|Oregon State Bar Bulletin AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2010|
Merritt S. Yoelin, senior partner at Samuels, Yoelin, Kantor, Seymour & Spinrad, recently participated in his first Portland Rose Festival as a Royal Rosarian. He was officially knighted in the organization’s traditional ceremony in April.
The Lane County Bar Association has announced its officers and directors for 2010-11: Kristie Gibson, president; Jane Yates, president-elect; and Kate Wilkinson, secretary-treasurer. Directors are Don Corson, the Hon. Mustafa KasubhaiMegan LivermoreValerie LoveMargie Paris and Terri Wood.
Michael O’Connor of Garvey Schubert Barer has been elected president of the Cascade AIDS Project board of directors. O’Connor, who has served as a board member since 2006, began his new role July 1. O’Connor was instrumental in co-chairing recent events, raising more than $1.2 million. The firm also supports CAP in a variety of ways, most notably as its legal counsel for more than 20 years, dedicating hundreds of pro bono hours of legal work. In addition, Michael Richard Baroway, also of Garvey Schubert Barer, is credited with supporting CAP in a variety of ways.
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Oregon and Southwest Washington has named Andrew I. Davis, a partner with Stoel Rives, to its board of trustees. Davis became involved with RMHC when he represented the charity in negotiations with OHSU during 2005 and 2006.
Catherine Travis, formerly with Lane Powell, has been elected chair of the board of Saif Corp., effective July. Travis was appointed to the Saif board by Gov. Kulongoski in 2005 and reappointed for a second four-year term in 2009. Travis was also recently re-elected vice president of education of the ACLU of Oregon board and the ACLU Foundation of Oregon board.
Mark Long, managing partner at Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, recently joined the board of the Freshwater Trust. Long’s participation is rooted in a personal passion for the organization’s mission, which is to restore and protect entire freshwater ecosystems. Long also serves on the board of directors of the Oregon Business Association and is an active member of its health policy committee. He also is a member of the board of directors of Saturday Academy, and is active on behalf of Metropolitan Family Services, serving on its investment committee. He is also a former board member of Loaves and Fishes.
Steve Schellof Black Helterline has been elected to the board of directors of Earth Advantage Institute, an Oregon non-profit group focused on sustainable building practices in the residential and commercial sectors. Schell is a former member of Oregon’s Energy Facility Siting Council and was a founding board chair and president of the Energy Trust of Oregon. He has been involved in energy efficiency and renewable energy activities for many years and is an active participant in Black Helterline’s sustainable practices group.
After being re-elected to a fifth term as Clatsop County district attorney, Joshua Marquis has been named as the representative of the United States to the International Association of Prosecutors by the National District Attorneys Association. Marquis serves on that group’s executive committee. Marquis has also been named to the ABA Task Force on Fair Trial/Free Press by the ABA’s Criminal Justice Council.
Indiana University has named an art museum gallery in honor of Oregon lawyer Milt Stewart, and his wife Judi, both philanthropists and supporters of the arts at the university. Among other gifts, the Stewarts pledged $1 million to the university’s museum through the IU Foundation. The gallery is dedicated to small, gemlike exhibitions ranging from rare works on paper to intimate examples of ancient jewelry, and particularly to collaborative thematic shows that reflect the museum’s commitment to IU students. Stewart credits student scholarships from the IU Foundation for helping him to complete both undergraduate and law degrees at Indiana University. He serves on the board of advisers of the museum, the board of visitors of the Maurer School of Law and on the board of directors of the IU Foundation.
Robert S. Raschio, a shareholder with the firm of Morris, Olson, Smith, Starns & Raschio, has been elected president of the Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers’ Association. Raschio was previously vice president of the 1,300-member organization. He practices criminal and juvenile law almost exclusively. He joined the firm, located in The Dalles, in 2006.
Peter Werner, associate general counsel and credit counselor for the credit union Selco, has received the “Big Chainring” award from the Deschutes County Commissioners in recognition of his advocacy of alternative transportation. He has volunteered for Commute Options to teach Safe Routes to School, has volunteered at his daughter’s school for Bike/Walk Fridays, is involved with the Deschutes County Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee and serves on the Downtown Bend Bicycle Advisory Committee. Prior to joining Selco, Werner was in private practice in Bend. He can be found — in all weather — riding his bike around Bend and surrounding areas.
Campbell Groner has been named chair of the board of trustees of Trillium Family Services, an organization that provides mental and behavioral health care for more than 5,000 children and families in Oregon every year. Groner is senior vice president and chief legal officer for Legacy Health, which operates six hospitals and 20 medical practice locations in Portland and southwest Washington.
