Oregon State Bar Bulletin — MAY 2007

Jackson Lewis has elevated Scott Oborne to a partner of the firm and managing partner of the firm’s Oregon office. Oborne, a long-time employment law attorney in the law firm’s San Francisco and Chicago offices, had been managing attorney of the Portland office since the office opened last summer. He received his J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, and is a member of the California, Oregon and Illinois bars.

Miller Nash announces the election of partners Mary Ann Frantz and John Neupert to the firm’s executive committee. Frantz joined the firm in 1978. She focuses her practice on securities, corporate governance, mergers, acquisitions and business transactions. She is a member of the American Bar Association Committee on Federal Regulation of Securities, and also provides pro bono services to a number of nonprofit organizations, including Neighborhood House, where she serves on the board of directors. Neupert also joined the firm in 1978. He focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation in state and federal courts in the Northwest and in numerous other jurisdictions. Neupert is listed in Chambers USA Guide 2006 as a leading commercial litigation lawyer.

B. Scott Whipple and Daniel L. Duyck announce the opening of their new offices, Whipple & Duyck, in downtown Portland. The pair will handle a wide variety of civil litigation matters, including business disputes, construction law, securities litigation, personal injury and tort claims, real estate disputes and employment disputes. Contact them at (503) 222-6004 or (503) 222-6191; website: www.whippleduyck.com.

Melisse Cunningham has been appointed as an assistant attorney general in the tax and finance section of the general counsel division with the Oregon Department of Justice. Cunningham received her J.D. from Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College. She was in private practice in Portland before joining the department in September 2000.

Donna Bennett has been appointed as a senior assistant attorney general in the labor and employment section of the general counsel division with the Oregon Department of Justice. Bennett received her J.D. from Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College. Bennett was in private practice in Portland and Prineville before joining the labor and employment section of the general counsel division in 2002. In October 2005, she became chair of the Employee Relations Board.

Perkins Coie announces that John Thomas has joined the firm as a partner in its business law practice. He focuses on securities and financing matters, mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance matters. Thomas is practicing in Perkins Coie’s Portland office. Previously, Thomas was a partner at Stoel Rives. He brings with him more than 15 years of experience representing a wide range of public and private company clients, working with them on a variety of complex business matters.

McKanna, Bishop, Joffe & Sullivan has made the following additions and changes as of Jan. 1: Gene Mechanic has become of counsel to the firm. Mechanic has relocated to Florida to work with the Service Employees International Union on labor organizing projects. Adam Arms has become a partner with the firm and continues to focus his practice on representing unions and criminal defense.

Vincent J. Bernabei is relocating his civil litigation and family law practice to 9020 S.W. Washington Square Road, Suite 140, Portland, OR 97223. The phone number will remain (503) 443-1177, and his fax number will remain (503) 443-1178. His e-mail address will be vince@bernabeilaw.com.

The U.S. District Court for Oregon announces the appointment of Mark D. Clarke as U.S. magistrate judge. He will fill the vacancy left by the Hon.John P. Cooney, who retired Feb. 28. Judge Clarke began duty March 1. A formal investiture ceremony is planned for later this spring. Clarke earned his J.D. from the University of Oregon in 1983. Upon graduation from law school, he practiced with Bullivant, Houser, Bailey, Pendergrass & Hoffman in Portland from 1983 to August 1990. In 1990, he relocated to Medford to join the firm of Frohnmayer, Deatherage, Pratt, Jamieson, Clarke & Moore, serving as the firm’s managing partner since 1999. Judge Clarke was the founding president of the Southern Oregon Federal Bar Association in 1998. He will handle felony preliminary and pretrial proceedings and misdemeanor trials. He will also conduct civil pretrial proceedings, settlement conferences and trials in cases with the consent of the parties.

Thorp, Purdy, Jewett, Urness & Wilkinson announces that K.C. Huffman has become a shareholder with the Springfield firm. Huffman’s practice concentration areas are business, employment law, property and general civil litigation. He joined the firm in April 2001.

Davis Wright Tremaine partner Mark Trinchero has been named chair of the telecommunications practice group for Lex Mundi, an association of independent law firms. Trinchero will host the group’s global telecommunications teleconferences, oversee updates to the group’s multi-jurisdiction regulatory survey and gather data for a "reference compendium" from member firms regarding the nature of their telecommunications practices and clients. Trinchero practices telecommunications law and represents wireline and wireless service providers and regularly conducts litigation before state utility regulatory agencies.

