Oregon State Bar Bulletin — JANUARY 2015

Bar People

Among Ourselves

Jenna Mooney, a partner in the Portland office of Davis Wright Tremaine, has been named a fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, one of the highest peer recognitions in the field. Mooney defends employers in wage and hour, wrongful discharge and discrimination matters, and litigates trade secret and noncompetition cases. In addition to her litigation work, she helps employers proactively develop and maintain best practices, and trains managers and employees regarding a range of issues, including diversity, harassment and other key topics. She frequently speaks on retaining and managing employees, discrimination in the workplace, wage and hour law, and other issues related to employment law.

Bob Banks was elected to a three-year term on the board of directors for the Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association at its annual meeting in La Quinta, Calif., in October. Banks previously served as a board member for 10 years and is returning after a five-year hiatus. He is a former president of the organization. He will serve on the board’s executive committee and as the board liaison with state securities regulators at the North American Securities Administrators Association.

The OSB Oregon New Lawyers Division held its annual meeting Nov. 7 to elect the 2015 executive committee. Next year’s officers include: Karen Clevering, chair; Colin Andries, chair-elect; Kaori Eder, treasurer; Krista Evans, secretary; and Ben Eder, past chair. Jennifer Nicholls, Chelsea Glynn, Joe Kraus and Andrew Weiner were also elected as members of the executive committee. In conjunction with the annual meeting, the ONLD also held a social with more than 100 members in attendance.

The OSB Oregon New Lawyers Division honored attorney Krista Evans with two awards at its annual meeting on Nov. 7. Evans, an associate of Jordan Ramis, was honored as a recipient of the ONLD Project of the Year award and also the ONLD Volunteer of the Year award. The first award recognizes her for codeveloping the Student Loan Repayment Information Project, which provides resources on the Oregon State Bar website for attorneys on student loan repayment options. For her work supporting the ONLD and advancing its mission, including her time and commitment managing the ONLD social media platform, she was awarded the volunteer award. Her legal practice focuses on business law, including corporate compliance, business financing, contract review and drafting, mergers and acquisitions, entity formation, and strategic alliances.

Tonkon Torp litigation partner Robyn Ridler Aoyagi has been elected to the executive committee of the Council of Appellate Lawyers, a section of the American Bar Association. Aoyagi practices complex commercial litigation, with an emphasis on appellate litigation and trial court motions practice. She has briefed and argued cases in the Oregon Court of Appeals, Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals and Oregon Supreme Court, as well as the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. She clerked at the Washington, D.C., Court of Appeals prior to joining Tonkon Torp in 2000. She has been a partner since 2006 and currently chairs the OSB Appellate Practice Section.

Jeanne F. Loftis, a shareholder and leader of Bullivant Houser Bailey’s casualty law practice group, has been elected Northwest regional director for the Defense Research Institute. Her three-year term began at the conclusion of the 2014 DRI Annual Meeting in October. At that meeting, Loftis was honored with DRI’s State Leadership Award for her role as Oregon state representative. Loftis will also serve as the vice chair of the steering committee working on the 2015 DRI annual meeting to be held in Washington, D.C. Loftis is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates and serves on the executive committee of the OSB Litigation Section.

Garvey Schubert Barer attorney William Kabeiseman has been named chair of the Oregon Zoo Bond Citizens’ Oversight Committee, which reviews progress on the Oregon Zoo Bond Measure 26-96 project improvements, monitors spending and recommends project modifications if inflation occurs. The committee reports annually to the Metro Council. Kabeiseman is an owner of Garvey Schubert Barer and is based in the firm’s Portland office.

Dunn Carney managing partner Jon Bennett has been elected to a three-year term as a board member for Habitat for Humanity Portland Metro/East. He is a member of the firm’s real estate and land use team as well as the construction and design team. He specializes in real estate agreements involving leases, acquisitions, design, development and construction.

Oregon City attorney John Henry Hingson III delivered the keynote address — “Keeping the Faith: How Good Faith (United States v. Leon) Can Help You Prove Bad Faith (Arizona v. Youngblood)” — at the Annual Drunk Driving Defense Seminar in Elkhart Lake, Wis., on Nov. 18.

Julie Gentili Armbrust of Mediation Northwest was recently awarded the Oregon Mediation Association’s 2014 Sid Lezak Award of Excellence. Each year, this award is presented to a private practitioner mediator who provides outstanding mediation services in Oregon.

