Oregon State Bar Bulletin DECEMBER 2015
OSB member Kenneth (Ken) Fox has published Negotiation: Strategy, Style and Skills (3rd edition) with Nadja Alexander and Jill Howeison (Lexis Nexis Butterworths) in Australia, and forthcoming in the U.S. This text is designed for law, business and other professionals who negotiate in increasingly complex social contexts. Fox is a professor of business at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minn., and a senior fellow in the Hamline University School of Law’s Dispute Resolution Institute. He also currently serves as academic director for the law school’s Masters in the Study of Law program.
Laura Schantz of Schantz Law is the 2015 recipient of the Joyce Ann Harpole Award, presented to her from the Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College. This award recognizes her commitment to the ethical pursuit of justice while maintaining a delight for life with a clearly lived balance between self, family, career and community that distinguishes her among her peers.
Oregon Women Lawyers announces that the Portland City Attorney’s office is the 2015 recipient of the Workplace Leader Award, which honors a legal employer making effective efforts to provide meaningful opportunities for women and minorities to succeed in the workplace and to advance to positions of influence and leadership. The Portland City Attorney’s office was recognized for stepping up its efforts to promote the values of equity and diversity in its own office and staff relationships, and in its work with clients, and hopes that those efforts will increasingly translate into increased numbers of minority attorneys and staff throughout the office, particularly in leadership positions. The award was presented at OWLs’ annual fall conference in October.
Cosgrave Vergeer Kester is pleased to announce that former managing partner Jill D. Laney has been recognized as one of Daily Journal of Commerce Oregon’s Women of Vision, an award she received during a luncheon and workshop at Portland’s Sentinel Hotel. The honor recognizes 25 women who are helping to build better communities around the region in a variety of fields, including: law, architecture, landscape design, city planning, financing, construction, scholarship and real estate. During her career as a partner at Cosgrave, Laney received many industry accolades, served as president of the national organization CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) and was the firm’s first female managing partner (2010-2015). Her practice includes real estate law, regulatory law and business representation and transactions.
The American Immigration Lawyers Association recently awarded Stephen W Manning of Immigrant Law Group in Portland with the AILA Founders Award, an honor given only when merited to a person having a substantial impact on the field of immigration law or policy. The award was given for Manning’s groundbreaking leadership securing the release of hundreds of vulnerable asylum-seeking mothers and children and helping shut down the Artesia Family Detention Facility in Dilley, Texas. Manning continues to be a leader in the CARA Pro Bono Project, helping to free asylum seeking women and children and advocating to end the unethical practice of detaining immigrant families.
Kathryn Smith Root, shareholder at Gevurtz Menashe, was awarded the Department of Homeland Security U.S. Coast Guard Public Service Commendation during the ABA’s Family Law Section Fall Conference, held Oct. 15 in Portland. This commendation was awarded in recognition of “notable services that have assisted greatly in furthering aims and functions of the Coast Guard.” Smith Root was recognized for providing 30 years of managing various charitable and professional pursuits, pro bono counseling and work as a family law attorney. This award recognizes her sustained contributions of service and exceptional efforts with the U.S. Coast Guard’s 13th District’s Legal Assistance program from 2001 to 2015. She focuses her family law practice on divorce and post-divorce cases involving complex property and financial issues, interstate and international child custody disputes, Hague child abduction matters, and relocation.
Tonkon Torp attorney Rocky Dallum has joined the board of directors of the Oregon Student Foundation, which provides support to the student-led Oregon Student Association, which supports access to quality, affordable education as well as voter registration projects. Dallum has a long-held interest in student civic involvement. He served as student body president at Linfield College during his undergraduate studies. Dallum is a member of the firm’s government relations and public policy practice group, which delivers bipartisan local, state and national lobbying services to organizations in Oregon and beyond.
Samuels Yoelin Kantor announces that Emily L. Clark and Walker R. Clark (no relation) are new associate additions. Emily Clark joins the firm’s litigation team, with a focus in family law, after working as a judicial law clerk in Alaska. Walker Clark joins the firm’s tax and estate group, with a focus on tax.
