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Class Notes: 2000s

November 03, 2011

Lisa Alan ’00 graduated from the Art of Leadership, a board training program presented by Business for Culture and the Arts. Alan is an associate with Stoel Rives in Portland.

Jason Ayres ’00 was promoted to shareholder at Farleigh Wada Witt, a full-service business and financial services law firm in Portland and central Oregon. Ayres will continue to represent equipment leasing companies and other commercial lenders in commercial collections and litigation, bankruptcy matters, and enforcement of creditors’ rights.

Brett Brownscombe ’00 has taken a new position in the Office of the Governor of Oregon as deputy natural resource policy advisor. He will be working on state, local, and federal issues including forest management, fish and wildlife, water, and parks and recreation. Brownscombe can be reached at Office of the Governor, 900 Court Street, N.E., State Capitol, Room 160, Salem, Oregon 97301-4947, brett.brownscombe@state.or.us, 503-373-1680.

William Bryson ’00 is working for the State of Montana as a civil rights/EEO specialist for the Department of Public Health and Human Services. He can be reached at P.O. Box 4210, Helena, Montana 59602-4210, 406-444-1386, wbryson@mt.gov.

Nicholas Dazer ’00 and Orlando Medina ’00 founded a new law firm, Kinetic Law Group. The firm will handle a wide variety of commercial litigation and insurance coverage matters, along with business transactions and intellectual property matters. Dazer and Medina can be reached at 121 S.W. Morrison Street, Suite 475, Portland, Oregon 97204, 503-953-1040.

David Fennell ’00 wrote a screenplay, COIN, based on the true story of a specialized Marine unit struggling to find a black-and-white purpose to a very gray war in Afghanistan from January to June 2010. The title refers both to the “counter-insurgency” type of war that is being fought in Iraq and Afghanistan and to the adage that there are “two sides to every coin.” Fennell describes the screenplay as very raw and very real, meant to provide the audience with an ideal combination of explosive entertainment and a “historical-like” account of a misunderstood war. Fennell is a major in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves and has served two combat deployments: as a TAOC detachment commander in Iraq (OIF) and as a civil affairs team leader in Afghanistan (OEF). Fennell is also the founder of Law Q, a full-spectrum recruiting, staffing, and employment service company located in Denver.

Karl Hausafus ’00 was hired as general counsel and chief compliance officer for Arnerich Massena & Associates, a Portland-based independent investment advisory firm. Hausafus previously served as general counsel and chief compliance officer of Compass Holdings and its affiliated companies. Prior to that he was a senior associate attorney with Preston Gates & Ellis (now K&L Gates), where he advised both public and private companies on general securities and business issues.

Román Hernández ’00 was named by Portland Daily Journal of Commerce as one of the Up & Coming Lawyers of 2010. He also received the Leaders Award for Outstanding Professional Organization Involvement. Hernández is a shareholder with Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt and practices employment law, defending employers against claims of discrimination, harassment, wrongful discharge, and wage and hour violations. He also is president of the National Hispanic Bar Association.

Peter Parisot ’00 has taken a new position as director of economic development for the City of Portland. He will be focused on realizing the Mayor Sam Adam’s vision of a more equitable and just Portland through smart and compassionate economic development policy. Parisot is returning to public service after nearly a decade working as an attorney in both San Francisco and Portland.

Carrie Richter ’00 was named by Portland Daily Journal of Commerce as one of the Up & Coming Lawyers of 2010. Richter reports that her passion for sustainable land use planning and historic preservation extend well beyond her legal practice in real estate, land use, environmental, and natural resources law. A partner at Garvey Schubert Barer, she has successfully argued cases before Oregon’s Land Use Board of Appeals, the Oregon Supreme Court, and the Oregon Court of Appeals. Richter acts as deputy city attorney for Oregon City and advises the city in many contentious planning issues.

Rob Roy Smith ’00 was named as a shareholder in the Seattle office of Ater Wynne. Smith is a federal Indian law attorney who advises Indian tribal clients and others doing business in Indian country on all aspects of federal, state, and tribal law, including economic development, litigation, resource protection, taxation, tribal sovereignty, and gaming. He is an adjunct professor of federal Indian law at Seattle University School of Law.

