Oregon State Bar Bulletin — DECEMBER 2012



Bar People



Among Ourselves


Román D. Hernández, shareholder in the Portland office of Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, received the Latino Community Service ¡Bravo! Award from the Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber in September. The awards recognize outstanding individuals and organizations that serve as role models and have contributed to the economic and social advancement of Latinos in Oregon and southwest Washington.

Robert Manicke, a partner at Stoel Rives, has been selected as German honorary counsul for Oregon and Idaho, succeeding longtime honorary consul Guenther Hoffmann, who retired from the office after more than 30 years of service. Manicke was inaugurated during a reception Sept. 25 at the Portland Art Museum by Germany’s highest ranking official for the Pacific Northwest, Peter Rothen, consul general in San Francisco. Peter Ammon, Germany’s ambassador to the United States, gave a keynote address.

Ali Seals, an associate in the Portland office of Schwabe, recently joined the board of Ethos, an organization dedicated to the promotion of music education for youth in underserved communities. Headquartered in North Portland, Ethos is the largest community music school in Oregon with more than 4,000 students enrolled last year and an additional 5,000 students benefiting from workshops and statewide artist-in-residence programs. Seals focuses his practice in real estate law, representing major clients in their real estate decisions including investment, development and leasing.

Jeffrey A. Bowersox has been elected chair of the American Association for Justice Section on Toxic Environmental and Pharmaceutical Torts. He has served on the section’s executive committee since 2006. The section assists lawyers prosecuting toxic, environmental, pharmaceutical and medical device tort claims. It also serves as a clearinghouse for information related to those claims, publishes a newsletter and maintains a listserv for its members. Bowesox will serve as chair during 2012 and 2013.

Nancy Erfle, a shareholder in the Portland office of Schwabe recently was named as one of the top 250 women litigators in the country by Benchmark Litigation, a publication that focuses exclusively on litigation in the United States. The guide’s results are the culmination of a six-month research period involving extensive interviews with litigators and their clients. Erfle focuses her practice on litigation, specifically on the defense of pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers, automotive manufacturers, agricultural chemical manufacturers, aviation manufacturers, as well as companies involved in business disputes.

Dan Eller, shareholder in the Portland office of Schwabe, has received this year’s Mentor of the Year Award from the New Tax Lawyer Committee of the OSB Taxation Section. Eller focuses his practice in the areas of tax and business law. He advises clients with both transactional and controversy matters. He participates in several mentor programs, including programs through the Taxation section, Lewis & Clark Law School and Portland State University.

Kathy Black, in-house counsel with the Bonneville Power Administration, joined the board of directors for the Oregon Crusaders, a Portland-based drum and bugle corps recently admitted to World Class status by Drum Corps International. The nonprofit youth organization emphasizes performance excellence in percussion, brass, dance and visual artistry. In 2013, they will perform across the Pacific Northwest in early summer and then embark on a national tour that will take the corps to regional competitions in San Antonio, Atlanta and Allentown and to the international finals competition in Indianapolis.

The Oregon Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers’ Association in October honored Tilman Hasche as this year’s recipient of the Gerald H. Robinson Excellence in Immigration Advocacy Award, recognizing him for excellence in advocacy or litigation on behalf of the Oregon immigrant population. Hasche is a shareholder at Parker, Butte & Lane in Portland. His practice focuses on family immigration, deportation/removal litigation, asylum and complex admissibility issues. In 1994, he received national recognition in a first-of-its-kind case in which he obtained a waiver of deportation for a client by asserting that her U.S. citizen daughters would be subjected to female genital mutilation if she were deported to her home country. More recently, Hasche handled a complex immigration case that reunited a Guatemalan family in the United States.

The Portland office of Stoel Rives has been honored with the 2012 Alfred P. Sloan Award for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility for its use of flexibility as an effective workplace strategy to increase business and employee success. This award, part of the national When Work Works project, recognizes employers of all sizes and types across the country. The Sloan Award is unique for its rigorous, two-step process, which involves an evaluation of employers’ flexibility programs and practices and a confidential employee survey.

For the third consecutive year, Miller Nash has been named one of Oregon’s Healthiest Employers by the Portland Business Journal. The award recognizes the firm’s innovation and leadership in corporate wellness programs. Miller Nash was one of 40 employers honored in the annual survey conducted by Healthiest Companies. The firm ranked seventh among companies with 100-499 employees. The winners were recognized at a luncheon hosted by the newspaper at the Hilton Hotel in Portland.

