Oregon State Bar Bulletin — FEBRUARY/MARCH 2014

Bar People

Among Ourselves

Charles F. Moore, senior attorney at Alleman, Hall, McCoy, Russell & Tuttle, was recently elected to membership in the Stanford Associates, an honorary organization recognizing exceptional and sustained volunteer service to Stanford University. Slightly more than 1 percent of Stanford alumni have earned this special distinction. Moore is currently president of the Stanford Association of Oregon.

Tonkon Torp attorney Molly Honoré has been appointed to the board of the U.S. District Court of Oregon Historical Society. Honoré is a member of Tonkon Torp’s litigation department, where she handles a variety of matters including contract, commercial and real estate disputes, as well as civil rights and constitutional law matters. A graduate of Lewis & Clark Law School, Honoré joined the firm in 2012. While a law student, she was a summer associate and previously served as a summer law clerk to the special litigation unit of the Oregon Department of Justice. Honoré also participated as a volunteer legal assistant in the representation of a Guantanamo Bay detainee.

Newport attorney Michele Longo Eder has been appointed by Gov. John Kitzhaber to the board of trustees of Oregon State University.

Tonkon Torp attorney Vanessa Lee Gebbie has earned designation as a certified information privacy professional for the United States (CIPP/US). A member of Tonkon Torp’s information privacy and security practice group, Gebbie counsels business clients on a variety of matters involving sensitive data, including regulatory compliance, developing information security policies and procedures, appropriate data security breach response as well as the proper and practical management of consumer information.

Tonkon Torp attorney Shaun E. Jillions has been appointed to the Oregon Transportation and Growth Management Program Advisory Committee. Jillions’ appointment was at the recommendation of the directors of the Oregon Department of Transportation and the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development. He is a member of Tonkon Torp’s government relations and public policy practice group, which represents corporations, municipalities, trade and professional associations, nonprofit organizations and higher education institutions. His practice focuses on advocating for a range of clients before all levels of elected and appointed government entities in Oregon and Oregon’s Congressional delegation.

Bend native and Karnopp Petersen partner Bill Buchanan has been elected president of two nonprofit organizations headquartered in Bend: City Club of Central Oregon and Sparrow Clubs USA. City Club of Central Oregon promotes active citizenship to build a stronger community through conversation. The goal of most City Club forums is to bring different points of view to the table to discuss interesting and controversial topics in a civil and respectful manner. Sparrow Clubs USA is a youth-based charity that empowers kids to help other kids in medical crisis through community service. Buchanan focuses his practice on litigation related to business, property, probate, infrastructure, takings and elder abuse.

Miller Nash partner Elisa Dozono was one of only 10 Japanese Americans chosen to join the 2014 Japanese American Leadership Delegation. The 2014 delegation is comprised of Japanese Americans who are top leaders in their professions, have had experience in U.S.-Japan relations and are committed to furthering the U.S.-Japan relationship. The program also allows Japanese leaders to gain a greater understanding of multicultural America through the experiences of a diverse group of Japanese Americans. Upon their return, delegates will collaborate with program alumni, the local consulates, the U.S.-Japan Council and local and national community organizations to continue strengthening ties between the U.S. and Japan.

Miller Nash bankruptcy law partner Teresa Pearson was recently elected to the board of directors of the Northwest chapter of the Turnaround Management Association (TMA). Established in 1988, TMA is the only international nonprofit association dedicated to corporate renewal and turnaround management. TMA has more than 9,300 members in 49 chapters, including 31 in North America. Pearson’s appointment is for a three-year term. Pearson focuses her legal practice primarily on creditors’ rights, insolvency and reorganization. She is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute and the Debtor-Creditor Section of the Oregon State Bar.

Todd Lyon of Barran Liebman has been elected as the president of Rose Villa Foundation. Lyon has served as a board member since 2009 for the not-for-profit organization, whose purpose is to provide for the financial security of residents of Rose Villa, a continuing care retirement community located in southeast Portland. To assist residents in need, the foundation currently has a campaign to increase its endowment from $3.6 million to $8 million.

