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Lane Powell Attorneys K. Davis, Jagla, Mehrbani and Swanson Recognized as Leading Trademark Professionals in 2018 WTR 1000

The 2018 edition ofWorld Trademark Review 1000(WTR)has recognizedLane Powellas a top trademark law firm in Oregon and Washington for a fifth consecutive year, naming shareholdersKenneth R. Davis,Frances M. Jagla,Parna A. MehrbaniandPaul D. Swansonas among the world’s leading trademark professionals.

WTR commended Lane Powell for its “long and proven track record protecting, enforcing and monetizing brands,” noting that the firm’s IP Litigation and IP Transactions Teams “ensure that clients receive bespoke advice, while each team works hand in hand with the other so that the guidance is always holistic.”

Davis is recognized for his“formidable firepower in nail-biting courtroom battles,” and IP Transactions Team Chair Jagla is commended for her experience in the pharmaceutical industry with a“flair for IP matters complicated by regulatory concerns.”Mehrbani is lauded for her work ethic and first-class client service, who “has the ability to break down complicated legal jargon and explain things clearly and succinctly in an organized way, as well as being able to react when something unexpected comes up.” Swanson’s focus on IP in the agribusiness sector is highlighted, including commentary that “he knows more than virtually anybody else when it comes to brand identity suits involving fruits and vegetables.”

TheWTR 1000is the only definitive guide exclusively dedicated to identifying the world’s leading trademark legal services providers. Through an extensive research process conducted by a team of highly qualified, full-time analysts, the publication identifies the leading trademark law firms and individuals in more than 80 global jurisdictions and U.S. states.

Lane Powellis a Pacific Northwest law firm with a national — and international — reach. Our approximately 200 attorneys are trusted advisors, counsel and advocates for individuals, small and large businesses, including Fortune 50 companies. Since 1875, clients have relied on Lane Powell’s exceptional legal acumen and forward-thinking approach to resolve their most complex business, litigation and regulatory

Lane Powell Launches ‘Target Letter’ Investigations, Compliance and White Collar Blog

Lane Powell is proud to announce the launch of Target Letter, a blog focused on developments in investigations, compliance and enforcement. The blog is a resource for those who are in need of practical information and valuable insights covering a broad range of government investigations, and state and federal criminal and civil proceedings. Of particular focus are white collar issues related to healthcare, government contracting, technology, money laundering, corruption, and fraud and enforcement developments in the Pacific Northwest.
The blog’s authors — members of the firm’s Investigations, Compliance & White Collar Team — frequently appear before courts and agencies throughout the country in a wide variety of matters and at all stages of proceedings, and will use this platform to keep readers updated on the latest trends and changes in the regulatory world. Spearheaded by attorneys Aaron Brecher and Justin Okun, the blog already has posts discussing topics including parallel proceedings and a look back in white-collar history at the Supreme Court’s Upjohn decision. Read more and follow the blog at

Lane Powell is a Pacific Northwest law firm with a national — and international — reach. Our approximately 200 attorneys are trusted advisors, counsel and advocates for individuals, small and large businesses, including Fortune 50 companies. Since 1875, clients have relied on Lane Powell’s exceptional legal acumen and forward-thinking approach to resolve their most complex business, litigation and regulatory challenges.

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Maass Joins Lane Powell on Corporate, Securities and M&A Team

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Emily Maass has joined Lane Powell’s Portland office as an Associate on the Corporate, Securities and M&A Team. Maass advises businesses, boards of directors and nonprofit organizations on corporate governance, state and federal regulatory compliance, annual shareholder and board meeting preparation, and corporate financing.
As former Deputy Legislative Counsel for the Office of the Oregon Legislative Counsel, Maass served as a subject matter expert in real property transactions, land use, housing, and geology and mineral industries. She testified before legislative bodies and drafted proposed legislation, amendments and formal legal opinions in these areas.
In addition to her corporate practice, Maass has assisted clients in all stages of the business lifecycle on complex litigation including strategy building, discovery, pleadings and motion practice, and trial preparation. She has also represented Alaska Native Corporations and tribal entities in corporate governance and government contracting with a focus on Section 8(a) matters.
Maass received her J.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo Law School and her B.A. in Political Science & Government and Psychology from Hollins University. She is licensed to practice in Oregon and Alaska.

