Oregon State Bar Bulletin — JUNE 2010
Bar People


Among Ourselves

The revised edition of Art Law: Cases and Materials, coauthored by Leonard DuBoff, managing member of the DuBoff Law Group, has been released by Aspen Publishers. The book, the only art law case book currently available, has been adopted by numerous law schools. DuBoff’s coauthors are Michael Murray, professor at Valparaiso University School of Law, and Sherri Burr, professor at the University of New Mexico School of Law.

Ater Wynne Partner Valerie D. Fisher has been named to the nine-member board of directors of the Oregon State Bar Professional Liability Fund. Fisher chairs the firm’s real estate lending group and focuses her practice on negotiating, structuring and documenting real estate and commercial loan transactions. She also chairs the firm’s opinion committee and response to audit letter committee. She has chaired the bar’s Real Estate and Land Use and Debtor-Creditor Law sections.

Leta Gorman of Bullivant Houser Bailey has been selected to serve on the faculty of the 2010 IADC Trial Academy. She will join leading defense trial lawyers selected from different regions of the country. Gorman has extensive trial experience in both state and federal courts having successfully tried (first chair) more than 20 bench and jury trials. She focuses her practice on the defense of manufacturers of consumer and industrial products, including several pharmaceutical companies and device manufacturers. Gorman also represents developers and general contractors in complex, multi-party construction disputes. She has handled numerous class actions, arbitrations and mediations.

Ken Mitchell-Phillips, Sr., sole shareholder at Mitchell-Phillips Law, has joined the Portland Schools Foundation Board for a three-year term. Mitchell-Phillips established his own law firm in April 2009 focusing on business transactions, corporate finance, real estate, international law and estate planning. He also handles civil litigation matters and teaches ethics, social issues and responsibility at Warner Pacific College, business law at the Cascade and Sylvania campuses of Portland Community College, and corporate finance at Concordia University.

The Portland office of Davis Wright Tremaine has been selected to receive Community Action’s 2010 Outstanding Corporate Partner Award. This award is given to business partners who have demonstrated an exemplary commitment to helping Community Action further its mission, creating hope and positive change for local families struggling to make ends meet. The firm has served as Community Action’s pro bono legal counsel for the past 14 years, providing more than $90,000 in legal services. The award will be presented during a banquet at the Oregon Zoo Cascade Room on June 9 at 5:30 p.m.

Robert Weiss is the author of an article about composer Ernest Bloch, which appeared recently in the British magazine Musical Opinion. The article is an evocative essay that connects Bloch’s polishing of agates found on the Oregon Coast with his musical compositions and his view of the infinite. The 50th anniversary of his death was celebrated worldwide in 2009. Weiss met Ernest Bloch at his home at Agate Beach in the 1950s. He was attorney to members of Ernest Bloch’s family for many years and through that connection became informed on aspects of the composer’s life.

Jonathan Levy, partner in the Portland firm of Cavanaugh Levy Bilyeu, has been elected to membership as a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, a national organization of trust and estate lawyers and law professors.

Paul Migchelbrink, a shareholder with Farleigh Wada Witt, has been elected to the Salvation Army Portland metropolitan advisory board. The board is comprised of local community, civic, philanthropic and business leaders who assist the organization in matters ranging from strategic planning to public outreach. Migchelbrink maintains a diverse business practice emphasizing corporate matters and real estate and brings more than 15 years of legal knowledge and experience to the board.

Oregon Women Lawyers announces its new officers and board members for 2010-2011. The board president is Concetta Schwesinger, district attorney liaison to the Oregon child support program in Marion County. She served previously as vice president and treasurer. OWLs’ vice president/president-elect is Heather L. Weigler, assistant attorney general with the charitable activities section of the Oregon Department of Justice in Portland. Megan Livermore continues on the executive committee as treasurer. Livermore is an associate with Gaydos Churnside and Balthrop in Eugene. Cashauna Hill joins the executive committee as secretary. Hill is the fair housing staff attorney at the Oregon Law Center. Kathleen Hansa Rastetter continues to serve on the executive committee as historian. Rastetter is Clackamas County counsel in Oregon City. Serving as board members are: Megan Burgess (Bend), Bonnie Cafferky Carter (West Linn), Gina Hagedorn (Portland), Sally Anderson Hansell (Hermiston), Heather Hepburn (Bend), Elizabeth Tedesco Milesnick (Portland) and Shannon Terry (Salem). Cass SkinnerLopata (Eugene) was appointed by the OWLS board on May 1 to fill a vacated position. Continuing on the board are: Hon. Frances Burge, Roseburg; Dana Forman, Portland; Kendra Matthews, Portland; Linda Meng, Portland; Hon. Julia Philbrook, Portland; Hon. Katherine Tennyson, Portland; Jane Yates, Eugene; and Hon. Youlee You, Portland.