Andrew Schpak of Barran Liebman will become chair of the American Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division in August of 2014. He first became involved with the ABA YLD by organizing social events for an ABA YLD conference that took place in Portland in 2006, and he has held a number of different positions since.

José Klein of Barran Liebman begins 2014 as a new member of the Latino Network board of directors. The Latino Network is a nonprofit organization founded in 1996 to provide transformative opportunities, services and advocacy for the education, leadership and civic engagement of Latino youth, families and communities in Multnomah County.

In April, Iris Tilley of Barran Liebman will join the Oregon Women Lawyers Board of Directors. OWLs, which will celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2014, is Oregon’s statewide women’s bar group, devoted to transforming the practice of law and ensuring justice and equality by advancing women and minorities in the legal profession. Tilley has been a member of OWLs for several years.

Kyle Abraham of Barran Liebman will serve on the Portland Human Resource Management Association’s board in the role of legislative affairs director. PHRMA is the area’s premium professional association for individuals who work in the human resources field.

Amy Angel of Barran Liebman will join the board of the Multnomah Bar Foundation, which works to improve the public’s understanding of the legal system, promote civic education, public participation and respect for the law, and improve the quality and administration of the legal system. Angel is already familiar with the work of the Multnomah Bar Foundation; she is the current chair of the Campaign Committee for Multnomah CourtCare, one of the funds administered and supported by the MBF.

Traci Ray of Barran Liebman has been appointed to the board of directors of the Oregon Law Foundation, the charitable arm of the Oregon State Bar. Its primary mission is to raise funds for organizations that help the poor obtain access to legal services. Since 1989, the Oregon Law Foundation has awarded more than $28 million for charitable, law-related purposes. She will serve a four-year term.

Paul Migchelbrink, a shareholder with Farleigh Wada Witt, was recently elected vice chair of The Salvation Army Portland Metropolitan Advisory Board. He has served as a board member since 2010. He will complete one year as vice chair and is slated to assume the position of board chair in 2015. Migchelbrink maintains a diverse business practice emphasizing corporate matters, real estate and commercial finance, and brings 20 years of legal knowledge and experience to the board.

Lisa Almasy Miller is serving as president of the Clackamas County Bar Association this year. Additionally, this year marks the 10th anniversary of Miller’s role as a commissioner on the Multnomah County Arbitration Commission. She was recently approved by the Oregon Supreme Court as a reference judge for the 5th Judicial District and continues to serve as a pro tem judge in Clackamas County and full-time neutral in the tri-county area.

John McGrory, a partner in the Portland office of Davis Wright Tremaine, has been inducted as a fellow into the American College of Trial Lawyers. The induction ceremony took place at the college’s 2013 annual meeting in San Francisco. McGrory focuses his practice on commercial and complex litigation, with an emphasis on antitrust, securities and shareholder matters. He also represents officers, directors and companies in connection with investigations by the Securities and Exchange Commission and state regulatory bodies.

Lane Powell Shareholder Michael R. Silvey was recently elected chair of the board of directors of Proud Ground, a nonprofit community land trust that provides home ownership opportunities to first-time homebuyers of modest means. Silvey was previously one of the founding board members of Clackamas Community Land Trust, a nonprofit organization that integrated with Proud Ground in 2012. Since the formation of both organizations in 1999, more than 220 homes have been developed for first-time homebuyers and more than 270 first-time homeowners have been served. Silvey brings more than 40 years of experience working in real estate law to the Proud Ground board.

Brian Cox was recently elected co-chair and continues his appointment as state commissioner representing local CASA program volunteers throughout the state on the Oregon Commission for Voluntary Action & Service. He has served in numerous volunteer capacities for the state and local bar and community organizations throughout his career, and continues to integrate his professional and personal goals of helping others throughout Oregon.

Miller Nash employment and education law attorney Kathryn Kammer was recently elected to the board of directors for the NW EEO/Affirmative Action Association, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing education, resources and networking opportunities to employers, government agencies and individuals with regard to equal employment, diversity and affirmative action planning. Kammer focuses her practice on employment and education law. She regularly advises employers on personnel issues, and works with employers to ensure compliance with employment laws.