Trung Tu ’00 was named by Portland Daily Journal of Commerce as one of the Up & Coming Lawyers of 2010. Trung, a partner at McEwen Gisvold, is a litigation and appellate attorney with experience in commercial, business, corporate and real estate law, legal malpractice defense and repair, employment law and simple estate planning. He represents a wide range of clients, including corporations, small businesses, banks, insurance companies, nonprofit organizations, individuals, and other attorneys in all aspects of litigation in both state and federal courts. Prior to joining McEwen Gisvold, Trung was a senior staff attorney with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He speaks Vietnamese.

Chelsea Armstrong ’01 was named partner with the Salem law firm of Sherman Sherman Johnnie & Hoyt. Her practice emphasizes effective representation for clients with domestic issues including divorces, modifications, spousal support issues, child custody, third-party rights, and adoptions. Armstrong was recently appointed to the Oregon State Bar’s State Professional Responsibility Board and volunteers as a judge pro tem in Marion County.

Clark “Chip” Horner ’01 was named partner in |the firm of Hoffman, Hart & Wagner in their Portland office.

David Koempel ’01 was elected to partnership at Holland & Knight in Portland. Koempel, a member of the firm’s tax credit transactions practice group, concentrates his practice in tax and business transactions with an emphasis on real estate syndication, partnership law and private equity financing of partnerships and limited liability companies.

Michael McGrath ’01 was elected managing shareholder at Gearing, Rackner, Engel & MacGrath, a Portland family law firm. McGrath is licensed to practice in both Oregon and Washington. His practice is limited to representing clients in all aspects of domestic relations, including dissolutions, legal separations, and contentious custody and support matters.

Tom Miller ’01 was named Portland’s new Transportation Bureau director. He says he wants to ensure that Portland in the coming decades builds a comprehensive transportation grid that gives residents true commuting choices, and he’d like to see every resident have convenient access to mass transit and bike lanes. As director of the Transportation Bureau, Miller will oversee 750 employees and a $250 million annual budget. Previously, Miller was chief of staff for Mayor Sam Adams.

Ambyr O’Donnell ’01 was named general counsel and corporate secretary of Tripwire, a software company headquartered in Portland. She joined Tripwire in 2010 as director of legal affairs. 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.

Justin Sawyer ’01 was named by Portland Daily Journal of Commerce as one of the Up & Coming Lawyers of 2010. Sawyer is a partner in the litigation department at Miller Nash, where he focuses on corporate governance and shareholder disputes, securities litigation, construction litigation, breach of contract and tort litigation, and disputes involving noncompetition agreements and intellectual property rights. Chair of the firm’s pro bono committee, he also handles a variety of pro bono matters.

Hanling Yang ’01 joined the U.S.-China Partnership for Environmental Law as an associate director. She was a senior program manager at the International Sustainable Development Foundation for almost 10 years, training Chinese government officials in sustainable land use, urban planning, and governance issues. The U.S.-China Partnership for Environmental Law is a collaborative program Vermont Law School developed to build capacity among individuals and academic, government, and private-sector institutions in China to solve its pollution and energy problems.

Melissa Chureau ’02 opened Chureau Law in West Linn. Chureau reports that she assists individuals and businesses in distress, and finds innovative and beneficial solutions for difficult legal situations, with integrity and with results. She concentrates her practice on employment advice and litigation, administrative hearings, and criminal defense. Chureau previously worked for the firm of Kennedy Watts Arellano & Ricks and served as a prosecutor for both Clackamas and Multnomah County district attorneys’ offices, where she successfully tried well over 100 cases. She is a board member for the Oregon Women Lawyers Foundation and is an active member and volunteer in Oregon Lawyers for a Sustainable Future. Chureau is also involved in Lewis & Clark’s Mentor Program, the Classroom Law Project, and the Gus J. Solomon Inn of Court. She can be reached at 1914 Willamette Falls Drive, Suite 120, West Linn, Oregon 97068, 503-512-5441, melissa@chureaulaw. com, www.chureaulaw.com.

