|Oregon State Bar Bulletin OCTOBER 2010|
Philip F. Schuster II announces the publication of his new historical novel, Sun-Painted Man, a historical novel of intrigue, with real and fictional characters and events. It is based on actual diaries, court papers and photographs that belonged to the author’s great-uncle who lived with the Blackfeet, spoke their language and knew their culture intimately. The book is available at local retail bookstores and online at http://www.clearlightbooks.com or (800) 253-2747.
Edward Tylicki has been elected president of the Oregon Federal Bar Association for 2010-2011. Tylicki works for Nike in global employee relations.
The Oregon Trial Lawyers Association recently honored three OSB members. Art Stevens was honored with the Doug Swanson Workers’ Compensation Award. Stevens was recognized for two decades of representing injured and disabled Oregonians whose claims have been denied or improperly processed. He maintains a Social Security disability practice, involving extensive agency and federal court work. Tom Steenson is the recipient of the Arthur H. Bryant Public Justice Award, recognizing civil rights advocacy spanning over 30 years. He is known as one of the leading police misconduct litigators in Oregon. His most recent work was on behalf of the James Chasse family, winning him national acclaim and triggering changes in Portland police policies and training. Robert Neuberger was named Distinguished Trial Lawyer of 2010, a recognition of the respect and admiration on he has earned from both sides of the aisle. Neuberger’s long-time service to OTLA includes the board, Guardians of Civil Justice, ballot measure campaign strategy and development, and the OTLA PAC. He has also been active in the OSB Practice and Procedure Committee, and has been involved in numerous legislative session and public issues, as well as the St. Andrew Legal Clinic.
Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt shareholder Donald L. Krahmer Jr. recently joined the board of directors of Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon. Krahmer brings more than 20 years of professional and community experience to his new role with the Regence Oregon board. He is respected by Northwest businesses, investors and entrepreneurs for his knowledge and experience in corporate and securities law, with special emphasis on technology and growth companies.
Perkins Coie has awarded Julia Markley its annual Pro Bono Leadership Award, recognizing her commitment to pro bono services, particularly her efforts to bring back to the United States a Salvadoran national after the 9th Circuit ruled he had been wrongfully deported. The Salvadoran national had entered the United States without papers after being beaten nearly to death by the local police officers he had reported them for murder and drug trafficking. The Immigration Court ruled he was entitled to stay in the United States, but the Board of Immigration Appeals reversed. Markley successfully persuaded the 9th Circuit that her client was entitled to withholding of removal and relief under the Convention Against Torture. With the help of International Social Service and the Department of Homeland Security, the client was returned to the United States and is now living in California with relatives.
Katherine Tank and Lorie Harris Hancock, shareholders in the Central Oregon office of Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, were recently elected to serve on board positions for Economic Development for Central Oregon. Tank was elected president and Hancock was elected to serve on the executive committee. Tank focuses her practice in the areas of employment law and litigation, employment relations, labor, and business law and litigation. Tank is a noted speaker, conducting labor and employment law seminars for human resource managers, supervisors and lawyers. Hancock focuses her practice in the area of business law, including mergers and acquisitions, entity formations, debt and equity financing, securities offerings, emerging businesses and general corporate matters. She works with public and private entities and individuals in all aspects of business transactions, including negotiating and structuring transactions, and drafting and analyzing contracts, along with start-up issues, such as choice of entity, formation and shareholder agreements.
Hillsboro attorney Tom Collins was the keynote speaker at the annual convention of the state bar of South Dakota in Rapid City. The topic of his presentation was “Life Lessons Learned: Notes from a Hospice Volunteer.” Collins has been a volunteer at Hopewell House, a residential hospice facility for the past eight years.
The Oregon Historical Quarterly has published an article by Stafford Hazelett, “Let Us Honor Those to Whom Honor Is Due: The Discovery of the Final Link in the Southern Route to Oregon.” The article is related to the reminiscence of Levi Scott, a member of the Oregon Constitutional Convention.
Chris Kitchel, partner at Stoel Rives, is a recipient of the Mentor of the Year award given by the Multnomah Bar Association. Kitchel has participated in the mentor program since its inception more than 15 years ago, providing guidance, advocacy and support to new attorneys as they begin their careers. A trial lawyer for nearly 30 years, she focuses her practice on employment issues, primarily counseling, employment litigation, peer review and related proceedings. She is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and is a member of the Institute for the Advancement of the Legal System.
Bradley Maier, an associate in the Portland office of Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, was recently elected to serve a two-year term as chair of the Oregon chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Maier, who focuses his practice in the area of immigration and customs law, has more than 12 years of experience in immigration, nationality and refugee law. Maier is a frequent presenter on immigration law as well as I-9 compliance for employers. Last June, he presented at the annual AILA national immigration law conference in Washington, D.C., on the employment-based permanent residence process.
