Oregon State Bar Bulletin — DECEMBER 2014

Bar People

Among Ourselves

Clackamas County Assistant District Attorney Bill Stewart was recently awarded the 2014 Provocateur Award by Metro Family Services at its annual Gathering of Good banquet. Stewart was honored for his passionate advocacy for early intervention and support services, focusing his efforts on preventing youth from entering the criminal justice system. His efforts have included the development of a community gang response model and the establishment of an attendance court program for Clackamas County public schools.

Joel Mullin, partner at Stoel Rives, has been inducted as a fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers. Mullin was inducted during the college’s 2014 annual meeting in London. Mullin focuses his practice on business and energy litigation. His work includes managing disputes that develop post closing in asset and stock purchase agreements; shareholder, partnership and LLC member disputes; and all types of contract disputes. He has extensive trial, jury trial and arbitration experience and has argued appeals in both state and federal court.

Albina Head Start has renamed one of its classroom buildings in honor of Portland attorney Owen Blank in recognition of his nearly 20 years of pro bono service to the organization. At a Sept. 30 rededication ceremony and open house attended by dozens of friends, family and AHS supporters, the former Normandale Building in Northeast Portland was officially renamed the Owen D. Blank Center. The center houses both Head Start and Early Head Start programs. Blank recently helped AHS to secure a stronger financial position through a series of complex debt retirement and real estate transactions involving federal new market tax credits.

Stuart B. Allen, president and CEO of Allen Trust Co., has been unanimously elected to the board of directors for the Association of Trust Organizations. His term of service is effective immediately and will run for two years. A certified trust and financial adviser, Allen has decades of experience in trust services and investment management. Prior to founding Allen Trust Co. and Allen Capital Management, he served in two of the largest national bank trust departments in Oregon.

Tonkon Torp litigator Steven Wilker has been elected to the board of directors of Oregon’s Classroom Law Project. Wilker’s broad-based legal practice includes civil and Constitutional law as well as intellectual property, information privacy and security, financial services, media and technology law and complex commercial litigation. He serves on the boards of the ACLU of Oregon and the ACLU Foundation of Oregon, and is a frequent speaker on First Amendment issues. Earlier this year, he presented arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court on an issue of Constitutional law and free speech.

Jeffrey Cronn has been elected to the board of directors of Oregon Humanities. Cronn is a partner at Tonkon Torp, where he has chaired the firm’s business department since 2008. His legal practice emphasizes merger and acquisition transactions, and a range of corporate and business matters. Active in the community, Cronn is a founder of Marathon Scholars, a college access program for low income children, and is involved with the James Beard Public Market and literary and other nonprofit organizations in the Portland area.

Ed Sullivan, an owner at Garvey Schubert Barer in Portland, has been honored by the International Municipal Lawyers Association with the Joseph I. Mulligan Jr. Distinguished Public Service Award. This award honors a local government attorney for significant and surpassing achievements in the field of local government law occurring or culminating in the previous year. For more information about the award, see www.imla.org.

Larkins Vacura announces the induction of Julie Vacura into the American College of Trial Lawyers, an honor given to only the top 1 percent of attorneys in any state in the nation.

Amy Edwards, partner in the Portland office of Stoel Rives, has been honored by the Oregon Area Jewish Committee with the 2014 Judge Learned Hand Community Achievement Award. Recipients are selected based on their demonstration of professional excellence and contribution to the legal community. Edwards is a litigator with a practice focused on complex commercial, trust and estate, real property, and healthcare litigation. She has particular experience in litigation and legal issues involving fiduciaries, trusts, estates, and nonprofit organizations and has represented individuals, professional fiduciaries, business and nonprofit clients as plaintiffs or defendants in state and federal court, on appeal, and in arbitration and mediation.

Attorney Philip Griffin of Clarke Griffin Attorneys, was a presenter on the topic of “Foreign Business Entity Formation in China” at the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants annual convention held in San Francisco in July. The focus of the entire convention was doing business in China. In May, Griffin was a guest lecturer at the China Europe International School of Business in Shanghai, China. He spoke to a group of international MBA students and educators on the topic of “Managing Legal Risks in the Global Marketplace.” Griffin will be returning to Shanghai as a visiting professor at Tongji University, School of Economics and Management, where he will teach a course entitled “International Business Negotiation and Dispute Resolution” to students in the School’s international MBA program. This is his eighth year of teaching legal topics and business negotiation at Tongji University.

