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Bodyfelt Mount Named One of Portland’s Most Diverse Small Law Firms

The Portland Business Journal has named Bodyfelt Mount to its list of Portland’s most diverse small law firms. This list includes firms with 20 or fewer attorneys. The percentage of women and minority attorneys as well as the percentage of women and minority partners were considered when calculating each firm’s Diversity Ranking.

Deanna Wray, Bodyfelt Mount’s managing partner, was interviewed about the experiences she’s had with building diversity, and what she believes is necessary to make the legal field enticing to women and minorities in particular: “You have to create a work environment that’s attractive in order to recruit women and minorities. In the beginning you have to work really hard at it, and then it gets a little bit easier, the more diverse you become, because then people see that you value diversity.”

See the full article and the list, which is in a slideshow format, here.

Bowling With Bodyfelt

On February 4, Bodyfelt Mount once again took part in the Annual MBA WinterSmash. This is year 15 for this event benefiting Multnomah County CourtCare. In addition to taking part in support of this wonderful program, Bodyfelt took home the honors for best shirts, team high score and most participants!

Please visit the Multnomah County CourtCare website to learn more.

Reflections of Service in 2016

By: Kirstin Abel

With 2016 now behind us, we would like to take some time to reflect on the year. In particular, we’d like to focus on the ways we spent time outside of the office. Our commitment to excellent service applies not only to our clients, but extends to serving others in the community. We feel it is our obligation to give back, and in doing so, not only will we be better lawyers, paralegals and legal assistants, but more importantly, we will be better people. Some highlights of the activities, committees and organizations we participated in during 2016 include:
  • The Portland Kitchen: using food and cooking to build life skills for underserved youth.
  • Oregon Food Bank: feeding Oregon and Southwest Washington’s hungry.
  • Girls on the Run: inspiring girls in 3rd-8th grade to think independently, understand the value of relationships and teamwork, and gain confidence to shape their world.
  • WaterWatch of Oregon: protecting and restoring Oregon’s rivers, streams and lakes for native fish, wildlife and people through community, legislative and legal action.
  • Oregon Humane Society: providing services for over 11,000 pets each year.
  • Legal Aid Services of Oregon Volunteer Lawyers Project: providing pro bono legal services throughout Oregon.
  • Community Law Week: an annual event of the Multnomah Bar Association providing community access to information about the law and legal resources.
  • Portland Pearl Rotary: a Rotary Club focused on service projects with the local community and nonprofits, fostering professionalism and international development.
  • Raphael House: providing support to victims of domestic violence through counseling, emergency shelter and advocacy.
  • KGW Great Toy Drive: providing toys for local children so all can experience the joy of the holidays.
  • St. Andrew Nativity School: a tuition-free private middle school serving under-represented youth and providing education to empower them to work toward college and beyond.
  • Girl Scouts Beyond Bars: a local Girl Scouts troop for young women whose mothers are incarcerated.
  • Portland State University Explore the Law Program: a free program offered to PSU students providing guidance, support and networking to those interested in a legal career. Students from under-represented communities are particularly encouraged to apply.
  • We the People Competition Program: promoting education about the Constitution and Bill of Rights, encouraging active participation in our democracy and developing powerful skills through a simulated congressional hearing competition.
  • Young Marines: a national youth organization encouraging responsible citizenship and a healthy lifestyle by providing development programs and teaching self-confidence, academic achievement and community service.
  • Portland Bureau of Transportation’s Budget and Bureau Advisory Committee: providing input on the city’s transportation budget and incorporating equity into transportation funding.
We are always working to better our profession. In addition to being members of many legal organizations, our attorneys give to our legal community through service on the following boards and committees:
  • Lewis and Clark Law School Mentoring Program
  • Multnomah County Bar Association Imprint Program
  • Oregon State Bar Mentoring Program
  • Oregon State Bar Professional Responsibility Board
  • Oregon State Bar Sustainable Future Section
  • Oregon Women Lawyers Foundation
  • Oregon State Bar Products Liability Section Executive Committee
  • Oregon Association of Defense Counsel Board
  • Multnomah Bar Association Young Lawyers Section Service to the Public
  • Oregon State Bar Procedure and Practice Committee
  • Defense Research Institute Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee
As you begin this new year, we encourage you to take active roles in your communities; sharing your talents and time with those around you. If any of the above organizations resonate with you, please let us know and we’ll be more than happy to get you involved!

