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Davis Wright Tremaine LLP managing partner Dave Baca has been chosen by the Portland Business Journal as "CEO of the Year" in the professional services category, the publication announced today. The firm was also named one of the most admired professional services firms in the region.

The Business Journal gave special recognition to Dave's leadership during the recent economic downturn. Despite the soft economy, the firm has strengthened many of its core practice and industry areas by recruiting experienced attorneys from leading national firms such as Heller Ehrman, Sonnenschein and Thelen. Davis Wright also entered into a unique venture with an Australian law firm to offer comprehensive legal services around the Pacific region.

"Dave is committed to helping us build on our strengths and align ourselves more fully with our clients' needs, priorities and preferences," said Rod Lewis, partner-in-charge of the Portland office. "He is focused on leading us to become a different, and better, kind of law firm in the eyes of our clients."

CEOs of the Year were chosen by the Portland Business Journal's editorial staff based on several factors, including company performance, management style, innovation and community involvement. The rankings for the region's most admired companies were generated through a survey of 2,000 CEOs and top-level managers in Oregon and southwest Washington.

About Davis Wright Tremaine

Davis Wright Tremaine LLP is a national business and litigation law firm with approximately 530 attorneys in nine offices: Seattle and Bellevue (Wash.), Portland (Ore.), Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Washington, D.C., Anchorage (Alaska) and Shanghai, China.