Jeffrey S. Matthews of Yates, Matthews & Eaton was recently elected to a three-year term as president of the Oregon chapter of The Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.

Stoel Rives partner Alan R. Merkle was recently named one of the 2014 Distinguished Environmental Law Graduates of Lewis & Clark Law School. The award ceremony was held in conjunction with the 27th Annual Distinguished Environmental Law Visitor Lecture given by Richard Revesz, one of the nation’s leading voices in the fields of environmental and regulatory law policy. Merkle practices in the firm’s Seattle office, primarily in the areas of infrastructure, energy, construction and design, and government contracts. In addition to serving as an advocate, he regularly serves as a neutral on dispute review boards and as a mediator and arbitrator. He has been lead counsel for numerous complex projects involving multiple public agencies and jurisdictions.

Portland attorney and OHSU vice president for campus development Mark B. “Willis” Williams has recently been named honorary consul for the Republic of Moldova. Moldova, a former Soviet Republic, attained its independence in 1991. As honorary consul, Williams will work to promote U.S.-Moldovan relationships and trade in the Pacific Northwest. Persons wishing to do business in Moldova or those with other consular concerns may reach him at willmark@ohsu.edu.

Milton R. Stewart, senior partner with Davis Wright Tremaine in Portland, has been appointed vice chair of development for the Indiana University Foundation board of directors. Stewart was appointed to the I.U. Foundation Board in 2002 and has served as vice chair of the audit committee, chair of the legal affairs committee and co-chair of the transformational gifts committee. Stewart has a long history of serving his alma mater. In 1992, he established a scholarship at the Maurer School of Law.

Tonkon Torp labor and employment attorney Colin Love-Geiger has been elected to the board of directors of the Kids Community Learning Center, a nonprofit before-and-after-school care organization in Northwest Portland. Love-Geiger’s practice focuses on defending employers in lawsuits filed by current or former employees. He also assists employers in a variety of other human resource matters. Love-Geiger has served on the board of the Federal Bar Association, Oregon chapter, and volunteered in Portland as a court appointed special advocate, helping abused or neglected children who are going through the court and foster care system.

Lisa Kaner, a shareholder at Markowitz Herbold, has been honored by the Oregon Area Jewish Committee with the 2014 Judge Learned Hand Lifetime Achievement Award for professional excellence and her contributions to the community. Kaner served as chair and legal counsel for the Oregon Holocaust Memorial Coalition, a multi-ethnic interfaith group of organizations formed to create a Holocaust Memorial in Oregon. She successfully guided the coalition through a heated six-year legal battle and to the memorial’s unveiling in 2004 in Portland’s Washington Park. In 2008, Kaner received the Judge Learned Hand Special Recognition Award for her efforts. For more than a decade Kaner has served as a board member and officer for the Oregon chapter of The American Jewish Committee, the oldest human rights organization in the country. In 2002, Kaner co-chaired a coalition to bring the international exhibit, “Anne Frank: A History for Today” to Portland, which was visited by more than 60,000 visitors. Kaner assisted in creating and raising funds for a permanent endowment held for the perpetual care of the Oregon Holocaust Memorial, and for Holocaust education. She assisted the Oregon Holocaust Resource Center in its recent merger with the Oregon Jewish Museum, which resulted in the new Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education.

Miller Nash litigation partner Thomas Sand has been inducted as a fellow into the American College of Trial Lawyers. Fellowship in the college is extended by invitation only and only to experienced trial lawyers whose careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility and collegiality. Sand’s induction took place in September at the college’s 2014 annual meeting in London before an audience of nearly 900 people.

