|Oregon State Bar Bulletin NOVEMBER 2010|
The Oregon Area Jewish Committee has presented its prestigious Judge Learned Hand Lifetime Achievement Award to Chief Justice Paul J. De Muniz of the Oregon Supreme Court. De Muniz joined the state supreme court in 2001 and became chief justice in 2006. Before his election to the Oregon Supreme Court, De Muniz served on the Oregon Court of Appeals. From 1977 to 1990 he practiced law in Salem, handling complex criminal and civil trials and appeals. Early in his career he was a special prosecutor in Douglas County and a deputy public defender for the state of Oregon. He also served in the U.S. Air Force, including a tour in Vietnam. He has a long list of professional and civic contributions, including the founding in 2002 of a partnership with judicial leaders in Russia’s Far East. He works with judges and lawyers there to implement legal reforms that promote the rule of law in and reforms to the Russian criminal justice system.
The Hispanic National Bar Association has honored Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt with its Corporate Partner of the Year Award for contributions to the Hispanic legal community. The firm was honored for its long-standing support of the HNBA, including hosting a board of governors meeting, providing financial support to attorneys wishing to participate, and encouraging and supporting the efforts of shareholder Román D. Hernández as HNBA national president. The award was presented at the association’s annual convention in September in Minneapolis.
The Linn-Benton Bar Association has announced its officers for 2010-11: Dan Rayfield, president; Michael B. Wynhausen,vice president; Coleen Cerda, treasurer; James Baldock, secretary; Jennifer Hisey, Linn County liaison; and Nicolas Ortiz, Benton County liaison.
Hinshaw & Culbertson partner Allison D. Rhodes has been elected as a member of the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers’ board of directors. Her term runs through 2012. Rhodes, who focuses her practice in legal professional responsibility with particular emphasis on legal ethics matters, attorney disciplinary defense and lawyer mobility, handles complex conflict of interest and multiple representation questions, as well as attorney-client privilege matters and work product doctrine matters. She litigates law firm dissolution, fiduciary duty matters and lawyer separations and represents lawyers in white-collar criminal investigations. She also has a general commercial litigation practice.
Ryan W. Collier received Statesman Journal Media’s 2010 “20 Under 40” designation, the 20 Salem-area residents under age 40 who are working to better the mid-Willamette Valley. From more than 100 nominations, Collier was the only attorney selected. The Statesman Journal recognized Collier for his leadership with nonprofits and for co-chairing Anna Peterson’s successful mayoral campaign for Salem mayor. Collier, licensed to practice in Oregon and Washington, advises clients on estate planning, guardianship, and probate and trust administration.
Portland attorney Richard Rizk is the Far West Ski Association’s 2010 Safety Person of the Year. He developed a winter safety speaker awareness series, which addressed winter driving, terrain park safety, ski risks and the law and ski patrol advice. He recently completed a 17-session back-country ski safety course that included avalanche training. In his practice, he works to develop strategies for making workplaces safer, and for the past 10 years has represented those with claims against insurance companies and their insureds.
The Hon. Susan P. Graber, circuit judge for the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, has been appointed to the U.S. Judicial Conference Committee on Federal-State Jurisdiction for a three-year term effective Oct. 1.
Peter Courtney, Oregon Senate president, has been honored for contributions to access to justice for all Oregonians. The former legal aid attorney received the Public Access to Justice Award from the Campaign for Equal Justice at a recent luncheon in Salem. Former Oregon Attorney General Hardy Myers presented Courtney with the award, citing Courtney’s public service, leadership and longstanding commitment to ensuring civil legal services for the poor. Myers specifically noted Courtney’s 2003 leadership of a bipartisan effort that helped shore up funding for legal aid in Oregon.
Jeff Edelson, attorney and shareholder with Markowitz, Herbold, Glade & Mehlhaf, has been named to the board of directors of the Campaign for Equal Justice. Edelson, a former legal aid lawyer, now represents individuals and corporate clients in business, employment, real estate, construction and contract disputes with an emphasis on competitive injury, trade secrets and other business torts and contracts.
Oregon Supreme Court Justice W. Michael Gillette recently celebrated 30 years of teaching at the National Judicial College. Gillette has been a faculty member for a variety of courses and programs over the years, most recently as faculty for the Administrative Law: Fair Hearing course held in April 2010. Gillette was honored at a special ceremony at the college.
