Eric Robertson joined the Salem, Oregon, firm Saalfeld Griggs. He will work with the employee benefits and corporate practice groups. (October 2017)
Laura Zaro joined the firm Olsen Daines as an associate attorney. She will be doing bankruptcy and litigation there. (October 2017)
Amanda (Peterson) Afshar JD/MBA’17 joined the firm Saalfeld Griggs in Salem, Oregon. She is an associate attorney in the estate planning practice group. (October 2017)
Elizabeth Schultz joined Tonkon Torp LLP in Portland, Oregon, as an associate in its business department. (November 2017)
Katie Taylor joined Harder, Wells, Baron & Manning in Eugene, Oregon. Her practice focuses on Social Security disability law. (December 2017)
Shangar Meman joined the Portland civil litigation firm Hart Wagner LLP as an associate. Her practice focuses on medical malpractice defense, professional liability, commercial litigation, and premises liability. (July 2017)
Corey Driscoll joined Hendrix, Brinich & Bertalan LLP in Bend, Oregon, as an associate. His practice focuses on wills and trust drafting, probate and trust administration, wrongful death probate procedures, guardianships and conservatorships, special needs trust planning and long-term care planning. (July 2017)
Arash Afshar JD/MBA’15 joined the firm Sherman Sherman Johnnie & Hoyt, LLP in Salem as an associate attorney in 2016. His practice focuses on business and corporate law, secured transactions, creditor’s rights, real estate and land use. He and Amanda (Peterson) Afshar JD/MBA'17 were married on October 7, 2017, in West Linn, Oregon. (October 2017)
Jonathan Grindell created the sole proprietorship Solidarity Legal in the Seattle area. The focus is on defending immigrants facing deportation, harm reduction, and prison abolition. (September 2017).
Alexandra Robins joined the Seattle City Attorney’s Office as an assistant city prosecutor. (October 2017).
Lauren Visoria joined Miller Nash Graham & Dunn’s Seattle office. She is a part of the firm’s trusts and estates team. (February 2018)
Layla McLean joined Buckley Law, PC, in Lake Oswego, Oregon, as an associate attorney with the Estate Planning team. Her practice focuses on estate planning and administration for taxable and non-taxable estates, business law, and real estate transactions. (September 2017)
Jennifer Jefferies joined Davies Pearson in Tacoma, Washington, as an associate attorney practicing in the areas of general business, real estate, commercial litigation, and probate. (November 2017)
Stephen Scott ’10, JD’13 joined the Portland, Oregon, office of Fisher Phillips. He will represent employers in employment-related administrative claims, including wrongful termination, wage and hour laws and discrimination. (August 2017)
Stephanie Palmblad ’09, JD’12 given the 2017 Carson Award for Service to the Bar from the Marion County Bar Association. (December 2017)
Young Walgenkim given the 2017 Arno Denecke New Lawyer of the Year Award for pro bono service from the Marion County Bar Association. (December 2017)
Erin Dawson recognized by the Oregon State Bar with the President’s Membership Service Award. She is an associate attorney at Parsons Farnell & Grein LLP in Portland. (September 2017)
Terrence S. Green given the 2017 Lawyer of the Year Award for pro bono service from the Marion County Bar Association. (December 2017)
Daniel Kittle was elected shareholder of Lane Powell’s Seattle office effective January 1, 2018. His practice focuses on complex contract claims, state and local tax disputes, franchise and dealership matters, and corporate governance feuds. (January 2018)
Rebecca Van Loon elected shareholder of Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek in San Diego. She practices in the areas of estate planning, trust and probate administration and taxation law. (January 2018)
Rocky Dallum elected partner at Tonkon Torp LLP in Portland, Oregon. His practice includes strategic counsel and direct advocacy for corporate and nonprofit clients engaging with Oregon’s legislative and executive branches. He has also joined the board of directors for the Oregon and SW Washington Chapter of The ALS Association. (January 2018)
Rachel Kittle continues to run the mentoring program she founded, Leadership Launch. The program seeks to help at-risk youth get into and succeed at college. (April 2017)
Naomi (Levelle) Haslitt named to the Portland Business Journal's 2017 "Forty Under 40" list. (May 2017)
Cristin Casey assumed the role of chief prosecutor for the Portland, Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries in September 2017. (September 2017)
Julia Rice joined Buckley Law P.C. in Lake Oswego, Oregon, as a shareholder with the estate planning team. She will work with the estate planning and business groups on matters related to tax, estate planning and charitable planning processes. (October 2017)
Jeff Auxier appointed by Gov. Kate Brown as Columbia County District Attorney. (June 2017)
Jenn Gaddis named administrative law judge for the Portland, Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries. She will start the position September 1, 2017. (August 2017)
Leila R. Kimbrell hired by Sen. Lisa Murkowski JD'85 to serve as her new state director, based in Anchorage. She has practiced law in Alaska for the past decade, and from 2013-15, she served as a policy advisor to Sen. Murkowski in her Washington, D.C., office. (September 2017)
Sasha Buchert hired as a staff attorney by Lamda Legal in Washington, D.C. Prior to joining Lamda, Buchert was a staff attorney and policy counsel at the Transgender Law Center. (June 2017)
Rachel Kittson-MaQatish named one of Linn-Benton Community College's distinguished alumni at a reception in April 2017. She graduated from LBCC in 1991 and went on to earn a bachelor's degree from Oregon State University before attending Willamette Law for her JD. She is a partner at Morley Thomas Law Firm in Lebanon, Oregon. (October 2017).
