Oregon State Bar Bulletin — APRIL 2009
Bar People

Among Ourselves

Kimball Ferris, shareholder and member of the board of directors of Bullivant Houser Bailey in Portland, has been elected as the 2009 president of the Arlington Club. Ferris has been a member of the club since 1999 and has served on the club’s board of directors since 2005. Consistently active in the community, Ferris is a 10-year member of Toastmasters and serves on the board of directors of the Stone Creek Student Golf Foundation, St. Michael the Archangel Church and the Archbishop’s Golf Tournament.

Steven Burke has joined the board of the Friends of the Refuge, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the protection and restoration of the refuge for the benefit of fish and wildlife, and for public education and recreation. He served as secretary in his first year on the board. The organization supports the refuge by providing volunteer workers, financial assistance, education programming, and outreach for the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge near Sherwood, Ore.

The ACLU of Oregon recently announced the selection of recipients for the 2009 Civil Liberties Award, which will be presented at the Annual ACLU Foundation of Oregon Dinner on March 14, 2009, at the Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront. The Civil Liberties Award, given to individuals who have made a significant contribution to civil liberties, this year goes to a group of Oregon lawyers and staff who represented individuals detained by the U.S. Government in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The recipients are: Amy Baggio and Steven T. Wax, all of the Federal Public Defenders Office; Paul Fortino, Thomas R. Johnson and Cody M. Weston of Perkins Coie; Sam Kauffman and Robert C. Weaver of Garvey Schubert Barer; and Jan K. Kitchel of Schwabe Williamson Wyatt.

The Marion County Bar Association recently honored members of the bar and legal community. Ryan W. Collier received the 2008 Carson Award for Extraordinary Service to the bar. Collier served as 2008 Marion County Bar president and has worked to expand the effectiveness and strength of the local bar association. He also served three years as co-chair of the Marion-Polk County Campaign for Equal Justice during three successive record fundraising years. Brian Johnston posthumously received the Carson Award for Extraordinary Service to the Community. Johnston served as legislator, interim president of Willamette University and interim director of Oregon Department of Human Services and Children and Family Services. The Carson awards are named after senior Oregon Supreme Court Chief Justice Wallace P. Carson Jr.

The Hon. Adrienne C. Nelson, Multnomah County Circuit Court, and Anastasia Yu Meisner of Guyer Meisner, Lake Oswego, were recently published in the ABA book, Dear Sisters, Dear Daughters: Strategies for Success from Multicultural Women Attorneys. The book consists of a collection of essays written by women from a variety of cultural backgrounds and practice settings. The purpose of the book is to provide the next generation of legal practitioners helpful advice on creating successful paths in the legal profession.

James Heltzel received the Professionalism Award. He recently retired from 40 years of practice in Salem. The local bar also honored Jerry Frost, former court manager for Marion County Circuit Court, who helped guide the court through a building closure.

Two young attorneys were among those recently selected for the honors program at the Oregon Department of Justice. Jermaine F. Brown, a 2007 graduate of the University of Oregon School of Law, is a clerk for Oregon Court of Appeals Judge Darleen Ortega. Brown edited the Journal of Environmental Law and Litigation and the Western Environmental Law Update. Nate Carter, a 2007 graduate of Lewis & Clark Law School, is a clerk for Oregon Supreme Court Justice Robert Durham. The two-year program allows the Department of Justice to attract top law school graduates who are interested in public service.

Oregon Law Institute of Lewis & Clark Law School welcomes two new members to its board of directors, Katherine Heekin of the Heekin Law Firm and Matthew A. Levin of Markowitz, Herbold, Glade & Mehlhaf. The board also elected its new executive committee: Jeffrey G. Condit, Miller Nash, president; Hon. Marilyn E. Litzenberger, Multnomah County Circuit Court, vice president; Martin F. Medeiros II, Swider Medeiros Hayer, secretary; and James E. Mountain Jr., Harrang Long Gary Rudnick, past president. Retiring members are Jeffrey M. Batchelor, Hon. Jeffrey S. Jones and Hon. Elizabeth Welch.