Jay Waldron, a shareholder in the Portland office of Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, was recently named vice chair of the Oregon Health & Science University board of directors. Waldron focuses his practice in the areas of environmental and energy law. He has tried complex cases in federal and state courts and has briefed and argued several energy and environmental cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. He has made numerous appearances before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, the Oregon Supreme Court and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Sonia Montalbano has been appointed to Portland Parks and Recreation’s project advisory committee for Lents Park. Members of the committee will help guide and develop a master plan for Lents Park, an area that has been historically underserved. The committee will assist the Portland parks program in serving people of all ages and abilities and to accommodate a wide range of activities that promote health and wellness, arts and culture and social interactions.


Moves

The Portland office of K&L Gates LLP welcomes Carl M. Fink as a partner in its energy and utilities practice. Fink joins the firm from TransCanada Pipelines Ltd., where he served as associate general counsel and chief compliance officer for the company’s west region pipelines. With more than 20 years of experience in the energy industry in the public and private sectors, Fink represents a broad range of energy clients in complex commercial transactions, litigation, and negotiations, as well as regulatory matters before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), state public service commissions and appellate courts.

Martha Pellegrino has been appointed to serve as interim director of the city of Portland’s office of government relations. She has worked for the city since 2005 with a focus on state legislative relations. As interim director, she will be overseeing the city’s federal, state and regional lobbying activities.

Former OSB President Mark Johnson announces the change of his name and the opening of his sole practice, Mark Johnson Roberts, Attorney at Law. He handles appeals, adoptions and surrogacy arrangements, and provides ethics advice to lawyers. He can be reached at markjatty@comcast.net or (503) 236-7710.

James C. Reinhart, a former member of the legal departments at First American Title and Chicago Title, has joined the real estate practice group in the Portland office of Davis Wright Tremaine. He brings with him more than 18 years of experience in commercial real estate transactions, representing individuals and institutions in drafting and negotiating purchase and sale documents, leases and financing documents. In addition to his experience in real estate transactions, he has studied in nine countries on five continents.

Following three years at the Oregon Supreme Court clerking for both Justices R. William Riggs and Martha L. Walters, and three years practicing at the firm of Landye Bennett Blumstein, Lisa T. Hunt returns to her sole practice focusing on appellate law, general civil litigation and litigation support services. The new Law Office of Lisa T. Hunt is located at 1618 S.W. First Ave., Suite 350, Portland, OR 97201; website: http:/www.lthuntlaw.com.

Barran Liebman welcomes Iris Tilley to the firm. Tilley focuses her practice on ERISA compliance and executive compensation. She received her J.D. and MBA in 2008 from Seattle University School of Law and Seattle University Albers School of Business and Economics, respectively. She is also a member of the Washington State Bar.

The Portland office of Fisher & Phillips has added Elizabeth (Liz) K. Bonucci as an associate. Bonucci was previously an employment litigator for the Oregon Department of Justice, employment section. She has successfully co-chaired five jury trials, both in state and federal courts. At Fisher & Phillips, Bonucci represents management in all aspects of employment law, including discrimination, retaliation and wage and hour claims. Bonucci received her J.D. from Lewis & Clark Law School in 2006.

Lewis Barr was recently named general counsel and secretary for Fios, a national electronic discovery services provider based in Portland. Barr joined Fios in 2008 as corporate counsel. Barr previously was general counsel of New Edge Networks, an EarthLink company.

Charles Marr, a 2008 graduate of Lewis & Clark Law School, has joined the James Law Group as an associate attorney. Marr is a member of the OSB’s Legal Ethics Committee and Procedure & Practice Committee, the Multnomah Bar Association and the American Constitution Society. He previously worked for Nike as a contract administrator, negotiating and reviewing IT licensing agreements. His practice will focus on business law with emphasis on corporate formation, business licensing and business transactions. He can be reached at (503) 294-8587 or cmarr@jameslawgroup.com.


