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  • AB
    • 11/22/2016

      Adrian L. Brown JD ’00 received the John Marshall Award for Participation in Litigation from U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch for her work to remedy employment discrimination experienced by Oregonians with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Brown is the Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon.

  • KH
    • 10/23/2017

      Karl Hausafus JD ’00 rejoined the Portland-based investment firm Arnerich Massena as general counsel and chief compliance officer. Hausafus has overall responsibility for the legal and compliance functions of the firm. (He previously served Arnerich Massena in this capacity from 2010 to 2016.) He has also been named a principal of the firm, joining the company’s shareholder group. Hausafus brings more than 15 years of experience in the financial industry, having most recently served as chief legal officer for Saturna Capital and as general counsel and chief compliance officer for the Oregon State Treasury. Prior to his original tenure with Arnerich Massena, he served as general counsel and chief compliance officer of Compass Holdings, LLC, and as senior associate attorney with Preston Gates & Ellis, LLP, where he advised both public and private companies on general securities and business issues.

  • Román Hernández JD ’00
    RH
    • 05/27/2015

      Román Hernández JD ’00 joined K&L Gates as partner in Portland. With a focus on employment law, labor law, and business litigation, Hernández represents employers in the defense of discrimination, unfair labor practices, harassment, and wage abuse allegations and on international matters involving multinational contracts. He also acts as lead counsel in class action disputes at the state and federal level, in addition to arguing before the National Labor Relations Board.

  • KL
    • 06/06/2016

      Kate Cottrell Leonard JD ’00 was named the Title IX/ADA coordinator at the University of Washington April 2016 . “I want to recognize the wonderful training I received at Lewis & Clark for helping me get here,” says Leonard.

    • 09/01/2014

      Michael Newhouse JD ’00 joined Buchalter Nemer’s litigation practice group in Los Angeles. A significant part of Newhouse’s work focuses on representing developers, landlords, tenants, property managers, and financial institutions in all aspects of commercial and residential real estate litigation and transactions. Among his clients are companies and individuals in the apparel, technology, financial, multimedia and post-production, interior design, and jewelry industries, as well as insurers, licensors, and accredited investors.

  • Rob Roy Smith JD ’00
    RS
    • 05/10/2016

      Rob Roy Smith JD ’00 was included by Law360 in its “Top Attorneys Under 40 for Native American Law” list. Smith was one of only three lawyers selected nationwide for this honor.

  • UW
    • 09/19/2017

      Ulanda Watkins JD ’96 was appointed to the Clackamas County Circuit Court by Governor Kate Brown JD ’85 and sworn into office on August 1, 2017, by Judge Adrienne Nelson of the Multnomah County Circuit Court. Watkins is the only judge of color in Clackamas County, as well as the first African American to serve as a judge in an Oregon county other than Multnomah. A former defense lawyer and managing attorney at GEICO, the Portland native is the third African American woman to rise to the Oregon state bench.

  • Elizabeth E. Howard JD ’01
    EH
    • 07/28/2016

      Elizabeth E. Howard JD ’01 was named industry group leader for Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt’s natural resources group. Howard brings 15 years of experience practicing natural resources law and helping agriculture, forest product, and energy businesses navigate regulatory processes and succeed in legal proceedings.

  • BK
    • 10/12/2015

      Bryan Kirkpatrick JD ’01 joined Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt as the result of a merger between that firm and Stolowitz Ford Cowger in September 2015.

    • 05/27/2015

      Bryan Kirkpatrick JD ’01 was named a 2015 winner of the Client Choice Award for Intellectual Property—Patents for Oregon by International Law Office and Lexology.

  • Anne Koch JD ’01
    AK
    • 01/07/2016

      Anne Koch JD ’01 joined the firm Wyse Kadish. Koch’s practice includes business and corporate transactions, as well as intellectual property protection and enforcement.

  • DK
    • 05/27/2015

      David Koempel JD ’01 was recognized by the law school’s Small Business Legal Clinic for significant pro bono contributions provided throughout 2014.

  • JL
    • 10/23/2017

      Jonathan Lovvorn LLM ’01 was named the first policy director for Harvard Law School’s Animal Law and Policy Program on September 5, 2017. Lovvorn, who taught wildlife law at Harvard during the fall 2015 and fall 2016 terms, continues to serve as a lecturer and is teaching a new course this fall on farmed animal law and policy. He will collaborate with faculty, staff, fellows, and students to expand the program’s existing policy projects into longer-term initiatives, launch new policy initiatives, and help advance policy research and scholarship within the program.

