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Lane Powell Adds Bankruptcy, Finance and Litigation Shareholders in Portland

Lane Powell is pleased to announce the addition of Bruce Cahn, David W. Criswell and Brad “Tony” Summers, who have joined Lane Powell’s Portland office as Shareholders. All three were previously Partners at Ball Janik.
 
The new additions will anchor the firm’s Creditors’ Rights Team in the Portland office, providing clients with years of experience in finance, commercial litigation and banking matters. “We are excited to add the experience of David, Tony and Bruce as they provide another valuable resource to our Creditors’ Rights, and Banking and Finance Teams,” stated Gregory Fox, Chair of Lane Powell’s Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights Team. With equal enthusiasm, David Criswell noted, “We are thrilled to be at Lane Powell and to join the preeminent bankruptcy and creditors’ rights practice in the Pacific Northwest.”
 
CahnBBruce Cahn is a trial and appellate lawyer whose practice is focused on commercial, business and real estate disputes. He represents clients in the hospitality, transportation, construction, banking, financial services, natural resources and technology industries in a variety of matters. He is also recognized as one of the preeminent eminent domain lawyers in Oregon, representing governmental agencies, property owners and lenders in condemnation actions. Cahn received his J.D. from Loyola University School of Law and his B.A. in Radio-Television Broadcasting from California State University, Northridge.
 


CriswellDDavid Criswell’s principal areas of practice are business bankruptcy, receiverships, loan workouts, finance and real estate. Criswell has represented numerous debtors-in-possession, secured lenders and purchasers in complex Chapter 11 cases. He also represents bridge lenders in commercial mortgage financings throughout the U.S. as well as banks on front-end loan matters in Oregon and Washington. Criswell received his J.D. from University of Wisconsin – Madison Law School, cum laude, and his B.A. from Dartmouth College.
 


SummersTBrad “Tony” Summers’ principal areas of practice are bankruptcy and debtor-creditor law, workouts and business transactions. Summers has represented numerous debtors-in-possession, trustees, creditors’ committees and secured creditors in Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases. Summers received his J.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law, with highest honors and his B.B.A. from the University of Notre Dame, summa cum laude.
 


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. lanepowell.com

Bird Elected to Third Term on National Association of Corporate Directors Northwest Chapter Board of Directors

Lane Powell Shareholder A. Jeffrey Bird was recently elected to a third three-year term on the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) Northwest Chapter Board of Directors, where he serves as Vice President-Portland and Chairman of the Portland Advisory Board.
NACD is a national organization and recognized authority on leading board practices. The organization is dedicated to advancing exemplary board leadership through identifying, interpreting and providing insights and information on critical board issues that help corporate board members navigate complex business challenges and enhance shareholder value. In his role, Bird helps lead the Northwest Chapter in its mission to provide educational opportunities that build good corporate governance and exemplary leadership in Washington, Oregon, Alaska and Idaho boardrooms.

 

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. lanepowell.com

Johnston Joins Lane Powell’s Intellectual Property and Technology Practice Group

JohnstonHHolly L. Johnston has joined Lane Powell as Counsel to the Firm in the Intellectual Property and Technology Practice Group.  Johnston assists clients ranging from startups to Fortune 100 companies to strategically develop and manage their U.S. and foreign intellectual property (IP) portfolios.  Johnston is admitted to practice in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and is a trained engineer experienced in prosecuting patents in numerous disciplines including medical devices and diagnostics, software, electronics, green technologies, manufacturing equipment and consumer products.  She handles all aspects of IP procurement and counseling, including developing portfolios of valuable IP assets, providing formal opinions and partnering with IP owners to thoughtfully enforce rights through licensing and dispute resolution.  
 
Johnston received her J.D., cum laude, from Gonzaga University School of Law and her B.E. in Biomedical and Electrical Engineering from Vanderbilt University.