Erin MacDonald ’02 joined Karnopp Petersen as a new partner in their Bend law firm. Macdonald’s legal practice includes estate planning, probate and trust administration, tax planning, charitable giving, and assisting clients in the formation of nonprofit entities.

Elizabeth Kelly Meyers ’02 joined Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith in their San Francisco office as an associate. Meyers specializes in general liability litigation, including products liability, premises liability, wrongful death claims, property damage, and complex torts. Meyers also has extensive experience in construction defect matters, concentrating primarily on the representation of subcontractors. Her expertise includes advising clients in all phases of dispute, including preventative counseling and alternative dispute resolution proceeding such as mediation and arbitration hearings. Meyers has litigation and jury trial experience in a variety of practice areas, including real estate, landlord-tenant, employment, and general tort litigation. She is admitted to practice law in California, Oregon, and Nevada.

Elizabeth Teague ’02 returned to The Downs Law Offices as an associate. She and the firm concentrate practice in family law, including divorce/dissolution of marriage, child custody, spousal support/alimony maintenance, child support, visitation, paternity, premarital/prenuptial agreements, and post-marital agreements. She can be reached at 150 North Wacker Drive, Suite 1870, Chicago, Illinois 60606, 312-781-1963, liz@downslaw.com.

Lawrence Wagner ’02 was named partner at Stewart Sokol & Gray. Wagner’s practice emphasizes construction law, business law, real estate law, commercial litigation, insurance law, and surety law. He represents business owners, property owners, developers, contractors, design professionals, appraisers, material suppliers, insurers, and sureties. 

Monica Campbell ’03 started her own practice, the Campbell Law Firm. She will be doing plaintiff’s BI work and possibly wills, estates, and immigration. She can be reached at 4900 S.W. Griffith Drive, #125, Beaverton, Oregon 97005, mgc@campbell-lawfirm.net, 503-906-2631.

Kevin Clonts ’03 joined the firm of Rizzo Mattingly Bosworth in Portland. The firm specializes in civil litigation and trial practice. He can be reached at 411 S.W. Second Avenue, Suite 200, Portland, Oregon 97204, 503-229-1819, www.rizzopc.com.

Paige Davis ’03 joined Garvey Schubert Barer in the firm’s tax and benefits group in Seattle. Her practice focuses on international tax and business law. Davis counsels clients in business planning and transactions, including formation, operation, exit strategies, mergers and acquisitions, financing, and other business operations. She also advises on the tax aspects of aircraft ownership, transactions, and financing. Davis is the president-elect of the Washington State Bar Association Taxation Section and chair of the Taxation Section’s International Tax Committee. She is an adjunct professor of Canada-U.S. tax for the graduate program in taxation at the University of Washington School of Law and a pro bono attorney at the University of Washington Entrepreneurial Law Clinic. Davis is a board member of On the Boards and a member of the Canada-America Society and the Canada Tax Foundation. She earned her LL.M. in taxation from the University of Washington and her B.A. in political science from University of Victoria.

Christy Doornink ’03 was named a shareholder at Reinisch Mackenzie. Doornink is licensed to practice in Oregon and Washington.

Justin Leonard ’03 was named by Portland Daily Journal of Commerce as one of the Up & Coming Lawyers of 2010. He is an associate at Ball Janik and specializes in bankruptcy and debtor-creditor rights. Leonard is admitted to practice in the states of Oregon, Washington, and Idaho; the U.S. District and Bankruptcy Courts for the Districts of Oregon, Western Washington, Eastern Washington, and Idaho; and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Chris Lombard ’03 joined Lewis & Clark Law School’s Office of Career Services as associate director. Previously, Lombard worked at Syracuse University College of Law as an associate director in their career services office. Earlier, he was in private practice, served as a staff attorney at PSU, and worked as a legal editor for a publisher. 

Erin McDonough ’03 was named senior counsel at Hanson Bridgett in Sacramento, California. McDonough’s practice focuses on providing construction-related services to private and public clients, including owners, contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers. She counsels clients and litigates disputes in all areas of construction law, including bid protests, private and public contracts, mechanics’ liens, and shop notices.

