Oregon State Bar Bulletin — AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2008
Bar People

Among Ourselves

Troutdale patent attorney David Ripma was appointed by Gov. Ted Kulongoski to serve as a public member on the Oregon Hanford Cleanup Board. Ripma recently completed service on Oregon’s Energy Facility Siting Council, having first been appointed by Gov. Kitzhaber and re appointed by Gov. Kulongoski. He chaired EFSC for the last 19 months of his service. Ripma is patent counsel at Sharp Laboratories of America, a high-tech R&D company in Camas, Wash.

The following MBA Board directors will serve as officers for the term of July 2008-June 2009. Michael Dwyer advances to president, having been president-elect in 2007. A partner with Dwyer & Miller, his practice focuses exclusively on mediation and negotiation. Leslie N. Kay was elected president-elect of the MBA. Kay is regional director for the Multnomah County Office of Legal Aid Services of Oregon. Michelle S. Druce, elected secretary, is with Wilshire Credit Corp.-Merrill Lynch. Lisa M. Umscheid has been elected treasurer. She has been special counsel at Ball Janik.

Bullivant Houser Bailey announces shareholder Howard Carsman has been designated as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)-accredited professional. Carsman joins a nationwide group of fewer than 100 LEED-accredited attorneys, according to the Green Building Certification Institute. Carsman is the second attorney at the firm to earn LEED accreditation.

The National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) has awarded Oregon Attorney General Hardy Myers the prestigious Kelley-Wyman Award in recognition of his long public service and past 11 years as attorney general of Oregon. Recipients of the Kelley-Wyman Award are chosen for their contributions in achieving objectives established by the nation’s attorneys general. Myers was recognized for his active involvement and leadership in numerous NAAG initiatives, including co-chair of both the antitrust executive working group and the consumer protection work group, and membership on committees addressing homeland security, pharmaceutical pricing, prescription drug abuse, end of life healthcare, attorney general powers and duties, and school and campus safety. Myers is also one of two NAAG representatives on the National Governor’s Association State Alliance for eHealth.

Paul Migchelbrink, an attorney with Farleigh Wada Witt, has been elected president of the board of directors for the Portland Youth Philharmonic. Founded in 1924, PYP is America’s first youth orchestra and supports two full symphony orchestras, a wind ensemble, and one string orchestra for younger musicians. Migchelbrink’s practice focuses on business and real estate, and he brings 15 years of legal knowledge and experience to the PYP board.

Cynthia M. Fraser has been appointed by Multnomah Presiding Judge Jean Kerr Mauer to the Multnomah Bar Arbitration Commission. Fraser is of counsel with Garvey Schubert Barer, where she focuses on condemnation, land use litigation and property tax appeals. She is past chair of the OSB Alternative Dispute Resolution Section executive committee, 2007 Best Lawyer’s in America in mediation and Portland Monthly magazine’s best lawyers in ADR.

Garvey Schubert Barer announces two Portland attorneys have been elected to serve prominent positions with Oregon Women Lawyers and the Oregon Women Lawyers Foundation. Cynthia Fraser, of counsel, has been elected to serve a two-year term on the board of directors for OWLS. Kathleen Bricken (picture above), a firm owner, has been appointed to serve as president of the OWLS Foundation for the 2008-2009 term.

A comment submitted by Robert S. Banks Jr. to the Securities and Exchange Commission on a pending rule on dispositive motions in securities arbitration was selected for inclusion in the Practicing Law Institute’s annual Securities Arbitration course book. The book coincides with the annual program held in New York City on securities arbitration. This is the fourth year that Banks has had an article selected for inclusion in the PLI’s course materials.

Ball Janik’s Bend office managing partner, Laura Craska Cooper, has been elected as the 2008 chair of the board of commissioners for Housing Works, the regional housing authority. Cooper, who focuses her law practice in real estate, business and land use, is also very active serving as legal counsel to numerous non-profit charitable organizations through out Central Oregon. Having served as a Housing Works commissioner since 2001, she was appointed to the Housing Works board of commissioners by Crook County. She is also the current president of the Deschutes County Bar Association and a member of the OSU Cascades Advisory Board.

Jeff Bachman has been elected chair of the board of directors for Amnesty International USA (AIUSA), the U.S. section of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning human rights advocacy organization. Bachman, an environmental law specialist with the Oregon Dept. of Environmental Quality, has been a member and activist with AIUSA since 1988. In recent years, he has been deeply involved in AIUSA’s International Justice and Accountability Campaign, which works to bring alleged perpetrators of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity to trial before national and international courts, including the International Criminal Court.