  • Christine Reynolds JD ’01
    CR
    • 04/17/2017

      Christine Reynolds JD ’01 was promoted to partner at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP. She serves as bond, disclosure, and underwriter’s counsel on financings for state and local governments in the Pacific Northwest, including the State of Oregon. Reynolds serves on the Oregon Municipal Debt Advisory Commission and is a founding committee member of the Pacific Northwest Women in Public Finance Chapter, where she currently serves as vice president for membership. She is also the immediate past chair of the board of directors for the nonprofit Children First for Oregon.

    • 02/01/2015

      Paul Trinchero JD ’01 was named an owner at Garvey Schubert Barer. Trinchero’s practice focuses on litigation related to real estate disputes, eminent domain, federal and state securities laws, commercial disputes, and intellectual property disputes.

  • Karen Varney JD ’01
    KV
    • 05/27/2015

      Karen Varney JD ’01 joined Reinisch Wilson Weier as an associate attorney. Varney has practiced workers’ compensation defense for employers and insurance carriers and other business litigation since 2001.

  • Kristine Bingman JD ’02
    KB
    • 09/17/2015

      Kristine Bingman JD ’02 joined Miller Nash Graham & Dunn’s employee benefits and employment practice teams. Bingman brings more than 12 years of experience advising employers on health and welfare plans and employment law matters, including wage and hour, leaves of absence, state and federal disability laws, harassment and discrimination, and responding to complaints filed with the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries.

  • Shelly Damore JD ’02
    SD
    • 09/01/2014

      Shelly Damore JD ’02 joined Jordan Ramis’ litigation practice group. Damore focuses on employment and discrimination matters, personal injury, commercial general liability, and business disputes. She has tried numerous cases in both Washington and Oregon state courts, as well as in the U.S. District Court in Portland and the Western District of Washington federal courts. A six-time winner of the Oregon Super Lawyers Rising Star award, she was a fellow to the Oregon State Bar Leadership College in 2010. Damore also served as a planning commission member for the City of Camas, Washington, from 2007 to 2011.

  • Lorne Dauenhauer JD ’02
    LD
    • 05/27/2015

      Lorne Dauenhauer JD ’02 joined Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart as a shareholder in the firm’s Portland office. He focuses a large portion of his practice on qualified and nonqualified retirement plans, such as employee stock ownership plans, multiemployer (Taft Hartley) pension plans, and executive and equity-based compensation arrangements.

    • 09/01/2014

      Peter Irvine JD ’02 has a small-town general practice in Northampton, Massachusetts—but with a twist. In addition to handling real estate, criminal defense, small business advising, and other typical matters, Irvine also practices entertainment law, acts as a music manager, and tours with his own band. Playing percussion and singing with Tim Eriksen and the Trio de Pumpkintown has taken him to Singapore and various parts of the United States, including Portland’s Alberta Rose Theatre. The group is recording an album for release in 2015.

    • 09/01/2014

      Sara Kobak JD ’02 was named shareholder at Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt. Kobak specializes in appellate litigation and has significant experience before the Oregon Court of Appeals, the Oregon Supreme Court, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. She also has assisted with briefing before the U.S. Supreme Court at both the certiorari and merits stages. Kobak is a volunteer attorney with the Ninth Circuit Pro Bono Program and has served on the Associates Committee for the Campaign for Equal Justice. Most recently, she has been serving as pro bono counsel in a death-penalty post-conviction proceeding.

  • Andrew P. Moratzka JD ’02
    AM
    • 05/15/2015

      Andrew Moratzka JD ’02 was named one of the top 50 energy and environmental trailblazers in the United States by The National Law Journal. Moratzka is a partner at Stoel Rives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

  • Jeanette Schuster JD ’02
    JS
    • 05/13/2015

      Jeanette Schuster JD ’02 was named chair of the environmental and natural resources practice group at Tonkon Torp. Schuster’s practice focuses on advising clients on compliance with complex regulatory requirements under federal, state, and local environmental statutes and regulations; buying and selling contaminated property; regulatory agency enforcement defense; and contaminated site investigation and cleanup (including of the Portland Harbor Superfund Site). She also conducts environmental due diligence on complex corporate transactions and advises clients on issues related to the siting and permitting of renewable energy projects.

    • 02/01/2015

      Jeanette Schuster JD ’02 was elected partner at Tonkon Torp, where she is a member of the environment and natural resources practice groups. Schuster provides advice and practical solutions on environmental compliance and enforcement matters and on commercial and real estate transactions for clients in diverse industries large and small. She was also named to the board of directors of Women in Environment (WIE), a Pacific Northwest organization focused on furthering professional development and opportunities for environmental professionals in the region. The organization hosts events and education programs, and provides opportunities for networking and mentoring.

  • Chanpone Sinlapasai
    CS
  • XT
    • 04/26/2017

      Xiomora Torres Mattson JD ’02 has been appointed to the Multnomah County Circuit Court by Oregon Governor Kate Brown JD ’85. Previously, Torres Mattson was a senior assistant attorney general at the Oregon Department of Justice.