Bullivant Houser Bailey announces that Laura Takasumi has joined the Portland office as a tax, business and estate planning associate attorney. Takasumi has experience in corporate law and exempt organizations. She earned her J.D., LL.M. in taxation, and B.A. from the University of Washington. She is admitted to practice law in Oregon and Washington. Takasumi is on the board of directors of Oregon Lawyers Against Hunger and is a member of the Oregon Minority Lawyers Association, Oregon Women Lawyers and the Estate Planning Council of Portland.

E. Bradley Litchfield has become a shareholder in the Eugene general practice firm of Hutchinson, Cox, Coons, DuPriest, Orr & Sherlock. Litchfield has practiced law for 11 years and is licensed to practice in Oregon and British Columbia. His practice emphasis is on litigation issues, particularly business-related litigation, dissolution and creditors’ rights.

After many years on Main Street in Oregon City, Michael J. Nove has moved his law office to Salem. Nove may be contacted at P.O. Box 3437, Salem, OR 97302. The new telephone and fax numbers are (503) 585-3042 (phone) and (503) 363-1265 (fax).

Stahancyk, Kent, Johnson & Hook announces that Teresa Foster, the managing attorney of the firm’s Vancouver, Wash., office, has been promoted to firm shareholder. She has been managing attorney in Vancouver since October 2004. Foster received her J.D from Arizona State University in 1997. Her practice emphasizes family law, divorce, separation, custody, paternity, modifications and prenuptial agreements.

Garrett, Hemann, Robertson, Jennings, Comstock & Trethewy, based in Salem, has promoted J. Channing Bennett and J. Kevin Shuba to partners in the firm. Bennett focuses on employment law and litigation, and Shuba represents clients in areas of construction, real estate and probate litigation. The firm has also hired two new attorneys. Dennis Reese will work with the firm’s workers’ compensation clients and Joan Whipple Reese with civil litigation clients. Both were previously with Hoffman Hart in Portland.

Child Centered Solutions welcomes Jennifer Gilmore as a staff attorney to represent children involved in high conflict dissolutions and custody cases. Gilmore received her J.D from Tulane University Law School. She has extensive nonprofit work experience. She is a former international program manager for the Advisory Board Foundation and chief operating officer for the Child Protection Unit Network, both located in Manila, Philippines.

Stahancyk, Kent, Johnson & Hook announces the addition of Karla E.M. Camac as a new associate in the Portland office. She earned her J.D. from Willamette University College of Law in 2006.

Gevurtz, Menashe, Larson & Howe, Portland, has named Saville Easley a shareholder. She joined the firm in 1999. Easley’s practice focuses on divorce, child custody and parenting time, and domestic partnerships. Easley is a member of Oregon Women Lawyers and is a graduate of the University of Oregon School of Law.

Saalfeld Griggs announces that Erich M. Paetsch has become a shareholder of the firm. Paetsch’s practice will continue to focus on commercial and environmental litigation, including creditors’ rights, banking law and construction law. He is also involved in the Salem community as board president of the Salem Art Association.

Saalfeld Griggs announces that Christine Akimoff has joined the firm. Akimoff, who graduated from Lewis & Clark Law School with honors, will work in the firm’s employee benefits practice group.

Jim Francesconi has been made partner at the Portland firm of Haglund, Kelley, Horngren, Jones & Wilder. His practice emphasizes government relations, representation of small business and personal injury litigation. The former Portland city commissioner recently was appointed by Gov. Kulongoski to the Oregon State Board of Higher Education.

Papa Murphy’s International announces that Victoria Blackwell has been named general counsel. Blackwell has been with Papa Murphy’s as the company’s corporate attorney since 2000. Most recently, Blackwell was responsible for leading the take-and-bake pizza chain’s expansion into British Columbia. Blackwell also oversees all legal aspects of franchisor/franchisee agreements, as Papa Murphy’s currently maintains over 400 franchisees nationwide.

Perkins Coie announces that Tom Lindley has been named the new chair of the firm’s environment and natural resources practice. He has been a partner with the firm for more than 10 years and has more than 25 years of experience assisting clients on cutting-edge environment and natural resource matters, including air, water, and hazardous waste and solid waste permits. He also advises clients on water quality and rights, the Endangered Species Act, enforcement defense, site investigations and remediation, and audits and due diligence. Lindley has been an adjunct professor at the Lewis & Clark Northwestern School of Law and the IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law.

USA&M/Oregon announces the addition of John Cavanagh, the Hon. R. William Riggs and the Hon. Lyle Velure to its panel of mediators and arbitrators. Justice Riggs has recently retired from the Oregon Supreme Court. Cavanagh was formerly with the law firm of Cavanagh & Zipse. Judge Velure will be retiring from the Lane County Circuit Court bench on June 30. All bring a wide range of mediation and arbitration skills to the panel. Contact them at (503) 223-2671 or www.usam-oregon.com.