The Business Law Section of the Oregon State Bar has selected Carmen Calzacortato receive the 2014 James B. Castles Leadership Award, the highest recognition bestowed by the section on one of its members. The award recognizes an Oregon lawyer for excellence in the practice of business law, professionalism among fellow business lawyers and outstanding community leadership. Calzacorta, a business lawyer and chair of the business transitions group at Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, is a trusted corporate counsel to many of the region’s leading businesses. She currently serves as the president of the board of directors for SOLVE and on the boards of Associated Oregon Industries and Friends of the Children. She also serves as co-chair of the large firm committee of the Campaign for Equal Justice.


Miller Nash and Graham & Dunn have announced they are combining to create the 160-attorney firm of Miller, Nash, Graham & Dunn, effective Jan. 1, 2015. The combined firm will have offices along the West Coast, offering clients expanded services and broadened capabilities. The firm will combine its Seattle offices in the current Graham & Dunn space at Pier 70 on Alaskan Way. The combined firm will continue to have offices in Vancouver, Wash., Portland, Bend and Long Beach, Calif.

Attorneys Mike Clarke and Phil Griffin are pleased to announce the formation of their law firm, Clarke Griffin Attorneys, with offices in Portland and Scappoose. The attorneys will continue their focus on international business matters and dispute resolution. Clarke Griffin-Attorneys will serve the business and litigation needs of clients locally, regionally and internationally, and enjoys strategic relationships with several law firms in China and elsewhere in the Pacific Rim.

Kiran Uppal has joined Samuels Yoelin Kantor as an associate attorney. Uppal’s practice focuses on counseling individuals and families on sophisticated estate, gift, wealth preservation and succession planning, including the preparation of wills and trusts documents, as well as the administration of trusts and estates. Uppal earned her J.D. from Seattle University School of Law, and a master’s of laws in taxation with a certificate in estate planning from Georgetown University Law Center. Fluent in Punjabi, Uppal is a member of the American Bar Association Section on Taxation, Real Property and Probate Section. She also serves on the Estate and Gift Committee of the Taxation Section of the Washington State Bar Association and is a member of the Oregon State Bar.

Alex Tinker has joined the Litigation Department at Tonkon Torp . Prior to graduating from Lewis & Clark Law School in 2014, Tinker worked as a summer associate for Tonkon Torp. He also served as a judicial extern for the Hon. Ancer L. Haggerty, senior U.S. District Court judge. At Lewis & Clark, Tinker was named Outstanding Clinical Advocate and was an associate editor for Lewis & Clark’s Environmental Law.

Brittany C. Medlin has joined Dunn Carney as a business attorney. In addition to business and commercial law, Medlin’s practice will focus on real estate and estate planning law. While working toward graduating from Lewis & Clark Law School, she served as a law clerk at Dunn Carney.

Karianne R. Conway has joined Gleaves Swearingen in Eugene as an associate. Conway’s practice focuses on litigation. She earned her J.D. at the University of Oregon School of Law, where she served as a senior editor for the Journal of Environmental Law and Litigation and as a tutor for legal research and writing.

Katherine O. VanZanten has joined Cable Huston as a partner in the firm’s estate planning and taxation groups. She brings significant experience in business planning, including developing wealth transfer strategies that encompass multi-tiered family businesses, charitable remainder trusts and establishing charitable organizations. VanZanten has an active estate planning practice helping clients and their families complete their estate planning goals. Nicole A. Watson has joined the firm as an associate. Her practice will focus on business, litigation and energy and public utility law. Watson is a graduate of Notre Dame Law School.

Doug Quirke has recently been appointed as research associate for the University of Oregon School of Law Environmental and Natural Resources Law Center. The program focuses on public interest environmental law and innovations in environmental legal education. Quirke has served as executive director of the Oregon Clean Water Action Project, a nonprofit organization in Lane County that addresses water quality issues, since 2002. Quirke previously spent six years practicing as a public interest attorney focusing on Clean Water Act enforcement cases.

Matt Rossman announces the reopening of his law practice, Rossman Law P.C., in Lake Oswego. Rossman has practiced law for 27 years; his practice will continue to focus on litigation, business, real estate, financial services and government relations. Reach him at 5200 S.W. Meadows Road, Suite 150, Lake Oswego, OR 97035; phone: (503) 726-5208. For more details, see www.mattrossmanlaw.com.