Jesse Wm. Barton recently learned that his article, “Home Free: Combatting Veteran Prosecution and Incarceration,” was made available in the online publication, The Justice Policy Journal (vol. 11, no. 2, 2014).

Crossing the Rhine River in March 1945 under enemy fire is the subject of an article by Robert Weiss in the January-February issue of World War II magazine. As a field artillery forward observer attached to an infantry company, Weiss recounts the earth-shaking artillery bombardment of German positions on the opposite shore that preceded the first wave of storm boats in which he and infantry riflemen crossed. After this successful attack, as Winston Churchill put it, “… the German is whipped… He’s all through.” (Except, of course, for six more weeks of fighting before it was really all over.)


Diana Moffat has joined the municipal law practice of Speer Hoyt’s local government law group in Eugene. Moffat has 15 years of labor and litigation experience. Most recently, she served as executive director and lead labor relations lawyer for the Local Government Personnel Institute, where she represented local governments throughout Oregon in all manner of labor representation.

Sarah Villanueva and Michael Willes, two experienced trial attorneys, have joined the litigation department at Tonkon Torp. Villanueva was an assistant attorney general in the Oregon Department of Justice, where she developed litigation and appellate strategy and represented the state in state and federal appellate courts. Previously, she was a litigation associate in a Portland law firm. Willes most recently was a litigator at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in Los Angeles for four years. Before beginning his legal career, he performed financial and statistical analyses in support of expert witnesses whose testimony, reports and exhibits were used at trial. A native Oregonian, Willes earned his J.D. from Columbia Law School, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, Alexander Hamilton fellow and managing editor of the Columbia Business Law Review.

Cosgrave Vergeer Kester welcomes Stephanie Davidson as an associate attorney in the firm’s business and commercial litigation group. Prior to joining the practice group, Davidson worked as a summer associate at the firm, as well as a law clerk for the trial division of the Oregon Department of Justice. She also had externships with the Court of Appeals and the Lane County Circuit Court. Davidson earned her law degree from the University of Oregon in 2014. During her two-year tenure as editor of the Oregon Law Review, her peers awarded her the Maxine Lee Award for Editorial Excellence.

John McIlhenny has been designated senior counsel by the Washington state attorney general’s office. McIlhenny is the complex litigation section chief in the Olympia social and health services division. His section defends the Department of Social and Health Services and the Washington State Health Care Authority in class action program litigation and other complex cases in state and federal court. McIlhenny has served in the Washington state attorney general’s office for more than 10 years. He previously worked for 23 years in private practice in Oregon and remains an active member of the OSB. Contact him at johnm5@atg.wa.gov.

Marcus Reed has joined Miller Nash as a partner in the firm’s business practice. Reed, who was previously employed at Cosgrave Vergeer Kester, has developed a focus of representing the business interests of hospitality and beverage companies, including beer, cider, wine, mead and spirits producers. He assists beverage companies and other businesses in a variety of areas, including business formation, raising funds from investors, negotiating and drafting distribution agreements and other contracts, acquisitions and sales of businesses, corporate governance, strategic planning and regulatory compliance. In 2012, Reed cofounded the Beverage Industry Networking Group (BING), a Pacific Northwest group dedicated to providing a full range of goods and services to the beverage industries. He is also an instructor with Portland State University’s Business of Craft Brewing program.

Phoenix-based Oregon bar members Tom Allen and Hilary Barnes have joined together with Dawn Maguire to provide full-spectrum bankruptcy services in the Southwest as Allen, Maguire & Barnes. The firm, formerly known as Allen, Sala & Bayne, was renamed to reflect the addition of Barnes, a name change for Maguire (formerly Bayne), and the departure of co-founder Paul Sala, who was appointed as a U.S. bankruptcy judge for the District of Arizona. The renamed firm was founded in 1999 by Allen and Sala.

New attorney member Sydney Montanaro has joined Swanson, Thomas, Coon & Newton as an associate representing injured workers in workers’ compensation claims. She graduated from Lewis & Clark Law School in May 2014. During law school, she focused on public interest law and clerked for various nonprofit organizations and offices dedicated to representing low-income people and advocating for employment rights. Montanaro can be reached at (503) 225-5222 or smontanaro@ stc-law.com.

