Hertsel Shadian (Chair)
Hertsel Shadian is the owner and manager of Hertsel Shadian, Attorney at Law, LLC, located in Tualatin, Oregon, which firm he formed in April 2008. Hertsel’s practice focuses on taxation (including tax controversies), business and transactional matters, estate planning, and nonprofit law. Hertsel graduated from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Political Science in 1993, graduated from the Gonzaga University School of Law with a JD (including a tax and business certification) in 1997, and obtained a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Taxation from the University of Washington School of Law in 1998.
Hertsel has been a member of the Oregon State Bar since 2000, and a member of the Washington State Bar since 1998. He is the 2019 Chair of the Executive Committee of the Oregon State Bar Solo and Small Firm Practitioner Section, and formerly served as a member-at-large for the Executive Committee of the Oregon State Bar Taxation Section from 2014-2017. Hertsel also formerly served as a member, co-Chair, and contributor for the Oregon State Bar Taxation Section Newsletter Committee. Hertsel has authored and/or been a contributing editor for several legal books and treatises for Thomson West, and also has written numerous articles on various tax topics, including for Mertens Law of Federal Income Taxation, Current Developments and Highlights, and for the Oregon State Bar Taxation Section Newsletter. He further has spoken on various tax topics.
Jorden Piraino (Chair Elect)
Jorden is a solo practitioner in Portland, practicing in estate planning and business law. Born and raised in Southern California, Jorden received his bachelors in Sociology and Criminal Justice Studies from Cal State University San Marcos in 2008. It was during this time that he discovered his passion for the law, consequently, he attended Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego California and received his Juris Doctor in 2013. Jorden moved to the Portland area in 2015 to build his practice and support his family. His hobbies include hiking, volleyball, basketball, guitar (very poorly played) and general tomfoolery. Jorden handles the technology at our SSF Legal Lunchboxes and plans half-day SSF CLEs.
Arnold Wuhrman (Treasurer)
Since 1985, Arnie Wuhrman has been on the front lines of the battle for financial security for his clients. After receiving a B.S. in Business Administration from Washington University in St. Louis, and a J.D. from the University of California at Los Angeles, Arnie embarked upon a career in financially related legal services. Arnie’s experience includes representing hundreds of taxpayers before the Internal Revenue Service and various State taxing agencies, as well as conducting dozens of lawsuits in numerous courts around the country, and handling thousands of bankruptcy cases – from small consumer cases to reorganizations of companies worth tens of millions of dollars.
Heather Decker (Secretary)
Heather is an attorney and practice coach, with both her BA and her JD from the University of Oregon. After more than a decade as a solo practitioner and in small firms, and a turn at Tonkin Torp LLP as their Director of Attorney Professional Development and Recruiting, Heather opened her own consulting firm. At tcb coaching + consulting, Heather helps lawyers, service professionals, and small business owners implement lasting and positive changes in their work and life that lead to greater well-being and career satisfaction. With over 20 years experience in the legal profession, Ms. Decker has a unique perspective on what lawyers experience at work – and how to make it better. Ms. Decker offers individual and small group coaching, consulting, and retreat facilitation, focusing on skill building and workplace solutions. Ms. Decker is an active member of the Oregon State Bar, and works on the SSF Legal Lunchbox committee.
Scott Schnuck (Past Chair)
Scott is a partner in Altus Law LLC, a firm that represents small and mid-size businesses, including contractors and professional service providers, throughout litigation, transactions, and regulatory compliance matters. He brings a wealth of business education and experience to the table. He has an MBA, and worked in operations and management positions for 17 years before enrolling at Lewis and Clark Law School, where he focused on business law. Scott was a member and associate editor of the law review. He received several scholarships and awards relating to business law, and he graduated with honors. He has been recognized by Super Lawyers in the area of construction law. Scott is also a frequent guest lecturer with the University of Oregon business program and is an adjunct professor at Lewis and Clark Law School, where he teaches Law Practice Management. Scott is the 2017 SSF Executive Committee representative to the OSB Futures committee and presents at the Legal Lunchbox.
Elizabeth Inayoshi (Past Chair)
Elizabeth is a solo attorney practicing plaintiff-side employment law, labor law, and small business law in Hillsboro. She came to law after a lengthy career as a program manager and operations manager at Intel. Elizabeth received both her B.A. and her M.B.A. from the University of Chicago, and decades later received her law degree from the Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College in 2013. Elizabeth’s life and career has taken her all over the world – she was originally from Colorado, but her teenage years were spent in Kansas City, Missouri (go Royals!); college and graduate school in Chicago and Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium; her initial high-tech career in Phoenix; long-term projects in Belgium, England, Germany, and Japan; and the balance of her high-tech career in Hillsboro. Elizabeth’s hobbies are admittedly sedentary – she loves to go to the theater, movies, read, cook, travel – and she has joined and participates in a mind-boggling number of legal organizations since joining the Bar. Elizabeth organizes the SSF Legal Lunchbox CLE series.
