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Class of 1984

    • 02/01/2015

      Kay Abramowitz JD ’84 joined Miller Nash’s trusts and estates practice. Abramowitz, who focuses on advising family‐owned businesses, is a frequent lecturer and is recognized for her experience in succession and transfer issues found in family‐owned businesses. These include assisting owners in identifying the next owners, leaders, and managers and assisting with tax‐sensitive strategies for transferring business assets to the next owners. She also helps her clients with probate‐avoidance trusts, tax‐planning trusts, special-needs and special-purpose trusts, and charitable remainder trust and asset-protection strategies. Her clients include owners and executives of family-owned businesses, married couples, single individuals, unmarried couples, and non-U.S. citizens.

    • 02/16/2018

      Dr. Paul Blaylock JD ’84 recently received two of the highest honors offered by the University of Tennessee. In October 2017, Blaylock was recognized–along with athlete Peyton Manning and astronaut Scott Kelly, among others–as one of the University of Tennessee’s 100 Outstanding Alumni. It was announced at the ceremony that Blaylock would also be honored in Memphis in September 2018 as a University of Tennessee Medical Health Sciences Center Outstanding Alumnus. Blaylock has practiced medicine and law in Portland for over 44 years. He is remembered as the triage doctor at the scene of the December 28, 1978, United Airline crash on East Burnside, and is credited with saving many lives that night. After 38 years as an emergency room doctor at local trauma centers, he currently practices at his own clinic in Beaverton and serves as a medical legal consultant in cases involving motor vehicle accident and workers compensation injuries.

    • 09/01/2011

      Julianne Davis JD ’84 joined Lane Powell as counsel to the firm in the intellectual property and technology practice group, where she will focus on intellectual property and litigation. Previously, Davis worked as assistant general counsel at Nike, where she handled cases involving utility patents, including utility models in Germany and China, design patent and registrations throughout the world, and trademarks and trade secrets. Davis was responsible for enforcing and defending Nike on a global basis in all major intellectual property disputes. Before Nike, she was an established trial lawyer in Portland, specializing in all forms of intellectual property litigation. She also handled cases involving trade secrets, unfair competition, first chaired ITC proceedings, and enforced European “tweener” cases for multinational corporations. She can be reached at 601 S.W. Second Avenue, Suite 2100, Portland, Oregon 97204, 503-778-2118,

    • 12/21/2016

      Became the University of Wyoming’s associate vice president for human resources in October. Durr previously worked at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs as the executive director of human resources.

    • 09/01/2014

      Joined the national law firm of Quarles & Brady. Emerick’s practice focuses on corporate finance; securities; and business transactions for companies in a broad range of industries, including semiconductor technology, biotechnology, medical devices, information technology, airlines, manufacturing, and financial services.

    • 01/28/2016

      Was awarded the 2014 Oregon New Lawyers Division Pro Bono Challenge Award for the Highest Level of Pro Bono Service in the Solo Practitioner Category. The award was presented by Oregon Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Baldwin, who thanked Fuson for her service to rural Oregon and Malheur County. Fuson is licensed to practice in Oregon, Idaho, and federal courts. Fuson Law Offices are located in Vale and Portland, Oregon, and Boise, Idaho.

    • 09/01/2013

      Joined Aequitas Capital in Portland as chief operating officer.

    • 09/01/2014

      Was appointed chief of staff of the Federal Trade Commission in Washington, D.C. Previously, Hippsley was assistant director in the Federal Trade Commission Division of Enforcement.

    • 02/01/2015

      Was named in the 2014 and 2015 issues of Oregon Super Lawyers magazine. Jones is a shareholder at Bullivant Houser Bailey.

    • 10/12/2015

      Joined the Del Mar, California, office of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton as a partner in the firm’s real estate, land use, and environmental practice group and energy practice.

    • 12/04/2018

      John S. Knowles JD ’84 recently opened a private practice focused on offering mediation and arbitration services. Knowles continues to serve as a pro tem judge, primarily in Oregon’s Washington County. You can reach him at

    • 02/01/2015

      Joined Jordan Ramis as a shareholder. Lenneberg will cochair the firm’s construction law team with shareholder John H. Baker. Lenneberg represents construction contractors, design professionals, and owners throughout the life cycle of a project. He provides advice and seminars on contracting, project documentation, and claim management, as well as representing clients in all types of dispute resolution.

    • 02/01/2015

      Was listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2015. Lindahl is with Bullivant Houser Bailey.

    • 09/01/2013

      With John Kaempf ’92, formed Lindahl Kaempf in Portland. The firm focuses on defending civil litigation in Oregon and Washington state and federal courts, at both the trial and appellate levels.

    • 03/03/2015

      Named to the Indiana Registry of Civil Court Mediators, with a focus in environmental, administrative, agricultural, and zoning/land use law. McInerny is a partner at Bose McKinney & Evans in Indianapolis.

    • 02/01/2015

      Named as the 2014-2015 Indianapolis Administrative/Regulatory Law Best Lawyer.

    • 01/09/2011

      William C. Rooklidge JD ’84 joined Jones Day’s Intellectual Property Practice in Irvine, California. Rooklidge’s practice focuses on intellectual property disputes, including patent and trademark infringement litigation, mediation, and arbitration. He represents clients in a wide variety of industries, including communications, diesel engines, software, electronics, sporting goods, and financial services. A leader in the local and national bar, Rooklidge served as president of the Orange County Patent Law Association and the American Intellectual Property Law Association. He was recognized as one of the top 75 IP litigators in California by the Daily Journal in 2010 and was named as Best Lawyers’ 2011 Intellectual Property Lawyer of the Year for Orange County. A former registered professional engineer, Rooklidge earned a BS degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Portland and an LLM in patent and trade regulation law from George Washington University Law School. He also was a clerk for Judge Helen W. Nies of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

    • 08/25/2017

      Kathleen Singer King JD ’84 has been a general magistrate for the 11th Judicial Circuit in Florida for the past two and a half years.

    • 03/13/2015

      Was appointed to the position of General Magistrate in the 11th Judicial Circuit by the Chief Judge March 2015.

    • 09/01/2011

      Nancy Smith JD ’84 changed the name of her firm from Smith & Greaves to Nancy A. Smith & Associates. The firm continues to offer full service creditors collection assistance to clients in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho.

    • 02/01/2015

      Is serving as a Peace Corps volunteer through 2015 in the tiny island nation of Dominica (not to be confused with the Dominican Republic). Sweetland works with the Dominica National Council of Women as an institutional developer and is assisting a local magistrate and the Red Cross of Dominica, as well as serving as a peer supporter for other volunteers in the country. Most recently, she conducted an intensive mediation skills course for the Ministry of Education, focusing on workplace and secondary-student peer mediation skills and program development. She encourages all to consider Peace Corps as a retirement vocation…or at least to visit her in Dominica.

    • 08/22/2016

      Will be an adjunct professor in 2016–17 at Lewis & Clark Law School teaching probate law.

    • 08/13/2015

      Was named president-elect of the board of directors for the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ). Tennyson, a circuit court judge and the chief probate judge for Multnomah County, also serves on the faculty of the NCJFCJ’s Child Abuse and Neglect Institute.

    • 09/01/2013

      Was elected president of the Coos County Bar Association for 2013-14. He continues to serve on the Coos Curry Housing Authority, with which he has once again assumed the position of chair.

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