Oregon State Bar Bulletin — DECEMBER 2009
Bar People

Among Ourselves

Elizabeth Tedesco Milesnick of Kolisch Hartwell is again teaching patent law and policy this fall at the University of Oregon School of Law. Her three-credit class discusses developments in patent law, including patentable subject matter, requirements for patentability and infringement, the process of enforcing and obtaining a patent, and contemporary controversies in patent law. Her practice focuses on intellectual property litigation, with an emphasis on patent litigation.

Davis Wright Tremaine partner John DiLorenzo has taken over as chair for the government affairs practice group for Lex Mundi, an association of independent law firms. He assumes the role after two years as chair-elect for the practice group. As chair, DiLorenzo plans to integrate the European Union, Middle East, Latin American and Asian membership of the section with its North American membership. Programs will stress advancing opportunities to serve common international clients on a worldwide basis. DiLorenzo co-chairs the firm’s government relations practice group, and represents and advises clients on lobbying for state and federal legislation, campaign finance, government ethics, initiatives and referenda, insurance recovery actions, response to environmental claims, appellate cases and a variety of litigation matters.

Román D. Hernández of Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt has been named to the 2009 roster of Hispanic Business magazine’s 100 Most Influential Hispanics in the United States, placing him among other Hispanic icons such as U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis and Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, to name a few.

Farleigh Wada Witt in Portland recently joined LEAN, the Lease Enforcement Attorney Network, a creditors’ rights firm that focuses on protecting the interests of leasing companies and financial institutions in lease enforcement, collection and recovery, replevins, workouts and bankruptcy. The firm regularly represents equipment leasing companies and commercial lenders in commercial lease and loan documentation, real estate financings, workout negotiations, portfolio acquisitions, collections, litigation and bankruptcy matters.

Portland’s Owen M. Panner American Inn of Court is a recipient of the national organization’s 2009 Circle of Excellence Award. The Owen M. Panner Inn is among 22 inns across the country that received the award, which places the Panner Inn in the top 10 percent nationally and the only inn in the Pacific Northwest to receive this designation. The Inns of Court encourage professional conduct and skill development in local trial bars. Oregon currently has five Inns of Court, among the 335 American Inns of Court in 47 states and the District of Columbia.

Leonard DuBoff, founder and managing member of the DuBoff Law Group, is collaborating with two law professors in revising and reissuing the case book they wrote on art law, Art Law: Cases and Materials. This text, adopted by many law schools, is the only art law case book available at this time. The revised book will now be published by Aspen Publishers and is to be released in Spring 2010. His collaborators are Michael Murray, University of Illinois College of Law, and Sherri Burr, University of New Mexico School of Law.

Portland attorney Tom D’Amore has been named president-elect of the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association and was selected to serve on the board of governors for the American Association of Justice, the national organization of trial attorneys. Both associations support access to the civil justice system. D’Amore is the principal of D’Amore Law Group, an Oregon personal injury law firm that specializes in cases of catastrophic automobile collisions, construction site injuries, nursing home abuse, class actions and bad faith insurance practices.

OSB member Martin Lax, who practices in Palm Desert, Calif., has been selected chair of the Riverside County Tax Assessor Appeals Board. The board adjudicates disputes between taxpayers and the assessor, determining the full value of property or other matters of property tax assessment, such as escape assessments, classification of property and allocation of value.

Clifford J. Villa, adjunct professor at Seattle University School of Law, is the 2009 recipient of the university’s Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Award. In the 2009-2010 school year, he is teaching courses on environmental enforcement and environmental drafting. He also continues his full-time practice as an assistant regional counsel for the U.S. EPA Region 10 office in Seattle.

Wally Miller of Gleaves Swearingen, Eugene, has been inducted into the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel. Fellows are selected on the basis of a demonstrated commitment to public awareness and understanding of benefits laws through such activities as writing, speaking and public policy analysis, and the provision of exceptionally high-quality professional services to clients, the bar and the public. Miller represents employers in employee benefits and executive compensation matters.