Brad Blommer and Perry Salzhauer (pictured) announce the formation of their new firm, Green Light Law Group. The new firm will focus primarily on providing legal solutions to the emerging cannabis industry in business and securities law, compliance, real estate and commercial litigation.
Chris Robinson announces the addition of two associate attorneys to his property tax practice in Lake Oswego. Sam Zeigler and Alex Robinson will represent a broad range of commercial and industrial clients in complex property tax matters, including appeals, exemptions and special assessments.
Karen E. Hobson has joined Lane Powell’s Portland office as counsel to the firm in the trusts and estates practice group, where she will focus her practice on estate planning and administration, as well as tax planning and business transactions. Hobson previously was an associate at Williams, Kastner & Gibbs as part of the wealth and legacy practice group. Hobson is experienced in the preparation of wills, trusts and other estate planning documents for high net worth individuals, and provides strategic tax and legal advice to help her clients reach their business goals.
Bryson Davis has joined Harrang Long Gary Rudnick as an associate attorney in the firm’s Portland office. Davis will work with the firm’s business law, tribal law and litigation practices. He is admitted to practice in Oregon and Washington. In his previous practice, he provided outside general counsel advice to small business clients and worked on securities, business and antitrust litigation.
Nadia Dahab is a new associate of Stoll Berne. She graduated Order of the Coif from the University of Oregon School of Law, where she was editor in chief of the Oregon Law Review and a law fellow with the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics. She clerked for the Hon. Rives Kistler on the Oregon Supreme Court, the Hon. Mary H. Murguia on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit and the Hon. Susan P. Graber, also on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. She is the co-chair of the Young Lawyers Division of the Federal Bar Association and a coach for Franklin High School’s “We the People” constitution team.
Perkins Coie announces the addition of several attorneys to its Portland office. Joe Bailey is an associate in the firm’s business group. Prior to joining the firm, Bailey was an associate at Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati in Palo Alto, Calif., where he worked on a variety of transactional matters, with a particular emphasis on advising technology companies on debt financings, securities offerings, and mergers and acquisitions. He has extensive experience assisting companies at all stages of the growth cycle, ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. Heidee Stoller is a counsel in the commercial litigation group. She has experience with a broad range of commercial disputes, including litigation involving contractual disputes, liability of directors and officers, business torts and shareholder disputes. She also has an active pro bono practice, where she represents domestic violence organizations that have received subpoenas or are dealing with other legal issues related to confidentiality of victim information. Michael Stout is an associate in the firm’s corporate practice. He has experience researching and drafting trial memoranda for court. Following a term as a summer associate with the firm, Stout served as a judicial extern for the Hon. Michael McShane of the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon. Jeff Peterson is an associate in the firm’s commercial litigation practice. He has extensive experience in both federal and state courts and is skilled at resolving disputes through arbitration and mediation. Peterson has represented businesses, government agencies, Native American tribes and individuals in complex cases involving director and officer liability, professional malpractice, breaches of contract, business torts, insurance coverage issues, trademark infringement and shareholder disputes. Meredith Price is an associate in the firm’s litigation practice, focusing on complex commercial litigation. She has experience drafting memoranda, pleadings and motions related to civil, class action, patent and environmental litigation in federal and state courts. She completed clerkships for the Hon. Michael H. Simon, U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon, and the Hon. D. Brooks Smith, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit.
William Glasson has joined the Multnomah County attorney’s office as an assistant county attorney senior. His practice focuses on information technology transactions, intellectual property, and privacy/data security matters.
Stephen Deatherage and Anna Joyce have joined Markowitz Herbold as of counsel. Deatherage joins the firm after practicing business litigation at a large regional firm for more than 15 years. He is an experienced trial lawyer whose practice focuses on researching, briefing and arguing complex motions in federal and state trial courts, as well as representing clients before federal and state appellate courts. Deatherage has extensive law and motion practice experience, and is adept at formulating legal briefing strategies that frame the legal issues before the trial court, maximize the possibility of a favorable outcome on those issues, and preserve them for possible appellate review. Joyce is an attorney with 14 years of experience practicing law. Prior to joining the firm, Joyce headed the Oregon Department of Justice appellate division, serving as solicitor general. She worked at the DOJ since 2003, first as an assistant attorney general for the Department of Human Services and Division of Child Support and then as an assistant attorney general for the appellate division. Joyce then served as an assistant attorney-in-charge in the appellate division before becoming deputy solicitor general and then solicitor general.