Gordon Howard has been appointed to the position of staff attorney by the city of West Linn. Howard will provide legal services to the city on land use and property issues. He received his J.D. from Lewis & Clark Law School, serving as an associate editor for the Environmental Law Review. He was previously employed by West Linn as a city planner, and before that, he was a planner for Multnomah County.

Deborah G. Trant joins Lane Powell as an associate in the firm’s intellectual property practice group. Previously, she worked as in-house counsel at Kettle Foods Inc. and also as the trademark affairs coordinator. She received her J.D. from Willamette University School of Law.

Jordan A. Carter has joined the national commercial real estate firm of GVA Kidder Mathews in Portland as an associate commercial real estate broker. Carter focuses on representing individuals and investors in the sale and acquisition of commercial real estate throughout Oregon and southwest Washington. He previously worked as a commercial broker for Marcus & Millichap in Portland and for a local law firm prior to that. Carter can be reached at jcarter@gvakm.com or 503-221-2280.

The Public Power Council has selected Scott Corwin as its executive director, effective April 1. Corwin currently is vice president of marketing and public affairs at PNGC Power and leads the organization’s strategic direction on policy, government affairs and communications, a position he has held for the last five years. He has been with the organization since 1999. Corwin is a graduate of the University of Washington School of Law and has worked for Portland General Electric, the Oregon House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate.

Erika E. Soublet recently accepted an appointment as a senior deputy prosecuting attorney with the Yakima County prosecuting attorney’s office. She was formerly a deputy prosecuting attorney for Skagit County and, before leaving Oregon, a deputy district attorney for both Multnomah and Yamhill counties. She can be reached at erika.soublet@co.yakima.wa.us.

Kate von Ter Stegge has been appointed as an assistant attorney general in the torts section of the trial division with the Oregon Department of Justice. Von Ter Stegge received her J.D. degree from the University of Virginia. She was a law clerk for the U.S. District Court of West Virginia and served as a deputy district attorney in Multnomah County.

Darin Tweedt has been appointed as a senior assistant attorney general in the organized crime section of the criminal justice division with the Oregon Department of Justice. Tweedt received his J.D. from Willamette University. Tweedt has been a deputy district attorney in Marion County.

Drew Campbell has been appointed as an assistant attorney general in the organized crime section of the criminal justice division with the Oregon Department of Justice. Campbell received his J.D. from Willamette University. He has been a deputy district attorney in Marion County.

Stephanie Tuttle has been appointed as a senior assistant attorney general in the district attorney assistance section of the criminal justice division with the Oregon Department of Justice. Tuttle received her J.D. from Willamette University. Since law school graduation, Tuttle has been a deputy district attorney in Marion County.

Paul Unger has joined McGuireWoods Consulting as a vice president of the firm’s federal government relations group. He will work out of the firm’s Washington office and provide clients insight on the development and execution of strategic legislative and communications plans. Unger most recently served as counsel and legislative director for U.S. Sen. George Allen. Unger was previously counsel for Sen. Gordon Smith and served as chief of staff for Rep. Bob Smith (Oregon). In addition to his posts with individual legislators, Unger was majority staff director for the U.S. House of Representative’s Agriculture Committee.

Ed Gerdes has joined Beau Delicious! International, the international franchisor of Cafe Yumm! restaurants, as vice president and general counsel. Gerdes, a former chairman of the OSB Sole and Small Firm Practitioners Section, has nearly 20 years experience in real estate and small business development, negotiation and risk assessment. He can be reached at (541)683-YUMM.

Ater Wynne has named Jenny L. Trieu a partner and welcomes Nathan Gerhardt and Matthew Stock as associates in the firm’s Portland office. Trieu is a member of the energy, intellectual property and global trade groups. She works with companies in the high technology and manufacturing sectors, and she works with utilities and other entities in the energy industry. She speaks Cantonese and Russian. Gerhardt is an associate in the emerging business and corporate finance groups. He works with a broad range of clients, from start-up companies to long-established businesses, on issues related to formation, financing, corporate, governance, mergers and acquisitions, securities law compliance, contract negotiation and general corporate maintenance. Stock, a former environmental consultant, is an associate in the business, environmental and telecommunications groups. He works with telecommunication carriers, energy utilities, businesses and governmental entities.

Peter D. Hawkes joins Lane Powell as an associate in the firm’s litigation practice group. He was previously an associate at the New York firm of Cahill, Gordon & Reindel. He received his J.D. from New York University School of Law and his B.A. from Harvard College.