Trung D. Tu, a litigation partner at the firm of McEwen Gisvold and member of the recently formed Oregon Asian Pacific American Bar Association, has been selected as a recipient of the 2009 Best Lawyers Under 40 award from the National Asian and Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA). He has previously been recognized for his professional and civic accomplishments as the first recipient of the Rising Star Award from the Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College in 2008, as a recipient of the Oregon State Bar President’s Affirmative Action Award in 2008, as one of the Portland Business Journal’s “Top 40 under 40” in 2007, and as a recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th U.S. Circuit in 2003.

Umatilla-Morrow County Circuit Judge Jeff Wallace has resumed his judicial duties after serving a one-year deployment with the U.S. Army in Iraq. Lt. Col. Wallace served as the command judge advocate of the 304th Sustainment Brigade at Joint Base Balad, Iraq. He was awarded the Bronze Star for his service during combat operations in the Iraqi theatre. He also recently retired from the U.S. Army Reserve after 32 years of service.

Abby Wool Landon, shareholder in Bullivant Houser Bailey’s Portland office, has been named a trustee of the board of directors of the Northwest Academy, an independent grades 6 through 12 school committed to education through academics and the arts. She focuses her practice on estate planning, wills and trusts, business succession and probate matters. She has extensive experience advising family businesses.

Jennifer Gilmore, staff attorney at Child Centered Solutions, has been awarded the 2009 Skidmore Prize by Momentum Market Intelligence and Willamette Week. The prize recognizes commitment to the nonprofit sector. Gilmore is the first recipient selected for work in the legal profession. Winners were honored at a luncheon at the City Club of Portland in November. Gilmore and other prize winners will be featured in the newspaper’s annual “Give!Guide”, a holiday season benefit that raises donations for Portland area nonprofit organizations. Child Centered Solutions, which works to protect the rights of children involved in high conflict domestic relations cases, provides pro bono legal representation directly to children, and helps parents and professionals identify and appropriately address the needs of children during family conflicts.

Lainie Block, of counsel with Kolisch Hartwell, has begun a term as a team leader with the Laurelhurst chapter of Stand for Children, a grassroots organization dedicated to advocating for schools and other children’s programs. Stand for Children has leveraged more than $1.3 billion for schools and other children’s programs and has lobbied elected officials for important education reforms. Block’s practice focuses on intellectual property litigation and

Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt has earned recognition as a Portland Climate Champion from Businesses for an Environmentally Sustainable Tomorrow (BEST) Business Center, an organization that helps businesses become more profitable and sustainable. The honor recognizes businesses that take comprehensive and concrete actions to reduce carbon emissions.


Stahancyk, Kent, Johnson & Hook welcomes three new associate attorneys to the Portland office. Stephen W. Eberlein, Sandy M. Faber and Peter A. Howard all received their law degrees from the University of Oregon School of Law. Their area of emphasis is family law.

Sussman Shank welcomes James F. Marron as an associate in the firm’s litigation practice group. For nearly a decade, Marron has concentrated on resolutions of business and construction disputes in arbitration, mediation, trial or appellate courts, representing developers, owners, contractors, subcontractors, suppliers and architects. He will focus his practice on commercial and residential construction defect matters, construction litigation, lien foreclosures, public contracting disputes and insurance coverage analysis and disputes.

JoAnn Lee Kohl has joined Lane Powell as an attorney in the business law practice group. Kohl focuses her practice in the areas of corporate law and governance, technology and intellectual property, mergers and acquisitions, venture capital, debt financing and other business transactional matters. She advises start-up ventures and mature companies in a range of industries including software, clean technology, education, renewable energy and medical devices. She was previously with the Portland office of Stoel Rives.

Crowell Ing announces that associate attorney Nye Wang is now formally registered and admitted to practice as a patent attorney before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Wang joined the firm as a law clerk in 2007. After receiving his J.D. from Willamette University College of Law in 2008 and passing the Oregon State Bar, he was promoted to associate attorney. Wang’s practice includes civil litigation, intellectual property matters and now patent prosecution. Wang is one of two patent attorneys at the firm.

Adrian B. Sherrill has joined the intellectual property firm of Alleman, Hall, McCoy, Russell & Tuttle. Sherrill is a recent law graduate of Lewis & Clark Law School. His engineering experience includes work at Intel as a senior process development engineer for the Logic Technology Development division, specializing in the pathfinding and development of novel thin-film deposition processes and equipment.

Melissa A. Bates has become an associate with Hershner Hunter. She graduated from George Mason University in 2003. After working for a few years first in the office of Sen. Ron Wyden and then in the Washington, D.C. government relations office of Nike, she attended the University of Oregon School of Law, where she graduated in 2009. Her primary focus will be in the business transactions and litigation practice groups.

Adam J. Cohen has become an associate with the law firm of Hershner Hunter. He graduated from the University of Oregon in 2006 and the University of Oregon School of Law in 2009. He was the systems editor of the Oregon Law Review, which published his article “Circumventing Fair Use: How the Digital Millennium Act Restricts Fair Use and What to Do About It.” Cohen’s primary focus will be in the litigation and creditors’ rights practice groups.

R. Bryce Sinner has joined Duggan, Schlotfeldt & Welch in Vancouver. Sinner was a project engineer with Turner Construction Co. in Portland before receiving his law degree from Lewis & Clark Law School in 2009. Bryce received a B.S. in construction management from the University of Washington.

Simeon D. “Sim” Rapoport has joined iBridge LPO as executive vice president and chief litigation officer. iBridge LPO, located in Beaverton, is a legal process outsourcing company offering legal support services such as document review and other litigation support services. Rapoport is a member of the DRI board of directors and is the immediate past chair of the DRI Life Health & Disability Committee. He is chair-elect of the OSB Litigation Section and previously served on the board of both the Multnomah Bar Association and the Multnomah Bar Foundation. Rapoport is also a recent past president of the Association of Corporate Counsel, Oregon chapter, a recent former member of the Oregon Board of Bar Examiners, and a past chair of the Uniform Trial Court Rules Committee. He may be contacted at (503) 906-4365 or sim.rapoport@ibridgelpo.com.

Madeline Engel, William Fisher, Julie Jarvis and Brian Sniffen have joined Miller Nash as associates in the Portland office. Engel joins the firm in the litigation practice group. After receiving her undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia, Engel graduated from the University of Oregon School of Law, where she served as executive editor of the Oregon Law Review. Fisher is an associate with Miller Nash’s business practice team. He holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Brigham Young University, and prior to entering law school, he served as a liability insurance adjuster for Grocers Insurance. Fisher graduated from the University of Oregon School of Law, where he was staff editor for the Oregon Law Review. Jarvis is an associate with the business practice team. She earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Prior to entering law school, she completed a stint as office manager with Ponzi Vineyards. She attended Willamette University’s College of Law, where she was an active member of the Willamette Law Review and the moot court. Sniffen has joined Miller Nash in the litigation practice group. Sniffen attended the University of Washington for his undergraduate studies, earning a bachelor’s degree in biology and serving as a teaching and research assistant. He went on to attend Gonzaga University’s School of Law, where he was vesting editor for the Gonzaga Law Review and a member of the Moot Court Honors Council.

Joseph O’Leary was appointed general counsel to Gov. Ted Kulongoski, where he will provide legal advice to the governor and his staff, oversee litigation involving the governor’s office and act as liaison to the Oregon Judicial Department, Oregon Department of Justice, Oregon State Bar, Oregon Lottery Commission, Oregon Liquor Control Commission and Oregon Ethics Commission. O’Leary has served on the governor’s staff since 2006 as a senior policy advisor, specializing in public safety and telecommunications issues and overseeing seven statewide public safety agencies within the executive branch of state government. He is a past counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee and a former trial attorney with the Law Office of Janet Lee Hoffman and Metropolitan Public Defender.

