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The Best Lawyers in America 2018 Guide Includes Four Bodyfelt Mount Partners

Bodyfelt Mount is pleased to announce the inclusion of Deanna Wray, Vicki Smith, Skip Winters and Rick Lee in the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

Deanna was selected for her work in personal injury and product liability litigation defense, Vicki was recognized in insurance litigation, Skip was selected in construction litigation, and Rick was honored in insurance law and insurance litigation. Rick was also singled out as the 2018 “Lawyer of the Year” for insurance litigation in the Portland area. The Lawyer of the Year recognition is awarded to attorneys with the highest overall peer feedback for a specific practice area and geographic location. Only one lawyer is recognized as Lawyer of the Year for each specialty and location, so receiving this designation reflects a very high level of respect earned by an attorney in the community.

Congratulations to all on these accomplishments!

Modeling For a Cause

Bodyfelt Mount was honored to be a sponsor in this year’s OWLS fashion show, where Jamison McCune strutted his stuff as a model. This fashion show benefits the Dress for Success program, which provides interview clothing, career development, and job resources for disadvantaged women in Portland and Southwest Washington who are trying to break the cycle of poverty. Kirstin Abel and Kristen Stedman have both participated as models in past years. Bodyfelt is proud to support this cause.

Super Lawyers

Oregon Super Lawyers is again recognizing Deanna Wray, Rick Lee, and Heather Bowman in its 2017 issue. Deanna is named in civil litigation defense, and is also featured in the magazine’s editorial page “Discovery.” Rick is named in insurance coverage, and for the fourth year in a row, Heather was selected to the Rising Stars list. Congratulations to Deanna, Rick, and Heather!

Introducing The Commons Law Center 

Bodyfelt Mount is pleased to announce its support for and involvement in the launch of a new nonprofit organization, The Commons Law Center. This group is part of a national movement dedicated to offering sliding-scale legal services and free community legal education to folks who would otherwise have no access to legal help. Its mission is “to revolutionize access to basic legal services, information, and support for underserved people.”

The Commons Law Center will celebrate its kick-off on June 7 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Stoel Rives in downtown Portland.  Read more about the organization here.

A Class Act Returns!

After its grand finale in 2015, A Class Act recently made a comeback for the 22nd annual classical music and dessert revue. Bodyfelt Mount once again proudly sponsored the event, which supports the Bill and Ann Shepherd Legal Scholarship Fund. This scholarship provides financial assistance to third-year and fourth-year law students who dedicate themselves to fighting bigotry and discrimination, especially regarding sexual orientation and gender identity. Deanna Wray is a past Shepherd Scholar. This year’s event was held on April 28 and featured Rose City Trombones.

Vicki Smith to Serve as Faculty Member at Upcoming FDCC Litigation Management College

Vicki Smith will be serving as a faculty member at the 23rd annual FDCC Litigation Management College this June in Atlanta. This is a great opportunity for claims professionals, third party administrators, and self-insured corporate litigation managers to develop critical skills that will lead to improved claim handling performance. You can read more about the Litigation Management College and what Vicki will be doing here.

Vicki Smith Participated at FDCC and Oregon Legislature

Vicki Smith recently served as the moderator on the topic “Closing Remarks – Leaving the Best Impression” on a plenary panel at the FDCC Winter Meeting in Charleston, SC.  She also authored the paper on closing arguments that accompanied the panel. Additionally, on March 16, 2017, Vicki testified in front of the Oregon legislature on behalf of the Oregon Association of Defense Counsel supporting a bill on the judicial budget. Nice job, Vicki!

Jamison McCune to Serve on MBA YLS Board of Directors

Jamison McCune was nominated to the Multnomah Bar Association (MBA) Young Lawyers Section (YLS) Board of Directors. The YLS Board consists of 11 elected members who oversee YLS operations and the CLE, Membership, Pro Bono, and Service to the Public committees. Assuming the YLS Board election remains uncontested, Jamison will serve as a director for a three-year term beginning on July 1, 2017.

Jamison practices insurance coverage, construction defect, and commercial litigation at Bodyfelt Mount. He joined the MBA YLS Service to the Public Committee in 2015, and presently serves as the Committee’s co-chair. He also is a member of the MBA Volunteer Lawyers Project Golf Committee. Jamison is excited to continue his leadership, public service, and professional development with the YLS!

Click here to learn more about the MBA YLS.

Bodyfelt Mount Supports OWLS Foundation at the Annual Roberts-Deiz Awards Dinner

Bodyfelt Mount once again attended the Roberts-Deiz Awards Dinner supporting the Oregon Women Lawyers Foundation (OWLF). Deanna Wray, Bodyfelt Mount’s managing partner, serves as president for the foundation.

This year, the Justice Betty Roberts Award was presented to the Honorable Julie Franz for serving as a role model and mentor for female attorneys. The Judge Mercedes Deiz Award was presented to Kasia Rutledge for her work promoting minorities in the law and the community. Read more about Judge Franz and Ms. Rutledge here.

In addition to honoring the award recipients, the foundation also held a raffle fundraiser for a trip to Arch Cape Beach, which helped raise over $50,000 for OWLF.

Special thanks to Bodyfelt’s Heather Coffey for her tireless efforts with this annual event.