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Baskets for Breast Cancer

Bodyfelt Mount is proud to join USLI in raising money for in the annual Baskets for Breast Cancer auction with our contribution of a gift basket featuring Oregon-made treasures. is a nonprofit group offering much-needed guidance to those recently diagnosed with the disease, and assisting with breast cancer research and education.

Please help us support this auction, which will run online from October 11, 2017 to October 18, 2017. Visit PINK.USLI.COM for more information and to participate.

Welcome, Myka and Carlos!

Bodyfelt Mount warmly welcomes Myka McConnell and Juan “Carlos” Shay, who will be sharing the duties of receptionist/administrative assistant.

Myka is an Oregon native entering her junior year at Portland State University. She is studying psychology and art history, and hopes to become an elementary school teacher at the same school she attended as a child. She loves hiking, kayaking and spending time with her dog. When she is not out exploring, she likes to spend time painting or visiting the Portland Art Museum.

Carlos was born near Salinas Air Force Base in California, and grew up an Air Force brat. He and his family have lived in Germany, Iceland, Guam, Spain and Texas. After beginning his college studies in Hawaii and Spain, Carlos is now attending Portland State University where he is very close to earning a degree in Social Science and a minor in Secondary Education. He hopes to become a high school teacher and basketball coach teaching military children at the Department of Defense Dependents Schools.

Welcome to the firm!

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 Participates 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!