Local Portland attorney Julia Waco recently opened a new art show, "Breezy Day," which premiered on First Thursday in Portland on Feb. 5. Waco’s new series, inspired by her daughter Marla, features birdies dancing among her famous lollipop flowers. The acrylic paintings on canvas are executed in brightly colored jewel tones and glazes. Her work can be seen at the Attic Gallery, 206 First Ave., Portland.


Paul J. Blechmann has joined the Law Office of Robert J. McGaughey as an associate. Blechmann will assist individuals and businesses in litigating investment and broker fraud actions and employment termination disputes. He is a member of the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association and the Multnomah Bar Association. He graduated in 2005 from Lewis & Clark Law School.

The Business Law Centre is pleased to announce the addition of Casey K. Whelan as a new associate. Whelan graduated Order of the Coif from the University of Oregon, School of Law in 2008, where he helped found the Law Students for Sustainable Business. Whelan will represent the firm’s small business clients and entrepreneurs who develop and market sustainable products or employ sustainable business practices.

Stoel Rives announces four new members (partners) of the firm have been promoted in the Portland office, effective Jan. 1. The new members are: Bethany A. Bacci, employee benefits; Kelly Knivila, health care; Matthew C. Phillips, patents; and Dennis Westlind, labor and employment. (See the four pictures on the left)

Portland litigation firm Markowitz, Herbold, Glade & Mehlhaf announces that Michele E. Stone has become an associate with the firm. Her practice will focus on complex civil and business litigation. Stone brings a decade of experience handling a wide array of legal matters, including cases involving environmental statutory compliance and litigation, insurance coverage disputes and employment law. Previously she was an associate at a Portland law firm, practicing civil litigation, and an associate with the Denver office of Greenberg Traurig.

Jordan Schrader Ramis, Portland, announces that Steven L. Shropshire has been elected managing shareholder of the firm, effective Jan. 1. Shropshire succeeds Andrew Jordan, who held the position for nearly 20 years, during which time the firm grew from eight to 25 lawyers. Jordan will continue his real estate and municipal law practice with the firm. Shropshire joined the firm in 2001 and was named a shareholder in January 2004. He serves on the boards of numerous community and professional organizations and was named one of The Portland Business Journal’s "Forty Under 40" in 2005. Previously, Shropshire was in private practice at firms in Denver and Portland, where he focused primarily on water rights and natural resources law.

Keith Dubanevich has been appointed special counsel to Oregon Attorney General John Kroger. Dubanevich was previously a partner with Fulbright & Jaworski and a shareholder with Garvey Schubert Barer.

After more than 18 years of service as a district and circuit court judge for Crook and Jefferson counties, theHon. Gary S. Thompson retired Oct. 31, 2008. Thompson was the leader in the implementation and success of the drug court program in the 22nd Judicial District.

Dunn Carney announces that Brian R. Cable and Tamsen L. Leachman became partners in the firm Jan. 1. Cable practices business and corporate law and is a member of the corporate counsel team. His primary areas of practice are corporate governance, securities, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate finance. He often serves as corporate counsel for his clients. Leachman leads the firm’s employment and labor law team and devotes her practice to assisting employers in all areas of employment and labor law. She represents employers in a wide variety of workplace lawsuits and provides advice and counsel to employers regarding the myriad of laws governing the employment relationship, with an emphasis on prevention through compliance.

Debra Olson has joined Ausra, a provider of large-scale solar thermal energy, as executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary. Prior to joining Ausra, Olson was vice president and general counsel for Vestas American Wind Technology, part of the world’s
largest wind energy company. She previously held the position of senior vice president and assistant general counsel at Calpine Corp., a leading U.S. independent power producer and one of the world’s largest generators of renewable geothermal energy.