  • KC
    • 09/01/2014

      Kevin Clonts JD ’03 became a shareholder in Rizzo Mattingly Bosworth. Clonts’ practice focuses on complex litigation matters, including construction defect and insurance coverage disputes. He also represents business entities in litigation involving business dissolutions, contract disputes, intellectual property disputes, and target defendants in complex products liability and construction defect matters.

  • ZC
    • 04/01/2015

      Zachary J. Cohen JD ’03 was elected president of the Bar Association of Lehigh County. Cohen, a partner and litigator at Lesavoy Butz & Seitz, focuses primarily on business, real estate, and banking disputes. He also handles tax appeals, zoning matters, emergency injunctions, employment cases, and bankruptcy and estate litigation. Cohen has appeared at all levels of the state’s trial and appellate courts, as well as federal courts, and before various local, state, and federal agencies. He was named in the 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Rising Stars list. In 2011, he was included in the Top 20 Under 40 by Eastern Pennsylvania Business Journal.

  • MC
    • 07/20/2016

      Maya Crawford JD ’03 was appointed to lead the Campaign for Equal Justice. Crawford has an extensive background in poverty law, having worked for Legal Aid Services of Oregon for many years. Previously, she served as the associate director of the Campaign for Equal Justice.

  • Christy Doornink JD ’03
    CD
    • 06/03/2015

      Christy Doornink JD ’03 was elected president and managing attorney of the Pacific Northwest law firm Reinisch Wilson Weier. Doornink, who is the second woman to be the firm’s president, focuses her practice on Washington workers’ compensation defense. She volunteers her time with the St. Andrew Legal Clinic Race for Justice, Wilsonville Leadership Academy, Girls on the Run, Ronald McDonald House, and Oregon Food Bank, and mentors first-year law students.

    • 04/26/2017

      Sonya Fischer JD ’03 was appointed to the Clackamas County Board of Commissioners and is serving a term that runs through December 2018. She is an attorney in Lake Oswego with Fischer Family Law and has served on several boards and committees advocating on behalf of children, women, and families.

    • 02/01/2015

      Sonya Fischer JD ’03 joined Yates, Matthews & Eaton as of counsel. Fischer works in family law, juvenile law, special education, guardianships, simple wills, and government relations.

  • BJ
    • 03/30/2016

      James Bronson JD ’03 was named to the Multnomah County Circuit Court to fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Alicia Fuch. Bronson previously worked as chief deputy defender for Oregon’s Office of Public Defense Services, Appellate Division, before starting a private practice focused on criminal appeals.

    • 09/01/2014

      James Bronson JD ’03 wrote one of the briefs relied on by the U.S. Supreme Court in the cases of Riley v. California and United States v. Wurie. In the ruling that police usually must obtain search warrants before searching suspects’ cellphones, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. adopted some of the data and analogies James included in his friend-of-the-court brief. James, a Portland criminal defense attorney, wrote the brief on behalf of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Brennan Center for Justice.

  • JK
    • 08/15/2015

      Jill Karmy JD ’03 after six years as a partner with Parham, Hall & Karmy, opened her own firm, Karmy Law Office PLLC. She will continue to practice workers’ compensation law. Karmy is also on the board of governors for the Washington State Bar Association and was named a Rising Star in the 2015 issue of Washington Super Lawyers magazine.

    • 09/01/2014

      Suzanne McVicker JD ’03 joined the estate planning department of Karnopp Petersen. While attending Lewis & Clark, McVicker clerked at the in-house council department of a large Portland real estate investment company and advised low-income taxpayers at the law school’s Legal Clinic. Prior to joining Karnopp Petersen, she spent six years with Shaftel Law Offices in Anchorage, Alaska, advising trustees and personal representatives of medium to large estates. In addition to wills, trust, estates, probate, and estate and gift tax preparation, McVicker’s practice encompasses business and charitable tax planning and implementation.

  • Samantha Murray JD ’03
    SM
    • 04/26/2017

      Samantha Murray JD ’03 is the executive director of the Master of Advanced Studies in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation (MAS MBC) program at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography, which is part of the University of California at San Diego. The program is a year-long intensive course for those interested in careers in marine conservation. Murray has directed ocean and water programs at the Ocean Conservancy, the Audubon Society, and the Oregon Environmental Council, and founded an ocean consulting business where she worked with clients on issues related to water quality and ocean acidification.