Respected construction lawyer and mediator Roger A. Lenneberg has joined Jordan Ramis as a shareholder. Lenneberg will be co-chairing the firm’s construction law team with shareholder John H. Baker. After 20 years in private practice, five years as in-house counsel for a specialty contractor and five years as a mediator/arbitrator, Lenneberg understands how legal and business interests intersect. He represents construction contractors, design professionals and owners throughout the life cycle of a project and provides advice and seminars on contracting, project documentation and claim management, in addition to representing clients in all types of dispute resolution.

Judith Giers has joined the general counsel division as the deputy chief counsel at the Oregon Department of Justice. Giers was previously in-house counsel to Architrave Health, LLC, a healthcare company operating one of Oregon’s first CCO’s. Before moving in-house, Giers was a shareholder in Giers Olsson, an appellate specialty firm, and handled cases in the state and federal appellate courts.

Mary Bray has joined the business transactions section of the general counsel division as a senior assistant attorney general at the Oregon Department of Justice. She previously was the contracts officer/contract administration manager at the Oregon Lottery.

Renee Stineman has joined the special litigation unit of the trial division as attorney-in-charge at the Oregon Department of Justice. She previously was a partner with Dunn, Carney, Allen, Higgins & Tongue in Portland.

Todd Marshall has joined the civil litigation section of the trial division as a senior assistant attorney general at the Oregon Department of Justice. He previously worked as an officer and shareholder at Ray, Valdez, McChristian & Jeans in El Paso, Texas.

Colin Benson has joined the organized crime section of the criminal justice division as a senior assistant attorney general at the Oregon Department of Justice. He previously worked as a deputy district attorney in Roseburg.

Allison Woitalla has joined the health and human services section of the general counsel division as an honors assistant attorney general at the Oregon Department of Justice. She previously worked as a law clerk for the Oregon Judicial Department in Salem.

Daniel Toulson has joined the defense of agency orders section of the trial division as an honors assistant attorney general at the Oregon Department of Justice. He previously worked as a law clerk for the Oregon Judicial Department in Salem.

Rachel Weisshaar has joined the special litigation unit of the trial division as an honor’s attorney at the Oregon Department of Justice. She previously worked as a law clerk with the Oregon Judicial Department in Salem.

Debra Maryanov has joined the financial fraud/consumer protection section of the civil enforcement division as an honor’s attorney at the Oregon Department of Justice. She previously worked as a judicial law clerk with the Oregon Court of Appeals in Salem.

Erin Williams has joined the financial fraud/consumer protection section of the civil enforcement division as an honor’s attorney at the Oregon Department of Justice. She previously worked as a legal intern with the Lewis & Clark Legal Clinic.

Miller Nash welcomes three new associates. Megan McGuire and Cody Berne join the Portland office, and Shannon McCabe joins the Central Oregon office. Berne, a recent graduate of the University of California, Davis, joins the litigation practice team. While in law school, he represented clients as a member of the U.C. Davis Prison Law Clinic and the U.C. Davis Civil Rights Clinic, was on the trial practice honors board, received a Witkin Award in pretrial skills and received the Clinical Legal Education Association Award. He also worked as an extern for U.S. District Court Judge Kimberly J. Mueller and U.S. Magistrate Judge Carolyn Delaney in the Eastern District of California. Before attending to law school, Berne served six years as a police officer for the Portland Police Bureau. McCabe joins the Bend office on the litigation practice team. She received her law degree from the University of Oregon School of Law, where she was the director of the moot court board and the symposium editor for the Journal of Environmental Law and Litigation. Before earning her law degree, she was a licensed real estate broker. McGuire joins the litigation practice team after earning her law degree at Lewis & Clark Law School. At Lewis & Clark, she was a member of and article editor for the Lewis & Clark Law Review and was recognized as a member of the month and article editor of the year. During law school, she worked for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Oregon in the asset forfeiture unit. Before going to law school, she was an intelligence analyst for the Texas National Guard and the private sector.