Miller Nash attorney Elisa Dozono has been honored by the Oregon Area Jewish Committee with its special Emerging Leadership Award for her leadership in the community. Dozono is president-elect of the Oregon Asian Pacific American Bar Association, chairs the Metropolitan Exposition Recreation Commission (which oversees the Oregon Convention Center, Expo and regional performing arts centers), and sits on the board of directors for the Japan America Society of Oregon. Elisa was also the founding board president of Emerge Oregon, an organization she helped launch to recruit and train women to run for elected office. Dozono specializes in business litigation and government relations.
The gavel of leadership of the State Bar of Montana was ceremoniously handed over to Joseph Sullivan at the bar’s annual meeting in Great Falls in September. Sullivan, an OSB member since 1985, becomes the bar’s 36th president. Sullivan served on the bar’s board of trustees from 1993 to 2007; was the bar’s secretary/treasurer in 2008 and 2009; and has been the president-elect in 2010. Sullivan was born and raised in Portland and graduated from the Gonzaga University School of Law. Following law school, Sullivan was an associate in the Portland firm of O’Donnell, Ramis, Elliott & Crew. Sullivan is currently a partner in the law firm of Deschenes and Sullivan in Great Falls, where maintains a general trial and appellate practice with emphasis in personal injury cases, contract law, insurance law and mediation.
Edwin A. Harnden, managing partner at Barran Liebman, has become a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. The induction ceremony took place during the college’s 2010 annual meeting in Washington, D.C. Harnden has maintained a litigation practice since 1972 and has specialized in the handling of employment dispute resolution, arbitration and litigation since 1974.
Neva DePalma has been promoted to key account manager at Vestas-American Wind Technology. She previously was a transactional attorney in Vestas’ legal department. Previously, DePalma practiced corporate and securities law with Tonkon Torp.
Jennifer L. Coughlin has joined Bruce J. Brothers & Assoc. She represents plaintiffs in motor vehicle collisions, medical malpractice actions, wrongful death claims and sexual abuse cases. She is a member of the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association and serves on the Oregon State Bar Pro Bono Committee. She can be reached at (541) 382-5885 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stahancyk, Kent & Hook welcomes new associate Meghan E. Warning to its central Oregon office. Warning earned a master’s degree in educational leadership and policy from Portland State University and completed her law degree from Willamette University College of Law.
John Hummel is the new director of Oregon Consensus, a conflict resolution program of the National Policy Consensus Center at Portland State University’s Hatfield School of Government. Hummel most recently lived in Monrovia, Liberia, where he served as the country representative for the Carter Center, former President Jimmy Carter’s non-profit organization. Prior to his work with the Carter Center, he practiced law in Bend.
KU-US, a private education and childcare provider, has announced the appointment of Elizabeth Large as executive vice president and general counsel. Large joined KU-US in 2005 as assistant general counsel for litigation and most recently has served as interim general counsel. Previously, Large worked for Stoel Rives and the Oregon Department of Justice before starting her own private practice litigating commercial and constitutional disputes. She also serves on the board of directors for SMART, “Start Making A Reader Today.”
Natalia Yegorova, formerly an associate at Black Helterline, has accepted an appointment as counsel with the World Bank’s institutional administration practice group (known as LEGIA). She will relocate to Washington, D.C.
J. Douglas (Doug) Wells, formerly a patent attorney at Chernoff, Vilhauer, McClung & Stenzel, has started his own intellectual property law and legal counseling practice. As a registered U.S. patent attorney, Wells helps businesses, innovators and attorneys on matters involving patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, licensing and litigation. He helps clients manage their IP portfolios, negotiate licensing and related agreements and develop competitive advantages in the areas of cost, quality, delivery and technology. He has electrical engineering and graduate business degrees from Purdue University and a law degree from Northwestern School of Law at Lewis & Clark College. Reach him at (503) 866-2749; e-mail: email@example.com.