Ater Wynne Associate Attorney Shemia Fagan has been included on the 2014 “40 Under 40’ ”list produced by the Portland Business Journal. Each year the Business Journal selects 40 professionals who have excelled in their field, shown tremendous leadership and are committed to the community. Fagan has been with Ater Wynne’s litigation group since 2009. In 2012, she was elected from District 51 to the Oregon House of Representatives, where she served on the Business/Labor Committees and as the vice chair of the Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee.

Oregon Humanities announces the appointment of Salem lawyer Erious Johnson and the election of Portland lawyer Emily V. Karr to its board. Johnson is principal of Harmon Johnson Attorneys at Law. He came to Oregon after a distinguished career in New York, where he worked as a senior counsel for the city of New York. Johnson chairs the Legal Redress Committee of the Salem-Keizer NAACP and serves on the board of directors of Titus III, a haven for women transitioning from recent incarceration to mainstream society. Karr is a partner at Stoel Rives, where she focuses on estate and financial planning and trust administration. She was recently honored as Creative Business Volunteer of the Year by Business for Culture and the Arts for her service as chair of the library foundation. She also serves on the board of Northwest Academy and the Planned Giving Advisory Council of the Carter Center.

Tonkon Torp attorney Claire Brown has been appointed to the board of Youth Progress, a nonprofit, independent living organization that provides Oregon youth with skills and structure to help them become successful community members. Brown is an associate in Tonkon Torp’s corporate finance, entrepreneurial services and business law practice groups. With experience in finance and SEC enforcement, she counsels clients on various business and fundraising matters. Brown is a graduate of Vanderbilt University Law School and holds an MBA from Vanderbilt’s Owen Graduate School of Management.


WFG National Title Insurance Co. has added Robert Horvat as senior vice president of Northwest operations and divisional counsel. Horvat will primarily support WFG National Title’s Oregon and Washington title operations and will offer underwriting, claims and general legal counsel, provide internal and outside training and support all aspects of daily operations. Horvat has more than 27 years of experience in transactional real estate, business and finance, including tenure as a partner with one of the largest law firms in the nation. He has served as lead counsel for national and regional lenders and borrowers in sophisticated real property and asset secured financing transactions.

Steven Berman has become a shareholder of Stoll Berne. Berman concentrates his practice on complex litigation and represents individuals and businesses in a broad range of commercial cases, including matters involving securities and financial fraud, insurance coverage, trade secrets and shareholder disputes. He is a past recipient of the Oregon Trial Lawyer Association’s Arthur H. Bryan Public Justice Award and is a longtime board member of the Oregon League of Conservation Voters.

Yoona Park has returned to Stoll Berne as an associate attorney. Her practice will continue to emphasize complex business litigation, securities litigation and employment litigation. Park received law degree from Lewis & Clark Law School, where she was an associate editor on the Lewis & Clark Law Review.

Edie Rogoway announces the opening of Rogoway Law. Her practice will continue to focus on personal injury, employment law and civil rights litigation. She reports that she is losing the ridiculously long last name (Van Ness) but not the husband. She can be reached at (503) 334-0331 or edie@edielaw.com.

Tonkon Torp has elected Anna Sortun, Kimberlee A. Stafford and James K. Hein to the partnership, effective Jan. 1. All three have been associates with the firm since they began their private practices. Sortun joined the firm following a clerkship at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. Stafford and Hein started at the firm as summer associates. Sortun, an experienced trial lawyer in the firm’s litigation department, represents businesses and individuals in a wide range of disputes. She has represented clients in jury trials, bench trials, private arbitrations, mediations and before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. Last year, she served as a special prosecutor in the Multnomah district attorney’s office for a month, completing multiple trials as well as numerous court hearings. Stafford is a business attorney in the firm’s real estate and land use practice group and also regularly works with the environmental and natural resources and energy practice groups. She manages commercial real estate transactions involving acquisitions, sales, leases and financing, and she represents a wide range of property owners and tenants, including clients in senior housing, agriculture, energy and forest products industries. Stafford is co-editor of a new reference book on environmental law regulation and permitting. Hein is a business lawyer in the corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions practice groups, where he counsels clients on business formation and structure, corporate finance, contract negotiation and drafting, as well as the acquisition and sale of businesses.

