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Class of 1997

    • 07/10/2015

      Was named in Oregon Super Lawyers 2015 in the employment litigation category. Baker, regional managing partner of the Portland office of Fisher & Phillips, has defended a variety of employers in labor and employment law matters. He also provides training, advice, and counsel to employers on labor and employment issues. He has extensive experience in enforcing noncompetition agreements and prosecuting Trade Secrets Act violations, as well as defending employers accused of retaliating against employees for exercising protected employment rights.

    • 04/15/2016

      Was appointed by his partners as the new managing partner of Ring Bender LLLP, a national environmental law firm with offices in Portland, Orange County, Miami, and Pittsburgh. Bender says he is honored by their trust and looks forward to maintaining the firm’s deep and abiding commitment to heartfelt advocacy on behalf of its municipal, nonprofit, and corporate clients around the country.

    • 06/07/2016

      Was appointed to the Alzheimer’s Association Oregon Chapter Leadership Board. Blachly is a partner with Samuels Yoelin Kantor in Portland. 

    • 07/06/2015

      Received Portland Business Journal’s 2015 Woman of Influence award. Blachly is a partner with Samuels Yoelin Kantor in Portland.

    • 02/01/2015

      Was appointed to Legacy Health’s allied professionals council. The group provides support, advice, and counsel to Legacy’s planned giving program. The first female equity partner at Samuels Yoelin Kantor, Blachly remains active in the local community.

    • 09/01/2014

      Was appointed to the board of advisors for, a bipartisan organization advocating for an Oregon Equal Rights Amendment. Blachly is with Samuels Yoelin Kantor.

    • 03/01/2014

      Was appointed to Oregon Governor Kitzhaber’s Commission on Senior Services, which is dedicated to enhancing and protecting the quality of life for all older Oregonians. Blachly is with Samuels Yoelin Kantor.

    • 02/17/2015

      Became editor of the Real Estate and Land Use Digest, the flagship publication of the Oregon State Bar Real Estate and Land Use Section. In addition to her legal practice, Jennie Bricker Land & Water Law, she has a writing and editing business, Brick Work Writing & Editing. Bricker can be contacted at 503-928-0976.

    • 06/01/2014

      Opened Jennie Bricker Law and Mediation. Previously, Bricker was a partner at Stoel Rives, where she practiced natural resources and real estate law for 15 years. Her new practice will focus on mediation of property- and resources-related disputes, real property and general business transactions, and natural resources permitting and regulation. She can be reached at 503-928-0976 or

    • 04/17/2015

      Was elected shareholder with Landerholm, PS. An experienced litigator, Calderbank represents clients in a variety of matters, including business construction and real estate.

    • 01/15/2018

      Robert “Matt” Conoley JD ’97 joined the U.S. Department of State’s Global Engagement Center last summer, after graduating with an MA in strategic security studies from the National Defense University. An interagency organization that uses data analytics, private sector talent, and social media technologies, the center is charged with leading the U.S. government’s efforts to counter propaganda and disinformation from international terrorist organizations and foreign countries. Conoley serves as deputy chief of partnerships and public affairs advisor.

    • 08/21/2016

      Robert “Matt” Conoley JD ’97 began study in the South and Central Asia Security Studies Program at the College of International Security Affairs (CISA), National Defense University. One of a handful of State Department officers accepted to CISA each year, Conoley is pursuing an MA in strategic security studies. CISA is the Department of Defense flagship for education and the building of partnership capacity in combating terrorism and irregular warfare at the strategic level.

    • 09/01/2013

      Was featured with his musical group Bizarre Love Triangle in the third episode of AMC’s new competition series, Showville, which aired June 6. Following auditions at the Power House Theater in Walla Walla, Washington, the act was selected to compete to be named town favorite.

    • 11/12/2018

      Christopher M. Frost ’97 was selected as chief compliance officer of the Bonneville Power Administration. Frost has been with BPA for 11 years and is currently pursuing a PhD in public affairs and policy at the Hatfield School of Government.

    • 12/21/2016

      Was appointed undersecretary of the California Natural Resources Agency by Governor Edmund G. “Jerry” Brown Jr. Gibson has served as deputy secretary and general counsel at the California Natural Resources Agency since 2014. He served as general counsel at the California Department of Fish and Wildlife from 2010 to 2014, where he was assistant chief counsel the prior two years.

    • 11/01/2015

      Was presented with a 2015 Lewis & Clark Law School Distinguished Environmental Graduate Award. Gonzalez is founder and managing partner of Coast Law Group.

    • 09/02/2015

      Was elected to the board of directors for the Oregon Crime Victims Law Center. A proponent of crime victim rights, Lamborn represents clients pro bono through the National Crime Victim Law Institute and sponsors the NCVLI’s annual convention. He opened The Law Office of Josh Lamborn, P.C., in 2009 after serving as a deputy district attorney in Multnomah County for 12 years. Lamborn’s practice focuses on the representation of victims of sexual assault and other crimes, as well as personal injury clients.

    • 03/10/2015

      Is a shareholder with Maloney Lauersdorf Reiner (MLR), a Portland law firm that specializes in insurance coverage litigation. MLR has purchased the landmark Burnside Rocket building. Constructed in 2007, it was one of the first commercial buildings in the world to be awarded LEED Platinum status.

    • 09/01/2011

      Joseph O’Leary JD ’97 joined the executive team at the Oregon Public Employee Retirement System (PERS), where he will lead the policy planning and legislative analysis division. O’Leary served as general counsel to Governor Kulongoski for the past two years. He also served the governor as a senior policy adviser in public safety and telecommunications issues and oversaw seven statewide public safety agencies within the executive branch of state government. He can be reached at 11410 S.W. 68th Parkway, Tigard, Oregon 97223.

    • 09/01/2013

      Was appointed New Hampshire Bank Commissioner. Prior to joining the Banking Department, Perlow served for five years as a senior assistant attorney general at the New Hampshire Department of Justice.

    • 11/01/2015

      Was presented with a 2015 Lewis & Clark Law School Distinguished Environmental Graduate Award. Raettig is the executive director of the Maryland League of Conservation Voters.

    • 05/12/2018

      Susan Smith JD ’97 recently joined Beveridge & Diamond, PC as a shareholder in the firm’s San Francisco office. Her practice will continue to focus on toxic tort and environmental litigation, including related appellate work and insurance coverage matters.

    • 09/01/2014

      Was elected partner at Segal McBridge Singer & Mahoney. Smith represents hospitality, commercial real estate, retail, and housing industry clients facing claims involving Legionnaires’ disease, chemical burns and chemical inhalation, carbon monoxide poisoning, lead paint poisoning, and exposure to mold, formaldehyde, and other substances. She also defends individuals and corporate entities in lawsuits arising from automobile accidents, slip-and-fall accidents, defective product claims, and other general liability matters.

    • 09/01/2011

      Erika Soublet JD ’97 was appointed as chief deputy district attorney for Coos County, Oregon. Previously, she was a senior deputy prosecuting attorney in Clallam County, Washington. Soublet got her start as a prosecutor in the Multnomah County district attorney’s office and, after moving to Washington, worked for the Skagit and Yakima County prosecuting attorney offices. She can be reached at Coos County District Attorney’s Office, 250 North Baxter, Coquille, Oregon 97423, 541-396-3121.

    • 09/01/2011

      David Western JD ’97 Published Arabic Vocabulary Made Easy, Volume 2. In this book, Western introduces 300 new words with a focus on business, military, and media.

    • 02/01/2015

      Joined Miller Nash’s trusts and estates practice. Wiyrick Flores works with individuals, families, and closely held and family businesses to develop and implement succession strategies. She provides sophisticated and highly personalized estate plans and is also experienced in estate, probate, and trust administration and assists both fiduciaries and beneficiaries. She helps her business clients with business formations, developing governance structures, reorganizations and dissolutions, and mergers and acquisitions to achieve beneficial tax results. Wiyrick Flores, who is listed in Best Lawyers in America, is also a frequent speaker on family business and estate- and tax-planning topics.

    • 09/01/2013

      Was unanimously voted secretary for the Portland Estate Planning Council Board.

    • 10/13/2016

      Was elected president of the Oregon Women Lawyers Foundation board of directors. Wray, a trial lawyer and managing partner with the Portland civil litigation firm Bodyfelt Mount LLP, focuses on the defense of product and general liability civil litigation matters. She has defended a range of products, including medical equipment, hand tools, printing presses, Murphy beds, bicycles, forklifts, automatic doors, and toilets. In recent years, she has been involved in mass tort litigation of latex gloves, vaccines, fen-phen, pain pumps, and metoclopramide. Wray acts as local counsel to Chrysler on all automotive product defect claims in Oregon. In addition, she has represented general contractors and electricians in Employer Liability Act cases. Some of her most notable successes have been in crafting pretrial resolutions for clients in catastrophic injury cases.

    • 08/03/2016

      Was named in the 2016 issue of Oregon Super Lawyers magazine for her work defending civil litigation matters. Wray is managing partner at Bodyfelt Mount LLP.

    • 02/01/2015

      Became a member of the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance, a national organization comprised of insurance companies, corporations, corporate counsel, litigation and risk managers, and claims professionals. Wray’s practice concentrates on defense of product and general liability and civil litigation matters. She is a managing partner at Bodyfelt Mount.

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