Tyler Smith and Associates announces that Timothy Beau Ellis has joined the firm as an associate. His practice will focus on business law, land use, real property, administrative law and related litigation. Beau Ellis has worked on groundbreaking cases at Oregonians in Action and at O’Donnell, Clark and Crew. He was selected to be a member of Gonzaga’s Saul Lefkowitz Trademark and Unfair
Competition appellate advocacy competition and won the 2008 Linden Cup Competition.

Saalfeld Griggs announces that Dorothy Ryan has joined the firm’s real estate and land use practice group. Ryan graduated from Southern Oregon University with a B.S. in criminal justice and obtained her law degree in 2009 from Willamette University College of Law.

Gleaves, Swearingen, Potter & Scott announces that Thomas K. N. Moseman has joined as an associate in the firm’s business law practice. Moseman worked as a software engineer and systems analyst in the San Francisco area prior to graduating from the University of Oregon School of Law.

Jordan Schrader Ramis announces the addition of attorneys Jack T. Conners to the firm’s business law and “Dirt Law” practice groups, and Michael G. Harting to the firm’s litigation practice. Conners worked previously in the Los Angeles office of an international law firm, where he gained experience representing
financial institutions, investment funds, asset managers, lenders, borrowers and developers on multimillion dollar transactions throughout the country. Prior to law school, Conners worked as a certified public accountant with a Big Five accounting firm. He is also a member of the California bar. Harting has spent much of his legal career specializing in complex litigation and brings more than 20 years of experience to the firm’s litigation practice. Harting earned his bachelor of science degree at the University of Oregon and his law degree from the University of Oregon School of Law.

Christopher J. Pallanch has joined Tonkon Torp as an associate in the litigation department. He will focus on commercial litigation. Pallanch gained significant exposure to the litigation process while clerking for U.S. District Judge Edward C. Reed Jr., in Reno, Nev., from 2007 to 2009. A graduate of Colorado College, Pallanch earned his J.D. in 2007 from the University of Oregon School of Law, where he graduated Order of the Coif and edited the Oregon Law Review. Before entering law school, Pallanch was an analyst with the Federal Reserve.

In Memoriam

Nyal Clair Bodily died Sept. 11, 2009, the result of a car accident. He was 42.

Bodily was born Sept. 9, 1967. He was raised in Orem, Utah. After high school, he served as a missionary in Slovenia for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. After graduating from Northern Arizona University, he furthered his education at Willamette University in Oregon and studied law. He was an attorney at the law offices of Esplin Weight in Provo, Utah.

Bodily was an avid outdoorsman. He loved to hunt, fish, tend to the family garden and be with his sons on Scout trips. He also enjoyed traveling with his wife, Katie, and looked forward to their weekly date nights, even if it just was popcorn and a movie. On Saturdays, he could be found at the sidelines proudly watching his boys play soccer. An accomplished guitarist, Bodily loved all genres of music.

Survivors include his wife and their four sons.

Prominent patent and trademark lawyer Kenneth S. Klarquist died Sept. 26, 2009. He was 88.

Klarquist was born Aug. 17, 1921 in Minneapolis, the grandchild of Swedish immigrants. He graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1943 with a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering. He then served in the U.S. Army, assigned to the Special Engineering Detachment, Manhattan Project, Oak Ridge, Tenn.

In 1946, Klarquist began working in the patent department of the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission in Washington, D.C. In a stroke of luck, he met his future wife, Lois Boening, a Navy WAVE, who was also working in Washington at the time. They were married two weeks later and spent nearly 62 years together.