Michael T. Davis has joined the Davis Galm Law Firm as its newest attorney. Davis recently graduated from Northwestern School of Law at Lewis & Clark College. He will help the general practice firm in all areas, including the firm’s specialties of business litigation, creditors’ rights and collection, estate planning and probate and transactional work.

Philip R. Bennett has joined Smith Freed in the role of senior counsel. His practice will focus primarily on the defense of commercial liability claims, including liquor liability. He joins the firm with 30 years of experience in litigation, primarily in insurance defense cases. He can be reached at pbennett@smithfreed.com.

Adam Adkin has joined Karnopp Petersen as its newest associate. He was previously a judicial law clerk to the Hon. Rex Armstrong and the Hon. James Egan of the Oregon Court of Appeals. While in law school, he served as a judicial extern for the Oregon Tax Court and worked as a law clerk for the Community Development Law Center. He also interned for the technology and intellectual property group of Stoel Rives. Adkin works in the firm’s litigation department and assists businesses and landowners in drafting and negotiating easements, advises community associations on their governing practices and is a key member of Karnopp Petersen’s land, water and natural resource practice initiative.

Scott Schnuck and Katie Walter announce the opening of their new firm, AltusLaw. The new firm specializes in construction law, commercial litigation and small business matters. Schnuck brings 17 years of business and management experience, holding positions in construction, operations management and production control management. His practice focuses on a broad range of issues for small to mid-sized companies in litigation, transactions and regulatory compliance matters. Walter brings four years of government contracting, including project-based experience and business development experience. Her practice focuses on construction and business law, representing businesses and owners in all aspects. Both can be reached at 1400 S.W. Montgomery St., Portland, OR 97201; phone: (503) 374-1919; email: contact@altuslaw.co.

Stoel Rives announces the election of Jason Johns to the firm’s partnership, effective Jan. 1. Johns represents electric power and natural gas industry participants in commercial matters and in proceedings before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and state utility commissions. His clients include independent power producers, electric power marketers, merchant transmission developers, natural gas local distribution companies, industrial users of energy services and pipeline systems, and utilities. He often speaks and publishes on energy regulatory matters.

Allyson K. Krueger and Ty K. Wyman became partners at Dunn Carney effective Jan. 1. Krueger is an employment lawyer whose practice emphasizes employment advice work, policy review and investigating workplace misconduct. She also litigates employment cases involving contract, discrimination, retaliation, wrongful termination and tort claims, as well as cases involving trade secrets, confidentiality, noncompetition and nonsolicitation agreements. Wyman is a land use attorney with more than 20 years experience representing clients involved with Oregon’s unique land-use system. He presents land use applications to city and county hearing bodies for a variety of client needs including permits, plan amendments and urban growth boundary expansions. He regularly briefs and argues cases before the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals. He has particular expertise in land use issues related to railroad operations.

The Pixton Law Group welcomes two new associates. Stephanie Hayes will focus her practice on elder law, public benefits (Medicaid, Veterans, SSI/SSDI) and estate planning after spending more than six years providing legal and risk management services in the senior housing industry. She was previously an associate for a Social Security disability firm and a judicial clerk for Multnomah Circuit Court Judge Linda L. Bergman. She currently serves on the board of directors for Ride Connection, a nonprofit agency that provides transportation for seniors and people with disabilities. She is also a volunteer mediator for the Multnomah County Small Claims Court. Jonas Hemenway focuses his practice on estate planning and elder law matters, including will and trust planning, estate administration, guardianships, conservatorships, and Medicaid and veterans benefits planning. He previously spent three years working at Schultz & Associates Law Center in Eugene.

Duke Tufty has become a partner in Wyse Kadish effective Jan. 1. Tufty joined Wyse Kadish in June 2013 and focuses his practice on alcohol regulatory law. He helps Pacific Northwest businesses that make or sell alcohol to understand the regulatory environment, obtain their licenses and permits, stay in compliance and defend their licenses when necessary. To learn more about his practice, visit his blog at nwalcohollaw.com.

Diane S. Sykes announces the formation of Diane S. Sykes, Attorney at Law, specializing in civil rights, primarily in the areas of employment, housing and public accommodation. She will also take referrals on wage and hour, landlord/tenant, consumer protection and domestic violence matters. For more information, go to www.dianessykeslaw.com.

