Friday, July 29, 2011

Super Lawyers Honors for 2011

It's one thing to boast of your talents; it's quite another to be recognized by your peers for them. SuperLawyers is a very respected, third-party attorney directory that bestows the "SuperLawyer" title to attorneys who are nominated by their peers. We are very proud to announce our SuperLawers for 2011:

Top 10 Oregon Attorney honor: Albert A. Menashe.
Top 50 Oregon Attorney honor: Eric C. Larson

Oregon SuperLawyer honor was also given to Shareholders: Robert F. Demary, Saville W. Easley, Julia M. Hagan, and William J. Howe III.

Oregon SuperLawyer Rising Star honor was given to Shareholders: Zach J. Fruchtengarten and Shawn N. Menashe.

Oregon SuperLawyer Rising Star honor was given to Associates: Dylan M. Cernitz, Kelly M. Evans, Sharnel K. Mesirow, and Alex P. Sutton.

Congratulations on this high honor!

Golf Clinic and Networking Event - August 11th

The MBA, Oregon Society of CPAs and Oregon Bankers Association have joined forces to offer a Golf Clinic and Networking event at RedTail Golf Center in Beaverton on Thursday, August 11 from 5:30-8 p.m.

This event is designed for golfers of any level. For novice golfers, we have arranged for two golf pros to be on hand to help out and complimentary club rental is available. Seasoned golfers can work on their swing and get some tips from the pros as well. We will even have a ‘Trackman’ golf aid device to help you sharpen your swing! Our group will have access to the upper concourse of the driving range (reserved just for us), including unlimited range balls.

Beyond working on their swing, we anticipate a relaxed evening of networking for our CPA, attorney, and banker attendees. Complimentary hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar will be available. $20 registration. Click HERE for registration.

Sponsorship opportunities available. For more information contact Dylan Cernitz, Gevurtz Menashe at 503.227.1515 or Pamela Hubbs, MBA at 503.222.3275.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Robert F. Demary: Back on the Team!

After a hiatus of 18 years in solo practice, we are excited to welcome Robert Demary as a Shareholder at Gevurtz Menashe. Bob has been serving clients from his office in Lake Oswego. He brings a depth of trial experience to round out our gold-standard family law practice and is a great addition to our team. “I’m happy to finish my career at the same firm in which it began.”, says Bob.

Welcome, Bob!

Robin J. Wright becomes Shareholder

In July 2011, Robin Wright is named as a new Shareholder at Gevurtz Menashe. Robin joined us in 2002 and will continue her legal excellence representing families and children. In addition, Robin was further honored recently with an appointment to the Judicial Screening Committee of the Oregon State Bar.

Congratulations, Robin!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Associates Dylan Cernitz and Kelly Evans Featured in DJC Briefly Legal

"It's probably safe to assume that not long after golf was invented, a group of attorneys high-tailed it to the nearest course to combine business with pleasure.

But with so many marketing, networking and business development tools available these days, has that scenario become nothing more than a dated stereotype?

Fortunately for lawyers who love golf, the answer is “no.” In fact, says national legal marketing pro Margaret Grisdela, golf is a great way to build camaraderie and develop relationships with colleagues and potential clients, particularly in a business world filled with impersonal emails and texts.

“Deals do get done on the golf course, but even if they don't, the game creates a warmer relationship that sets the stage for future opportunities,” Grisdela writes. “Every legal marketing budget should include some greens fees and fun.”

Dylan Cernitz and Kelly Evans, both associates at Portland-based Gevurtz Menashe Larson & Howe and co-chairs of the Multnomah Bar Association's Golf Committee, agree.

“It’s much more intimate when you’re golfing with three or four other people over five hours instead of spending just a few minutes with them,” Cernitz says. “You get to know them a little better than you would in other cases.”

Evans acknowledges that golf takes up a significant chunk of time that could be spent on billable hours, and that having coffee is probably a more time-efficient means of face time. But golf’s value as a marketing tool is appreciated by lawyers across generational lines.

“When we put in a request to go play in a golf tournament, the firm is very supportive, as are most other firms,” Evans says.

Cernitz and Evans offer some tips for those new to the game. First off, make sure the intended guests actually like to play golf. As Evans notes, “it can be a very long, awkward event if the circumstances aren’t right.”

Cernitz reminds players to remember that they are the face of their firm. In other words, play by the rules, be a good sport, avoid alcohol and, in general, keep your professional composure – no matter how much the ball won’t cooperate."

Briefly Legal, Daily Journal of Commerce, July 14th, 2011