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Date: January 7, 2010
GSB Press Release

Portland, ORE., January 7, 2010 – Garvey Schubert Barer is pleased to announce Cynthia M. Fraser, Samuel C. Kauffman and Carrie A. Richter of the firm’s Portland office have been promoted to owners in the firm, effective January 1. “We are delighted to add these individuals to the ownership of the firm. Each of these attorneys was elected to owner status and reflects the dedication to becoming the best in their field,” said Portland Managing Director Stephen J. Connolly.

Cynthia M. Fraser’s practice focuses on land use disputes, condemnation litigation and property tax appeals. Ms. Fraser is also an experienced dispute resolution practitioner having been named by her peers to The Best Lawyers in America in the area of Alternative Dispute Resolution from 2008 to 2010. She is past chair of the Oregon State Bar Alternative Dispute Resolution Section and has been appointed to the Multnomah County Circuit Court Arbitration Commission. Ms. Fraser also serves on the Oregon Women Lawyers executive board. She is a former senior assistant attorney general in the trial division of the Oregon Department of Justice, where she focused on condemnation- and transportation-related litigation, taking several cases to a jury. She also created the first alternative dispute resolution program for the Oregon Department of Transportation, where she brought more than 100 eminent domain acquisitions to mediation, and managed the resolution of countless access, policy and eminent domain acquisition matters. Since joining the firm, Ms. Fraser has continued to be active in all phases of litigation and has expanded her practice to the tax court.

Samuel C. Kauffman practices white-collar criminal defense and litigation. Mr. Kauffman has extensive experience representing individuals and organizations in complex criminal and regulatory matters. He has represented individual and corporate clients in investigations and prosecutions involving environmental enforcement, admiralty and maritime environmental criminal defense, securities regulation, federal tax matters, tribal regulatory and criminal matters, and civil forfeiture matters, among others. He also has extensive experience conducting and coordinating internal corporate investigations. Mr. Kauffman’s experience includes defending individuals regarding allegations of criminal and ethical misconduct ranging from politicians, professional athletes and other public figures, to federal, state and local law enforcement officers and corrections officials. He was named by his peers to The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of Criminal Defense: White-Collar and Non-White-Collar for 2010.

Carrie A. Richter represents business, community and government entities in land use planning and municipal law. Ms. Richter has successfully argued cases before the Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA), the Oregon Supreme Court, the Oregon Court of Appeals and the New Mexico Supreme Court. She serves as deputy city attorney for Oregon City, advising the city in many contentious planning issues, most recently five challenges to master planning for areas recently added to the city's urban growth boundary. She has been an adjunct professor at the Lewis & Clark Law School and Portland State University, Center for Urban Studies, from 2009 to present. She served as the secretary-treasurer for the American Planning Association, Planning and Law Chapter, from 2008 to 2009. Ms. Richter was named by her peers as one of Oregon’s “Rising Stars” in Oregon Super Lawyers magazine in 2009.

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