New Year, New Faces

Bodyfelt Mount is pleased to welcome several new folks to the firm:

Lisa Minner joins us as a legal assistant, and has over 20 years of experience in a wide variety of cases. In her spare time she actively participates in Young Marines, in which she holds several jobs and was nominated Staff of the Year for 2016-2017. She also volunteers with her two daughters at the Oregon Food Bank.

Ellie Mullen is our new receptionist. Studying psychology and history, Ellie graduated from College of Saint Benedict last May and hopes to go on to earn her MA in social work. Ellie was a champion soccer player at the school, winning the 2013 conference title and competing in the NCAA National Tournament. In her free time she enjoys cooking with her mom, running and spending time with her blind and deaf Chihuahua named Ozzy.

Jamie Azevedo joins the firm as a part-time attorney. After graduating from Bryn Mawr College and Boston College Law School, she practiced insurance defense at the GEICO Staff Counsel office for over six years. Jamie’s hobbies nowadays consist of chasing her three young children around and attending soccer and futsal matches. If she’s lucky, she sometimes finds time for running, cycling or Bikram yoga. Jamie also loves to travel and has lived in Argentina, Chile and Sweden.

Gretchen Miller is the firm’s new paralegal. She has been doing plaintiff’s medical malpractice work for the past 12 years. Before that she was at Mentor Graphics in the legal department. Gretchen enjoys most types of food except cooked carrots. She is also a wine connoisseur and a master at opening the bottles after her time helping out in a vineyard tasting room.

We are excited to welcome these ladies and look forward to the contributions they’ll bring to the firm!

Kirstin Abel to Serve as Chair of IADC Oregon State Committee

Bodyfelt Mount is pleased to announce that Kirstin Abel has been invited to serve as Chair of the International Association of Defense Counsel Oregon State Committee. Created in 1920, the IADC is an invitation-only association serving corporate and insurance defense attorneys and insurance executives. Its purpose is to develop and enhance skills, professionalism and camaraderie for the members and their clients. It also strives to serve the civil justice system and the legal profession, as well as society in general.

Please visit the IADC website to learn more about this prestigious organization.

Bodyfelt Mount Included on “Best Law Firms” List

U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers recently released their list of the 2017 “Best Law Firms,” and Bodyfelt Mount is thrilled to announce its inclusion on that list. The firm earned a Tier 1 designation in the Portland area for Insurance Law, and a Tier 2 ranking in Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants. 

The 2017 edition of U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” includes rankings in 74 national practice areas and 122 metropolitan-based practice areas. These rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes client and lawyer evaluations, peer review, and review of the law firms’ formal submission information.

View the full rankings and a more comprehensive explanation of U.S. News’ methodology here.  

Vicki Smith Presented at DRI Annual Meeting

Vicki Smith was privileged to speak for the Fidelity and Surety Committee of the Defense Research Institute (“DRI”) at its Annual Meeting in Boston. DRI is an international organization of civil defense lawyers. Vicki addressed issues and strategies for sureties that issue motor vehicle dealer bonds around the country.

Kirstin Abel Nominated to Fellows of the American Bar Foundation

Kirstin Abel was recently nominated to become a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation (“ABF”). Membership in the Fellows is limited to only one percent of attorneys who are admitted to practice in the United States.

Founded in 1952, the ABF is recognized for its research in social science and law. Its work addresses topics such as access to justice, law and health, costs of mass incarceration, diversity and equal justice and many others. The Fellows are instrumental in supporting this continuing research.

We’ve Got Spirit, Yes, We Do! We’ve Got Spirit, How About You?

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Bodyfelt Mount held its annual Team Colors Day this month. Participants donned their favorite team’s colors and celebrated with a day of playful rivalry. There was even a team color lava lamp this year!

Jamison McCune Appointed Chair of Multnomah Bar Association Young Lawyers Section Service to the Public Committee

Bodyfelt Mount is proud to announce Jamison McCune’s appointment to chair of the Multnomah Bar Association Young Lawyers Section Service to the Public Committee, which is in charge of informing, educating, and serving the general public and fostering the public image of attorneys. The committee plans and conducts the Imprint Program, Community Law Week, and Multnomah County Animal Services volunteer trainings. In addition, the committee plans and organizes monthly community service days, which pairs attorneys with local non-profit organizations. These events allow attorneys to apply their legal and non-legal skills to help others. Jamison is excited for another great year on the committee.