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Class of 2005

    • 07/07/2016

      Mark Barzda LLM ’05 joined Gevurtz Menashe as of counsel. Barzda has spent 10 years practicing family law in Portland, with an emphasis on alternative dispute resolutions. He is certified as a practitioner in collaborative law, a discipline that focuses on alternatives to litigated family law matters. Barzda will continue handling divorce, custody/parenting time, child support, contempt, and modification legal matters in Oregon.

    • 10/12/2015

      Michael Cofield JD ’05 joined Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt as the result of a merger between that firm and Stolowitz Ford Cowger in September 2015.

    • 01/05/2016

      Ethan Hasenstein JD ’05 was appointed corporate counsel to the Western Rivers Conservancy, a Portland-based organization dedicated to the conservation of the West’s outstanding river ecosystems. Hasenstein provides legal support to staff in WRC’s Portland, Denver, and San Francisco offices in property acquisition, nonprofit governance, and development matters.

    • 03/12/2015

      Ethan Hasenstein JD ’05 traded his two-hour daily commute for a ten-minute bike ride when he joined the Corvallis, Oregon, firm of Evashevski, Elliott, Cihak & Hediger. Previously, Hasenstein worked for over seven years at the Oregon Department of Justice, where he counseled the state in major infrastructure development matters. He now focuses on real estate, land use, and counseling Corvallis’s emerging startups and established businesses. He says he is reveling in college-town life and, most importantly, his 4-month-old daughter.

    • 07/17/2015

      Victoria W. Hollinger JD ’05 joined Fox Rothschild’s Exton, Pennsylvania, office as of counsel in the environmental department. She represents clients in environmental litigation, regulatory, and transactional matters. Hollinger also conducts environmental due diligence, counsels clients on transaction-related environmental risks, negotiates the allocation of environmental risks, and coordinates permit transfers in connection with mergers, acquisitions, financing, and real estate transactions.

    • 04/17/2017

      Ben Leedy JD ’05 became a shareholder in Stolle Berne’s real estate and business law group. His practice focuses on commercial real estate acquisitions and dispositions, real estate finance, leasing, and real estate development. Leedy was recognized in Oregon Super Lawyers magazine as a Rising Star for 2012 through 2016.

    • 06/13/2018

      Michael Lopez JD ’05 joined the board of directors for Advocates for the West. Lopez has served for 10 years as a staff attorney for the Nez Perce Tribe Office of Legal Counsel. He also worked as a senior program manager for the Morris K. and Stewart L. Udall Foundation’s U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution in Tucson, Arizona. Lopez holds a master’s degree in biological sciences from the University of Minnesota.

    • 05/30/2018

      Parna Mehrbani JD ’05 joined Tonkon Torp as a partner in the firm’s intellectual property practice group. Previously, she was a shareholder at Lane Powell, where she served in several leadership positions, including as a member of their managing board. Mehrbani is well-recognized for her expertise in trademark registration and enforcement, and advises local, national, and international companies at all stages of growth on protecting their trademark portfolios. Recognized in the World Trademark Review 1000 as a leading trademark professional since 2013, she helps clients develop and protect new brands and lines of business across many industries, including apparel, footwear, consumer products, food and beverage, cannabis, and education services.

    • 09/17/2015

      Parna A. Mehrbani JD ’05 was appointed to the Oregon Bench and Bar Commission on Professionalism, which is charged with advancing the professionalism, equality, and efficiency of Oregon’s judicial branch. Selections for the commission are based on reputation, past contributions, and diversity.

    • 03/18/2015

      Parna A. Mehrbani JD ’05 was named a 2015 Orchid Award Winner by the Portland Business Journal, which will honor her during their Women of Influence awards ceremony on April 16. Mehrbani, a Lane Powell shareholder, was recognized in part for her work with several community organizations, including the Oregon Minority Law Association’s IMAGE program and the Rock ‘N’ Roll Camp for Girls.

    • 02/01/2015

      Parna A. Mehrbani JD ’05 was named one of the top trademark lawyers in Oregon and Washington by The 2015 World Trademark Review 1000. The review stated that she is “a respected member of the IP community” who has “carved a niche in fair use suits relating to the trademarks of famous bands and their former members.” Mehrbani is a shareholder at Lane Powell.

    • 02/22/2015

      Rachel Philips JD ’05 left Metropolitan Public Defender in August of 2014, where she was a trial attorney for 8 1/2 years, to start Philips Consulting Group, a firm specializing in investigation, mitigation, trial preparation, and consulting. Philips’ background defending hundreds of criminal cases—including those involving Ballot Measure 11, Jessica’s Law, and many serious felonies—allows PCG to provide services to lawyers and corporations needing detailed investigations, as well as support to lawyers unfamiliar with defending criminal cases.

    • 09/01/2014

      Peter Ricoy JD ’05 was named shareholder at Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt. Ricoy focuses his legal practice in health care law, data security and privacy, insurance regulation, and general corporate and business transactions. He works with health plans, physicians, group practices, hospitals, insurers, and employers. Ricoy advises clients on a variety of matters, including issues related to health care reform under the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the Stark and Anti-Kickback Statutes, Medicare, Medicaid, reimbursement, HIPAA, COBRA, and ERISA health plan matters. He previously served as associate general counsel for Cambia Health Solutions, an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.

    • 10/08/2015

      Kimberlee A. Stafford JD ’05 received the 2015 Oregon State Bar President’s Sustainability Award. A partner at Tonkon Torp, Stafford has helped move the firm steadily toward adopting comprehensive sustainable office practices and has promoted sustainability education and sustainable law office practices to Portland’s professional and business organizations. She is a member of the Multnomah County Advisory Committee on Sustainability and Innovation, has chaired the Office Practices Committee of Oregon Lawyers for a Sustainable Future, and is a former executive committee member of the Oregon State Bar Environmental and Natural Resources Section.

    • 09/01/2014

      Kimberlee A. Stafford JD ’05 was appointed to a two-year term on the Multnomah County Advisory Committee on Sustainability and Innovation. A member of Tonkon Torp’s real estate and land use, energy, and natural resources practice groups, Stafford is also the coeditor of a new reference book on environmental law regulation.

    • 03/02/2018

      Fay Stetz-Waters JD ’05 was appointed the new Linn County Circuit Court judge by Governor Kate Brown JD ’85 on October 19, 2017. The appointment filled a vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Carol R. Bispham Hashagen until the general election in May, which confirmed Stetz-Waters in the position.

    • 01/07/2016

      Brett VandenHeuvel JD ’05 received the Oregon State Bar Environmental and Natural Resources Section Leadership and Service Award on December 10, 2015. VandenHeuvel is the executive director of Columbia Riverkeeper, where he leads the organization’s legal and policy work to protect clean water. Previously, he started a public interest law practice, researched climate change during expeditions to Antarctica and New Zealand, and taught science to kids at OMSI field stations throughout Oregon.

    • 09/26/2014

      Olivia Willis JD ’05 and husband Benjamin Griffin welcomed daughter Nola Ayame Griffin-Willis on September 26, 2014.

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