Lane Powell is a Pacific Northwest law firm with a national — and international — reach. Our approximately 200 attorneys are trusted advisors, counsel and advocates for individuals, small and large businesses, including Fortune 50 companies. Since 1875, clients have relied on Lane Powell’s exceptional legal acumen and forward-thinking approach to resolve their most complex business, litigation and regulatory challenges.

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."

Lane Powell Announces New Shareholders

Lane Powell is pleased to announce that seven attorneys from its Portland and Seattle offices have been elected shareholders of the firm, effective January 1, 2018. Lane Powell President Chuck Riley states “We are fortunate to have an extremely talented team of attorneys here at Lane Powell and we are truly excited about what each of these new shareholders will contribute to our future.”
Portland Office:
 brechtjJeff Duncan Brecht represents clients in state and federal court and in administrative venues. Duncan Brecht defends businesses, employers, fiduciaries and other individuals on business disputes, workplace complaints, adverse actions by regulatory agencies, trust and estate and fiduciary-related disputes, and will contests. In addition to his litigation practice, Duncan Brecht advises employers, senior living and long term care providers, and professional fiduciaries on best practices, regulatory compliance, and privacy and data security matters. He also assists clients in conducting regulatory compliance and workplace investigations. Duncan Brecht received his J.D., magna cum laude, from Northern Illinois University and his M.S. and B.S. from Illinois State University.

crawshawgGarrett W. Crawshaw counsels clients on real estate transactions, commercial leasing and real estate finance. He also advises lenders and borrowers in secured lending, with a focus on loan transactions, loan restructuring, forbearances and workouts. Crawshaw has broad experience in loan enforcement and commercial litigation including commercial real property and UCC foreclosures, prejudgment remedies and bankruptcy representation. Crawshaw received his J.D. from the University of Oregon School of Law and his B.A. from the University of Puget Sound.

poplawskilLisa D. Poplawski is a business attorney who advises clients on mergers and acquisitions, securities, corporate finance and governance, as well as matters related to aviation law. She provides guidance on corporate formation and capitalization, and assists public, private and nonprofit businesses with all corporate needs. Poplawski’s aviation practice comprises business and commercial aircraft acquisition, disposition, operation, leasing and financing, as well as assistance to public and private corporate flight departments domestically and abroad. Poplawski received her J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall) and her B.S., summa cum laude, from the University of Oregon.

tannersSkyler M. Tanner counsels clients on loan and collateral structuring, workout and bankruptcy issues. His work includes commercial and industrial loans, equipment and real estate financing, agricultural loans and aircraft security interests. Tanner has extensive experience documenting secured financing transactions, including revolving credit, term credit and syndicated credit facilities for banks and other lenders. He also litigates foreclosure and receivership matters on behalf of clients. Tanner received his J.D. from Cornell Law School and his B.S., magna cum laude, from Brigham Young University.

Seattle Office:
 howenstinedDavid W. Howenstine represents clients in civil litigation matters in federal and state courts throughout the Northwest. His work focuses on aviation, insurance coverage advice and litigation, tort defense, and ERISA and non-ERISA life, health and disability cases. He has successfully defended manufacturers, air carriers and other aviation businesses in cases alleging claims for negligence, wrongful death, premises liability and discrimination. He also regularly advises insurance companies on complex coverage issues and represents insurers in lawsuits over coverage, bad faith and contribution. Howenstine received his J.D., with high honors, from the University of Washington School of Law and his B.A. from Reed College.

kittledDaniel A. Kittle represents clients in a wide variety of business litigation matters, providing practical advice and insight to help clients achieve favorable outcomes — whether through mediation, full-scale litigation, or any number of creative problem-solving approaches. His practice primarily focuses on complex contract claims, state and local tax disputes, franchise and dealership matters, and corporate governance feuds. Kittle received his J.D., magna cum laude, from Willamette University College of Law and his B.A., with high honors, from Michigan State University. He previously served as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Kyrgyz Republic.  

walderjJessica N. Walder has successfully represented clients in a variety of antitrust, health care, securities and business disputes in state and federal courts across the country. She focuses her practice on class action, complex commercial and general civil litigation matters. Walder received her J.D. from Harvard Law School and her B.A., with high distinction, from the University of California at Berkeley.

