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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

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. lanepowell.com

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.

Lane Powell Again Named One of the Nation’s Best Places to Work for LGBTQ Equality

Lane Powell is proud to announce that it received, for the second year in a row, a perfect score of 100 percent on the 2018 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to LGBTQ workplace equality, administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.

According to Jill Long, Lane Powell’s Director of Professional Development and Diversity, “Our perfect score reflects Lane Powell’s commitment to not only foster inclusivity, but also our commitment to implement policies and practices that support equality. We are so proud to be recognized by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation as a Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality for the second straight year. It is central to our firm values to be constantly striving for workplace equality and the recognition from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation is a true honor.”

The 2018 CEI report evaluates LGBTQ-related policies and practices including non-discrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive health care benefits, competency programs and public engagement with the LGBTQ community. Lane Powell’s efforts in satisfying all of the CEI’s criteria resulted in a 100 percent ranking and the designation as a Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality.

Lane Powell President Chuck Riley stated, “We are honored to be recognized by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation as a Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality. As we celebrate our second straight year of receiving a perfect score, we continue to dedicate ourselves to creating a workplace where our people can thrive both personally and professionally.”

For more information on the 2018 Corporate Equality Index, or to download a free copy of the report, visit www.hrc.org/cei

 

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
 
The Human Rights Campaign Foundation is the educational arm of America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual transgender and queer people. HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ people are embraced as full members of society at home, at work and in every community.

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