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 Daniel P. Atkinson, Esq

Daniel Atkinson is Assistant General Counsel in the Oregon State Bar’s Client Assistance Office. In this role he reviews inquiries about lawyer conduct and determines whether referral to the Bar’s Disciplinary Counsel is warranted, advises Oregon lawyers as to ethics issues, and serves clients by answering questions about the ethical responsibilities of lawyers and informally resolving issues between clients and lawyers. Prior to joining the bar, he spent ten years in private practice at two small general practice firms, first in Silverton and then in Portland. Born in Portland, he attended the University of Oregon as both an undergraduate (BA ‘02) and law student (JD ‘06).

 Brenna C. Dickey, RP

Brenna is a PACE® Registered paralegal in Miller Nash Graham & Dunn’s business department, assisting our firm’s clients and attorneys with corporate formation and maintenance, due diligence review (including document hub creation and updates), and mergers and acquisitions. Brenna joined Miller Nash in 1998. Before joining Miller Nash Graham & Dunn, Brenna worked as an in-house litigation paralegal for Hilton Hotels Corporation.

She is an active participant in professional and civil organizations such as the Oregon Paralegal Association, National Federation of Paralegal Associations, the Oregon Food Bank and national organizations related to hunger relief, as well as organizations aiding the homeless and victims of domestic violence. Brenna earned her bachelor’s degree at the University in Oregon before receiving her paralegal certificate, summa cum laude, from the University of California, Los Angeles.


 Eric A. Kekel, Esq

Eric is a partner at Dunn Carney LLP who leads the Insurance Defense Team. His practice focuses on construction law, commercial litigation, catastrophic personal injury defense, insurance defense and insurance coverage. Eric handles an array of litigation matters, including construction claims, business and contract disputes, products liability, and a variety of personal injury defense. 


 Shayda Zaerpoor Le, Esq

Shayda Le, an attorney at Barran Liebman LLP, advises employers, management, and higher education institutions on a wide range of employment issues and litigation, including trade secrets, noncompetition agreements, wrongful termination, discrimination, policy review, workplace investigations, Title IX, and Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).  Shayda counsels clients with the aim of providing efficient and proactive solutions, and carries that approach into litigating claims to resolution.  In addition, Shayda regularly provides trainings on compliance and changing legislation, while working to meet the unique business needs and goals of her clients.  She is President of the Multnomah Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section, serves as the Board’s Delegate to the American Bar Association, and has been listed as a “Rising Star” by Oregon Super Lawyers Magazine since 2014.


Matthew D. Lowe, Esq

Matthew is a member of Jordan Ramis PC's Business Law team, Matthew focuses his practice on corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, contracts, and state and federal taxation for both profit and nonprofit organizations.  He also offers a wealth of knowledge in real estate and leasing transactions, employment matters, estate planning and probate, and state and federal election and campaign finance law.  Matthew is recognized as a leader throughout the Pacific Northwest in the representation of public charter schools, including representing their interests in charter applications, negotiations, operational issues, facility issues, employment issues, education law, public contracting, and public meetings and records law.


 Coni Rathbone, Esq

Coni Rathbone is a remarkable negotiator and deal-maker. Bringing together seven years of management and financing experience prior to law school, Coni uses her negotiation skills to accomplish her clients’ goals with a minimum of conflict. She focuses her deal-making skills in the areas of real estate, tenant-in-common (TIC) workouts, corporate and securities law, mergers and acquisitions, and general business transactions. She is a member of Dunn Carney’s Real Estate and Business Teams.

Coni’s expertise helps her clients purchase, develop and sell commercial property as well as navigate securities transactions, including private placements of securities. She also forms, buys and sells businesses, and serves as general counsel for many startups and established businesses.

As a nationally known legal counsel to TIC owner groups, Coni has represented more than 150 groups since 2007.  She helps TIC owner groups with issues including protection from predatory asset managers or consultants and arrangements for loan modifications and manager changes. She is a prominent national speaker and writer in this area.


 Jeanne Kallange Sinnott, Esq

Jeanne is a partner at Miller Nash Graham & Dunn, and focuses her practice on real estate and creditors' rights matters. Jeanne has experience with a broad range of real estate issues including assisting financial institutions and other secured creditors foreclose on all types of real property, from large commercial real estate developments, to businesses with real estate, farms, and residences. Jeanne regularly helps clients navigate commercial lease disputes, including FED actions, lock-outs, landlord liens, and abandoned personal property issues. She is routinely called on by her transactional real estate partners to assist when litigation risks arise in connection with real estate transactions.

Jeanne earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of Utah before receiving her law degree from Lewis & Clark Law School. Jeanne has been recognized from 2011 to 2018 on the Oregon “Rising Stars” list by Super Lawyers® magazine, and was most recently selected for inclusion on the 2018 “40 & Under Hotlist” by Benchmark Litigation.


 Jacob A. Zahniser, Esq

Jacob Zahniser is a construction lawyer, construction litigator, and trial attorney, Jacob focuses his practice on construction and real estate litigation, as well as handling insurance coverage disputes arising from construction defects.

Jacob has represented a wide variety of construction industry clients ranging from contractors, suppliers, and insurance policy holders and assignees, to commercial property owners, landlords, and homeowners associations. Jacob is experienced in all forms of construction litigation, including payment disputes and lien claims, insurance coverage, leases, purchase and sale agreements, development rights, adverse possession, property lines and easements, and development disputes.  He is also a member of the Executive Committee for the Oregon State Bar Construction Section.

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