  • Karen Ostrye JD ’03
    KO
    • 04/01/2014

      Karen Ostrye JD ’03 was appointed by Oregon Governor Kitzhaber to fill the vacancy on the Circuit Court for the Seventh Judicial District created by the retirement of Judge Paul Crowley. The district encompasses Gilliam, Hood River, Sherman, Wasco, and Wheeler Counties. Ostrye’s community involvement has included serving as a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Columbia Gorge and on various boards, including those of the Hood River County School District, Court Appointed Special Advocates, and Mid-Columbia County Bar Association. Her volunteer work earned her recognition as Mentor of the Year in 2012 from Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Columbia Gorge.

  • LP
    • 09/06/2016

      Laura Plourde JD ’03 joined Blowditch & Dewey as a senior associate. Plourde, who will work out of the firm’s Boston office, focuses her practice on business and general corporate law, including mergers and acquisitions, private placements of equity securities, limited liability company operating agreements and shareholders’ agreements, commercial contracts, corporate entity selection and formation, general corporate matters, and intellectual property protection. Previously, she was an associate at the Boston firms of Pabian & Russell LLC and Choate, Hall & Stewart LLP.

  • Kathleen Profitt JD ’03
    KP
    • 02/01/2015

      Kathleen Profitt JD ’03 celebrated the first anniversary of her law firm, Profitt Law, in Clackamas, Oregon. Profitt continues to focus on providing legal representation to homeowners and condominium associations in Oregon and Southwest Washington. In particular, she assists HOA and condominium associations in general counsel, enforcement, litigation, and assessment collections. Profitt also was reelected to the board of directors for the Oregon Chapter of the Community Associations Institute for a term ending in 2016.

  • KS
    • 05/04/2016

      Kimberlyn (Trotter) Silverman JD ’03 was named the 2015 DUII Prosecutor of the Year by the Oregon DUII Multi-Disciplinary Training Task Force.

  • AB
    • 02/10/2016

      Andrew Bowman LLM ’04 was named president of the Land Trust Alliance, a national land conservation organization that represents more than 1,100 member land trusts supported by more than 100,000 volunteers and 5 million members nationwide. Bowman previously served as the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation’s (DDCF) program director for the environment. During his 10 years at DDCF, he developed and obtained approval for more than $100 million in grants.

  • AC
    • 02/01/2015

      Amy Carbins JD ’04 was promoted to partner in DLA Piper’s San Francisco office. Carbins assists lenders, borrowers, investors, owners, and developers with structuring, negotiating, and closing complex commercial real estate transactions.

  • LF
    • 10/13/2016

      Leah Koss Feldon JD ’04 was confirmed as DEQ deputy director by the Oregon Environmental Quality Commission. Feldon has worked at the Oregon DEQ since 2005 in various roles, including as special advisor to the director of Cleaner Air Oregon and manager in the Office of Compliance and Enforcement.

  • DF
    • 04/17/2015

      Danelle Cope Forseth JD ’04 welcomed Melissa Luna JD ’04 to Landeck & Forseth, a small law firm located in Moscow, Idaho. Both enjoy practicing as part of a close-knit rural legal community. The firm maintains a general civil practice, including estate planning, family, real property, business, and employment law. Forseth was named partner in January 2014.

  • JL
    • 12/21/2016

      Jane Levy JD ’04, MA ’11 was appointed by New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez to Division XXV of the 2nd Judicial District Court in Bernalillo County. Levy has advocated for New Mexico families for over 10 years. She has also been a volunteer for organizations that help domestic abuse victims and the homeless.

  • ML
    • 04/17/2015

      Melissa Luna JD ’04 joined Danelle Cope Forseth JD ’04 at Landeck & Forseth, a small law firm located in Moscow, Idaho. Both enjoy practicing as part of a close-knit rural legal community. The firm maintains a general civil practice, including estate planning, family, real property, business, and employment law. 

  • RO
    • 12/21/2016

      Ron Opsahl JD ’04 is of counsel at Fennemore Craig PC in Denver, Colorado. Opsahl is a member of the firm’s natural resources, energy, and environmental practice and has experience in public lands issues, wildlife law, resource extraction and use, litigation, real property, and titles matters.

  • JP
    • 09/01/2014

      Julie Penry JD ’04 was named assistant general counsel at Oregon State University in Corvallis.

    • 10/13/2017

      Julie Penry JD’ 04 and Jay Penry welcomed Charlotte Susannah Penry on May 24, 2017, in Corvallis, Oregon. She joins 5-year-old brother Leon.

    • 09/01/2014

      Abigail St. Lawrence JD ’04 opened St. Lawrence Law Office in downtown Helena, Montana. Specializing in water rights, natural resources, administrative law, and government relations, the firm provides responsive legal solutions for agriculture, development, business, and individuals. St. Lawrence is a frequent lecturer at CLE courses, chairs the Justice Initiatives Committee of the State Bar of Montana, and serves on the PPL Community Foundation board.