Tonkon Torp attorney Robert Carey has been elected to the board of directors of the Portland Human Resource Management Association, and he will serve as the board’s general counsel. Carey leads Tonkon Torp’s labor and employment practice group, where he represents companies in employment litigation and provides counsel on a wide range of employment and labor law issues. His substantial jury trial experience in Oregon and Washington includes defending wrongful discharge, discrimination, sexual harassment, wage and hour and whistleblower cases to verdict, and he has defended numerous labor arbitrations and cases before the NLRB. Carey is certified as a senior professional in human resources.

Katie Eichner, attorney at Lindsay Hart Neil Weigler, has been named a founding board member of the Native Amicus Briefing Project, an open source, collaborative briefing project that identifies cases pertinent to Native American and tribal rights. The project also provides amicus briefing support to foster greater understanding of federal Indian and tribal law.

Stoel Rives partner Barbara Craig has been selected by Lewis & Clark Law School as a distinguished environmental law graduate, recognizing her for significant contributions to the field of environmental and natural resources law. Craig focuses her practice on federal environmental and natural resources law with an emphasis on endangered species compliance, and forestry and energy facility permitting and compliance issues. In 2004, she was appointed by the governor to the Oregon Board of Forestry, where she served through 2008. Prior to her legal career she worked for the U.S. Forest Service as a project forester for the Leavenworth Ranger District and was a member of the Redmond Hot Shot Crew fighting forest fires in the region.

Gary Grenley was recently elected to join the Board of Visitors of Northwestern School of Law at Lewis & Clark College. An owner at Garvey Schubert Barer, Grenley’s practice focuses on prevention, resolution, arbitration and litigation of business and commercial disputes, with special emphasis in the areas of securities, real estate, antitrust, financing, trade regulation and other complex business-related matters.

The Hon. Susan Leeson, a retired Oregon Supreme Court justice now working as a federal court mediator, and the Willamette University College of Law were honored recently for individual and institutional achievements in the field of alternative dispute resolution. Leeson received the 2012 Robert F. Peckham for Excellence in ADR Award, while the Willamette law school received the 2012 9th Circuit ADR Education Award. The awards were presented in October during a meeting of the 9th Circuit ADR Committee. Leeson is credited with rejuvenating the Oregon federal court’s mediation program.

The National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals has inducted four Oregon attorney-mediators to the association’s new Oregon chapter. They are: Hon. Sid Brockley (www.nadn.org/sid-brockley), Susan Hammer (www.nadn.org/susan-hammer), James Hutchinson (www.nadn.org/james-hutchinson) and Richard Spier (www.nadn.org/richard-spier). Read more at www.nadn.org/oregon.



Moves


Folawn Alterman & Richardson has named Courtney Dippel a partner in the firm. Dippel can be reached at courtney@FARlawfirm.com or (503) 546-4630. The firm also welcomes two new associates, Corey Tolliver and Jonathan Spares.

In May, Sarita Glassburner-Moen left her position as an assistant attorney general with the state of Oregon to take a job as a foreign service officer with the U.S. Department of State. She had been working in the child advocacy section in the Eugene office since 2007 and served as a deputy district attorney in Jackson County prior to that. She has been posted to Germany and will be departing this fall.

After 33 years in practice and the past 24 years with Davis Wright Tremaine, Jim Ambroseis pleased to announce the formation of James F. Ambrose, P.C. He will continue to focus his practice on business and tax planning, working with his clientele of businesses, individuals, CPA firms and law firms to provide transactional and ongoing counsel in the areas of business and tax planning (including retirement plans) and contract negotiations. His decision to change the structure within which he practices law and the opportunity to refine his focus achieves his long-term professional goal. He is a member of the Western Pension and Benefits Council and is admitted to practice in Oregon and California. The new firm is located in the Umpqua Bank Plaza in downtown Portland. Contact him at 1 S.W. Columbia, Suite 850, Portland, OR 97258; phone: (503) 228-2211; email: jim@jamesam broselaw.com; web: www.JamesAmbrose Law.com.

Alan S. Larsen has been appointed general counsel to the Inspector General for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C. Larsen has served as vice chair of the federal Council of Counsels to the Inspectors General, and is the recipient of the Council of Inspectors General for Integrity and Efficiency 2012 Award for Excellence in Law and Legislation. Larsen was previously a partner in the Schwabe, Williamson &Wyatt and the Cable Huston law firms.

