Oregon State Bar Bulletin — NOVEMBER 2008
Bar People

Among Ourselves

Albany attorney David B. Beckham has been honored by the Arc of Oregon with the 2008 Sylvia Mann Capper Award, the Arc’s highest award for service. Beckham was honored for 15 years or organizing and setting up the Oregon Special Needs Trust, of which he has served as chair the last nine years. He was previously a member of the Arc board of directors and served as chair of the Guardianship Board for four years. He has served as legal counsel to the Linn and Benton County Arcs for the past 30 years and has assisted parents of individuals with disabilities across Oregon in creating special estate plans for their family members. He co-authored and has edited the Future Planning Guide for Estate Planners (1981, 1990 and 2004), available to attorneys through the Arc’s Salem office.

The former Debbe Stein — now Debbevon Blumenstein — of Dallas, Ore., completed her first triathlon on Sept. 7. She completed the three-phase event (.75K swim, 15.5K bike and 5K run) in 2 hours and 3 seconds during the 18th Annual Lincoln City Triathlon. Earlier this year, and in her age division, she placed in other events: fifth place in the Oregon State Fair 5K Race; third place in the Liberty House 10K Race; third place in the Girls On the Run 5K Race ; first place in the Answer 4 Cancer 5K Race; and second place in the Iris Festival 10K Race. She notes that the recent name change is a return to her Swiss birth/family name.

The Future Of Freedom Foundation in Fairfax, Va., has published "Farewell to Privacy," an original essay by Ridgway K. (Dick) Foley Jr. in the September 2008 issue of its monthly journal, Freedom Daily. Foley, of counsel to Greene & Markley, analyzes and laments the loss of personal liberty to the incursions of the surveillance state. He builds upon his 1992 analysis, "The Anonymous Life," which appeared as chapter 11 in A Man Of Principle: Essays In Honor Of Hans F. Sennholz. Foley concentrates his practice on civil appellate litigation.

Jan Kitchel a shareholder in the Portland office of Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, was recently inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers at its semiannual meeting in Toronto, Ontario. Kitchel, a trial lawyer with Schwabe for more than 30 years, is a member of the firm’s litigation department. His areas of emphasis include personal injury litigation, wrongful death litigation, medical malpractice, insurance coverage litigation, business litigation, probate litigation, securities litigation, commercial litigation and motorcycle accidents.

John H. Baker shareholder in Jordan Schrader Ramis, has been designated as an accredited professional in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program. Baker, who is also an architect, has been involved in the construction industry for more than 30 years. He focuses his practice on the special problems and interests construction industry clients. Baker is one of three LEED-accredited professional attorneys in Oregon and the only such design professional practicing law in the state.

Mark Griffin of Griffin & McCandlish in Portland received the Arthur H. Bryant Public Justice Award at the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association convention in August. Griffin received the award for his work on behalf of consumers defrauded in subprime lending schemes, farmworkers who were subjected to sexual discrimination in employment and wage violations, and Portland Public Schools custodians who were illegally terminated from their public service positions. Griffin practices in Portland with Jim McCandlish, who received the award in 2006.

The Lane County Bar Association announces its officers and directors for 2008-09. Serving will be: Brian M. Thompsonpresident; Matthew D. Longtin president-elect; Kristie Gibson secretary-treasurer; and Jacy F. Arnold the Hon. Eveleen Henry, Tanya C. O’Neil Martha L. Roberts, Kate Wilkinson and Jane M. Yates directors.

Mami Fujii, an associate in the Portland office of Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, was recently appointed to the Ambassador Board of Friends of the Children-Portland, a non-profit organization that provides at-risk children with long-term mentors. Fujii focuses her practice in the areas of tax and estate planning. She is a member of several professional and community organizations, including Oregon Minority Lawyers Association, Oregon Women Lawyers, Society for Human Resource Management, the Japan-America Society of Oregon and the Asian American Business Alliance.

Kevin B. Dull manager of labor relation for Kaiser Permanente Northwest, was recently awarded the 2008 Faculty of the Year award at the Graduate School of Business, University of Phoenix, Oregon campus.

Richard Vangelisti,a plaintiff’s personal injury lawyer in Portland, has been selected as co-chair of the Lawyer Representatives for the U.S. District Court of Oregon to the 9th Circuit Judicial Conference. He will serve on the circuit’s Lawyer Representative Coordinating Committee, which assists in planning the annual conference.

Retired Multnomah Circuit Court Judge Linda L. Bergman will receive the Ken Morrow Lifetime Achievement Award from the Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association during a banquet and tribute on Friday, Dec. 5, at the Benson Hotel in Portland. Bergman began work as an attorney at Metropolitan Public Defenders in 1974 and stayed there until becoming a district court judge in 1980. She retired in 2007, and this year served as the interim director of Metropolitan Public Defenders during the search to hire a new director following the retirement of Jim Hennings. Providing a tribute to Judge Bergman will be attorneys Emily Simon and Steve Houze, and the Hon. Nan Waller. The event is open to the public. For more information, contact John Potter at (541) 686-8716.