Erin Zemper has joined the Eugene office of Cohen & Coit as a senior associate in the firm’s growing civil litigation team. After working more than a decade as a prosecutor, Zemper now focuses on civil litigation including crime victim rights, personal injury matters, wrongful death and civil rights claims. A member of Oregon Women Lawyers and the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association, she also serves as a delegate for the OSB House of Delegates, representing Region 2. She was recently appointed to the Lane County Bar Association’s judicial applicant review committee.

The Greenbrier Companies has promoted Jack Isselmann to senior vice president, external affairs and programs. He reports to CEO William A. Furman and manages Greenbrier’s government and community relations, corporate security and corporate communications programs. Isselmann also works with Greenbrier’s legal department on select compliance and regulatory matters. Isselmann joined Greenbrier in 2012.

Samantha L. Gamboa has joined Gordon & Rees in Portland as senior counsel in the commercial litigation and environmental/toxic tort practice groups. She previously practiced at a large regional Northwest law firm and most recently served as a judicial clerk for the Hon. Anna J. Brown of the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon. Gamboa focuses her practice on complex litigation and represents clients in product liability, environmental and toxic tort, and commercial litigation cases.

Jason R. Poss recently became an associate with Portland civil defense law firm Hart Wagner. Poss’ practice focuses on employment defense, medical malpractice defense, general liability and products liability. He is admitted to practice in Oregon and Washington. Poss previously worked at two small civil litigation firms in Portland, where he defended personal injury, construction defect, product liability and general liability cases. Poss earned his law degree from University of Oregon School of Law in 2010. While attending law school, he served as a research assistant to professor Suzanne Rowe (“The Legal Writer”), contributing to the publication of three legal texts.

After more than 25 years in Oregon, Norma S. Freitas has returned to New England and is now a professional development adviser at Northeastern University School of Law in Boston. Northeastern is known for its year round co-op program, and Freitas welcomes all inquiries from Oregon lawyers interested in having a full-time intern for 10-11 weeks. She is also happy to give travel advice and recommendations. To keep her Oregon connections, Freitas continues to work with the Real Estate and Land Use Section to plan and produce its annual summer conference, and she plans to travel to Ashland for the Shakespeare Festival. She can be reached at (617) 373-4942 or n.freitas@neu.edu.

Christian Stringer has been appointed an assistant United States attorney for the District of the Virgin Islands in the St. Croix office. He has served as a deputy district attorney in Benton and Malheur counties and, since 2007, as the chief deputy district attorney for Benton County.

Ron Saxton, an attorney and business executive as well as former Oregon gubernatorial candidate, will join the Portland office of Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt’s as shareholder, starting Jan. 1. Saxton has served as executive vice president at global door and window manufacturer Jeld-Wen for more than seven years. He also served as its global chief administrative officer. Saxton has served on the executive committee of the National Association of Manufacturers. Saxton practiced law for almost 30 years and co-founded the law firm Ater Wynne, serving as firm chair for more than 10 years. His practice focused on business, regulatory and energy law. He served as outside general counsel to several companies and as the energy attorney for companies in forest products, aluminum and other industries. He has represented a variety of manufacturers, utility and energy companies on their finance, regulatory, contracting and environmental matters. He was also the lead attorney for several large infrastructure public-private partnerships and has extensive experience with state and federal regulatory agencies. Saxton has a long history of involvement in statewide civic and charitable activities, including: the Oregon Educational Investment Board; the board of directors of Oregon Public Broadcasting; the Portland Public Schools board; Gov. John Kitzhaber’s primary and secondary education transition team; and as founding president of the Portland Schools Foundation.

Peter C. McKittrick of McKittrick Leonard has been selected by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit as the new U.S. bankruptcy judge for the District of Oregon, succeeding the Hon. Elizabeth L. Perris on Jan. 12. Mc­Kittrick Leonard’s senior associate Tonia J. McCombs, who previously served as a career law clerk for Judge Perris, will be joining Diane Bridge as McKittrick’s law clerks at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court. Justin D. Leonard will continue their commercial bankruptcy firm as Leonard Law Group.

Holly C. Hayman has joined the Leonard Law Group as an associate attorney. Her primary areas of practice are commercial bankruptcy and debtor-creditor litigation. Hayman previously represented mortgage lenders and servicers in complex civil litigation matters throughout Oregon. She has clerked for the Office of the U.S. Trustee and for the Hon. Judge Trish M. Brown, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the District of Oregon. She currently chairs the Multnomah Bar Association’s Young Lawyer Section membership committee.