Paige A. De Muniz has been named a shareholder of Gevurtz Menashe. De Muniz received J.D., with a certificate in dispute resolution, from Willamette University College of Law in 2008. Her practice focuses on a broad range of family law issues, including divorce and complex asset cases, custody and parenting time, child support, grandparent and third-party rights, paternity issues and domestic partnerships. De Muniz is a member of the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association and the Oregon Academy of Family Law Practitioners. She is also a board member for the Multnomah Bar Young Lawyers Section and serves on the development committee for the YWCA of Greater Portland.

Andrea Coit has been named a shareholder of Harrang Long Gary Rudnick. Coit has been with the firm since 2001. Before being named shareholder, she was a senior litigation associate. An experienced litigator, her practice includes a wide range of civil defense matters in state and federal courts, focusing on the defense of individuals and both public and private entities in matters involving professional negligence defense, civil rights violations, products liability claims and employment disputes.

Roland Iparraguirre has been named deputy director of the Oregon Lottery. Prior to joining the Lottery, Iparraguirre had been with the city of Portland as deputy city attorney since 2006. In that role, he served as legal counsel during city council meetings and advised the city’s elected officials on numerous issues that were highly political and controversial. From 1997 to 2006, Iparraguirre served as an assistant attorney general with the Oregon Department of Justice. During that time, he served as general counsel to Oregon’s largest agencies, such as Oregon Department of Transportation, Oregon State Police, Department of Motor Vehicles and Oregon Youth Authority, and even worked on legal matters for the Oregon Lottery. Born in Peru, Iparraguirre moved to the United States when he was 8 and was raised in the Coos Bay/North Bend area.

Shannon Armstrong has become a shareholder with Markowitz, Herbold, Glade & Mehlhaf. She joined the law firm as an associate in 2011. Armstrong will continue to concentrate her practice in the area of complex litigation, representing clients in business litigation ranging from breach of contract actions and shareholder disputes to commercial real estate matters. Armstrong has experience in state and federal courts, arbitrations and mediations, and in all stages of the litigation process.

Perkins Coie has promoted two attorneys in the Portland office to partnership. Christopher (Chris) Criglow is a member of the firm’s real estate practice, focusing on real estate development, leasing, purchases, sales and financings. Criglow has represented a wide variety of clients and has significant experience in many different types of transactions and property types, with particular focus in the following areas: commercial, industrial, forest products and agriculture, environment, natural resources, and renewable energy sources, and eminent domain/condemnation. He is a member and chair of the education committee for the Commercial Association of Brokers (Oregon & Southwest Washington). Gina K. Eiben is a member of the firm’s business practice, focusing on public offerings, mergers and acquisitions, securities compliance, corporate governance, private placements, restructurings and spinoffs. She has a broad range of experience in public and private company business and financing transactions, as well as ongoing securities compliance and counseling. Eiben is a member of the board of directors of Portland Parks Foundation and has served as a member of the board of directors of Oregon Women Lawyers.

Paul Taylor, formerly of Taylor Global Law Office, has been appointed vice president and general counsel for Ajinomoto North America, the U.S. subsidiary of a large Japanese company that produces and sells food, nutritional and pharmaceutical products around the world. Taylor will be responsible for all legal matters in the company’s 10 offices and factories across the U.S. He will be based in the company’s north Portland office. He can be reached at taylorp@ajiusa.com. Read more about him at www.ajinomotofoods.com.

Zachary Brunot has joined Randy M. Elmer, Attorney at Law, as an associate attorney. His practice will focus primarily on representing individuals in their in workers’ compensation, employment law and personal injury matters. Brunot graduated from Willamette University College of Law in 2012. He can be reached at (503) 581-9770 or zachary@elmerlaw.com. For more information, visit www.elmerlaw.com.