Katherine Eitenmiller has joined Harder, Wells, Baron & Manning, where she will focus her practice on federal disability appeals. She received her J.D. from the University of Oregon in 2014, where she served as a managing editor of the Oregon Law Review and focused her studies on public interest law. During law school, Eitenmiller gained experience as a law clerk in both private and public sector law firms and as an extern at the Oregon Supreme Court and Lane County Circuit Court. She returned to Lane County Circuit Court for a judicial clerkship after graduation.
Tyler Harkness has joined the business department at Tonkon Torp, where he will be working with a variety of practice groups, including corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, taxation and corporate governance. Harkness is a 2015 graduate of the University of Oregon School of Law, where he graduated Order of the Coif. He worked as a summer associate for Tonkon Torp and as a judicial extern for Hon. Michael McShane, U.S. District judge for the District of Oregon. He also worked as a law clerk in the civil litigation section of the Oregon Department of Justice, trial division.
Hurley Re, located in Bend’s Old Mill District, announces the addition of a new associate, Rachael M. Harbison. She joined the firm in October 2015 as an associate attorney in the estate planning/administration and elder law sections. She worked for the National College Advising Corps in Salt Lake City before becoming an associate attorney with Stahancyk, Kent & Hook in Bend. Harbison was also the owner and managing attorney of Bend Oregon Legal LLC.
Nicholas R. Balthrop has joined Gaydos, Churnside & Balthrop as its newest associate. He joins Don Churnside, Sheryl Balthrop and Mike Long in providing litigation services to clients, with a focus on family law, estate planning and intellectual property issues. He previously worked for the Oregon Department of Justice’s Child Advocacy section, the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s office in Seattle and taught in Germany as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant.
Gevurtz Menashe welcomes a new associate estate planning attorney, Taylor S. Kittell. She will handle estate planning and probate matters in Oregon and Washington. Kittell received her J.D. from Lewis & Clark School of Law in 2010 and began an estate planning law practice in Tillamook. She will continue to handle wills and revocable trusts, estate and gift taxes, probate, guardianships and conservatorships, asset protection planning, and beneficiary and trustee representation in Oregon and Washington.
Rosemary W. Brewer has been promoted to the position of executive director of the Oregon Crime Victims Law Center, a nonprofit organization that provides legal representation and advocacy to crime victims in Oregon. Brewer has been the organization’s legal director since January 2012. She previously served as a prosecutor in Georgia and Maryland. Prior to law school, she was a reporter and editor for the Atlanta Journal & Constitution.
Brandon Kammer, Sean Hughey and Lindsay Howk Duncan have joined the civil defense law firm of Hart Wagner’s Portland office as associates. Kammer is a litigator on the firm’s professional liability, medical malpractice and health law teams. He primarily represents medical practitioners and healthcare facilities, devoting much of his practice to defending physicians. He has experience in health care law, medical malpractice defense and personal injury litigation and has worked in San Diego as an associate for two civil litigation firms and as in-house counsel for a health care company. Hughey’s practice emphasizes medical malpractice defense, personal and premises liability, product liability and employment defense. Hughey previously served as a deputy district attorney in Colorado’s 18th Judicial District, prosecuting a wide variety of cases ranging from misdemeanors and juvenile delinquency cases to adult felonies. He later worked in construction defect litigation, defending developers and general contractors. Hughey has tried more than 25 jury trials to verdict. Duncan’s practice focuses on legal malpractice defense, medical malpractice defense, health law and appellate law. In addition to defending lawyers in malpractice lawsuits, Duncan represents long-term care facilities, often defending the nurses and caregivers in their employ. Duncan has considerable courtroom experience, having litigated family law cases for Stahancyk, Hook & Kent. She also clerked for a criminal defense law firm and the Oregon Law Center.
