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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?


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.

Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington’s Women of Distinction

Photo courtesy of Girl Scouts of Oregon and SW Washington

Bodyfelt Mount’s Kirstin Abel, Kristen Stedman, Heather Bowman and Vicki Smith attended the Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington’s Marie Lamfrom Women of Distinction Luncheon on September 14 where two remarkable women were honored for their leadership and contributions to the Girl Scouts and to the community.

The Marie Lamfrom Women of Distinction Award recognizes women who serve as positive role models for girls. Proceeds of the luncheon support various Girl Scout activities and programs for about 15,000 girls in the Oregon and SW Washington areas. This year’s honorees were Girl Scout alumnae Sally Bany and Dr. Judith A. Ramaley.

Ms. Bany serves on Columbia Sportwear’s board of directors, owns Moonstruck Chocolate Company and co-founded Youth Music Project and World of Speed Museum. Youth Music Project provides music education, and World of Speed Museum provides education about motorsports and the auto industry.

Dr. Ramaley is President Emerita and Distinguished Professor of Public Service at Portland State University, served as president of Winona State University and the University of Vermont, and held a presidential professorship in biomedical sciences at the University of Maine. She also served on the Girl Scouts of the USA Board of Directors.

Bodyfelt Mount is always proud to take part in supporting local community events such as this.

See You Later, Summer!

Bodyfelt Mount waved good-bye to summer with a big shindig on September 18 at Oaks Park. Delicious food, good company and lots of fun rides helped ease the fact that the rainy weather will soon be back in town. Plus, it’s always a treat getting know each other’s families outside the office!

Vicki Smith to Speak on Fidelity and Surety at DRI Annual Meeting in Boston

Vicki Smith, along with Nancy H. Hamren of Coats Rose PC, will present The Nitty-Gritty of Motor Vehicle Dealer Surety Bonds, Deadbeat Dealers, Interpleaders, and More at the DRI Annual Meeting in Boston on October 19, 2016.

The presentation will explain what a bond claim entails, and will focus on pleading issues, strategies for handling the principal dealership, damages covered under the bond, the $40,000 bond cap, and how courts have interpreted that cap.

DRI is an international membership organization committed to addressing relevant issues, enhancing skills and professionalism, and improving the civil justice system for lawyers involved in the defense of civil litigation.


Balancing the Scales: A Feature Documentary Film

Bodyfelt Mount LLP and Oregon Women Lawyers are proud to present a screening of the film Balancing the Scales on Tuesday, October 25, 2016. This remarkable documentary catalogs the voices and experiences of women lawyers across five generations.

Please join us in downtown Portland at the World Trade Center’s Building 2 Auditorium for food, drinks, and networking with fellow women lawyers at 4:30 p.m., followed by a screening of Balancing the Scales and a Q&A session with Atlanta lawyer and film producer Sharon Rowen from 5:15 to 6:45 p.m.

Standard admission is $25. Student admission is $10. All proceeds will benefit the Oregon Women Lawyers Foundation. Register at

Attendees will earn 1.5 Oregon Access to Justice MCLE credits.

For more details, view the Balancing the Scales event flyer. Below, watch the newly released film trailer.

Balancing the Scales – Trailer 2016 from Sharon Rowen on Vimeo.