  • Mark Barzda LLM ’05
    MB
    • 07/07/2016

      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.

  • MC
    • 10/12/2015

      Joined Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt as the result of a merger between that firm and Stolowitz Ford Cowger in September 2015.

  • EH
    • 01/05/2016

      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

      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.

  • Victoria W. Hollinger JD ’05
    VH
    • 07/17/2015

      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.

  • Ben Leedy JD ’05
    BL
    • 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.

    • 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

      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

      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.

  • Rachel Philips JD ’05
    RP
    • 02/22/2015

      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.

  • Peter Ricoy JD ’05
    PR
    • 09/01/2014

      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

      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

      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.

  • Brett VandenHeuvel JD ’05
    BV
    • 01/07/2016

      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.

  • OW
    • 09/26/2014

      With husband Benjamin Griffin, welcomed daughter Nola Ayame Griffin-Willis on September 26, 2014.

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    • 02/01/2015

      Elizabeth Bonucci JD ’06 was named a Rising Star in the employment and labor law category. Bonucci represents employers in all aspects of employment law, including discrimination, wrongful termination, workplace harassment, and wage and hour claims. Prior to joining Fisher & Phillips, she was an assistant attorney general with the Oregon Department of Justice, where she defended sexual harassment, discrimination, civil rights violation, retaliation, and wrongful termination claims. Bonucci has experience litigating a broad range of matters in both state and federal courts.

  • Gillian Bunker JD ’06
    GB
    • 09/01/2014

      Was named shareholder at Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt. Bunker’s practice focuses on the preparation, prosecution, and commercialization of U.S. and foreign utility and design patents. Assisting start-ups, established companies, universities, and other research institutions, she provides advice ranging from patent procurement and protection to due diligence analyses, technology transfer, licensing, and strategic planning and counseling. She handles a variety of technologies, including mechanical devices, medical devices, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, and chemistry.

  • Chad Colton JD ’06
    CC
    • 07/12/2016

      Was named a 2016 Rising Star by Oregon Super Lawyers magazine. Colton is a trial lawyer with Markowitz Herbold, a boutique business litigation firm headquartered in Portland.

  • Elisa Dozono JD ’06
    ED
    • 09/01/2014

      Was chosen to be one of 10 Japanese Americans in the 2014 Japanese American Leadership Delegation, which traveled to Japan to engage with leaders in the business, government, academic, nonprofit, and cultural sectors. Dozono focuses her practice on business litigation and government relations.

  • Donna L. Lee JD ’06
    DL
    • 01/08/2016

      Was named a partner in the Portland office of the firm Hart Wagner. Lee defends physicians, nurses, dentists, chiropractors, naturopathic doctors, and other health-care providers in malpractice lawsuits in Oregon and Washington’s state and federal courts. She also regularly represents medical professionals in state licensing and professional credentialing board matters. Prior to establishing a career in law, Lee, who holds a doctorate in musicology, was a professor of 20th-century music history and theory.

    • 09/01/2014

      Announced the opening of the Law Offices of Ken Mitchell-Phillips, a Pacific Northwest law firm with Oregon offices in Portland, Clackamas, Lake Oswego, and Gresham, and a Washington office in Vancouver. The firm focuses on business transactional, real estate, corporate finance, civil litigation, and estate planning needs.

  • CM
    • 04/26/2017

      Christopher Mixson JD ’06 has been named a partner in the Reno and Las Vegas law offices of Wolf, Rifkin, Shapiro, Schulman & Rabkin, LLC. He works in the firm’s entertainment and intellectual property resources law and litigation practices.

  • DR
    • 03/03/2015

      Was appointed Magistrate Judge and Standing Master for the trial courts of Barrow, Alaska—which is also his hometown. Roghair replaces Mary Treiber ’80, who retired in November 2014. Previously, he was the Magistrate Judge in Tok, Alaska.

    • 09/01/2014

      Joined the Sierra Club’s San Francisco office as a staff attorney. Smith will continue to devote his practice to environmental and natural resources litigation, with a focus on clean energy, electricity regulation, and water and air pollution. He most recently worked for several years as an environmental litigator with Earthjustice in Florida.

  • SB
    • 06/08/2016

      Was elected to the city council of Denton, Texas. Bagheri has worked in community affairs since she returned to Denton in 2009 to practice law. She helped launch the popular Denton Community Market in 2010 as a founding board member and an attorney for the nonprofit group. Bagheri also served on the city’s Human Services Advisory Council from 2011 to 2013, was a member of the ad hoc committee that made recommendations in 2012 for the city’s smoking ban, and served as a commissioner on the city’s Zoning Board of Adjustment from 2015 until her election to the city council.