In Memoriam

Roscoe E. Watts died Feb. 19, 2010, at his home in Lake Oswego. He was 92.

Watts was born on Sept. 29, 1917, in Rialto, Calif. He graduated from San Bernardino High School, where he was the starting second baseman on the varsity baseball team. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from UCLA in 1939. He married Jean Renner in 1940; they moved to Portland that same year.

Watts served as a captain in the U.S. Army Finance Corps during World War II and again for 12 months during the Korean conflict.

After graduating from Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College, Watts practiced law in Portland. He specialized in labor law, representing management on behalf of many employer associations. He was counsel to the Truck Operators League of Oregon and also served as a management trustee on the Western Teamsters Welfare Trust. Later, his sons, James Watts and John Watts, joined his law practice. In 2005, he was recognized as a 50-year active OSB member.

Watts and his wife enjoyed reading and traveling, with visits to the island of Maui and a trip on the famed Orient Express among their favorite experiences.

His wife preceded him in death in 2001, after 61 years of marriage. In addition to his two sons, Watts is survived by three grandsons and two great-grandchildren.

Timothy Norwood died Feb. 22, 2010, following a brief illness. He was 63.

Timothy Dwight Norwood was born Feb. 9, 1947, in Greenfield, Mass., and graduated from the University of Massachusetts and the University of Pennsylvania Law School. In 1972, he moved to Oregon and began his legal career.

Norwood is remembered as being passionate about three things: his family, excellence in the representation of his clients and fly fishing.

He is survived by his wife, Joan Louise Driver, three children and two brothers.


Portland attorney Danny H. Gerlt died April 1, 2010. He was 60.

Gerlt was born Dec. 8, 1949, in Dorris, Calif. He attended Oregon State University and married his wife, Teri, during their spring break in 1973. He graduated from OSU with a B.S. in mechanical engineering in June 1973 and on the same day was commissioned as an ensign in the U.S. Navy. After he served his tour of duty, he and his wife settled in Portland, where they raised three children.

Gerlt worked for PGE for several years as an engineer, but following his passion for the law, he attended Northwestern School of Law at Lewis & Clark College, graduated and was admitted to the bar in August 1985. Just a few months prior to his death, he was admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court.

He spent 24 years practicing primarily consumer law. Many of his clients became his friends, and they always remember his devotion in fighting for them and their rights.

In addition to his wife, survivors include three children and two grandchildren.


Harold “Hal” Burke died of natural causes April 9, 2010, at Salem Hospital in Salem. He was 84.

Harold E. Burke was born July 10, 1925, in Portland. He graduated from the Madeleine Elementary School in 1939 and Grant High School in 1943. He entered the U. S. Army in 1943, serving in the European theater of operations as a combat infantryman during World War II. During his infantry service, Burke was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge, the Purple Heart and the European Theater Medal with five campaign stars.

Upon returning to Portland, he attended the University of Portland, graduating in 1950 with a degree in business administration. He then attended the Northwestern School of Law (Lewis & Clark College), graduating in 1954 with a degree in law. Hal practiced law in Portland both individually and as the managing partner in the firm Burke, Bounds, O’Hallaren & Courson. In 1965, he accepted an appointment as assistant attorney general and served there until his retirement in 1986.

In his youth, Burke enjoyed sports of all kinds, including basketball, football and baseball. In later years, he enjoyed golf and became a spectator of many college and professional sporting events.

His first marriage to Justine ended in divorce. He married Toby in 1973, and she preceded him in death in 2006. In addition to his first wife, survivors include a son, daughter, three stepchildren, sister and grandchildren.


Douglas Devers died April 15, 2010, in his Northwest Portland home. He was 64.

Douglas Paul Devers was born April 30, 1945. He graduated from Sunset High School, the University of Oregon and had attended the University of Pavia, Italy. He received a law degree from Willamette University and practiced in Portland throughout his career. He was a member and former trustee of the Multnomah Athletic Club and founding director and writer for Well Arts Institute.

An avid golfer and skier, Devers skied a variety of resorts throughout the West and Canada with son, Justin, and friends. He had a passion for sailing and sailed across the Pacific.

He is survived by his son, a brother, a nephew, two nieces and longtime companion, Carolyn Martin.


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