The Multnomah Bar Association Young Lawyers Section (MBA YLS) recently elected new officers and board members with terms starting July 1, 2008. The new president is Andrew M. Schpak of Barran Liebman; president-elect will be Justin D. Leonard of Ball Janik; secretary will be Katie A. Lane of Portland General Electric and treasurer is Klarice A. Benn of Abbott & Paris. New directors are: Lainie M. Dillon, Stoel Rives; Jennifer A. Durham, Bodyfelt Mount; Christiane R. Fife, Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt; Kimberly Griffith, judicial clerk to U.S. District Court Judge Malcolm F. Marsh; and Nicholas A. Kampars of Davis Wright Tremaine. John V. McVea of Gibbs McVea continues as a director. David I. Bean, Meyer & Wyse, serves as immediate past president.

Kirsten Meneghello has joined the Oregon Ballet Theatre as the director of planned giving. She is responsible for identifying, cultivating and stewarding donors who wish to include OBT in their estate plans or make a deferred gift. Meneghello was formerly a planned giving professional with the OHSU & Doernbecher foundations and the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon Foundation. She can be reached at (503) 227-0977 or kirsten.meneghello@obt.org.

Two Tonkon Torp immigration attorneys have been selected by the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) to serve on national committees that work with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) on policy and adjudication issues. Turid L. Owren, chair of Tonkon Torp’s immigration practice group, will serve on the USCIS Administrative Appeals Office Liaison Committee. Alan C. Perkins has been tapped for the USCIS California Service Center Liaison Committee. Owren chaired AILA’s Nebraska Service Center Liaison Committee for two years and last year received an AILA presidential commendation for outstanding leadership in liaison. Perkins has more than a decade of immigration law experience and recently returned to Portland after practicing immigration law for eight years in San Francisco.



Rene Holmes has been appointed as a senior assistant attorney general in the appellate division with the Oregon Department of Justice. Holmes received her J.D. from Willamette University College of Law. Prior to joining the department, she worked for the Marion County district attorney’s office and, most recently, at a private law firm in Portland. While attending law school, Holmes clerked in the department’s family law section.

Jesse Davis has been appointed as an assistant attorney general in the commercial, condemnation and environmental section of the trial division with the Oregon Department of Justice. Davis received his J.D. degree from Lewis & Clark Law School. Davis began serving the department in January 2006 as an honors attorney, first in the human services section of the general counsel division and then in the commercial, condemnation and environmental section of the trial division for his second year.

Donald (Don) Pyle has been appointed as a senior assistant attorney general in the natural resources section of the general counsel division with the Oregon Department of Justice. Pyle received his J.D. from Temple University School of Law and his master of laws degree from Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College. Prior to joining the department, Pyle was in private practice in Portland.

Leslie Moss Jordon has been appointed as a senior assistant attorney general in the child advocacy section of the civil enforcement division with the Oregon Department of Justice. Jordon received her J.D. from Northwestern University Law School in Chicago. Prior to joining the department, Jordon engaged in private practice in Portland and in the Southern California area.

Nick Kallstrom has been appointed as an assistant attorney general in the child advocacy section of the civil enforcement division with the Oregon Department of Justice. Kallstrom received his J.D. from the University of Oregon. Kallstrom began serving the department in September 2006 as an honors attorney, first in the family law section of the civil enforcement division, and is currently serving in the appellate division for his second year.

Thorp, Purdy, Jewett, Urness & Wilkinson announces the association of Leia K. Pitcher as an attorney in its Springfield office. Pitcher attended the University of Oregon School of Law and received a J.D. in 2006, along with a certificate in ocean and coastal law. She clerked for Judge Joel Penoyar at the Washington Court of Appeals for two years before joining the firm in April 2008. She is a member of both the Washington and Oregon state bars. Areas of emphasis include business law, local government, appeals, commercial law and real property.

Valerie Aitchison announces the opening of her new family law mediation practice in Portland. Aitchison was formerly an attorney at Gevurtz, Menashe, Larson & Howe, and has recently completed a mediation internship at Clackamas County Family Court Services. Her practice will focus on mediation of all aspects of divorce and dissolution of domestic partnerships, including division of assets, child custody, parenting time, child support and spousal support. She welcomes new clients at 2722 N.E. 33rd Ave., Portland, OR; phone (503) 467-0875; e-mail: val@aitchison.org; or website: www.aitchisonmediation.com.

The Animal Legal Defense Fund and Lewis & Clark Law School have entered into a unique collaboration to launch the Center for Animal Law Studies (CALS) at Lewis & Clark Law School. For 12 years, Pamela Frasch has been the legal defense fund’s general counsel. She recently became the new executive director of CALS. Frasch can now be reached at pfrasch@lclark.edu; phone: (503) 768-6967.

Rob Kline has moved his office to a new location in the Thomas Mann Building in downtown Portland. His new address and contact info is Kline Law Offices, 820 S.W. Second Ave., Suite 300, Portland, OR 97204. His telephone number (503) 224-6246 and e-mail address (rob@klinelawpc.com) remain the same; his fax number (503) 273-9175 is new. He continues to specialize in personal injury law.