  • Jennifer Bragar JD ’07
    JB
    • 01/05/2016

      Was promoted to owner in the Portland office of Garvey Schubert Barer. Bragar’s practice focuses on land use, real estate, municipal, and environmental law. She has been involved in several significant cases throughout Oregon, including hazardous waste cleanup actions and land use advocacy on behalf of private landowners. She regularly assists as special counsel and general counsel to multiple cities across the state.

  • Joseph “Joe” Franco JD ’07
    JF
    • 07/12/2016

      Was named a 2016 Rising Star by Oregon Super Lawyers magazine. Franco is a trial lawyer with Markowitz Herbold, a boutique business litigation firm headquartered in Portland.

  • John Grant JD ’07
    JG
    • 05/18/2016

      Joined Fisher & Phillips LLP, a national labor and employment law firm, as program manager of Fisher Focus, a practice innovation initiative emphasizing legal project management, process improvement, and technology adoption. In his new role, Grant works with the firm’s lawyers and managers to drive efficiency through a focus on customer value, data-driven decision-making, and a cycle of continuous improvement. Grant is a former intellectual property litigator and a fourth-generation attorney who spent eight years in the software industry before earning his JD.

  • PJ
    • 09/01/2014

      Became a partner at O’Donnell, Clark & Crew. Janci has been with the firm since 2007. His practice focuses on representing plaintiffs in child sexual abuse, malpractice, wrongful death, and business tort cases.

  • Blerina Kotori JD ’07
    BK
    • 12/18/2015

      Was elected to partnership with Tonkon Torp. Kotori is a member of the firm’s labor and employment and information privacy and security practice groups. She was named a 2015 Rising Star in the employment and labor category by Oregon Super Lawyers magazine.

  • EM
    • 09/06/2016

      Joined Lane Powell as director of strategy and pricing. Meltzer will develop client service initiatives as well as handle project management and process improvement. Previously, he was director of legal services for RGP, a publicly traded global management consulting firm. Meltzer also has experience as a commercial and intellectual property attorney representing startups, nonprofits, and corporations in regard to a wide range of transactional and litigation matters.

  • Yoona Park JD ’07
    YP
    • 04/17/2017

      Yoona Park JD ’07 became a shareholder in the litigation group at Stolle Berne, having joined the firm in 2007. She concentrates on complex business litigation, securities law, employment class actions, and employment litigation. Park was named in the 2017 issue of Best Lawyers in America. She was also recognized in Benchmark Litigation as an Oregon Future Star in 2015 and in Oregon Super Lawyers as a Rising Star 2009–2013 in the Business Litigation and Employment Litigation categories. Outside of the office, she writes a blog (Yoonanimous), practices yoga, and enjoys Korean barbecue with husband Tom and sons Finn and Tate.

  • ES
    • 02/17/2015

      Stepped down from his position as assistant editor of the Real Estate and Land Use Digest, the flagship publication of the Oregon State Bar Real Estate and Land Use Section.

    • 02/01/2015

      Was elected president of the Multnomah Bar Association’s Young Lawyer Section for 2014-2015. Sinnott is a partner at Miller Nash and practices in the areas of debtor-creditor law, commercial litigation, and bankruptcy.

  • Harry Wilson JD ’07
    HW
    • 07/12/2016

      Was named a 2016 Rising Star by Oregon Super Lawyers magazine. Wilson is a trial lawyer with Markowitz Herbold, a boutique business litigation firm headquartered in Portland.

    • 09/17/2015

      Was included by the Portland Business Journal in its 2015 “Forty Under 40.” Wilson, who is with Markowitz Herbold, represents clients in complex litigation involving contracts, business torts, securities, and employment in multiple forums.

  • Jesse Cowell JD ’08
    JC
    • 09/29/2015

      Was named shareholder of Davison Van Cleve. Cowell handles a variety of matters before state utility commissions, including rate adjustments, rulemakings, and accounting issues, and litigates in state courts on behalf of both individuals and industrial corporations.

  • Joseph A. Furia
    JF
    • 08/09/2017

      Joseph A. Furia JD ’08 joined the law firm of Landye Bennett Blumstein LLP as a partner. Furia, who is admitted to practice in Oregon and Washington, will focus on environmental and natural resources law. Previously, he served as general counsel and policy director for conservation nonprofit the Freshwater Trust, where he led a four-person legal team and outside counsel on all legal matters including contracts, corporations, fundraising, litigation defense, intellectual property, and employment. He also directed policy efforts on natural resources, water quality, and water quantity issues in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, California, and nationally. Prior to legal practice, Furia worked in business development and government affairs for a hybrid vehicle company and a Silicon Valley-based technology company.

