Class Action Mark Prater JD’84 of Washington, D.C., was chosen as staff director for the federal budget “supercommittee” charged with suggesting $1.2 trillion in deficit cuts. Prater, the chief tax counsel for Republicans on the Senate Finance Committee, was chosen by the supercommittee’s co-chairs, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas. In a joint statement, the co-chairs said Prater has “a well-earned reputation for being a workhorse who members of both parties have relied on. We look forward to working with him and are confident that his approach and expertise will be valuable as we weigh the difficult but necessary choices ahead.” Prater began his Beltway career working for the finance committee under U.S. Sen. Bob Packwood BA’54, R-Ore. He played a key role in shepherding President George W. Bush’s tax cuts through the Senate Finance Committee in 2001. He has worked for Republican committee chairs ever since. “Mark is a superb choice,” said U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore. “He has a proven record of working for bipartisan solutions and his expertise on tax issues is unsurpassed among Congressional staff. Mark’s selection is an encouraging signal that the committee is serious about finding common ground and will consider tax reform as a component of its deficit reduction package.” To read a profile of Mark Prater in the Willamette Lawyer, go to: willamette.edu/wucl/people/profiles/2005/09/the_senates_tax_man.php.
the 1960s Ronald G. Stephenson JD’67 of Portland, Ore., has been named to the list of Oregon Super Lawyers for 2011. Super Lawyers is an annual publication produced by Law & Politics magazine that identifies the top 5 percent of attorneys, as chosen by the attorneys’ peers and the magazine’s researchers. Stephenson is senior counsel at the firm of Bullivant Houser Bailey PC, where his practice focuses on defense of litigation involving drugs, medical devices, product and professional liability, and nursing homes.
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Edward J. Sullivan JD’69 of Portland, Ore., has been named to the list of Oregon Super Lawyers for 2011. Sullivan is an owner at Garvey Schubert Barer in Portland, where he concentrates his legal practice in matters involving planning, administrative and municipal law. He also is city attorney for Oregon City, Island City and Rivergrove and acts as special counsel for other local governments. U.S. News & World Report has named the Salem, Ore., law firm of Swanson, Lathen, Alexander, McCann & Prestwich PC
one of its “Best Law Firms” of 2010. The firm’s partners are D. Keith Swanson JD’69, Neil F. Lathen JD’74, J. Michael Alexander JD’75, Donald W. McCann JD’75, Travis S. Prestwich JD’00 and Brian N. Lathen JD’04. The firm specializes in litigation involving personal injuries, wrongful deaths, automobile accidents, product liability issues and family law issues. The firm has also moved its offices to 3040 Commercial Street SE, Suite 200, Salem, Ore., 97302 after more than five decades in its former location in the Capitol Tower in downtown Salem. The firm’s phone number and web address remain the same.
the 1970s Philip F. Schuster II JD’72 of Milwaukie, Ore., announced the publication of his second book, SunPainted Man, an historical novel that tells the story of Schuster’s great uncle. Adopted into the Blackfeet tribe, Schuster’s uncle worked tirelessly to achieve justice for a young Blackfeet man falsely accused and imprisoned for the crime of rape in 1921. Visit sunpaintedman.com for more information. Richard A. Christopher JD’73 of La Grange, Ill., received the Vance Award at the January 2011 annual meeting of the National Academy of Transportation Research Board held in Washington, D.C. The Vance Award recognizes significant contributions to the field of transportation law. Christopher was honored for writing and editing The Natural Lawyer, a quarterly summary of developments in the field of environmental and transportation law, since 1992. He is a senior regulatory specialist for HDR Engineering in Chicago and is of counsel for the Illinois Department of Transportation.
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