Sussman Shank LLP Named One Of The 2018 "100 Best Green Workplaces in Oregon"

Sussman Shank LLP is proud to announce that our firm has been named one of the 2018 "100 Best Green Workplaces in Oregon" by Oregon Business Magazine. This marks our seventh year on the list. Our employees place a high value on sustainable practices, implementing a variety of green policies at our firm which have led to our consistent ranking.  
The annual green survey was part of the 100 Best Companies and 100 Best Nonprofits surveys conducted last fall and spring. More than 13,500 employees took part in these two surveys.
Sussman Shank has a Sustainability Oversight Committee that regularly meets and drives the firm's green initiatives and efforts. "Sussman Shank works hard to practice sustainability at work, and it is always rewarding for our efforts to be recognized. Being one of the 100 Best Green Workplaces in Oregon is very important to our firm, and we are proud to be featured on the list once again," says Thomas Jerin, Chair of the firm's Sustainability Oversight Committee.

About Sussman Shank LLP - Founded in 1960 in Portland, Oregon, Sussman Shank is a full-service business, litigation, and commercial bankruptcy law firm with over 30 lawyers.  Our clients include public and private companies, government entities, institutions, non-profit organizations, and individuals.  In 2018, Sussman Shank was named by Oregon Business Magazine, for the 12th year, as one of the "100 Best Companies to Work for in Oregon," and for the 7th year, one of the "100 Best Green Workplaces in Oregon." 

Sussman Shank's Privacy & Data Security Area Launches Blog

Sussman Shank LLP is proud to announce the launch of our blog Tracking Data, the firm's newest resource dedicated to discussing news, updates, and in-depth analysis of developing privacy and data security issues affecting business in the Pacific Northwest and throughout the United States.

Tracking Data will be managed by Sussman Shank's Privacy and Data Security practice area, whose members have an understanding of, and experience in, counseling clients on issues related to data breaches and laws relating to finance, telecommunications, media, and internet privacy.  Our attorneys include seasoned litigators, corporate advisors, a Certified Information Privacy Professional for the United States (CIPP/US), and a co-author of the Proskauer on Privacy treatise (published by PLI). In creating this blog, our team is motivated to assist our clients and readers in proactively identifying, evaluating, and managing risks related to privacy and information security.

"The launch of Tracking Data gives us the opportunity to provide accessible content that not only informs, but enlightens our clients and friends on the cutting-edge challenges in cybersecurity," said Kristen Hilton, CIPP/US and a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals. "We are excited to provide counsel and a comprehensive range of commentary on an important issue that affects all businesses." 


About Sussman Shank LLP  Founded in 1960 in Portland, Oregon, Sussman Shank is a full-service business, litigation, and commercial bankruptcy law firm with over 30 lawyers.  Our clients include public and private companies, government entities, institutions, non-profit organizations, and individuals.  Sussman Shank has once again been named one of the 2018 "100 Best Companies to Work for in Oregon" by Oregon Business Magazine, marking our 12th year on the list. 

Sussman Shank LLP Welcomes Three New Members to its Litigation Team

Sussman Shank LLP is pleased to welcome three new members to the firm’s Litigation Department. Derek J. Ashton joins the firm as a Partner, Kimberlee Petrie Volm joins as an Associate, and Kristin Eisenhauer joins as a Paralegal.  “We are thrilled to welcome the newest members of our team.  These additions will add increased capacity, practice diversity, and trial experience to further strengthen the breadth and depth of our already strong Litigation Department,” said Steve Seguin, Chief Operating Officer of Sussman Shank.

Derek J. Ashton
Derek’s accomplished practice involves complex civil litigation with a focus on trial work in the Hospitality, Transportation, Product Liability, Regulatory, and Professional Services industries. Derek has tried over 135 jury cases to verdict, winning over 80 percent.
Prior to private practice, Derek served as a Deputy District Attorney for Multnomah County where he tried major felony criminal cases. He is among a select group of attorneys selected by the Portland Police Union to represent police officers involved in deadly force incidents.  Derek received his J.D. from the University Of Oregon School Of Law, and his Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from the University of Oregon. He is admitted to practice law in Oregon and Washington.

Kimberlee Petrie Volm
Kimberlee’s practice involves complex civil litigation in the Manufacturing, Professional Services, and Transportation industries.  She has experience defending Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) claims, and representing businesses and individuals in personal injury actions. Kimberlee also has experience as an appellate attorney representing clients in the Oregon Court of Appeals and Oregon Supreme Court. Kimberlee received her J.D. from Lewis and Clark Law School and her bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Wisconsin –La Crosse. She is admitted to practice law in Oregon and Illinois.

Kristin A. Eisenhaur
Kristin joins the firm with 14 years of experience in all areas of complex litigation and trial preparation in state and federal courts. This includes civil litigation, white collar criminal defense, personal injury and OLCC litigation.  Kristin received her Associates Degree in Criminal Justice from Clackamas Community College and her Associate’s Degree in Paralegal Studies from Pioneer Pacific College.  Kristin is a member of the Oregon Paralegal Association.


