Held Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at the Benson Hotel, Mayfair Ballroom
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Lisa Kaner has extensive trial experience in the most legally demanding and factually intensive cases. She has served as lead or co-lead counsel in a wide range of complex commercial cases representing both plaintiffs and defendants. Her practice areas include securities litigation, complex contract disputes, business fraud, insurance coverage and employment. Over the past decade, Lisa has obtained multi-million dollar judgments and settlements and defeated like-size claims.
In a statewide survey of lawyers conducted by Oregon Super Lawyers magazine, Lisa is identified as a Super Lawyer, a designation limited to the top five percent of attorneys in Oregon. In 2012, she was ranked by Oregon Super Lawyers as one of the top 25 women attorneys in Oregon, and a Future Star by the national publication Benchmark Litigation. She also is recognized for commercial and real estate litigation in the legal profession’s longstanding peer-review publication, The Best Lawyers in America. In 2007, Lisa was selected as one of the Portland Business Journal’s Orchid Award winners, an honor that recognizes outstanding women in business.
In 2014, Lisa and fellow Markowitz Herbold Shareholder Renée Rothauge founded the Rothauge & Kaner Women’s Trial Academy. Sponsored by Oregon Women Lawyers, the Academy is the first of its kind in Oregon to focus on building trial skills of women litigators.As part of her baccalaureate studies at the University of Pennsylvania, Lisa attended the University of Edinburgh in Scotland for a year. While at Villanova University School of Law, she was an associate editor of the Law Review. After graduation, she served for two years as a law clerk in Oregon to U.S. District Court Chief Judge Owen M. Panner. Lisa has spent most of her career with the firm, first joining in 1988. She spent a year in Philadelphia as an associate at Schnader, Harrison, Segal & Lewis, and rejoined the firm in 1991.
Lisa served as chair and legal counsel for the Oregon Holocaust Memorial Coalition, a multi-ethnic inter-faith group of organizations. She guided the coalition through a heated six-year legal battle to the Memorial’s unveiling in 2004. In 2008, Lisa received the Judge Learned Hand Special Recognition Award for her efforts.
For more than a decade, Lisa served as a board member and an officer for the Oregon Chapter of The American Jewish Committee, the oldest human rights organization in the country. In 2002, Lisa co-chaired a coalition to bring to Portland the international exhibit, Anne Frank: A History for Today, which was visited by more than 60,000 people.
Lisa assisted in creating and raising funds for a permanent endowment held by the Oregon Jewish Community Foundation for the perpetual care of the Oregon Holocaust Memorial in Portland’s Washington Park, and for Holocaust education, which encourages educators to teach, and young people to learn, about the Holocaust and fight injustice in their own lives.
She assisted the Oregon Holocaust Resource Center in its recent merger with the Oregon Jewish Museum, which resulted in the new Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education (OJMCHE). Through the Friends of the Memorial, a subcommittee of OJMCHE, Lisa has also been involved in bringing a new exhibit to the OJMCHE, entitled: A Triumph of Life: Commemorating the 10th Anniversary of the Oregon Holocaust Memorial.
Also, earlier this year, Lisa helped Friends of the Memorial bring renowned Jewish-Christian and Holocaust scholar Rabbi Yitz Greenberg and noted Jewish feminist Blu Greenberg to Portland for a 4-day community experience called “Reshaping the World after the Holocaust: a Weekend of Learning.”
Experience and Affiliations
Admitted to Practice
Amy Edwards is a partner in the Litigation practice group. Her practice focuses on trusts and estates, real property and land use, product liability, and complex commercial litigation. Amy has particular experience in litigation and legal issues involving fiduciaries, trusts, estates, and nonprofit organizations. She has represented individuals, professional fiduciaries, business and nonprofit clients as plaintiffs or defendants in state and federal court, on appeal, and in arbitration and mediation.
Amy was formerly a law clerk for The Honorable Bobbe J. Bridge, Washington Supreme Court (2001-2002); a participant in the Federal Appellate Advocacy Program, University of Washington School of Law (2001); a summer associate at Stoel Rives (2000); a legal intern in the Office of Washington Governor Gary Locke (1999); and a fund-raiser for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (1995-1998).
Trust, Estates, and Fiduciary Litigation
Attorney General Ellen F. Rosenblum A former federal prosecutor and state trial and appellate judge, Ellen Rosenblum was elected to a four-year term as Oregon’s 17th Attorney General in November, 2012. She is the first woman to serve as Oregon Attorney General. Ellen’s priorities as Attorney General include advocating for and protecting Oregon’s most vulnerable, including especially its families and children, its seniors, Oregonians whose first language is not English, and students who have incurred significant education-related debt. She is committed to assisting district attorneys and local law enforcement in prosecuting complex crimes and has made internet and other crimes against children her highest priority. Ellen has been active in local and national organizations of lawyers, judges and attorneys general. She currently serves on the Executive Committees of the National Association of Attorney General and the Conference of Western Attorneys General. She has served as Secretary of the American Bar Association and currently co-chairs the ABA’s Section of State & Local Government Law’s committee devoted exclusively to state attorney general issues.
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