Attorneys Brad Litchfield and Sam Roberts were featured recently in an article in the Oregon State Bar Bulletin for their charitable work in Latin America in connection with "Ecocina" stoves and carbon credits. Read about it here.
Frank C. Gibson, Managing Shareholder, has been presented with the Margaret Sanger Award from Planned Parenthood of Southwestern Oregon. He has, for decades, supported Planned Parenthood of Southwestern Oregon and Planned Parenthood Federation of America through his philanthropic leadership, board service, and legal advice. These years of service to Planned Parenthood spring from Frank’s deeply held conviction that women and youth are first class citizens and should be treated as first class citizens — worthy of respect and trusted to make their won healthy decisions in matters that concern them.
Frank has been the attorney of record for Planned Parenthood of Southwestern Oregon for over two decades. His commitment to Planned Parenthood education and health care has influenced his volunteer career. He served on the national board from 1986-1992. He also served on and chaired the boards for Planned Parenthood of Southwestern Oregon and Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon.
Frank is a trained lawyer and mediator, skilled in facilitating the settlement of many challenging disputes in diverse areas of the law. He has received the Andrew Clement and the Community Partnership Awards — both for exceptional pro bono legal service. He is the recipient of the Oregon Women’s Political Caucus Good Guy Award and in 2013 was presented with the Joseph M. Kosydar Award for Professionalism and Legal Acumen by the Lane County Bar Association.
Margaret Sanger Award
Margaret Sanger taught us that women matter. Born into an Irish working class family, Margaret witnessed her mother’s slow death, worn out after 18 pregnancies and 11 live births. While working as a nurse and midwife in the poorest neighborhoods of New York City before World War I, Sanger saw women, like her mother, deprived of their health and ability to care for children already born. It was a time when contraceptive information was suppressed and birth control illegal. This injustice inspired Sanger to defy religiously-influenced physician-accepted laws. In a series of articles called “What Every Girl Should Know,” Sanger put information and power into the hands of women.
Liam Sherlock, a shareholder with Hutchinson, Cox, recently won a case in the Oregon Court of Appeals, successfully defending the seller of undeveloped rural residential property. The appellate court’s decision resolved issues in the areas of real property law, agency law, attorney-client confidentiality, and attorney’s fees.
In Atkeson v. T&K Lands, LLC, the purchaser had hired a law firm to research issues concerning the property. The buyer alleged that, because his lawyer did not report the results of the research to him, and the parcel’s attributes were not what he expected, he was entitled to rescind the purchase.
Mr. Sherlock defended the sale both at the trial and appellate level, which resulted in the appellate opinion clarifying several areas of the law. According to the Appellate Court, if a purchaser of land or his agent, including his attorney, knows of possible deficiencies in the land, the purchaser cannot rescind the agreement on grounds of mutual mistake or misrepresentation. The court noted that the legal rule imputes an agent’s knowledge to his principal and this protected Mr. Sherlock’s client. The court also determined that the deposition testimony of the lawyer, which stemmed from his personal knowledge of the property, did not fall within the attorney-client or work-product privileges. Thus, the court upheld the trial court’s ruling on summary judgment that Mr. Sherlock correctly inquired into the lawyer’s knowledge and testimony, which became crucial to the outcome of the case. Finally, Mr. Sherlock fought for, and won for his client, a substantial award of attorney’s fees, both in the trial court and on appeal.
Our firm has moved to our new location downtown. Effective Monday July 29 our new physical address will be:Hutchinson, Cox, Coons, Orr & Sherlock, P.C. 400 Woolworth Building 940 Willamette Street
Mail: P.O. Box 10886 (unchanged)Eugene, OR 97440
Our phone numbers and email addresses will remain the same.
We are excited to be in the center of downtown and be a part of the development of the downtown area.
When you visit our office the easiest and most accessible parking garage is the Parcade at 8th and Willamette which is a block and a half from our building. The first hour is free and the rate is $1.00 per hour after that. We do validate parking (2 hours) in both the Parcade and Overpark parking garages. If you park there please bring your ticket in and we will validate at the front desk.
On street metered parking near our building is also available, including spaces in the alley behind our building. You can access those spaces by turning into the alley from 10th Street. Metered parking is $1.00 per hour or 25¢ per 15 minutes. If you have difficulty walking any distance or need closer parking for another reason, please let your attorney know when you make your appointment.
We look forward to welcoming you to our new office!