The Oregon Asian
Pacific Bar Assoc. has elected its 2010-2011 board of
officers are: David Wang, Holland &
Knight, president; Elisa Dozono, Miller
Nash, president-elect; Emily Yip, Oregon State Bar diversity program, secretary; and Kevin
Kono, Davis Wright,
regional, at-large and
law student board members are Kevin HashizumeSimon WhangKimberly Sugawa-FujinagaJessica AsaiBeth
Kong, Corinne Celko, Toan Nguyen
and Rebecca Guiao.
Timothy MB Farrell of Hood River, attorney for the International Cruise Victims Association (ICV), was recently involved in the passage of the Cruise Line Safety Act of 2009, a major change to federal maritime law that requires the cruise industry to comply with a number of security provisions, including specific rail heights, peep holes, warning devices and cabin security measures. The bill requires that vessels that are equipped with a video surveillance system assist in documenting and prosecuting crimes, and requires vessels to maintain a log book to record reports on specified complaints. The law will also mandate cruise vessel personnel to contact both the FBI and Coast Guard as soon as a crime involving homicide, suspicious deaths, missing U.S. nationals, kidnapping, assault and other serious occurrences are reported. Having been approved by both houses of Congress, the legislation moves to the president to be signed into law. Farrell drafted the president’s speech for the signing ceremony, to be held this summer.
Peter Livingston, a shareholder at Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, was a recent co-recipient of the Research Award from the City Club of Portland, given annually for outstanding contributions to the organization’s research program. Livingston was recognized for his role as the lead writer of the 2010 study “Moving Forward: A Better Way to Govern Regional Transportation.” Livingston focuses his practice in the areas of real estate and land use.
The Multnomah Bar Association has elected new officers. Board directors beginning new three-year terms are: Martha J. Hodgkinson, Samuel C. Kauffman, Sheila H. Potterand, Richard J. Vangelisti. Kimberly R. Griffith is the new Young Lawyers Section (YLS) director.
Black Helterline partner Paul R. Hribernickwas awarded the 2009-2010 Associate of the Year Award by the Oregon Concrete & Aggregate Producers Association. In 2009, he was awarded the organization’s Chairman’s Award and has previously received the organization’s President’s Award, Legislative Champion Award and the Heizenrader Award, all for outstanding service and dedication to the industry.
Fritz Paulus, a real estate negotiator for Metro’s natural areas program, completed the week-long “Tools for Preparing and Negotiating Effectively” workshop at the Harvard Law School in June. The intensive workshop gives participants a powerful conceptual framework for analyzing, preparing for and conducting negotiations, plus extensive negotiation practice in a personalized framework.
Mark Manulik, shareholder in Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt and chair of the firm’s real estate practice group, was recently inducted into the American College of Real Estate Lawyers as a member. Manulik focuses his practice in the area of real estate and represents a broad range of real estate development companies, retail operators, investors and mortgage lenders. He is also a fellow and past president of the American College of Mortgage Attorneys, a member of the Joint Editorial Board for Uniform Real Property Acts and a member of the International Association of Attorneys and Executives in Corporate Real Estate.
Members of Tonkon Torp’s environmental and natural resources practicegroup really walked the talk on July 10. Armed with heavy work gloves and plenty of mosquito repellent, a group of attorneys, staff, family members and friends spent the morning pulling ivy at Tryon Creek State Park in southwest Portland. Practice group chair Max Miller Jr. organized the event and hosted a lunch for his volunteer crew after the morning’s effort. “This is a group of individuals who are really committed to sustainability and responsible stewardship of our natural resources, so it was easy to recruit a team for an environmental community service project,” said Miller. “Tryon Creek State Park has an ongoing challenge to keep ivy and other invasive plants under control. We were glad to help.”
Portland lawyer Kelly Clark has been appointed to the national board of trustees of the Hazelden Foundation, which operates the nation’s oldest and highly respected treatment centers for alcohol and drug dependency. Hazelden Springbrook in Newberg is one of the seven centers operated nationwide. Clark, long in recovery himself, also serves on the State Lawyers Assistance Program of the Oregon State Bar, which works with lawyers struggling with substance abuse issues or other emotional impairments.
The Aldrich Law Office announces the addition of Molly Allisonas an associate and Todd M. Peck as of counsel. The firm is also proud to announce the addition of Christopher C. Grady (in photo) to their team of attorneys. The firm, which specializes in construction and related litigation, is located in the historic Spalding Building in downtown Portland and recently celebrated its 10th anniversary.
