas joined the insurance services group legal department. Carpenter obtained her law degree from Arizona State University College of Law in 1997. Previously Carpenter was an associate with Martin, Bischoff, Templeton, Langslet & Hoffman in Portland.

Josselson, Potter & Roberts changed its name, effective Jan. 1, 2007, to Josselson & Potterupon the departure of long-time friend and partner Leslie M. Robertsto take a position on the Multnomah County Circuit Court bench. The firm continues to specialize in real estate, land use, environmental, finance and general business law.

Josselson & Potter welcomes Kate (S. Katherine) Josephto the firm as an associate attorney. Most recently, she clerked for the Hon. Rex Armstrong, Oregon Court of Appeals, and for the Department of Justice, trial division, torts & employment. Joseph was a business executive before attending law school, with experience in both private placement financing and corporate finance in the software technology industry. Joseph holds a J.D. from Lewis & Clark Law School.

Liz Engberghas been appointed as an assistant attorney general in the torts section of the trial division of the Oregon Department of Justice. Engberg received her B.A. from the University of Wisconsin and her J.D. from Lewis & Clark Law School. She has served as a judicial extern for the U.S. District Court of Oregon.

Joe Groshonghas been appointed |as an assistant attorney general in the torts section of the trial division of the Oregon Department of Justice. Groshong received his J.D. from Seton Hall University. He served as a clerk for the Oregon Court of Appeals before joining DOJ as an honors attorney in September 2005.

Doug McKean has been appointed deputy commissioner of the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries. Before joining BOLI, he was a senior deputy legislative counsel for the Oregon Legislative Assembly. McKean received his J.D. from the University of Oregon School of Law in 1981.

Miller Nash announces the arrival of Christopher Rycewiczto the firm. Rycewicz brings more than 20 years of experience to the firm, where he will focus on environmental and natural resources issues, pursuing insurance claims for policyholders, and complex civil litigation. He is a past chair of the OSB Environmental and Natural Resources Section and is a member of the bar for the U.S. Supreme Court, 9th Circuit and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.

William Glasgowhas joined ScanlanKemperBard Companies as senior executive vice president, general counsel and principal. He was formerly a partner with Perkins Coie. SKB is a real estate private equity firm based in Portland that has acquired $2 billion in real estate over the last 10 years.

Mark Olmstedhas opened an office as a sole practitioner, emphasizing civil litigation. Contact him at One S.W. Columbia Street, Suite 1110, Portland, OR 97258; phone: (503) 445-4453; e-mail: mark@olmstedlaw.com.

Roy Pulvershas joined Hinshaw & Culbertson as a partner in the firm’s Portland office, where he will have a professional responsibility and liability practice, representing lawyers, mental health professionals and insurance agents and brokers. He regularly handles appeals at the state and federal levels, as well as a range of civil litigation. He was previously a partner at Lindsay, Hart, Neil & Weigler, where he had practiced since 1997. From 1989 to 1997, he was the staff attorney to the Oregon Supreme Court, where he advised and represented the chief justice and the court on matters including attorney and judicial discipline, death penalty, proposed legislation and mandamus.

Doug Hancockand Patrick Hughey, formerly partners of Ipsolon, are pleased to announce the formation of their new firm Hancock Hughey, with offices in Portland and Sisters. They will continue their practice in U.S. and international patents and trademarks. Contact them at www.hancockhughey.com.

Lilian Bieris pleased to announce the opening of her new practice, Bier Family Law, located in Peterkort Centre in the Portland aera. The firm specializes in domestic relations law, including adoption, divorce, custody, support issues, restraining orders and premarital agreements. She is welcoming new clients in her offices at 9755 S.W. Barnes Road, Portland, OR 97225. Contact her by phone (503) 595-4141 or by e-mail at lbier@bierfamilylaw.com or by fax at (503) 228-5950.

