Press Release
July 13, 2015

Sara Heskett Named New Head of Holland & Knight’s Portland Office

Portland Executive Partner Sara Heskett

PORTLAND, Ore. (July 13, 2015) – Holland & Knight managing partner Steven Sonberg has appointed Sara Heskett to serve as executive partner of the firm's Portland, Ore., office. Ms. Heskett will oversee the day-to-day management of the 23-lawyer office, while continuing her business and tax law practice. She succeeds Mark Von Bergen, who has served as executive partner since the office opened in 2001 and will return to his corporate law practice full time.

Ms. Heskett, who was a summer associate at Holland & Knight while attending law school, joined the firm upon graduation in 2000 in Boston and moved to Portland in 2004. She focuses her practice on affordable housing projects eligible for federal and state low-income housing tax credits, federal and state historic rehabilitation tax credits, and renewable energy credits.

"Sara, who has spent her entire legal career with Holland & Knight, epitomizes our commitment to our clients, to our community and to our values," said Mr. Sonberg. "She possesses that rare combination of legal knowledge, business acumen and people skills that will make her an excellent leader of our Portland office."

"The Portland office has grown significantly within the past year, adding five lateral partners—Peter Jarvis, Allison Rhodes, Roy Pulvers, David Elkanich and Dayna Underhill—who brought a new practice area focusing on legal ethics and risk management to the firm," said Ms. Heskett. "I look forward to building on that momentum and continuing to expand our presence in this vibrant legal market."

Attorneys in Holland & Knight's Portland office focus on commercial litigation and appeals; mergers/acquisitions and securities law; syndication; private wealth services; taxation; lawyer ethics, risk management and regulation; product liability and technology; transportation; real estate development and leasing; government contracts; labor law; and telecommunications and media.

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