About Sussman Shank LLP - Founded in 1960 in Portland, Oregon, Sussman Shank is a full-service business, litigation, and commercial bankruptcy law firm with over 30 lawyers.  Our clients include public and private companies, government entities, institutions, non-profit organizations, and individuals.  In 2017, Oregon Business Magazine named Sussman Shank one of the "100 Best Green Workplaces in Oregon."

Sussman Shank LLP Awarded Gold Certification for Sustainability at Work Program

Thanks to the leadership efforts of Sussman Shank LLP's Sustainability Committee, the firm is proud to announce it has achieved Sustainability at Work's Gold Certification for the next three years, through 2020.  The certification recognizes the firm's commitment to helping make Portland one of the cleanest, most sustainable cities in the country.

Sustainability at Work was formed in 2007 as part of a City of Portland initiative to help businesses improve their environmental practices.  This program has been informed by national and local research, input from Portland businesses, and by the expertise of local partners to provide participants the tools needed to succeed in their sustainability efforts in the workplace.

Sustainability at Work offers three levels of certification to recognize businesses' positive impacts on the environment and community: Gold, Silver, and Certified. In order to receive Gold Certification within its office environment, Sussman Shank completed many actions to maintain daily sustainability.

Some of Sussman Shank's sustainability initiatives include:
    •    Caterers who follow sustainable practices – reusable dishware, buffet style serving, minimal packaging, etc.

    •    A system in place to gather employee feedback, comments, and suggestions related to sustainability actions at work.  This includes our annual State of Sustainability meeting, blurbs in our Daily Buzz, and a Sustainability Committee available at all times.

    •    Alternative transportation for work-related trips whenever possible (walk, bike, transit, carshare, carpool, and/or electric vehicles).

    •    Bicycle tire repair kit, air pump, and a spare lock are available for employees and visitors.

    •    Occupancy sensors for lighting are used throughout the office.   

    •    Yearly participation in the Bike More Challenge.

    •    Two-week pedometer challenge each year to encourage employees to walk more.

    •    Recycling and compost receptacles are provided in eating areas.

Sussman Shank's Sustainability Committee chair, Steven Mayock, shares, "The Sustainability Committee is constantly evaluating our practices to see how we can have less of an impact on the environment while still providing quality service to our clients.  It's great to be recognized for our efforts, but this doesn't mean our work stops here." 

Earning Sustainability at Work's Gold Certification is an honor, and Sussman Shank looks forward to its continued and improved initiatives toward sustainability.   

Sussman Shank LLP Client Spotlight: BeeHive Station

At Sussman Shank LLP we are proud to spotlight our latest client, BeeHive Station.  There is a lot of buzz surrounding this food pod in South Salem, which is the city's first of its kind.  While the food cart culture has sustained in Portland, this is a new concept for Salem. Putting together this centralized area (referred to as a pod) allows for variety that the community was seeking in one location. 

BeeHive Station officially opened on June 3rd, and successfully introduced the food pod experience to its community as well as to passersby taking the local exit off of I-5 North or South.  Beehive is home to several food carts and mobile kitchens including Bobablastic, Dalia's Taqueria, Kye's Cuisine, Chavelo's Ceviche, Cindy Lou's Smoked Meats and BBQ, and most recently, Gyrolicious. BeeHive was recently featured in theStatesman Journal(link below) touting that "Some Salem vendors have tripled or quadrupled business since moving to Beehive Station."     

Sussman Shank attorney, Amy Geerhart, explains that "working with Kelly and BeeHive Station is a very rewarding experience.  We are always happy to help small business owners pursue their passions."  Amy and other lawyers at Sussman Shank have worked with BeeHive Station on startup services, leases, and employment.  We look forward to the continued growth and success of Salem's first food pod at BeeHive Station. 

About Beehive Station
The owners of Beehive Station have lived their entire lives in South Salem and have watched the area grow and develop.  This is a family and dog-friendly food pod with free onsite parking and bike parking, and many mobile food trucks for any craving. The goal of BeeHive Station is to have a talented variety of food professionals "who will come collectively together to produce a cornerstone that will satisfy your taste for street food cuisine."

Sussman Shank Helps Bring New Amazon Facility to Troutdale

On June 5th, Sussman Shank client Trammell Crow Company and one of its affiliates completed the purchase of a 73-acre site at the Troutdale Reynolds Industrial Park developed by the Port of Portland.

Sussman Shank partners Patrick Rowe and Jeffrey Tarr served as legal counsel to Trammell Crow and its affiliate in what was a complex and challenging transaction.  The transaction was complicated by the fact that the property sits on the Reynolds Metals Superfund Site, formerly the location of an aluminum smelter dating back to WWII. Trammell Crow has contracted to build and lease warehouse space on the property to Amazon for a fulfillment center. The new $178.4 million facility is projected to employ over 1,000 workers in the Portland metropolitan area that has experienced sluggish new job creation.

"This transaction is a big success in many ways" Rowe noted.  "It will bring good construction jobs and long-term employment at the Amazon fulfillment center.  It will increase local and state tax revenue.  And it demonstrates that brownfield properties, even on Superfund sites where remediation is ongoing, can be purchased and developed for productive uses."

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