Lane Powell offers a broad range of legal services providing insightful counsel to individuals and organizations on a local, national and international basis. The firm’s corporate, litigation and regulatory professionals collaborate across our locations to deliver practical solutions tailored to our clients’ unique business needs.

OCF Releases the 2017 Tracking Oregon’s Progress Report Not Everything is Equal: Creating Opportunity for All Oregon Children

The Oregon Community Foundation (OCF) has just released the 2017 Tracking Oregon’s Progress (TOP) report focused on Oregon’s opportunity gap. The report, titled “Toward a Thriving Future: Closing the Opportunity Gap for Oregon’s Kids,” addresses the widening opportunity gap Oregon children face. The circumstances of one’s birth and longstanding patterns of discrimination determine the opportunities that are available and the life paths that are achievable.

Key findings from the report include:

  • Child poverty is on the rise, with long-term negative consequences. 47 percent of Oregon children are being raised in low-income families.
  • Opportunity partly depends on where a child is raised. In 23 of Oregon’s 36 counties, less than half of the children born into low-income families will reach the middle class or beyond as adults.
  • Family structure and circumstances impact children’s future success. Low-income children are more likely to move out of poverty if they are born to married parents, but one-third of Oregon children live with just one parent, and single-parent families are on the rise in rural Oregon.
  • Educational disparities begin early and persist. The gap in social and cognitive development between low-income children and their higher-income peers begins in infancy.

However, there is much to be done to improve prospects for Oregon’s children. Highlights include:

  • Encourage economically and racially integrated communities by supporting collaborative affordable housing solutions. Increasing the availability of affordable housing in opportunity-rich neighborhoods gives low-income families better access to jobs, high-quality schools and safe communities.
  • Strengthen families and foster better child-parent relationships by increasing access to parenting education. Healthy relationships with parents promote brain development.
  • Increase the availability of family-wage jobs by supporting small businesses, entrepreneurs and rural job creation.
  • Ensure that more children are ready for kindergarten by increasing access to high-quality, affordable early childhood education. Early environments that foster learning, whether in the home or in child care and preschool settings, are critical for future academic success.

OCF is committed to addressing the opportunity gap through partnerships, grantmaking and leadership.

To read the full TOP Report, please visit

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About The Oregon Community Foundation

The mission of The Oregon Community Foundation is to improve lives for all Oregonians through the power of philanthropy. OCF works with individuals, families, businesses and organizations to create charitable funds to support the community causes they care about. Through these funds OCF awarded more than $108 million in grants and scholarships in 2016. For more information about OCF, please visit:

Arnerich Massena Forecasts Investment Trends of 2018

Portland-based investment firm Arnerich Massena, an independent investment advisory firm specializing in private wealth management, endowment & foundation, retirement plan consulting services, and impact investing strategies, takes a look into 2018 to prognosticate some of the cultural changes that may affect the investment environment next year.
The firm’s forecasts are not investment recommendations, but provide a flavor of what investors might expect to see in the New Year. Co-CIO Bryan Shipley, CFA, CAIA, remarks, “in 2018, we are facing the frontier of exciting changes, which could be called disruptive or innovative, depending on your perspective. We want to provide investors with some context for what the environment may look like as we move into 2018.”
1.    Disruptive Technology
Imagine a world where nobody drives their own car or visits a grocery store, or where you print everything you need at home, from shoes to furniture. This world is closer than you may think, with the advent of new technologies like self-driving cars, drone delivery services, 3-D printing, and artificial intelligence. Industries like robotics, machine learning, and healthcare are positioned for radical advancement, while we’ll continue to see shopping malls close and car dealerships shrink. As we dive deeper into a world based on technology, data security will be a crucial topic in 2018.
One of the most disruptive technologies — with vast potential for multiple uses — is blockchain technology, which has given rise to cryptocurrencies. In addition to being an interesting foray for speculative investors, cryptocurrencies also represent another nail in the coffin for cash. Whether bitcoin or dollars, the digitization of money will continue in 2018.
2.    Private Markets Go Mainstream
Today, there are half as many U.S.-listed public stocks as there were 20 years ago. The Wilshire 5000 Index no longer has 5,000 companies because there are not enough publicly traded companies! There is a consolidation at the upper end — where behemoths like Google, Amazon, and AT&T almost monopolize whole industries. At the smaller end of the spectrum, companies are waiting longer to go public, some until they can no longer even be classified as small cap stocks. Becoming or remaining a private company allows for greater flexibility to innovate and take risks. In this environment, investors are beginning to realize the importance of private equity alternative investments. With a possible return of public market volatility in 2018, we believe this trend will continue and investors will be looking to private markets to round out their portfolios.
3.    The Sharing and On-Demand Economy
Uber is now the largest taxi company in the world, yet they don’t own any cars! Similarly, Airbnb is the largest hotel company in the world, yet it owns no property. Some of the disruptive (or creative) technology listed above is making possible a new kind of marketplace, called by some the “sharing economy” based on sharing cars, bicycles, and homes, or dubbed the “on-demand economy” because ownership is no longer necessary; one can simply order what one needs when one needs it. As it becomes easier to connect people and things, this trend will continue to expand, making possible both micro-businesses and the companies that organize these marketplaces.
4.    The Rise of Millennials and Values-Based Investing
Millennials are taking over! Not really taking over, but the economic engine is beginning to look to millennials for the next few decades of growth, which means shifting to the values that millennials bring to the table. New millennial leadership roles in companies could change business models considerably. This is a generation that is used to having all knowledge at their fingertips, and are thus more connected with the process of how their products are made and how their services are delivered. They don’t just want good products and services; they are looking for their purchases to align with their values. Similarly, millennial investors will be seeking investments that support their principles and ideals. Look for the development of new ways to track an investment’s impact and positive influence on the world, which will become more important as the next generation moves into the economic driver’s seat.  
5.    Stepping out onto the Frontier
Often, an emerging markets rally is followed by a boom in frontier markets, as investors look a little further out for return. In addition to this boost, frontier markets have other winds behind them as well. As emerging markets further stabilize and become competitive technologically, much of the manufacturing work is moving to frontier markets. With large populations of working-age adults and significant room for economic development, frontier markets offer attractive demographics, cheap valuation, and fast growth potential.
“Civilization is on the verge of major changes,” says Tony Arnerich, co-CIO. “Soon, we can look forward to life-lengthening healthcare technologies, 3-D printed homes, appliances that communicate with one another, and self-driving vehicles, to name a few. Not all of that will fully manifest in 2018, of course, but we are seeing the beginning of how some of these technologies will change the way we live our lives, and the way we invest our assets.” As this revolution unfolds, Arnerich Massena is looking forward to the opportunities the future is bringing and incorporating them into a thoughtful and disciplined investment strategy.

About Arnerich Massena: Founded in 1991, Arnerich Massena is a Portland-based independent investment advisory firm servicing corporate pension and profit sharing plans, private clients, endowments, foundations, charitable organizations, and trusts and estates. The firm provides traditional portfolio management and investing for clients, and is also widely known for successfully investing in high-impact areas like water resources, sustainable agriculture, fishing, healthcare, and clean energy technology. Arnerich Massena strives to be a business that exemplifies both corporate citizenship and professional service, and has received awards for its innovations in corporate philanthropy.  More information is available at

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