Alec Shebiel has joined the government relations and corporate/business law practices at Lindsay Hart Neil Weigler in Portland. Shebiel will provide state representation and regulatory counsel and will continue his business law practice. He began his legal career at the firm in 1995 and now returns after gaining valuable business and international experience working at Garvey Schubert Barer and recently as corporate counsel for Vestas-American Wind Technology.

Daniel Timmons has joined Marten Law as an associate attorney in its Portland office. With a background in water resources and environmental science, his practice will focus on environmental permitting and compliance, energy and natural resources litigation. He may be reached at (503) 241-2644 or dtimmons@martenlaw.com.

Wm. F. (Fritz) Paulus opened a law practice in downtown Portland that focuses on land conservation transactions, condemnation and residential real estate. Paulus has been a member of the Oregon State Bar since 1991 and most recently was a real estate negotiator for Metro’s Natural Areas program. Previously he has held positions as executive director of the Oregon Water Trust, Oregon assistant attorney general and staff attorney for Multnomah Defenders. He may be reached at 1207 S.W. Sixth Ave., Portland, OR 97204; phone: (503) 224-1773; email: fritz@wfpauluslaw.com.

Christopher Hamilton recently joined Wiscarson Law, a firm focusing on special education law and disability advocacy. Hamilton’s practice will be primarily special education law, helping families obtain the services they need and are entitled to from our public schools. He will also assist families in navigating guardianships and other protective proceedings as their children reach the age of majority.

Roger A. Alfred has joined the Office of Metro Attorney as a senior assistant attorney for the Metro regional government. He will continue to practice in the areas of land use and transportation planning, with responsibility for issues related to the urban growth boundary and other regional planning projects. Alfred previously practiced at Davis Wright Tremaine and Perkins Coie in Portland.

Nationally recognized health care attorney Paul-DeMuro has joined Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt in the firm’s health care practice group in Portland. DeMuro previously practiced with Latham & Watkins. He has practiced law for more than 33 years and is a published author. He is a National Library of Medicine postdoctoral fellow in the Ph.D. program at Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine. He holds multiple degrees, including a master’s degree in biomedical informatics, and a master’s degree in business administration with a concentration in finance. DeMuro is an active certified public accountant and holds certifications from the Health Care Compliance Association and Medical Group Management Association. He has practiced extensively in the areas of corporate transactions, accountable care organizations, clinical integration, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, corporate organization, governance, finance, healthcare district law and regulatory compliance. Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement, fraud and abuse are areas where he has significant expertise. DeMuro holds the distinction of having delivered 300 presentations on health care issues and having penned or co-penned over 100 publications.

Valerie H. Sasaki has joined Samuels Yoelin Kantor as an associate in the taxation group. Sasaki specializes in jurisdictional tax consulting, working with Fortune 50 companies involved in audits before the Oregon or Washington revenue departments. She also works with business owners on tax and planning issues in Oregon or southwest Washington. Sasaki has represented clients in federal and state tax settlement negotiations, voluntary disclosure agreements, tax due diligence and tax controversy. She has also reviewed private equity funds for legal sufficiency as part of due diligence for foundation investments. A “Big-4” accounting alumna who worked as a state and local tax manager for KPMG, Sasaki is also the Portland Tax Forum chair-elect, an IRS liaison committee member and a nonmember participant on the Oregon Certified Public Accountants’ committee on state and local tax legislation.

Keith Dubanevich has joined Stoll Berne as a shareholder. Dubanevich concentrates his practice in complex dispute resolution. He has extensive experience handling multistate antitrust cases, class action consumer litigation and securities disputes. He was recently associate attorney general and chief of staff at the Oregon Department of Justice, where he led the creation of a civil rights unit, managed securities litigation including multiple cases against financial services companies, was co-author of amicus briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court regarding the Affordable Care Act, and supervised antitrust investigations and prosecutions.

David L. Jacobson has joined Gleaves Swearingen as an associate. His practice focuses on business law. He earned his J.D. at the University of Oregon School of Law, where he was the chair of the pro bono executive board and member of the moot court board. He was also an associate editor of the Journal of Environmental Law and Litigation.

Traci Ray has been named the executive director of Barran Liebman. Ray has acted as the firm’s director of marketing, client services and events since 2008. She chairs the OSB Pro Bono Committee, serves on the board of the Multnomah Bar Association’s Young Lawyers’ Section as president-elect and sits on the board of the Campaign for Equal Justice.