OSB member Maureen C. Kessleran attorney and ordained minister, has co-authored a new book, The Reflective Counselor, Daily Meditations for Lawyers, published by the American Bar Association. It contains 365 daily meditations to help the pressured attorney and attorney-to-be to "slow down, look around and recall the noble impulses that brought them to the world of lawyering in the first place." Kessler practiced securities law for Goldman, Sachs & Co., for over 20 years before attending Union Theological Seminary and becoming an ordained minister. Her co-author is psychologist Greg Coffey, a clinical psychologist and life coach for attorneys and other professionals. The book is available on Amazon and at the ABA website, www.ababooks.org (click "Best Sellers").

Chris Helmer partner at Miller Nash, has been recognized by the Northwestern School of Law at Lewis & Clark College as the 2008 Distinguished Graduate. Helmer was selected from more than 7,000 alumni for the school’s 35th annual distinguished graduate award. One of the first female partners at a major law firm in Portland, Helmer was recognized for her pioneering work to overcome gender barriers within the legal community and her commitment to international law. She has more than 34 years of litigation and business law experience with particular expertise in international transactions and litigation and arbitration. She joined Miller Nash as a law clerk in 1973 while attending Northwestern School of Law at Lewis & Clark College. Helmer continued with Miller Nash after graduating and passing the bar exam in 1974. During her tenure with the firm, she has been a practice group leader, served on Miller Nash’s management committee and is currently the firm’s recruiting partner.

James E. Mountain Jr., shareholder with Harrang Long Gary Rudnick, was recently inducted into the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers at a ceremony held at the Benson Hotel during the 2008 AAAL Fall meeting. Mountain’s practice emphasizes appellate law, administrative and regulatory law, civil litigation and government relations. With more than 30 years of experience, he has briefed and argued hundreds of cases before state and federal appellate courts and is intimately familiar with the legislative, judicial and executive branches of Oregon’s government. Academy membership is by invitation only, and members must possess a reputation of recognized distinction as an appellate lawyer.


Damien R. Halla graduate of Lewis & Clark College, Northwestern School of Law, has joined Jordan Schrader Ramis. Hall’s interests are in urban planning and policy and land use law. During law school, Hall served as a land use and real estate law clerk at the firm.

Joel P. Leonard has joined Elliott, Ostrander & Preston as a shareholder. Formerly a partner in the Portland office of Holland & Knight, Leonard will continue to focus on health law and business litigation.

Jessica E. Freeman is now an associate at James A. Arneson P.C., in Roseburg. Her practice includes family law matters as well as criminal, juvenile dependency and juvenile delinquency cases. She is a graduate of the University of Oregon School of Law. She can be reached at 318 S.E. Jackson, Roseburg, OR 97470; phone: (541) 673-0696.

Emil R. Berg has entered solo practice in Boise, where his practice emphasizes insurance coverage issues, appeals and civil motions in the state and federal courts of both Oregon and Idaho. During his 33-year career, Berg has handled more than 150 appellate matters and has assisted other attorneys with insurance coverage issues for small businesses facing liability claims or suffering property damage. He has served as a pro tem circuit judge in the Oregon state courts. He can be reached by telephone at (208) 345-2972 and by e-mail at erberg@cableone.net.

Elizabeth R. Bain has joined the San Francisco office of Foley & Mansfield as an associate in its toxic tort and mass tort litigation practice group. Bain received her J.D. in 1997 from the University of Michigan Law School and was a briefing attorney to the Hon. Lawrence Meyers in the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. She is admitted to practice in California, Texas, Oregon and the District of Columbia.

Rachel Robinson has joined the Portland office of Williams Kastner as an associate. Previously a summer associate for the firm in 2007, Robinson graduated this spring from the Willamette University College of Law, where she served as symposium editor for the Willamette Law Review, and editor in chief for Willamette Law Online. Robinson also clerked for the Marion County district attorney’s office in 2006.

Ater Wynne announces the addition of two experienced attorneys who focus on asset protection and wealth preservation. Kay Abramowitz who joins the firm as a partner, has 24 years experience counseling individuals and business owners with complex and sophisticated needs on asset protection and wealth preservation. She is recognized for her expertise in succession and transfer issues found in family-owned businesses and is a frequent lecturer on the topic. June Wiyrick Flores of counsel, is an experienced estate planning attorney who counsels clients including family-owned and closely held businesses as general counsel and assists with succession planning. Her practice also includes estate and trust administration and prenuptial and domestic partnership agreements. She is a frequent speaker on estate planning, tax planning and estate and trust administration topics. She is licensed in Oregon and Washington.

Barran Liebman announces the addition of John B. Dudrey who will represent management in employment litigation and provide advice in employment law matters. He attended the Northwestern School of Law at Lewis & Clark College, where he edited for the Lewis & Clark Law Review. Dudrey most recently served as the head law clerk for the U.S. attorney’s office for the District of Oregon.

