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Schwabe Names Five New Shareholders in Portland, ‎Vancouver and Seattle

February 26, 2014


Four of five new shareholders are women

Gillian Bunker, Sara Kobak, Peter Ricoy, Averil Rothrock and Kelly Walsh have been named shareholders of the firm. The slate of new shareholders increases the percentage of women shareholders at Schwabe from 22 to 25 percent, raising the firm even further above the national average of 15 percent (American Bar Association, A Current Glance at Women in the Law, Jan. 13). Bunker, Kobak and Ricoy are located in the firm's Portland office, Rothrock in the firm's Seattle office, and Walsh in the firm's office in Vancouver, Wash.

Bunker is an experienced patent attorney whose practice focuses on the preparation, prosecution and commercialization of U.S. and foreign utility and design patents. Assisting start-ups, established companies, universities, and other research institutions, she provides advice ranging from patent procurement and protection, to due diligence analyses, technology transfer, licensing, and strategic planning/counseling. She handles a variety of technologies, including mechanical devices, medical devices, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, and chemistry. Bunker received her juris doctor degree from Lewis & Clark Law School and her Ph.D. degree in Neuroscience from Oregon Health and Science University.

Kobak specializes in appellate litigation. She has significant experience before the Oregon Court of Appeals, the Oregon Supreme Court, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. She also has assisted with briefing before the United States Supreme Court at both the certiorari and merits stages. She is a volunteer attorney with the Ninth Circuit Pro Bono Program and has served on the Associates Committee for the Campaign for Equal Justice. Most recently, she has been serving as pro bono counsel in a death-penalty post-conviction proceeding. Kobak received her juris doctor degree from Lewis & Clark Law School.

Ricoy focuses his legal practice in health care law, data security and privacy, insurance regulation, and general corporate and business transactions. He works with health plans, physicians, group practices, hospitals, insurers, and employers. He advises clients on a variety of matters, including issues related to health care reform under the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), the Stark and Anti-Kickback Statutes, Medicare, Medicaid, reimbursement, HIPAA, COBRA, and ERISA health plan matters. He previously served as Associate General Counsel for Cambia Health Solutions, an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Mr. Ricoy received his juris doctor degree from Lewis & Clark Law School and his master of public policy degree from the University of Michigan.

Rothrock focuses her practice on appellate law and is responsible for the Appellate Practice Group in the firm's Seattle Office. She provides excellent client service in all aspects of appellate practice, including motion practice, appellate brief writing and oral advocacy. She assists trial lawyers to position their cases for appeal. As a commercial litigator at the firm, she has represented financial institutions, creditors, small businesses, homeowners associations, manufacturers, employers and individuals, counseling them on the litigation process and appropriate strategies. Rothrock received her juris doctor degree from the Willamette University College of Law.

Walsh focuses her practice on the areas of commercial and business litigation, as well as construction law. Prior to joining Schwabe, she served for five years as a Deputy District Attorney in Deschutes County, Oregon, where she garnered experience and knowledge in all aspects of criminal trial and prosecution. She is the 2008 recipient of the "Outstanding Young Lawyer" award, presented by the Washington State Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division. Walsh received her juris doctor degree from the Willamette University College of Law.