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Woods Joins Lane Powell as Chief Operating Officer

Lane Powell is pleased to welcome Joe Woods as the firm’s Chief Operating Officer. He will serve as an integral part of the management team, developing and implementing the firm’s strategic plan and growth strategy while driving business operations. Woods plays a critical role in furthering Lane Powell’s longstanding commitment to excellence and positioning the firm for continued success in the industry.

woodsjCharles W. Riley Jr., President of Lane Powell, commented: “Joe is a dynamic, personable leader with an extensive history of innovation and collaboration, which fits very well with our culture.”

Prior to joining Lane Powell, Woods held leadership positions with several Am Law 50 firms, most recently as Senior Practice Group Business Manager at Perkins Coie LLP. Using a data-centric and entrepreneurial approach, he has a passion for streamlining processes and promoting value-alignment across functions.

Woods was recently selected to the 2018 1,000 Leaders and Influencers in Legal Business list by the Association of International Law Firm Networks (AILFN) and championed the creation of a patent workload management tool named 2017 winner of the Financial Times North America Innovative Lawyers Award for innovation in the business of law: technology.

Woods received his M.B.A. in Strategic Management from Temple University and his B.B.A. in Finance from the George Washington University.

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 challenges.lanepowell.com

Safeway Prevails at Jury Trial on Ex-Employee’s 10-Count Suit

A Portland, Oregon jury on Monday, February 12 returned a defense verdict in favor of Safeway on 10 employment claims consisting of alleged discrimination, harassment, retaliation and protected leave interference under federal and Oregon law. 

Plaintiff Tiffany Goldsby, a former Safeway employee, alleged in her lawsuit that between November 2014 and January 2015, her hours were reduced, she was denied an internal transfer to another store, and she was issued discipline for unlawful reasons. 

Goldsby also claimed that her former store director harassed her on the basis of her race, gender and sexual orientation.

Although Goldsby requested and was granted two medical leaves in 2014 and 2015, she also asserted that Safeway interfered with her leave rights and retaliated against her for exercising those rights.

But following a five-day trial in federal court, a jury unanimously found in favor of Safeway on all claims. 

“Safeway was wrongfully accused of illegal and inappropriate conduct in violation of Ms. Goldsby’s civil rights. This unanimous jury verdict vindicates Safeway and its managers, who treated Ms. Goldsby fairly in accordance with both Company policy and applicable law,” said Safeway’s lead trial counsel, David Hosenpud of Lane Powell PC.

Safeway presented evidence at trial that Goldsby’s hours were legitimately reduced during the time in question because she voluntarily limited her availability to accommodate her employment elsewhere. Safeway had no choice but to reduce her hours given her limited availability, her seniority and business needs. In fact, the evidence showed that when Goldsby opened her availability, Safeway increased her hours consistent with the hours she received before restricting her schedule.

Safeway also demonstrated at trial that the Company denied Goldsby’s request to transfer to another Safeway store because starting in November 2014, all Safeway stores in her district were placed on a temporary transfer freeze pending the imminent divestment of numerous stores in the region.

The evidence at trial also revealed that Goldsby — as well as other employees at her store — were legitimately issued discipline for violating Safeway’s attendance policy. Goldsby was issued discipline after she missed more than 36 scheduled hours in a three-week period.

Finally, Safeway established that the plaintiff was neither harassed nor raised any complaints of discrimination or harassment despite having access to Safeway’s Human Resources Department. Safeway also presented evidence from employees who were similarly situated to Goldsby, who testified that Goldsby’s store director — who was accused of harassment — treated them with dignity and respect.

Safeway was represented by David Hosenpud and Will Weiner of Lane Powell PC.

The case is Tiffany Goldsby v. Safeway, Inc.case number 3:16-cv-02056-HZ, in the U.S. District Court of Oregon.

 

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 challenges.lanepowell.com

Lane Powell Named Benchmark Litigation’s 2018 ‘Northwest Firm of the Year’

Lane Powell has been named the 2018 “Northwest Firm of the Year” by Benchmark Litigation. The recognition arises from the strength of the firm’s case matters during 2017, including precedents set and verdicts with notable high dollar amounts at stake.

“This award reflects the hard work and dedication of our attorneys and staff in the litigation department, as well as our firm’s commitment to excellent client service,” said Barbara J. Duffy, Director of Lane Powell’s Litigation Department.  “We are pleased to receive this recognition fromBenchmark Litigation.”

duffybBarbara J. Duffy, Director of Lane Powell’s Litigation Department.

Lane Powell’s litigation practice has been consistently recommended in Benchmark Litigation since 2008. The firm has also been recognized every year as a "Firm of the Year" in Oregon and Washington since the award's inception in 2013. Recommendations are based on interviews with the nation’s leading private practice lawyers and in-house counsel.

Benchmark Litigation is a U.S.-based publication headquartered in the New York offices of Institutional Investor and Euromoney’s Legal Media Group.

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 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 challenges.lanepowell.com

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 targetletterlaw.com.
 


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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