Judith A. Parker, an attorney in the Portland office of Hinshaw & Culbertson, has been appointed by the Oregon Senate to serve on the Oregon Commission on Hispanic Affairs. Appointees to the Commission serve a three-year term. Parker focuses her practice in the area of professional liability defense and labor and employment law. Parker is a member of the Oregon Hispanic Bar Association, has served as the organization’s secretary and president in 2009, and is a member of its board of directors. She is also a member of the Hispanic National Bar Association. Prior to her legal career, Ms. Parker worked for the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (formerly the Immigration and Naturalization Service) as a district adjudication officer.
Dayna E. Underhill, an attorney in the Portland office of Hinshaw & Culbertson, has been appointed by the Washington State Bar Association Board of Governors to the association’s newly established Disciplinary Advisory Roundtable. Underhill is the only respondents’ counsel representative to be appointed. Underhill focuses her practice in the area of legal professional responsibility and ethics, with particular emphasis in the area of attorney disciplinary defense and legal ethics advice for lawyers, law firms and corporate in-house counsel. Underhill also practices in the areas of commercial litigation and labor and employment law.
Metropolitan Family Service, a Portland-area program that assists children families and older adults, has added Tonkon Torp partner Steven Wilker to its board. He counsels clients in complex commercial litigation, intellectual property, media communications, real estate and finance issues. He is an active member of the boards of ACLU of Oregon and ACLU Foundation of Oregon, serving as a member of the executive committee and vice president for legal affairs of each board. He also chairs the foundation’s lawyers committee.
Portland litigation firm Markowitz, Herbold, Glade & Mehlhaf announces that shareholder Matt Donohue has been named to the board of Elevate Oregon, a nonprofit organization that works with at-risk youth and encourages them to pursue post-secondary education. Donohue’s experience includes contract disputes, antitrust matters, fraud and business torts and corporate and partnership litigation.
Andrew Schpak, an attorney at Barran Liebman, has been elected to serve as the Multnomah Bar Association’s delegate to the ABA’s House of Delegates. He also acts as the ABA Young Lawyers Division committee director, a member of its Leadership Advisory Board, and as the division’s liaison to the Senior Lawyers Division. Schpak represents management in employment litigation and provides advice in employment matters.
Joe B. Richards of Luvaas Cobb was the recent recipient of the Lane County Bar Association’s 2010 Joseph M. Kosydar Award for Professionalism. Richards focuses his practice on employment law, labor law, school district and public entity work, litigation, elder law and alternative dispute resolution. He has been with Luvaas Cobb since its inception in 1955. He has served as an officer or chair of multiple organizations, including five years as a state representative in the Oregon legislature.
Stoel Rives associate Kevin Erickson was recently elected president of the board for Oregon Disability Sports. He has been a member of the board for two and half years. The Portland-based nonprofit organization serves individuals with physical disabilities in sport, exercise and recreational activities. His term as president extends through 2012. Erickson is an active rower and skier and also enjoys the occasional half-marathon in his racing chair.
For the second con- secutive year, Latino Leaders magazine has named Román D. Hernándezof Schwabe, William- son & Wyatt as one of the nation’s top 101 leaders in the Hispanic community. This month, Hernández will have completed a one-year term as president of the Hispanic National Bar Association. In May of 2010, Hernández joined the board of directors of The Oregon Community Foundation as the organization’s youngest board member and first Hispanic member. He also currently serves on the board of directors of the Oregon Health & Science University. Hernández focuses his practice in the areas of employment law, labor law and business litigation.
Portland arbitrator and mediator Luella E. Nelson has been selected by the College of Labor & Employment Lawyers as an inaugural member of the regional board for the 9th Circuit, North. This new board will conduct regional meetings and act as the liaison between the college and local law schools. It presented its first regional meeting in conjunction with the recent ABA meeting in San Francisco, featuring a presentation on labor and employment issues that arise with social networking.
Maj. Shawn Gordon is attending the U.S. Army’s Command and General Staff School at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. The school educates and trains intermediate level Army officers, international officers, officers from other services, and civilian leaders from other government agencies as field grade commanders and staff officers. The school lasts 10 months, and upon graduation, Gordon will move on to a new assignment in the Army. Major Gordon’s previous assignment was as chief of administrative law at Joint Base Lewis-McChord near Tacoma, Wash.