Ann Marie Simmons was sworn in Dec. 6, 2013, as Douglas County’s newest circuit court judge. Simmons was appointed by Gov. John Kitzhaber in November to succeed retiring judge Ron Poole. Prior to her appointment, Simmons served three years as a public defender and 11 years as a deputy district attorney, including four years prosecuting delinquencies for the Douglas County Juvenile Department. In 2005, was recognized as the state’s Prosecutor of the Year by the Oregon Multi-Disciplinary DUII Training Task Force. Simmons earned her J.D., from Washington University in St. Louis in 1998.

Holland & Knight has announced a major addition to its Portland office, welcoming five new partners and an associate to its West Coast litigation practice and introducing a new practice area for the firm. All of the new lawyers were previously with the Portland office of a national firm and are among the most experienced in the country in lawyer ethics, risk management and regulation law. Peter Jarvis focuses his practice on legal ethics, risk management and disciplinary defense matters for lawyers, law firms and corporate legal departments. Jarvis is co-author of The Law of Lawyering, one of the leading treatises on professional responsibility issues nationally. At his former firm, Jarvis was a co-chair of the professional responsibility and risk management practice area was also a former member of that firm’s executive committee. Allison Rhodes advises lawyers and law firms on legal ethics and risk management. She also advises both law firms and lawyers in matters involving lawyer mobility, partnership and corporate structuring, lawyer dissociation and lateral hiring. Rhodes is the co-author together with Ron Mallen of the leading treatise, Legal Malpractice, in which Rhodes authors the discussions pertaining to legal ethics, risk management, fiduciary duty and conflicts of interests. Along with Jarvis, Rhodes was a co-chair of the professional responsibility and risk management practice area at her former firm. Roy Pulvers handles appeals for lawyers and law firms, government bodies and officials, and he has been counsel on private-sector appeals that are among the largest personal injury, products liability and class action cases in Oregon. Pulvers has been recognized by Super Lawyers as a top lawyer in appellate law since 2008. In addition to professional responsibility and government/elections law, Pulvers has focused his practice for the last 30 years on appeals, and he is widely recognized for his expertise in appellate law and First Amendment law. Dayna Underhill handles the representation of lawyers and law firms in ethics and professional responsibility, risk management and attorney discipline matters. She also represents clients in state and federal court employment matters and securities and commercial litigation. David Elkanich defends lawyers in attorney discipline matters and disqualification motions as well as other professional responsibility matters. He advises lawyers on how to navigate an “electronic” practice with online issues, metadata mining and social media. He also represents clients in commercial litigation. Calon Russell assists law firms at the organizational level, assists lawyers with regulatory compliance issues, and defends lawyers accused of misconduct. He also focuses on civil litigation, primarily at the appellate level.

Vaden Francisco Jr., has joined Harrang Long Gary Rudnick as an associate attorney in the firm’s Eugene office. His practice will continue to focus on business and aviation law, as well as estate planning and veterans’ benefits. He regularly advises clients in a variety of industries regarding the formation of a business, succession planning, contracts and agreements and other legal business transactions. As a former business owner and manager, Francisco brings a unique prospective to his practice of the law. He was previously a sole practitioner in Eugene and has been active in the Eugene Chamber of Commerce and other community organizations.

Gülgün Mersereau has been elected to partner at Hawkins, Delafield & Wood. Mersereau represents governments, including cities, counties, state agencies and special districts, in a wide variety of financings. She has a bachelor of arts degree from University of California at Los Angeles and a J.D., from the University of California at Los Angeles School of Law.

James Barrett and Jennifer Nelson have been elected to shareholder at Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart. Barrett represents private and public employers in all aspects of employment-related disputes. He has defended clients against single plaintiff and class action lawsuits involving claims relating to wage and hour disputes, drug testing, whistle blowing, discrimination and retaliation. He has also successfully obtained injunctive relief to enforce noncompetition agreements against a client’s former employees. Nelson focuses her practice on representing employers in a range of labor and employment matters, including class action claims involving discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination and wage and hour issues. She has represented employers in state and federal courts, as well as before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries and the Washington Human Rights Commission.

Josh K. Smith and Cassie K. Jones have been promoted to partners at Gleaves Swearingen. Both are members of the firm’s litigation team. Smith focuses his practice on commercial disputes and employment, construction defect, insurance subrogation and property r elated matters. Jones specializes in creditor s’ rights, bankruptcy, general business litigation and insurance subrogation.