Josh Ross ’03 was named by Portland Daily Journal of Commerce as one of the Up & Coming Lawyers of 2010. Ross, an associate at Stoll Berne, is a litigator who concentrates on complex business matters, consumer and securities issues, class actions, and contract disputes. Licensed in both Oregon and Washington, he represents clients in state and federal courts, as well as in court-mandated and private arbitration. Ross has represented both individuals and businesses in a variety of civil actions, including actions for fraud, breach of contract, unlawful trade practices, professional malpractice, and securities fraud.

Brian Scott Wayson ’03 formed the law firm of Brown + Wayson, which will focus on the representation of disabled clients before the Social Security Administration and in federal court. Wayson has worked in business management and for a state agency, as well as in private practice for a firm representing clients seeking disability benefits. He can be reached at 825 N.E. 20th Avenue, Suite 320, Portland, Oregon, 503-891-8376, brian@brown-wayson.com, http://brown-wayson.com.

Tim Eblen ’04 and Michelle Freed ’04 opened the new firm of Elben Freed. Both were previously with the firm of Smith & Greaves. They have combined experience of over a decade and are licensed in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. The firm offers legal services to families and small businesses and will continue to offer individualized counsel on debtor or creditor issues, including litigation/dispute resolution and bankruptcy. The firm’s general practice includes collaborative family law, basic estate planning, and business transactions. Eblen is married to Thu Pham and has two children: Tommy, 10, is an accomplished chess player and loves math; Lily, almost 8, is a bookworm and natural born leader of the household. Freed is married to Andy Freed and has two children, Ella (4) and Madeline (2). Eblen and Freed can be reached at 310 S.W. Fourth Avenue, Suite 810, Portland, Oregon 97204, 503-548-6330, tim@eblenfreed.com, michelle@eblenfreed.com, www.eblenfreed.com. 

Dan Eller ’04 is now a member of the board of trustees of the Oregon and Southwest Washington, Idaho, and Montana Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Eller is an attorney at Schwabe Williamson Wyatt in Portland. He focuses his practice in the areas of tax and business law and advises clients with both transactional and controversy matters. His transactional practice emphasizes real property development transaction structuring (including affordable housing and low-income housing tax credits); renewable-energy tax credits and grants utilization; and tax-exempt entity formation, qualification, and operation (including analysis of unrelated business taxable income issues).

Trisha Hole ’04 was named a shareholder at Reinisch Mackenzie. Hole is licensed to practice in Oregon and Washington.

Ronald Opsahl ’04 recently opened the Opsahl Law Office. He can be reached at 1740 S. Estes Street, Lakewood, Colorado 80232, 303-888-3287, ron@opsahllawoffice.com. 

Marlene Rocio Yesquen ’04 was appointed to serve on the Medford School Board. Yesquen is an attorney with Black Chapman Webber & Stevens in Medford. She is a member of the district’s Latino Advisory Committee, the board of the Community Health Center, and the Hispanic Interagency Committee. She also is a member of the city of Medford Budget Committee and its Housing and Community Development Commission. In addition, she is a member of the Medford Chamber Latino Network and is a past member of the city of Medford Multicultural Commission.

Ashlee Albies ’05 was honored with the Law for the People Award by the National Lawyers Guild. She and six other attorneys were recognized for their team’s victory in Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation v. Obama. As a result of the decision, Chief Judge Vaughn Walker of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California declared that the warrantless wiretapping program initiated by the Bush administration was not legal.

Matthew Goldberg ’05 joined the firm of Assayag Mauss in their new Lake Oswego office as an associate. Goldberg’s practice focuses on bankruptcy, debtor-creditor law, and civil litigation with an emphasis on real estate and business matters. Goldberg is a former extern to Judge Elizabeth J. Perris of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Oregon. He has significant experience representing trustees and creditors in a broad spectrum of bankruptcy matters, including complex litigation in bankruptcy court. Outside of bankruptcy, he has successfully handled litigation for clients ranging from Fortune 500 and other large companies to smaller businesses and individuals in state and federal courts in Oregon and Washington. Prior to joining Assayag Mauss, Goldberg was associated with the firms of K&L Gates and Kell Alterman & Runstein.