Melissa Tahir JD/MBA'05, a partner at Hart Wagner in Portland, Oregon, named in the 2017 Oregon Super Lawyers magazine to the 2017 Rising Stars list. She was also honored in the Personal Injury Medical Malpractice: Defense category. (October 2017)
Chad Sleight appointed to succeed retiring Judge James Swanger on the Clark County (Washington) District Court beginning in March 2017. To retain his seat, Sleight will have to run for election in November 2018. (March 2017)
Kirstin (Fjeld) Dutcher joined Jill Eshman Law in Ketchum, Idaho, in July 2017. Her practice focuses on family law, estate planning and administration, probate and civil litigation. (July 2017)
Kristin Bremer Moore appointed to chair Tonkon Torp's Labor & Employment practice group. Bremer Moore joined Tonkon Torp in 2006 and was named as a partner in 2011. (July 2017)
Megan McAlpin named 2017-18 president of the Association of Legal Writing Directors, a learned association of legal writing professors with members from 150 law schools in the US. She teaches in the University of Oregon School of Law’s legal writing program. (December 2017)
Steven R. Powers was named judge by Oregon Gov. Kate Brown for position seven on the Oregon Court of Appeals. His appointment began on July 17, 2017. (July 2017)
Stacy Chamberlain named executive director of Oregon American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees in Portland, Oregon. Chamberlain had previously served as interim executive director for the council. (August 2017)
Crystal Miller-O’Brien reappointed to the California Law Revision Commission by Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. She has served on the commission since 2011 and has been corporate counsel at Medical Management Consultants Inc. since 2006. She is also a pro tem judge for LA County Superior Courts. (September 2017).
Vicki Smith recognized in the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in America© for her competence in insurance litigation. (October 2017).
Vicki Smith was elected as president of the board of directors for the Oregon Association of Defense Counsel (OADC), Oregon’s statewide association for civil defense attorneys. Before assuming the presidency in 2018, Smith volunteered on OADC’s board of directors for five years, serving as OADC’s president-elect in 2017, and as secretary/treasurer in 2016. She is also a trial lawyer and partner with Portland civil litigation firm Bodyfelt Mount LLP. (February 2018)
Tonya R. Meehan ’98, JD’01 joined Seattle family law firm Goldberg Jones. She works with divorce, child custody and other family law matters. (November 2017)
Melanie Lawrence appointed as the deputy chief in the Office of the Chief Trial Counsel of the State Bar of California. The office reviews approximately 16,000 complaints of attorney misconduct annually. (November 2017)
Nicole Owren-Wiest joined Crowell & Moring LLP in Washington, D.C., as a partner in the firm’s government contracts group. She is a nationally recognized government contracts lawyer with more than 15 years of experience representing aerospace, defense, professional services, healthcare, and IT and emerging technology companies in all aspects of government procurement. (November 2017).
