Pending OSB Member Reinstatements

The following attorneys have filed an application for reinstatement as an active member of the Oregon State Bar pursuant to Rule of Procedure (BR) 8.1:

  • Chad Michael Hughes of MOdesto, CA, #002861

    Chad Michael Hughes of Modesto, California, was admitted to the Oregon State Bar on October 4, 2000, after graduating from Northwestern School of Law. Mr. Hughes was suspended from the practice of law in 2004 for failure to pay his yearly bar membership and Professional Liability Fund fees. At the time of his suspension, Mr. Hughes was not practicing law. He worked in the collection field for several years while traveling between Texas and California to care for family members. After he relocated to California in 2013, Mr. Hughes began working as chief compliance officer at Neuheisel Law Firm. Mr. Hughes was forced to quit the position at Neuheisel Law Firm due to the commute and began working for Save Mart Supermarkets in Modesto, California. He is currently still employed with Save Mart as a contract administrator. Upon his reinstatement, Mr. Hughes has been offered a position as In-House Counsel with Save Mart.

  • James M. Phillipi of Portland, #053496

    James Michael Phillipi of Portland, was admitted to the Oregon State Bar on September 22, 2005, after graduating from the University of California Berkley School of Law. In January 2006, while working as a contract manager with Oracle USA, Inc., Mr. Phillipi transferred to inactive status. He has continued his employment at Oracle, being promoted within in the company to contract negotiator and then most recently as counsel. Mr. Phillipi is also licensed to practice law in California. Upon his reinstatement, Mr. Phillipi plans to continue his employment with Oracle.

  • Mary M. Ritchie of Denver, Co, #033657

    Mary Margaret Ritchie of Denver, Colorado, was admitted to the Oregon State Bar on September 26, 2003, after graduating from Pepperdine University School of Law. She transferred to inactive status on January 30, 2009, after moving to California and no longer working on Oregon cases. In California, Ms. Ritchie was employed as an attorney with Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP and Diedrich & Associates. Ms. Ritchie is currently an inactive member of the State Bar of California. She moved to Colorado in January 2014, where she is currently licensed to practice law. She is employed as an associate attorney with Palumbo Bergstrom LLP. Upon her reinstatement, she plans to continue her employment with Palumbo Bergstrom LLP, working on Oregon cases within the firm.

  • Beth J. Zilbert of Portland, OR, #882333

    Beth J. Zilbert of Portland, Oregon, was admitted to the Oregon State Bar on September 23, 1988. She attended law school at the University of California Los Angeles School of Law. Ms. Zilbert transferred to inactive status on December 31, 2001, to care for her young children. She has accepted an offer to practice as an associate with the firm Kell, Alterman and Runstein in Portland, upon her reinstatement to active status.

The Rules of Procedure require the Board of Governors to conduct an investigation of BR 8.1 reinstatement applications to determine whether applicants possess the good moral character and general fitness to practice law and whether the resumption of the practice of law in this state by the applicants will not be detrimental to the administration of justice or the public interest. Any person with information relevant to these applications is asked to contact promptly the OSB Regulatory Services Division, P.O. Box 231935, Tigard, OR 97281; phone: (503) 620-0222, or toll-free in Oregon, (800) 452-8260), ext. 343.