Baldwin, Crocker & Rudd announces that Kelly A. Rudd has become a shareholder of the firm. Rudd’s practice is focused on federal Indian law, civil litigation and real estate. He received his J.D. from Lewis & Clark Law School in 2004, and is a graduate of the Atkinson Graduate School of Management, Willamette University. He is licensed to practice in Oregon and Wyoming. He can be reached at (307) 332-3385; e-mail at rudd@bcrattorneys.com; website: www.bcrattorneys.com.

Vestas-American Wind Technology Inc. announces the addition of three attorneys to its legal department in Portland. Amy Campbell counsels the company on employment and immigration matters. Campbell previously practiced with Ball Janik. She received her J.D. from Lewis & Clark Law School. Alec Shebiel and Neva DePalma handle Vestas’ commercial matters. Shebiel previously was a partner with Garvey Schubert Barer and graduated from Boston University Law School. DePalma formerly practiced with Tonkon Torp. She obtained her law degree from the University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law. Vestas-American Wind Technology Inc. is the North American sales business unit of Vestas Wind Systems A/S of Denmark, the world’s largest provider of wind turbines.

Teri L. Durham, formerly of Marandas, Perdue, Durham & Lowney, has moved her practice to join Thomas P. McElroy in forming McElroy & Durham. Durham can now be reached at 620 S.W. Main St., Suite 345, Portland, OR 97205; phone: (503) 241-8777; website: www.oregondivorceattorneyservices.com. Both Durham and McElroy continue to focus their practice in family law.

Jaime M.W. Sanders has been appointed priest in charge of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Woodburn. Prior to seminary, Sanders practiced corporate and nonprofit tax law at Stoel Rives. Sanders can be reached in Woodburn at (503) 997-1651, or motherjaime@gmail.com.

Miller Nash has promoted two associate attorneys to partner. Heather K. Cavanaugh, partner in the firm’s litigation group, joined the firm in 2002. She is a member of the business litigation practice group, where she focuses on contract and tort litigation and corporate governance and shareholder disputes. Licensed to practice in the state and federal courts of Oregon and Washington, Cavanaugh is a member of the Washington State Bar Association, the Multnomah Bar Association and the Clark County Bar Association. Mike Ryan, partner in the business practice group, advises public and private companies on corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, major contracts, and various corporate finance and capital market transactions. He maintains expertise in federal and state regulatory compliance for financial institutions and also represents lenders and borrowers in a host of financial transactions. Practicing in Oregon, Ryan is a member of the ABA and the Multnomah Bar Association.

Meyer & Wyse has added two associates to the firm. Nancy L. Mensch will focus her practice on estate planning, probate and trust administration. Mensch received her J.D. and LL.M. in estate planning from the University of Miami School of Law. She is also licensed to practice in the state of Florida. Kyoko K. Wyse will work in the areas of family law and general litigation. Wyse received her J.D. from the University of Oregon School of Law. She is an inactive member of the state bar of California.

Markowitz, Herbold, Glade & Mehlhaf announces that Maya S. Hamie has joined the firm as an associate. Her practice will focus on complex civil and business litigation. Hamie brings experience handling large civil cases, including complex environmental and international matters. Before moving to Oregon, Hamie was an associate with the Detroit law firm of Bodman LLP, and a member of its litigation and environmental practice groups. While practicing in Michigan, she acted as a municipal prosecutor and held leadership roles in the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association. Hamie earned her law degree from Wayne State University.

Paul C. Galm has joined C. Thomas Davis of Davis Law Firm in Beaverton, where he will handle estate, business, real estate and collection matters. Galm previously worked as an associate for Perkins Coie and for the Multnomah County
district attorney’s office as a deputy district attorney. He received his J.D. from New York University School of Law.

