Class Notes: 1990s
Includes news received from January 9 through July 1, 2014.
Scott Snyder ’90 launched Scott Snyder Arbitration & Mediation, which focuses on effective alternative dispute resolution services. Snyder has extensive experience in business and injury litigation having arbitrated and mediated hundreds of cases. He is a former in-house counsel for Safeco Insurance, KinderCare, and Rentrak Corporation. Snyder has also served as municipal judge for the City of North Plains. He can be contacted at www.scottsnyderadr.com, 503-452-7747, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Robert J. (Bob) Miller ’91 was elected to the American Philosophical Society in April. Formerly a law professor at Lewis & Clark, Miller teaches at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University.
Teresa Statler ’91 moved her immigration law practice to 522 S.W. 5th Avenue, Suite 1125, Portland, Oregon. She can be reached through her website, www.statlerimmigration.com.
Margaret Allee ’93 was named director of programs for Susan G. Komen Oregon and SW Washington, the region’s largest breast cancer charity. Allee has an M.S. in nursing and an M.S. in business management. Prior to joining Komen, she held leadership positions in direct patient care, management, and administration at Legacy Health System, Oregon Health & Science University, and Providence Health and Services.
Daniel Blaufus ’93 joined the Port of Portland as general counsel. From 2000 to 2010, Blaufus served as an attorney for Nike in various capacities, including as emerging markets counsel and Americas regional counsel. Most recently, he served as senior vice president and general counsel at Borden Dairy Company in Dallas, Texas.
Gil Rosenthal ’93 was elected partner at Kutak Rock. Rosenthal has a broad-ranging domestic and international corporate practice specializing in mergers and acquisitions, asset purchases, private equity investments and loan transactions. He works extensively with the structuring and formation of corporations, limited liability companies, and alternative entities for use in joint ventures, international transactions, and other complex business arrangements.
Scott Shapiro ’94 was elected managing partner at Downey Brand, where he focuses on the internal operations of the firm. Shapiro is known for his expertise in flood protection improvement projects throughout California’s Central Valley.
The Honorable David Avraham Voluck ’95 received the Alaska Bar Association Board of Governor’s Judge Nora Guinn Award at the 2014 Bar Convention. The award recognizes extraordinary and sustained efforts to assist Alaska’s rural residents, especially its Native population, in overcoming language and cultural barriers to obtaining justice through the legal system. Voluck is the first tribal judge to receive the award. The Alaska Bar Association cited his 20 years serving the state’s Native people as tribal judge, Indian law professor, author, and special counsel. Voluck presently sits as trial judge for the Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska, Sitka Tribe of Alaska, and Aleut Community of St. Paul Island, and is an adjunct professor for the law school’s Indian Law Program.
Kathleen C. Becker ’96 was elected representative for Colorado House District 13, which extends from the Wyoming border to Mount Evans and includes Jackson, Grand, Gilpin, and Clear Creek Counties, as well as the western portions of the City of Boulder and Boulder County.
Tanya Durkee Urbach ’96 was appointed to the board of directors for Queen’s Bench, the Multnomah County chapter of Oregon Women Lawyers.
Victoria Blachly ’97 of Samuels Yoelin Kantor was appointed to the board of advisors for VoteERA.org, a bipartisan organization advocating for an Oregon Equal Rights Amendment. Blachly was also appointed to the Governor’s Commission on Senior Services, which is dedicated to enhancing and protecting the quality of life for elderly Oregonians.
Susan E. Smith ’97 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.
Heather Guthrie ’99 of Dunn Carney was appointed to a three-year term on the board of directors for the United Way of the Columbia-Willamette. Guthrie also serves as chair of the planned giving advisory council for United Way and has been working with the nonprofit for seven years.
Dana Krawczuk ’99, senior counsel in Perkins Coie’s real estate and land use practice, 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.
Jill R. Long ’99, a shareholder at Lane Powell, was selected for the 2014 Fellows Program of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD), a national organization of the legal profession’s top general counsel and managing partners. The fellows program is a highly structured initiative designed to increase diversity at the leadership levels of U.S. law firms and corporate legal departments. Long focuses her practice on land use and real estate, obtaining land use entitlements for retailers, developers, and property owners.
Laura Maffei ’99 joined Cable Huston as a partner. She brings experience as a geologist to her practice in environmental and natural resources law, focusing on water quality and remediation projects in Oregon and Washington. Maffei has represented municipal and industrial clients since 1999 in permitting, environmental compliance, and environmental litigation matters. She also provides environmental advice in business and real estate transactions. Prior to attending law school, Maffei practiced as an environmental consultant in Oregon and Washington.
Allison Rhodes ’99 is partner at Holland & Knight’s Portland office, where she focuses her practice on legal ethics and risk management, including attorney disciplinary defense. Rhodes advises both law firms and lawyers in matters involving lawyer mobility, partnership and corporate structuring, lawyer dissociation, and lateral hiring. She also litigates law firm dissolution, fiduciary duty, and lawyer separations.