Kelly Michael Doyle (Member-at-Large through 2018)
Kelly Michael Doyle is a sole practitioner with his office in Oregon City. Kelly is in general practice including family law, criminal law, and wills and trusts. In addition to his litigation practice, Kelly is also a member of the arbitration panels in Multnomah and Clackamas County and is a trained Mediator. Kelly is admitted to the United States District Court for the District of Oregon and to the Tribal Court for the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde. Kelly was born and educated in Portland, graduating from Reed College. After graduating from Willamette University, School of Law, Kelly opened his practice in Portland and had a Hillsboro office before moving to Oregon City. Kelly is currently a member of the executive committe of the SFP section of the Oregon State Bar and the House of Delegates. In the past, Kelly was president of the predecessor Section. Kelly is active in his church and is currently President of Council. Kelly lives in Portland with his wife Susan.
Andrew Ginis (Member-at-Large through 2019)
Andrew Ginis is an attorney at Myatt & Bell PC in Southwest Portland. He is a Michigan native, receiving an undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor before moving to Portland where he received his J.D. from Lewis & Clark Law School. He also holds an LL.M. in Taxation from the University of Washington School of Law in Seattle. Andrew’s practice focuses on estate planning, trust administration, and tax issues. Outside of the office, Andrew enjoys cooking, mushroom hunting, cycling, and spending time with his husband and two dogs.
John Koch (Member-at-Large through 2019)
John Koch is a solo practitioner and the founder of Koch Law, LLC. He lives and works in Lake Oswego, and serves clients in the tri-county area. His practice focuses on estate planning and administration, elder law, and closely-held/family businesses. He earned his J.D. from Lewis & Clark Law School, where he served as an editor of the Lewis & Clark Law Review. He earned his B.A. from Rice University. He volunteers with the Senior Law Project of Legal Aid Services of Oregon, and in 2018 the Multnomah Bar Association named him “Senior Law Project – Volunteer of the Year.” John joined the SSF because he sees the value in solo and small firm attorneys addressing their practice issues together. He enjoys basketball, literature, photography, and traveling to Eastern Oregon.
David James Robinson (Member-at-Large through 2019)
Mr. Robinson is a solo attorney with office locations that serve the Portland metro and Newport. His practice areas include estate planning and probate, business transactions, nonprofit law, and government law. In addition to his private practice, he is also the City Attorney for the City of Toledo, OR.
Caitlin Wong (Member-at-Large through 2019)
Caitlin Wong has a passion for tax law and a commitment to using it to empower others. She works with Oregon and Washington clients ranging from large companies with complex federal tax disputes, to individuals developing their first estate plan. Caitlin has experience with all aspects of state and federal taxation, including tax planning for individuals and companies, audits, appeals, tax court litigation and estate planning. She assists in trust and estate administration and in resolving disputes that arise within families after the decline in capacity or death of a family member. For the last eight years, Caitlin has focused her practice on estate and trust planning and administration, tax planning, tax controversy, business law, and estate and trust litigation. Her broad background provides a solid foundation for identifying and addressing potential issues before they become problems. Born in Portland, Oregon, Caitlin enjoys soccer, reading, and playing with her two cats. Caitlin has an LL.M. in Taxation. Before obtaining her LL.M., Caitlin graduated cum laude from Lewis & Clark Law School and magna cum laude from Pacific Lutheran University, where she earned her B.A. in economics and accounting.
Bill Penn- OSB Liaison
Bill Penn is the Assistant Director Oregon Law Foundation/Legal Services Program at the Oregon State Bar. Previously, Bill was the Assistant Director of Legal Aid Services of Oregon, and an Adjunct Professor and Director of Public Interest Law at Lewis and Clark Law School. He has a JD with a Tax Certificate from Lewis and Clark Law School, and a BA in astronomy from the California Institute of Technology.
Eddie Medina – BOG Liaison
Eddie Medina is an Oregon State Bar Board of Governors member from Region 4. Eddie is an estate planning attorney in solo practice. He has been in various small firm practices for the last 13 years. He has a JD from Lewis and Clark Law School and a BA with Honors in Political Science from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.