Adele J. Ridenour has joined Ball Janik’s Portland office as an associate. Her practice focuses on construction law and commercial litigation. Previously, she was an associate at another Portland area law firm where she focused on representing single family homeowners, condominium and townhome associations, and commercial owners in construction-defect related disputes. Ridenour is the treasurer of the University of Oregon School of Law Alumni Association and co-chair of the alumni association’s Portland Mentoring Committee. In addition to her alumni board duties,. Ridenour is a part-time adjunct professor for the University of Oregon School of Law where she co-teaches a course on Green Construction Law. She is admitted to practice in Oregon and Washington.
Julia C. Rice, formerly an attorney at Garrett Hemann Robertson, has started her own mediation and parent coordination practice. As a domestic relations mediator, Rice helps parties reach collaborative solutions to custody, parenting time, property and support issues. As a parent coordinator, she assists families in reducing parenting disputes in high conflict cases when appointed by the court. Previously, Rice worked as a therapist in California. She has a master’s degree in marital and family therapy from the University of San Diego and received her law degree from Willamette University College of Law. Reach her at (503) 507-0594 or ricemediation@ gmail.com.
Tonkon Torp has named Max Millerto lead the firm’s environmental & natural resources practice group. Miller’s business counsel and litigation practice focus on complex hazardous waste, air and water pollution matters, as well as forestry and renewable energy. He is currently involved in the Portland Harbor Superfund matter, among other cleanup sites. A graduate of Lewis & Clark Law School, Miller joined Tonkon Torp in 1988 and was named a partner in 1990. He is co-founder of the firm’s 11-year-old internal sustainability committee. Miller serves on the Mayor’s Economic Cabinet, Regional Arts and Culture Council Board including the Governing Committee of the Right Brain Initiative, MetroArts, Inc. Board and Friends of the Children Endowment Committee.
Peter Werner has joined SELCO Community Credit Union as associate general counsel and credit counselor. In this position, Werner will be focusing on creditor rights (bankruptcy and collections), litigation, contracts and corporate law. He will be located at SELCO’s Old Mill branch in Bend. Prior to joining SELCO, Werner was in private practice in Bend. He serves on the City of Bend’s Budget Committee and on the Downtown Bend Bicycle Advisory Committee.
As of July 1, Vancouver attorney Don Jacobs and the NW Injury Law Center will have moved into the George DuBois Home at 514 W. 9th St., near downtown Vancouver. The new location is about five blocks from Jacobs’ former office on Esther St. Jacobs is the principal partner in the Vancouver-based NW Injury Law Center. He has been practicing law in Vancouver and Portland for over 30 years. He is a former member of the board of governors of the Washington State Association for Justice and a past president of the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association. His practice consists of representing consumers and injured people.
The Salem law office of Garrett Hemann Robertson has hired Richard C. Riggsto join the firm’s divorce and family law practice group. Riggs focuses on family law and divorce cases, including child custody, parenting plans, spousal and child support and property division. He graduated from Willamette University College of Law in March 2010. Prior to law school he served 20 years in the United States Navy. In addition, Riggs serves as the vice chairperson of Chemeketa Community College’s board of education and serves on Chemeketa’s foundation board.
Kevin Díaz has joined the American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon as the new legal director. He is a member of the Oregon Law Enforcement Contacts Policy and Data Review Committee and serves as a board member of the Hispanic National Bar Association. Previously Díaz worked with the Northwest Justice Project in Vancouver, Wash., where he was recognized as a rising star by Washington Law and Politics magazine.
Environmental and energy law firm Marten Law welcomes Douglas W. MacDougalas a partner in its Portland office. MacDougal is a leading water rights lawyer in the Pacific Northwest, with over 30 years of experience in water rights, natural resources and real estate law. He has been lead counsel on numerous complex water negotiations in water basins involving federal, tribal, environmental and private party interests and has substantial experience in contested water cases involving water right transfers, stream and groundwater hydrology and native rights. He joins Marten Law from Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt.
Tonkon Torp has named David Amanto lead the firm’s intellectual property practice group. He joined Tonkon Torp in 1996 following his graduation from Lewis & Clark Law School. He became a partner in 2003. A litigator, Aman represents plaintiffs and defendants in cases of patent, copyright and trademark infringement, trade secret misappropriation and other business disputes. He also advises clients on antitrust issues arising out of licensing and enforcement of intellectual property rights.
Kevin B. Dull, JD/MBA, Willamette ’99 was recently promoted from director of employee and labor relations to executive consultant, HR business partner for care delivery, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Northwest.