  • DH
    • 04/17/2015

      Was appointed to the board of governors for CareOregon, a nonprofit providing health plan services to four coordinated care organizations that serve about 250,000 Oregonians. Hall, who is with Ball Janik, practices in the areas of land use and real estate.

  • Anthony Kuchulis JD ’08
    AK
    • 04/11/2017

      Anthony Kuchulis JD ’08 has been named the 2017–18 cochair of the American Heart Association’s Men Go Red Portland chapter, which supports the Go Red for Women campaign and seeks to raise funds and awareness to combat women’s heart disease issues. He is an attorney with Barran Liebman LLP.

    • 02/01/2015

      Was named a 2014 Rising Star. Kuchulis is an associate at Barran Liebman.

  • Jessica McConnell JD ’08
    JM
    • 05/18/2016

      Has become a partner with Greene & Markley, a commercial law firm in Portland. McConnell joined the firm as a paralegal in 2004. She was promoted to associate in 2008, after earning her JD and a federal tax law certificate. For seven years, McConnell has volunteered at the Oregon State Bar’s pro bono bankruptcy clinic. She also serves on multiple bar committees and regularly presents at continuing legal education seminars. At the OSB Family Law Section 2015 Annual Conference, McConnell and fellow Greene & Markley partner Don Grim presented “Addressing Taxes Throughout a Dissolution Case.”

  • Will Patterson JD ’08
    WP
    • 09/01/2014

      Joined Folawn Alterman & Richardson as an associate. Patterson’s practice includes complex civil litigation, business law, and estate planning, as well as general transactional work, such as contract drafting and review.

  • Sara A.H. Sayles JD ’08
    SS
    • 01/22/2016

      Joined Intelekia Law Group as of counsel. Sayle’s practice focuses on general civil litigation and transactional matters, and she has expertise in real estate, land use, workers’ compensation, medical malpractice, and employment law. Previously an attorney at Houser & Allison, she offers legal services in Oregon, Washington, and California.

  • Colleen Scott JD ’08
    CS
    • 05/08/2017

      Colleen Scott JD ’08 was made a partner at Hart Wagner LLP. She brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the firm’s medical malpractice defense team in Portland. Scott focuses on medical malpractice defense, specializing in birth injury claims, and on representing medical professionals before their licensing boards.

    • 02/01/2015

      Was elected treasurer of the Multnomah Bar Association’s Young Lawyer Section. Steinhilb is an associate with Gordon & Polscer and practices in the areas of insurance, products liability, construction defect, and environmental law.

  • NT
    • 09/01/2014

      Joined the Center for American Progress as deputy director for public lands. Thakar previously worked at Perkins Coie representing power marketers, independent power producers, electric and gas utilities, hydroelectric licensees, and onshore and offshore oil and gas companies. She has experience in the permitting of renewable energy projects and has advised clients on the National Environmental Policy Act, wildlife protection laws, and hydraulic fracturing and greenhouse gas reporting rules.

    • 07/14/2016

      Was appointed president of the Multnomah Bar Association Young Lawyers Section. Volm is an associate at Barran Liebman LLP, where his practice focuses on employment litigation and advice. He works with business owners and in-house counsel to ensure compliance with changes in the law, and defends employers in litigation.

    • 04/17/2015

      Was named to the ambassador board of Big Brothers Big Sisters Columbia Northwest (BBBSCN), allowing him to contribute to fundraising and community outreach efforts for the organization. Volm, with Barran Liebman, has volunteered with BBBSCN for five years as a big brother and continues his mentoring work.

    • 02/01/2015

      Was elected secretary of the Multnomah Bar Association’s Young Lawyer Section. Volm practices in the areas of employment litigation, labor law, and compliance at Barran Liebman.

    • 09/01/2014

      Joined Barran Liebman as an associate. Volm represents employers and management in employment law litigation and provides advice on a full range of employment law matters. He is a director on the board of the Multnomah Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section, a volunteer attorney with the Lewis & Clark Small Business Legal Clinic, and a member of the law school’s Recent Graduate Council.

  • Molly Washington JD ’08
    MW
    • 09/01/2014

      Joined Ball Janik’s litigation and construction practice groups. Washington’s practice focuses on construction defect.

  • KA
    • 11/04/2015

      Was appointed to a three-year term on the Washington State Supreme Court Gender and Justice Commission, the mission of which is to provide a leadership role in eliminating gender discrimination and bias in the state’s legal system. Amburgey-Richardson, who is celebrating her fourth year with the Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs, works on justice issues and the confidentiality and privacy rights of sexual assault survivors. As program coordinator, she primarily focuses on the issue, of sexual violence in detention settings.

  • Noah Bishop JD ’09
    NB
    • 09/01/2014

      Started Bishop Bankruptcy Law in Clackamas, Oregon. Bishop brings over five years of chapter 7 and chapter 13 bankruptcy experience to his practice. Having spent the past three years working with a family and bankruptcy practice in Gresham, he is aware of the issues facing east county residents.