Larry Evans and Krista Evans have joined Harris Berne Christensen as partners. They will continue serving the broad range of needs of their business and real estate clients. The pair enjoys working as a father-daughter team, particularly on complex transactions. Both graduated from Lewis & Clark Law School and University of Oregon.
Lisa Schaures has joined Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt as a shareholder in the firm’s business and corporate practice group in the Seattle office. Schaures brings a decade of experience working with business, nonprofit and social purpose clients. She counsels closely-held businesses and startups on governance issues, tax matters, mergers and acquisitions, deferred compensation, corporate giving, social entrepreneurism and general business issues. Previously, she was an attorney with Stokes Lawrence, where she spearheaded the firm’s nonprofit practice. She also previously served as an associate at Perkins Coie.
Robin A. Jones, an 18-year veteran of the Office of Public Defense Services and its predecessor, the state public defender, died suddenly on Aug. 9, 2015, at the age of 60.
Prior to becoming an appellate public defender, Jones clerked for Judge George Joseph on the Oregon Court of Appeals and worked briefly for Lindsay, Hart, Neil & Weigler.
It was as an appellate public defender that Robin found her calling and her home. Jones was hired in the mid-’90s in a time of great need. She excelled in that extremely challenging environment of low resource, high volume, high pressure.
In memorializing Jones for an event held in her honor on Sept. 30, 2015, former Chief Defender Peter Gartlan recalled: “Robin was unique … She had obvious professional qualities that made her a first-rate appellate advocate. She loved to read, think and talk about the law, and she devoted innumerable hours to improving her writing and editing skills. More tellingly, Robin was a dogged advocate. To use one of her favorite words and concepts, she strived to be (and was) her client’s ‘champion’ — an unwavering noble knight passionately fighting for each of her clients.”
Anyone who speaks of Jones notes that she could be a bit confrontational at times, which Gartland noted, “was but a natural consequence of living the engaged, committed and passionate life of a champion.”
Prior to law school, Jones managed a restaurant in Los Angeles and worked in a jewelry store. While training to be a police officer, she received training on search and seizure law. That training piqued her interest in the law and led her to enroll in law school at the University of Oregon. During law school, Jones studied international law and Russian.
In her career, Jones had 118 published opinions from the Court of Appeals and Oregon Supreme Court, including: State v. Guggenmos, 350 Or 243, 253 P3d 1042 (2011); State v. Ciancanelli, 339 Or 282, 121 P3d 613 (2005); andState v. Cocke, 334 Or 1, 45 P3d 109 (2002).
She is remembered as kind and diplomatic and constructive. She cared about justice, selflessly. Her outrage was always about the client and never about herself.
Jones was also passionate about animal rights and feeding those in need. She loved animals and, because of that love for animals, chose a vegetarian diet. She was also known to load up her vehicle with food, when her budget permitted, and deliver that food to the food bank for distribution to those in need. At the office she maintained a “snack box” in the break room with all proceeds going to the food bank.
In recent years, Jones was able to fulfill her dream of moving to the country and getting a horse. Her horse, Cieve, a 7-year-old registered Friesian mare, and her dogs, Shiloh and Ginger Beer, were her beloved companions.
Donald A Bick of Eugene died Monday Feb. 23, 2015, at the age of 79.
Bick was born Aug. 30, 1935, in North Bend, Ore. In 1957, he and his high school sweetheart, Dorothy Williams, married and raised four daughters; they divorced in 1983. In 1987, he married Nancy Miller; they divorced in 1996. He found love again in Theresa Teutsch, whom he married in 1997. Together, they created a life of memories, fun, family, friendship and love.
His work ethic and love for learning led to many successes in his lifetime. He graduated from Marshfield High School in 1953, where he played golf, football and basketball. He then attended Oregon State for an engineering degree, but later transferred to the University of Oregon and joined the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. He pursued his education with zeal and earned the “Recognition of High Scholarship” from the School of Business Administration and bachelor of laws with a minor in accounting. While in college, he played on the university golf team, in which he competed in many tournaments. He was also a member of the Air Force ROTC program, where he met his lifelong friend and future law partner, Don Monte.