Michelle Johansson ’05 joined the law firm of Cartwright Whitman Baer as an associate. The new firm will continue to provide legal services for individuals and professionals in the areas of estate, trust, and elder financial abuse litigation; estate and trust administration; and protective proceedings and appeals.

Christopher Parnell ’05 joined the firm of Dunn Carney as of counsel. Parnell’s practice focuses on bankruptcy and creditors’ rights. He has extensive experience representing creditors, trustees and business debtors on a wide range of bankruptcy and insolvency issues.

Dara Polk ’05 graduated from the University of Portland with a B.S.N. She is currently working as a registered nurse in Washington, D.C. Polk married Kyle Abraham, a JAG for the USAF, on October 1, 2010, in Maui, Hawaii.

Ian Boisvert ’06 was the recipient of the Ian Axford Fellowship in Public Policy and has arrived in New Zealand to take up his seven-month placement. He will publish policy reports at the end of his fellowship in August, and launch his reports at a series of public seminars in Wellington. Boisvert, a renewable energy attorney from San Francisco, will be based at the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA), researching the existing laws and marine energy policies in New Zealand, the United States, Scotland, and Germany to assist EECA with developing a New Zealand-specific regime for deployment of wave, tidal, and offshore wind energy devices.

Chad Colton ’06 joined Markowitz, Herbold, Glade & Mehlhaf in Portland as an associate. Colton is a commercial litigator who represents businesses and individuals in complex disputes.

Jennifer Coughlin ’06 was named partner with the firm of Brothers, Hawn & Coughlin, formerly Bruce Brothers & Associates. Her practice areas are personal injury, medical malpractice, motor vehicle accidents and injuries, and sexual assault. She can be reached at jlc@brotherslaw.com.

Elisa Dozono ’06 was named by Portland Daily Journal of Commerce as one of the Up & Coming Lawyers of 2010. She also received the Leaders Award for Outstanding Professional Organization Involvement. Dozono is an attorney with Miller Nash in Portland.

Mariyetta Meyers-Lopez ’06 joined the Archer Norris law firm in Newport Beach, California, as an associate. She is working with the insurance group, focusing on bad faith insurance claims, coverage issues, as well as real estate issues, errors and omissions claims, and partnership disputes. Also, Meyers-Lopez recently gave birth to a daughter, Rachel.

Thomas Chow ’07 was honored with the 2011 Michael E. Haglund Volunteer Lawyers Project Award. This award is given to a new lawyer who has displayed a special commitment to pro bono services. Chow has volunteered more than 475 hours to Legal Aid Services of Oregon.

Monique Hawthorne ’07 was named by Portland Daily Journal of Commerce as one of the Up & Coming Lawyers of 2010. Hawthorne is an attorney with Davis Wright Tremaine in Portland and is passionate about sustainable design and construction. She is certified in the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design green-building rating program and helped to build the first Passive House in Portland with her husband.

Connie C. Kong ’07 is clerking for U.S. District Court Judge Marco Hernandez. She can be reached at 1427 United States Courthouse, 1000 S.W. Third Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97204, 503-326-8211, connie_kong@ord.uscourts.gov.

Margot Lutzenhiser ’07 joined Farleigh Wada Witt, a full-service business and financial services law firm with offices in Portland and Central Oregon, as an associate attorney in the Portland office. Her practice will focus on bankruptcy, bankruptcy litigation, and debtor-creditor issues. Prior to joining Farleigh Wada Witt, she served a two-year clerkship with Chief Oregon Bankruptcy Judge Elizabeth L. Perris and worked for two Portland law firms where she handled construction defect claims, real property issues, municipal law, product defects, and contract disputes. In addition, she was an economist providing economic and policy analysis of regional power and transmission issues for a trade association representing more than 100 electric utilities.

Erin Nelson ’07 joined Bodyfelt Mount as an associate. Nelson was previously an associate at Bullivant Houser Bailey and served as a law clerk to Judge Marshall Amiton. She will continue her litigation practice emphasizing personal injury, liquor liability, product liability, and insurance coverage. Nelson currently serves on the advisory board for the African American Chamber of Commerce and the Affirmative Action Committee for the Oregon State Bar.