  • Kathy Black JD ’09
    KB
    • 02/02/2016

      Relocated from Portland to Albuquerque, New Mexico, and was admitted to the State Bar of New Mexico in December 2015. Black remains an attorney for the U.S. Department of Energy, now representing the Southwestern Power Administration based in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In January 2016, she was also elected to the board of directors for Drum Corps International, a youth arts and education nonprofit based in Indianapolis.

  • MC
    • 09/01/2014

      Welcomed daughter Arya Euna Sen on April 6, 2014. Arya weighed 6 lbs., 8.6 oz. and was 19.5 inches long. She is Chang’s first child.

      Arya Euna SenArya Euna Sen

  • DD
    • 02/01/2015

      Was named a 2014 Rising Star. Edenhofer is an associate at Hart Wagner. 

  • Cody Elliott JD ’09
    CE
    • 12/29/2015

      Was appointed to serve on the ambassador board of the Susan G. Komen Oregon and SW Washington Foundation. Elliott is with Miller Nash Graham & Dunn.

  • Shemia Fagan JD ’09
    SF
    • 09/01/2014

      Was included by the Portland Business Journal in its 2014 “Forty Under 40.” The recognition honors young influential business leaders who have excelled in their fields and are dedicated to their community. Fagan, an associate at Ater Wynne, works on business dispute resolution ranging from intellectual property infringement to employment defense.

    • 02/01/2015

      Became chair of the Executive Committee of the Oregon State Bar’s Health Law Section. She has been involved with the Health Law Section since 2012. Franks is an attorney with Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt.

  • VG
    • 09/01/2014

      Earned designation as a U.S. Certified Information Privacy Professional. Gebbie is member of the information privacy and security practice group at Opus Events Agency.

  • Katie Goss JD ’09
    KG
    • 07/07/2016

      Joined Gervurtz Menashe as a family law associate. Goss, who has spent five years practicing family law in Portland, will continue handling divorce, custody/parenting time, child support, contempt, and modification legal matters in Oregon.

  • GH
    • 08/16/2017

      Greg Harvey JD ’09 and Aila Wallace JD ’10 were married July 2017.

  • KJ
    • 12/21/2016

      Was appointed to the governing board of the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI). Together with the board’s other four members, she will set policies and oversee general operations which guide Oregonians in understanding the risks of natural hazards and the state’s exceptional geology. An attorney with Jordan Ramis PC, Jeremiah focuses her legal practice on construction and mining law.

  • LJ
    • 05/27/2015

      Was recognized by the law school’s Small Business Legal Clinic for significant pro bono contributions provided throughout 2014.

  • JM
    • 10/27/2016

      With Harley McGrew, welcomed son Iain Blake McGrew on June 3, 2016, in Austin, Texas.

    • 02/17/2015

      Joined Bryant, Lovlien & Jarvis as an associate. Ponzini’s practice focuses on family law, including divorce, child custody, child and spousal support, and support modifications, as well as assisting with civil litigation. Ponzini was also elected vice president of the Deschutes County Bar Association for 2014-2015.

  • OS
    • 10/13/2016

      Joined the Great Lakes Environmental Law Center in Detroit, Michigan, as a senior attorney. Previously, Salim served as senior attorney at Fair Shake Environmental Legal Services and as a staff attorney at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law’s Environmental Law Clinic. For the past five years, Salim has shared his expertise as an adjunct professor by teaching Lewis & Clark’s two-week summer seminar on oil and gas law, and energy law and regulation at the University of Pittsburgh.

  • Mark Sherman JD ’09
    MS
    • 08/03/2015

      Was named a 2015 Rising Star in the employment litigation: defense category by Oregon Super Lawyers magazine. Sherman is an associate at Hart Wagner.

    • 02/24/2015

      Was named a 2014 Rising Star by Oregon Super Lawyers magazine. Sherman is an associate at Hart Wagner.

  • ES
    • 09/01/2014

      With Constantin Severe, welcomed daughter Helena Rose Severe on April 12, 2014. Helena weighed 7 lbs., 2 oz. and was 19.5 inches long.

      Helena Rose SevereHelena Rose Severe

    • 02/01/2015

      After four years in private practice, accepted a direct commission (first lieutenant) into the U.S. Air Force Judge Advocate General’s Corps. Sutherland has relocated to Moody Air Force Base in Georgia.

  • Philip J. Wuest JD ’09
    PW
    • 09/17/2015

      Joined Black Helterline as an associate. Wuest focuses his practice on real estate transaction, land use and environmental permitting, real estate litigation, and construction contracting.

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