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Ogletree Deakins Welcomes Employee Benefits Ace Lorne Dauenhauer in Portland

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PORTLAND, Ore. – January 21, 2015 – Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C. (Ogletree Deakins), one of the largest labor and employment law firms representing management, is pleased to welcome Lorne Dauenhauer as a shareholder in the firm’s Portland office. Dauenhauer joins Ogletree Deakins from Lane Powell, where he was a shareholder and led the firm’s Employee Benefits Practice Group. Dauenhauer’s arrival immediately strengthens Ogletree Deakins’ employee benefits capabilities in the Northwest and across the country.

Dauenhauer has more than two decades of employee benefits experience, including nine years as an actuarial consultant and more than 12 years practicing employee benefits law. He focuses a large portion of his practice on qualified and non-qualified retirement plans, such as employee stock ownership plans, multiemployer (Taft Hartley) pension plans, and executive and equity-based compensation arrangements. Dauenhauer also regularly handles a range of other employee benefits and executive compensation matters, including obtaining favorable determination letters, reviewing Qualified Domestic Relations Orders, advising on multiemployer withdrawal liability assessments, and working with the federal tax aspects of equity-based and executive compensation plans.

“As we continue to extend our presence in the Pacific Northwest, we recognize the need for expanded employee benefits capabilities,” said Howard Rubin, co-managing shareholder of Ogletree Deakins’ Portland office. “Lorne’s diverse background, including his extensive actuarial training and experience leading a large employee benefits practice, make him a great asset for our employee benefits practice in the Pacific Northwest and across the West Coast.” 

“Lorne is a fantastic lawyer who is known for his unique skills and abilities,” said Caroline Guest, co-managing shareholder of Ogletree Deakins’ Portland office. “He will be instrumental to the continued success and growth of our employee benefits practice.”

Dauenhauer is very active in the employee benefits community, serving as the Portland chapter vice president of the National Association of Stock Plan Professionals and as a member of the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans, National Association of Public Pension Attorneys, Western Pension & Benefits Council, and Portland Actuarial Club. He has been recognized by a number of prominent organizations, including an AV Preeminent® rating by Martindale-Hubbell® and inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® and Super Lawyers®. Dauenhauer earned his J.D. from Lewis and Clark College’s Northwestern School of Law and earlier earned a B.S. in Mathematics and Computer Science from Gonzaga University.

About Ogletree Deakins
Ogletree Deakins is one of the largest labor and employment law firms representing management in all types of employment-related legal matters. The firm has more than 700 lawyers located in 47 offices across the United States, in Europe, and in Mexico. Ogletree Deakins has been named a Law Firm of the Year four consecutive years by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms.” In 2015, the publication named Ogletree Deakins its “Law Firm of the Year” in the Labor Law – Management category. In addition to handling labor and employment law matters, the firm has thriving practices focused on business immigration, employee benefits, and workplace safety and health law. Ogletree Deakins represents a diverse range of clients, from small businesses to Fortune 50 companies.

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