Bob Schnack has joined the Sacramento office of Jackson Lewis as of counsel. Schnack was formerly a shareholder at Bullivant Houser Bailey, first in Portland and then in Sacramento. His practice at Jackson Lewis emphasizes the defense of employers in all variety of workplace-related claims and litigation, including class actions. He can be reached at 801 K St., Suite 2300, Sacramento, CA 95814; phone: (916) 341-0404; fax: (916) 341-0141; e-mail: schnackr@jacksonlewis.com; website: www.jacksonlewis.com.

Portland litigation firm Markowitz, Herbold, Glade & Mehlhaf announces Dallas S. DeLuca has joined the firm as an associate. His practice will focus on complex commercial litigation. DeLuca brings nearly a decade of international experience in business and government. As director of operations for Gap Inc.’s sourcing office for garments and apparel produced in North America, Central America and the Caribbean, he gained extensive experience in logistics, apparel and fabric manufacturing and sourcing, contract negotiation, and ethical and environmental compliance.

Laura Mahr recently joined the Victim Rights Law Center’s Portland office. Mahr is a graduate of Northeastern University School of Law. Prior to joining the Victim Rights Law Center, Mahr worked at the Oregon Law Center representing farmworkers in employment-related matters, focusing on sexual harassment discrimination cases.

The Victim Rights Law Center’s Portland Office announces its move to The Pacific Building, 520 S.W. Yamhill St., Suite 200, Portland, OR 97204. Attorneys Jessica Mindlin and Laura Mahr provide training and technical assistance on civil legal services for victims of sexual assault to Office of Violence Against Women (OVW) grantee programs nationwide. They can be reached at (503) 274-5477.

Dwain M. Clifford and Dana L. Krawczuk were both named Ball Janik partners on July 1, 2008. Clifford, who has been with the firm since 2002, focuses his practice areas in insurance-coverage litigation (policyholder side), broker-malpractice litigation, and construction-defect litigation. Previously, he practiced in the commercial litigation group of a regional law firm located in Dallas. Before receiving his J.D. degree from the University of Texas School of Law, Clifford was a high school teacher in New Mexico and a middle school teacher in Texas. Krawczuk’s principal areas of practice are land use and environmental law. Prior to joining Ball Janik in 2002, Krawczuk practiced land use and municipal law at another Portland law firm. She earned her J.D. and natural resources law certificate from the Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College.

McClinton & Troutt announces that it closed its office on Aug. 31. Michael C. McClinton has retired from the practice of law. He is continuing his mediation practice. He can be contacted at mcclintonmediation@comcast.net or at (503) 931-5813. Sarah R. Troutt has accepted a position as a claims attorney at the OSB Professional Liability Fund, where she began working on Sept. 8.

Former Lincoln City lawyer Scott Elliott has been called to serve as the pastor of Riviera United Church of Christ in Palm Bay, Fla.

Vicki Yates of Vicki H. Yates P.C. has moved her practice to 705 John Adams St., Oregon City, OR 97045. Her phone number remains (503) 656-9792; her new fax number is (503) 656-5353. Yates continues to focus her practice on personal injury, collections, contract, real estate and business litigation.

David D’Ascenzo, an intellectual property attorney with more than 12 years experience, announces the opening of his new firm, D’Ascenzo Intellectual Property Law, P.C. Joining him as an associate is Ian Gates, who has three years experience as an intellectual property attorney. Both attorneys previously practiced at Kolisch Hartwell. They advise clients on the full spectrum of intellectual property law, from initial evaluations of inventions and trademarks to worldwide licensing, defense, and enforcement of intellectual property rights. Their practice includes substantial trademark and international components, as well as patent prosecution in such varied fields as fuel cells, sporting goods, petrochemical and gas processing, tools, toys and children’s products, firearms, and consumer chemical and electrical products. The firm is located in the historic Yeon Building in downtown Portland at 522 SW 5th Ave., Suite 925; Portland, OR 97204; phone: (503) 22-IPLAW.

Wendy J. Baker announces the opening of her law office in Eugene. Baker’s practice will focus on advising both public and private employers about discrimination, family medical leave, the ADA and wage-and-hour law. Baker also advises employers on labor issues, such as negotiations, contract enforcement and resolution of grievances. Before opening her law office, Baker was the corporate counsel for Arlie & Co., a Eugene-based real estate development firm. Prior to that she represented employers as an associate at Harrang Long Gary Rudnick in Eugene. Baker’s office is located at 100 West 13th Ave., Suite 200, Eugene, OR 97401; phone: (541)345-0753; e-mail: wendy.baker@employerlaw.org. For more information, visit www.employerlaw.org.

