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A rich history of mergers and name changes, Stoel Rives is now a law firm with over 370 lawyers in eight offices.History
The family tree of Stoel Rives has many branches. In 1979 two major Portland firms merged: Davies, Biggs, Strayer, Stoel and Rives, Bonyhadi and Smith. Davies Biggs was founded in 1883 and represented the Northern Pacific Railroad. In 1937 name partner Thomas B. Stoel joined the firm and worked in corporate and tax. George Rives joined the latter firm in 1963 after successfully helping in matters for Pacific Power & Light. In 1987 the firm merged with Seattle firm Jones, Grey and Bayley, a firm tracing its roots to the early 1900s and started by Harvard Law grad Ira H. Bronston. In 2001 the firm combined with California's Washburn, Briscoe & McCarthy, which was founded in 1978. Washburn, Briscoe & McCarthy specialized in energy, environmental and natural resources work. Stoel Rives opened offices in Boise, Idaho in 1991 and Salt Lake City, Utah in 1992.Varied cases
Stoel Rives has a varied practice. Its beginnings include the representation of utility companies and that hasn't changed. In April 2002, the firm represented PacifiCorp in a negligence case when a blind man fell into one of the company's manholes. The jury found in favor of the blind man in the sum of $1 million. Attorneys Andrew R. Gardner and Darian Stanford represented PacifiCorp. In June 2002, the firm represented Wilshire Financial Services Group in the settlement of an investment fraud suit pending in federal court in Portland, Ore. The parties involved agreed to pay $109 million to settle the suits. In August 2001, two suits were filed against Stoel Rives charging the firm with aiding in investment transactions that violate securities laws. Capital Consultants and Wilshire Credit's financial dissolution had cost investors $300 million. In October 2001, Enron Corp. sold subisidiary Portland General Electric to Northwest Natural Gas Co. of Portland for $3 billion. Partner Richard Gleason handled environmental matters for Northwest Natural.
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