Landye Bennett Blumstein has expanded its litigation practice group with the addition of two attorneys, Jason A. Wright as partner and Rebecca T. Gross as associate Wright’s practice will concentrate on general commercial and complex litigation issues, including insurance coverage, business torts and contract disputes, construction defect claims, professional malpractice claims, labor and employment litigation and counseling and railroad accident and injury claims. He is admitted to practice in the federal courts of Oregon, Idaho, Wisconsin, Illinois and Indiana. He is a member of the bar associations of Oregon, Illinois, Idaho, Wisconsin, Chicago and Multnomah County. Gross’s practice will focus on complex business litigation matters, particularly involving business torts and contract disputes, securities, real estate and labor and employment issues, in addition to other civil litigation matters such as personal injury claims. She was listed as a rising star in the 2009 Oregon Super Lawyers publication.
Cogan Owens Cogan (COC), a Portland-based planning and communications consulting firm, today announced that long-time Portland attorney Jim Zehren will join COC after 25 years with Stoel Rives. As a senior policy analyst working with COC, Zehren will focus on public policy development, public-private-nonprofit partnering and collaboration, public finance and governance, urban and regional planning and civic engagement for existing and new clients, primarily in the Pacific Northwest. Zehren joined Stoel Rives in 1985 and has been a partner in the firm’s development law group. He also has been heavily engaged in civic affairs during his 25 years at the firm. In 1990-92, he was a loaned executive from Stoel Rives to the Oregon Progress Board where he helped draft the first edition of Oregon Benchmarks. From 1992 to 2002, Zehren served as a citizen member of the Metro Policy Advisory Committee during Metro’s preparation and adoption of the 2040 Regional Growth Concept. He is a founding member of the board of the Oregon Business Association (2000-2009) and chaired that board in 2005-06. In 2008-09, he served as president of the City Club of Portland.
Diane Wiscarson has changed the name of her law firm from Diane Frost Wiscarson to Wiscarson Law. Wiscarson Law will continue its focus on special education law and disability advocacy, empowering families with disability needs to balance the scales and achieve a voice as equal participants in their education and life.
Patti Powell has joined the Oregon Judicial Department as an assistant legal counsel with the Office of the State Court Administrator in Salem. Patti received her bachelor of arts degree from Boise State University and J.D. degree from the University of Idaho. She has served as an assistant attorney general in three Western states and is admitted before the Supreme Court of the U.S. Powell will provide legal counsel to the state courts on a variety of court administration issues.
Stahancyk, Kent & Hook is pleased to announce the promotion of Deanna L. Rusch to its Vancouver branch. She graduated from the University of Washington and earned her law degree from Gonzaga University. She will practice as the lead attorney in Vancouver, and her area of focus is family law.
Dave Engels of Aurora died May 30, 2010, of Parkinson’s disease. He was 64.
David Anthony Engels was born April 16, 1946, in Huron, S.D. His father joined the U.S. Air Force when it was formed, and the family lived many places in the United States and around the world. Engels graduated from high school in Moscow, Idaho in 1964 and attended the University of Idaho, receiving a bachelor’s degree in history in 1970 and a law degree in 1973.
He met Susan Spencer of Seattle while attending the University of Idaho. They were married in 1967. Engels paid for his education by fighting fires on state and federal lands in the summers as a hotshots crew member and as a smoke jumper in Idaho and Alaska.
His legal career began with private practice in Anchorage in 1974. From 1976 until 1984 he worked in the general counsel’s office of the U.S. Department of Energy in Washington, D.C. He transferred to the U.S. Department of Justice where he worked for three years from a field office in Portland, representing the Bonneville Power Administration in the Washington Public Power Supply litigation. He then returned to private practice in Portland, eventually becoming a partner in Banks, Newcomb & Engels. He retired a few years after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.
Engels participated in several studies of Parkinson’s disease at Oregon Health & Science University, and he lobbied Congress in support of Parkinson’s research. He also served on the boards of the Oregon Environmental Council and Outward Bound and was elected to the board of the Aurora Rural Fire District. Engels enjoyed many outdoor activities, including hunting, camping, hiking, skiing, kayaking and rock and mountain climbing. He was a member of the Mazamas mountain climbing club. He taught his daughters and their friends how to build snow caves. He had a great love of gardening and grew most of his family’s vegetables for many years. In later life he was an avid grower of roses.
He is survived by his wife, Sue, their two daughters, his mother and stepfather, three brothers and a granddaughter.
Art Tarlow died June 10, 2010, the victim of a homicide while visiting his home in the Dominican Republic. He was 68. Tarlow was born in Portland March 15, 1942.
