Section Events

Recent Developments in Business Law 2021

Thursday, December 16/ 9:00 AM –4:15 PM
Live Webcast
Co-sponsored by the Business Law Section

5 General CLE credits and 1 Ethics credit

Gain practical business law updates to strengthen your practice. Receive federal tax updates including pandemic related tax changes as well as cannabis law updates. Explore law firm risk management considerations related to hybrid and remote work. Learn about key insurance issues for business lawyers and asset purchases in bankruptcy. Review landlord-tenant law updates including the history of COVID-19 laws.

Schedule & Topics:

9:00 Federal Tax Updates

Pandemic-related tax changes—Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and Employee Retention Credit (ERC)
Pending new or potential tax law changes
Other federal tax hot topics

Dan Eller, Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt PC, Portland
Alee Soleimanpour, Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt PC, Portland

10:00 Transition

10:05 Cannabis Legal and Industry Updates—The View from Oregon

Federal legislation update
Oregon market dynamics—rules and policy changes
Multi-state operations—strategies and trends
Brief Measure 109 / psilocybin therapy update

Dave Kopilak, Emerge Law Group, Portland Marco Materazzi, Emerge Law Group, Portland

11:05 Break

11:15 “Hybrid” Offices and “Remote” Work: Law Firm Risk Management Considerations

Confidentiality in hybrid work settings
Remote work and unauthorized practice

Mark Fucile, Fucile & Reising LLP, Portland

12:15 Lunch

1:00 Key Insurance Issues for the Business Lawyer

Representations and warranties insurance— the new kid on the block
Business interruption coverage—promises & realities
Cyber insurance—more important than ever
Additional insured coverage—avoiding pitfalls
Cannabis—what’s insurable and what’s not

Jodi Green, Miller Nash LLP, Portland Seth Row, Miller Nash LLP, Portland

2:00 Transition

2:05 Let’s Make a Deal: Asset Purchases in Bankruptcy, Strategies, Procedure, and Benefits

Negotiating the proposal
Important Bankruptcy-related deal points
Stalking horse
Bankruptcy procedure
Free and clear
Closing the deal
Pros and cons

Joshua Flood, Sussman Shank LLP, Portland Howard Levine, Sussman Shank LLP, Portland

3:20 Break

3:30 Landlord-Tenant Law Updates

History of COVID-19 laws (how did we get here?)

Current law for termination for nonpayment
Other landlord-tenant laws from SB 278 and 282

Pete Meyers, Meyers Law LLC, Portland 4:15 Adjourn

Registration fee:
$110 ONLD member

$140 Business Law Section member $160 OSB member
$175 Non-OSB member

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Executive Committee Meetings

The committee usually meets on the fourth Thursday of the month at noon. Meetings are on until further notice

2021 Schedule
Thursday, February 25
Thursday, March 25
Thursday, April 22
Thursday, May 27
Thursday, June 24
Thursday, July 22
Thursday, September 23
Thursday, October 28
Thursday, November 18

Newsletter Committee Meetings
The committee meets via conference call on the second Tuesday of each month.

Next meeting: December14 at noon

Past Events:

Beyond the Pandemic: Workplace Considerations for Post-COVID Reopening
Thursday, October 21/8:30 –-9:30 AM
Online Via Zoom

The Business Law Section was pleased to be joined by Natalie Pattison of Barran Liebman. During this one hour virtual presentation Natalie discussed a wide range of timely topics including returning to the workplace, vaccine and mask mandates, Oregon OSHA’s recent rule updates on heat and wildfire smoke, and other important legislative updates.

Natalie represents employers on a wide range of employment and labor matters, including defending employers against claims for discrimination, retaliation, wrongful discharge, and wage and hour violations, as well as developing effective workplace policies. She routinely advises clients on compliance with Oregon Health Authority and Oregon OSHA rules and regulations, including those for COVID-19.