The Deschutes County Bar Association has elected new officers for 2010-11: Kenneth C. Goodin, Stahancyk, Kent & Hook, president; Andrea K. Malone, Legal Aid Services of Oregon, vice president; Peter A. Christoff, Bryant, Lovlien & Jarvis, secretary; Danielle Lordi, Legal Aid Services of Oregon, treasurer; and Christopher D. Bell, Deschutes County Legal Counsel, immediate past president.
Roger F. Dierking and Philip F. Schuster II have recently retired from the firm of Dierking & Schuster. Both continue with their respective solo practices.
Joshua Clark, former partner at Gleaves, Swearingen, Potter & Scott, has joined Parrish & McIntyre in Eugene. Clark will work with his wife, Karrie McIntyre, and partner Laura Parrish and focus his practice on business, real estate and estate planning. The firm offers services in divorce litigation, including custody, support and complex property disputes, as well as mediation and collaborative law services.
Leah Lively is the newest shareholder to join the firm of Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart’s Portland office. Lively was a shareholder at Lane Powell previously, where she chaired the Portland office’s labor and employment practice group. She has extensive litigation experience, having successfully tried more than 40 jury trials in multiple states and jurisdictions. She has been a presenter and contributor on topics such as conducting employee performance evaluations, social media in the workplace, harassment training, protecting a business during layoffs, misclassification issues, best practices for handling a challenging employee and alternative dispute resolution.
William Crow has joined the panel of U.S. Arbitration & Mediation of Oregon. He will offer his services as an arbitrator and mediator while continuing his practice at Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt.
Bailey Pinney & Associates recently moved. The new office is located at 12204 S.E. Mill Plain Blvd., Suite 100, Vancouver, Wash., 98684. The phone number, (360) 567-2551, fax number, (360) 567-3331, and all e-mail addresses remain the same.
Holly Pettit has joined the Law Office of Robert J. McGaughey as a civil litigation associate. Pettit is a graduate of Lewis & Clark Law School and a former judicial clerk for the Oregon Supreme Court. She previously worked at Bullivant Houser Bailey and Prange Law Group in Portland. Her practice focuses on civil business litigation, including insurance coverage, employment, construction defect, lender liability, securities and contract disputes. She can be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Robert Rocklin is leaving the Oregon Court of Appeals and returning to the University of Oregon to complete his doctorate in psychology. When he took a break from the Ph.D. program in 1989 to clerk for then-justice Wallace P. Carson Jr., he did not anticipate just how long that break would be. But after two years as a clerk at the Oregon Supreme Court, followed by 13 years as a member of the Oregon Department of Justice’s appellate division, and six years as a staff attorney at the Oregon Court of Appeals, Rocklin is returning to University of Oregon to scratch that social science itch. He plans to study, research and write on a variety of law and psychology issues, focusing particularly on appellate court decision making and the death penalty.
Speer Hoyt announces that Ross M. Williamson has become a partner. Williamson, a 2001 graduate from the University of Oregon School of Law, is admitted to the Oregon and Washington bars. He provides advice to local government clients on all aspects of municipal law, with an emphasis on land use and public contracting.
Antonia DeMeo has been appointed director of the Jerusalem Operations Centre of the United Nations Office for Project Services. She is one of the youngest heads of a U.N. entity in the occupied Palestinian territory. Based in Jerusalem, De Meo directs a $30 million portfolio of projects, funded by more than a dozen foreign governments, aimed at building the future state of Palestine. With a focus on the security sector, most of the projects concern construction and procurement to benefit the Palestinian Civil Police.
Martha Pellegrino has been appointed as director of the Office of Government Relations for the city of Portland. Pellegrino has been serving as the interim director since April 1. She joined the office in 2005 as a lobbyist at the state level. As director, Pellegrino is charged with overseeing the city’s federal, state and regional lobbying efforts. She graduated from the University of Oregon School of Law and joined the Oregon State Bar in 2005. During law school, she interned for then-Senate Majority Leader Kate Brown. She also has experience working in higher education, both as an instructor and as an administrator.
David Wang has joined the legal department at Vestas-American Wind Technology, the North American sales headquarters of Denmark-based Vestas Wind Systems, a wind turbine supplier. Wang previously was a partner with Holland & Knight, where he practiced corporate and securities law. Wang holds a law degree from Cornell University and a master’s degree from the London School of Economics.
Barran Liebman announces the addition of Melissa J. Healy, who will focus her practice on representing management in employment litigation and providing advice in employment law matters. Healy received her undergraduate degree from the University of Oregon and earned her law degree from the University of Arizona, Rogers College of Law. She most recently served as a judicial law clerk to Justice W. Scott Bales of the Arizona Supreme Court.
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.
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 governor 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).