Elizabeth Woodard ’07 joined Stewart Sokol & Gray as an associate. Her practice focuses on construction defect claims and she is developing an active litigation practice. Woodard is a member of the Multnomah Bar Association and the Oregon Association of Defense Counsel. She can be reached at 2300 S.W. First Avenue, Suite 200, Portland, Oregon 97201, 503-221-0699, ecwoodard@lawssg.com.

Charles “Anthony” Burrell ’08, an associate in the Portland office of Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, was elected to the board of directors of Pendulum Aerial Arts. The nonprofit

organization’s mission is to strengthen the arts community by collaborating with diverse artists from around the globe to expose the public to a unique form of moving art through live performance, and to educate and inspire youth.

Marla Quick ’08 joined Rizzo Mattingly Bosworth as an associate. She will be primarily engaged in environmental and natural resource damage claims.

Jessica Shoup ’08 was honored in the 2010 issue of Oregon Super Lawyers’ Magazine as a Rising Star. Shoup is an associate with the law firm of Greene & Markley, and concentrates her practice in federal, state, and local tax controversies, including tax audits, offers in compromise, and tax collection matters. 

Brooklyn Baggett ’09 was appointed to the board of directors for KZME Radio. She serves on the MetroEast board, helping the radio station find local venues and bands during their fundraising efforts. Baggett is a local entertainment attorney in Portland, focusing in the areas of intellectual property, business, employment, and arts and entertainment law. An avid—and published—photographer for local musicians and performers, she is professionally involved with the local music industry and the arts. Baggett also runs a local music business, Octopus Entertainment, dedicated to Portland musicians.

Andrew Logan Beveridge ’09 was elected alderperson for the First District of Stevens Point, Wisconsin. Beveridge is also a member of the Wisconsin State Bar.

Katie Carson ’09 joined Zimmer Family Law as an associate attorney. Previously, Carson worked as a clerk for Judge Kathleen Dailey in Multnomah County. She can be reached at 680 Umpqua Bank Plaza, One S.W. Columbia Street, Portland, Oregon 97258.

Micheline D’Angelis ’09 wrote a paper, “Brazil, Indigenous Peoples, and the International Law of Discovery,” with Professor Robert J. Miller. Born in Brazil, D’Angelis graduated from Escola Estadual Antônio Batista da Motta and Colégio Santo Antônio and attended two years of law school at the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais prior to moving to the United States in 1999. She researched and translated the Portuguese language materials used in the article. An electronic copy is available at http://ssrn.com/ abstract=1768350.

Sarah Freeman ’09 joined the Law Offices of Matthew H. Kehoe in Hillsboro. In her new position, she will handle personal injury cases. She can be reached at 330 N.E. Lincoln Street, Suite 200, Hillsboro, Oregon 97124, 503-648-0766, sarahfree001@gmail.com.

Shelby Rihala ’09 joined Harrang Long Gary Rudnick as an associate in their Salem office. Prior to joining the firm, Rihala served as chief of staff to State Senator Richard Devlin and as government affairs associate for Washington County. As legislative staff, she was instrumental in the creation and funding of the state’s Address Confidentiality Program for victims of domestic violence. In her tenure at Washington County, she counseled and advocated on matters ranging from government ethics laws and public records to county resolution of construction liens. Rihala has significant experience advocating for her clients at the state and local levels on a wide variety of both legal and policy issues.

Calon Russell ’09 graduated from the Art of Leadership, a board training program presented by Business for Culture and the Arts. Russell is an associate with Hinshaw & Culbertson in Portland.

Amreet Sandhu ’09 was named the new public safety and peacekeeping policy advisor for Portland Mayor Sam Adams. Sandhu brings legal expertise and experience working with the local community to the position. She can be reached at Office of Mayor Sam Adams, City of Portland, 1221 S.W. Fourth Avenue, Suite 340, Portland, Oregon 97204, 503-823-4182, amreet.sandhu@portlandoregon.gov.

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