He finished his undergraduate degree at the University of Oregon, graduated from the U.O. Law School, and became a member of the Oregon State Bar in 1966. He served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam and Europe. Upon his return to Portland, he was a deputy district attorney for Multnomah County under George Van Hoomisen. Tarlow entered civil law practice in Beaverton in 1970 and practiced with several successful law partnerships. In 2001, he formed Tarlow, Naito & Summers with Steve Naito and Brent Summers.
When he died, Tarlow was a member of the Oregon and Washington bars, and he had tried or settled cases in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, South Dakota and Texas. He spent the Oregon rainy season away on the north coast of the Dominican Republic, starting in 2002, maintaining his busy law practice remotely through the wonders of modern technology.
He traveled the world extensively before taking up a more permanent winter residence in the Dominican Republic. He counted among his favorite places Greece, the Czech Republic and several South American coastal communities. He was not a sightseer, choosing instead to immerse himself in foreign culture and enjoy the people he met overseas.
Tarlow served on many public and private boards of directors, including the Rose Festival Association, Oregon Mortgage Bankers, Beaverton Area Chamber of Commerce and Oregon Title Insurance Co. He was a member of the Associated General Contractors of Oregon (AGC) for more than 25 years. He published several articles and presented papers for the AGC, other trade and industry groups, the Oregon State Bar and other continuing legal education providers on construction law and mediation.
Tarlow is survived by his 96-year old mother Virginia, two sons, his new granddaughter, his brother and sister, and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father, Elvin Tarlow, who was also a lawyer and a judge in Portland.
Long-time Eugene lawyer David N. Andrews died June 26, 2010, after a short battle with cancer. He was 79.
He was born in Kansas, the son of a farmer and grocer and the first in his family to graduate from college. He was an enlisted member of the Oregon National Guard (1947-1950), a non-commissioned officer in the U. S. Air Force (1950-1954) and an intelligence officer of the U.S. Navy Reserve (1960-1978). He received a bachelor’s degree in 1957 and a law degree in 1959, both from the University of Oregon. Following admission to the bar in 1959, he conducted a distinguished law practice for 51 years. He was a founding member of Hershner Hunter. Continuously recognized as one of Oregon’s premier lawyers, he was a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (Oregon state chair, 1990-1995), a fellow of the American Bar Foundation, recognized in The Best Lawyers of America (Trusts and Estates) and recognized in Oregon Super Lawyers.
Andrews served the University of Oregon as an adjunct professor in both the U.O. Business School and the School of Law and as a member of the board of trustees, U.O. Foundation (1983-1993). He served as a director of the Oregon State Bar, was a member of various executive committees of the OSB and was a frequent contributor to continuing legal education programs. He was an active member of the First Congregational Church of Eugene. He was a member of the Eugene Active 20-30 Club and president of Active 20-30 International (1969-70). He was an avid sailor and lifetime member of the Eugene Yacht Club, serving as its commodore in 1984. He read voraciously and loved music. He explored Europe with his wife, Bev, whenever possible.
He is survived by his wife, Beverly Andrews, two daughters, two sons, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Fred A. Granata, longtime Portland lawyer, amateur historian and a frequent contributor to the OSB Bulletin, died July 1, 2010, after a brief but valiant struggle with cancer. He was 79.
Fred A. Granata was born Jan. 30, 1931, in Portland. He was one of three children of Italian immigrants. He graduated from Columbia Preparatory School in 1949. After serving in the U.S. Navy and becoming a veteran of the Korean War, Fred earned his J.D. from the University of Oregon School of Law in 1957. He spent 32 years in private law practice, followed by 18 years as senior counsel in a Portland law firm. In 2007 the Oregon State Bar recognized his 50 years of service to the community, state and nation.
Granata was an intrepid global traveler who made annual trips to Italy and other European destinations. He also was a lifelong student and steward of Oregon history and the history of Italian Americans in Oregon.
He is survived by his son, Steve, and two grandchildren.
Roy Edwards OSB member Roy Edwards, who served as a JAG officer in the U.S. Air Force and later worked for the state of Oregon, died July 12, 2010, in Salem. He was 86.
Roy Eugene Edwards was born Oct. 15, 1923, near Akron, Ohio. He enlisted in the Navy at age 17 and was stationed at Pearl Harbor when it was attacked in December 1941. He was involved in numerous engagements in the Pacific during World War II as a gunnery sergeant on a Navy destroyer, which took part in the Underwater Demolitions Program towards the end of the war.
He went on to earn a law degree from Boston University, and after some years of practice received a commission as a JAG officer in the Air Force.
Upon retiring as a lieutenant colonel, Edwards worked for the state of Oregon in the Employment Relations Board until his retirement.
His wife of 45 years, Lee, whom he met during the Vietnam War, died earlier this year. They had three sons.