Gilion Dumas and Matt Lowe have become equity partners at O’Donnell Clark & Crew. Dumas has substantial experience in commercial and tort litigation, including complex business disputes, real estate and professional liability matters. More recently, she has represented the victims of childhood sexual abuse in lawsuits against perpetrators and institutions that fostered the abuse. Lowe’s clients include trade associations, charter schools, hotels, political organizations and other closely held businesses, charitable and noncharitable tax exempt entities. He advises these clients on matters relating to corporate governance and formation, taxation, employment, real estate transactions, business transactions, education law, contracts, campaign finance, state and federal elections and government.
Bernard Chamberlain has joined Folawn, Alterman & Richardson as an associate, focused on commercial real estate transactions, business and estate tax planning and general business. Chamberlain previously focused on tax planning and compliance as an associate in the international corporate services group of KPMG. He completed his LL.M. in taxation at the University of Washington Law School.
Patent attorney Philip Hunt has become of counsel in the intellectual property practice at Rylander & Assoc. in Vancouver, Wash. He has significant experience in drafting and prosecuting patent applications related to wireless communications, networking, fiber optics, motors and motor design, software and web services. Hunt served as a commissioned officer in the United States Navy. He is registered as a patent attorney with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and licensed to practice law in Washington as well as Oregon. He holds a B.S. and an M.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Keith Semple announces the opening of Semple Law Office. He will continue to specialize in representing individuals in workers’ compensation, Social Security disability, employment and personal injury matters. He can be reached at 3003 W 11th Ave., Suite 288, Eugene, OR 97402; phone: (541) 520-0952; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Estate planning attorney Eden Rose Brown, has opened a new location in Portland’s Lincoln Center Tower. Brown has also served as a prominent member of the WealthCounsel National Study Group, a small invitation-only group of nationally recognized estate planning professionals, and has served on the board of directors for the Chemeketa Community College Foundation, Willamette Humane Society, Cedar Sinai Park and the Marion-Polk County Medical Foundation, among others, and served on active duty as an Air Force JAG officer during the Gulf War.
Troutman Sanders celebrated the October 14 opening of its new Portland office with the addition of five attorneys. The international firm, now with 680 attorneys and 16 offices, opened a downtown office in Spring 2010. The Portland office is led by Lara L. Skidmore, a partner who is the office’s first managing partner. She is joined by partner Matthew D. McVee and Kimberly A. Medford, of counsel. The office is focused initially on assisting electric and natural gas utilities and the dynamic renewable energy industry. Skidmore joined the firm in 2007. Previously she worked at Pacific Power (2003-2007), where she served as associate general counsel, and was a staff attorney for Bonneville Power Administration (1994-2003). Skidmore focuses her practice on representing electric utilities on transmission, interconnection and compliance matters, working with a major renewable energy developer on integration of renewable resources, and representing utilities before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and Bonneville Power Administration. As the former general counsel for the Western Electricity Coordinating Council, McVee advised on compliance with the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), FERC and regional policies, monitored government compliance, and built and managed the council’s legal department. McVee also served as legal counsel to PacifiCorp and was an administrative attorney for the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada. Medford most recently was a shareholder at Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt. She represents businesses in various types of transactions including project finance, securities offerings, generation project development, construction and leasing contracts, real property transactions, equipment procurement and mergers and acquisitions. Medford also serves in the role of general counsel and adviser to numerous Northwest-based businesses.
Yaschar Sarparast has joined Ashland law firm Davis, Hearn, Saladoff & Bridges as an associate attorney. His focus will be civil litigation and immigration, along with landlord-tenant, divorces and adoptions. Prior to joining the firm, Sarparast was a deputy district attorney in Klamath County for three years. Sarparast received his B.A. from the University of Florida in 2003, and his J.D. from Gonzaga University in 2006.
Agnes Sowle has retired as county attorney for Multnomah County. Effective Oct. 1, Henry “Chip” Lazenby Jr., has assumed the role of county attorney. Sowle can be reached at email@example.com
John Cathcart-Rake has joined Harrang Long Gary Rudnick as an associate attorney in the Portland office. Cathcart-Rake, a 2010 graduate of Lewis & Clark Law School, will focus on business and commercial litigation practice.
Greg Zafiris has joined Alto Law Group in Portland as of counsel. Previously, he worked as in-house counsel for Pixelworks Inc., and Mobilian Corp. Before then he worked in private practice at Ater Wynne and Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt. Zafiris will focus on helping private equity as well as publicly traded companies resolve their business issues. His expertise includes intellectual property, licensing, commercial transactions, acquisition and sale of businesses, corporate and regulatory compliance.