With fond memories and strong friendship, Jacqueline L. Kochand Nicole L. Deeringof Koch & Deering are beginning new ventures. Koch will join Bailey, Pinney & Associates 1498 S.E. Tech Center Place, Suite 290, Vancouver, WA 98683; phone: (360) 557-2551. Deering announces her new firm, Deering Law Office, at 2720 N.E. 33rd Ave. Portland, OR 97212; phone: (503) 222-9350. Koch will emphasize appellate work. Deering will continue her family law practice.

Hershner Hunter announces that Amanda Walkup is its newest partner. She joins the firm’s employment and employee benefits practice group, bringing with her more than a decade of experience as a practicing attorney and three years in the human resources department of one of Lane County’s largest employers. Her practice will focus on serving the needs of employers.

Nancy Chafinhas joined Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt’s business and finance group in Portland. Chafin was counsel at the Houston, Texas, offices of both King & Spalding and Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld. She has more than 20 years of experience representing clients in business transactions with a focus on mergers and acquisitions, financing and securities law. She has represented both acquirers and target companies in mergers, asset and stock acquisitions, divestitures, proxy and consent solicitations. Chafin has represented public companies in underwritten offerings of common and preferred stock and private companies in venture capital and other private placement transactions.

Misti K. Johnsonhas joined the Port of Portland as assistant general counsel, aviation. Johnson previously served as an associate attorney with Dunn, Carney, Allen, Higgins & Tongue. She graduated in 2000 from the University of Oregon School of Law, where she served as editor-in-chief of the Oregon Review of International Law.

Rachel Bredfeldtjoined the Metropolitan Public Defender in May and will be working in the Multnomah County office. Bredfeldt graduated from the University of Oregon Law School and was admitted to the Oregon State Bar in 2005. In addition to working as a certified law student for the defender in 2005, she was an extern for the Hon. Ann Aiken, clerk for the Hon. Donald Ashmanskas, Social Security clerk for the Hon. Ancer Haggerty and an attorney for Bertoni and Todd, practicing juvenile defense.

Wendy Bakerhas joined Eugene-based Arlie & Company as its in-house counsel. Arlie & Company is a real estate investment and development firm that specializes in commercial and mixed-use development. Baker previously practiced law in Eugene at the firm of Harrang Long Gary Rudnick.

Larkins Vacura announces that Peter Leichtfuss, a real estate lawyer with extensive experience in both litigation of real estate disputes and assisting clients in real estate transactions, has joined the firm. A former partner in the Portland office of Davis Wright Tremaine, Leichtfuss will continue his practice in all aspects of real estate law with a special emphasis on litigation, arbitration and mediation of real estate disputes. His litigation experience includes partition matters, boundary line disputes, fraud and misrepresentation claims, fair housing and commercial lease disputes.

Christopher J. Kayser, who has represented clients in a wide variety of civil and white-collar criminal litigation in state and federal courts, has recently joined the Larkins Vacura firm. Kayser’s cases have involved matters such as international trade, legal malpractice, banking regulation, environmental remediation, accounting fraud and tax controversies. He began his practice of law at the U.S. Department of Justice, tax division and later practiced at Baker Botts’ Washington, D.C. office.

Garvey Schubert Barer welcomes Nancy McCullen Cooperas a new owner in the Portland office and John C. Rothermichas an associate. With more than 10 years of experience practicing labor and employment law, Cooper brings a wealth of experience counseling clients on issues pertinent to employers’ human resource challenges. Having also been a previous business owner, she offers practical advice on maneuvering through the legal maze of labor and employment issues. Rothermich joins the firm from the New York office of Wilmer, Cutler, Pickering, Hale & Dorr, where he spent the last three years defending clients in securities cases, class actions, bankruptcy adversary proceedings and other complex commercial matters.

Davis Wright Tremaine has added Emily Changas an associate in its Portland office. Her practice will focus on mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and commercial law. Chang joins the firm from Greenberg Traurig and Fennemore Craig, both in Phoenix, Ariz. She is a member of the Arizona State Bar, the OSB and the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association. Chang obtained her J.D. from Notre Dame Law School, where she was the executive editor of the Notre Dame Journal of Law, a Thomas J. White Scholar and Notre Dame Woman Law Graduate of the Year as named by the National Women Lawyers Association.

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