Mark Crabtree has joined the Portland office of Jackson Lewis as an associate. His practice focuses on labor and employment law. Crabtree is a 2001 graduate of the University of Oregon School of Law.

Barran Liebman announces the addition of Jeffrey Robertson, who joins the firm as a partner. Robertson previously practiced with the Portland office of Bullivant Houser Bailey. As part of his practice, Robertson counsels employers, including public and private companies, municipalities and multi-employer pension and benefit entities, in all aspects of the design, tax qualification and ERISA compliance of tax-qualified retirement plans, non-qualified executive compensation and retirement plans and welfare benefit plans. Robertson, who is also a certified public accountant, is admitted to practice law in Oregon and Washington. He is a nationally recognized writer and speaker.

Littler Mendelson, a nationwide employment and labor law firm, has announced a merger with Portland-based

Amburgey & Rubin. With the merger, Littler now encompasses more than 600 attorneys in 42 offices across the country. The addition of the Portland office will augment Littler’s Pacific Northwest presence; the firm also has offices in Sacramento, San Francisco, San Jose and Seattle. Amburgey & Rubin’s five attorneys and its staff will reside in its current Portland office, including founders Larry Amburgey and Howard Rubin.

Speer, Hoyt, Jones, Feinman, Poppe, Wolf & Griffith has simplified the firm name. There have been no changes in ownership, but as of March 1, the name has changed to Speer Hoyt P.C. The firm is still located in the Citizens Building at 975 Oak St., Suite 700, Eugene, OR 97401; phone: (541) 485-5151; website: www.speerhoyt.com. The firm also welcomes three new associates. Christy K. Monson specializes in municipal law and state and local government relations. She received her J.D. from the University of Oregon School of Law in 2000. From 2000 to 2006, Monson served as legal counsel and lobbyist for the League of Oregon Cities, where she specialized in advising, lobbying and negotiating various municipal issues. Monson now represents both government and private associations both as legal counsel and as an advocate before the Oregon legislature and state agencies. James (Jim) A. Underwood is an experienced trial attorney with a wide variety of litigation and transactional experience in both the public and private sectors. Underwood’s practice will emphasize business, estate planning, tax and state and federal litigation. Underwood is a former judicial clerk to the Hon. Kip W. Leonard in Lane County. Underwood earned his J.D. from the University of Oregon School of Law in 2001. Janice Mackey will continue to focus on general business law, estate planning and real estate. She enjoys working with small- and medium-sized businesses, non-profit organizations and individuals. She is a frequent guest speaker at the Lane Community College Small Business Development Center and has presented seminars on contracts, choice of entity and the formation process, employment law and trusts, wills and estate planning. In addition, Mackey is a member of the Eugene Springfield Tax Association board, the Girl Scouts of Western Rivers Council board, the Lane County Economic Development Standing Committee and the Eugene Rotary. Mackey received her J.D. from the University of Oregon School of Law, Order of the Coif, where she was an articles editor for the Oregon Law Review.

Eric D. Wilson joins Lane Powell as an associate in the firm’s labor and employment practice group. He previously worked on employment and general civil litigation matters as an assistant attorney general with the trial and appellate divisions of the Oregon Department of Justice. He received his J.D. from the University of Oregon School of Law.

Scott E. Nielson announces the relocation of his law office to 5933 N.E. Win Sivers Drive, Suite 224, Portland, OR 97220; phone: (503) 329-0229; e-mail: law@snielson.net. Nielson will continue to represent small business interests, elder law clients and their supporting relatives and friends, Social Security clients and their related family law issues.

Mason & Associates announces that Mindy Stannard and Joshua Williams have joined the firm as associates. Stannard is a member of the Oregon federal bar and 9th Circuit bar associations; the Washington, Multnomah and Clackamas County bar associations; and Rotary International. She received her J.D. from Willamette University College of Law. Williams is a member of the Washington, Multnomah and Clackamas county bar associations and the National Black MBA Association. He received his MBA from Pepperdine University and his J.D. from Southwestern University of Law. Both will focus on dissolution, complex child custody cases and modification of child support and parenting time.

Christine R. Costantino has been named a shareholder of Buckley LeChevallier. Costantino began with the firm in June 1996 as a paralegal before attending law school at Willamette University College of Law. She returned to the firm in 2001 as an associate attorney and is a member of the firm’s family law group. She is a member of the American Bar Association, the Family Firm Institute, the Executive Women’s Golf Association and Northwest Business for Culture and the Arts.

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