Oregon State Bar Bulletin — OCTOBER 2007

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.

Eric A. Smith has joined the Port of Portland legal team focusing on contracts and procurements, construction and other contractual and real estate matters. Smith was formerly with Dunn Carney Allen Higgins & Tongue for just under two years and for the preceding six years, he practiced law at Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt. He brings skills and experience in commercial contracting, corporate law, business and real estate transactions, and maritime law to his role at the port. Smith is a graduate of the University of Oregon Law School and is a member of the Oregon and Washington state bars.

Gartland, Nelson, McCleery, Wade & Walloch announces that Meg E. Kieran has joined the firm as of counsel. Kieran’s practice will continue to concentrate on land use, employment law, higher education and government law.

Gevurtz Menashe announces the addition of Tara Lawrence to the firm. Lawrence’s practice will focus on divorce cases, with a particular focus on property division and small business owners involved in a divorce. Lawrence is the former Sherman County district attorney, a lifetime member of the Oregon District Attorneys Association, and a member of the Oregon Attorney General’s Crime Victims’ Rights Compliance Project and Sexual Assault Task Force. She received a J.D. from the Willamette University College of Law.

Charmin B. Shiely has joined the business law practice group in Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt’s Portland office. Previously she worked in the Portland offices of Foster Pepper Tooze and Davis Wright Tremaine. Focusing her practice on business transactions and corporate finance law, Shiely has significant experience in assisting financial institutions, as well as in public and private company mergers, public offerings and private placements, asset sales and security law advising. She has co-chaired the associates committee of Campaign for Equal Justice and serves on the executive committee of the OSB Securities Regulation Section. She received her juris doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law.

Robin McIntyre has been appointed as an assistant attorney general in the appellate division with the Oregon Department of Justice. McIntyre received her bachelor of science degree from University of Southern California and her J.D. from Lewis and Clark Law School. McIntyre has spent the last eight months working in the natural resources section of the general counsel division. Prior to joining DOJ, McIntyre worked for the US Department of Energy.

Denis Vannier has been appointed as an assistant attorney general in the appellate division with the Oregon Department of Justice. Vannier received his bachelor of science degree from Southern Oregon University and his J.D. from Lewis and Clark Law School. Vannier has spent two years working in the criminal and civil rights section of the trial division. Earlier he was an honors attorney in the appellate and general counsel divisions.

Karla Alderman has been appointed as an assistant attorney general in the appellate division with the Oregon Department of Justice. Alderman received her B.S. degree from Oregon State University and her J.D. from Willamette University College of Law. She has spent the last seven years working for a Portland law firm.

Summer Gleason has been appointed as a senior assistant attorney general in the criminal and civil rights section of the trial division with the Oregon Department of Justice. Gleason received her bachelor of business administration degree from Gonzaga University and her J.D. from Willamette University. Following law school graduation, she was in private practice in Beaverton and then served as a deputy district attorney in Yamhill and Clackamas counties.

David Bristol, former partner with Miller Nash in Portland, has joined First Independent as executive vice president and chief legal officer. In his 15 years at Miller Nash, Bristol’s practice focused on banking, mergers and acquisitions, finance and real estate law. He was instrumental in helping national and community bank clients with their strategic business development initiatives. He has been a partner of the firm since 2000.

After 10 very successful years in practice together as Wells & Wells, Inge Wells and Michael Wells announce that effective Sept. 24, 2007, Inge has accepted a position with the appellate division of the Oregon Department of Justice in Salem. She will be doing exclusively what she enjoys the most: appellate work. Michael will continue to serve the legal needs of his clients in Lane and Douglas Counties as a sole practitioner. He will be restricting his practice to family law and small estate planning and probate.

Maya Crawford has joined the Campaign for Equal Justice as associate director. She was most recently the public interest law coordinator at Lewis & Clark Law School, and for three years prior to that she was a staff attorney in the pro bono unit of the Multnomah County Office of Legal Aid Services of Oregon. Crawford is currently a fellow in the OSB Leadership College, is a member (and chair-elect) of the OSB’s Pro Bono Committee and is a member of the Multnomah Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Membership Committee. She received her J.D. from Lewis & Clark Law School.

Stephanie Engelsman has been hired as a new staff attorney in the Multnomah County Office of the Metropolitan Public Defender. Engelsman graduated from Lewis & Clark Law School in 2004, and was admitted to the OSB in 2005, and to the Illinois State Bar in 2006. Prior to joining the Metropolitan Public Defender, Engelsman worked as an assistant public defender for Kane County, Ill.

Diana Moffat has been appointed as the executive director of the Local Government Personnel Institute in Salem. Moffat will continue to provide labor relations representation to city and county governments throughout Oregon. Moffat served as an Oregon prosecutor for 14 years. She is the founder and director of the Abused Animal Rescue & Rehabilitation Farm & Foundation, which provides sanctuary and rescue services to abused and neglected animals throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Chuck Corrigan has started a new firm, the Law Office of Charles E. Corrigan. He will be emphasizing his growing arbitration and mediation practice, and will continue representing clients in real property and business disputes, claims by and against governments and major injury cases.

Jim Filiault and Jay Nusbaum have joined the legal department of Vestas-American Wind Technology, the North American sales business unit of Vestas Wind Systems A/S of Denmark. Vestas is the world’s largest provider of wind turbines and the leader in modern energy. Filiault will handle the company’s disputes, and Nusbaum will handle commercial matters. Previously, Filiault was with Kivel & Howard, and Nusbaum was counsel for Integra Telecom. They join Debra Olson, who became vice president and general counsel of Vestas-American Wind Technology in February 2007. Olson formerly was with Calpine Corporation.

Damon Henrie has joined Dunn Carney Allen Higgins & Tongue. Henrie will focus on construction, insurance, homeowners’ association and agricultural law. He will be a member of the firm’s construction and insurance defense teams. Previously Henrie was with Vial Fotheringham in Portland. Henrie received his J.D. from Lewis & Clark Northwestern School of Law in 2005.

return to top
return to Table of Contents