Scott Schnuck and Kathryn Walter are pleased to announce the move of the firm, AltusLaw LLC, to the historic Durham House, an 1892 Queen Anne house in the Goose Hollow area of Portland. The new address is 1012 S.W. King Ave., Suite 103, Portland, OR 97205. The office telephone and fax numbers remain the same; phone: (503) 208-7347; fax: (503) 374-1918. The firm will continue to focus on business and construction law, real estate and HOA representation, and lien services.

Gevurtz Menashe welcomes a new associate estate planning attorney, Stefan Wolf. He will handle estate planning related matters in Oregon. Wolf received his J.D. from Lewis & Clark Law School. He has spent four years practicing estate planning in Portland and will continue his practice handling wills and revocable trusts, estate and gift taxes, probate, asset protection planning, and beneficiary and trustee representation.

Circuit Court Judge Paul Crowley retired from the elected bench on July 1. At the time of his retirement, Crowley was the seventh longest sitting state judge. He now works as a mediator and as a Plan B judge. Crowley was appointed to the bench of the 7th Judicial District (Hood River, Wasco, Sherman, Gilliam and Wheeler counties) in 1991. He was presiding judge for 15 years, initially as one of the only two district court judges to serve as presiding judge. Crowley was instrumental in developing alternative dispute resolution services. A founding member of the district’s ADR commission, he also conducted most of the district’s settlement conferences. He also chaired an Oregon Judicial Department statewide technology task force that resulted in the movement to Oregon eCourt.

Bryce W. Hanks has joined Hart Wagner as an associate. Hanks’ practice will focus on employment defense and medical malpractice defense. Hanks graduated from Lewis & Clark Law School in 2014. While attending law school, he externed for the Hon. Michael W. Mosman in U.S. District Court, District of Oregon, and for the Hon. Thomas J. Rastetter in Clackamas County Circuit Court. He also served as articles editor for the Lewis & Clark Law Review.

Folawn, Alterman & Richardson welcomes Jason Wright as partner with the firm. Wright’s practice includes insurance coverage, commercial litigation and a wide range of business and insurance disputes. He can be reached at jason@FARlawfirm.com or (503) 546-4625.

Garrett Ledgerwoodhas joined Hershner Hunter. Prior to joining the firm, he practiced at a large Wall Street law firm in New York City and served as law clerk for a bankruptcy judge in Washington, D.C. Ledgerwood has a broad range of experience advising clients in bankruptcy, restructuring, and finance matters. His focuses on bankruptcy, business reorganizations and creditors’ rights. He graduated from Washington and Lee University School of Law in 2009.

Victoria Roe has joined the criminal justice division of the Oregon Department of Justice as a senior assistant attorney general. She previously worked as attorney general for the Republic of Palau in Koror, Palau.

Michael Sanchez has joined the child advocacy section of the Oregon Department of Justice’s civil enforcement division in Medford as a senior assistant attorney general, effective Oct. 1. He previously worked as a deputy district attorney for Josephine County in Grants Pass.

Susan Reid has joined the appellate division of the Oregon Department of Justice in Salem as an assistant attorney general. She previously worked as court counsel for the Supreme Court of the Republic of Palau in Koror, Palau.

Nellie Barnard has joined Holland & Knight as an associate in the firm’s Portland office. Barnard completed her clerkship with Justice Virginia Linder on the Oregon Supreme Court in September and then joined the firm in its West Coast litigation group. She received her J.D. degree in 2012 from Lewis & Clark, Northwestern School of Law.

Amanda Dalton has joined Dunn Carney as of counsel to practice as a litigator and newest addition to the firm’s government affairs team. She has more than 15 years of experience representing clients before the legislature and local governments across Oregon and Washington. Her work has included advocacy on behalf of grocery, realtor and general business interests in capitals across the country. She served as staff in the Oregon Legislature for four sessions since 1999, including leadership offices in both the House and Senate and advising Rep. Vic Gilliam as co-chair of the House Energy and Environment Committee. Previously, she clerked for the Clackamas County district attorney’s office, managing a misdemeanor caseload, and at Gilroy & Napoli, representing court appointed clients in the circuit and municipal courts of the Portland metro area.



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