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Ater Wynne Named a 2013 Most Admired Company

By Alyssa Stibolt
December 05, 2013

Ater Wynne was ranked #4 in the Top Ten Most Admired Companies in Oregon in the Professional Services category by the Portland Business Journal.  Last year Ater Wynne ranked #8. This is also the eighth time in nine years the firm has placed in the top ten in this category. More than 150 different law and accounting firms were nominated, so it is quite an achievement to be named to the top ten list.

Most Admired Companies awards are determined through confidential ballots sent by the Portland Business Journal to CEOs of approximately 1,800 companies based in Oregon or with significant operations in the state. Categories included Technology, Manufacturing, Health Care, Professional Services, Financial Services, Commercial Real Estate, and Agricultural and Forest Products.

Ater Wynne Launches New Website

By Alyssa Stibolt
August 01, 2013

Ater Wynne LLP has launched a new website that brings a fresh look and feel to the firm’s online presence.


The new site, developed by Portland-based Harlo Interactive, features a clean design that utilizes imagery of the firm’s eco-friendly Portland office in the city’s Pearl District. Harlo Interactive built the site using Responsive Design that optimizes the user experience whether viewing it on a desktop computer, mobile or tablet device. A new Culture section brings to life Ater Wynne’s 100+ year history, community involvement and unique personality.


“Our goal with this website was not merely to update an information source,” said Alyssa Stibolt, marketing and business development manager for Ater Wynne. “Rather, we wanted to convey the modern and progressive nature of the firm’s brand with a site that was visually stunning, easy to navigate and maximized our search engine functionality.”

Ater Wynne LLP Re-Elects Chair and Elects New Managing Partner

By Alyssa Stibolt
July 01, 2013

Portland, OR - Brenda L. Meltebeke, Chair of Ater Wynne's Emerging Business Group, has been re-elected as Chair of Ater Wynne LLP, a west coast law firm with offices in Portland, Oregon; Seattle, Washington and Menlo Park, California. Douglas D. Morris has been newly elected as Ater Wynne's Managing Partner. Mr. Morris succeeds Michael W. Shackelford who has served as Managing Partner since 2001. Mr. Shackelford will return full-time to his business and estate planning practice and continue to serve on the firm's Management Committee. Continuing their terms on Ater Wynne's Management Committee are Ernie Bootsma, L. David Connell, Michael (Sam) J. Sandmire and Joel R. Paisner, the Seattle office Partner-in-Charge.

Ms. Meltebeke began serving as Ater Wynne Chair in 2011.  Her practice focuses on entity formation, general corporate and securities law, including venture capital financings and mergers, acquisitions and divestitures.  Ms. Meltebeke served as Chair of Ater Wynne's Business Group from 2001 to 2009, and has Chaired the firm's Emerging Business Group since 2009.

Mr. Morris's practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, securities, and general corporate representation of private and publicly held high technology and high-growth companies.  Mr. Morris Chaired Ater Wynne's Business Group from 2009 to 2013.