While in Washington, Klarquist attended Georgetown University Law School, graduating in 1950. In a strategic move to be close to skiing, fishing, hunting and the beauty of the Pacific Northwest, Klarquist accepted an offer to join the Portland law firm of Buckhorn & Cheatham in 1951, now known as Klarquist Sparkman. In the ensuing 56 years, he built an extensive patent and trademark practice, including litigation and prosecution of patent applications in both mechanical and chemical engineering fields. He took special pride in the establishment of a thriving plant patent practice, which carried over to his love of gardening and his own rose garden. As recently as 2006, Klarquist was recognized by his peers as an Oregon Super Lawyer. Klarquist retired from the Klarquist Sparkman firm in 2007.

Klarquist was also an active member of the Portland community. He served as a member of the Portland City Club, with tenure as president, 1970-71. He also spent many memorable years leading Boy Scout Troop 48 as scoutmaster. He served as a member and chair of Oregon’s Fish and Wildlife Commission, and most recently, on the board of directors of the Oregon Wildlife Heritage Foundation. He was also a member of the Izaak Walton League, Flyfisher’s Club of Oregon and the Deschutes Club. He and Lois supported many charitable foundations throughout their marriage.

Klarquist’s greatest passion was flyfishing with his family and friends on the Deschutes River and the Dean River in British Columbia.

Survivors include his four children and six grandchildren. His wife, Lois, preceded him in death on June 20, 2009.

Charles M. Simmons died Sept. 30, 2009 in a car accident on his way to a hearing in Burns.

Simmons was born Sept. 2, 1977, in Provo, Utah. He graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in music composition in 1999. He received his law degree from the University of Iowa College of Law in 2002.

Simmons practiced law with Macpherson, Gintner, Gordon & Diaz in Newport and with Rader, Stoddard & Perez in Ontario. He then opened his own office in Vale, where he office-shared with his good friend Brian Zanotelli. At the time of his death, he was a member of the firm of Stunz, Fonda, Kiyuna & Horton in Nyssa and his adopted city of Ontario. Simmons was a member of the Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association.

Simmons devoted his life to serving the poor, the underprivileged and the incarcerated. He had an unparalleled record in post-conviction trials. He filled a room with his laughter, exuberance and joy. One of his co-workers described him perfectly: “Simmons was a good-hearted, fun, generous and caring man. Not a mean bone in his body. He believed in people and fought the good fight for everyone – truly, whether they deserved it or not.”

Simmons is survived by his parents, Paul and Rebecca Simmons, and three siblings a host of other relatives.

Clayton “Clay” Couture died Oct. 9, 2009 in Sequim, Wash., under hospice care for cancer. He was 79.

Couture was born Dec. 15, 1929 in Mason City, Iowa. His family moved to Vanport in 1943 to work on the Liberty Ships at Oregon Shipbuilding. Couture graduated from Jefferson High School in Portland. He was at sea in 1949, before enlisting in the U.S. Army. He served in Germany during the Korean War and was honorably discharged in January 1952. He taught music intermittently, was engaged in banking and attended Vanport College (Portland State University).

He received a law degree from Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College in 1958. Before marriage, Couture was active in the Trails Club of Oregon, where he met G.E. “Ding” Cannon, president of Standard Insurance Co. Couture started his career with Standard in 1955, and had a private law practice from 1958 to 1961. He retired from Standard as vice president and associate counsel in 1995. Couture was a member of the Oregon State Bar from 1958 to 1996, and was admitted to practice law in federal courts and Oregon Supreme Court.

He was a member of Multnomah Athletic Club, Sequim Elks and Olympic Orchard Society. Couture had a passion for the outdoors, including hiking, skiing, hunting, fishing, camping and master gardening. He enjoyed living in Maui, where he logged 2,000 hours volunteering for the University of Hawaii and Maui Arts Cultural Center.

Couture is survived by his wife of 51 years, Marilyn, three children and a foster daughter, five siblings, six grandchildren, one great-grandchild and 13 nieces and nephews.


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