OSB Business Law Section 2020 Annual Meeting
November 5, 2020

During the annual meeting the following were elected to the Executive Committee

Terms ending December 31, 2021
Chair:  Jeffrey S. Tarr
Chair-Elect:  Kara E. Tatman
Past-Chair:  Genevieve A. Kiley
Treasurer:  Anne E. Arathoon
Secretary:  William J. Goodling

Terms ending December 31, 2022
 Charmin B. Shiely
Benjamin M. Kearney
James K. Hein
Michael Walker

Term ending December 31, 2021
Tyler J. Volm
Members previously elected to the executive committee and continuing through December 31, 2021, include:
Matthew D. Larson
Brian Jolly
Jennifer Nicholls
Emily M. Maass
David G. Post

Current Developments in Business Law
Annual Business Law Section CLE Program
November 5 & 6, 2020

This two-day webcast covered current business law topics essential to your practice. Topics included:
  • Regional Corporate Law Update: Oregon, Washington, California
  • Rebounding: Employer Tips & Protocols for Returning to Work
  • History of Exclusionary Laws
  • Representation and Warranty Insurance and Business Interruption Insurance
  • Acquisition of Distressed Business Assets/Restructuring and Bankruptcy Options
  • Special Purchase Acquisition Companies
  • Negotiating a Deal Ethically

A Happy Hour Presentation on Navigating Business Client Conflicts and Waivers
Thursday, February 6, 2020
Buckley Law P.C.
5300 Meadows Rd., Suite 200
Lake Oswego, OR 97035
William Gaar, Shareholder at Buckley Law P.C.
Joe Carlisle, Shareholder at Buckley Law P.C.
Presented by theNew Business Lawyers Committee 

Joint Social Event with Oregon Society of CPAs
Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Departure (in The Nines Hotel, downtown Portland

The Oregon State Bar Business Law Section and the Oregon Society of CPAs held hold a joint social event that provided  a great opportunity to network with our friends from the accounting profession and each other.

OSB Business Law Section 2019 Annual Meeting 

The annual meeting of the Business Law Section was held on November 8, 2019 at noon at the Multnomah Athletic Club, 1849 SW Salmon St, Portland, OR 97205.

 During the annual meeting the following members were elected to the  2020 Executive Committee:

Terms ending December 31, 2020
Chair: Genevieve AuYeung Kiley
Chair-Elect: Jeffrey S. Tarr
Past-Chair: Valerie H. Sasaki
Secretary: Anne Arathoon
Treasurer: Kara Ellis Tatman

Terms ending December 31, 2021
Matt Larson
Brian Jolly
Jennifer Nicholls
William J. Goodling
Emily M. Maass
David G. Post

Members previously elected to the executive committee and continuing through December 31, 2020, include:
Tyler John Volm
James K. Hein
Benjamin M. Kearney
Charmin B. Shiely

Business Law Section Annual CLE program
Friday, November 8, 2019
Multnomah Athletic Club, Portland


  • Seven Ways to Identify and Protect a Company’s Intellectual Property
  • Codes of Conduct and Building a Culture of Compliance: a View from the Inside
  • Ethics for Business Lawyers
  • Secured Transactions for Business Lawyers
  • Tips for Clear and Effective Contract Drafting
  • Securities Regulation Refresher
  • R & W Insurance: a (Relatively) New Tool in the M&A Toolbox
  • Using Technology in Your Law Practice: Today and Tomorrow
  • SB 359: Ratification of Defective Corporate Actions
  • What Business Lawyers Need to Know About Fixing Past Tax Errors

Summer Picnic
Saturday, July 20, 2019
Laurelhurst Park, Portland

The New Business Lawyers subcommittee hosted a picnic for law students and members of the Bar and their families and friends.

Understanding and Preparing for the California Consumer Privacy Act 
Thursday, June 20, 2019/7:30–9:00 a.m.
Perkins Coie,  Portland (live)
and Karnopp Petersen, Bend  (Webinar)

Employment Law: What Corporate Lawyers Need to Know
Wednesday, April 3, 2019/8:00 to 9:00 a.m.
Business Law Section CLE program

Live in Portland (Perkins Coie) and webcast in Eugene (University of Oregon School of Law) and Medford (Brophy Schmor).

The CLE featured Melissa Healy and Alisha Kormondy of Stoel Rives presenting an informative session on employment law as it applies to corporate lawyers, including a discussion of recent developments, common pitfalls, and tips for minimizing risk.