Karen E. Harris has joined Bullivant Houser Bailey as an associate in the Portland office’s tax practice group. Harris focuses on corporate and business entity transactions, ESOPs, equity plans and deferred compensation, ERISA matters, tax-exempt organizations and estate planning, trusts and probates. She also works with the firm’s sustainability industry group with emphasis on green tax credits. Harris received her law degree from University of Oregon School of Law with certificates in tax law and pro bono work, and she earned an LL.M. in taxation from the New York University School of Law.

Kevin B. Dull joined Kaiser Permanente Northwest in May as manager of labor relations.

Megan E. Smith has joined Lane Powell as an associate in the firm’s complex litigation practice group. Previously, Smith opened and operated her own successful small business, was a teaching assistant at Oregon State University College of Business, and was a missionary and relief worker in South Africa for Youth With A Mission. Smith received her J.D. from Willamette University and her B.S. from Oregon State University.

Jeremy S. Healey has joined Lane Powell as an associate in the firm’s labor and employment law practice group. Previously, Healey worked as a law clerk for the Department of Justice. Healey received his J.D. from the University of Oregon and his B.S. from Claremont McKenna College.

Ryan Orr has joined Saalfeld Griggs in the firm’s litigation, employment and creditors’ rights practice groups. Orr earned a B.A. in history and his J.D. from the University of Oregon.

Williams Kastner announces the addition of Jennifer Oetter to its Portland office. Oetter, who joins the firm as of counsel, has more than 12 years of experience in civil litigation and the representation of hospital and health-care professionals. Her practice will continue to serve the health-care community. The 1995 Willamette University College of Law graduate is an active member of the Multnomah Bar Association, where she served as president of the organization’s Young Lawyers Section. She previously managed her own law firm, where she worked as a consultant and trial lawyer.

Tonkon Torp has hired Haley Bjerk, Craig Fosterand David Weiler as new associates. Bjerk joins the firm’s business department, working on corporate finance and general business matters. She earned her law degree from Willamette University College of Law, where she served as associate editor of the Willamette Law Review. She recently completed a clerkship with Judge Robert Wollheim of the Oregon Court of Appeals. Foster also joins the firm’s business department and will practice in corporate finance and general business. The 2008 Harvard Law School graduate was on the staff of the Harvard Journal of Law and Technology and chaired the education outreach committee for the Harvard Law School ACLU. He worked as a summer associate with Tonkon Torp. Weiler, also a former Tonkon Torp summer associate, joins the firm’s litigation department. Weiler earned his degree from Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, a section representative for the
Harvard Federalist Society and chair for the Harvard Association of Law and Family Matters.

Landye Bennett Blumstein has expanded the aviation division of its business and personal injury litigation practice group with the addition of experienced aviation law attorney Matthew K. Clarke. He joins the firm as a partner following several years with The Wolk Law Firm, a well-known plaintiffs’ aviation law firm in Philadelphia. Clarke has worked on such notable commercial aircraft cases as the US Airways Flight 5481 crash in Charlotte, N.C., and the American Airlines Flight 1420 crash in Little Rock, Ark., in addition to other cases arising from general aviation accidents in the United States. Clarke received his J.D. from Temple University School of Law.


In Memoriam

OSB member Kendall E.M. Nash of Milwaukie and Medford died Aug. 23, 2008.

Nash was born in 1926 in Marin County, Calif. His family moved to Oregon and he graduated from Estacada High School in 1944. He served in the U.S. Navy as a radioman from 1944 to 1946. In 1950, he received a bachelor’s degree from Pacific University. He was a member of Alpha Zeta fraternity. He married Nancy Peterson in Portland on April 19, 1952. In 1957, he received a law degree from the University of Oregon School of Law, where he was a member of Phi Alpha Delta. Nash practiced in Newport, Portland, Oregon City and Milwaukie.

In later years, with his wife, Nancy, he owned and operated Untour Travel. They taught classes in low-cost travel, did consulting and escorted groups abroad. He was the co-owner, with his wife, of a trailer park in La Grande. Nash enjoyed vacation homes in Long Beach, Wash., and Brightwood. He was a member of the Long Beach Elks and the Mazamas.

In addition to his wife, survivors include two sons, four grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.


Eugene trial lawyer Larry J. Anderson died of pneumonia and related illness on Sept. 22, 2008. He was 74.

Anderson was born in Denver. He graduated from Astoria High School in 1953 and attended the University of Oregon, graduating from the law school in 1959. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1956 to 1962 and attained the rank of captain while serving as a staff judge advocate.

Anderson practiced law in Eugene for 46 years and was a founding president of the Southern Oregon chapter of American Trial Lawyers. He and a business partner owned Eugene Escrow, the Quarterdeck Restaurant and Beckley-Anderson Mortgage Brokerage.

In 1978, Anderson married Karen E. Smith in Eugene. He enjoyed fishing, crabbing, golf and coaching. For 39 years he was involved with Eugene Kidsport, serving as president and being honored as volunteer of the year; he coached more years and more teams (47) than any other coach.

His family gratefully acknowledges Stephen Muller of Leer, Germany, who was 24 years old when be became a bone marrow donor. After being diagnosed with leukemia in 2004, Anderson received a transplant from Muller on Jan. 1, 2006.

Survivors include his wife, Karen, a son, three stepchildren and seven grandchildren.

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