Section Events

Executive Committee Meetings

The meetings will be a hybrid format where EC members may join by Zoom or in person.

2024 Schedule
Wednesday, June 5 from 4:00pm–6:00pm: Samuels Yoelin Kantor / Michael Walker
Wednesday, June 26 from noon–1:00pm: Otak / Justin Monahan
Wednesday, September 4 from noon–1:00pm: Immix / Leigh Gill
Wednesday, October 2 from noon–1:00pm: Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt / Blake Bowman
Wednesday, November 6 from noon–1:00pm: Hathaway Larson / Matthew Larson

Newsletter Committee Meetings

The committee meets via Zoom on the second Wednesday of every month.

2024 Schedule:
June 12
July 10
August 14
September 11
October 9
November 13
December 11

Upcoming Events

Business Law Section’s New Business Lawyers Committee Social
June 14, 2024/5:00–7:00 PM
Steeplejack Brewing Co.
2400 NE Broadway, Portland, OR 97232

Past Events

Corporate Transparency Act Update
May 31, 2024/noon–1:00 PM
Online via Zoom

Congress enacted the Corporate Transparency Act in 2021, creating a beneficial ownership information (BOI) reporting requirement as part of the U.S. government’s efforts “to make it harder for bad actors to hide or benefit from their ill-gotten gains through shell companies or other opaque ownership structures.” Those obligations went into effect January 1, 2024 and most closely-owned businesses must file an initial BOI report by December 31, 2024. FinCEN estimates about 32.6 million initial BOI reports need to be filed in 2024. Learn who qualifies as a beneficial owner, what information is included in a BOI report and how to file a BOI report so you can advise clients and help them get it done before the year-end rush.

OLIO Spring Social – A Chance to Celebrate, Honor, and Reconnect
April 12, 2024/4:00 PM–6:00 PM
In person at Xicha Brewing

Please join us at the OLIO Spring Social on Friday, April 12, 2024 to celebrate OLIO’s 25th year! Join lawyers, judges and students to celebrate graduating OLIO students. Keynote by Judge Justin Kidd!

Space is limited, so RSVP to reserve your ticket!

The Law of Consignments: How Selling Goods for Others Works
March 20, 2024/10:00–11:00 AM

Audio webcast

In a consignment, the consignor, ships or transfers control of goods to a seller, the consignee, who agrees to market the property to buyers and pay over some portion of the sales proceeds to the consignor. The arrangement involves an intricate set of rights and obligations among the parties. There are also substantial and often overlooked risks, including that the consignee’s creditors may seek to claim a security interest in the consigned property.  If these risks are not properly understood and remedies not carefully considered, the consignor is at risk of loss. This program will provide you to the law of consignments, UCC Article 9 issues and risks, and provide practical tips for drafting consignment agreements.

Annual Business Law Section Meeting and CLE Program
November 10, 2023/8:30 AM–6:00 PM

In person at Oregon State Bar Center
Also available via Zoom.

The day-long program provided an outstanding lineup of seasoned practitioners speaking about everything from artificial intelligence to ethics and financial basics to health care market oversight. We rounded off the day with a panel discussing mergers and acquisitions. The James B. Castles Award presentation and a reception was held from 4:15-6:00 PM,

ERISA for Business Lawyers
Friday, July 28/Noon–1:15 p.m.
Zoom Meeting
1 General CLE credit (ID 101468)

What Business Lawyers Need to Know About the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS)
Tuesday, April 18, 2023
This presentation was designed to provide business practitioners with essential knowledge and tools to spot potential CFIUS issues and address them when appropriate. 

2022 Business Law Update
OSB CLE Seminar cosponsored by the Business Law Section Wednesday November 2, 9:00 AM–12:10 PM; and Thursday, November 3, 9:00 AM–1:20 PM

Live Webcast

Day 1 – November 2, 2022

Cautionary Advice Related to Securities for Business Attorneys

    • Basics of: (i) exemption to registration and (ii) adequate disclosure/avoiding material misrepresentations
    • Broker-dealer exemption considerations
    • Oregon securities liability for attorneys

Dan Keppler, Foster Garvey
Charmin Shiely, Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt

Upcoming LLC Legislation: A Legislative Preview of Oregon’s Version of the Revised Uniform Limited Liability Company Act

    • Background of Oregon Law Commission’s LLC Modernization Work Group
    • Overview of The Revised Uniform Limited Liability Company Act (RULLCA)
    • Comparison of RULLCA to Oregon’s Current LLC Act
    • Next Steps in the Legislative Process

Michael D. Walker, Samuels Yoelin Kantor, LLP

Employment Law Updates for Business Lawyers

Employment law is a fast-changing area that impacts every business sector. If your clients have employees, they have employment law issues. 

Join members of the Markowitz Herbold employment team to learn about recent changes to the law that could impact your advice to your business clients, including pay equity, noncompetition and nonsolicitation agreements, and more.

Laura Salerno Owens, Markowitz Herbold
Kathryn P. Roberts, Markowitz Herbold

Day 2 – November 3, 2022

2022/2023 Intellectual Property Updates for Business Lawyers

    • The alphabet soup of intellectual property agencies and how they differ 
    • New initiatives from a variety of organizations designed to incentivize diverse participation
    • Common details that will trigger your need to consider intellectual property protections
    • Easy ways to protect your clients

Melissa B. Jaffe, Law Offices of Melissa B. Jaffe, PC

Tax Update

    • Tax issues coming out of the Inflation Reduction Act
    • Brief update on Oregon state and local taxes
    • Other Federal, state, and local hot topics and proposals 

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

A Few of Our Favorite Things Business Lawyers Should Know about Bankruptcy 

    • Overview of the different types of bankruptcy filings
    • Pre-bankruptcy issues for debtors and creditors to consider
    • Opportunities that bankruptcy presents to businesses
    • What is the automatic stay and how to make sure your client doesn’t violate it

Ava Schoen, Tonkon Torp
Danny Newman, Tonkon Torp

Ethics in the Age of Social Media: the Dos and Don’ts In and Out of Client Disputes

Lawyers use social media every day, for personal use, to look up clients, to investigate jurors, and to market their legal services. There is no denying the benefits in using it—but there is risk as well. This presentation will review cases and ethics opinions to explore the dos and don’ts of using social media.

David J. Elkanich, Buchalter PC

Business Law Section meetings with law school students
The Lewis & Clark Law School panel event was held on April 12 from 12:10 to 1:00 p.m. Four panelists discussed the ins-and-outs of practicing business law and how to prepare for internships with a focus on business law.

Recent Developments in Business Law 2021
Thursday, December 16, 2021/ 9:00 AM –4:15 PM
Live Webcast
5 General CLE credits and 1 Ethics credit


    • Federal Tax Updates
    • Cannabis Legal and Industry Updates—The View from Oregon
    • “Hybrid” Offices and “Remote” Work: Law Firm Risk Management Considerations
    • Key Insurance Issues for the Business Lawyer
    • Let’s Make a Deal: Asset Purchases in Bankruptcy, Strategies, Procedure, and Benefits
    • Landlord-Tenant Law Updates
    • History of COVID-19 laws (how did we get here?)

Beyond the Pandemic: Workplace Considerations for Post-COVID Reopening
Thursday, October 21, 2021/8:30 –-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