Deanna L. Franco joined Cosgrave Vergeer Kester LLP in Portland as a partner in the business practice group. (December 2017)
Todd Hanchett elected to the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC). Membership is by nomination only and limited to 1,000 practicing lawyers and corporate counsel in the U.S. Hanchett is one of only 11 FDCC members in Oregon. He is an attorney with Stoel Rives LLP in Portland, Oregon. (August 2017)
Theressa Hollis won the 2017 Oregon State Bar’s Public Service Award. She is secretary of the OSB Elder Law Section’s executive committee and president of the board of trustees for the nonprofit Guardian Partners. She is also a partner in the elder law and estate planning firm Fitzwater Meyer Hollis & Marmion in Portland, Oregon. (September 2017)
Troy Biddle, 52, passed away on Nov. 25, 2017, in a car accident in San Pablo, California. His 13-year-old son, Baden, brother-in-law, Daryl Horn, and 14-year-old nephew, Joseph Horn, were also killed in the crash. Troy was a partner at Seattle-based law firm Carroll, Biddle & Bilanko and lived with his family in Bainbridge Island, Washington. He was enthusiastic about serving his community and family and often coached his children’s sports teams. Baden was a caring, sensitive boy who was also a goofball. He was a middle-school student at Woodward Middle School. Troy and Baden are survived by their wife and mother, Amanda Horn JD’98, daughter and sister, Devon, and other extended family members. (November 2017)
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee JD’76 appointed Anne (Mowry) Cruser JD’97 Cowlitz County fifth Superior Court judge. Cruser fills a newly established seat on the court. Previously, she was a supervising attorney for the appellate division at the Clark County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. (August 2017)
Adam Hardwicke formed a new law firm in Burley, Idaho with his wife, Jennifer Dockter. The firm of Dockter and Hardwicke will focus on criminal law, family law, immigration and general civil litigation. (August 2017)
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown appointed Christopher A. Ramras judge for position 15 on the Multnomah County Circuit Court. The appointment was effective July 17, 2017. (July 2017)
Valerie Snyder appointed by Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder to serve as 7th Probate Court judge for Charlevoix and Emmet counties. She has been in private practice since 1996, focusing on real estate and estate planning. She fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Frederick Mulhauser. (June 2017)
Brian McQuaid named vice president and general counsel at Base Commerce in Tempe, Arizona. For more than 16 years, he was a litigation partner at Squire Patton Boggs in Phoenix. Base Commerce is a provider of integrated payments solutions for computer-based service providers and billing services. (September 2017)
Skip Winters recognized in the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in America© for his competence in construction litigation. (October 2017).
Jennifer S. Robertson was featured by the Bellevue, Washington 425Business magazine as one of six dynamic women impacting their community. Robertson is a city councilwoman for Bellevue and a managing attorney for Northwest Urban Law, PLCC, in Mercer Island, Washington. (September 2017)
David Groff was selected as the Oregon Institute of Technology’s first in-house legal counsel. Groff was previously county counsel for Klamath County and the chief deputy in the Klamath County District Attorney’s office. (March 2018)
Jan Bennetts received the Distinguished Alumni Citation from Willamette University at Alumni Weekend in September 2017. She also received the Idaho State Bar’s Professionalism Award in November 2017. Bennetts is the first woman to hold the post of prosecuting attorney in Ada County, Idaho. (November 2017)
David Brickey unanimously appointed city manager of West Jordan, Utah. He had served as interim city manager since July 2017. (January 2018)
Karlin Scott Myers practiced law in state and federal courts in Oregon, Idaho and Utah for 15 years before his appointment to the bench in Utah’s Fifth Judicial District in 2005. He recently published his first book titled, “Ezekiel James, Lawyer Prophet.” (July 2017)
Nancy Erfle named among an elite slate of attorneys as Law360’s 2017 MVPs of the Year. Erfle’s role as national and lead trial attorney for the firm’s client Imerys Talc America was what caught the attention of Law360’s editors. Attorneys selected to receive this award have distinguished themselves by securing hard-earned successes in high-stakes litigation, complex global matters and record-breaking deals. (January 2018)
Billy J. Williams nominated by President Donald Trump as the United States attorney for the District of Oregon. Since February 2016, he has served as the court-appointed United States attorney for the District of Oregon, and he has worked in that office since 2000. (November 2017)
Walter Beglau given the 2017 Carson Award for Service to the Community from the Marion County Bar Association. (December 2017)
Ann Postlewaite, 63, passed away on Aug. 25, 2017, in Clackamas, Oregon. She was born and raised in Portland and completed her undergraduate degree in history at Portland State University in 1985. She graduated with her JD from Willamette Law in 1989 and focused her practice on family law. She was active in bar activities and Oregon Women Lawyers. Her pride and joy was her son, Steele, who survives her.
Russell D. Garrett elected managing shareholder of Jordan Ramis PC, Attorneys at Law, in Portland, Oregon. Garrett is a member of Willamette Law's Leadership Cabinet. (August 2017)
Jonathan Mayes appointed senior vice president of external affairs and chief diversity officer for Albertsons Cos. in March of 2017.
Maggie Margaret Muller, 57, passed away on Aug. 26, 2017, in Longview, Washington. She was born and raised in Fowler, Indiana and received her BA in English literature, philosophy and physics from Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana in 1982. She went on to earn her JD from Willamette Law in 1987. She was passionate about politics and the rights and needs of all US citizens. She is survived by her husband of 26 years, Clay Patrick, and her sisters Betsy and Rebekah Muller.
Linda B. Clapham elected shareholder at Carney Badley Spellman, a Seattle law firm. (June 2017)
Jesse Barton edited the practitioner’s manual, “Still at War: A Guide for Defenders, Prosecutors, & Judges Dealing with Oregon’s Veteran Defendant Crisis.” The manual is a joint publication of the Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and the state’s Veterans Defense Resources Center. (June 2017)
Diana Parker, 73, passed away on Jan. 5, 2018, in Yakima, Washington. She and her husband, Richard, married in Idaho when she was 16. She attended Willamette Law for law school and passed the Washington bar in 1986. She was a defense attorney for over 20 years and ran a trucking business for more than 30 years. She also rode motorcycles, raised two kids, and enjoyed staying busy. She was preceded in death by her parents, brother, and youngest son, Richard. She is survived by son, Doug, husband, Richard, and four grandchildren.
Daina Vitolins appointed judge by Oregon Gov. Kate Brown to the 22nd Judicial District Circuit Court encompassing Crook and Jefferson counties. Vitolins fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Gary Lee Williams. (June 2017)
Joseph Schierhorn JD/MBA'85, named president and CEO of Northrim BanCorp Inc., the parent company of Northrim Bank in Anchorage, Alaska, where Schierhorn will continue to serve as president and CEO. In October 2017, he was also named chairman of the board of the bank and the company. (October 2017)
Mary Del Balzo promoted to Head of Americas Legal at Mentor, A Siemens Business (formerly known as Mentor Graphics). She leads a nine-member software group with staff at Siemens locations across the nation, as well as in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (October 2017)
Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter appointed Judge Rick Carnaroli JD’85 Sixth District Judge, based in Pocatello, in November 2017. Carnaroli has served as a magistrate judge since October 2004.
Mark Prater awarded the 2018 Pillar of Excellence Award by the Tax Council Policy Institute in recognition of his extraordinary contributions to the tax community and efforts to formulate tax policy. Prater is the deputy staff director and chief tax counsel for the Senate Finance Committee. (January 2018)
David A. Shaneyfelt named to the 2018 Southern California Super Lawyer list. He is an attorney with the Alvarez Firm in Camarillo and has helped policyholders recover millions of dollars in disputes against insurance companies covering virtually all lines of insurance. (February 2018)
Judge Alta Brady JD’83 retired from the Deschutes County Circuit Court in Bend, Oregon, December 31, 2017. She was appointed to the court in May 1994 by then-Gov. Barbara Roberts and served at the presiding judge from 2012 until her retirement. (January 2018)
Ray Baum, 62, passed away on Feb. 9, 2018. He was the staff director of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, one of the most powerful panels on Capitol Hill with its jurisdiction including telecommunications, health care, energy, the internet and a host of other issues. With an undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University, Baum earned his JD from Willamette Law in 1983. He dedicated his life to public service, spending many years as an attorney in La Grande, Oregon, before being elected to the Oregon House in 1988. He served as House majority leader in 1995 and spent time on the Public Utility Commission and as a policy adviser for Rep. Greg Walden, R-Oregon, a close friend. He is survived by his wife, Kristine, and six children. (February 2018)
Jay Richardson joined Cosgrave Vergeer Kester LLP in Portland as a partner in its business practice group. His practice focuses on taxation, business formation and transactions, estate planning, and employee benefit planning consultation. (December 2017)
Douglas S. Parker recognized with a top ranking in the 2017 edition of the prestigious Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. Chambers placed Parker in Band 1 for Alaska, the guide’s highest distinction. Parker is office managing shareholder in the Anchorage and Portland, Oregon offices of Littler, the world’s largest employment and labor law practice representing management. (June 2017)