Joseph Pallett has joined Lovinger Kaufmann as an associate focused on public utility, energy and transactional law. Reach him at 825 N.E. Multnomah St., Suite 925, Portland, OR 97232; phone: (503) 230-7715; website: www.lklaw.com.
Fred 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.
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.
Jack Collins of Portland died July 30, 2010, after a long illness. He was 80.
Jack Gore Collins was born June 22, 1930, in Waukegan, Ill. He attended Princeton University, where he was in ROTC, graduating in 1952. He joined the Navy as an ensign, serving aboard the USS Princeton off the coast of Korea. Graduating from Harvard Law School in 1958, Collins and his wife moved to Oregon where he clerked for Justice Perry of the Oregon Supreme Court and then went into private practice at Black, Kendall & Tremaine. In 1963, U. S. Attorney Sidney I. Lezak hired Collins, and Attorney General Robert Kennedy appointed him assistant U.S. attorney. His legal career in the U.S. Attorney’s office spanned more than three decades, during which he held positions as first assistant U.S. attorney, chief of civil division and chief of the asset forfeiture unit.
He litigated a very wide range of both civil and criminal cases, including a giant mail fraud involving eastern Oregon land parcels, the “J. Hawker” bombing of electric power transmission lines, oil spill pollution cases and the indictment of the “D.B. Cooper” skyjacker. (See Profiles in the Law, OSB Bulletin, November 2005.) He persuaded a Court of Appeals panel to deny a restraining order sought against the Bonneville Power Administrator, enabling Bonneville to begin performance of its statutory duties under a new law, the Northwest Power Act. Collins was respected by opposing counsel and the courts for his intellect, courtesy, hard work and honesty.
As supervisor and mentor, Collins willingly shared his unerring knowledge of court procedures with government attorneys and law clerks. Collins was the attorney to visit with questions of case handling and litigation strategy. Many such cases were site-specific, and his advice to attorneys then was “you have to go out and see it,” advice that he followed himself, sometimes leading to back-country expeditions in Oregon’s federal forests.
Collins also shared his gift of instruction through legal education. He began an annual retreat for civil division staff at the Menucha Retreat & Conference Center. With professors from Lewis & Clark College and Portland State University (where he was an adjunct professor), he created a graduate program for non-legal professionals working in federal agencies, on the basics of federal litigation. He was chief author-editor for the chapter titled Federal Environmental Law in the Land Use handbook published in 1982 (updated 1988) by the OSB.
He retired from the U.S. Attorney’s office in 1995.
He was a president of the Oregon chapter of the Federal Bar Association and was later active in the U.S. District Court of Oregon Historical Society, giving and conducting extensive oral history interviews that are held by the Oregon Historical Society, as are some of his papers. As lawyer, and as professor, his abilities to strategize, guide, teach, inspire and lead are his legacy.
Collins is survived by his wife, Janine, a son, two daughters, five grandchildren and a brother.
James K. (Jim) Neill, longtime lawyer with Davis Wright Tremaine in Portland, died Sept. 1, 2010, after a courageous year-long battle with brain cancer. He was 64, just days shy of what would have been his 65th birthday.
Neill, a fifth-generation Oregonian, was born in Portland on Sept. 8, 1945. He attended Highland Grade School and Jefferson High School before going on to study business at Oregon State University and law at Willamette University, where he graduated in 1971 in the top third of his class.
After law school, Neill chose the small firm of Martin & Robertson to start his career. In 1973, he became a partner and helped grow the firm to become Ragen, Roberts, O’Scannlain, Robertson & Neill, which later merged with the Black Kendall firm. In 1989, he was managing partner of Ragen, Tremaine, Krieger, Schmeer & Neill when it merged with Seattle-based Davis, Wright & Jones, forming the firm known today as Davis Wright Tremaine.
Neill’s forward thinking and commitment to the stature and success of the firm and each individual there was reflected in that merger, and it also defined how he built his practice. He didn’t seek honors or acclaim but sought to help businesses with the day-to-day operational issues so that they might thrive. He built his practice representing hotels, restaurants and bars, quickly becoming one of the state’s most prominent hospitality industry lawyers. Although he didn’t seek fame, his dedication to his clients was tireless, as reflected when he was the first attorney to receive the Oregon Restaurant Association’s Industry Achievement Award.
“He was unquestionably the ‘father’ of the firm’s Portland office, and no one person comes close to having a greater impact on the office,” a firm representative said. “His commitment to excellence, to volunteerism, to camaraderie and to having fun will have a lasting impact on all who knew Jim, and he will be missed.”
Outside of his practice, Neill devoted much of his time to community organizations, serving on numerous boards and associations. His most notable dedication was to the arts, serving on virtually every arts organization board in Oregon over his 40-year career.
He and his wife of 43 years, Katy, raised two children, a son and a daughter, all of whom survive him. Other survivors include three grandchildren, and his “extended family,” the lawyers and staff he worked with at Davis Wright Tremaine.
William Brickey died Sept. 16, 2010 at his home in Salem. He was 73.
He was born in April 16, 1937, in Lordsburg, N.M., and attended the University of Utah, where he majored in business, was a member of ROTC, was editor of the student newspaper and played linebacker on the Utah Utes football team. He is remembered by his college friends for his wild sense of humor and his willingness to orchestrate pranks on the university campus. One such prank included driving cattle on horseback through the Utah campus, while another involved riding a motorcycle through the student union.
After college, Brickey served his country as an Airborne Army Ranger and a member of the Green Berets from 1961 to 1964. He served with the 10th Special Forces Mountain Division, where among other duties he also served as an Army Special Forces ski instructor. He took part in numerous Cold War missions in Europe and served with distinction. While stationed in Germany he met his future wife, Margaret Weaver of Twin Falls, Idaho, and the two were married in Bad Toltz, Germany, on June 8, 1963. Only three hours after he was married, Lt. Brickey was called to duty and spent the next three weeks of his married life on a troop plane filled with Green Berets shadowing a Mercury space capsule as it orbited the earth. He was active in the Army Reserves for many years after his honorable discharge and remained intensely proud of his military service throughout his life.
He graduated from Willamette Law School in 1967 and then practiced privately for 28 years with the law firm of Weatherford Thompson in Albany. While in Albany he was a member of Rotary and St. Peter’s Episcopal Church.
In 1995, Brickey took a position as a trial attorney for the Oregon Department of Justice and worked in the state’s capital until his retirement in 2006. His awards from the state of Oregon include a Department of Justice Outstanding Service Award. He served as a judge pro tem, was an avid golfer and was a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Salem.
He is survived by his wife, Margaret, a son and a daughter, two granddaughters, a brother and three sisters.
Sherwood lawyer and civic leader Del Clark died Sept. 24, 2010, after a valiant, year-long battle with cancer. He was 41.
Delos Russell Clark was born Aug. 21, 1969, in Salem. He was raised in McMinnville and graduated from McMinnville High School in 1986. A talented athlete, Clark was recruited to play basketball at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va. While his athletic career at Washington and Lee was cut short by an earlier bout with cancer, Clark was a notable presence on his college campus (not simply because he was 6 feet 8 inches tall) and was involved in a host of campus activities, such as Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Lexington Bell Choir.
After graduating from Washington and Lee, Clark returned to Oregon and earned his J.D. from Willamette University College of Law and his L.L.M. in taxation from the University of Washington School of Law. He practiced for several years with Dunn, Carney, Allen, Higgins & Tongue in Portland before realizing his dream of opening his own law practice in Sherwood, the Willamette Law Group, a thriving and growing firm with clients in Sherwood and the greater Portland area. He practiced primarily in business and corporate law, tax law, contract law and some litigation.
Clark was dedicated to improving his community. Elected to the Sherwood City Council in 2008, he also served as president of the Sherwood Chamber of Commerce, the Sherwood Urban Renewal Advisory Committee and as an adviser to the Sherwood Foundation for the Arts. Over the years, he donated his time and energy to the Sherwood Historical Society, the Sherwood Friends of the Library, the Sherwood High School Career Quest, the Sherwood Old Town Business Association and the Relay for Life. He even found time to return to his childhood love of basketball by volunteering for years as a YMCA youth basketball coach.
Clark married Krisanna Hon Gregory on July 2, 1994 in Salem. He is survived by his wife and two children, his parents and two sisters.