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Stoel Rives Appoints New Partners in Portland Office
Corporate and litigation law firm focused on energy, natural resources, environmental law and climate change promotes five lawyers in key practice areas
PORTLAND, Ore. (January 2017) – Stoel Rives LLP, an Am Law 200 law firm, is pleased to announce that five attorneys from the firm’s Portland office have been named partner, C. Andrew Gibson, Rachel C. Lee, Kirk B. Maag, Chad T. Marriott, and Alfredo Villanueva. They are among 13 Stoel Rives attorneys who became new partners of the firm effective Jan. 1, 2017. Located in six of the firm’s offices nationwide, the new partners are focused on client value, diversity and innovation, which are keystones of Stoel Rives’ corporate culture and commitment to excellence.
“I am pleased to welcome this talented group of diverse and dedicated lawyers to partnership,” said Firm Managing Partner, James E. Torgerson. “These lawyers have a breadth of experience in their areas of practice and the industries they serve. As leaders of the firm, I believe each new partner will continue to contribute positively to the success of our clients’ overall business objectives, to the healthy economies of the regions within which they work, and to the overall accomplishments of Stoel Rives. They understand that each of us carries the responsibility and privilege of playing an important role in providing superior client service and building a great place for our lawyers and legal support staff to work.”
Gibson serves clients in real estate, construction, and design, assisting with construction projects, negotiations and dispute resolution. He primarily represents commercial developers that are involved in multi-use commercial development such as shopping centers or retail centers. He also represents companies in the wine, beer, and cider industry, consistently expanding markets in the Pacific Northwest.
“We analyze and break down complex legal issues to best serve our clients,” said Gibson. “I put my clients’ business interests first. The goal is to provide our clients with the best legal options that support their business objectives.”
Gibson studied history and politics at the University of California, Berkeley and holds a law degree from Santa Clara University School of Law.
Lee is a business litigator with a focus on appellate law, Federal False Claims Act claims, and complex civil litigation matters.
“I am able to dig into the facts of a case to marshal the best and most persuasive legal arguments to get a dispute resolved in our client’s favor,” Lee said of her practice.
Lee holds a law degree from Stanford University. In upcoming years, she plans to focus on increasing her appellate practice in state and federal courts.
Maag focuses on natural resources and environmental law, advising clients in natural resource industries, including water suppliers, forest products companies, agribusinesses and manufacturers. His personal experience and background – he grew up on a farm in eastern Oregon and was active in his local chapter of Future Farmers of America – help him immensely in his work.
“My work for natural resource industries grew out of a passion for the land and an appreciation for the people who work in those industries,” said Maag. “I hope to continue to grow my natural resources practice as a partner at Stoel Rives.”
Maag holds a bachelor’s degree from Oregon State University in environmental economics, policy and management. He earned his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center and clerked for the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals before joining Stoel Rives.
Marriott serves as counsel to sponsors, owners and investors, as well as commercial and industrial customers, in the development, sale, acquisition and financing of renewable and thermal energy projects.
“As a partner, I hope to grow my energy project finance expertise and my M&A practice,” said Marriott. “I will continue to support my clients that develop and invest in facilities in the wind, solar, hydropower, and energy storage markets.”
Before joining Stoel Rives, Marriott was a high school teacher, Outward Bound wilderness instructor, and consultant in the wave and tidal-energy industry. He holds a master’s degree from Indiana University-Bloomington and law degree from University of Oregon School of Law.
Villanueva regularly advises and assists clients in developing, procuring, and enforcing patent and trademark assets. His practice focuses on domestic and international patent procurement, strategic IP portfolio management and counseling, patent analysis, infringement evaluations, and patent litigation.
In his IP practice, Villanueva employs a holistic approach in identifying and resolving his clients’ complex issues. “For each of my clients, I strive to familiarize myself with the client’s business, industry, and competitive market to tailor my advice to suit my client’s unique needs,” said Villanueva. “I aim to become a well-respected business advisor as well as a trusted legal counselor for my clients.”
Prior to practicing law, Villanueva was a researcher at UC Berkeley, specializing in tendon mechanics research. He holds a master’s degree in bioengineering from the University of California, Berkeley and a law degree from the University of Oregon School of Law.
About Stoel Rives LLP: Stoel Rives is a leading U.S. corporate and litigation law firm. One of the largest national firms focused on energy, natural resources, environmental law and climate change, Stoel Rives also serves the agribusiness, food and beverage, health care, life sciences and technology industries. With more than 350 attorneys operating out of 10 offices in seven states and the District of Columbia, Stoel Rives is a leader in regulatory and compliance matters, business, labor and employment law, intellectual property, land use, real estate development and construction law.
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