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. lanepowell.com

Lane Powell to Host 34th Annual Labor and Employment Law Seminar

  • On Wednesday, April 26, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Lane Powell will partner with Associated Oregon Industries (AOI) to present our “Best Practices for Best Employers” Labor and Employment Seminar, now in its 34th year.  The seminar will be held at Hilton Portland in its new Atrium Ballroom, located at 921 SW 6th Avenue in downtown Portland.  The registration fee is $75 prepay online or $90 at the door.  Online registration is available at www.lanepowell.com.
     
    The seminar will feature presentations by Lane Powell attorneys and guest presenter Betsy Earls, Vice President and Counsel of AOI.  Together, we will provide the most recent insights in employment law to help employers, HR professionals, in-house counsel and managers navigate tough employment issues, understand legal obligations, remain compliant, and avoid disruptive and expensive audits, charges and lawsuits.
     
    Seminar topics will include:
    - What employers should do now to comply with the Affordable Care Act and the impact of recent changes in Congress and the White House;
    - Changes to employment-based immigration practices that may impact your business and employees;
    - When cancer comes to work;
    - Recent developments in labor and employment law, and anticipated changes in the law and regulatory policy from the new administration and the Oregon legislature;
    - Pressing employee benefits issues in 2017;
    - How to comply with today's complex rules governing recruiting, interviewing and hiring; and
    - Harassment prevention, mitigation, policies, best practices and more!

This program has been submitted to the HR Certification Institute and Society for Human Resource Management for review.  We will apply for Oregon CLE credits.  For further information and/or questions, please contact Emily Snyder at 503.778.2025 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 


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. lanepowell.com

Sterritt Joins Lane Powell as Director of Human Resources

SterrittLLane Powell is pleased to welcome Lisa Sterritt as the Firm’s Director of Human Resources.  In this capacity, Sterritt oversees all human resource functions at Lane Powell. This includes aligning the Firm's strategic vision with its talent management goals and objectives; staff recruiting, hiring and retention, performance evaluations and salary administration; benefits administration; training and development; legal compliance; development and implementation of policies and procedures; and employee relations. Sterritt has more than 20 years of experience in leadership and administration for professional services firms in a variety of sizes and industries. She most recently served as Seattle Office Administrator at Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt.
 
Sterritt received her B.S., magna cum laude, in human resources and finance from Regis University, and earned an International Assignment Management Certification from Impact Leadership and Management Training. She is the President of the Association of Legal Administrators’ Puget Sound Chapter and President-Elect of Legal Voice.
 


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. lanepowell.com

State of Washington v. Trump: Lane Powell Authors Two Amicus Briefs on Behalf of Law Professors

On Tuesday afternoon, a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit will hear argument on whether to stay the temporary restraining order (TRO), issued Friday by U.S. District Court Senior Judge James Robart in Washington v. Trump. The TRO immediately suspended implementation nationwide of key sections of last week’s executive order banning travel to the U.S. from seven Muslim-majority countries.
 
On Monday, Lane Powell attorneys Claire Loebs Davis and Jessica N. Walder filed an amicus curiae brief with the Ninth Circuit on behalf of 11 law professors, addressing the standing of the State of Washington to pursue its lawsuit to halt the executive order. Lane Powell filed a similar brief on behalf of the professors in the district court proceedings last week. The state cited the first amicus brief during the hearing before the district court, and the district court’s order aligned with the brief’s reasoning on the standing issue.
 
“Whether a state has standing to challenge a federal law raises interesting questions that are not often litigated, and which were key to this case,” comments Davis. “We were honored to be able to assist our law professor clients, who are experts in this field, in clarifying a difficult area of the law.”
 
While only two other amici filed briefs in the district court, over a dozen groups have appeared in the Ninth Circuit, including leading technology companies, immigration law professors, civil liberties and immigrant rights groups, and former foreign policy officials, including former secretaries of state Madeleine Albright and John Kerry. The State of Minnesota has joined Washington as a plaintiff in the case, and attorneys general from 16 other states have filed briefs opposing the stay.
 
Lane Powell thanks attorneys Claire Davis, Aaron Schaer and Jessica Walder, who, with the help of attorneys Tiffany Scott Connors and Kristin Beneski, have worked tirelessly on behalf of the law professors to prepare the briefs on very short notice.
 


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. lanepowell.com

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