Class Notes: 1980s

Class Notes: 1980s


Thomas Brown ’80 was honored by the Oregon Daily Journal of Commerce with the Leadership in Law Award. The award recognizes those individuals whose leadership, both in the legal profession and in the community, has made a positive impact on the state. Brown is a partner with Cosgrave Vergeer Kester in Portland.

William Hupprich ’80 was promoted to vice president and general counsel of the Alaska Railroad Corporation.

He can be reached at P.O. Box 17500, Anchorage, Alaska 99510-7500.

Mary Treiber ’80 moved to Barrow, Alaska, where she is the magistrate. She is one of two judicial officers serving the North Slope Borough. She can be contacted at Alaska Court System, P.O. Box 270, Barrow, Alaska 99723, 907-821-0678.


Gretchen Buehner ’81 was reelected to the Tigard City Council, which in turn elected her council president in January.

Juan Lizama ’81 was appointed to serve on the Northern Marianas College Board of Regents. He will represent Saipan on the board through November 13, 2013. Lizama, now retired, served as the associate judge of the CNMI Superior Court from 1998 through 2008, and was a special judge at the Superior and Supreme Courts from 1996 through 1998. He also served as assistant legal counsel of Marianas Public Land Corporation, consultant for the NMI First Commonwealth Legislature, director of Territorial Economic Opportunity Office, and administrator of the Office of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Island.

Chrys Martin ’81 joined Davis Wright Tremaine as a partner in their Portland office. Her practice focuses on counseling and litigation in employment, labor and benefits issues for employers. Martin spent the last 29 years at Bullivant Houser Bailey advising and defending employers of all sizes.

Kathleen McCann ’81 was a presenter for a CLE—The Seventh Nuts and Bolts Lecture: Starting and Sustaining a Law Practice—in Clark County. McCann is a sole practitioner in Vancouver, emphasizing family law, adoption, and guardianship in her practice. She has been practicing law in Clark County since 1981 and is a member of the Washington State Bar Family Law Executive Council. McCann who worked as an associate for a sole practitioner for five years and for a small firm for three, has had her own practice since 1989.


Kathryn Villa-Smith ’82 was appointed to the Multnomah County Circuit Court and will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Keith Meisenheimer. Villa-Smith previously was a shareholder at the firm of Gevurtz, Menashe, Larson & Howe in Portland. She has practiced domestic relations law for more than 16 years and has prior experience as a deputy district attorney in Multnomah County. She serves on the board of the St. Andrew Legal Clinic and the Multnomah Bar Foundation.


Gary Bashor ’83 was selected by Washington Governor Chris Gregoire to replace retiring Superior Court Judge James Warme. Bashor has been doing judicial duties part time since 1999, when judges appointed him court commissioner. Bashor will have to run for election this fall for the remaining year of Warme’s four-year term, and he will have to run again in the fall of 2012 to retain the seat. As judge he intends to continue the work he’s been doing to increase people’s access to justice. Part of that will involve adding legal forms to the Superior Court website, which he redesigned, and linking them to a free translation program.

Deborah Caldwell ’83 is owner of Caldwell Human Resources, which provides HR services for dental practices. Following advanced training in workplace mediation, facilitation and training, employment law, and human resources, Caldwell has worked with groups and conferences in Oregon and elsewhere. She created Caldwell Human Resources after a career that included school administration and teaching educational psychology and related courses at Pacific University.


Kay Abramowitz ’84 was elected to the Portland Opera’s board of directors. She is a partner with Ater Wynne and chair of its wealth preservation and family-owned business group. Abramowitz counsels individuals and business owners on asset protection and wealth preservation through estate planning, estate and trust administration, entity formation, and business planning.

Julianne Davis ’84 joined Lane Powell as counsel to the firm in the intellectual property and technology practice group, where she will focus her practice 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,

William C. Rooklidge ’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.

Kathryn Smith Root ’84 is the anchor partner and partner-in-charge of the newly opened Portland office of McKinley Irvin, a Seattle-based family law firm. Root, formerly a shareholder of Johnston, Root & Leibenguth, will continue to handle a broad range of family law cases with specific emphasis on interstate and international family law disputes, including international child abduction cases. She can be reached at 1500 S.W. First Avenue, Suite 920, Portland, Oregon 97201, 503-226-7986,

Nancy Smith ’84 changed the name of her firm to Nancy A. Smith & Associates (formerly Smith & Greaves). The firm continues to offer full service creditors collection assistance to clients in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. Her new website is


Pamela Barrow ’85 was a speaker at the 2011 Executive Business Summit held in May in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Barrow is the energy director for the Northwest Food Processors Association (NWFPAA).


Scott Horngren ’87 accepted a position with the American Forest Resource Council (AFRC) as in-house counsel. He previously was with the firm of Haglund Kelly Jones & Wilder. He can be reached at American Forest Resource Council, 5100 S.W. Macadam Avenue, Suite 350, Portland, Oregon 97239, 503-222-9595.

Anthony Misseldine ’87 joined the firm of Jackson White in Mesa, Arizona, as a shareholder and focuses his practice on eminent domain, inverse condemnation, commercial real estate valuation, land use litigation, and complex commercial lawsuits. Misseldine has extensive experience providing litigation services at trial and his clients include property owners, private companies, and national corporations. He is a member of the State Bar of Arizona and the J. Reuben Clark Law Society, as well as a former member of the State Bar of Arizona professionalism committee. He received the AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the leading lawyer rating and referral service. Misseldine is licensed to practice before the Supreme Court of Arizona, U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona, and the U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit.