Speaker Biographies

Ellen F. Rosenblum ellen-rosenblum

Luncheon Speaker

Oregon Attorney General
Salem, Oregon

A former federal prosecutor and state trial and appellate judge, Ellen Rosenblum was elected to a four-year term as Oregon's 17th Attorney General in November, 2012. She is the first woman to serve as Oregon Attorney General.

Ellen's priorities as Attorney General include advocating for and protecting Oregon's most vulnerable, including especially its families and children, its seniors, Oregonians whose first language is not English, and students who have incurred significant education-related debt. She is committed to assisting district attorneys and local law enforcement in prosecuting complex crimes and has made internet and other crimes against children her highest priority.

Ellen has been active in local and national organizations of lawyers, judges and attorneys general. She currently serves on the Executive Committee of the National Association of Attorneys General and she chairs the Conference of Western Attorneys General. She has served as Secretary of the American Bar Association and currently co-chairs the ABA’s Section of State & Local Government Law’s committee devoted exclusively to state attorney general issues.


Jean Back jean-back

Of Counsel, Schwabe, Williamson, & Wyatt
Portland, Oregon

Jean Back is a management-sided employment lawyer and is a member of the Oregon and Washington State Bars. Ms. Back has practiced in the areas of Labor and Employment and General Litigation since 1991. Although Ms. Back litigates a wide variety of cases, a primary focus is to assist her clients with the enforcement of their non-competition, non-solicitation, and Confidentiality provisions. Ms. Back has tried numerous cases in Oregon State and Federal Court involving to enforce these types of restrictive covenants.

Ms. Back has been a regular speaker to Oregon and Washington employers on a variety of employment topics, including state and federal privacy laws, and tort laws that affect an employer's right to monitor the online or social media and social networking activities of its job applicants and employees.


Paul J. De Muniz paul-demuniz

Chief Justice, Oregon Supreme Court (Retired)
Distinguished Jurist in Residence, Willamette University College of Law
Salem, Oregon

The Honorable Paul J. De Muniz was elected to the Oregon Supreme Court in 2000 and served as the court’s chief justice and administrative head of the Oregon Judicial Department from January 2006 to May 2012, retiring from the court at the end of 2012. Between 1990 and 2000, he sat on the Oregon Court of Appeals and served as presiding judge on one of the three panels that comprise that body. Prior to ascending to the bench, De Muniz was in private practice for 13 years with the Salem, Ore., law firm of Garrett, Seideman, Hemann, Robertson and De Muniz P.C., where he specialized in complex criminal and civil litigation, as well as appeals. From 1975 to 1977, he was a deputy public defender for the State of Oregon.

In November 2011, De Muniz was inducted into the National Center for State Courts’ Warren E. Burger Society in recognition of his commitment to improving the administration of justice within the states. In addition to his work within Oregon, he also was a member of the Conference of Chief Justices and was elected to its board of directors in 2008. He served on the board of trustees for the National Judicial College from 2011 to 2013. In 2011 De Muniz completed a three-year term as a member of the Harvard Kennedy School’s Executive Session for State Court Leaders in the 21st Century. In 2002, De Muniz founded a rule-of-law partnership with judicial leaders in the Russian Far East, working with lawyers and judges in Russia to implement reforms within the Russian criminal justice system. De Muniz currently serves on the board of directors of the National Crime Victim Law Institute, and the board of the Institute for The Advancement of the American Legal System, in Denver, Colorado.

De Muniz speaks frequently to both national and international audiences on the importance of maintaining independent state judiciaries, improving state court administration and the need for adequate state court funding. He has served as the 2009 Robert H. Jackson Lecturer for the National Judicial College and, in 2010, addressed judicial leaders from 55 countries at the Asian Pacific Courts Conference on the ways and means of judicial branch strategic planning. Later that year, De Muniz gave the 17th annual Justice William Brennan Lecture on State Courts and Social Justice at New York University Law School, discussing the need for reengineering state court operations. In 2013 De Muniz addressed the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C. on the subject of evaluating eyewitness identification evidence in court. In 2015 De Muniz co-authored American Judicial Power: The State Court Perspective, London, England, Edward Elgar Publishing.

De Muniz’s work has been recognized with a number of state and national awards, among them: the National Judicial College’s 2009 Distinguished Service Award, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers’ Judicial Recognition Award, the Oregon Area Jewish Committee’s 2010 Judge Learned Hand Lifetime Achievement Award, the Oregon Hispanic Bar Association’s Paul J. De Muniz Professionalism Award, the Edwin J. Peterson Racial Reconciliation Award, the Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers’ Association Ken Morrow Lifetime Achievement Award, the Marion County Bar’s Paul De Muniz Professionalism Award, the Oregon Classroom Law Project’s 2011 Legal Citizen of the Year Award, the Campaign For Equal Justice 2012 Public Access to Justice Award, and the 2013 Oregon State Bar Judicial Excellence Award.

He was raised by his mother in Portland, Ore., and attended Portland’s public schools. After finishing high school, he joined the U.S. Air Force and served a one-year tour of duty in Viet Nam. After his discharge from the service, he received his bachelor degree from Portland State University in 1972 and his juris doctor from the Willamette University College of Law in 1975. In 2012, Willamette University awarded De Muniz the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws. De Muniz and his wife, Mary, reside in Salem, Ore., and have three grown children and Four grandchildren.


Gary W. Githens  gary-githens

Data Breach Practice Leader for Brown & Brown NW
Bend, Oregon

Gary is the Data Breach Practice Leader for cyber-data security-data breach-technology-cybercrime coverage for Brown & Brown clients.

His daily activities involve explaining coverage options, giving claim scenario’s and reviewing contract requirements with CEO’s, CFO’s, COO’s, CIO’s Compliance Officers, IT and attorneys. In addition, he tracks industry claims; newly released surveys; negotiates exclusive endorsements and manuscript forms.

Gary has over 30 years of insurance-risk management experience and holds the following designations: CITRMS (Certified Identity Theft Risk Management Specialist); CIC (Certified Insurance Counselor); ARM (Associate in Risk Management); CRIS (Construction Risk Insurance Specialists); ARM (Risk Management Advisor); and CLCS (Commercial Lines Coverage Specialist).
He is a past President of the Independent Agents and Brokers of Oregon.

Gary is a frequent presenter and panelist for law firms (including the American Bar Association), non-profit groups, Chamber of Commerce’s, social groups and insurance groups.


Kelly T. Hagankelly-hagan

Partner, Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt
Portland, Oregon

Kelly is a shareholder in the Portland, Oregon office of Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt P.C., where his practice emphacizies business transactions in the healthcare industry, privacy and security compliance, data breach response, and transitioning organizations toward value-based reimbursement, including data-sharing and its privacy and anti-trust implications.

He received his bachelor's degree from Stanford University in 1975 and his law degree from the University of Oregon in 1978.

Mr. Hagen is a past-Chair of the Halth Law Section of the Oregon State Bar, the section's Committee of Medical Privacy, the Oregon State Bar's Joint Committee on the Medical
Profession, and is a past-President of the Multnomah Bar Association. Mr. Hagan is a frequent speaker and writer on topics concerning data privacy and security, is certified by the
International Association of Privacy Professionals in U.S. privacy law and best practices, and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America for health care law.


Seth H. Rowseth-row

Partner, Miller Nash Graham & Dunn, LLP
Portland, Oregon

Seth Row is an experienced insurance problem-solver and business litigator, representing commercial policyholders, including banks, manufacturers, developers, and public entities, in litigation and negotiation of insurance disputes in Oregon and Washington. Seth also selectively represents personal-lines policyholders in disputes involving fire loss and other claims. Seth’s coverage experience includes recovering insurance proceeds under commercial general liability (CGL), employment practices liability (EPL), directors’ & officers’ (D&O), errors & omissions, and protection & indemnity (P&I or marine) policies, through negotiation, arbitration, trial, and appeals, and in negotiation of policy language including in the evolving area
of cyber-risk. Seth’s coverage litigation practice has involved many issues of first impression in Oregon insurance law, including novel issues surrounding the duty to defend EPA enforcement actions, coverage for intellectual property disputes, and recovery of attorney fees.

Outside of the coverage arena Seth has substantial experience in commercial transactions, product liability, employment, land-use and environmental litigation. His focus on value-added, bottom-line-focused case management has won him accolades from his clients. Seth is also a frequent speaker and author on litigation and insurance matters.

Before joining Miller Nash Graham & Dunn, Seth was a partner with Parsons Farnell & Grein LLP, and was a litigation associate at an international law firm and a regional firm. Seth started his career as a law clerk to a federal trial judge and in the counsel’s office of a federal agency in Washington, D.C. Seth has been recognized by Oregon Super Lawyers magazine and he is ascending the leadership ranks of the American Bar Association Section of Litigation, currently serving as co-chair of the Content Management Committee. Seth has provided pro bono legal services to local housing organizations and immigration groups, among others.


Brian T. Sniffen brian-sniffen

Business and IP Attorney, Miller Nash Graham & Dunn, LLP
Portland, Oregon

Brian T. Sniffen is an associate on Miller Nash Graham & Dunn’s business and intellectual property practice teams and is active in the Portland business community. Brian has assisted clients on a wide range of business and litigation matters. He now focuses his practice on assisting clients - large and small - with the data-privacy and data-security aspects of their business, helping manage and enforce valuable intellectual property rights, advising on corporate formation, merger, acquisition, transactional, and governance matters.

Brian also enjoys advising clients on trademark and copyright issues, including enforcement, protection, and monetization of copyright and trademark rights, and the intellectual property aspects of advertising and website content. He also provides regular guidance on intellectual property enforcement issues as they arise in the internet, mobile app, and social media context.


Yvonne Tingleaf yvonne-tingleaf

Of Counsel, Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt
Portland, Oregon

Yvonne Tingleaf is an attorney with Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt and focuses her practice on ‎intellectual property protection and data privacy. Yvonne’s prior experience includes serving as ‎in-house counsel at Waggener ‎Edstrom Worldwide, Inc., a leading Northwest-based public ‎relations firm.

Yvonne ‎advises e-commerce clients on internet and mobile application privacy ‎issues, such as ‎unsolicited marketing communications, online behavioral advertising, and geo-‎location tracking. ‎Yvonne also drafts privacy statements ‎and related consumer-facing notices and ‎agreements. In ‎addition to her data privacy practice, Yvonne works with clients to protect their ‎domestic and ‎international ‎trademarks and copyrights and assists with the development, ‎maintenance, and enforcement of worldwide trademark portfolios. She also counsels clients on ‎software, ‎technology, and ‎content licensing agreements, software development agreements, and various types of commercial contracts.

Finally, Yvonne advises ‎clients on ‎compliance with state laws pertaining to ‎promotions, such as sweepstakes and ‎contests.