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2014 Panel of Leading General Counsel

Date: 7:00pm - 9:00pm PST March 3, 2014 Location: McCarty Complex Classroom 4

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McCarty Complex Classroom 4

Join us for the first annual General Counsel Panel and hear from leading general counsel who have rose to the tops of their legal departments and will share their journeys with us, as well as their insight on important topics.

The event features the following esteemed panelists: 

Dean Freed- Vice President and General Counsel at Mentor Graphics

Prior to joining Mentor Graphics in 1989, Dean Freed worked in the Seattle offices of Perkins Coie, the Northwest’s largest law firm. He specialized in corporate and securities transactions. Freed holds a BS in economics and a law degree from the University of Oregon.


Carla L. Kelley- Senior Counsel at Miller Nash

Prior to joining Miller Nash Carla served as general counsel for the Port of Portland. In this role, she managed the organization’s 15-person in-house legal division, providing full-service legal advice to the Port’s business lines. Before moving to the Port of Portland, Carla served as in-house counsel at NW Natural for 12 years. Carla holds a BA and MA from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and a law degree from Lewis & Clark Law School ’83.

Jay Nusbaum, Vice President General Counsel and Secretary for Vestas-American Wind Technology, Inc.

Mr. Nusbaum is responsible for Vestas’ legal affairs in the United States and Canada. He joined Vestas, the world’s largest manufacturer of wind turbines, in 2007. Before joining Vestas, Nusbaum was an attorney with Integra Telecom, one of the country’s largest competitive telecommunications providers. Prior to that, he practiced law with Perkins Coie in its Portland office. A native of the Pacific Northwest, he earned his law degree with honors from the University of Oregon in 1996, where he served on the Oregon Law Review. He also earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Oregon.

Ambyr M. O’Donnell, General Counsel at Tripwire, Inc

Ambyr O’Donnell is now general counsel and corporate secretary of Tripwire Inc., a software company headquartered in Portland. She joined Tripwire in 2010 as director of legal affairs. O’Donnell entered the high-tech industry upon graduating from Lewis & Clark Law School, first serving as in-house counsel at Mentor Graphics, and later as in-house counsel to Coverity Inc., a software start-up headquartered in San Francisco. O’Donnell serves on Lewis & Clark Law School’s Board of Visitors and the OSB Corporate Counsel, Intellectual Property and Business Law sections’ executive committees.

David Reese- General Counsel at Portland State University

David Reese has served as General Counsel at Portland State University since 2011. Prior to coming to PSU, Reese worked for five years for Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski, first as Deputy General Counsel and, beginning in 2005, as General Counsel. From the early 1990s through 2001, Reese was employed in the Government Affairs office at Wayne State University. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School and Wayne State University, Reese currently serves on the Oregon Board of Bar Examiners.

Session will be moderated by:
David Wang- Counsel at Vestas - American Wind Technology

Mr. Wang is responsible for helping negotiate Vestas’ new sales and service contracts in the United States and Canada. David joined Vestas, the world’s leading manufacturer of wind turbines, in 2010. Before joining Vestas, David was a partner in the corporate and securities practice of Holland & Knight LLP. Prior to that, he practiced law with Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati in Palo Alto, California.  David serves on the executive committee of the securities regulation section of the Oregon State Bar. He is a graduate of Cornell Law School, the London School of Economics and Political Science, and the University of California at Berkeley.

This event is open to all students, staff and faculty.  However, please be advised that seating is limited. 

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Please contact Kari Baxter with any questions or 503-768-6639
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