Press Release
January 13, 2014

Holland & Knight Portland Office Announces Significant Expansion

Five new partners join; bring new practice in lawyer ethics, risk management and regulation law and appellate law.

PORTLAND, Ore. (January 13, 2014) - Holland & Knight has announced a major addition to its Portland office, welcoming five new partners to its West Coast litigation practice and introducing a new practice area for the firm. All of the new lawyers were previously with the Portland office of a national firm. They include the former partner-in-charge of that firm's Portland office, Peter Jarvis, along with partners Allison Rhodes, Roy Pulvers, David Elkanich and Dayna Underhill.

"We are very excited that our presence in Portland is growing both in terms of the number of lawyers and in the areas of practice we now offer our clients," said Mark von Bergen, executive partner for Holland & Knight in Portland. "Peter and his fellow lawyers are among the most experienced in the country in lawyer ethics, risk management and regulation law. In 2014, they led their former firm to be named "Law Firm of the Year" in ethics and professional responsibility law by US News - Best Lawyers. This is a great opportunity for us to broaden our legal representations for clients nationwide."

Mr. Jarvis and Ms. Rhodes were co-chairs of the professional responsibility and risk management practice area for their former firm. Mr. Jarvis was also a former member of that firm's executive committee.

"All of us are eager to bring our litigation skills and knowledge of professional responsibility law to Holland & Knight," said Mr. Jarvis. "We believe the synergies exist to integrate our practices into the Holland & Knight platform and develop a far-reaching professional responsibility practice throughout the legal markets the firm serves."

In addition to professional responsibility and government/elections law, Mr. Pulvers has focused his practice for the last 30 years on appeals, and he is recognized by Super Lawyers in Appellate Law and Best Lawyers in America in First Amendment Law. "Joining Holland & Knight presents a tremendous opportunity for my clients to grow with me at a national firm that does work at the highest level across the country," said Mr. Pulvers.

The new Holland & Knight lawyers are:

Peter Jarvis focuses his practice on legal ethics, risk management and disciplinary defense matters for lawyers, law firms and corporate legal departments. Mr. Jarvis is co-author of Hazard, Hodes and Jarvis' The Law of Lawyering, one of the national leading treatises on professional responsibility issues.

Allison Rhodes advises lawyers and law firms on legal ethics and risk management. She also advises both law firms and lawyers in matters involving lawyer mobility, partnership and corporate structuring, lawyer dissociation and lateral hiring. Ms. Rhodes is the co-author together with Ron Mallen of the leading treatise, Legal Malpractice, in which Ms. Rhodes authors the discussions pertaining to legal ethics, risk management, fiduciary duty and conflicts of interests.

Roy Pulvers handles appeals for lawyers and law firms, government bodies and officials, and he has been counsel on private-sector appeals that are among the largest personal injury, products liability and class action cases in Oregon. Mr. Pulvers has been recognized by Super Lawyers as a top lawyer in Appellate Law since 2008.

Dayna Underhill handles the representation of lawyers and law firms in ethics and professional responsibility, risk management and attorney discipline matters. She also represents clients in state and federal court employment matters and securities and commercial litigation.

David Elkanich defends lawyers in attorney discipline matters and disqualification motions as well as other professional responsibility matters. He advises lawyers on how to navigate an "electronic" practice with online issues, metadata mining and social media. He also represents clients in commercial litigation.

Calon Russell assists law firms at the organizational level, assists lawyers with regulatory compliance issues, and defends lawyers accused of misconduct. He also focuses on civil litigation, primarily at the appellate level.

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