The law firm of Eves & Wade LLP has been dissolved, effective Jan. 31. Mark W. Eves will continue to practice at the same location with the same telephone and fax numbers under the name Mark W. Eves P.C. Reach him at 3236 S.W. Kelly Ave., Suite 200, Portland, OR 97239; (503) 227- 6226; fax: (503) 227-4971; e-mail: mwevespc@aol.com.

Ron Wade, formerly of Eves & Wade, will continue to practice at the same location with the same telephone and fax numbers. Wade will continue to provide litigation, family law and general practice services to both individual and corporate clients. He is a long time AV-rated lawyer who has represented clients throughout Oregon. He can be reached at 3236 S.W. Kelly Ave., Suite 200, Portland, OR 97239; phone: (503) 227-6226; fax: (503) 227-4971; e-mail: ronwade5@comcast.net.

Stephen E. Kantor, Steve W. Seymour and Alan M. Spinrad have been selected to manage and operate the Portland law firm of Samuels, Yoelin, Kantor, Seymour & Spinrad. Spinrad, with over 30 years of experience as an attorney, arbitrator and mediator, was named managing partner. After 15 years as a litigator, Spinrad’s practice emphasizes complex real estate transactions on behalf of buyers and sellers. He has also mediated privately and for the Court of Appeals since the inception of its appellate settlement program, in addition to arbitrating cases privately for Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas County courts and the Arbitration Service of Portland. Seymour continues his management role after serving the firm as managing partner for nearly 20 years. He has an emphasis on labor and employment and probate litigation and handles cases involving disability and sexual discrimination, wrongful termination and non-compete agreements. He received national media attention when he argued and won a case before the U.S. Supreme Court. He also currently is the municipal judge for the city of Mosier. Kantor is an accomplished estate, trust and business attorney and educator with over 30 years of experience in the planning and administration of estates and trusts. Kantor lectures at seminars for the OSB, the Oregon Society of Certified Public Accountants, Estate Planning Council and the Northwest Tax Institute. He also writes treatises on estates and taxation, family planning and estate and trust administration.

The Appellate Division of the Office of Public Defense Services announces that Jedediah (Jed) Peterson and Lindsey Detweiler have joined the office as deputy public defenders. Peterson obtained his undergraduate degree at Stanford University and his J.D. from Lewis & Clark Law School. He clerked at the office of the federal public defender in Portland for two years prior to joining the appellate division. Detweiler obtained her undergraduate degree from San Francisco State University and her J.D. from Lewis & Clark Law School.

In Memoriam

Joel Bruce Reeder Sr. died Jan. 12, 2009, at his home in Medford. He
was 80. Reeder was born in Tahlequah, Okla., on July 18, 1928. After graduating from high school in Tahlequah, Reeder attended Northeastern State University for three semesters, where he played on the basketball team. His enlistment in the U.S. Air Force in September 1948-1964 changed his life. While in officer candidate school in San Antonio, Texas, Reeder met Mary Arnold, whom he married in 1952, while both were serving in the Korean Conflict. Reeder eventually attained the rank of captain and piloted a B-29 with the 307 Bomb Wing, including six months in combat flying out of Okinawa, Japan.

After his honorable discharge in 1954, Reeder attended the University of Oregon and obtained his bachelor’s and law degrees. Reeder acted as the city attorney for the city of Medford from October 1958 until June 1962. He was in the private practice of law from 1962 until his retirement in 2003. In 2008, he celebrated 50 years of membership in the Oregon State Bar and was awarded the Order of the Emerald by the University of Oregon School of Law.

During his life, Reeder was active in many civic organizations, including the St. Mary’s school board and the Sacred Heart Parish Administrative Council. Reeder and his wife were instrumental in the creation of and served on the board of the Medford American Little League.

Reeder was preceded in death by Mary, his wife of 44 years. Survivors include his 11 children, 20 grandchildren; two great-grandsons; his companion, Carol Lynch; and his bridge partner since his wife’s death, Sandy Sherman.

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