In 1960, Bick obtained his law degree and graduated at the top of his class. He then served as an Air Force JAG officer while stationed with his family in Bangor, Maine. Bick and Monte later realized a life-long dream in establishing their own law firm, Bick & Monte. Their practice remained for over 40 years. In total, Bick practiced law for more than 54 years while always maintaining his desire for justice and fairness to all.
Bick enjoyed riding motorcycles and ATVs, flying airplanes, skiing and spending time with his friends and family. He joined the Eugene Country Club in 1971 and was an active member who enjoyed golfing, dining and interacting with fellow members.
He was active in community affairs, including being one of the founding directors and serving on the board of directors at Pacific Continental Bank from 1972 until 2006. He was on the board of directors at Black Butte Ranch from 1992 to 1997, serving as board chair from 1995 to 1997.
He is survived by his wife, Theresa, and daughters.
Roderick L. Bunnell died Oct. 1, 2015, in Portland’s Good Samaritan Hospital — the same facility where he was born on Aug. 4, 1930.
Bunnell lived in Hanford, Yakima and Hood River while growing up, then attended Whitman College in Walla Walla and served briefly in the U.S. Army before returning to Portland. He joined Oregon Physicians’ Service (OPS Blue Shield) as a claims analyst following his 1955 marriage, remaining with the firm for his entire career. He retired from Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oregon as general counsel, corporate secretary and a major architect of the then-newly-formed Regence Group. A 1968 graduate of Lewis & Clark College’s Northwestern School of Law, he often represented Blue Cross Blue Shield in state and national legislative matters.
Bunnell was active in many civic groups, including the Washington County Public Affairs Forum, Washington County Historical Society, Cedar Mill Community Library, Beaverton School District and Cedar Hills United Church of Christ. An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed mountain climbing, backpacking, cycling and cross-country skiing. Like his father (Clarence O. “Bun” Bunnell, author of Legends of the Klickitats) , he maintained a lifelong interest in Northwest history, especially that of its native cultures.
He is survived by his wife, Sally McMillan Bunnell, two sons and two grandchildren.
Bruce White died peacefully March 15, 2015, with his wife, Catharine Tilton White, and family at his side. He was 59.
Bruce Waterman White was born Jan. 11, 1956, in Ashland, Ky., raised in Camden, Maine. He was a 1974 graduate of Camden-Rockport High School and attended Tufts University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree. White was a voracious reader and loved the art of legal writing and editing, working as a copy editor at International Marine Publishing in Camden before attending law school. He later traveled west and received his J.D. from the University of Oregon. He spent his entire professional life in Bend, a community and an environment that he loved dearly.
His first passion was sailing, a lifelong hobby that found its genesis on Penobscot Bay, where he and his immediate family and his best friends sailed every summer. He excelled at navigation, including using celestial navigation while sailing and racing on the Maine coast, including numerous Monhegan Island Races on the sloop Kolibri.
Even in Bend, a high desert climate, he often found a way to be on the ocean on either the East or West coast. His life in Bend was in many ways defined by his love of the outdoors, and there his personal interests diversified further to include cross-country skiing, hiking and fly fishing.
Music was also a focal point in his life. He sang in the Congregational church choir in Maine and the Cascade Chorale in Bend. He also excelled at playing the piano, harpsichord and the organ.
An active community member throughout his adult life, he was elected to the Camden Area School Board in 1980 and serving on several boards and task force groups throughout his career. His love for civics and politics played an active role in his engagement in local and national politics. He was a constant champion for the community, believing strongly in the need to build and develop the community smartly. His work at Deschutes County, including testifying before Congress on Oregon’s Scenic Waterways for the Deschutes River, and later his private law practice, sought a land-use system that was fair to landowners, but which protected the natural resources and quality of life that are vital to those local communities for today and tomorrow.
Always an active community volunteer, White mentored local students through the Classroom Law Project and was a co-founder and longtime board member of the Deschutes Land Trust. White worked with county planners to help form Bend’s first National Register historic district, the Old Town Historic District, where he owned a historic house. As a member of the Deschutes County Historical Society’s board of directors since 2009, he was proud to become president of the board in 2014 and oversee the start of renovations at the Des Chutes Historical Museum.
Survivors include his wife, Cathy, his parents, three siblings, nephews and a niece.