Attorney Jeremy R. James has joined Cosgrave Vergeer Kester’s business litigation practice group as an associate. His practice focuses on civil litigation, including personal injury and property damage liability. James’ prior experience includes serving as a law clerk for the trial division of the Oregon Department of Justice. He also worked as a summer associate at Cosgrave in 2011. Before entering law school, he spent several years in business development for professional services.

welcomes four new associates to its Portland office. Alexander M. Naito joins the litigation practice team after earning his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in May. At the University of Pennsylvania, he served as a board member for the Students Against Gender-Based Exploitation Committee, as well as the social chair of Lambda Law. Naito also earned the dean’s merit scholarship. Lauren E. Johnson, a recent graduate of the Willamette University College of Law, joins the firm’s employee benefits team. While at Willamette University, she received honors for legal research and writing, making the top 10 percentile of the dean’s honor list. Maya P. Waldron also joins the litigation practice team after earning her law degree at the University of California at Berkeley School of Law. While at U.C. Berkeley, she was an active member in the community, including participating in the National Environmental Moot Court Competition, the Berkeley Law Foundation, the Boalt Hall Women’s Association and the Ecology Law Quarterly. Christine L. Taylor joins the firm’s business practice team. Taylor earned her law degree at Lewis & Clark Law School, where she received the dean’s scholarship and served as a member of both the Environmental Justice Advocates and the Environmental Law Review.

Timothy B. Crippen has joined Black Helterline’s business practice group as an associate. His practice focuses on business organization and transactions, corporate governance and succession planning issues. He is a graduate of the University of Washington School of Law.



In Memoriam


Claire Chapman, a longtime business lawyer in Seattle, died Aug. 7, 2012, in her Seattle home after a 16-year battle with breast cancer.

Born Nancy Claire Stack on March 5, 1961, in Portland, she was raised in Portland and graduated as a valedictorian of her high school class at St. Mary’s Academy. She received a B.A. in English from the University of Washington in 1983 and a J.D. from the University of Puget Sound (now Seattle University) with high honors in 1992.

Her professional career in Seattle involved corporate business law, first working at Lane Powell Spears Lubersky until 1999, then as corporate secretary for Nordstrom Inc. These stints were followed by her favorite job as senior staff attorney years for the general counsel of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle.

She was an accomplished athlete as a member of a state championship volleyball team and had a passion for outdoor activities, which included tennis and skiing. Camp Nor’wester in the San Juan Islands played an integral part of her entire life, as camper, staff and board member.

She enjoyed cooking for family and friends and loved classical music, live theatre, comedy shows and cats.

She married in 2000 and is survived by her husband, King County District Court Judge Arthur Chapman. Other survivors include their two sons and four siblings.

Merritt S. Yoelin, senior partner at Samuels Yoelin Kantor in Portland, died Oct. 10, 2012, after a long battle with cancer. He was 72.

His legal career spanned more than 45 years, and he was well known throughout the Pacific Northwest for his skill and commitment to clients, a deep understanding of the complexities around taxation and his commitment to community service.

Yoelin was born Feb. 16, 1940. He earned both a B.S. and a B.A. from the University of Denver, and an L.L.B. at the University of California at Berkeley. He was a member of both the Oregon and California state bars. He started his career as a certified public accountant, eventually working for the chief counsel’s office for the IRS. He was admitted to the Oregon State Bar in 1966 and was a partner of the firm for more than 40 years.

“We feel incredibly fortunate to have known Merritt as a loyal friend, talented attorney and esteemed colleague,” said Alan Spinrad, the firm’s managing partner.

Yoelin was committed to serving his local community, volunteering in a variety of leadership roles to support and advance professional and nonprofit organizations. He was a past president of the Estate Planning Council of Portland and helped it to become the leading estate planning organization in the Pacific Northwest. He was a past treasurer for the Jewish Federation of Portland, past president of Congregation Neveh Shalom and past president of the Kiwanis Club of Portland. He was also an active member with the American Jewish Committee, and once served on the Contemporary Art Council for the Portland Art Museum. He was proud to serve with the Royal Rosarians, the official greeters and ambassadors of goodwill for the city of Portland and the Portland Rose Festival.

Yoelin received numerous awards and recognition throughout his law career, including Best Lawyers in America (2001-2013), Oregon Super Lawyers (2006-2012), the Maurice D. Sussman Memorial Award from the American Jewish Committee and the Young Leadership Award from the Jewish Federation of Portland.

 

 

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