Ater Wynne LLP has added three attorneys in its Portland office: Alice Cuprill-Comas, partner, corporate finance and emerging business; Matt Hedberg, associate, litigation; and Jason Busch, associate, environmental. Cuprill-Comas returns to Ater Wynne as a partner after serving firm client Prometheus Energy for two years as general counsel. She focuses on corporate finance, securities, and mergers and acquisitions. She has extensive experience with oil and gas, renewable energy and technology sector companies. Hedberg is an associate in the litigation group, where he focuses on contract claims, real estate disputes, product liability issues and employment cases. He has tried both jury and non-jury cases and represents clients in arbitration. Busch, an associate in the environmental group, concentrates his practice on environmental law, energy development, land use, and emerging business. Hedberg is particularly interested in sustainability and renewable energy, and has advised clients on green building measures, carbon offset agreements, wind leases and easements, and solar power installation.


In Memoriam

John Raymond Gilbertson died June 12, 2008, from natural causes.

He was born Feb. 2, 1923, in Livingston, Mont. He grew up in Eugene. He graduated from University High School and the University of Oregon, where he also attended law school. After graduating from law school, Gilbertson and his wife, Janice Lee, moved to Portland, where he began work as an attorney in general practice and then as a senior partner
in the law firm of White, Sutherland & Gilbertson.

He was active in local bar activities, becoming chair of Legal Aid and president of the Multnomah Bar Association. He also was one of the founders and the first president of the Portland Timbers soccer club. In 1973, he founded the firm of Yerkovich, Gilbertson & Brownstein, now known as Brownstein, Rask, Sweeney, Kerr, Grim, DeSylvia & Hay. Although he began his career with a very broad general practice, Gilbertson later specialized in business law while representing several Pacific Northwest companies. Rather than pursue retirement, he became president of Alpine Veneers, Inc., and enjoyed merging his legal skills with his entrepreneurial spirit.

He is survived by his two sons, many grandchildren, members of his law firm, and many good friends.

Sandra Saunders Gallagher
died June 16, 2008, in Portland.

Sandra Jean Toth was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1944. She received her bachelor’s degree from Brown University in 1964 and her master’s degree in economics from Fordham University in 1966, while she was employed in New York City on Wall St. She graduated with a J.D., from Lewis and Clark Law School in 1978 and practiced law in her own firm in Portland for 20 years before retiring.

In 1990, she married Senior Judge Stephen L. Gallagher Jr. She was a member of the ABA, the OSB and Oregon Women Lawyers. Survivors include her husband, four stepdaughters and two grandchildren.

Kenneth McLean Abraham
died June 24, 2008, at age 92. He was born on June 5, 1916, in Hood River.

Abraham attended the University of Oregon, where he was a member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. He then went on to the U.O. Law School, where he was a member of the Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity, graduating in 1940.

After graduation, Abraham moved to Portland to join Joseph, Veatch & Bradshaw. At the start of World War II, he was drafted into the Army, where he eventually rose to the rank of captain, serving first in New Orleans and New York, and then eventually spending the rest of the war stationed in the Philippines.

After the war, Abraham moved to Hood River, where he started a private law practice. In 1951, he was elected as the Hood River County district attorney, serving until 1961. He continued to practice law in the firm of Parker & Abraham until his retirement in 1983. During his legal career, Abraham served as president of the Oregon District Attorneys Association, as a member of the OSB Board Governors, and as a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers. In his almost 40 years of legal practice, Abraham tried many cases in both the federal and state courts, first as a prosecutor and then as a criminal defense attorney, and later as a civil lawyer representing insurance companies and municipal corporations. Abraham also was active in Rotary, the American Legion, the Elks and many other civic groups in Hood River.

In 1983, upon retiring from his private practice, Abraham and his wife moved to Portland, where he continued to use his legal skills by volunteering as an arbitrator for the Multnomah County Circuit Court and with the Senior Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE). In 1990, Abraham was recognized as a 50-year member of the OSB.

Abraham was also a member of the Multnomah Athletic Club, where in retirement he could be found almost every day until age 90 working out in the weight room or playing racquetball with his friends in the over-80 racquetball group. He and his wife also loved traveling all over the world.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Leah S. Abraham. Survivors include three daughters, including OSB member Laurie Abraham, and four grandchildren.

Jerry F. Kobelin
died June 28, 2008, after a long-term illness.

He was born in Billings, Montana in 1934. His family moved to Poulsbo, Wash., when he was 10 years old. He attended Kitsap High School and Bremerton Junior College.

He and his twin brother, Jack, served in the Army for two years after junior college and upon discharge he attended the University of Washington, where he received a degree in political science.

He married Maryhelen Pauly in 1959, and they moved to Oregon in 1961.

Kobelin attended Northwestern Law School and Lewis & Clark. He graduated in 1967. He was in private practice for 10 years in Portland and for over 30 years had his law practice in Damascus, Ore.

Survivors include his wife and two children.

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