Paul J. Sundermier, Program Co-Chair, is of counsel to Saalfeld Griggs PC, in Salem, practicing in condemnation and takings litigation. Paul makes sure his private clients’ Constitutional rights are protected in the specialized area of eminent domain – the power of the government to take private property and put it to public use.
Kelly M. Walsh, Program Co-Chair, is a shareholder with Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt PC. She is an experienced litigator in the firm’s condemnation group with a practice that spans both Oregon and Washington. Her primary focus is on representing landowners against the government in eminent domain/ condemnation cases.
David E. Balfour, MAI, is a Certified General Appraiser and owner of Oregon Valuation Group (a subsidiary of Portland Valuation Group Inc.). Since 2012 he has focused on public acquisition and eminent domain work. He is a licensed appraiser in both Oregon and Washington while being experienced as an expert witness.
Brian J. Best is a partner at Olsen Barton LLC. His practice focuses primarily on representing clients in a wide range of litigation matters, including eminent domain, property and business disputes, construction defect, personal injury, and medical malpractice. He also advises the firm’s business clients on a variety of topics.
James S. Burling is Vice President of Legal Affairs with Pacific Legal Foundation. He has written extensively on all aspects of property rights and frequently speaks on these subjects throughout the nation. He is a member of the Federalist Society’s Environmental Law and Property Rights Practice Group’s Executive Committee.
Bruce H. Cahn is a litigation shareholder with Lane Powell PC. A trial and appellate specialist, he regularly advises clients on real estate, eminent domain, property tax, construction, commercial and business matters. His practice emphasizes complex commercial and business disputes, regulatory matters and real estate disputes.
J. Nicole DeFever is an Assistant Attorney In-Charge with the Oregon Department of Justice, Trial Division. She leads the litigation group for eminent domain and inverse condemnation actions in Oregon. She also represents state agencies on civil issues, including water law, administrative law, real estate and land use matters.
John V. Donnerberg, MAI, is the principal of Donnerberg Enterprises LLC, a Portland based appraisal firm. He has over 24 years’ experience involving appraisal of numerous right-of-way acquisition projects. John's experience includes easements, fee takings, partial acquisitions and right-of-way corridors in both Oregon and Washington.
Cynthia Fraser, a principal at Foster Garvey PC, has focused her 30-year career in the area of real estate, condemnation and property tax litigation. She represents individuals, governments, and corporate clients in a broad range of litigation using dispute resolution, where appropriate. She began her eminent domain practice at the DOJ.
Mark J. Fucile of Fucile & Reising LLP handles professional responsibility, risk management and attorney-client privilege issues for lawyers, law firms and corporate and governmental legal departments throughout the Northwest. He has chaired the Washington State Bar Association Committee on Professional Ethics.
Charles F. “Chip” Hudson is a shareholder with Lane Powell PC. He represents individual and corporate clients in a broad range of litigation and administrative proceedings, including real estate and eminent domain matters. He has been with Lane Powell since 1983. Mr. Hudson earned his J.D. from the University of Virginia.
Jennifer C. Paul is a partner in the business litigation practice of Saalfeld Griggs PC. She focuses her practice on Real Property Litigation/Condemnation and Employment Litigation/Advice. She represents owners in lease disputes, adverse possession, reformation claims, actions to quiet title or proceedings in eminent domain.
Hon. Karsten H. Rasmussen, founder of KHR Mediation, is a Senior Circuit Court Judge and recently transitioned into his new career as a full-time mediator. He served as a sitting Judge with the Lane County Circuit Court from 1999-2018, and as Presiding Judge from 2012-17. He has adjudicated complex land use cases.
Nicole M. Swift is a partner in the litigation, eminent domain, and environmental/natural resources practice groups at Cable Huston LLP. She has litigation & arbitration experience in matters involving commercial contract disputes, eminent domain, federal & state environmental laws, land use disputes, and construction disputes.
Robert H. Thomas, a Senior Attorney with Pacific Legal Foundation, focuses on regulatory takings, inverse condemnation, and property law. He also serves as the Joseph T. Waldo Visiting Chair in Property Rights Law at the William and Mary Law School in Virginia, where he teaches courses on eminent domain and land use.
Paul H. Trinchero is a Principal at Garvey Schubert Barer PC. He focuses on helping clients resolve complex business and real estate disputes, including assisting local governments and property owners in litigating and resolving eminent domain cases. He has resolved more than a dozen eminent domain cases through mediation.