Real estate attorney Robert G. Koury II has joined Jordan Ramis, effective, Jan. 15, as a shareholder and chair of its real estate practice. Koury addresses the full range of real estate matters, including transactional, financing, leasing and development, guiding clients through acquisition, construction, leasing, financing, refinancing and the restructuring of loans. He earned both his J.D.. and MBA from Willamette University. He is a member of the Building Owners and Managers Association and the International Council of Shopping Centers.

Buckley Law announces that attorney Stan Rotenberg has been elected by the firm’s board of directors as president for the 2014 term. Practicing law for over 30 years, Rotenberg brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the role. His practice emphasizes commercial real estate transactions, as well as general business and finance matters. Rotenberg also represents general corporate, limited liability company, partnership and joint venture clients in connection with the formation and the sale and purchase of businesses.

Miller Nash recently elected six new partners in its Portland office, all women. Miller Nash has 113 total attorneys, of which about a third are women. The percentage is similar for partners: out of 75 partners, 26 are women. According to the American Bar Association, women make up only about 20 percent of partners in law firms across the country, though about 45 percent of law firm associates are women. In 2012, women accounted for 47 percent of law school graduates, according to the National Association of Women Lawyers. The new partners at Miller Nash, and their respective practice areas, are: Mia Butzbaugh, employee benefits; Jeneé Hilliard, real estate and tax; Naomi Levelle Haslitt, employment and labor relations, education and litigation; Stacey Martinson, litigation, construction and insurance; Elizabeth Milesnick, intellectual property and litigation; and Jeanne Sinnott, debtor­creditor litigation and bankruptcy.

David W. Cramer has joined Martin Bischoff as an associate. His practice will focus on civil litigation with an emphasis on products liability, defense of financial institutions and general insurance defense.

Richard G. Morgan has joined the Reynolds Defense Firm in Portland. After graduating from Princeton in 1993 with a degree in philosophy, he spent the next decade working his way across the country, ultimately living in Portland and attending law school in Salem at Willamette University. Morgan received his law degree in 2006 and since then has worked exclusively as an Oregon criminal defense attorney. Reach him at 1512 S.W. 18th Ave., Portland, OR 97201; phone: (503) 223-3422; website: www.reynoldsdefensefirm.com.

John W. Knottnerus has been elected as managing partner of Martin Bischoff. He will continue to concentrate his practice on product liability defense, insurance coverage and defense, and complex commercial litigation. Knottnerus is a member of the Oregon, Washington and Alaska bars.

Senior Judge Janice Wilson has joined ADR Support Services’ panel of mediators and arbitrators. Wilson served as a Multnomah Circuit Court judge from 1994 to 2013 and Multnomah County District Court judge from 1991 to 1994. Before that she was an associate and later a partner at Lindsay, Hart, Neil & Weigler. Wilson brings a wide range of knowledge and expertise to both mediations and arbitrations. Read more about her at www.adrsupportservices.com.

Douglas A. Miltenberger announces the opening of the Law Office of Douglas A. Miltenberger. His new practice will focus on mediation, family law and education law. His office is located at 521 S.W. Clay St., Suite 202, Portland, OR 97201; phone: (503) 227-3444; email: dmiltenbergerlaw@gmail.com.

Shelly Matthys has been named executive director of St. Andrew Legal Clinic, a not-for-profit clinic serving low income families in the Portland area. Matthys, a staff attorney with the clinic for 16 years, most recently served as lead attorney and manager of the Multnomah County office. Her practice has focused on custody, parenting time and support in cases of domestic violence, substance abuse and mental health issues. As a volunteer, Matthys represents children in high-conflict domestic relations cases as an attorney for the Counsel for Children program. She is a member of the Multnomah County Circuit Court Family Law Advisory Committee and has served on several state and local committees of the Oregon State Bar. Matthys replaces Joel Overlund, who served as the clinic’s executive director for 18 years before deciding to enter private practice.

Megan R. Lemire and Jason K. Hirano announce the opening of their law office, Lemire & Hirano, in Portland. Lemire will focus on employment law and civil rights litigation, and Hirano will focus on estate planning and administration and elder law.



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