Christopher Jennings, 67, passed away on Aug. 10, 2016, in Olympia, Washington. He grew up in Bellevue, Washington and received his undergraduate degree from Washington State University and his law degree from Willamette Law in 1981. In 1994, he married Ann Vandeman in Washington, D.C., where their daughter, Geraldine, was born. In 2001, the family returned to Washington to settle in Olympia permanently. Chris approached the law as a caring profession and spent his entire career using the law to advocate for and protect the civil rights of people affected by mental illness and developmental disabilities. He is survived by his wife and daughter, siblings and father. (added to Class Notes February 2018)
Kent Hansen received an honorary doctorate from his undergraduate alma mater, La Sierra University, in Riverside, California. Hansen serves as general counsel for Loma Linda University Health. (June 2017)
Thomas D. Miller received the BPA Meritorious Service Award, the highest honor from the Bonneville Power Adminisration, an agency under the US Department of Energy, in March 2017. The award recognizes individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to BPA's mission through excellence in their chosen field for 10 years or more. Miller is a BPA Legal Services attorney-adviser and has been with the agency for 36 years. (August 2017)
Judge Mark McCauley retired from the Grays Harbor County Superior Court in Washington after serving on the bench for nearly 25 years. (December 2017)
Bill Fleming, 69, passed away on Jan. 11, 2018, in East Hampton, New York. He grew up in Garden City, New York, and attended George Washington University and Adelphi University before earning his law degree at Willamette. He was drafted into the US Army in 1971, serving until his discharge in 1973. He married his wife, Abby, in September 1985 and spent his general practice career in New York. He is remembered as a voracious consumer of history, literature, music, conversation, and college basketball. He loved dogs, dinner parties, and friends and family, and was an eager travel planner and dedicated servant to the East End. He is survived by his wife, Abby, and daughter, Catharine.
Rodney Norton, a partner at Hart Wagner in Portland, Oregon, recognized in 2017 Oregon Super Lawyers list for Personal Injury Medical Malpractice: Defense. (October 2017)
Albert Menashe received the Classic Wines Auction Koerner Rombauer Award for Service in March of 2017. The award is given annually to recognize individuals who have consistently served, funded, and supported the Classic Wines Auction and its benefitting charities.
George M. Jennings, a 42-year member of the Oregon State Bar, was recently celebrated as the 2016 First Citizen of the City of Salem. Jennings has served as a member of the Oregon Board of Bar Examiners, chair of a school board, and in leadership positions for various charities and nonprofit organizations in Marion and Polk Counties. (September 2017)
Jim Griggs retired from his business and tax law practice at Saalfeld Griggs in Salem on January 1, 2018. (January 2018)
Bob Saalfeld was given the 2017 Paul J. De Muniz Professionalism Award from the Marion County Bar Association. He retired from his estate planning practice at Saalfeld Griggs in Salem, Oregon, on January 1, 2018. (January 2018)
Neil R. Bryant retired from Bryant, Lovlien & Jarvis after practicing at the firm for 44 years. (July 2018)
Judge Gregory Tripp retired from the Spokane County District Court in September 2017 after serving on the bench for 20 years. He plans to spend more time with his family and hobbies during retirement. (September 2017)
Allen Lyons retired from his law practice at Lyons Lederer in Salem. He plans to spend retirement with family, traveling and doing volunteer work. (September 2017)
Robert E. Maloney Jr. reelected as the Oregon Zoo Foundation’s chairman of the Advocacy Committee and to serve on the Executive Committee of its Board of Trustees. He was also appointed a member of the Volunteers of America’s National Lawyers Advisory Council. (October 2017)
Bill Arthur Galbreath ‘54, LLB’57, 87, passed away on Sept. 13, 2017, in Portland, Oregon. He was born and raised in Sherwood, Oregon, where he grew up on the family onion farm with his eight brothers and sisters. His attendance at Willamette University was interrupted by his enlistment into the Army and completion of Officer Candidate School. Upon his discharge, he finished his undergraduate and law degrees at Willamette. He practiced law in Milton-Freewater, Oregon for more than 20 years, including service as a municipal court judge. In the mid-1980s, he returned to the Portland area and continued to practice. During the last several years of his life, he began farming again. He is survived by a sister, nieces and nephews, his four children and their spouses, as well as several grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.