Blachly Appointed to Oregon Commission on Uniform State Laws

Congratulations to SYK attorney Victoria Blachly, who has been appointed by Governor Kate Brown to the Oregon Commission on Uniform State Laws. The Oregon Commission drafts uniform state laws in all states, for various fields of law. The members of the Commission appear before legislators, where they must explain and promote the passage of those laws. Blachly said, “It is an honor to be appointed, and I look forward to working with the bright and diligent Commissioners that works so hard to make the law easier to navigate.” Her term will run until 2020.

The Uniform Law Commission is a non-profit unincorporated association of the United States. The Oregon Commission on Uniform State Laws is the Oregon branch of this national association. There are only three commissioners appointed for the Oregon jurisdiction for each term. Those appointed to the commission are all attorneys, volunteering their time to a public service.

Victoria Blachly is a fiduciary litigator, trial attorney, and community leader. She represents individual and corporate trustees, beneficiaries, and personal representatives. Her cases often involve trust and estate litigation, will contests, trust disputes, undue influence, claims of fiduciary breach, financial elder abuse, and contested guardianship and conservatorships. She has found helping her clients through complex matters and giving them a voice to be the greatest reward of her career.

Van White to Present at BMDA Lien Law Seminar

SYK attorney Van White will be this year’s guest speaker for the Building Material Dealer’s Association (BMDA) Washington and Oregon Lien Law Seminar.

White’s presentation will include: preliminary notices, perfecting lien claims, bond claims, post lien requirements, and licensing requirements.

The presentation will take place October 20th at 8:00am, and will included a complementary breakfast and lunch.

Attendance is free for full members. To inquire, see the BMDA’s website.

Van White’s practice has a strong emphasis on construction, real estate and business litigation. All of the topics he covers in his presentation are matters he often encounters in his own litigation practice. Among his clients are contractors, material suppliers, property and business owners, developers and public and commerical construction works. White is also the BMDA Board of Directors President.

Banks Talks Aequitas in New Oregonian Article

Samuels Yoelin Kantor attorney Bob Banks was featured again in the Oregonian this Sunday. The article, by Jeff Manning, focuses on the the ongoing Aequitas debacle. Also highlighted in the piece is latest case that Banks filed in Seattle last week for a group of investors who lost $11 million.

In the article, Manning states “Bob Banks, a Portland securities lawyer, is representing 18 investors in Washington and California who were clients of Strategic Capital and Private Advisory Group, investment advisors based in Gig Harbor and Redmond, Wash., respectively. Strategic Capital got into trouble with the Securities and Exchange Commission in 2014. The company and its co-founder, Gary Price, were sanctioned by the agency for engaging in prohibited transactions….Bank’s 18 clients agreed to invest between them more than $11 million in Aequitas. They claim Aequitas’ ownership of Private Advisory Group was never disclosed to them.”

Banks is quoted, saying that “when our clients hired Private Advisory Group, they trusted that they were getting unbiased professional investment advice… In fact, PAG was secretly owned by Aequitas. Our clients had no idea that they were  actually being advised by Aequitas to invest in Aequitas.”

Be sure to read the full article.

For more information on the SYK Investor Defenders team, see their website. And for more news on the ongoing Aequitas case, be sure to check out their Aequitas Investor Information Center.

Blachly appointed to Alzheimer’s Association Oregon Chapter Leadership Board

Samuels Yoelin Kantor LLP is pleased to announce that partner Victoria Blachly has been appointed to the Alzheimer’s Association Oregon Chapter Leadership Board. Victoria’s history of advocacy work makes her a strong addition to the Leadership Board. Together, she and the Alzheimer’s Association Oregon Chapter hope to strengthen the momentum of the Alzheimer’s disease movement by increasing concern and awareness about Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Samuels Yoelin Kantor LLP has been helping businesses, entrepreneurs and families build and protect their legacies since 1927.

Blachly’s law practice concentrates on fiduciary litigation. She represents individual trustees, corporate trustees, beneficiaries and personal representatives in often difficult and challenging cases involving trust and estate litigation, will contests, trust disputes, undue influence, capacity, claims of fiduciary breach, financial elder abuse, petitioning for court instructions, and contested guardianship and conservatorship.

The Alzheimer’s Association’s mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Their vision is a world without Alzheimer’s

Gorrell Speaking at Food Fusion: Law’s Sustaining Role in Food

Food Fusion: Law’s Sustaining Role in Food

On April 15th, Denise Gorrell will be joining a group of panelists at Lewis & Clark Law School to discuss legal and policy issues that are involved in producing and providing the foods we eat.

This is the second annual Food Law Forum. Visit the event website for more information and to register for this event.

Food Fusion

Associate Anthony Dal Ponte ‘Hooked’ by Pacific Seafood

Samuels Yoelin Kantor LLP offers its heartfelt congratulations to associate Anthony Dal Ponte as he leave the firm to join Pacific Seafood, as Deputy General Counsel. Mr. Dal Ponte, with Samuels Yoelin Kantor since 2008, has been a valued client adviser, strategist, negotiator, advocate, and, when necessary, trial lawyer. We wish him all the best in his future legal endeavors.

Christine Costantino Elected to the OSB Board of Governors

Samuels Yoelin Kantor LLP congratulates partner Christine Costantino for her election to the Oregon State Bar Board of Governors (“BOG”). The BOG governs the approximately 15,000 active members of the Oregon State Bar, and determines the general policies and budget of the bar.  As an advocate committed to helping clients navigate the challenging territory of family law, Chris is looking forward to contributing to the BOG in her upcoming term.

Blachly to Speak at ACTEC in California

SYK Partner and Trust and Estate litigator, Victoria Blachly will be traveling to Monterey, California to speak on October 16 for the 2015 Fall ACTEC Meeting. The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) is a nonprofit association of lawyers established in 1949. “Its members are elected to the College by demonstrating the highest level of integrity, commitment to the profession, competence and experience as trust and estate counselors.”

SYK is proud to have two accomplished ACTEC fellows among its counsel:  Stephen Kantor and Jeffrey Cheyne.

Victoria’s presentation is entitled, “War and PEAC: Battling the Tech Industry. Back to the Negotiating Table Over Fiduciary Access to Digital Property.”

Blachly’s Article Featured in The American Bar Association Publication

Congratulations to SYK attorney Victoria Blachly.  Her article “Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act: What UFADAA Know” was recently published in Probate & Property, a Publication of the Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section.

Her article explores the issues that arise when a family member passes away, or becomes incapacitated, in an increasingly paperless society such as our own. Financial accounts, social media, person photographs, what happens to all of these things left behind online?

What, Me…Scary?

Some of the skills I have as a litigator have aided me greatly as a mom:

  • I am not afraid of a battle;
  • Preparation is crucial; and
  • Thinking on your feet while juggling several things is mandatory.

I have also found that the skills I have acquired as a mother have aided me in dealing with difficult attorneys or their clients’ unreasonable positions:

  • Sometimes a “time out” is needed to calm everyone down;
  • A tantrum usually just means they know they are wrong; and
  • You can only negotiate with reasonable people, so don’t waste time and energy in hoping irrational people will instantaneously become rational.

Another lawyer-mom has written about this topic.  She says that while we may be “the scariest moms of all,” we also “make excellent parents” because:

1. We read the fine print;
2. Nothing gets past us;
3. We know drudgery;
4. We are trained interrogators; and
5. We love a good fight.

And while I am certain I am biased beyond any redemption, I think she is correct.   Trust me – I’m a lawyer.