Section Events

Executive Committee Meetings

The Business Law Section Executive Committee meets monthly, except August and December. Meetings are on until further notice

2022 Schedule
January 30, 12:00 PM
February 24, 12:00 PM
March 17, 12:00 PM
April 28, 12:00 PM
May 26, 12:00 PM
June 23. 12:00 PM
July 28, 12:00 PM
September 22, 12:00 PM
October 27, 12:00 PM
November 17, 12:00 PM

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

Next meeting: August 9, 2022 at noon

Past Events:

Business Law Section meeting 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 

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.