Erin Duncan has joined the Reynolds Law Firm in Corvallis as an associate. Before joining the firm in October 2014, she served as a judicial clerk to the Hon. Jay A. McAlpin at Lane County Circuit Court in Eugene. During law school, she was a law clerk for the Oregon Law Center and an intern at the Lewis & Clark Legal Clinic in Portland. Her practice will focus on family law, including dissolutions, custody, guardianship and protective orders. She is also a new member of the research attorney team for women’s rights organization Legal Voice; her article, “The United States’ Maternal Care Crisis: A Human Rights Solution,” is forthcoming in Oregon Law Review.

Noah Olson and Kenny Montoyahave joined the office of Marion County legal counsel. Olson joins the office as a general assistant legal counsel. He previously clerked for Hon. Judge Henry Breithaupt in the Oregon Tax Court. Montoya has joined the office as its litigator and previously worked in the Salem city attorney’s office.

Molly Honoré and Anna Makowski have joined Markowitz Herbold as associates. Honoré joins the firm after practicing business litigation at a large regional firm. She advises and represents clients in commercial disputes, including shareholder and contract matters, business tort claims, products liability, professional negligence and real estate litigation. She earned her J.D. with a certificate in business law from Lewis & Clark Law School. Makowski is a business litigator and will be an integral part of the firm’s cross-border disputes practice. Makowski previously practiced at a Portland litigation defense firm, where she assisted with complex business litigation. She graduated from the University of Oregon School of Law, where she was the co-director of the University’s Latino/a Law Student Association and served as a staff editor for the Oregon Law Review.

Michael A. Zahn, an attorney with 17 years of experience handling significant commercial real estate transactions, has joined the Portland office of Davis Wright Tremaine. Zahn comes to the firm from Portland-based Harsch Investment Corp., a privately held real estate investment company. As associate general counsel and assistant secretary at Harsch, he was responsible for all legal- and many business-related activities in the acquisition and disposition of vacant, industrial/flex, multi-family, office and retail properties across six states. Prior to joining Harsch, Zahn served as director of investments for Summit Properties, a publicly traded REIT, where he helped manage the capital recycling program, including the acquisition and disposition of properties in Atlanta, South Florida, Raleigh, N.C., Texas and Washington, D.C.

Personal injury attorney Elizabeth E. Welch, formerly of Kohlhoff & Welch, has opened her own solo firm. She will emphasize representation in automobile accidents, bicycle/pedestrian accidents and premises injuries. Reach her at (503) 286-7178 or www.north portlandattorney.com.

Berit Everhart has joined Arnold Gallagher as an associate attorney. Prior to moving to Eugene, Everhart was a member of the tax group at an international law firm in New York City, where she devoted a significant portion of her time to tax issues related to private investment funds, bank finance transactions, and corporate acquisitions and divestitures. Her practice will focus on business law and estate planning with an emphasis on state and federal taxation. She graduated from Washington and Lee University School of Law in 2009 and received her LL.M in taxation from New York University School of Law in 2010.



In Memoriam

Oliver “Olly” Norvilledied Nov. 13, 2014, at the age of 86.

Oliver Imbler Norville was born Jan. 18, 1928. He attended Rose City Park Elementary School and Grant High School in Portland. After serving two years as an electronic technician in the U.S. Navy, Norville entered Stanford University where he earned a B.A. and J.D. There he met Mary Bulkeley, who would become his wife of 61 years.

He served as an assistant Portland city attorney before entering private practice in 1959. A member of the Oregon State Bar for more than 50 years, Norville represented public redevelopment agencies throughout the state, notably serving as chief legal counsel for the Portland Development Commission for 30 years. Norville drafted most of the Oregon Statutes on Urban Renewal and remained a recognized expert on their meaning and intent throughout his life. He also chaired the OSB State and Local Government Committee and served on the Taxation and Judicial Selection committees of the state bar.

Norville worked pro bono for many charities and organizations. He is remembered for his long tenure on Multnomah County’s Tax Supervising and Conservation Commission, as well as for his work on behalf of the Oregon Parks Foundation and the Portland-Suzhou Sister City Association. He and Mary raised six children, all of whom survive him.

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